When I’m happy, I bake. Despite the fires ravaging so much of our province right now, I’m happy. Albertans are rallying together helping each other out and making sure no one’s left behind. It’s amazing and humbling to watch!
The past couple days I’ve been cooking up a storm, though I only have pictures of a few of the treats I’ve made. Today’s angel food cake can be seen on Instagram.
Yesterday I noticed the last few pounds of our last banana haul (we order 20lbs of bananas every 2 weeks) was a bit more ripe than I prefer, and very close to too ripe for the kiddos (almost ripe enough for Ryan). I have difficulties with bands once the skin begins to brown, I can’t stand letting them sit on my counter. So I decided to test a couple ideas I had and see what might happen.
Breakfast, second breakfast for the hobbits living in my home (AKA my children), was delicious no added sugar Banana Donuts.
These were so fast and easy to whip together! These would’ve been even faster, but I can only make 4 mini donuts at a time with my donut maker. If you don’t have a baby cakes donut maker, you could use a donut baking pan, or deep fry.
1/2 C all purpose GF flour
1/2 C potato starch
1/4 C Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp guar gum (omit if using 1:1 flour with xanthan gum)
1/8 tsp salt
3 small ripe bananas mashed
2 egg yolks
1-2 tsp vanilla (I use 2)
1/4 c milk
Mix wet together in one bowl, whisk dry together in a different bowl, add wet to dry and mix, cook in your preferred donut maker.
Wanna know the most important secret to gluten-free baking? Add vanilla. Extra vanilla. Doesn’t matter what it is, extra vanilla always makes it better!! This also works wonders for baking with less sugar too. Vanilla heightens the sweetness of whatever’s in your recipe, so you can easily cut the amount of sugar in almost all cases.
After dinner last night, I wanted 5 minutes of peace and quiet, but the kiddos didn’t want to go with Ryan to walk our dog. They wanted to all cling to me and grab me, and generally not give me any space at all. I just wanted 5 minutes! I did what any mother would do. I bribed them. “I really want to make dessert tonight, but I can’t make it unless I get the dishes done. Who’s gonna help me?”
Really, the dessert was for me as much as them, and I didn’t really do the dishes, but I got 5 minutes to myself to sit before figuring out what to make in the remaining 5 minutes.
So what can I whip together with rip bananas in 5 minutes you wonder?
Peanut Butter Banana Splits!
If you tried my peanut butter pie, this’ll sound familiar 😉
6 ripe bananas (or 1 banana per person)
4 oz Cream Cheese
1 C Vanilla Yogurt
1 C Creamy Peanut Butter
1/4 C mini chocolate Chips
Hazelnut Meal for sprinkling on top
Split the bananas and place in dish
Mix the cream cheese, yogurt, and peanut butter together until smooth
Top the bananas with the peanut butter mixture
Sprinkle the hazelnut meal and chocolate chips on top and enjoy!
That’s what I call win-win parenting! 😉