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!
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.
Want to know what I ate on my fifth birthday?
Now that I have my diploma in hand, I have a confession.
This is Katy Bunny, the loyal rabbit that I stuffed at Build-A-Bear Workshop when I was 5 years old.
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.
As a barista, I could be creative with flavors. The statement, “make me anything with an extra shot” made my day.
I got free food, and trust me — day-old scones are SO edible!
And I got paid. Yes, even minimum wage (plus tips) looks good as a college student!
It was an all-around great job.
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…
- 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
- 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.
Recipe adapted from I Love Peanut Butter.
Looks like today will be full of apologies.
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!
- 1/3 cup oatmeal
- 2/3 cup water
- 1/3 cup marshmallows
- 1 graham cracker sheet
- 1 fun size Hershey bar
- 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.