Banana Bread Maple Cinnamon Rolls: A soft banana bread yeast dough filled with maple syrup and brown sugar, rolled up, baked, and topped with maple syrup glaze.
My TV watching mostly consists of hockey and as previously discussed Law and Order. Mostly because there isn’t that many shows I like. Then this season along came This Is Us. If you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favor and watch it. Especially if you were a fan of Parenthood.
One of the main characters is Kate. She is an extremely overweight woman who they focus on the struggles of dealing with body image and her wanting to lose weight. I have never been this woman’s size before but I don’t think the size matters. I think if you have ever been overweight (or in your mind overweight) then you will be able to relate to this character.
Why I push so hard for body acceptance is because if you cannot accept yourself at your current size it will take over your life. When I was a WW leader there were so many overweight people that would wait until it was late at night and good and dark to go out walking at night. They felt they were being judged even if they weren’t. They were trying to avoid people possibly making comments to them.
You won’t go and do things like join a gym, try a yoga class, go on a small hike, go dancing, go to a party, go to a friend’s wedding…etc…I know because at one point in my life I avoided those things do to my weight.
Sadly there is still one area of my life that I stress about my weight…and only that one area…going to the doctor.
It shouldn’t be an issue. I have good blood pressure, I have good blood sugar, good cholesterol, etc. Yet it is.
A couple months ago I had to go to the regular doctor (specialist don’t usually weigh you so I don’t mind going to them…they rarely bring up weight) which I hate doing. Here was my experience:
They take my weight. Which I don’t look at the number and the woman says “uh-oh”. I say what? Oh, you’ve just gained some since you were last here. I said, “probably, I reintroduced carbs back, so I’m guessing I’m up about 15 pounds”. Her answer was “no, 9, but still.”
We then go to take my blood pressure. Which after the machine tells her it’s 117 over 72 she goes and get a manual cuff claiming that one must not be working. Only to again get the same result.
In comes the doctor…doesn’t say hello, doesn’t introduce himself, doesn’t ask why I’m there. He immediately says “I see you have been gaining weight, let’s talk about that”. I said no, let’s not talk about that. I said I am here about x,y, and z not my weight.
Still not talking about the issue I came in for he says I’d like to run a blood test. I ask why and he says to test for diabetes. I inform him I was at my endocrinologist last month and had a full panel done I don’t need another. He tells me someone of my size probably is at least pre-diabetic. I have my test results on my phone (email) and have the humiliation of proving that I’m not a lair.
He then says well you didn’t gain that much, maybe if you just started exercising you could get it off. He asks if I belong to a gym and says “great, start using it”. To which I had been holding it all in and I just lost my shit. I informed him not only did I use it but we walk our dogs daily and I play ice hockey a few times a week.
I then requested a different doctor which he did at least oblige that. In came the new doctor who obviously was briefed to not bring up my weight.
Which he almost made it through without commenting. He ended with as for the weight gain, try cleaning up your diet more. To which he got an earful. And yes, I wrote a scathing letter.
Now keep in mind, I wear a size 12/14. I have a 32 inch waist (which any waist in woman under 35…is considered in the healthy range). I wear a large or XL in tops depending on who makes it and wear non-plus size clothing (nothing wrong with plus size clothing). So I can only imagine what it is like for someone who weighs more than me.
You may be thinking wow I can’t believe that happened. It happens almost every time I go to a regular, non-specialist doctor. It’s upsetting. It’s wrong. It makes me not want to go to the doctor which can lead to real health issues if I am too afraid to go in just because I don’t want to be humiliated.
So while the show got criticizes for focusing on her weight (they are only two shows in) it’s simply showing she can’t escape it. I am hoping that they will along the way have her get more self-esteem and body love. They have a love interest for her who is pretty okay with the fact that he is overweight and is working on her trying to see that there is more to life than worrying about your weight so I’m hoping they will go in that direction for her.
Speaking of gaining weight. 🙂 These rolls. 🙂 I had made Banana Bread Sticky Buns a few years ago and loved them. I had a bunch of bananas and decided to just do cinnamon rolls instead. I had a ton of maple syrup (you might have noticed a few maple things on here as of late) and felt the maple would go well with these rolls…I was right.
Great way to use up extra bananas instead of making banana bread for the 400th time. 😀
- Banana Bread Dough:
- ½ cup whole milk
- ¼ cup unsalted butter
- 2 TBSP maple syrup
- 2¼ tsp. yeast (one packet) (I used Red Star Yeast Platinum)
- 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. salt
- 2 large ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 cup)
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- ⅓ cup brown sugar
- 3 TBSP maple syrup
- 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- ¼ cup unsalted butter, soft but not melted
- Maple Glaze:
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 TBSP vanilla
- 1-2 TBSP maple syrup
- 1 TBSP milk
- Put the milk and butter in a small bowl and heat to temperature is 110F (you will need a thermometer if it’s too hot it will kill the yeast).
- If it gets too hot, just let it cool for a few minutes.
- Pour into the bowl of a stand mixer.
- Add the syrup and then the yeast and whisk to mix all the ingredients.
- Let this mixture stand for about 5 minutes, or until it begins to foam.
- Add two cups of the flour, the salt, the bananas, and cinnamon to the yeast mixture and beat well.
- Add the remaining flour, ½ cup at a time, stirring well after each addition.
- When the dough has just pulled together, turn it onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth, about 5 minutes (alternately, use the dough hook on a stand mixer).
- If using the dough hook (I did) when the dough has pulled away and forming a ball on its own and no dough is sticking to the sides it is ready.
- Place the dough in a greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap.
- Allow dough to rise until double, about 1 hour.
- In the meantime in a small bowl add the brown sugar, maple syrup, and cinnamon and mix together to incorporate.
- When the dough has risen, sprinkle flour out on a flat surface and roll out the dough into a 12 X 9-inch rectangle and spread the butter evenly on the dough leaving a ½ inch edge.
- Then sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture over the butter.
- Roll up the dough from the long side and pinch seam to seal. Cut into 12 equal sized pieces.
- Place the dough pieces cut-side down into the pan on top of the sauce.
- Cover and let rise until doubled (or refrigerate overnight).
- Bake rolls at 375 ° F. for 25 to 30 minutes or until browned.
- Remove and let rest for 5 minutes.
- For the Maple Glaze:
- Whisk all the ingredients in a bowl and pour of cinnamon rolls.