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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Cookies and Cream Frozen Yogurt (Blind Spot Monthly Recipe Series)

Cookies and Cream Frozen Yogurt (Blind Spot Monthly Recipe Series)

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Want to know what I ate on my fifth birthday?

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Gooey Coconut Bars {Blind Spot Monthly Recipe Series}

Gooey Coconut Bars {Blind Spot Monthly Recipe Series}

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Now that I have my diploma in hand, I have a confession.

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Carrot Cake Bites {Blind Spot Monthly Recipe}

Carrot Cake Bites {Blind Spot Monthly Recipe}

This is Katy Bunny, the loyal rabbit that I stuffed at Build-A-Bear Workshop when I was 5 years old.

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The Peanut Butter Brownie Latte (Blind Spot Monthly Series)

The Peanut Butter Brownie Latte (Blind Spot Monthly Series)

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In August 2015, I started working at my school’s on-campus coffee shop, The Brewin’ Den. I loved that job. From behind the counter, I met so many students that I otherwise would have never talked to. I loved brightening each student’s morning by making coffee for them.

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As a barista, I could be creative with flavors. The statement, “make me anything with an extra shot” made my day.

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I got free food, and trust me — day-old scones are SO edible!

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And I got paid. Yes, even minimum wage (plus tips) looks good as a college student!

It was an all-around great job.

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Perhaps one of the biggest results of the job was that I slowly grew to like coffee. As I played around with flavors, I realized that black coffee is simply a canvas for flavorful artwork.

So step into my studio…

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Ingredients 

  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon Blind Spot Peanut Butter Brownie
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey, or more (depending on desired sweetness)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup fresh hot espresso or strong coffee

Directions

  •  In a small saucepan set over medium heat, combine the milk, peanut butter, honey, and vanilla, stirring until smooth.
  • When mixture is steaming, whisk in cocoa powder.  Continue whisking until mixture is frothy.
  • Pour the hot coffee into a mug.
  • Add the frothy milk mixture and serve immediately.

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Recipe adapted from I Love Peanut Butter.

S’mores Oatmeal

S’mores Oatmeal

Looks like today will be full of apologies.

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1. I am sorry that I have posted so little this month.  Although I spend all of my spare time writing, I doubt that y’all want to read a month’s worth of 5th-grade lesson plans.

2. I am sorry that it is the end of National Oatmeal Month, and I am just now sharing an oatmeal recipe.  I actually planned this recipe before Christmas, but I didn’t make it until Saturday.

3. I am sorry that there are so few pictures (and that the pictures are so bad). I made this recipe at home, but my camera was at school.  In my rush to eat the oatmeal, I didn’t realize that the white balance on my phone-camera was really off.  These are the only two photos that were somewhat salvageable.

Now that all of those issues are out of the way, let’s eat some oatmeal!

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Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup oatmeal
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup marshmallows
  • 1 graham cracker sheet
  • 1 fun size Hershey bar

Directions

  • Combine oatmeal and water in a microwave-safe bowl.  Microwave on high 45 seconds.
  • Stir in 1/2 of the marshmallows.  Microwave an additional 30 seconds.
  • Top with remaining marshmallows, crushed graham cracker, and chocolate bar.

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