Pitaya and Mango Smoothie Bowl

Pitaya and Mango Smoothie Bowl

June 23 is National Pink Day!

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Last summer, I fell in love with smoothie bowls.  Every Saturday as soon we we were released from media and cleaning duties, my camp compadre drove us to Nekter Juice Bar for acai bowls piled high with strawberries, granola, and bananas.  She always purchased a berry-laden bowl, but I sampled every option.

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Mixed Berry Jelly Filled Doughnuts (National Doughnut Day)

Mixed Berry Jelly Filled Doughnuts (National Doughnut Day)

Suddenly, it is June, and it is National Doughnut Day!

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Is it any surprise that National Doughnut Day makes me think of camp?  My first summer working at Pine Cove’s Camp in the City, there was a boy on our team nicknamed “Dunks.”  National Doughnut Day fell during our first week of camp in Marietta, GA.  A camper decided to bring Dunkin’ Donuts for Dunks in honor of his personal holiday.

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Today, I am sharing with you an easy recipe for baked doughnuts.  If you have a doughnut pan, this batter is perfect for beautiful circular doughnuts.

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If you don’t have a doughnut pan, I recommend baking the batter in a muffin tin.  Once the doughnuts have cooled, scoop a shallow hole into the top of the muffin, and fill it with jelly.

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Yield: 12 donuts

Ingredients

  • 2 cups oat flour (rolled oats ground into flour)
  • 1/2 cup sugar or other granulated sweetener
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 6 tablespoons smooth nutbutter (Suggestion:  I used a maple flavored peanut butter, and it was incredible!)
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries, chopped
  • 1 cup thawed mixed berries, pureed

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and coat a doughnut pan or muffin tin with nonstick spray.
  • Mix together dry ingredients (oat flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt).
  • Whisk wet ingredients in a separate bowl (milk, egg, and vanilla).
  • Combine the two mixtures.  Melt the nutbutter in the microwave for about thirty seconds.  Stir into the batter.
  • Fold in frozen chopped berries.
  • Pour into pan.  Bake for 20-30 minutes, until a toothpick can be inserted and come out clean.  Let cool.
  • Top or fill with pureed berries.
  • Eat and enjoy!

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Which spelling do you prefer: donut or doughnut?

P.S.  I am linking up with Angie and  Jhuls @ The Not So Creative Cook for Fiesta Friday.

Strawberry Salsa

Strawberry Salsa

May is National Strawberry Month AND National Salsa Month

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Did you know that almost 14% of people think that cilantro tastes like soap? It’s true, and it’s completely scientific.

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Chocolate-Covered Banana Pops

Chocolate-Covered Banana Pops

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.

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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.

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…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.

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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.

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Ingredients

  • 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.

Directions

  • 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!

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Do you combine coupons and sales?

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P.S. I am linking up with Angie and Abbey @ Three Cats and a Girl for Fiesta Friday!

Salted Peanut Butter Klondike Bar

Salted Peanut Butter Klondike Bar

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What would you do-oo-oo-oo for a Klondike bar?

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Now that you are considering all sorts of crazy feats, let’s switch gears and chat about the great month of March.  I love March for several reasons.

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Strawberry & Nutella Baked Taquitos

Strawberry & Nutella Baked Taquitos

February is National Chocolate Lover’s Month

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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.

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Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

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It’s January, which means three things:

  1. The air is cold.
  2. The gym is packed.
  3. 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.

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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.

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Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and liberally coat a 12-count muffin pan with nonstick spray
  2. Grind oatmeal in a food processor to make a coarse flour
  3. Whisk together oat flour, poppy seeds, baking soda, baking powder, and milk
  4. In a separate bowl, combine milk, orange juice, applesauce, vanilla extract, honey, lemon juice, and lemon zest
  5. Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients
  6. Evenly distribute batter between 12 muffin wells
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes
  8. Let cool in pan
  9. Remove from pan, eat, and enjoy!

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