I Love Me Some Vegetables

And carbs. don’t get me wrong. But veggies are up there. Fo sho. Speaking of carbs and veggies, guess what’s hiding in this loaf of bread??

You can see them peeking out!!!

OMG, It’s tons of veggies!!!

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Almost Bananaless Bread

Over the weekend I caught my mom doing something unforgivable.

She was throwing away some brown bananas.

I think I screamed at her from across the kitchen to stop. Who does that? Not me. There is so much you can do with brown banana. When I was little, I used to think they were gross. Now, they’re a gold mine.

So this weekend I made banana bread. Twice. It’s just that good. I used my grandma’s recipe, with a few modifications. She typed this recipe card up for my mom when she moved out of the house (so, like a billion years ago, right?)

The funny thing about this recipe, is that the banana are listed in the ingredients. But there’s no mention of them in the how to part.

I was literally about to scoop it into the pans when I realized I hadn’t added the banana yet. I almost had bananaless banana bread.

And of course, I had to add some chocolate chips. You can’t have banana bread without chocolate chips.

I love these dark chocolate chips from Whole Foods. I stock up on them every time I go!

So, here is my Gmadre’s recipe for Banana bread, with a few modifications on my part.

Banana Bread 

1 cup sugar
1 replacer egg
2 T shortening
1 cup mashed banana
3/4 cup almond milk (or any non dairy milk)
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 cups all purpose flour
1 t salt
3 1/2 t baking powder
1 cup chocolate chips

In your mixer, mix the sugar, replacer egg, and shortening  until combined. Add the banana, (Thanks Grandma!) and mix until combined. Add the milk and once again, mix until the shortening/sugar mixture isn’t chunky.

Add the dry ingredients, and mix until combined, then add the chocolate chips, or you could add nuts if you wanted to!

Grease 3 small loaf pans, or one large one, and divide the batter amongst them. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and bake for 45-50 minutes until golden brown and a toothpick comes out dry.

Don’t wait for it to cool, burn your fingers taking it out of the pan, and cut yourself off a thick slice and slather it in butter. Because there is nothing better than banana bread fresh out of the oven slathered in buttah.

I know everyone and their mom has a delicious banana bread recipe, but I just wanted to share mine because it’s vegan and it’s ‘healthier’ because it’s got some whole wheat flour in it!

What do you like to do with your over-ripe bananas? 

Christmas Cookies and Grilled Cheese

Hey everyone! Thank you so much for all the awesome reviews on my SunButter Balls from yesterday! They are amaaaazing. I actually made another batch since I posted yesterday… I mean, it only makes 10!

Since I was so busy last week posting all about Kombucha, I feel like I haven’t been able to tell you all what I’ve been up to the past week or so!

The first big thing is that I’ve finally got a date set for my gallbladder surgery! It’s officially coming out on the 28th! I can’t waitttttt!

I spent a whole bunch of time making different roll out cookies (sugar, chocolate, and hazelnut) and decorating them! So far, I’ve decorated the snowflake ones. Having too many cookies/different shapes/colors overwhelms me, so I like to do just a few colors/shapes at a time.

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Stuffing Stuffed Mushrooms

Stuffing is one of my favorite Thanksgiving foods ever. This year, I decided to glam it up a little by making it from scratch, for the very first time ever. (I even made the bread from scratch!) Normally, we just make the kind from the box.

Then I fancied it up even more, by stuffing mushrooms with it. I actually only did this during the test run. On the actual Thanksgiving prep days, I forgot to buy mushrooms, and didn’t have time to run out and get some. The stuffing was still delicious, but the mushrooms were just so cute. It’s like finger food stuffing.

I also put tons of other stuff in it. Normally, we just put celery. I used celery, onions, walnuts, and cranberries. Walnuts and cranberries scream fall to me. So it was perfect.

I always knew it wasn’t that difficult to make stuffing from scratch, and I was excited to finally make it and confirm that fact! Here’s how you do it:
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Whole Wheat Soft Pretzel Bites

I get a lot of really good ideas off pinterest. Sometimes, I even go as far as making one or two. Most of the time though, I just drool at the pictures.

One awesome idea that I’ve seen a couple of times is soft pretzel bites. And I love soft pretzels. Especially when they are bite sized. When I was in middle school and it was the cool thing (read: only thing) to do, I would buy soft pretzels like it was my job. So I decided to make my own. And I decided to try and make them healthy.

And I succeeded somewhat. In my head I was thinking, oh yeah, these are going to be so healthy because I’m using whole wheat bread as the base. And I thought that until I got out the sugar to roll them in. So I’m just dubbing these “healthier” I don’t know if I could really call them healthy.


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Ikea Bread and Silly Toys

Howdy ya’ll! So I didn’t post yesterday… maybe you noticed, maybe you didn’t, but either away, that’s ok because I’m back today!

So for the past couple of days I’ve been busy working on a super big paper due for one of my classes on an issue in education….

And have been spending a lot of time in the library researching for it. : / No fun. Especially when the librarians are really loud.

But, even when I’m busy with school work, I still make time to bake! I’ve had this bread mix on hand since forever, and finally decided to make it because it was pretty quick and easy!

And I love me some lingonberries! It was pretty simple… just dump the mix into the bowl and add water… mix for 5-10 minutes, rest, shape, rest, cut…

Bake, and then presto! Amazingly delicious bread!

The instructions said to brush it with water before baking, but I think if I ever bought this and made it again I would have used oil, because that would have added a little color. It looks kind of sickly pale without it.

And, as you can see, the lingonberries are MIA in this bread. Not to be found, anywhere. Don’t get me wrong, it was still a really good bread, whole wheat and dense, but I wish it was speckled with delicious lingonberries. : ( Maybe I’ll just have to get some lingonberry jam to spread on it.

Besides doing homework, I’ve also had time to do a good deed of the day…. I’ve had a long outstanding feud with Mattel, I wrote them numerous angry letters when Barbie broke up with Ken. (SUCH a whore, don’t even get me started.) They did send a letter back, which I promptly framed and hung up in my room.

Mattel has always been a pretty good company with good ethics, (I know because I did my ethics project in college on them) but I was so upset when I saw this toy on their site: (Ok, I wasn’t browsing their site making up a Christmas list or anything, someone pointed it out to me.)

It’s a shark harpoon boat. Now, If I love any kind of animal more than another, I would have to say that I love marine animals the best. The people over at Sea Shepherd Conservation Society are probably my biggest heroes, and Whale Wars is by far one of my favorite shows. I’ve learned through them that harpooning is an extremely violent way to kill an animal, it takes up to thirty minutes to kill a whale that has been shot with a harpoon gun. (Japan regularly hunts whales with this method.)

And I know, I know there are a lot of violent toys out there, but come on, a harpoon gun? And sharks? A lot of people make sharks out to be violent human flesh hungry creatures, when really they rarely attack humans unprovoked. (And even if they do bite a human, there has never, ever been a case where a shark has eaten one.)

So that is my rant. And I wrote them another letter.

I’m hoping to hang their reply right next to the barbie one!

Have you ever had lingonberries? If so, do you like them? Do you think that this is a terrible idea for a toy, or is it just me being over emotional? lemme know what you think!

Pumpkin Pie French Toast

Let the pumpkin train keep on going. It’s officially fall. I don’t care if my air conditioning is on. I’ve got pumpkin, and I’m just going to roll with it.

The other day I used some of my freshly made pumpkin puree to make Pumpkin Pie French Toast. It was amazing. No words can describe it. You should try it. Srsly.

Pumpkin Pie French Toast
This is just enough to dip two regular sandwich sized bread in.

1 T ground flax seed
2 T water
2 T pumpkin puree
1/4 cup almond milk
1/2 t cinnamon
1/8  t nutmeg
Dash of salt

Mix all the ingredients and dip the bread in them. Heat a pan on the stove with a little bit of futter or spray it lightly with cooking spray. Cook until brown on both sides. Top with syrup, futter,  or more pumpkin! I used two slices of whole wheat sandwich like bread, because that’s all I had. Brioche, challah, or another kind of bread would be delicious with this though!

I’m drooling just thinking about it. Maybe I’ll make some for lunch. : )

I also drank coffee this morning, which is unusual for me. I normally don’t drink coffee, except when I was in college and I had to be to a 7 hour culinary lab at 5 or 6 in the morning. But even then I only drank one cup. Caffeine makes me a little fidgety. Or a lot fidgety. Or I bounce off the walls with craziness. But during my last trip to Whole Foods I spotted some So Delicious coconut milk creamer, and I wanted to try it. Its delicious. And I found some Strawberry Shortcake coffee (it’s not as gross as you think, it’s actually pretty good!) at Target, which I had been looking for for ages, then finally found it at Target of all places.

Sometimes I think I just drink coffee for the creamer. I can’t handle my coffee black. I’m one of those people that likes a splash of coffee in my milk. I’m not hardcore enough I guess.

Do you drink coffee? If you do, do you drink it black or do you use creamer/milk/sugar? 

Have a great day ya’ll!