Posts Tagged ‘Dessert’

Banana Flour Chocolate Banana Muffins and A Farewell

Well, it’s currently 1:13am in the morning and in a few short hours I will be on my flight to Thailand! Words can’t even describe how I felt/feel/will feel. Sorry for the dramatics, but I think this year abroad is bound be a life-changer for me.

However this brings me to a topic that I am not too happy about… the future status of this blog. No worries, this blog will still be up for those who need some recipe ideas. I don’t plan to ever take it down. It’s cringe-worthy, yet kinda cool to go back and read my posts from 5 years ago. (Yes, 5!) In an odd way, this blog has been a record of my college years. For those of you who have followed this blog, a big shout out and thank you to you!

Unfortunately, I’ll be unable to continue this blog for long in Thailand as I will not have a kitchen in my new home 😦 So, for the next few weeks, I’ll post recipes I’ve been meaning to. After that, it’s only if I have the opportunity to cook.

If you would like to know about my adventures in Thailand, feel free to follow my new blog, Teach. Eat. Travel. Repeat. I would love to share my journey with you!

For my last post, I wanted to write about this awesome new flour I’ve discovered- banana flour! It’s grain-free, paleo, and no,  it does not make your food taste banana-y.

Well, for this recipe it does because I used the flour is used to make banana chocolate  muffins. So good. I can’t even…

Eat one for me while I’m away! 😉

Banana Flour Chocolate Banana Muffins (Paleo)

Banana Flour Chocolate Banana Muffins

Ingredients:

1/2 cup banana flour

3 tbsp cacao powder 

2 tbsp honey

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp baking soda

3/4 cup mashed banana

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 pinch stevia extract powder

1 egg

Optional- Chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350. Mix all ingredients together in a food processor. Pour batter into a greased muffin tin. Bake for 25 minutes. Let cool before eating.

Sweet Potato Bread (Paleo)

This weekend we had our first snow storm of the season. Of course it couldn’t happen during the week for a snow day from school… but hey, that’s life.

Actually, it was pretty nice to be stuck inside. My brother and sister were visiting at the time, so we all got to bum around together, watch Westworld, and eat a bunch of food. And with the leftover roasted sweet potatoes, I was able to make some chocolate chip sweet potato bread today!

Sweet Potato Bread (Paleo)

Sweet Potato Bread (Paleo)

Ingredients:

3 eggs

1 1/2 cups cooked and mashed sweet potato

2 teaspoons vanilla

3 tbsp honey

1/2 cup coconut flour

1/2 tablespoon cinnamon

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 tsp salt

pinch of stevia

1/4 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375°F and grease a bread pan with coconut oil. Combine all ingredients (except the chocolate chips) in a food processor and blend. Stir in chocolate chips and then spread batter into the bread pan. Bake in the oven for 45 minutes. Let cool before slicing. In my opinion, this bread tastes best the second day! 

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies (Paleo)

Time for a holiday cookie recipe! Double chocolate chip, to be specific 🙂 I LOVE how the texture of this cookie turned out- normally when I work with coconut flour, I get a super soft, crumply cookie. This cookie, however, has a crispy-er outside with a soft inside. Enjoy!

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies (Paleo)

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

1 cup coconut flour

3/4 cup coconut sugar

1/3 cup cocoa powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

Pinch of stevia

1/2 cup applesauce

6 tbsp nut butter

1/2 tbsp vanilla extract

1 egg

1/3 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease 2 baking sheets with coconut oil.

In a food processor, combine the coconut flour, coconut sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, and stevia. Pulse together. Add in the applesauce, peanut butter, vanilla extract, and egg and blend together. The batter should be dry- that’s okay! Stir in the chocolate chips.

Take a lump (about 2 tbsp) of dough, roll into a ball, place on the baking sheet, and press down gently. Repeat until all the dough is used up. Place in the oven for 15 minutes. Allow to cool before eating.

Green Zebra Cakes (Paleo)

I cannot believe that my last post was almost a month ago! Honestly, I’ve been too busy to keep up with life outside of student teaching. Come mid-December, I promise to make it up to you. Surprisingly, I had a little time this weekend, so I was able to work on this post! It’s kinda Halloween-ish, right? Well, it’s a green and black treat if that makes a difference…until next time!

Green Zebra Cakes

Green Zebra Cakes:

Base:

1 ripe banana

1/2 avocado

1/4 cup coconut butter

1/2 tbsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp salt

Chocolate Drip:

1/2 tbsp coconut oil, melted

2 tsp cacao powder

2 tsp honey or maple syrup

Directions:

Combine all base ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. Spoon into silicone cupcake liners and place in the fridge for 1 hour. Afterwards, pop the cakes out of the cupcake liners and place on a plate.

In a small bowl, whisk together the chocolate drip ingredients. Drizzle over cakes. Upon contact with the cold cakes, the drizzle should harden up. Place in the fridge  until ready to serve.

Peanut Butter “Ice Cream” (NO frozen bananas!)

Not to toot my own horn here or anything, but I have to say, this is an ice cream recipe that I am extremely proud to have developed. Why?

-It uses no bananas. Yes, I am a banana “nice cream” lover, but sometimes I just want something with no trace of bananas in it.

-It contains peanut butter. Enough said. (Those with nut allergies can use an allergy-free alternative instead!)

-It yields a whole pint of ice cream while only using 2 tbsp of sugar!

-It actually has the consistency of regular ice cream and never gets spoon-bending block hard.

-It uses aquafaba, which is the water liquid from a can of beans. Yes, you heard right! And no, no taste of bean at all in the final product! Pinky promise. With the multiple people I have tested this recipe on, NOBODY could detect anything off.

Seriously, do a quick google search of aquafaba if you haven’t heard of it. This is a vegan option for those who need a replacement for egg whites. However, I have found that when whipped and frozen, it mimics the texture of ice cream.

With my unhealthy love of ice cream, this has been a game changer for the better. I STRONGLY recommend trying aquafaba. Plus, since it’s coming from a can of beans, no special purchases are required- just save the bean liquid the next time you go to make hummus!

Peanut Butter “Ice Cream”

Peanut Butter “Ice Cream”

Ingredients:

Liquid from 1 can of chickpeas or a similar type bean (keep the chickpeas for another recipe!)

1/ 8 tsp cream of tartar

2 tbsp sugar 

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp salt

pinch of stevia

3 tbsp melted peanut butter

Directions:

In a large bowl, combine the bean liquid and cream of tartar. With a hand mixture, whip together on high until white, fluffy, and peaks form (about 6 minutes).

Add in your sugar, vanilla extract, salt and stevia and whip altogether.

Next, slowly add in your melted peanut butter. This will deflate your mixture, but just keep whipping!

Transfer mixture into a contain and place in the freezer until frozen (about 4-5 hours).

Serve!