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A Better Banana Bread

September 23, 2008

I’ve quickly come to the realization that I am not an everyday blogger. Or even an every two day blogger. Posting my meals is boring for me and I hate feeling like my entries are uninspired and lacking in creativity! Therefore, I’m going back to why I created this blog in the first place- to share my love for good food and the pleasure involved with it in the form of recipes and other musings ๐Ÿ™‚ And I think I’m going to be a lot happier doing it ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll also update a little along the way about how my recasting is going (French Women Don’t Get Fat– for those who missed me mentioning it before).

The recipe that awakened me from my blog slumber and brought about the utter need to post was, fittingly, a breakfast one. I love muffins and quick breads for breakfast but I don’t love their sugar content, so I came up with a banana bread-like pancake recipe that uses only one tablespoon of sweetener (I used agave but I bet honey would be great too!). The recipe is based on my favourite pancake template, from vegan baking queen Hannah Kaminsky.

Banana Bread Pancakes

1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
pinch of salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup vanilla soymilk
1 tbsp agave nectar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp pureed banana

Mix first 4 (dry) ingredients. Mix wet separately. Slice remaining part of banana very thinly and gently fold into dry ingredients at the same time you mix in the wet. Don’t overmix! Let sit for up to 10 minutes. Pour batter onto a greased pan and cook until edges are dry and bubbles start to pop in the middle of your pancake. Then flip and cook until underside is lightly browned. Serve with maple syrup, peanut butter, or both ๐Ÿ™‚ The banana slices melt into the batter and give a rich banana bread flavour- definitely worth waking up for!

I did a nutritional facts analysis using’s recipe feature and came up with this: each serving (one recipe) provides apprx. 430 calories, 1.5g fat, 9.5g fiber, 11.4g protein. Obviously, any substitutions will alter these approximations.


Saturday Morning Pancakes and Other Musings

May 17, 2008

I woke up this morning craving pancakes. It was kind of an odd feeling- usually, I find pancakes too heavy and they tend to send me back into my warm bed instead of energized and out the door. But today my tummy demanded pancakes, no substitutes. I was worried that my increasingly sparse pantry might fail me in my breakfast quest, that is, until I happened upon the easiest, tastiest pancake recipe ever. Hannah is brilliant! (But we all know that already). I pretty much stuck to her recipe, except that I cut it in half, using part white pastry flour and part whole wheat. I also added a touch of vanilla extract, and had to sub in water mixed with some instant hot chocolate mix because I was all out of soymilk (desperate times, folks. I told you my pantry was bare). I used mashed banana as my fruit puree, left out the oil, and of course tossed in a handful of chocolate chips. And wow, what a pancake! Deliciously light yet perfectly filling, this little guy hit the spot. I chopped up the rest of my banana then cooked it in some cinnamon sugar as a side, and paired with some maple syrup this breakfast was nothing short of amazing. Make these pancakes!!! Now!!! You will NOT be disappointed ๐Ÿ™‚

…Now back to the grill!!!! I have been grilling up a storm- no fruit or veggie is safe, I shall grill them all!! (Insert evil megalomaniac laugh here).
Last night’s salad contained:
-Spinach and Romaine lettuce (ungrilled, unfortunately. Fortunately?)
-half of a grilled salmon burger
-grilled Pineapple
-grilled Baby Carrots
-grilled snowpeas
-grilled Tomato slices
-sundried tomatoes
-parmesan and goat cheese
-soy sauce/ honey/ red pepper flake/ five spice sauce dressing mixture

The grilled tomatoes especially came out sooo good! I even got grill marks on mine, though you canโ€™t really tell in the picture because I proceeded to drown them in a shower of parmesan. The cheese melted into the hot tomato and it soaked up a lot of dressing and was so incredibly flavourful. I am now a firm believer that veggies are meant to be eaten after grilling- the carrots and snowpeas were so crunchy and tasty!

Pineapple was the real star in this dish, though I canโ€™t take credit for that one. The roomie marinated pineapple halves in rum and brown sugar and then barbequed them at her parentsโ€™ place a few days ago. They developed a deliciously crispy, slightly charred crust and got even sweeter, if thatโ€™s possible. The combination of pineapple with the goat cheese and salmon was unbelievable.

Pictured below is tonight’s grilled veggies delight, pretty much the same as last night’s except without tomato or parm. I added in deli turkey and used raspberry flavoured balsamic vinegar for a dressing. Mmmm soo delicious ๐Ÿ™‚

It was such a beautiful day today, so I chose to spend as much time as possible outside, walking. I discovered a couple of goodies along the way:

…And this. By far the BEST coffee-flavoured yogurt I have ever tried. Not too bitter and not too sweet, but creamy beyond any other. I loved it and have already gone through half the container. Oops.

My grocery finds tasted amazing together too, in case you were wondering ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a happy Saturday night! I’m watching The Godfather for the first time (shame on me I know, I haven’t seen any of those classic “must see” movies) and then tomorrow night I think I’m getting together with some friends to have an Italian-themed potluck while we watch more Godfather!