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Vegan and Gluten-Free Microwave Banana Bread

Microwave Banana Bread (Vegan and Gluten-Free)

Why is it that whenever I am in a good mood, I always feel like starting my posts with “Howdy Hoe Ranger Joes?” I must have made that my intro at least twice in my blog history. It’s just so bouncy to say (Can you even say something “bouncy”?).

I am in a good mood for several reasons, of which I will now clearly count out for you:

1. Tomorrow is Friday. No more needs to be explained about this one.

2. I just came back from my last exam before Spring Break. Again, self-explanatory… I’m FREEEE!!!

3. See #2. Spring Break is just one day away from starting. Three more classes. I can DO this 😉

4. There are endless possibilities of what could happen over Spring Break. I could go to Paris. World Hunger could end.

5. Okay, so #4 is not likely, but still entirely possible. That’s what’s so great about 1 week of no school. Anything can happen!

I think I now need to make a list of all that I want to accomplish on my 5 day vacation. No, I do not count the weekends as part of break. Let’s try be realistic friends (see #4). Now, if I really have my act together I will even make a whole post up with my list and finally reunite with my blog mate (like soul mate, but with blogging?), BFF (blog friend forever?)…. Blend? Eh, how about no. Let’s just go by her official name: Vanilla Gorilla. Yes, I am going to try my darnest to link-up with her Week in Review someday soon. But if I don’t, there is a little something something to make up for it at the end of this post* 😉

Now with an hour to go before bed time and the official countdown of my hours before break begins, I am going to spend my time reading a book/watching Netflix. I will leave you with this banana bread recipe:

 

Microwave Banana Bread (Vegan and Gluten-Free)

Gluten-Free Microwave Banana Bread

Gluten/Wheat-Free, Vegan (Dairy and Egg-Free), Nut-Free, Naturally Sweetened

Ingredients:

  • 4 medium ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 1/2 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1 cup sorghum flour*
  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour*
  • 1/4 cup white rice flour*
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl mash together the bananas, then add the yogurt and honey. Next add the dry ingredients and combine until smooth.
  2. Then oil a large round pan or 8×8 square pan (glass). Pour the bread batter into the pan.
  3. Cook in the microwave on full power for 8-10 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes and slice to make sure it’s done. If the middle is still slightly wet, pop it back in the microwave for awhile longer. (This recipe can probably baked in the oven at 350 degrees but I have not personally tried this and do not know for how long).

Microwave Banana Bread (Vegan and Gluten-Free)

 

*Substitution notes:

To make sure this is dairy-free, use a coconut or almond version of the yogurt. For this to be strictly vegan use the non-dairy yogurt and maple syrup instead of the honey. If you don’t have those flours, you could probably replace them with 1.75-2 cups of your favorite all purpose gluten-free (or regular if you don’t need to be gf) flour. If you don’t use honey or maple syrup, add about 1/3-1/2 cup of another wet ingredient like banana, yogurt or applesauce. In this case you could use a granulated sweetener as well (About 1/2 cup) or stevia to taste.

Microwave Banana Bread (Vegan and Gluten-Free)

 

*I have a new acronym for you Meghan (and Sarah!). PBF…. Public Bananas Forever.

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Questions for you:

What would be on your TO-DO list for Spring Break?

Give me your reasons for being in a good mood today!

What’s your latest book/tv show obsession? Book: Long Time Coming, TV Show: Arrow and Chicago PD.

Genuine with All of the Faults In-Between WIAW

Recently I’ve realized that I all of my posts are starting to sound like a whiny college student. I guess that should be fine since I AM a college student who occasionally likes to whine banter diplomatically. A while back though one of the bloggers that I follow mentioned that once they left college, they really didn’t like reading blogs written by college students anymore because they couldn’t relate any longer. For me, I read blogs from people of all age groups and interests. If someone is interesting or seems like a genuine person I’ll follow along no matter the age or topic.

With that said, I believe that blogger’s statement has stuck with me because it serves a reminder that not everyone reading is in college or can relate to being in college. And as I am so much more than just a typical “college student,” I don’t want every post I write to be weighed down with my talk of exams, homework and sleep.

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Something that I know you all can relate to though is technology. Social Media. Let’s talk about Instagram for a moment. Have you ever heard of F4F, L4L or S4F? If not, then skip down a few paragraphs to the food pictures because it’s not important. If you have heard/seen or even experienced the profound meaning behind F4F though… Please explain why this even exists?

Upon joining Instagram I thought it was a way to quickly share and express yourself through images. Whether that be with pictures of food, beautiful scenery, workouts, pets, or a combination thereof, I believed that Instagram was all about showing what is unique about YOU. Other than adding the filters, how much more raw and real can you get than sharing captioned images of your everyday life? You leave yourself open to comments from people literally all around the world. You connect with people from EVERYWHERE.

I thought it was truly an amazing thing. Until I started seeing those hashtags I mentioned above. Follow for Follow? Like for Like? Shout out for shout out? I have issues with getting mad about things having nothing to do with me, but these hashtags just made me downright angry. Almost to a ridiculous point I was furious at these Instagramers. How dare they disrupt this beautiful thing going on with commercialism? By asking for an undeserving follow, like or shout out they are just superficially inflating their accounts. I’ve seen people with thousands of followers getting less than a dozen likes per picture. Not because the pictures were horrific or anything like that; it was because those followers weren’t following them for THEM. Just for the reciprocated “follow,” “like,” or “shout out.”

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As I said, in reality it is my fault for expecting social media to be anything other than social media. Even on blogs I will get the occasional comment where the only thing someone says is “Love your blog! Will you check out mine?” To me this discredits them on my second requirement for following a blog- BEING GENUINE!

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There is so much more to be said on this subject and yet, right now if I continue I think I will start to sound like my scratched up Backstreet Boys’ Millenium CD. After awhile from so much abuse it could barely get through the first track of “Larger than Life” without repeating the manical laugh of A.J. McLean. One thousand times over.

Similarly, I don’t think any of you want me to repeat myself one thousand times over, creepy laugh or not.

(I just realized that this is way more “thinking” than I had planned for a simple WIAW post. I’m also going to be linking up with Amanda at Running With Spoons tomorrow for her Thinking Out Loud link-up!

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Now for an entirely genuine WIAW with all of the faults in between, here is some food of recently… some mine, mostly not 😉

Hey! I can actually use this WIAW button and tell the veggie truth this week 🙂
I have been absolutely terrible about posting recipes lately, and it’s not for lack of edited photos or having the time to write them up. In fact, there are currently three complete recipes just waiting to be published in the queue. It’s just the “other stuff” that needs to be written along with them. The “life” stuff. Example number 3 is below for a new cracker recipe I just made over the weekend. They are nut-free and are packed with tons of flavor.

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The next recipe I need to share (oh wait, that means I actually have 4 recipes all typed up! These two plus a vegan banana bread, and a smoothie recipe 8o … Alright, I will be sharing at least one this week!) is for some apple bread that I baked up in small ramekins. They are kind of a coffee cake/cinnamon heaven. I’m not sure what to call them yet. Now though I feel like “heaven” should definitely be included somewhere in the name?? They made my house smell absolutely wonderful.

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Now for something that I have been snacking on:

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Green… Ice cubes?

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Yes, those would be green ice cubes that I brought back with me from home to eat during the week. I took about 5 cucumbers, peeled them (the skins bother me), ran them through the juicer and then froze the juice into ice cube trays. All of the juice made around 30-something ice cubes in all. When I’m home for the weekend I like to make fresh cucumber juice, but during school that’s not possible so frozen is the next best thing. Originally I planned to thaw them out the night before and have a glass in the morning. Then I forgot and decided to eat them like Popsicles (or ice cubes… Since I really do just eat plain ice cubes. I’m not the only one, right?).

And below you can see a glass of cucumber juice in all of its glory. That is about 1 cucumber juiced, and then diluted with an equal amount of water. Delicious and refreshing. My mom was intrigued and asked to try some. She commented that it was surprisingly sweet, and I’d have to agree! I never considered cucumbers as being sweet before, but the juice definitely is.

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Just for the fun of it, I decided to throw in a random picture of me to prove that I am in fact alive (Just in case there was any doubt). I’m also going to break my sort-of-vow above and acknowledge that I look a little worn out in this picture. I’m just plain tired t0 tell you the truth and am aiming for a full 8 hours tonight (I usually get about 7). Spring Break next week will be very welcomed indeed!

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Questions for you:

Do you have an Instagram? How do you feel about the follow for follow trend that has emerged?

What recipes have you made recently? And have you posted about them (FAIL for me 🙁 )

Have you ever snacked on ice cubes before? I can’t be the only one!

Do you still hold onto your old scratched CDs? I’m sure I could rummage around and still find that old Backstreet Boys CD if I tried!!