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Overripe bananas are hard to come by in our house. My kids usually scarf them down long before they even get close to that perfect banana bread-making stage. So when I recently happened across a tip for ripening bananas quickly in the oven, I couldn't wait to test it out...

TIP: To ripen bananas quickly, bake unpeeled bananas on baking sheet at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes or until skins have blackened. Slice skins open and scoop out banana.

And you know what? It totally works! Now I can make delicious banana bread any time I get the craving -- like right now...

If you love banana bread, I've got another secret to share with you. Using I Can't Believe It's Not Butter! Spread in the recipe yields an unbelievably moist loaf of banana bread! I didn't believe it until I tried it, but it's true.

And it's cheaper than butter... I picked up this I Can't Believe It's Not Butter! Spread 22.5-oz. bonus size at Meijer where it was priced at 2 for $4. Often you can find additional savings on it in the Meijer mPerks app -- it's saved me over $1,900 so far this year!!!

Though there's no ICBINB coupon available at the moment, right now there is a coupon for $1 off a purchase of $28 or more in the produce section to help you save on bananas and more! There's also a $0.10 off per gallon of fuel mPerks coupon currently. I know that has nothing to do with banana bread, but I'll take any savings on gas that I can find!

And my final secret... I add a heaping handful of chopped toasted pecans to the batter. Toasting the nuts imparts a richer flavor, making any recipe that calls for nuts infinitely better.

Of course, there are tons of other ways to customize banana bread to make it your own -- add chocolate chips, stir in some peanut butter, add a glaze, etc. But I personally think that toasted nuts are the easiest shortcut to a more flavorful and delicious loaf of banana bread. Be sure to save a small amount to sprinkle over the top!

Now that's a loaf of banana bread that's worth sharing! Wrapped up in a pretty new towel, it would make a fantastic hostess gift.

Unbelievably Moist Banana Bread

Ingredients:

  • 3 large ripe bananas, mashed (about 1-1/2 cups)
  • 1 cup I Can't Believe It's Not Butter! Spread
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Brush 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with additional I Can't Believe It's Not Butter! Spread and set aside.
  2. Combine mashed banana, I Can't Believe It's Not Butter! Spread, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla in large bowl with wooden spoon. Fold in remaining ingredients until blended, taking care not to over mix. Spoon into prepared pan.
  3. Bake 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 20 minutes on a wire rack. Remove from the pan and cool completely before slicing.

 
Do you have any other tips for making a great loaf of banana bread?

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Meijer: FREE Nestea 12-Pack with mPerks

by Tara Kuczykowski on August 16, 2016 · 0 comments


Login to your Meijer mPerks account to get a coupon for a FREE 12-pack of Nestea!  You can clip the eCoupon(s) now -- click the "coupons" tab and then enter "nestea" in the search/promo code offer bar to access it.  This is valid for one 12-pack of Nestea, and expires Friday (8/19/16).  Be sure to load this onto your card today and remember to use your mPerks card in the store.

Meijer app users: tap the magnifying glass in the top right, enter "nestea" & tap "coupons."

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Login to your Meijer mPerks account to get a coupon for a FREE Galbani Fresh Mozzarella Fresca Ball (6 oz.)!  You can clip the eCoupon(s) now -- click the "coupons" tab to find it.  This is valid for one 6-oz. ball of of Galbani Fresh Mozzarella.  Be sure to load this onto your card today and remember to use your mPerks card in the store.

 

 

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Meijer: FREE Nestea 12-Pack with mPerks

by Tara Kuczykowski on April 18, 2016 · 2 comments


Login to your Meijer mPerks account to get a coupon for a FREE 12-pack of Nestea!  You can clip the eCoupon(s) now -- click the "coupons" tab and then enter "nestea16" in the search/promo code offer bar to access it.  This is valid for one 12-pack of Nestea, and expires Saturday (4/23/16).  Be sure to load this onto your card today and remember to use your mPerks card in the store.

Meijer app users: tap the magnifying glass in the top right, enter "nestea16" & tap "coupons."

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Save on Star Wars at Meijer

by Tara Kuczykowski on April 7, 2016 · 0 comments

If you're even remotely interested in Star Wars, I'm sure you already know that the latest in the saga, The Force Awakens, was released on DVD on Tuesday of this week. We saw it in theaters over winter break and have since watched it again at home. You can read a little more on my thoughts about it over here, but in summary, it's enjoyable and definitely worth a watch!

Of course, this means that everywhere you look, Star Wars merchandise is on display -- and Meijer is no exception. You'll find savings in store on all of the DVDs and video games:

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens, $14.99 DVD or $19.99 Blu-ray
  • Star Wars Individual Episodes I-VI Blu-ray, $14.99 ea.
  • Star Wars I-III or IV-VI Trilogy Blu-ray + DVD, $39.99
  • Star Wars Episodes I-VI Blu-ray, $89.99
  • Star Wars Battlefront for Xbox One or PS4, $29.99

In addition, you'll want to check your Meijer mPerks app to clip the following Star Wars mPerks savings right now ($35+ in all!):

  • $0.20/1 Star Wars Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks 8-oz. 10ct.
  • $0.40/1 Star Wars Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks 16-oz. 20-ct.
  • $0.50/1 General Mills Star Wars Cereal
  • $1/2 Star Wars Tote Bags
  • $1/1 Star Wars Episode I Blu-ray
  • $2/1 Boys' Star Wars Graphic T-shirt
  • $2/1 Star Wars Licensed Beach Towel
  • $2/1 Star Wars Episode VII Extendable Light Saber
  • $2/1 Star Wars Episode VII Jungle Space Action Figure
  • $2/1 Star Wars Episode VII Mask
  • $5/1 Star Wars VII Class I Vehicle
  • $5/1 Star Wars Episode VII Micro Machines Battle Sets
  • $5/1 Star Wars Hero Mashers Speeder
  • $5 off each Star Wars R2D2 Kids' Upright Luggage
  • 20% off your total Star Wars Bedding Purchase
  • 25% off 1 Star Wars Monopoly or Star Wars Risk Board Game
  • 50% off 1 Hot Wheels Star Wars Death Star Playcase
  • 50% off 1 Hot Wheels Star Wars Episode VII Starships 4-Pack
  • 50% off 1 Star Wars Episode VII Escape From Jakku Playset

These savings are good through Saturday 4/9, so clip your mPerks and head to Meijer before then!

Star Wars Snack Mix -- this delicious s’mores snack mix recipe was inspired by BB-8 + the Dark Side in The Force Awakens… Perfect for munching at a party or anytime! Super simple to make, kids will LOVE to help. | via @unsophisticook on unsophisticook.com

While you're there, you might also want to pick up the ingredients for this fun Star Wars snack mix! Inspired by BB-8 and the Dark Side, it's a delicious twist on a classic s'mores snack mix that's the perfect treat to munch on while watching The Force Awakens.

I'm thrilled to be collaborating with Meijer on an ongoing monthly feature to help you save more! Follow them on Twitter and Instagram to see more of what you can expect to find in stores.

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