Cranberry-Banana Gingerbread (with Blind Spot Nutbutters)

Cranberry-Banana Gingerbread (with Blind Spot Nutbutters)

December is national fruitcake month.

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Depending completely on your personal opinion, my childhood was either blessed or deprived.  Why? Because, to my knowledge, I never tasted fruitcake.

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This fact doesn’t disappoint me.  Cursory research says that fruitcake was originally created to last for a full 365 days.  A baked good that lasts more than a month is a little freaky.  What do they put in that stuff?

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So here is my version of a fruitcake with bananas, cranberries, oatmeal, and (of course) nut butter.  I figure that any loaf with fruit in it can be called “fruitcake,” right?

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Unlike real fruitcake, this bread will only last for about a week in the fridge (if you manage not to eat the whole loaf at once).

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Makes 1 loaf, about 10 slices

Ingredients

  • 3 overripe bananas
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups oatmeal
  • 1.2 oz (about 3.5 tablespoons) Gingerbread Cookie Blended Nut Butter
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries, chopped

Direction

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 8X4 inch bread pan with nonstick spray.
  • In a blender, combine bananas, egg, oatmeal, nut butter, and baking soda.  Blend until smooth.
  • Stir in spices.
  • Fold in chopped cranberries.
  • Pour into greased baking pan. Top with sliced bananas, if desired.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  • Let cool completely.
  • Slice and top with anything you would like! Butter, jam, more nutbutter, etc.
  • Eat and enjoy!
Thai Peanut Penne

Thai Peanut Penne

If you have read this blog for long, you know that I have a solid reason to love November.

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At first glance, this recipe seems a little haphazard.  Rarely will you find penne and peanuts in the same bowl.  But trust me.  It works.

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Moreover, it’s only three ingredients.  Simple recipes are the best.

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Thai Peanut Penne

Ingredients

  • 12 oz. penne pasta
  • 12 oz. frozen broccoli
  • 1/2 cup Blind Spot Thai Peanut Sauce**
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger (optional)

Directions

  • Cook pasta and broccoli according to package instructions.
  • Melt peanut sauce in the microwave for 20-30 seconds.
  • Stir all ingredients together.
  • Eat and enjoy.

 

**If you want to make your own peanut sauce, this one might be similar.

Cookies and Cream Frozen Yogurt (Blind Spot Monthly Recipe Series)

Cookies and Cream Frozen Yogurt (Blind Spot Monthly Recipe Series)

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Want to know what I ate on my fifth birthday?

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Orange Dreamsicle Smoothie Bowl

Orange Dreamsicle Smoothie Bowl

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The first bowl of overnight oatmeal I ever made was The Oatmeal Artist’s orange dreamsicle overnight oats.  I fell in love instantly.  It was like my mouth had found an old friend.

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Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie

Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie

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I just found this post that has been sitting in my drafts bin for two years.  No joke, TWO YEARS!

…can a blog post grow old???

What was my life even like two years ago?  Spring of 2015 was my first semester as an RA.  I was working weird hours at a daycare (6:50-7:50 am, 2:30-6:00 pm).  I had never been to Texas.  I didn’t like tomatoes.

I think that it is about time that I share this recipe.

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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup milk of choice
  • 1 kiwi, peeled and sliced
  • 2 large strawberries, stems removed
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 large handful spinach

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
  • Drink and enjoy!

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Chocolate Covered Pretzel Oatmeal

Chocolate Covered Pretzel Oatmeal

If you do not know what someone wants for Christmas, get them food.

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This seems to be the general consensus of most Americans, and  I believe that it usually works well.  As a teacher, my mom received piles of cookies, cakes, and treats from her students, and my family never complained about this multitude of desserts.

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One of our favorites, chocolate covered pretzels, is the inspiration for today’s recipe.

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 banana, mashed
  • 1 tsp. cocoa powder
  • sweetener to taste
  • handful of pretzels

Directions

  • In a small saucepan, bring water and vanilla to a boil.
  • Stir in oatmeal and banana.  Return to a boil and stir in cocoa powder and sweetener.
  • Reduce heat to medium.  Cook until you are pleased with the consistency (probably around five minutes).
  • Transfer to a bowl.  Stir in pretzels.
  • Eat immediately (no one wants soggy pretzels!).
  • Enjoy!

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Rice Krispie Treat Oatmeal

Rice Krispie Treat Oatmeal

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Last Wednesday, I promised to share my recipe for Rice Krispie Treat Oatmeal.

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I wish I had a great story about Rice Krispie Treats, but I don’t.  Actually, I don’t like store-bought Rice Krispie Treats because they are too thick and dry.

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But I do like oatmeal, and I like Rice Krispie cereal, and I like marshmallows, so I figured that I could put them all together.

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It was a good decision.

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/2 banana, mashed
  • 1/4 cup Rice Krispie cereal
  • 1/3 cup marshmallows, divided

Directions

  • Combine oatmeal and water in a microwave-safe bowl.  Microwave on high for 90 seconds.
  • Stir in mashed banana and half of the marshmallows. Microwave an additional 30 seconds.
  • Stir in Rice Krispie cereal and remaining marshmallows.
  • Eat and enjoy!