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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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Breakfast, Muffins, Wheat Free

Banana Oat Muffins {Wheat-Free}

July 24, 2014

banana oat muffins

 

This week I shared a recipe for my favourite Banana Oat Muffins over at Vancity Buzz. I like to refer to them as “Overnight Oats” in Muffin Form. The key to making them moist is soaking the rolled oats in yogurt and almond milk before adding them to the rest of the ingredients. And – they’re wheat-free, because you make them with homemade oat-flour. So easy!

You can find the recipe here.

Banana, Dairy-Free, Dessert, Ice Cream

Almond Butter Chunky Monkey Ice Cream + DIY Dipped Cones

July 12, 2014

Almond Butter Chunky Monkey Ice Cream + DIY Dipped ConesAlmond Butter Chunky Monkey Ice Cream + DIY Dipped ConesAlmond Butter Chunky Monkey Ice Cream + DIY Dipped ConesI’m not sure how this is my FIRST ice-cream related post of the summer – but it is. I’m actually shocked there isn’t more ice-cream in my freezer right now. 

I’ve been practically melting in our early-summer heat wave here in Vancouver. We usually get ‘summer’ weather later in the season in August, even into September. It’s really crazy that we’ve had almost 30 degree weather all week long, and more in the forecast. 

Last week I posted for Vancity Buzz about frozen treats to try in Vancouver, including popsicles and ice-cream. Right now the only thing I want to eat is a cool treat. 

As much as I’d love to eat ice-cream all day every day it’s not very healthy – except maybe when it’s only 3 ingredients and homemade. 

When I’m not reaching for ice-cream my go-to cool down is a nice cold smoothie with lots of ice. Right now I’m loving blueberry, peanut butter, kale, almond milk and ice. I announced the winner of last weeks giveaway if you haven’t check it out yet! Thanks for entering everyone =)

This weekend I’m excited to go to a friends bridal shower, and looking forward to the stagette next weekend in the interior – which will be even hotter. Thankfully we will have a lake to jump in, and wine tastings to cool off with. She’s getting married in September – and I can’t wait for their wedding!

Speaking of wedding – I’ll have to post about our progress so far – or lack thereof. I was so crazy about wedding stuff when we first got engaged and then lost my inertia. We’ve been engaged almost 7 months now! but still have lots to do.  

Almond Butter Chunky Monkey Ice Cream + DIY Dipped Cones

Last year I discovered the joys of 1-Ingredient Banana Ice cream. You can definitely eat it plain, or add in some other ingredients. With a dairy-allergy ice-cream in the summer can be a real tease – which is why I’m happy to make my own better versions at home to eat myself.

This ice-cream recipe is vegan & dairy-free with only a few ingredients that you can make in no time. I also dipped some cones in chocolate and almond meal to give it that extra indulgent quality. It’s sort of like a grown-up Drumstick – only much healthier.

Almond Butter Chunky Monkey Ice Cream + DIY Dipped ConesAlmond Butter Chunky Monkey Ice Cream + DIY Dipped ConesAlmond Butter Chunky Monkey Ice Cream + DIY Dipped Cones

And yes – I did eat this for lunch. 

Almond Butter Chunky Monkey Ice Cream
Yields 1
Just like your favourite indulgent ice-cream flavour, this Almond Butter Chunky Monkey is healthier, which means you can eat more of it. Banana Ice-Cream studded with, almond butter chunks and chocolate chunks in a dipped waffle cone.
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Prep Time
1 hr 30 min
Total Time
4 hr 30 min
Prep Time
1 hr 30 min
Total Time
4 hr 30 min
Ingredients
  1. 3-4 large Ripe Bananas, peeled + sliced, and frozen for at least 1 hour or more
  2. 1/2 cup + 3 Tbs. Almond Butter
  3. 3 Tbs. Almond Meal + more for dipping
  4. 1/2 cup Dark Chocolate chopped, or Dark Chocolate Chips + a little more for melting
  5. 2 tsp. Coconut Oil (separated)
  6. Small Waffles Cones (optional)
While you wait for the bananas to freeze
  1. Place a sheet of parchment paper on a baking sheet and set aside. Add the1/2 cup Almond Butter, + 1 tsp. coconut oil and Almond Meal together in small bowl. Mix until thoroughly combined.
  2. Spoon mixture onto parchment paper and spread with spoon or spatula to create a square/rectangle.
  3. Place in freezer until firm, about 30 minutes.
  4. Remove frozen banana slices from freezer and place in food processor.
  5. Turn food processor on and blend bananas, stopping to scrape down when needed. This will take about 5-10 minutes of blending. The bananas will get easier to blend as they warm up. The beginning of the ice-cream will look like small banana 'crumbs' and then blend into a creamy soft-serve style ice cream.
  6. Allow to blend until smooth. Once blended add the 3 Tbs. Almond Butter and pulse one or two times to distribute.
  7. Remove Almond Butter mixture from freezer and, using a pizza cutter, slice into small squares. These will become your "Almond Butter Chips" throughout the ice cream.
  8. Quickly add the Almond Butter Chips along with the chopped Dark Chocolate to the ice cream and pulse again until just blended.
  9. Using a spatula transfer the ice-cream to a container with a lid and smooth the top. Place in freezer for at least 3 hours before serving.
To make the dipped chocolate cones
  1. Melt 1 tsp. Coconut Oil along with about 1/4 cup dark chocolate (either in the microwave on low intervals, or on the stovetop) - place in small ramekin or shallow dish.
  2. Take one cone at a time and dip top into the chocolate making sure to cover all edges and about 1/2-inch down the cone.
  3. You can leave them plain - or roll the freshly-dipped cone into almond meal to cover.
  4. Place dipped-side down on a piece of parchment and allow to dry on the counter until set. You can also transfer to the fridge to speed-up the process. Store any un-used cones in an air-tight container in the fridge.
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