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What is Your Snack Personality?

I just got off my cellphone from a phone interview for an internship. I think it went well, but does anyone else notice that they start to repeat words when they get nervous? It would be impossible to count how many times I said “so,” “or” and “in the end” during those 30 minutes. What I can share though is the advice to never schedule an interview at 7:30 in the morning. Your voice will crack and the interviewer will apologize for getting you up early (it was all said in good spirit though. I didn’t yawn or fall asleep during the interview!).

But now that is over and done with. Next Monday I have an in-person interview about 2 hours away so I’m currently figuring out how I am going to manage my last class of the day. It will all work out… in the end. Ugh. I seriously used that phrase more times in the interview than I have in my entire life. Stab me with a rod and stick my marshmallow brain over the fire, I don’t think it’s burnt enough.

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Speaking of marshmallows, do you like yours golden or black? I personally am a fan of catching mine on fire and waiting until the outside turns a deep charcoal. Yum. Over the weekend though I went to a friend’s cookout and I realized that everyone has a lot of different opinions on how marshmallows should be cooked. Very similar in all aspects of food really.

Since today is Thinking Out Loud Thursday with Amanda at Running with Spoons, I want to talk about the various food categories that people are passionate about. Perhaps passionate is the wrong word, but I think you know what I mean – everyone has that one type of food that is their favorite, that they LOVE to talk about. I believe that a person’s favorite kind of food can tell a lot about them.

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So, what I’ve devised for today is to break down these food categories and share my personality specialist opinion on what they really mean. And then, because this week I have been promoting an awesome cookbook kit (affiliate links), I am going to match your food personality up with which cookbook I think you would be most interested in. Obviously I’m going to try and sell you the kit because I think you’ll love it (and I’ll make a little money ūüėČ ), but even if you don’t buy the kit, consider purchasing one of the cookbooks individually. The whole package is a much much better deal and either way supports fellow bloggers just like you AND provides some delicious recipes in return!

First up, the categories… Muffins, Smoothies, Nut Butter, Granola, Chocolate, Crackers. Notice I didn’t include main meals. The main reason is that everyone has different opinions on what to eat for dinner. Meat, vegetarian, vegan, etc.? I just picked the options I see most frequently on blogs as snacks.

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Now, pick which category above is your favorite snack and read on to find out your snack personality!

Muffins

You want everything to be happy. If things go awry and people get upset, you are the first to jump in and try to provide comfort. You reach for muffins because they are sweet and well-rounded. In your day to day activities you don’t like having negative thoughts and try to be positive no matter the circumstance.

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Suggested Cookbook: Top 10 Muffins of 2013 by Fast Paleo Contributors

Recipes that sound amazing: Pecan Molasses Mini Muffins, Lemon Blueberry Nut Muffins, and Banana Vanilla Spice Muffins

Smoothies

You appreciate simplicity. Whether you are on the go or just wanting to take a minute to relax, you pick up a smoothie because you can get all of your nutrients in one sitting. Much like in life, you don’t like a lot of fluff and try to only commit to things where you are able to give 100%.

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Suggested Cookbook: Top 10 Smoothies of 2012 by Fast Paleo Contributors

Recipes that sound amazing: Green Frozen Lemonade, Chocolate Avocado No-Milk Shake, and Creamy Coconut Macadamia Coffee Smoothie

Chocolate

You like to indulge. Not only in the creamy blissfulness of nut butter, but you cannot go a day without your favorite activity. It doesn’t matter if it is running, baking, reading or watching your favorite show, your day is not complete without it. You believe that no matter what is going on in your life, it is important to make time to put yourself first and do what you love.

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Suggested Cookbook: 30 Minute Paleo Dessert Recipes by Louise Hendon

Recipes that sound amazing: Chocolate Coconut Fudge Cups, Chocolate Coffee Pot de Creme, and Chocolate Truffles

Granola

You like staying busy. While some people fail when life gets stressful, you thrive. Granola is perfect for batch-making and helps you to plan ahead for what you know will be a full schedule. To feel accomplished you want to be able to check everything off of your to-do list and get things done.

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Suggested Cookbook: Paleogasm by Camille Macres

Recipes that sound amazing: Banana Blueberry Breakfast Bars (like granola bars) and Pumpkin Flax Granola

Nut Butter

You enjoy down-time. Just like everyone else you like to be involved and finish your work, but you truly appreciate taking time out of your schedule to just relax and relish in a peaceful hour or two. Nut butter is the perfect snack for you because it is simple to scoop out and enjoy while taking your mind off work.

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Suggested Cookbook: Caveman Feast by George Bryant and Abel James

Recipes that sound amazing: Pumpkin Pie Espresso Hazelnut Butter, Cocoa Espresso Almond Butter, and Almond Coconut Chocolate Drops (with almond butter)

Crackers

You are a multi-tasker. Crackers are the best choice for you because you take on a lot of responsibility both at home and at work/school. You don’t always have enough time for everything you would like to do during the day, but when you do get the chance, you know what you love. In the meantime, staying involved is enough to satisfy you.

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Suggested Cookbook: The Paleo Snack Recipe Book by Suzanne Crawt

Recipes that sound amazing: Coconut Chips, Salt & Vinegar Kale Chips, and Sweet Potato Crisps with Rosemary Salt

If any of these recipes or cookbooks sound like something you would be interested, check out the Primal Life Kit page to find out more. There are more than 49 products included at a value of over $1500. But the cost to you is only $39. That’s a 95% discount. So far over 2,000 kits have been sold! There is no limit; however, the sale is only running until April 28th (Monday) so you need to jump on this deal now ūüėČ Yesterday for WIAW I posted a few recipe reviews for what have tried out so far from my personal purchase of the kit and the cookbooks inside. Pancakes and Sweet Potato Chili. Definitely worth it.

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Questions for you:

So, how did I do? Is your “snack personality” anything like your real personality?¬†

Do you think what someone eats says anything about them as a person?

What is one recipe that you would like to try from this list?

Take a look at the Primal Life Kit and tell me which product you’d be interested in! (I need some help on deciding what to read/try next ūüôā ).

Microwave Banana Cake with Frosting

Microwave Banana Cake with Frosting (Paleo and Vegan)

Valentine Day’s¬†–¬†a day for the exchange of tokens of affection.

Most think that if you don’t have a significant other (aka: a boyfriend, husband, girlfriend, wife) then Valentine’s Day is not for you.

I’m here to prove you wrong. “Tokens of affection” aren’t just meant to be exchanged between couples. Showing love is something that we can do with anyone we care about. In high school our French club used to sell Carnations on Valentine’s Day for $1.25 apiece. It was all very exciting with filling out an order form, choosing the flower color, and including a message for the desired recipient.

I never had a boyfriend during February 14th, and yet every year I still always received at least one carnation. No, not from any secret admirer, but from my friends and from my mother. Not once did I feel embarrassed or like I was receiving a consolation prize. I felt just as happy to receive those as anyone else did. And seeing the smiles on my friends’ faces when they received a carnation from me? It just made the day that much better.

Now, I’ve never been one much for going the traditional route on holidays. I rarely give out boxes of expensive chocolate or those sugary sweet candy hearts. Instead, I show my love in much more common everyday activities. Take for instance this year. Knowing that I wouldn’t be home on Valentine’s Day, I decided to whip up this sweet snack cake for my mom and dad. My mom’s was actually much fancier with a double recipe of both the cakes and the creamy nut butter frosting spread in between, then drizzled with a coconut oil-based chocolate glazed over the top.

Microwave Banana Cake with Frosting (Paleo and Vegan)

Microwave Banana Cake with Frosting (Paleo and Vegan)

So while yes, I did include chocolate for this year’s gift, it was done with heart, not my wallet. And it was not between me and a boyfriend but between me and my family.

Because that’s what LOVE is to me.

Last week I was asked to join in on Brilliant Earth’s¬†Create a Little Love Campaign. The mission was simple: Explain what love means to you.

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We were also tasked with sharing a picture spelling out the word… L-O-V-E. I chose to spell out the word with fruits and vegetables. Cliche? Maybe. However, like I said before, I think showing love can be done in common day things. I express my love by my recipes, whether they be making them for friends and family, or sharing them with you. Love is doing things for people you care about, not because you have to, but because you want to. I make and share allergy-friendly and unprocessed sweets like the one I have for you today because I care about the health of those that I love. Simple as that.

Just because something is ordinary doesn’t mean it can’t make someone feel extraordinary.

Microwave Banana Cake with Frosting (Paleo and Vegan)

Microwave Banana Cake with Frosting

Grain/Gluten/Wheat-Free, Egg/Dairy-Free, Vegan, Nut-Free, Paleo/GAPS-Friendly

Makes 1 serving

Cake Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 3 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 6 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • dash of salt
  • sweetener (optional*)
  • 1/2 tsp coconut oil

Frosting Ingredients:

  • 2-3 tbsp coconut milk
  • 1-2 tsp coconut flour
  • 1 tsp honey (or maple syrup to make vegan)
  • 1 tsp nut butter (or seed butter to make nut-free)

Directions:

  1. In bowl combine the mashed banana, ground flaxseed and water. Add the remaining cake ingredients and stir until well combined. Let sit for about 5 minutes to allow the flaxseed and coconut flour to thicken the mixture.
  2. While you let that rest, mix up the frosting ingredients. Start first with adding your coconut milk to a small bowl/cup, then mixing the coconut flour into that. After you have mixed the milk and flour until all of the clumps are out and it is smooth, you can mix in the honey and nut butter. If the frosting appears too thin, add a little bit more coconut flour, and if it appears to thick, thin it out with a little coconut milk. When you get the frosting to your desired consistency place it in the fridge.
  3. Next take a small bowl or ramekin (I used a cereal bowl about 4-5 inches in diameter at the base) and put the 1/2 tsp of coconut oil in the bowl. Microwave the coconut oil for 10-15 seconds until melted, then using your fingers spread the melted oil over the inside of the bowl to prevent sticking.
  4. After greasing the bowl, scoop out the banana cake batter and distribute it evenly throughout the bowl. Microwave the batter for 5-8 minutes or until the edges start to pull away from the side of the bowl and the cake springs back at the touch.
  5. Let the cake cool for 5 minutes, and then top with the frosting and any additional toppings as desired (I used banana slices).

*Substitution notes:

  • If you like naturally sweet recipes then make the recipe as-is without the added sweetener. You do have the option to make this sweeter though with 1 tbsp honey/maple syrup, a few drops of stevia, date paste, coconut sugar, etc.
  • The coconut flour here is essential to the texture. If you want to try replacing the coconut flour with another flour you will need to at least double it and then decrease the liquid ingredients (water). I have not tried any alternative methods and cannot guarantee the results.
  • I have not tried this recipe with anything other than flaxseed, but ground chia seeds are usually a suitable substitution (again, I have not tried this, but if anyone does, let me know!).

Microwave Banana Cake with Frosting (Paleo and Vegan)

Sometimes you also need to give yourself some self-love, which is why you haven’t seen me around the blogging world much in the past few days. I’m drained and tired as school has been getting tougher these past few weeks. Unfortunately it is not slowing down anytime soon and I have several exams right on my tail. I’ll still be posting, just not as frequently as I’d like. Commenting and updating my new self-hosted blog will also be taking a backseat. Hopefully after the exams are over I’ll have a little reprieve and can get some solid work done again. Until then, I’ll be commenting whenever I can…. spreading the love ūüėČ

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Questions for you:

How are you celebrating Valentine’s Day? I will be going apartment hunting, and perhaps watch a good romantic comedy on Netflix… suggestions?

If you were to spell out the word LOVE, how would you do it?

What has been your most memorable February 14th? (It can be for whatever reason!)

And after you answer these questions, don’t forget to check out WIAW today with Jenn over at Peas and Crayons. I can guarantee that there will be a bazillion Valentine’s Day ideas from some fabulous bloggers.