Baking

Oatmeal Banana-Carrot Mini Muffins and Snack Loaf

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Back to cooking. I’m finally reunited with my household stuff! We’re still unpacking, but guess what came out of the box first!

Slow cooker, blender, NutriBullet, I missed you!

Obviously I went right to work: Green Smoothies for the win!

I also had leftover carrot pulp from making carrot juice with my NutriBullet and I didn’t want to throw it out, so I decided to create something to nibble on.

I usually give our son a little snack, while I make our breakfasts, so I thought mini muffins would probably work well.

Here’s what I came up with:

Oatmeal Banana Carrot Mini Muffins (dairy-free)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup carrot pulp (about 3 small blended carrots – I squeezed the “juice” and water out for drinking and that’s what was left)
  • 1 medium smashed banana
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • dash of cinnamon and cardamom
  • 2 Tsp. melted margarine (I used Earth Balance)
  • 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder, blended into flour
  • 1/2 cup steel cut oats (uncooked)

Cook your steel cut oats according to instructions. In the meantime, preheat oven to 375° F. Mix egg, sugar, coconut milk, vanilla and spices together. Add carrot pulp, banana, spices and melted margarine and whisk until well combined. Add flour, baking powder and cooked oats and mix until you have a smooth batter.

From here on, I decided to divide my batter. I scooped some into a greased mini muffin pan and baked them for 15 minutes. I then added some soaked raisins to the rest of the batter and poured it into a greased loaf pan and baked for about 30 – 35 minutes. It didn’t rise at all, so it’s a fairly dense cake. I cut mine into 8 slices and froze 6 of them (along with half of the mini muffins) to enjoy for a quick snack later on.

Do you have any fun food experiments to share lately? Leave a comment to share!

Gingerbread House Part II

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Hey friends! How are you?

Remember the Gingerbread House, I promised you guys last year? Well… it never happened. But last weekend, I got so excited that we are going to celebrate Christmas as a family this year, I wanted to start decorating for the holidays right away, and so I decided to finish the project I started last year. This post shows you the Gingerbread House I’ve built this year.

This past Sunday, I woke up to the crack of dawn (well, it was around 10 AM ;-) ) and started my day by baking a huge batch of gingerbread cookies as well as the parts for my house.

Gingerbread House parts and cookies

When you make a gingerbread house from scratch, it will most likely can turn out a little crooked and lopsided. :-o Maybe this happens, if you leave the baked plates that will form the walls and roof for the house on the kitchen counter overnight… But I think this gives the house character. It will also definitely not look like a store-bought version.  But it sure is fun to put it together and decorate.

Start off by making your glue (I used *this recipe* for both gingerbread dough and icing)

Icing

Then you have to assemble the side walls. I thought I could do this by myself, but I quickly realized that I needed a real engineer to put this thing together. I’m better at the creative decorating part of this whole thing. ;)

Assembling the walls is trickier than you think it might be… it works best, if you have four hands!

Now you can go ahead and carefully attach the roof plates on your walls. We had to file off a little bit of the longer front and back plates to make the area where the roof attaches more even.

You will need lots of "glue" to attach the roof plates – make sure you have enough!

Once both roof plates are on the house, you’re done with the “building”-part. :D Now you can start thinking about your decorations.  I put icing on the roof in the shape of little tiles and then I decided to put M&M’s and Hershey’s Christmas Kisses (white chocolate and peppermint) around the roof.  There are also little marshmallows around the edges of the bottom of the house and there even is a Christmas tree!

Almost finished! :)

Finally, fluff up some cotton balls and stick it in the chimney, as smoke from the imaginary fireplace inside. Fluff up some more snow for around the house. You can also sprinkle some pearl sugar around your house to make it look like little ice crystals, if you like. Oh, and Mr. Gingerbread got a hat…  Done! :D

It's a Gingerbread House!

Is this something you do with your family or friends? I’ve heard of gingerbread house decorating parties – have you ever been to one? It sounds like a fun thing to do, especially because I love gingerbread in all shapes and forms.

Anyway, I wish you all a great holiday season – enjoy your Gingerbread!

Susan

Nutella Filled Cookies

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As I was looking for a recipe that uses Nutella (so that I could stop eating it straight from the jar…) I stumbled across these Nutella filled cookies. I just had to try them.

Here’s the result:

Fluffy Chocolatey Nougat Goodness! I need to hit the gym asap as I may or may not have had one a few… 8-O

For the recipe, please follow the link above or click here. I followed the recipe to the spot, but a healthier version may be in the future. ;-)

Enjoy!

Susan