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Mary Anslee Urban's Chocolate Banana Bread

Mary Annslee Urban grew up watching old-time romance movies, which she attributes to her passion for sweet romance, true love and happy endings. A daydreamer at heart, Mary began her writing journey when the youngest of her five children started school. For several years she worked as a freelance writer for newspapers in her community and has written for magazines and online publications.


Raised in the foothills of Arizona, she survived temperature shock when she moved to Western Pennsylvania, before setting in North Carolina with her husband and children. Aside from writing, Mary works part-time as a Registered Nurse in the Behavioral Health field. She is a member of ACFW, and has served as co-president and vice-president of Carolina Christian Writers. She won second place in the Books of Hope contest and has three published novels, Tapestry of Trust, She Came to See the Snow~A Colorado Christmas Romance, and Smoky Mountain Investigation, Harlequin Love Inspired which will be released the summer of 2014. When she isn’t writing, Mary enjoys cooking, traveling to faraway places, playing with grandbabies and all things chocolate. Learn more about Mary and her books HERE.

Mary's newest book release: She Came to See The Snow


Haley Blackwell travels to Colorado with plans to relive her favorite childhood memories—including a snowy Christmas. When she meets her grandparents’ neighbor, she finds herself yearning for more than a white Christmas, but trusting men has never been easy for Haley.

After a failed marriage, and the death of his ex-wife, Tate Rivers is determined to concentrate on raising his preschool daughter, Ashlyn, and to stay clear of another relationship. He doubts he can ever trust his heart to another woman—until he meets Haley.

Despite the weather forecast that does not include snow on Christmas Day, Ashlyn prays that God will give Haley the desires of her heart. Will Haley realize Tate isn’t a man who will abandon those he loves, and will they be able to push aside the past and step forward together in love—the way God desires?

Mary's Recipe for Chocolate Banana Bread

1 cup butter, softened 
2 cups white sugar
4 eggs 
6 bananas, mashed 
3 cups all-purpose flour 
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup lite sour cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease two 9x5 inch loaf pans. In a large bowl, cream together margarine, sugar and eggs. Stir in bananas and vanilla. Sift in flour, baking soda and cocoa; mix well. Blend in sour cream and chocolate chips. Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake in preheated oven for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center of a loaf comes out clean. May also make into muffins.