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!
Cold Morning; Warm Breakfast

Cold Morning; Warm Breakfast

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I am told that hot coffee is wonderful on a cold morning, but I cannot personally attest to that fact.  Although my mom drinks straight black coffee on a daily basis, I have no affection for the bitter drink.  However, I am always seeking for unique ways to cook oatmeal, and using coffee as the base sounded like an interesting approach.

To my surprise, I loved this oatmeal!  The dark taste of coffee was indeed warming, and the gingerbread flavor was perfect for a wintry morning.

Gingerbread Latte Oatmeal

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup strong black coffee
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Directions

  • Bring water and coffee to a boil
  • Reduce heat to medium and stir in oatmeal
  • Add cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and vanilla
  • Stir in honey before servinggingerbreadcoffee

Adapted from theoatmealartist.com

You’ll Never Flip Me; I’m a Gingerbread Pancake

You’ll Never Flip Me; I’m a Gingerbread Pancake

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  The college halls have been “decked”, the church across the street is building a nativity, and ugly sweaters are making an appearance in the cafeteria.  It’s time to celebrate!

The idea came to me as I lay in bed one cold morning.  Gingerbread man pancakes!  After pulling myself from the warm covers, I gathered my supplies to create a delicious, wintry breakfast.  Eggs, flour, applesauce, spices, I had everything I needed.  Except a man-shaped cookie cutter.  Whatever, I thought, I will make this work without a cookie cutter.gingerbread2

First, I mixed together all of the ingredients (see below).  It smelled delicious!

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Then, I poured my batter onto the pan in the shape of a gingerbread man.

This is where I ran into a little trouble.  I couldn’t get my man to flip.  At all.

After a little reconstructive surgery, I formed what you see below…

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One mishap was not going to stop me, though.  I still had over half of my batter left.  I poured it all into the pan to make one large pancake.  My plan was to use cookie cutters to cut the large pancake into shapes.

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So I did what any self-respecting blogger would do.  I smashed my pancake scraps together in a  cookie cutter, took some pictures, and told all my loyal readers about the ordeal.

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Hey, looks aren’t everything.  It’s the delicious taste of these babies that counts!

Gingerbread Man Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup applesauce
  • 1 tbs. wheat flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ginger
  • 1/8 tsp. all spice
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 scant pinch cloves

Directions

  • Thoroughly combine all ingredients in a bowl.
  • Coat a pan with non-stick spray and warm over medium heat.
  • Pour batter by spoonful onto pan.
  • Once bubbles are forming on top of the batter, flip the pancake.
  • Cook several more minutes.
  • Transfer to plate.
  • Eat and enjoy!
Christmas in July

Christmas in July

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Seasons have their own flavors, but sometimes it is fun to mix the seasons. Nothing tastes more like Christmas than gingerbread, and July is a month of fresh fruits and berries. Let me introduce you to the happy marriage of these two seasons.

Gingerberry Overnight Oatmeal

  • 1/2cup oats
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 banana, mashed
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla
  • a tiny pinch cloves
  • 1 date, pitted and chopped
  • blueberries

Directions

  • You know the drill 🙂  Put it all in a sealable container, mix it up, and refrigerate overnight.
  • In the morning, top with extra blueberries or banana slices