When I started planning for National BLT month, I had to Google* a list of foods that begin with the letter T.
…tangelo, tapioca, tamales, tahini…
Seeing tiramisu on the list, I returned to Google. I knew that tiramisu is cake, but I didn’t know what made this cake special.
If you give me a coupon, I am more likely to buy something. If you give me a coupon and put the item on sale, it’s a done deal. The product is in my cart.
That’s how I found myself with a box of these chocolate-covered banana slices. I became an immediate fan. The packaged treat was just so convenient as a snack around the house.
…But I wasn’t about to buy another box without a coupon, especially since I knew I could make an enhanced, decorated version at home.
You really only need 2 ingredients for this recipe: bananas and chocolate. If you are feeling festive or fancy, add some crushed nuts, shredded coconut, granola, candy pieces, sprinkles, butterscotch chips, or anything else that would taste good with bananas and chocolate.
- 1 banana, cut into thirds
- 2 tablespoons chocolate chips
- toppings of your choice: crushed nuts, shredded coconut, granola, candy pieces, sprinkles, butterscotch chips, etc. Out of the toppings I have tried, I think that coconut is the best.
- Melt chocolate chips in the microwave. Place them in a microwave-safe glass bowl, and microwave on high for 45 seconds. Stir, and microwave for an additional 20 seconds. Continue to microwave for 20 seconds and stir until the chocolate is smooth.
- Pierce each section of banana with a popsicle stick. Dip the banana in chocolate, using a spoon to spread the chocolate evenly.
- Roll the banana in your toppings.
- Place the banana pops on a sheet pan covered with wax paper. Freeze for 6 hours or overnight.
- Eat and enjoy!
Do you combine coupons and sales?
P.S. I am linking up with Angie and Abbey @ Three Cats and a Girl for Fiesta Friday!
Do y’all remember those word puzzles from childhood that were a series of pictures placed together to make words? I can’t remember what they were called, but they looked like this:
February is National Chocolate Lover’s Month
It’s no secret that I LOVE nut butter. I like nut butter with bananas. I like nut butter with oatmeal. I like nut butter with pretzels. I like nut butter with carrots. And I really like nut butter with chocolate.
This month would be wasted if I did not include at least one recipe for oatmeal in its truest form, cooked on the stove and served warm in a bowl.
But you better believe that this is NOT a recipe for brown goop!
On the contrary, I serve to you a warm winter version of rocky road ice cream. Rich chocolate, gooey marshmallows, and smooth almonds meld together and form a decadent, protein-rich breakfast. Rather than inducing brain-freeze, this steaming bowl of chocolate will thaw your heart.
Grab a spoon and dig in!
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup oatmeal
- 1 tbs cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 tbs vanilla protein powder OR 1/2 tbs sweetener (honey, sugar, stevia, etc.) plus 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- small handful marshmallows
- sliced almonds or other nut of choice (as much as you would like)
- In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil.
- Stir in oatmeal and return to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, and cook 2 minutes. Add cocoa powder and protein powder (or sweetener and vanilla). Cook 3-5 minutes (until oatmeal is desired consistency).
- Turn off the burner, and stir in the marshmallows and almonds.
- Transfer to a bowl, and let cool for a few minutes (you don’t want to burn your tongue!).
- Eat and enjoy!
I am linking up with Angie for Fiesta Friday!
Every Saturday I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week. These posts may grow or evolve as time passes. Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section!
1. A change in the weather
It’s January, which means three things:
- The air is cold.
- The gym is packed.
- We are all celebrating National Oatmeal Month. Am I right?
Although there is nothing I can do to bring warmer weather or expel a few Resolutioners from the gym, I can continue to help you celebrate National Oatmeal Month.
Lemon poppy seed is one of my favorite muffin flavors. Lemon is light, and happy, and the taste of summer. Maybe these muffins will provide enough sunshine to last me to June.
- 2 cups oatmeal
- 1 1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1/2 cup applesauce
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp honey
- juice from 1/2 medium lemon
- zest from 1/2 medium lemon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and liberally coat a 12-count muffin pan with nonstick spray
- Grind oatmeal in a food processor to make a coarse flour
- Whisk together oat flour, poppy seeds, baking soda, baking powder, and milk
- In a separate bowl, combine milk, orange juice, applesauce, vanilla extract, honey, lemon juice, and lemon zest
- Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients
- Evenly distribute batter between 12 muffin wells
- Bake for 10-12 minutes
- Let cool in pan
- Remove from pan, eat, and enjoy!