Unlike most single ladies, I don’t hate Valentines Day. But I do not celebrate Valentine’s day. I plan to spend February 14 like any other day. I will go to work, complete assignments for grad school, and constantly make this face as I walk around campus:
But I know that some of you have a less passive response to red heart balloons.
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.
If there is ever a time to make candy, it is October…
Now that I have my diploma in hand, I have a confession.
This is Katy Bunny, the loyal rabbit that I stuffed at Build-A-Bear Workshop when I was 5 years old.
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.