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!
Blind Spot Nutbutters Monthly Recipe: It’s a Zoo in My Lunchbox

Blind Spot Nutbutters Monthly Recipe: It’s a Zoo in My Lunchbox

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From January to April, I was a student teacher at a local elementary school.

In my last month of student teaching, I made a list of the many reasons that I was eager to finish:

  • I will have time to blog again.
  • I will have time for photography again.
  • I will have time to run again.
  • I will have time to bake again.
  • I will have more time.  Period.

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Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie with Blind Spot “Fit and Nutty”

Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie with Blind Spot “Fit and Nutty”

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I was originally going to save this recipe for July, and then I learned a few very important facts:

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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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Apple Cinnamon Bites

Apple Cinnamon Bites

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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.

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Lo and behold, I have multiple recipes waiting to be shared.  I hope you enjoy National Apple Month with these apple cinnamon bites.

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Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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!

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Adapted from “(Relatively) Healthy Oatmeal Scones” by  slicedpeaches.

 

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WIAW: Stress Free Saturday

WIAW: Stress Free Saturday

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Today for What I Eat Wednesday, I am showing pictures of my meals on Saturday.  I wrote the text Saturday morning, and I felt that it gave appropriate “spiritual food for thought” to pair with my comestible activity for the rest of the day.

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Breakfast: The best way to finish off a jar of peanut butter is to make oatmeal in a jar!  I added grapes to make it more like pb&j.

 

Be anxious for nothing -Philippians 4:6

I seem to quote that verse on a second by second basis, and yet I am so bad at obeying it.  I tend to do the opposite and worry about everything.

Mid-morning snack: vanilla yogurt with strawberries and mandarin oranges

Right now, it is 4:30 Saturday morning, and this is what I am thinking:

  • What if I got a failing grade on the speech I gave yesterday?
  • Will I have enough time to get this assignment done?
  • What will the cafeteria serve for lunch?
  • If I swim today, will it give my mind a rest or be too taxing on my muscles?
  • I told M and K that I would take date-iversary pictures of them this afternoon, but I don’t really know what they want or what their style is.
  • Did I drink enough water yesterday?
  • Should I make my WIAW post for Saturday or Monday?
  • Should I go to the elementary school on Monday to do some prep work for student teaching?
  • I wonder if I can pick up some extra hours at work this week.
  • Should I have bought a different type of cake mix to bake for the hall meeting on Tuesday?  
  • Will I pass my licensure tests next month? 
  • Am I prepared to student teach in January?
  • What am I going to do after graduation?
  • Am I worrying too much?

I am sure the list could go on for quite a while.

Lunch in the cafeteria: banana & peanut butter sandwich (toasted in the waffle iron because the panini press was gone), mixed vegetables, and cottage cheese with cranberries

Be anxious for nothing,

But in everything with prayer and supplication 

Let your requests be made known unto God. 

– Philippians 4:13

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Snack while writing lesson plans: (an American classic) a hotdog and chips (I usually don’t have hotdogs in my room, but earlier this week, I really wanted a good hotdog.  Since I am picky about what counts as a “good hotdog,” I went to the store and bought a pack.)

I think my problem is that I never really make it past that first line of that verse.  I get so worried about not being anxious that I fail to realize that God does not leave me to find my own peace.

Supper in the cafeteria: penne pasta with chicken, vegetables, and alfredo sauce, and a bowl of cottage cheese

God wants me to bring my worries to Him in prayer with  thanksgiving.  He doesn’t expect me to mitigate my own fears.

Pre-Bible-Study-Snack: Peanut butter crackers…protecting the world from a hangry Kat.

…My peace do I leave with you. I do not give it as the world gives. Do not let your heart be troubled or afraid. 

– John 14:27

Snack at Bible Study: 3 Pumpkin Cheesecake bars made by our hostess (don’t you love our patriotic plates in the middle of Autumn? 🙂 )

So right now, I am bowing my head in prayer and dedicating myself to a stress-free Saturday.  I am going to fervently surrender to God’s grace.  Then I will crawl back into bed and rest in God’s peace, eager to embrace His mercies that are new every morning.

After-Bible-Study-Snack: Greek yogurt with peanut butter (I added about 4 oz. of peanut butter to this after taking the picture…I usually eat about 4 oz. of peanut butter a night).

Did I spend Saturday completely stress- and worry-free?  No.  Nonetheless, typing that post did help me put my anxiety into perspective.  I must daily hold my life up to the light of eternity and surrender my struggles to God.

Thanks Jenn (Peas and Crayons), Laura (sprint2thetable), Arman (thebigmansworld) and Meghan (cleaneatsfastfeets).