memo2brunch: GF Baked Oatmeals & GF Banana Choco Chip Bars!

So having a kitchen at college has helped me realize something. I love–like, LOVE–feeding people.

Ok well, duh. BUT I want to make a distinction. What I’m talking about is not the same as cooking for the sake of cooking and then deciding to share it with others. It’s cooking with the intention of providing something for people I care about. Cuz food and happiness go together, and everybody needs both.

During those moments when I get to watch my friends sitting in our living room, laughing and talking with each other, a plate of my food in hand, my heart just swells right up. I think to myself, “Hey, I got to provide people with this small bit of joy.” And that feels really, really good. I get allll the fuzzies. Every fluffy puppy known to man.

(Cleaning the apartment = worth it)

Shout out to Grandma and Poppy, who have brought our family together for delicious food more times than I can count. Your house is the hub! Thanks for showing me how it’s done. 😉

This school year we’ve had a few brunches at the apartment where I get to lure people over to our “hub” with the promise of lots of carbs. Here are some pics from our most recent one, along with the recipes! We had blueberry pecan baked oatmeal, maple bourbon baked oatmeal, and banana chocolate chip bars. Mmmmmm <3

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Recipes: (There are 3)

GF Baked Oatmeal with Maple Bourbon Sauce
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For the oatmeal
  1. 3 cups certified GF rolled oats
  2. 1/2 c. brown sugar
  3. 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  4. 2 tsp. baking powder
  5. 1 tsp. salt
  6. 1 c. unsweetened almond milk
  7. 2 eggs
  8. 1/2 c. melted Earth Balance or coconut oil
  9. 2 tsp. vanilla extract
For the Sauce
  1. 1 c. pure maple syrup
  2. 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  3. 1/4 tsp. allspice
  4. 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  5. 1/2 tsp. lemon juice
  6. 1/4 c. bourbon
Instructions
  1. Make the oatmeal: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F/175 degrees C. Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.
  2. Toss dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Stir in the milk, eggs, melted coconut oil, and vanilla extract.
  3. Spread evenly in greased baking dish. Bake for 35-40 minutes.
  4. Make the sauce: Heat all on high until incorporated. Then lower heat and keep warm until oatmeal is done.
  5. When the oatmeal comes out of the oven, pour about half of the sauce on top of the oatmeal. It will soak in and be delicious! Save the rest for people to add as they want it.
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GF Blueberry Pecan Baked Oatmeal
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Ingredients
  1. 2 c. certified gluten free rolled oats
  2. 1/2 c. pecan pieces, toasted and roughly chopped
  3. 1 tsp. baking powder
  4. 1.5 tsp. ground cinnamon
  5. scant 1 tsp. salt
  6. 2 c. unsweetened almond milk
  7. 1 egg
  8. 1/3 c. maple syrup or honey
  9. 3 tbsp. melted coconut oil or Earth Balance or butter
  10. 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  11. 1.5 c. blueberries, fresh or frozen (I used frozen because berries are not in season)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F/175 degrees C. Grease a 10 inch cast iron skillet or other baking dish.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients except the berries and mix well.
  4. Pour some of the oat mixture into the pan. Top with some berries. Repeat with remaining oats and berries.
  5. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Serve with more syrup, if desired.
Adapted from Epicurious
Adapted from Epicurious
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GF Banana Chocolate Chip Bars
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup mashed, ripe banana (from about 3 medium bananas)
  2. 8 tbsp. brown sugar
  3. 4 tbsp. honey
  4. 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  5. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  6. 2 large eggs
  7. 1/3 cup brown rice flour*
  8. 1/3 cup finely ground corn flour*
  9. 1 tsp. salt
  10. 3 cups GF instant oatmeal (uncooked)
  11. A whole lotta chocolate chips (Add until it looks like enough)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F/174 degrees C. Coat a foil-lined 9x13 inch rectangular baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Beat bananas and next five ingredients until blended.
  3. Combine flours and salt in a separate bowl. Gradually add dry ingredients to banana mixture. Stir in the oatmeal, and then fold in the chocolate chips.
  4. Spoon batter into prepared pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack before slicing into bars.
Notes
  1. *You can sub any flour you want, as long as it equals 2/3 cup
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Any-Flour Double Chocolate Banana Muffins

You guys, I’m having a banana moment.

Or is obsession a better word?

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Cuz “moment” makes it sounds like a temporary thing. (It’s probably not.) But “obsession” makes it sound like a bad thing. (It’s definitely not.)

Whatever, bananas are awesome and fun to spell in a duet with Gwen Stefani. Also, this kinda makes me a Despicable Me minion, correct? Correct. Dave and I are best friends.

bananaminions

See? Best friends.

I’ve always loved bananas, but now I’m becoming a banana fiend! I have half a banana on my oatmeal at breakfast and then for lunch I’ll have the other half on some toast with almond butter and honey (TRY THAT) or just by itself as a snack later on in the day. I’ve got a whole system, you understand. Other times I’ll toss it into pancakes or caramelize it and use it in baking.

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Can we talk about how versatile bananas are for a sec? They’re a dream when you mash ’em up and bake with them. They have binding properties like an egg, they’re naturally sweet and can replace some of the sugar in recipes, AND they can replace some of the fat as well while still maintaining a soft and fluffy product.

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Baking aside, bananas themselves are very nutritious! They are very rich in the electrolyte potassium. Potassium helps our bodies control blood pressure and aids in muscle function. If you have high blood pressure, eating foods with potassium can be just as beneficial as cutting down sodium! (Doing both is even better!) Have muscle cramps? Digestive issues? Cramps? Bananas can help with each. You go, bananas!

Need more reasons to eat bananas? Here are 25 more!

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As it turns out, though, most Americans aren’t eating enough bananas. Of the 4,700 milligrams recommended, we only eat an average of 2,500 to 3,000 milligrams. Get on that banana eating, people!! (Other good sources of potassium: avocados, citrus fruits, blackberries, prunes, raisins, carrots, spinach)

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For today’s muffins, I did what any sane person would do and combined banana and CHOCOLATE!!!

The two go together wonderfully, but then again chocolate is incredibly easy to get along with. 😉 I’m beginning to think there are very few things that don’t pair well with chocolate. I tried an ancho chili and cinnamon dark chocolate the other day, and it was soooooo yuuuuummmmmyyyyy. Wasn’t expecting to like it too much, but boy was I wrong. Gobbled that thing right up, mmmmmm mm. (Side note–have you tried something you expected not to like and ended up loving it? Leave me a comment!)

So anyway, you can see why banana and chocolate together was a given. Chocolate drizzles are also a given. Oh, yeah.

Enjoy!!!

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Any-Flour Double Chocolate Banana Muffins
Yields 12
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Ingredients
  1. 1 egg
  2. 1/4 c. brown sugar
  3. 1/3 c. unsweetened applesauce
  4. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  5. 1 cup mashed bananas (about 3 medium, very ripe bananas)
  6. 1 cup flour of your choice (oat, almond, coconut, brown rice + corn mix, spelt, all-purpose, whole wheat, etc.)
  7. 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  8. 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  9. 1/2 tsp. salt
  10. 1/4 c. cocoa powder
  11. 3/4 c. chocolate chips
  12. More chocolate, for drizzle (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. grease a muffin tin or line with papers.
  2. Whisk together the egg, sugar, apple sauce, vanilla, and mashed banana.
  3. Toss the dry ingredients together in a separate, smaller bowl.
  4. Pour dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix just until combined. Depending on what flour you use, you might need to add a little water at this point. Aim for a batter that is not as runny as pancake batter, but not as solid as cookie dough.
  5. Scoop into muffin pan and bake for 18-22 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes and then remove from tins.
  6. Prepare the drizzle: place the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl. Heat in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until chocolate is completely melted. Use a spoon to drizzle over the muffins. I used about 1 Baker's bar of semi-sweet chocolate to do this.
Adapted from Yammie's Noshery
Adapted from Yammie's Noshery
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6 Ingredient GF Double Chocolate ABC’s (Almond Butter Cookies)

A-buh buh buh buh-buhhh
(A-buh buh buh buh-buh)

Raise your hand if you know what song that was and/or like lil Michael Jackson and/or like chocolate! If you raised your hand, welcome to da club (extra snaps if you got all three! *snapsnapsnap*).

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If you didn’t raise your hand, you can leave now. Goodbye. So long. I gave you three chances! Come back when you have reevaluated your priorities cuz they are TWIIIISTED. OK actually I forgive you please come back so I can force help you to at least like one of those things

But I mean just look at itty bitty Michael Jackson and these choco-filled cookies and tell me at least ONE of them isn’t appealing. Come on now.

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Oops, those of you who didn’t get the song are probably like “WHY MICHAEL JACKSON WHAT IS EVEN HAPPENING HERE?!”

Well, the song was “ABC” by the Jackson 5. You know that part right the beginning where Michael does his “buh” thing, and then everyone repeats after him like it’s summer camp, and you really want to join in too? Yeah, it was that part.

I thought of the song because I was editing the cookie pictures, and I wanted a short title to save them as. Almond Butter Cookies turned into ABCs, and I haven’t stopped hearing that song in my head since. Not that I mind.

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Turns out it’s a pretty fitting association. These cookies only have 6 ingredients, and you can whip them up in literally under half an hour, start to finish. Which makes them easy as…

(I’m gonna say it.)

(I’m going there. Today is the day.)

1-2-3! Ah, I feel so free now that that bad pun is off my back.

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But seriously, these are the easiest cookies to make, and they taste wonderful!

I think I might even like almond butter and chocolate better than peanut butter and chocolate. Sorry, Reese’s!

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Even without any kind of flour, these cookies are perfectly chewy and never crumbly. Bursts of melted chocolate add smoothness and a richness of flavor. And with a base of nutritious almond butter, you can indulge without a second thought!

I sprinkled these with a little bit of sea salt before baking them, and it was sooooo good. Highly recommended.

Next time I want to try them using hazelnut butter. Hello, Nutella Cookies!

Please note: See that pretty little teacup with the flowers in it? My roommate Tori made that. Yeah. So now not only has she provided authentic chai spices from India which I used in my GF Chai Spiced Pumpkin Bread, but now she’s given me this stellar photo prop! It will definitely be making more appearances in my photos in the future. Thanks, Tori!

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GF Double Chocolate ABC's (Almond Butter Cookies)
Yields 14
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Ingredients
  1. 1 large egg
  2. 1 cup (250g) almond butter*
  3. 1/2 cup (90g) brown sugar, lightly packed
  4. 1 tsp. baking soda
  5. 1/4 cup (21 g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  6. 1 cup (190g) chopped dark chocolate or chocolate chips
  7. sea salt for sprinkling (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease or line your baking sheet.
  2. Beat the egg in a medium bowl until frothy. Mix in the almond butter, brown sugar, baking soda, and cocoa power so that the dough is uniform. Fold in the chocolate chunks/chips.
  3. Scoop balls of dough the size of 1.5 tbsp each onto the baking sheet. Gently flatten the balls slightly with your fingers or the back of a spoon. Sprinkle with sea salt, if desired.
  4. Bake for 8-10 minutes. The cookies will look slightly undercooked, but that is ok. They will finish cooking on the baking sheet.
  5. Allow to cool 10 minutes on the baking sheet, and then transfer them to a wire rack.
Notes
  1. *Homemade, natural, or commercial almond butter will work, but you might need to use less almond butter if it is more oily.
Adapted from Sally's Baking Addiction
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Immune-Boosting Veggie Wrap with Hummus & Avocado (Vegan & GF)

Helloooo, have I got a treat for you today in the form of a hearty and filling veggie wrap! Not quite cookies, (those will come next week 😉 ) but if you’re looking for a delicious way to eat more nourishing foods this new year, I’ve got your back.

That reminds me, Happy New Year! Is it too late to say that? Yes? Well, ya see… I’m back in the Bloom and starting spring semester classes, which means it actually feels like more of a new year now because SUDDEN CHANGES. That’s what I always expect from the beginning of a new year, anyway.

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Real-Life New Year’s happens right splat in the middle of winter break for me, and things don’t really change much between December 31 and January 1, if you know what I mean (see: wearing pajamas and fuzzy socks all day and not going outside. What are shoes?).

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But then winter break/vacation ends and we go back to school/work, and I’m all, “Wait I still need to buy textbooks, also I remember what shoes are now and I would like my fuzzy socks back please.”

Then there’s the whole internal clock adjustment phase. Molly’s stomach is convinced that Molly still has Italian class from 11:15-12:05, and so decided that she really should have lunch at 2:15 when class gets out even though she already had lunch before class began.

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Immune-Boosting Veggie Wrap with Hummus & Avocado (Vegan & GF) | memo2munch

The problem is I could really get used to that. You are a PERSON, Molly, NOT a hobbit! Remember that!

You know what else is a big change when you’re back at school/work/the outdoors?

People. So many people. Oh man. And lots of people means GERMS. YUCK-EE.

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I realize that germs are an unavoidable fact of life, and that some germs are good (here’s looking at you, gut bacteria). I also realize that I have some germophobic tendencies (It’s true). However, I’d have a much smaller issue with germs if people were more careful about spreading the nasty ones around. Just cough into your elbows and wash your hands, humans of the world. I beg of you!

In the spirit of taking all precautions, today’s recipe has a little immune-boosting element: garlic!

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In addition to warding of vampires–and anyone within a very immediate proximity for that matter–raw garlic has long been thought to have anti-bacterial and anti-viral abilities. Even Harvard Health admits that “in laboratory tests, researchers have seen garlic work against bacteria, viruses, and fungi.” It goes on to say that there haven’t been enough well-designed studies done with humans to make any strict conclusions, but it’s still a mighty concession! There’s rarely a study done that can nail down conclusive causes and effects when it comes to our health because it is affected by so many things!

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So whether you’re into natural remedies or ya just love garlic (or both), enjoy a healthy, adorable, delicious, nutritious wrap!!! See you next week for COOKIEZ (balance, amiright?)

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Immune-Boosting Veggie Wraps with Hummus & Avocado
Serves 2
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 c. dried brown rice or other grain (I used a brown rice medley from TraderJoe's)
  2. 4 small corn tortillas, or 2 regular-sized corn tortillas*
  3. 3-4 tbsp. hummus, flavor of your choice
  4. 1-2 cloves raw garlic, finely chopped
  5. handful or two of spinach
  6. 1/2 avocado, sliced
  7. salt & pepper to taste (optional)
Instructions
  1. Prepare the rice according to the box instructions. Once the rice is cooling, prepare the wraps.
  2. Briefly warm a tortilla in the microwave. This will help it fold without tearing. Spread with 1-2 tbsp. hummus--depending on the size of your tortilla--in a vertical line in the middle of the tortilla. Sprinkle with 1/2-1 clove chopped garlic, again depending on the size of your tortilla. Top with a bit of spinach.
  3. Add some rice on top of the spinach, being careful not to add too much rice or the wraps won't close. Finish with some avocado slices, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper if desired. Beginning at one side running parallel to your line of ingredients, tightly roll up the wrap. Secure with toothpicks.
Notes
  1. Make sure your tortillas are 100% corn with no wheat flour, or they will not be gluten free.
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GF Buckwheat Waffles

My mom laughed at me when I told her what I was making.

Not because, you know, I was making waffles with buckwheat flour. No, no, no.

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Evidently topping your waffles with stewed prunes is pretty funny.

I mean, I know that “stewed prunes” isn’t the most attractive phrasing in the universe, but still!

Well, my friends, it turns out that stewed prunes have a bit of a reputation for being an old people food that helps you in the bathroom, if you catch my drift. Yeah, I know.

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Oops, you didn’t just lose your appetite did you? I guess normal people don’t talk about things like that on their food blogs, do they. Fails all around for me today! (EXCEPT the waffles. Those were NOT a fail I promise!)

I had zero idea about the whole prune thing, but it matters not! I <3 stewed prunes, and I put them on my buckwheat waffles, and it is a super scrumptious combo, and so no hating on my stewed prunes.

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When I was in Florence last summer, the hotel we stayed at served stewed prunes every morning with the breakfast array. They were warm, delicately sweet, and deliciously juicy. I was sold! The Italians didn’t think stewed prunes were an old people food. Reason why Italians are my kind of people #58499673.

Anyway, if you’re not willing to give stewed prunes a clean slate–or if you want another variation–I would suggest tossing some chocolate chips into the batter. Because a) hullo, chocolate and b) the buckwheat makes it look like there’s already some chocolate in there, so might as well make it official, am I right? It’s kind of a self-fulfilling prophecy. It’s not our fault the chocolate ended up in there. It was fate!

Added bonus: you won’t be a liar if you tell kids the waffles are chocolate in order to get them to eat whole grain. Not that you would ever lie about that to children!

😉

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Right now I’m at COUSINFEST aka my grandparents’ house, and it has been so much fun! Our latest obsession is Words with Friends. I know you just checked the date to see if I posted this in 2010. I didn’t. It is currently almost 2015, but the Words with Friends party is poppin’ in this household.

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It’s turned in to more of a “let’s try random letter combos until we find a word that is accepted but we don’t think is actually a real word” party, though, which has some of our Scrabble purists pretty upset. There’s a dictionary feature in the latest version of the app (ooh, so fancy), so we’ve looked up some of the definitions just to see.

And SOMETIMES… Ww/F (see what I did there?) doesn’t even HAVE a definition!!!

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Example Time.

“‘HOLKING’ is a valid Words With Friends word. Sorry, no definition is available at this time!”

Then under word rarity it says: “Very Common”

Right.

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You know, I think we ought to come up with our own definition and then incorporate it into our daily lives. Any ideas? Adjective, maybe?

These waffles are holking. You decide what that means.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday filled with lots of my three favorite things: family, friends, and FOOD.

And as usual, mini version! 🙂

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GF Buckwheat Waffle with Stewed Prunes
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Ingredients
  1. 3/4 c. buckwheat flour, plus more as needed
  2. 3/4 c. brown or white rice flour, plus more as needed
  3. 1 tbsp. baking powder
  4. pinch salt
  5. 1 egg
  6. 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
  7. 3/4 to 1 c. unsweetened almond milk
  8. 3 tbsp. coconut oil
For the prunes and topping*
  1. 1/2 lb. prunes
  2. 1/2 lemon, sliced into rounds
  3. cinnamon to taste
  4. water
  5. coconut milk yogurt
  6. honey
  7. chopped pecans
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, add the prunes, lemon slices, and cinnamon. Pour in enough water so that the prunes are covered. Bring to a boil, then cover and let simmer for 20 minutes while you make the waffles.
  2. Start heating the waffle iron. In a large mixing bowl, combine the buckwheat flour, rice flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, honey, milk, and coconut oil. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until well combined. If the batter is too thin, add more buckwheat and rice flour. If it is too thick, add more almond milk.
  4. Follow the instructions of your waffle iron from this point to cook the waffles. Once the waffles are done, top them with a dollop of yogurt, a drizzle of honey, some stewed prunes, and a handful of chopped pecans.
Notes
  1. *VARIATION: Instead of prunes and yogurt and the like, try mixing some chocolate chips into the batter. Mmm!
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GF Banana Oat Pancakes

“Can’t you see that it’s just raining?
Ain’t no need to go outside…

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But, baby, you hardly even notice
When I try to show you this
Song is meant to keep you
From doing what you’re supposed to.
Waking up too early
Maybe we can sleep in
Make you banana pancakes
Pretend like it’s the weekend now

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And we could pretend it all the time
Can’t you see that it’s just raining?
There ain’t no need to go outside

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But just maybe, like a ukulele
Momma made a baby
Really don’t mind the practice
’cause you’re my little lady
Lady, lady, love me
’cause I love to lay here lazy
We could close the curtains
Pretend like there’s no world outside

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And we could pretend it all the time
Can’t you see that it’s just raining?
There ain’t no need to go outside

Ain’t no need, ain’t no need, mmm, mmm,
Can’t you see, can’t you see?
Rain all day, and I don’t mind

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But the telephone is singing
Ringing
It’s too early
Don’t pick it up
We don’t need to
We got everything
We need right here
And everything we need is enough
Just so easy
When the whole world fits inside of your arms
Do we really need to pay attention to the alarm?
Wake up slow, mmm mm, wake up slow

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But, baby, you hardly even notice
When I try to show you this
Song is meant to keep ya
From doing what you’re supposed to
Waking up too early
Maybe we can sleep in
Make you banana pancakes
Pretend like it’s the weekend now

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And we could pretend it all the time
Can’t you see that it’s just raining?
There ain’t no need to go outside
Ain’t no need, ain’t no need
Rain all day, and I really, really, really don’t mind
Can’t you see, can’t you see?
You gotta wake up slow”

-“Banana Pancakes” by Jack Johnson

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The funny thing is it’s actually raining today! How perfect. Happy Holidays <3

Special note: Thanks to my momma, for being a spectacular syrup-pourer! Gotta give credit where credit is due.

PS Hello, mini pancake.

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GF Banana Oat Pancakes
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Ingredients
  1. 1 c. oat flour (made by grinding rolled oats in a food processor until very fine)
  2. 2 tsp. baking powder
  3. 1/2 tsp. salt
  4. 1 c. unsweetened almond milk (or sub any other kind of milk)
  5. 2 tbsp. melted coconut oil
  6. 1 tbsp. honey
  7. 1 egg
  8. 1 medium banana, sliced
  9. maple syrup for topping, if desired
Instructions
  1. Heat a skillet over medium low heat.
  2. Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the milk, oil, honey, and egg until frothy.
  4. Pour the wet mixture into the flour mixture and stir to combine.
  5. Melt some coconut oil in the skillet. Then scoop the batter into the skillet. Immediately after pouring the batter, press 3 or 4 banana rounds into the pancakes.
  6. Cook until you see bubbles beginning to form, about 2-3 minutes, then flip and cook for another 1-2 minutes on the other side.
  7. Top with more sliced banana and some maple syrup. Enjoy!
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GF/DF Chai Spiced Pumpkin Loaf

This past summer (Woooow, summer. Did I really wear short sleeves in the outdoors?! It was that warm?!?) my friend Tori traveled to India! She experienced so many new and exciting and eye-opening things while she was there, and I could have listened to her talk about the trip forevaaaa. India seems to have such a vibrant and colorful spirit about it, and one day I want to see it for myself.

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BUT in the meantime, I am content with vicariously experiencing India through Tori’s pictures and the chai spice blend she brought back! It smells WONDERFUL.

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The package is pretty big, and you only use a little bit for each recipe. So, we’ve been hitting up Pinterest for all kinds of recipes that use chai spice.

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We’ve assembled quite an arsenal, I must say. Our plan is to have a meal next semester of solely recipes that use chai. Everything will have chai. Everything. (Chai) Tea Party. I’m sold. Are you sold? Good.

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I know I promised a pumpkin recipe after I deceived you with sweet potatoes, so here you go! The addition of chai to the recipe adds a whole new dimension of flavor. It melds so well with the comforting taste of pumpkin, but the chai acts as a little spark of something unexpected. It is addicting, and I lovelovelove it.

GF/DF Chai Spiced Pumpkin Loaf | memo2munch

I’ve been intrigued by using flours other than wheat flour, as I’m still convinced that modern wheat is harder on our bodies. I figured we might as well go full-on gluten free for this one, right? Why not! Plus there’s nothing funky in it. No odd starches, just wholesome, nourishing ingredients. Just the way I like it.

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Still soft, still delicious, still fluffy. You won’t miss the gluten!

If you don’t have chai spice, feel free to sub 1 tsp. cinnamon and 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice! Although truly, the chai in there is real good.

If I had a fireplace, I would so curl up by it with a slice of this bread and a fuzzy blanket. Actually I have no more of this bread because we ate it all… So two of those three things I do not have. Good thing I’m going home for winter break!!! Much cooking, tv-watching, book-reading, and family-laughing will be happening. BRING IT ONNNN!

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GF/DF Chai Spiced Pumpkin Loaf
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup almond flour
  2. 1/2 cup oat flour from certified GF oats*
  3. 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  4. 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  5. 2 tsp chai spice**
  6. 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  7. 1/2 cup maple syrup
  8. 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  9. 3 eggs
  10. Rolled oats for sprinkling (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F/160 degrees C. Grease a 9x5 in. loaf pan.
  2. Combine all dry ingredients in a medium bowl.
  3. Whisk all wet ingredients together in a separate bowl.
  4. Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix until well combined. Don't worry about overmixing--there's no gluten to make it tough! (woot!)
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Bake for 40-50 minutes. Let cool before cutting.
Notes
  1. *You can make your own oat flour by grinding rolled oats in a food processor until they are really fine. Also, if you would like to use all oat flour instead of almond flour, you can. However, the product will be denser. (Still delish!)
  2. **If you don't have chai powder, you can make your own by combining cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, black pepper, ginger, and star anise. Or sub 1 tsp. cinnamon and 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice.
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GF & Vegan Apple Crumble (with No Refined Sugars!)

Ah, November rolls around again, and the countdown to one of my favorite holidays ever begins…

THANKSGIVING!

Okay but think about it. Are you really surprised? A holiday all about food and gratitude. About gratifood. My dreamz!

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Can we make gratifood a thing? Let’s make that a thing. “Live with gratifood.” Memo2munch’s new slogan!

Wow, I am so happy right now.

BUT I need to back up. We have important things to talk about, like apple crumbles, and Halloween, and how the food industry sneaks sugar into EVERYTHING. Literally everything. Like beef jerky and sour cream and onion Pringles. I know. But we’ll get to that.

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My apartment mates and I had our friends over on Halloween, and we went alllll out in terms of decorations. We had Halloween streamers and napkins and a tablecloth and orange and black burlap and LIGHTS. Oh, the lights. What’s cuter than jack-o-lantern lights? (Thanks, Momma!)

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Then of course we had lots of food, including cupcakes with Halloween liners. Turns out my sweet potato cupcakes work just as well if you sub pumpkin puree. Handy tip!

Guess who I was for Halloween! I’ll just pretend I don’t know that the picture is right below this and call you a GENIUS! <3 Julia Child <3

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Bloomington has all of these lovely vintage stores, so the costume was super easy to throw together. I got all my stuff from A.Z. Vintage, so if you’re in Bloomington GO THERE. You’ll find tons of cute things, and you can take a shopping break to pet the adorable store kitty, Biscuit. She’s a sweetie.

Speaking of sweeties, can we discuss sugar forever a sec? In one of my classes this semester, our professor challenged us to go to a grocery store and find as many names for sugar as we could on the food labels. It was horrifying. (#sugarmadness)

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Together we were able to come up with 65 different ways that sugar can be found on the ingredients list. SIXTY FIVE. And they’re tricky names so that we won’t know there’s sugar in there.

For example:

-Barley malt
-Corn maltodextrin
-Corn syrup solids (ooooh, appetizing)
-Invert syrup (WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN)
-And my personal favorite: evaporated cane juice.

Do you know what you get if you take cane juice and get rid of the liquid? Granulated sugar. Identical to the kind you can get in the baking aisle.

That’s like calling stealing “borrowing without asking.” Or “letting someone go” instead of firing them. Do we need euphemisms for sugar now?!

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Hey, I’m all for a little sweetness. But I at least want to know when I’m eating it. Especially the equivalent of the processed white stuff or high fructose corn syrup.

Next time you’re at the store, take a look at some of the labels. I found some new Goldfish flavor with nine different types of sugar on the ingredients list!

Luckily, we can know exactly how much sugar is in something when we make it ourselves using whole ingredients. Yay!

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Today’s GF apple crumble is so simple, it’s a nice break from the crazy, processed nightmare I sifted through last weekend. And it’s sweetened with just maple syrup!

Wholesome, natural, pure, comforting, and delicious. Now that’s more like it.

Question: What were you for Halloween??

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GF & Vegan Apple Crumble
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Apple Filling
  1. About 4 medium apples
  2. 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  3. 2 tsp lemon juice
  4. 1 tbsp maple syrup or honey*
  5. 1 tsp ground cinnamon
Crumble Topping
  1. 2 1/2 c. (240g) rolled oats (make sure to get certified gluten free if you are allergic)
  2. 5 tbsp. almond flour/meal
  3. A pinch sea salt
  4. 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  5. 5 tbsp. maple syrup or honey*
  6. 5 tbsp. coconut oil, room temperature
Instructions
  1. Make the filling: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Wash the apples and cut them into thin slices, leaving the skin on (FIBER!). Place in a large bowl and toss with vanilla, lemon juice, maple syrup, and cinnamon. Transfer to a 10" cast-iron skillet or other baking dish.
  2. Make the topping: Mix the oats, almond flour, and sea salt together in a separate bowl. Then add vanilla, maple syrup, and coconut oil. Use your hands to mix until well combined. Distribute the topping evenly over the apples.
  3. Bake in oven for 30-35 minutes or until the crumble is firm and lightly browned. Serve as is or with some yummy vegan ice cream.
Notes
  1. *If you use honey the crumble will no longer be vegan.
Adapted from Green Kitchen Stories
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Mini Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies (Gluten Free!)

Talk about an alliteration in cookie form. Whewwww-ie!

Mini Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies (GF!) from memo2munch

Soo, it used to be that when people would ask me what the one thing they should bring to college was, I would struggle with an answer.

“Uhh… I don’t know. A backpack? Clothes? Wait, that’s plural. Well, you’re going to need more than one thing, anyway.”

BUT NOW I have a definitive answer.

A pair of rain boots.

Mini Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies (GF!) from memo2munch

Yes, rain boots are a must. Take it from someone who went through most of last year without them.

I always thought that as soon as I got rain boots it probably wouldn’t rain anymore so, really, what was the point? However, while I was trying to play reverse psychology with Mother Nature, there was no shortage of water in Bloomington.

Mini Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies (GF!) from memo2munch

And ya can’t just skip class because your feet get soaked. So I caved and bought the boots, and I ended up using them. A lot. Moral of the story: don’t follow my examples. Except when it comes to recipes. Cuz you’re gonna want to make these cookies, I promise!

Mini Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies (GF!) from memo2munch

I’m bringing the whole rain boots ordeal up because the past couple of days the sky has been spoutin’ water, and I’ve been thoroughly enjoying splashing through puddles in my rain boots, having myself a little Gene Kelly moment. If anything, get the rain boots for that!

Then you can have some mini alliteration cookies, and your day will be PERFECTION.

Mini Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies (GF!) from memo2munch

 

GF Mini Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/4 cups almond meal
  2. 1/4 cup chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life dairy-free chips)
  3. 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  4. 1/2 tsp baking powder
  5. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  6. 1/3 cup brown sugar
  7. 1 egg
  8. 3 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
  9. 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, stir together almond meal, dark chocolate chips, coconut, baking powder, salt and sugar.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat egg until uniform in color and doubled in volume.
  3. Whisk in the coconut oil and vanilla, then add to dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  4. Chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes or even overnight.
  5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  6. Shape dough into 1-inch balls, place on baking sheet with 1-1/2 inch space in between each. Press down slightly to flatten a bit.
  7. Bake until edges begin to brown, 7-10 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and let cool before serving.
Adapted from Sprouted Kitchen via Minimalist Baker
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Basic Granola (Gluten Free)

I’ve never had a particularly good relationship with insects.

As in, a grasshopper puked on me when I was younger, I’ve found at least four bugs in beds I’ve slept in, my mosquito bites get humongous, and the first time I ever got stung was by a wasp and a bee on the same day. On my stomach.

I’ll admit it. These encounters have left me kind of paranoid. (Anyone else check under their pillows and blankets for bugs before they crawl into bed each night? That’s normal, right?) But now I KNOW the bugs are out to get me.

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You see, a giant spider has decided that our back door is a perfect place to set up spider shop. Its web extends about a third of the way down the doorway, so we have to duck if we want to grill or water the plants. SUCH CRUELTY.

During the day when the spider is off doing whatever spiders do (plotting world domination), we get rid of the web with a stick, but lo and behold, by the next day the web is back.

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As if this wasn’t bad enough, today a wasp decided that our front door was prime real estate for a nest. It literally built a nest ON our front door. Not on the frame, but on the front door. Yep, can’t even open that one now. (Update: my father has since taken a hose to our front door and washed the nest away—brave man. Fingers crossed it doesn’t reappear and/or the wasps don’t wage war on our household.)

Basic GF Granola | memo2munch

If it weren’t for the garage door, WE WOULD BE TRAPPED.

Watch, a praying mantis battalion will be waiting outside of the garage tomorrow.

At least in the event of an insect takeover, I have homemade granola to comfort me.

I am definitely a granola girl. I like it on yogurt, with some almond milk like cereal, sprinkled on a fruit crisp, and even just by itself. The sweet crunch of toasted oats and nuts mixed with the chewy tartness of dried fruit creates a texture adventure for your mouth, and it’s super filling and nutritious—I can’t get enough!

Basic GF Granola | memo2munch

I used to buy granola, but it’s super easy to make and will save you tons of money coming from your own kitchen. Plus it’s one of the most customizable foods out there. Any dried fruit will work, as well as any nuts and seeds. Throw in some pumpkin pie spice during the fall for a fun twist, or a splash of vanilla for extra flavor. You can even add some dairy-free chocolate chips after your granola has cooled completely if you’ve got a giant sweet tooth like me! The {HEALTHY} possibilities are endless! Unlike the number of ways I can exit my house currently…

Basic GF Granola | memo2munch

Today’s recipe is just an all-purpose, basic granola recipe to get you started. Feel free to tweak it to your liking. To make this recipe even more nutritious, add some chia or flax seeds. Yum!

You will also notice that I FINALLY have a link to print the recipe. That’s been a work in progress, but I’ve figured out how thanks to the vast interwebs. (Ugh, I just made myself think of spiders.) I’ll be working on making print pages for my previous recipes, promise! Okay, go make granola.

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Basic Granola (Gluten Free)
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Ingredients:
4 cups (360 g) old fashioned oats (look for certified gluten free oats to make this recipe GF)
Pinch salt
1 cup (128 g) mixed nuts and seeds (I used sliced almonds, chopped walnuts, pecans, and pumpkin seeds)
1 cup (120 g) dried fruit (I used raisins, cranberries, and cherries)
¼ c. (2 fl. oz.) melted coconut oil
¼ c. + 2 tbsp. (about 128 g) sweetener like honey, brown sugar, maple syrup, agave, or a combination

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line an edged baking pan with aluminum foil.
2. Mix oats, salt, nuts, seeds, and dried fruit in a large bowl.
3. In a separate small bowl, mix coconut oil and sweetener until combined. Pour into bowl with oats and mix until evenly incorporated.
4. Spread granola on pan in an even layer. Bake for 30 minutes, mixing every 8-10 minutes and again when the granola comes out of the oven. For chunky granola, don’t mix. Let cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Store in a jar for easy snacking. Granola will last a few months.