Banana, Loaf

Basic Banana Bread

February 20, 2015


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happy friday!

it was another three day weekend, last weekend was the holiday monday for family day, and today is another short work week for me. somehow this short week went by way faster than last week. Adam and I both agreed this week absolutely flew by, which i guess is a good thing because the weekend is here quicker.

we had a meeting last week to sign off on the paperwork for booking the church for the wedding! it was so surreal deciding on a time for the ceremony, and walking away knowing the exact time we’ll be married. we’re getting married on september 5th, which is the long weekend this year. it’s also my parents wedding anniversary. i remember always wanting a september wedding, and would tell my mom when i was younger that i wanted to be married on september fifth too, like her and my dad. when you’re younger you always want to do everything your parents do, and i decided early on that i would also get married on the same day.

we only had a couple options for the day in terms of timing, either an early morning ceremony or an early afternoon ceremony. because of the time of the reception, we opted for the early afternoon ceremony. we walked out of the church meeting both relieved that we had it all confirmed, but also excited that it was all happening for real. we also had another meeting with the reception venue last night to discuss time. i cannot wait to begin creating the invitations now that i have all of the timing confirmed, though that has also been one of the toughest things to decide as well. there are just so many invitations out there. i decided to design them myself, since i can, and have them printed at a local printing press for much less than ordering it online.

the next item i can’t wait to do is register for gifts! while we really don’t need much, since we have lived together for 4 1/2 years, and bought our first house two years go, we are still going to register for a few things that would be nice to receive. we’re also hoping we will get some monetary gifts to go towards our dream honeymoon (that keeps changing location on a monthly basis)

we may need to register for some new bake wear. somehow over the holidays both of our muffin tins have disappeared. completely gone. adam and i have both looked all over the place for the tins, and they have yet to appear. im not sure how both of the tins can disappear out of the house, but ive had to refrain from making muffins or cupcakes. luckily banana bread is better as a loaf.

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everyone should have a basic banana loaf recipe in their repertoire. adam is working at home again for the time being, no more long distance relationship, so ive resorted to batch baking and freezing portions for him to bring to work. this banana bread is great for that, and disappears fast, a great way to use up those ripe bananas.

Basic Banana Bread
Yields 12
A basic recipe everyone should have - moist banana bread for breakfast or a snack.
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Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 3/4 cups flour (all purpose, whole wheat or even gluten free blend)
  2. 1 tsp baking soda
  3. 1 cups sugar
  4. 1/4 cup almond milk
  5. 1/2 cup melted butter or coconut oil
  6. 2 large eggs
  7. 1 cup ripe bananas, mashed
  8. 1 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Grease loaf pan and set aside. I like to use coconut oil spray from trader joes
  3. Mix dry ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.
  4. In a large bowl using a handheld blender, blend buttermilk, melted butter/oil, and eggs.
  5. Add in the bananas and vanilla.
  6. Mix dry ingredients into wet and blend until combined.
  7. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
  8. Bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes.
  9. Turn off the oven, and prop open door. Leave the bread in the oven for an additional 10-15 minutes to make sure the inner loaf is thoroughly baked through. I like to make sure there is no mushy banana parts left.
Notes
  1. Slice, and freeze easily to bring for lunches.
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Chocolate, Dessert, Valentine's Day

last minute valentine: chocolate dipped strawberries

February 14, 2015

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if you’re the super last minute valentine, you can still pull off a sweet treat before tonight.

for about $5 and 5 minutes, you can pick up a $2.50 package of strawberries and buy about $2.50 worth of dark chocolate wafers/chips form the bulk foods section and whip up these delicious chocolate covered strawberries.

wash the strawberries thoroughly, and fully pat dry with paper towel. melt dark chocolate in small dish in microwave. carefully dip the strawberries in the chocolate, and lay on silpat or parchment paper to set. you can leave them on the counter or chill in the fridge to quicken it up. 

anyone would be happy to receive these little gems, and they pair perfectly with champagne or red wine. 

happy love day!

 

Brownies, Chocolate, Dessert, Valentine's Day, Wheat Free

flourless two-bite brownies

February 13, 2015

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these little two-bite brownies are a replica of the way too addictive version you can buy in stores. the small, dense and chewy brownies are usually the first to go at any sort of get together. 

this weekend you might find yourself with some extra chocolate, or wanting to make some homemade valentine treats. These are perfect for sharing, and contain no flour, perfect for any sensitive valentine’s you might have, like me.

the recipe is simple, and you probably have all the ingredients on hand. you can leave ‘em plain, or top them with some coconut chocolate frosting, with the tempered chocolate from the other day. simply add 1/2 a can of coconut cream to the melted, smooth chocolate and mix together. refrigerate for an hour or two before frosting. 

there’s still time left to make these before valentines day, so go ahead and sweeten someones day. 

happy valentines day everyone! 

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Flourless two-bite brownies
Yields 15
mini flourless two-bite brownies, chewy and dense.
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Ingredients
  1. 6 tablespoons butter
  2. 8 ounces dark chocolate (chopped, or chips)
  3. 1/2 cup sugar
  4. 2 large eggs
  5. 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  6. 1 1/2 tablespoons corn starch
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350º. Spray a mini-muffin pan with coconut oil or other cooking spray.
  2. Melt the butter in microwavable dish until melted. Add chocolate and stir until smooth.
  3. Stir in the sugar, then the eggs, one at a time.
  4. Sift together the cocoa powder and corn starch in a small bowl then add into the chocolate mixture.
  5. Using a handheld blender, beat the batter for about one-two minutes, batter should be smooth and shiny.
  6. Using a small ice-cream scoop, pour batter into prepared muffin tin.
  7. Bake for 18 minutes, until brownie tops are shiny. Remove from oven to cool.
  8. You can eat these plain, or top with dairy-free coconut chocolate whipped cream and a raspberry.
Adapted from david lebowitz
Adapted from david lebowitz
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