Today I noticed how many overripe bananas were sitting on my counter top, just waiting to get thrown away.  Throwing them a way seemed like a big huge waste though...
So I decided to figure out a way to make them edible!  I didn't freeze my overripe bananas, which is necessary for my Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Whip, which is delicious.  I also wan't in the mood for my Breakfast Bars or my Banana Oat Cookies, so I decided to try something new!
My original thought was to make banana bread, but then, I had a great idea.  What about banana bread muffins...with CHOCOLATE CHIPS.  Now THAT sounds like something I want to eat.
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1/3 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup sugar (I use raw turbinado sugar)
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.
  • Mash the bananas in a bowl.
  • Stir everything into the batter, one ingredient at a time.
  • Line a muffin tin with muffin holders, and fill 3/4 of the way with batter.
  • Bake for 20 mins.

How easy was that?  It's the perfect simple breakfast for everyone!
Peanut butter and jelly.  Arguably one of the most delicious foods on earth.
It's impossible to make it any better?  No, right?  Wrong.

Just add a little chocolate and it is 5,000,000x better.
Trust me.  Here is the recipe:

  • 2 chocolate bars
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup jelly

  • Melt 1 chocolate bar at the bottom of a small (I mean small) pan.
  • Spread the melted chocolate a little bit up the sides.
  • Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Spread the PB&J on.
  • Refrigerate for another hour.
  • Melt the last chocolate bar in a bowl and pour over the PB&J, then smooth it out with a spoon.
  • Refrigerate for another hour and then eat!

There you have it!  A new and improved peanut butter and jelly sandwich!  
(Also please excuse this photo- the lighting in the winter is terrible and I need to get some artificial lighting)
I am always a fan of granola bars.  You can keep them in your bag, in your car, in your lunchbox, and have the perfect, energizing snack.
But, to tell you the truth, most granola bars that you buy from the grocery store are filled with yucky corn syrup and oils.  Which is very upsetting, because most people buy granola bars assuming that they are a healthy choice.
I bet some of you have even tried to bake homemade granola bars before, but possibly ran into a couple problems.  There was a lot of butter in the recipe, you had to bake them, they didn't stick together, you could not get them out of the pan.  Also, sometimes you only want half of a granola bar, but once you open the package you feel committed.  This recipe will solve all of your problems.
There is no butter, oil, added salt, added sugar, baking, or removing from a pan necessary.  These require you to take one bowl, dump all of the ingredients in, stir it up, form it into balls, and eat it.  Anytime you want.  No commitment necessary.  Here is the recipe:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/4 cup coconut
  • 3 tbsp dark chocolate chips
  • 3 tbsp ground flax seeds
  • 4 tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp peanut butter

  • Dump all of the ingredients into a small mixing bowl.
  • Mix them together.
  • Form into balls.

I'm so excited that it is finally 2014!  A brand new year to do great things!
So, for my first great act of 2014, I made some healthy dark chocolate truffles.  Amazing, I know.
I actually didn't mean for these to be healthy at all.  But, when I got home from the grocery store, I realized that I had forgotten my heavy cream.  Oops.  I didn't let that stop me from whipping up a delicious, rich dessert.  I found a substitution for it.

Don't hate on it I know it sounds gross but it's actually good okay?

Here is the recipe:

  • 8oz 70% dark chocolate (or whatever percentage you want it doesn't really matter)
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 4 tbsp cocoa powder

  • Ferociously mix the cornstarch and the skim milk together until it thickens a bit. (about 3 mins)
  • Melt the chocolate and milk mixture in the microwave. (about 2 minutes and 15 seconds)
  • Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Lay cocoa powder out on a pice of parchment paper.
  • Form chocolate mixture into balls and coat with the cocoa powder.

Voila!  You have yourself some delicious truffles!

Some extra ideas for incredible truffles:
  • coat your truffles in nuts or stir nuts into the chocolate mixture after melting
  • add dried fruit into it



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