Elderberry Days: Season of Joy Excerpt #4

Each day this week, in anticipation of this release, I’m posting a new excerpt from…

Elderberry Days: Season of Joy

And one of Willow’s favorite elderberry recipes!

Willow’s Elderberry Banana Bread Recipe


Elderberry Days: Season of Joy

A Holiday Sequel to Elderberry Croft

Releasing Friday, November 14th, 2014


Today I’m sharing with you one of twelve elderberry recipes in Elderberry Days: Season of Joy, straight from Willow Goodhope’s kitchen. This Elderberry Banana Bread has a delicate crust on it and is yummy with or without the elderberries. Perfect for heating up a kitchen as the weather changes around us, and it makes a delicious Christmas gift!

(If you missed the first 3 excerpts, here are the links: Excerpt #1, Excerpt #2, & Excerpt #3)

Willow’s Elderberry Banana Bread

Dry Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 2 cups white flour
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 5 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda

Wet Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Canola oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups mashed bananas (about 5)
  • 3/4 cup fresh elderberries (or reconstituted elderberries – see instructions below)
  • 1 cup of chopped nuts if desired.


Combine all of the dry ingredients. Set aside.

Blend all of the wet ingredients with the bananas.

Mix dry ingredients into wet, but do not over mix. Batter will be lumpy.

Stir in elderberries and/or nuts.

Divide into two 9×5-inch greased loaf pans.

Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 50-60 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Do not over cook.

Remove and let sit on cooling racks for approximately ten minutes before cutting.

Best eaten warm and slathered in butter.

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Tomorrow is the day! Elderberry Days: Season of Joy releases on Amazon, and many other digital booksellers over the next several days (always takes extra time for additional sellers), so I’ll be sure and post links as they go live.

Don’t forget!

If you have not yet read Elderberry Croft: The Complete Collection (or the four individual Elderberry Croft Volumes), you can pick up digital or print copies at most of your online booksellers:  Elderberry Croft: The Complete Collection on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Kobo, Smashwords, and more. It’s only $2.99 from now until December 31st!


Sign up for my BRAVE HEARTS PRESS quarterly newsletter and your name will automatically be entered into a drawing for your choice of a print copy of Elderberry Croft: The Complete Collection OR a digital copy of BOTH Elderberry Croft: The Complete Collection AND Elderberry Days: Season of Joy, the Holiday Sequel to Elderberry Croft, to be given away to one newsletter subscriber each Friday, beginning November 28th through December 19th, and delivered to you in time for Christmas!

Please note: Print copies are only available to continental U.S. residents. However, if you are not residing in the continental U.S., and your name is drawn, you ARE eligible for the digital copies of both books, OR you have the option of gifting your book to someone else.


Come visit with me and Heather Day Gilbert on Novel Rocket on December 4th, leave a comment, and receive your choice of a digital copy of Elderberry Croft: The Complete Collection OR Elderberry Days: Season of Joy!

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Thank you so much for all your support and encouragement, for your kind words for Willow and her journey, and for celebrating these books and characters with me. I look forward to sharing more stories with you.

Happy Holidays!