Banana Berry Pudding Cakes with a Hint of Lime

This past weekend a sweet breakfast was in high demand. The city has been under a canopy of rainy skies with a slight chill..not exactly the kind of May I’m used to. I’m ready for the¬†heat, the sundresses, and the flip flops. Preferably soon, Please.

This recipe came about by accident, too much liquid, not enough flour. An accident, however, that turned into a tasty treat. With a crispy muffin-like outside and a creamy interior these are full of flavor and texture. Hints of raspberry and lime paired with strawberries and banana pull it all together.

Banana Berry Pudding Cakes with a Hint of Lime

1/2 cup almond meal (+2 tsp or so)

1/2 cup millet flour

1 cup roughly berries (strawberries and raspberries)

1 small banana

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1/8 tsp lime zest

juice of half a small lime (roughly 1 1/2 tsp)

2 tbsp honey

4 ounces unsweetened applesauce

1 tbsp + 1/2 tsp coconut oil (liquid)

1 egg

1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

dash of salt

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl, set aside. I used frozen berries which, once thawed, added more liquid then if fresh fruit was used. Once berries are thawed mix all the wet ingredients together in a food processor until smooth (including the egg). Transfer the wet ingredients to the dry and mix well, add a few more tsp of almond meal to help thicken the batter, if you like (I did). Pour into a greased or lined muffin tin and bake for around 30 mins or until the outside of the muffins are slightly golden and crisp. The insides will remain very soft until cooled. Feel free to eat with a spoon and keep leftovers in the fridge.


Razz Soft Serve is a PARTY in My Mouth [!]

Happy Thursday ūüėČ

So for Days now I have been craving some over night oats with soft serve. ¬†To my great delight while preparing the oats last night I found I had only ‘8’ raspberries and a tiny piece of banana in my freezer. ¬†ūüė¶ ¬† ¬† ¬†Why does this happen to me? ¬†Frozen bananas are one of things you ALWAYS have on hand no matter what. ¬†You have to throw them away sometimes because thats how many you have building up in there. ¬†Nope, I was down to the bare minimum. ¬†Surprisingly though the small amount of soft serve [the 8 raspberries and piece of banana blended together with a splash of milk] turned out to be enough to go with my oats. ¬†The world is at peace once more. ¬†ūüėÄ

For my oats I used:

1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 cup coconut milk kefir
dash of salt
lots of cinnamon
1 tbsp chia seeds
some dried cranberries.
topped with shredded coconut and cacao nibs

This was my first time trying the coconut milk kefir and it was mind blowing. ¬†I couldn’t get over it. ¬†If you love coconut this stuff is a drug, a gift from the gods. ¬†It will now be a permanent resident of my refrigerator. ¬†Coconut milk kefir – I love you. ¬†This was also a first for using raspberries in my soft serve, this my friends was a party in my mouth. ¬†Angels were singing as I unscrewed the cup from the blender and I was speechless. ¬†Everything from the smell to the color was amazing.

Needless to say good breakfast.  If you like coconut/raspberries you should try this combo hands down.

For Lunch today I had the pleasure of meeting some family at a restaurant called ¬†R. Thomas. ¬†This Place is so awesome their menu accommodates meat lovers and vegetarians alike! ¬†They also had a few raw options, along with a juice and smoothie menu. ¬†What is not to like? ¬†You eat in this huge tent type structure with crazy colors and lights and plants everywhere! ¬†They even have tons of exotic birds on the side of the restaurant. ¬†Crazy. ¬†I ordered the wild caught seared ahi tuna salad … and of course took a picture half way through eating it. ¬†ūüėČ
We also got 3 desserts and split them amongst the 7 of us.  Key lime pie, chocolate peanut butter pie, and my FAV banana chocolate chip cake.  By the time I got my camera out this is what was left B-)

One thing family equals is really good food and lots of it!

This place had these huge mirrors on the ceiling in the bathroom. ¬†Sis and I couldn’t resist. ¬†‚̧

After lunch it was back to work, before meeting with the fam again a second and last time for Italian. ¬†I made the mistake of thinking I had enough time to stop at the store beforehand which resulted in a very frantic driving episode. ¬†But I bought more bananas ūüôā ¬†The trip was not in vain. ¬†Along with some amazing looking raspberries for more soft serve and peaches and spinach to boot. ¬†The food was really good, there was lots of bread, olive oil, dips, wine and what not passed around before a bowl of mushroom, caramelized onion pasta. ¬†Again late with the pictures, I am getting better.

It was a good time.  Then it was racing off to dance.  Every Monday and Wednesday I do swing dancing for about 3 hours.  Wednesday I have the treat of a live blues/swing band that is great and makes the experience a worth while one, dancing or no.

Do you have a passion that gets you through the day? ¬†For me its dance I live breath and eat it at times ūüėČ

I Won’t Get Out of Bed

So this morning was one of those mornings. ¬†Starting the day was the last thing on my mind. ¬†Second to last thing..making breakfast……First thing? ¬† Eating Breakfast. ¬†Don’t you love that combo. ¬†The need to get to work on time resulted in a yogurt bowl. ¬†For me this is emptying a container of yogurt into a bowl and covering it with any and all at hand.

This morning was a vanilla Trader Joes greek yogurt, with ground flax, raspberries, kashi cereal, granola, almond butter, and shredded coconut.  This was amazingly tasty and kept me full all morning!

For Lunch today I had leftover pizza from last night ūüôā and an organic plum.

Something to note about my current living conditions, I ended up interning this summer at the last minute about 4 hours from my hometown. ¬†This resulted in me being lucky to snag a dorm type room which = no kitchen. ¬†I don’t even have a microwave. ¬†I have a fridge with a freezer that allows me to freeze one, maybe 2 if I’m lucky, banana’s at a time. ¬†And my magic bullet. ¬†This is what I use to come up with meals everyday….don’t get too excited! ¬†So for dinner tonight I had vegetable soup, from a can. ¬†The epitome of gourmet. ¬†I doctored with spices and accompanied it with crackers and hummus.

Let me just say that this hummus tastes like a pizza in a container, it’s AWESOME! ¬†I couldn’t believe it the first time I tried this. ¬†Trader Joes white bean and basil hummus. ¬†I had it the other day in a sandwich with spinach and tomato paste and it was like eating pizza, I swear. ¬†Try it.

Then it was ‘mini’ peanut butter jelly time.

Did anyone out there have to deal with dorm cooking?  How did you cope?

Drinking Kale … For the Very First Time

After my lunch,¬†breakfast I decided to make a Green Monster. ¬†Now, so far I have only been using spinach but I’ve read so many stories of venturing past the now seemingly common veggie to more adventurous greens. ¬†KALE. ¬†Now I know this doesn’t seem that out there to some but for me it is a first. ¬†I had no idea how it was going to turn out. ¬†I also used some of my fresh fruits, a.k.a. raspberries, strawberries, and some banana. ¬†And WAIT, another first here, raw cacao nibs. ¬†These were my recent splurge from whole foods and I was itching to try ’em out.

Kale Green Monster:

1 tbsp chia seeds
lots of cinnamon
2 large handfuls of ripped up kale
2 large frozen strawberries
1/2 frozen banana
handful of raspberries
about 8oz unsweetened vanilla almond milk
topped with a spoonful of almond butter and cacao nibs.

I blended this all together in my magic bullet and was surprised by the taste. ¬†It was very refreshing. ¬†I will definitely be using kale more often. ¬†Topped with a bit of almond butter and some cacao nibs was a crunchy creamy energy concoction! ¬†Only problem was that the bottom pieces of the kale did not blend very well. ¬†Do you remove more of the stem? ¬†Or maybe my magic bullet is aging…

Along with the kale GM I tried one of the new larabar flavors: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip. ¬†Oh. ¬†My. ¬†Goodness. ¬†Best yet, I am in Love. ¬†I ate half and put other half in freezer for an amazing snack tomorrow. ¬†If you haven’t tried the new flavors yet you need to. ¬†NOW. ¬†ūüėÄ

For dinner I met my Grandma for pizza!

A wonderful greek salad + tomato, tofu, pesto pizza. ¬†Doesn’t that combo make your mouth water? ¬†And good news is there are leftovers for tomorrow.