Friday, March 15, 2013

Friday Morning Mini Banana Loaves...Yes!

Friday morning. I'm home and awake, awaiting a couple of coffee dates I have to make. What better way to show up to a friend's house than with something sweet in hand? Hence my morning baking. And seriously, I don't think there's a better smell to waft through the house than fresh baking and brewed coffee.

1/2 cup melted butter
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup applesauce

2 eggs
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1 Tbsp lemon juice

2 cups flour
1tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

3/4 cup sour cream
3 mashed bananas
1/2 cup chopped nuts (I used pecans)

•preheat your oven to 350F & grease whatever pans you're going to use (I used mini loaf and mini muffin pans)
•mix the butter, sugar, & applesauce together until smooth
•mix in the eggs, vanilla & lemon juice until smooth
•in a separate bowl mix together the flour, baking soda & powder, & salt
•add the flour mix to the wet mixture until smooth
•fold in the sour cream, bananas, & nuts
•spread mixture evenly into prepared pan(s) & bake until toothpick inserted in loaf comes out clean
•baking time depends on the size of the pan (the bigger the pan, the longer it bakes). The mini muffins took about 15 minutes & the mini loaves took about 25 minutes
•let it cool in pan for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Banana Oat Good for you Cookies

So I was inspired after reading through some recipes online to just make a simple cookie. And not just simple, but one that's relatively good for you. So here it is: a banana oat coconut chocolate chip cookie. Yummm.

1 1/2 mushed up bananas
1 cup (or so) of oats
1 Tbsp (or so) of flaked coconut
1/2 cup (or so) of chocolate chips
1tsp of cinnamon

1. Preheat your oven to 350
2. Mix all the ingredients together.
3. Put about tsp sized blobs of batter on a greased or parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
4. Bake them for about 20-25 min. Check on them after 10 min. and then about every 5 min (since everyone's oven is different and because I encourage you to mix it up and add whatever else you want in that batter).
5. Take out the cookies...and Enjoy!!

*This is a pretty simple recipe, and don't be afraid to do your own thing. Add other things to it (nuts, dried fruit, etc) and mix up how much of each ingredient works for you...want more banana? Do it! Think it needs more oats? Do it! Add applesauce if you're out of banana!

Seriously...have fun and enjoy a healthy cookie.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

New Obsession = Ajvar + avocado

So I just can't seem to get enough of this lately, and as a bonus, it's healthy! Spread some Ajvar (roasted vegetable spread) on a slice of whole grain, low carb, sprouted grain, or whatever kind of bread or cracker you like. Then top it off with slices of avocado and enjoy! Avocado is a super healthy fat that you should enjoy on a daily basis...and it's yummy :)

This is a great quick breakfast or in between meal snack. Filling & delicious.