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PB&J mugfin

I seem to be losing all¬†sense of time lately. I make long lists of things I need to do, which includes writing a post, but don’t seem to get much of it done. I’m not really sure where the hours in the day go, but it’s been a bit too fast for my taste. These past two weeks have been absolutely insane. I didn’t get to do anything but sleep (a little), go to class, workout, do homework, and study-study-study. This is the first time I have actually had a chance to even think about blogging. Have you ever had those moments where you sit down and can’t get up? Then you contemplate just sleeping in the chair you’re in? It’s that type of exhaustion that I am feeling right this moment.
But this coming week is going to be so nice! No exams. No papers due. The weather is gorgeous. And I can get back to cooking real food again instead of scrounging around for whatever I can get my hands on quickly. It’s mostly been crackers and hard boiled eggs.
Like I said, a hard couple of weeks.

I am a stress eater. If I have anything mildly stressful in my near future I take it out on food. Not healthy, I know! At least I don’t keep anything too bad in my house…ice cream and chocolate: the worst offenders. I actually crave peanut butter (see my peanut butter addiction story) in vast amounts. Like I down a family size jar in three days.
Anyway. I always crave dessert when I am studying into the wee hours of the morning and need something filling and tasty to get me back on track. Actually, that’s false. I do it so I can take a break/stop myself from falling asleep.. But either way, it is one good muffin and it always gives me more energy. It would be good for anytime of day: breakfast, snack, second breakfast, dessert ūüėÄ

This little gem is similar to my Minute Magic Muffin but with a twist that incorporates peanut butter. of course.

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Cinnamon Banana Bagels

I really love bananas. If you have been following my posts you will see that a lot (most) of my posts have something to do with bananas. They’re just so darn good, am I right or am I right? Especially home grown bananas. SO GOOD. Once you’ve had a home grown banana there’s no going back.

Here is the story leading to my banana addiction:
One day my parents decided to plant a banana tree in our backyard.
If you don’t know about how banana trees work I will inform you. Once the banana trees are all grown up, they start a stock of bananas. These stocks are HUGE. Then they ripen on the tree. You cut off the stock and you admire your cute little bananas and then devour them. [These bananas are about half the size of a ‘normal’ banana you see in the grocery store] That is the only stock that particular banana tree will make. It only makes one and then it dies. I know, it is¬†sad.
However, they pour down their little seedlings all over the ground and before you know it you have five banana trees in your backyard.
{I think we may have close to ten trees right now, hehe}
For some reason, the trees decide to grow stocks and ripen all at the same time. Remember I said the stocks were huge? So, you have like 400 bananas that you have to try to mash/bake/eat/freeze/chip-ify, etc, before they rot.
And now you understand why I have so many banana recipes…it was out of desperation! We didn’t have anymore room in our freezer and we were tired of dehydrating them.

I totally¬†made the inundation¬†of bananas sound like a bad thing, but I actually love it a whole darn lot. I make smoothies, cupcakes, bread, chips, oatmeal, pancakes, muffins/mugfins, cake, dough, filling, ice cream, and use them as a topping. It’s an art.

Soo now after that long introduction about bananas I present to you…..CINNAMON BANANA BAGELS!
Perfection? I’m thinkin’ yes.
These bagels are slightly sweet, and not super banana-y. You could add more sugar if you want them to actually be sweet, but I like them just how they are.
They smell heavenly. That’s thanks to cinnamon and banana combo.

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Deep Dark Chocolate Cake

So it was my birthday on Saturday and it was ah-mazing. I never like to have big birthday celebrations, probably due to the fact that I’m a homebody who doesn’t like to be the center of attention. Anyway, it was absolutely perfect!

I ¬†had breakfast at this little beach cafe (it’s literally part of the boardwalk next to the beach) with my family. It was so GOOD. I got to hear the waves, feel the ocean breeze, and look out at nothing but endless sea¬†while in the best company possible.
Then we went for a long walk by the water, did some shelling, took pictures, basked in the sun. AH, sweet perfection.
When we got home it was lunch time, but we were all still ridiculously full from breakfast. Therefore, my mom and I did the only sensible thing to do…we went shopping. TAX FREE WEEKEND, y’all! I do love a good bargain ūüôā

For lunch: cake. Hey, it’s my birthday and that’s what I wanted. I feel like that is definitely an acceptable meal on one’s birthday. I sort of just threw caution to the wind because I certainly don’t celebrate my birthday every day!
Back to the cake. It’s my favorite cake (in the whole world)¬†that my mother, the ever-fantastic-baker, made for me ‚̧

It is fudge-y, chocolate-y, gloriously delicious, birthday-perfection. I’m drooling just thinking about it.
It has so much flavor, and so much depth. The combination of chocolate and espresso is one of the finest inventions on Earth, if I may say so myself. This cake is like the love child between a decadent fudge brownie and fluffy chocolate cake.

You may be chastising me in your mind “I thought this was a healthy food blog.” You would be correct, it most certainly is. And would I ever lead you astray? Most certainly not! This cake is what I deem a “healthy cake.” However, it is not sugar, dairy, or gluten free, but it is pretty darn healthy as far as cake goes! So do read on and brace yourself to behold the perfection that is this cake.

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Blissful Blueberry Muffins

When I was getting ready to write this post I did some research on the history of the blueberry muffin. I thought it might be interesting…I’m a nerd.

Among many blueberry muffin recipes, chacha answers, and ‘can my¬†–insert animal-¬†eat blueberries?’ inquiries, was a site about Minnesota and their official muffin. Did you know a state could have an official muffin? It said that a group of 3rd graders convinced the State Legislature to give Minnesota a state muffin. Since blueberries grow there in abundance, they decided on the blueberry muffin.

The blueberry muffin is probably my favorite type of muffin. I like it not too sweet, moist, and fresh…straight from the oven. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to find a blueberry muffin, nowadays, that’s not packed with preservatives, GMO ingredients, and tons¬†of processed/refined sugar. Looking at the ingredients list for a blueberry muffin on one very famous coffee shop’s website, I found that it contained 29 grams of sugar (3rd on the ingredient list), modified corn starch, natural flavors, and cellulose gum (eat wood pulp? no, thanks.) I don’t even want to go into what I found in other bakery’s websites.

This, and the fact that we just got a huge carton of fresh blueberries yesterday, had me craving a nice, safe, homemade blueberry muffin. I’m a little bit of a control freak.

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Chia seed jam: Strawberry and Blueberry

Have you every been jammin’ at work to your favorite tunes and someone walks in? It’s awkward. I have a summer job where I work in an office all by my lonesome, so I play music to help pass the time.
I was playing some Paolo Nutini¬†(if you don’t know who that is, go look up his music ‚̧ ) and my favorite part came on. Naturally, I started dancing while taking a file to the filing cabinet…and someone walked in. They stared. Oh the awkward, it burns. I guess that all comes with the territory of being a great dancer…HA. When I was contemplating the jam session, I got to thinking. (Never a good thing) Somehow, my brain made a leap from jammin’ out to ‘New Shoes’ to actual jam. Yes, my brain works in strange and mysterious ways. It baffles even me sometimes. ANYWAY. I was thinking about how I never get to make jam when I’m at school because it takes forever¬†with all that mashing, boiling, sterilizing, and¬†waiting. Patience is a virtue I lack. After some research on the internet I saw lots of people talking about chia seed jam. pure. genius. I decided to just wing it and try to make it on the fly. IT’S SO GOOD. Blend. Let sit. Eat. both jams Adapted from several internet posts
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Peanut butter chocolate sauce

I used to hate chocolate and peanut butter. BLASPHEMY, I know. But now I absolutely loveee that combination. Reeses were a bit of a problem for a while because I couldn’t stop eating them. When I started to pay attention to what I put in my in my body, though, Reeses were not on the ‘okay’ list. That was a sad day.

My fellow peanut butter and chocolate lovers, you understand addiction to that combo and how difficult it would be to give it up. Well, I’ve found a quick fix for that undeniable craving for a Reeses. I discovered this from mixing some ingredients for an oatmeal recipe and was overjoyed ¬†by the result. Literally overjoyed..I may have jumped for a joy a couple of times…
It only has 2 ingredients and takes a mere 30 seconds to make. A miracle you say?

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Mmmmm, look at that positively scrumptious peanut-y chocolate-y goodness….
The sauce is pictured here a-top my Minute Magic Muffin. But I have also poured it on pancakes, waffles, spread it on toast, and covered my oatmeal with it.
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Minute Magic Muffin

So I have a MAJOR sweet tooth. And I crave said sweets, oh so conveniently, right before I go to bed. The images of monstrous chocolate cake slices, soft ball sized sprinkle sugar cookies, and huge pumpkin swirl brownie muffins, parade across my closed eyelids.
With that image before you, you may realize why I was in dire need of a quick, healthy, and super easy dessert recipe to allow my mind to succumb to the should-be-normal sleep patterns.
I’m sure glad the microwave was invented. Maybe Percy Spencer (fun fact: Percy Spencer invented the microwave) was plagued with a similar problem of sweet-tooth-mania…
If you have a microwave, a mug, some oats, an egg, and a very ripe banana, you are golden!
Of course you can add other things to liven it up, but if it’s 11:30 at night and you’re hankerin’ for a sweet little muffin you may just want to stick with simplicity.

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