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Remember those tin lunchboxes everyone had as a kid? They were sturdy little lunch pails that held everything from your sandwich and juice box to your pudding or fruit cup. Sometimes they even had a Fruit-by-the-foot inside, and everything fit together perfectly--a little bit like a well-played game of Tetris. 

The Tin Lunchbox (that's us!) does the same thing: We provide a variety of shared information from featured artists and literary endeavors to recipe sharing that all fits flawlessly into one place. Granted, we aren't working with physical  lunchboxes, but it is fun to imagine all the same.

Lunchbox Diaries

Cindy's Banana Bread, Altered

Shawna Caro

My mom makes the best banana bread. No joke! 

As an adult, I've made her banana bread many times, but I've come to make some alterations. That isn't to say that I changed my mind about my mom's banana bread skills, just that I didn't always check that I had all the ingredients before I started mixing. 

Cindy's Banana Bread: 

My mom's recipe in our family cookbook.

My mom's recipe in our family cookbook.

Whenever I make banana bread, I use this recipe, except I made a few small changes. First, instead of 3 bananas, I use 2 1/2. Whenever I cut the bananas like this, I add applesauce. That's right! So about 1/2 cup of applesauce replaces 1/2 banana. I typically use one of the pre-packaged individual applesauce cups. I very rarely put nuts in my banana bread, mostly because my husband is allergic (boo!) but I do sometimes put in the chocolate chips. 

Four loaves of homemade banana bread, fresh from the oven.

Four loaves of homemade banana bread, fresh from the oven.

Right before I put my banana bread in the oven, I add a little something special to the top. I pour the batter into the pan, which had been greased with cooking spray prior. I grab some melted butter and I pour it over the top. Then I sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top of the melted butter. I add quite a bit of cinnamon sugar, not gonna lie. When the bread bakes, the butter soaks down into the top of the bread and the sugar mixture gives a bit of added sweetness and crispness to the top. It is glorious. 

This is one of my favorite recipes to make, and I'm sure that after you've tasted it, it will be one of your favorites too! Let me know how you like it in the comments below!