November is National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month
Have you seen the crazy milkshakes that are available at restaurants like Burger Batch in downtown Winston Salem?
September is National Honey Month
The day after I first made this hummus, I ate it at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It’s that good. It’s also incredibly easy to prepare. Snickerdoodle hummus is made of simple ingredients including cashew butter, honey, and (of course) cinnamon. I love to eat it with carrots or cinnamon tortilla chips, but all you really need is a spoon!
September is National Honey Month
There’s a lot I could say about these muffins.
I could mention that Super Squirrely was the first Blind Spot Nutbutter flavor that I tried (back in 2016).
Next week, my older brother will celebrate his 25th birthday. He has lived 9125 days, and I estimate that he has eaten Pop Tarts for breakfast at least 9000 times.
Yes, I realize that would mean that he ate Pop Tarts when he was only 4 months old. He probably did.
His favorite flavor is frosted strawberry. Although I don’t eat Pop Tarts nearly as often as he does, I do love just about anything with cinnamon.
And that’s where this recipe was born. In the picture above, there are three types of homemade Pop Tarts:
- Frosted Strawberry (for Brother)
- Cinnamon Roll (for myself)
- Chocolate Chip (for everyone because the world loves chocolate)
- 2 cups oatmeal ground into flour
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/3 cup applesauce
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2-4 tbs cold water
- Combine all crust ingredients in a food processor. Pulse 20 times, and then let the food processor run until all ingredients are well combined and become a ball of dough. I had to stop the food processor several times to break up large chunks of coconut oil.
- Divide dough into two equal parts. Wrap each half in plastic wrap and flatten slightly. Place in refrigerator for 15 minutes.
- Remove dough from refrigerator and let sit for about 10 minutes (it seems weird, but it worked). Roll dough between two pieces of plastic wrap until it is about 1/8 inch thick.
- Using cookie cutters or a knife, cut dough into as many pieces as possible before re-rolling and cutting.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place half of the dough pieces of a cookie sheet lightly sprayed with non-stick spray. Place about 1 tablespoon of filling in the middle of each piece of crust. Leave about 1/4 in on each side so that the filling will not come out the sides when it bakes.
- Place a second piece of dough on top of each bottom piece. Use a fork to seal the edges. Use a toothpick to poke holes in the top of each pop tart.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes until lightly browned. Let cool.
- I topped mine with a simple glaze (powdered sugar + milk), but that is completely optional.
- Eat and enjoy! These can be stored in an airtight container for up to a week.
P.S. – I am linking up with Angie and her cohosts Lizet @ Chipa by the dozen and Jhuls @ The Not So Creative Cook for Fiesta Friday.
Baking in the dorm kitchen is always an adventure for several reasons:
- You never know what pans are actually clean.
- There is no working mixer.
- I have to carry the ingredients from my room to the kitchen (and always have to go back because I forget to take cooking spray).
- There are no pot holders.
- There is no cake tester, so sometimes I poke holes in the cake and try a piece before I remember to take pictures of the final product.
Yet, I love to bake, and my hall loves cupcakes, so I find myself vigorously stirring batter every few weeks.
Several weeks ago, I bought bananas for ten cents a pound. Like all discounted bananas, they were mushy before I could eat them all. Nonetheless, I believe that it is an unpardonable sin to throw away bananas because you can always bake with overripe bananas. I also found powdered peanut butter at a discounted price. I decided to combine the two ingredients, and this simple banana bread was the result.
You may have noticed that I tagged this recipe as vegan. The truth is, I am only 99% sure that the recipe is vegan. Since I am not vegan myself and never will be (it is a proven fact that my body needs dairy to function), I do not know what vegans exclude from their diets other than meat, dairy, eggs, and honey. I do know that bananas and powdered peanut butter do not contain animal products. If someone wants, they can enlighten me on the unpronounceable ingredients of boxed cake mix:
Whether it is vegan or not, this cake tastes delicious, costs less than $3 total, and is simple to make. I hope you enjoy!
- 1 box yellow cake mix
- 4 overripe bananas
- 1/2 cup powdered peanut butter
- 1 tbs. cinnamon (optional)
- water (as needed)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Mash bananas.
- Combine cake mix and mashed bananas completely. Stir in powdered peanut butter and cinnamon, adding water as needed.
- Coat a sheet pan with nonstick spray. Pour batter into pan.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes.
- Let cool completely. Eat and enjoy!
Saturday evening after supper, I was successfully avoiding real schoolwork.
To begin, I downloaded a bunch of “educational” apps so that I could “review” them for my Educational Technology class (actually I just enjoy playing children’s games). In between trying to create mathematical sentences and type parts of speech, I decided to scroll through my drafts folder.
Lo and behold, I have multiple recipes waiting to be shared. I hope you enjoy National Apple Month with these apple cinnamon bites.
- 1 1/4 cups flour
- 3/4 cup oatmeal
- 2 tbs sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 cup applesauce
- 1/4 apple, diced
- 2/3 cup milk
- 1 tbs lemon juice
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- extra sugar, for topping
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahernheit.
- Combine milk and lemon juice. Let sit while completing the next two steps.
- In a separate bowl, mix together first seven ingredients (flour, oatmeal, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon)
- Stir in applesauce and diced apple.
- Add vanilla to milk and lemon juice mixture.
- Gradually add wet mixture to dry mixture until completely combined into a sticky dough.
- Coat brownie pan and insert with nonstick spray. Evenly spread dough into the pan. Press the insert into the pan.
- Bake in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes. Remove from oven.
- Set oven to broil. Sprinkle sugar over pan and broil for two minutes.
- Let cool completely before removing from pan.
- Eat and enjoy with a glass of milk!
Adapted from “(Relatively) Healthy Oatmeal Scones” by slicedpeaches.
What would Sweet Potato Week be without a recipe for sweet potato casserole?
What would Kat’s 9 Lives be without oatmeal?
You may never know the answer to those questions.
For the sweet potato filling:
- 2/3 cup cooked, mashed sweet potato
- 1 tbs milk
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/16 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp vanilla
For the oatmeal topping:
- 2 tbs oatmeal
- 1/2 tbs water
- 1/4 tsp honey
- sprinkle of cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and lightly coat a single-serve ramekin with nonstick spray
- Mix together all ingredients for the filling and scoop into the ramekin
- Bake for 5 minutes
- Meanwhile, mix together all of the topping ingredients
- Remove the sweet potato filling from the oven and top with oatmeal mixture
- Return the ramekin to the oven and continue to bake for 15-20 minutes
- Let cool, eat, and enjoy!