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banana bread blondie…cake!

Good morning bloggy boos! How are you?

I am quite the snuffalupagus this morning, I am pretty sure I have sneezed up a tornado. I think it may be appropriate to bring my own box of tissues to class. Whaddup, nasal decongestant!

I loved hearing all of your weird food stories and advice about college! In case you missed yesterday’s post, you can read it here. Long story short, I won an indoor triathlon and am choosing between two AMAZING colleges, and one that I am wait-listed to.

Finally it is sinking in that this is a decision that will determine my life path for the next four years. And possibly my life course for the rest of my life. Not going to lie, it’s a bit heavy but I am ready for it. No matter where I go, I know I will have a fun four years, at one more so than the others:) Sorority, here I come!

So what’s a girl to do with such a heavy decision on her shoulders? Um, eat.

Specifically, Banana Bread Cake.

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That’s what happens when you’d rather have banana bread that looks like a slice of cake than a slice of bread. Chickayeahhhh 🙂

As a child, banana bread was my favorite thing that the Madre would make. It has a soft spot in my heart, and obviously I had to replace the sugar, eggs, and gluten with high-protein alternatives. You could basically eat this for dinner.

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What, you don’t eat cake every day?

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Because that’s just wrong. Make this, and have cake every day for the rest of your life.

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Or should I say, ten times a day for the rest of your life.

Not that I would know or anything.

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Banana Bread Blondie Cake

Vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free

Adapted from my Orange-Cranberry and Raspberry Amaretto Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 + 1/4 cup quinoa flour
  • 1/3 + 1/4 cup garbanzo bean flour
  • 1/4 cup NuStevia Baking Blend
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 bananas, mashed
  • 1.5 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup non-dairy milk (I used unsweetened So Delicious Coconut)

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and grease a cake pan with coconut oil.
  2. Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. In a smaller bowl, mash both of your bananas until almost liquidy, and then add the extractives and 1/4 cup of non-dairy milk.
  4. Add wet to dry, and mix thoroughly. Add more non-dairy milk as needed to make a dough that is stirrable, not tough or stiff. You want your dough to be wet enough to spread itself into a cake shape.
  5. Pour dough into your cake pan, and smooth the top.
  6. Bake for 30-45 minutes, or until a toothpick poked into the center comes out clean. Cook it more if you want a less dense center.
  7. Try not to burn your tongue eating a slice of this straight out of the oven.

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Dense like a blondie, banana-y like banana bread, and sliced like a cake. What more could a girl want?!

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I enjoyed a (few) large slices with apple spread frosting, coconut butter, and chopped banana. It doesn’t get any better:)

No picture of that though because it just looked narsty.

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^^ See my oven mitt thumb print? Aweeee presh, my cake has a beauty mark!

That’s all for today loves! Tomorrow you will have a delicious macaroon/ball recipe and some sweet protein socca! See you on the flip, chickadees:)

Tell me some of your college stories/advice!!

Please and shank you:)

How do you handle big life decisions? Are you a worrier or a planner?

I am a huge planner. Although things can worry me a little bit, my viewpoint is that there is a plan, and you will end up where you are supposed to be.

Favorite childhood food?

Banana bread and oat cakes:) Recipe for those son of guns coming soon!

xoxox,

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Because who doesn’t like a warm batch of cookies.

Good morning chickadoodees! How are you on this fine Indulgence Friday morning?

I am dandylicious, mainly because I baked up a storm in my kitchen last night.

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You see, my AP Bio teacher has been an amazing teacher all year, and someone who I’ve enjoyed talking to about the Padre, running, healthy food, almond butter, and nutrition.

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To say the least, he basically rocks my socks. And through all of these hard times the past few months, he has taken tons of time to meet with me during my free periods and go over things from class that I didn’t understand, since many times it was not exactly easy to stay focused. (If you would like to know more about my last few months, you can read about them here.)

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So, what better way to thank someone than to bake them some yummy deliciousness?

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Um, I don’t really think there is.

Cookies are always the way to go.

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Obviously I had to concoct something brand-spankin’-new. Which meant thinking of one of the most delicious combinations known to man, and creating it in moist, chewy cookie form.

I would call this one a “great success” (name that movie!).

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These are moist, flavorful, and most of all, nutrition- and protein- packed. And as usual, they are gluten-free, vegan, and completely sugar-free. So basically dessert is okay any time of the day.

And I’m okay with that.

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This one’s for you, Doc!

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Chocolate-Covered Banana Cookies

Adapted from my Orange-Cranberry and Raspberry Amaretto Cookies

Makes 12 Large Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup almond flour (almond meal)
  • 1/3 cup quinoa flour
  • 1/4 cup quinoa flakes
  • 1/3 + 1/4 cup garbanzo bean flour
  • 1/4 cup NuStevia Baking Blend
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tbsp. chocolate extract
  • 1/4 cup non-dairy milk (I used unsweetened So Delicious Coconut)
  • 1 block of chocolate, roughly chopped (I used Baker’s unsweetened)
  • cacao nibs, for garnish

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and grease a cookie sheet with coconut oil.
  2. Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. In a smaller bowl, mash one of your bananas until it is almost liquidy, and then add the extractives and 1/4 cup of non-dairy milk.
  4. Add wet to dry, and mix thoroughly. Add more non-dairy milk as needed to make a cookie dough that is stirrable, not tough or stiff. You want your dough to be wet enough to spread itself into a cookie shape, but firm enough to hold its shape once plopped down.
  5. Fold in your chopped chocolate. Peel your second banana and chop into small pieces. Fold into the cookie dough.
  6. Scoop dough by the tablespoon onto your cookie sheet and sprinkle with cacao nibs.
  7. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until a toothpick poked into the center comes out clean.
  8. Try not to burn your tongue eating one of these straight out of the oven.

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Okay I ate approx. two of these straight out of the oven. Sorry DSmith, had to taste test Winking smile

But lezzbehonest, these were the most moist, delicious cookies I have ever tasted. The combo of the sweet, baked banana and the shockingly bitter chocolate makes for a killer combo!

It is basically like banana bread in cookie form, but better. And there’s chocolate. And we all know everything is better with chocolate:)

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Since they were such a hit with (my tummy) and the fam, I am making another batch later this afternoon. So Hollie, be sure to demand one of these cookies tomorrow!

I love Indulgence Friday🙂

See you tomorrow bloggy boos!! Indulge big today:)

Something to Think:

Today in the locker room at my gym, I heard a woman with her daughter and remarked how blissful it is to be a child. She responded with, “Yeah, well I’m a slave!”. For a moment I thought she was joking, but she looked honestly upset. Are some parents actually resentful of their children? I know this is not something I have ever come across. Do any of you have some thoughts on this?

How are you celebrating Indulgence Friday?

Tell me about your yumssss!:)

What is your favorite cookie flavor?

Currently, this one. Banana bread in cookie form, plus chocolate. It does not get much better than that my friends.

How do you usually thank people?

I love baking because you get to lick the bowl and “taste test” Winking smile

xoxox,

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p.p.s. I just realized I sounded WAY more serious than usual today. Maybe it is because I am getting ready for college decisions to come my way? Lots of big life decisions are coming up in the next two weeks, and I am both excited and completely freaked out. Wish me luck love doves:)

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Raw, raw, ah ah ahhh

Last night, I felt like going raw. So, I made a raw tomato soup and tabbouleh (bulgur isn’t exactly raw, but it was the only part that was cooked! 🙂 ). The soup has a little bit of a kick to it (from the garlic) which I really liked, and it was super refreshing. The tabbouleh was so good, and we kept going back for more! I made a giaaaaaant bowl that was totally full and we ate most of it. Go us!

Raw Tomato Soup

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 6 tomatoes
  • 4 stalks of celery
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • a large handful of basil

Directions:

  1. Blend and serve immediately. Yum 🙂

Tabbouleh

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup dry bulgur
  • 1-2 cups halved grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 (15.5-oz.) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice (this would also probably be good with a tablespoon or two of EVOO)

Directions:

  1. Boil 2 cups of water in a medium saucepan with a pinch of sea salt. Once boiled, stir in the bulgur, then remove from heat and cover for 30 minutes (or until all the water is absorbed).
  2. Fluff bulgur with a fork and combine with chopped vegetables and chickpeas. Pour in lemon juice and thoroughly combine.
  3. Season with salt and pepper to taste (I prefer this dish naked) and serve!

We also had a few bananas lying around that were just a tad too ripe to eat, so I decided to whip up some banana bread for dessert! However, it’s the healthiest banana bread on earth since it contains no added sugar, artificial sweeteners, or refined carbohydrates so it’s perfect as a breakfast or pre-workout snack! You can find my recipe here. This time, I added a cup of raisins (a heaping cup I should say) and another heaping cup of walnuts. You can make it more dessert-y by adding in some vegan chocolate chips, cacao nibs, or even some unsweetened cacao powder! Yum 🙂

You can still see little chunks of bananers :)yum yum

We also happened to have a pineapple lying around. And two mangoes. And a watermelon….

Let’s just say I have a lot of fruit in my fridge.

In other news, I’m training for a 5K! It’s on September 5th, so I still have time to train. I have to get used to running outside, it’s always so humid! I got in two miles outside today, and tomorrow I’ll try to build my endurance. After that, I had to go inside for the rest of my workout…much too humid for my little lungs.

Do you have any advice for race training? Personal stories in running? Let me know! 🙂

That’s all for now! I observed a dietitian for 5 hours today, so I’ll recap on that later 🙂

xoxox,

Katelyn

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