Fight the Monday Grinch with a big slice of Grinch Loaf!
I LOVE Christmas, it runs through my blood, and almost nothing can break my spirit. As much as I love The Grinch it has never been a Christmas theme, or inspiration, in our house. Yes we have “themes” one year even having a completely edible, minus lights and the actual fresh tree, tree and decoration with candy. Since that tree 10 years ago things have been pretty traditional and cozy.
Food has followed in the same path with being little bites, crafted cocktails, lots and lots of baked goods including my very detailed sugar cookies.
This year is anything but NORMAL and with that I’m embracing the Grinch! Not my mood or decorating but food. Since I already know it will likely only be our family and we won’t be hosting our annual big Christmas get together with extended family we plan to do a Grinch themed dinner.
Until then I’m having fun, starting with this Grinch Loaf!
Lighter than a pound cake, this sweet bread has flavors of pistachio and pineapple, and a boost of green from frozen spinach. Don’t worry you won’t taste it. Icing is optional but the girls request it.
I will be photographing another loaf with an extra little Grinch love and will update the recipe once it do! 😉 Nothing big just a fun surprise but I didn’t realize my girls at all the (secret surprise) so I wouldn’t have any left to make a loaf to photograph.
This year will definitely be different but I plan to give myself grace and go with the flow. Being present with family and finding new ways spread Christmas cheer and celebrate the season. Keeping the traditions we are able to and making our own rules/ traditions for what we want to do instead.
What are you doing differently this holiday season?
Today is Monday, aka Meatless Monday (we’re debating on changing this up next year, let us know what you’d like to see in the comments). I hope you consider linking up Deborah and me below or sharing what you you’re making for Meatless Monday or just drop what’s happening in your kitchen below.
|Prep Time||15 minutes|
|Cook Time||55 minutes|
standard 9x5 loaf pan
- 1 1/2 c all purpose flour
- 1 3.4 oz instant pistachio pudding
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 eggs
- 1 c sugar
- 2 TBSP butter softened
- 1/3 c crushed pineapple, drained
- 1/3 c oil
- 3/4 c plain Greek yogurt, or thick non-dairy yogurt
- 2 TBSP packed frozen chopped spinach for a boost of color optional (squeezed and packed to remove moisture)
- 1 c powdered sugar
- 2-3 TBSP non dairy milk or creamer
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Spray a 9x5" pan with non stick spray and line with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, pudding mix, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- With a whisk or hand mixer, combine the eggs, sugar, butter, oil and yogurt. Mix until evenly combined.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until just combined.
- Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Bake for 50-55 minutes, or until center is set, and a toothpick inserted comes out crumb free.
- Let cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes before removing from pan.
- Cool completely on a cooling rack.
- In a small bowl whisk together powdered sugar and milk/creamer until smooth.
- Drizzle icing over cooled loaf.
- Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
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Very creative! I was wondering what you used to turn it green. Fun idea for the family
You can use green food coloring as well I was just excited to see that a little spinach gave it a vibrate color and didn’t alter the taste.
I love that you’re embracing Grinch food! Christmas will be different this year. Still no family (except via Zoom) and just smaller in general.
Thank you it’s fun and a great way to just go with the year and make what we can of 2020.
I’m struggling with the virtual holidays. We will bring food to family that is alone or do what we can but instead of trying to keep things the same and getting down I’m trying to do something different completely.