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Grain-Free Cini-Minis

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As you read this I will either be having something that my teacher calls an Accounting “party” tonight (whatever the heck that means…) or taking a Supply Chain Management exam where I will most likely walk out in tears.

I can work on preventing the second one by making this a quick post though, and using up the time that I have left to study hundreds of flash cards.

For WIAW you’ll have to imagine a little bit of the food because I forgot to take pictures. And my family consumed quite a bit of Wendy’s and KFC over the weekend, which you all really don’t need to see. 😉

While I do not have pictures of their delicious-looking grilled chicken and KFC Double Chocolate Cake (really, I need to figure out a way to make a homemade version!), I do have two recipes for you that should be plenty of food porn for today.

First is just a quick oatmeal recipe. When I’m not making pancakes 99% of the time for breakfast, the other 1% is oatmeal (or maybe 0.5% because I do like making cinnamon rolls too…). Anyways, this oatmeal recipe is the perfect way to use up a ton of your hoarded bananas and to get in a lot of protein at breakfast! I like to mix in a few eggs to make this extra staying, but if you are vegan/allergic to eggs, feel free to leave them out and it will still taste just as amazing.

Easy, High-Protein Banana Oatmeal

2 servings – About 17 protein grams each

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How to make: Heat 2 cups of water in a medium pot. Mix in 1 cup quick oatmeal and 2 tbsp chia seeds. Stir and cook for a few minutes until it starts to thicken. Then stir in a few tablespoons of natural sweetener (honey, coconut sugar, stevia, etc.), a splash of vanilla, and a dash of sea salt. Reduce heat to medium. Then cut in two ripe banana slices and let simmer for a few minutes. When the banana slices are soft, take a fork and whip them into the oatmeal. For extra protein, take the pot off the stove and quickly mix in two whole eggs. Return the pot to the stove and heat up for another minute. Divide between two bowls, top with more banana slices, and melted almond butter. Take a spoon and enjoy!

As I said before, I also really like making cinnamon rolls as you can tell from my coconut flour cinnamon rolls, apple chunk cinnamon rolls, peanut butter and carob cinnamon rolls, and microwave cinnamon rolls (almost all vegan!). I felt it was only fitting to try to re-create a cinnamon roll classic, which sadly, is no longer available in restaurants… Burger King’s Cini-Minis!

Cini-Minis were a breakfast roadtrip staple for me as a kid. Whenever we went on a trip or vacation and had to leave early in the morning, we stopped at Burger King for a special breakfast of French toast sticks, super sugary orange juice, and cini-minis for dessert. These things were so decadent that we usually could only finish a few before passing the remaining up to my dad to inhale. My version is not quite as sickly sweet, and much higher in fiber. Also, as I can attest from watching my parents test these out, you can down quite a few of them before calling it quits.

Grain-Free Cini-Minis

Grain/Gluten/Wheat-Free, Dairy-Free, Paleo-Friendly

Makes 3 servings, 4 small rolls each plus icing

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Dough ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda (or 2 tsp baking powder)
  • 2-3 tbsp granulated sweetener
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted (and slightly cooled to prevent cooking the egg)
  • 2 large eggs (to make a vegan version, use this recipe instead and just make them smaller)

Filling ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tbsp granulated sweetener
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon

Icing ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup powdered sweetener (Make your own by placing granulated sweetener into a coffee grinder. Baking stevia, coconut sugar, or cane sugar will all work)
  • Water or milk

Directions: 

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a medium-sized bowl measure and combine the coconut flour, almond flour, sea salt, baking soda and granulated sweetener. Then add the vanilla, coconut oil and eggs. Mix well and set aside to thicken for a few minutes. The dough should come together easily and be soft but not sticky. Add a little water if needed to bring the dough together, or add coconut flour if the dough is too wet.

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3. Form the dough into a ball and place it on a new piece of parchment paper. Wet your fingers with water and press the dough into a large rectangle.

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4. Spread the melted coconut oil onto the dough. Then sprinkle on the granulated sweetener and cinnamon (use more or less as needed to ensure it is fully covered).

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5. Wet your fingers again and with the long side facing you, begin to tightly roll the dough. (This dough is very feeble because it is grain-free, so it will fall apart a lot as you roll. Just continue to wet your fingers and reform/press any broken parts together).

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6. After you have your roll, cut it into 12 small pieces and place them on the parchment-covered baking sheet.

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7. Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown. They should bounce back to the touch. Add more minutes if necessary.

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8. To make the icing, simply combine the powdered sweetener with a teaspoon or so of water to start and add more as needed to get a thick icing.

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Now, do you want even further proof that this exam week will be the death of me? Do you remember the first few paragraphs of this post? Ya… As I was walking out, one of my roommate’s boyfriends asked me where I was going and I said “Accounting.” He then became confused and I come to find out that I have all of my days messed up and my Macroeconomics exam is actually tomorrow and Accounting tomorrow night. So the crying over my Supply Chain exam is delayed another day!

And to catch you up, my doctor’s appointment went alright this past weekend and I have some more news to share probably on a Thursday/Friday post if I have time in between studying and packing and cleaning.

Happy Wednesday and to all a good night!

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Questions for you:

Do you ever get your days messed up?

What is your favorite breakfast food to make? To eat? Are they different?

Did your family have any road trip traditions growing up?

What I Ate at Whole Foods

I come to you, reaching out of the depths of mountains of school papers and group projects. I literally just opened/closed over 15 office documents in the past 48 hours and about half as many excel spreadsheets. Also, to add even further to the stress that is my final exams next week, I currently am in the interviewing process of three…. THREE internships. I feel so blessed, but at the same time, I’d rather just apply, interview and be accepted at one. However, beggars can’t be choosers.

Yesterday I had an in-person interview where I had to drive 2 hours south for literally 10 minutes of talking. Then I drove 2 hours back. Not before stopping at a Whole Foods though which was just minutes away. There were actually two WF markets to choose from. Jealous.

I went to the salad bar and got a nice big box. There was kale salad on top, marinated mushrooms everywhere, and both grilled chicken and grilled pineapple beneath. I thought that the cold food would bother me a little (especially with the mushrooms), but I ended up loving all of it!

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And because I am so nice, I went around and found recipes for all of the food so that you can make the recipes at home and enjoy them too 🙂

Garlicky Kale Salad from Eating Bird Food

I am going to make this recipe as soon as I can find some good, fresh Kale and I encourage you to do the same.

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Grilled Pineapple from Skinny Taste

This one isn’t exact, but pretty close and just as delicious I think 🙂

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Marinated Mushrooms from The Vegan Tummy

I also had the mushrooms warmed up with some crock pot beef for breakfast this morning and they were still super tasty.

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Grilled Chicken How-To from Serious Eats

This one is basic, but I like how they only soak it in salt water. No celery/tomato/corn/gluten!

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I also purchased a few other items while at Whole Foods.

First was digestive enzymes and ginger pills. Both are supposed to help with digestion and bloating. I notice a slight difference when taking them. (Update as well: Another doctor’s appointment this Saturday so cross your fingers for me).

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Next up I bought some sea salt. It’s great that Whole Foods doesn’t use a ton of salt on their salad bar items, but I knew from past experience that I would need to add a little so I went to the bulk pins and purchased some pink sea salt to sprinkle on my food.

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Don’t you just love my nice red, swollen hands? Our A/C has not been working for the past two weeks despite maintenance “supposedly” fixing it. So it basically feels like a sauna in here, only amplified by my hot lap top on my lap.

I also bought two packs of gum while there. I haven’t chewed gum in probably three or four years so this was kind of a weird purchase for me. I stopped chewing gum because of the artificial sweeteners mainly so I like that this gum is made with natural sweeteners and no weird ingredients. It really helps me concentrate while driving too and I went through about 4 pieces in a (successful) attempt to stay awake on my long drive back.

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The drive was made even longer actually by an accident. When I passed by it looked like one car had rear-ended the other, and two ambulances were already on-scene so I think everyone was okay.

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Just for reference, I took this picture while stopped and waiting for the cars in the right hand lane to let me switch over.

I will be notified if I need to come in for a secon interview sometime this week. For the second intership I had a phone interview last week and should be contacted shortly as well (after I fill out a second employment application). The third internship is still in the beginning stages, but that is the one I probably want most because it is so close to home and I know someone who works there.

**Pardon the interruption. I was just interrupted in the middle of this post by another fire alarm. Suspiciously our hall didn’t smell like burnt popcorn until AFTER we came back in from the fire alarm. It’s a conspiracy!**

And now it’s seriously too late for me to be up. Goodnight, sleep tight, and pleasant dreams to you.

I’m linking up this post with Jenn at Peas and Crayons for What I Ate Wednesday (but really Monday…. shh. 😉 ). Make sure after you leave a comment below to check out the rest of the blogger contributions!

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Questions for you:

Do you have to travel a long ways to go shopping at your favorite stores or are they close by?

What is your favorite thing to get on the Whole Foods bar?

Have you ever recreated a restaurant recipe at home?

Do you chew gum? What kind?