Cranberry-Banana Gingerbread (with Blind Spot Nutbutters)

Cranberry-Banana Gingerbread (with Blind Spot Nutbutters)

December is national fruitcake month.


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


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?


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?


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).


Makes 1 loaf, about 10 slices


  • 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


  • 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


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


  • 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


  • 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

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

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


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!


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…

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.

I can’t flip a pancake. gingerbread5
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.


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

Gingerbread Man Pancakes


  • 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


  • 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


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


  • 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