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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 šŸ˜‰

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* šŸ˜‰

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.

Food for the… #3

I had big plans for today’s post. I was going to pour out my heart and sole to you guys. Share my deepest darkest secrets.

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Okay, not really, but I seriously did have plans for a greater ratio of words to links. However, my friend and I spent the last hour and a half looking at apartments online and e-mailing prospective landlords. Do you know how hard it is to find furnished, cat-friendly, two bedroom apartments?

Let me rephrase that. Do you know how hard it is to find furnished, cat-friendly, two bedroom apartments that don’t cost a lot AND don’t look like they haven’t been updated since the 60’s? Incredibly hard I’ll tell you.

We did manage to find a few that didn’t sound too bad and fit my roommate’s price constraints. To me the money isn’t that big of an issue since whatever we choose will be cheaper than staying in our dorm. Would you like to guess how much it costs per month to stay in a dorm at my college? $770. And that doesn’t even include a kitchen or a decent parking space! It makes the apartments that we’re looking at with $400 a month look like a steal. We’re aiming for in the high 200s to low 300s though per person, which while that seems difficult, is totally feasible.

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But that’s probably more than you would have liked to hear about my “oh look I’m pretending to be an adult” rants about finding a cheap apartment. Shoot, most of you own HOUSES! My argument pales in comparison I’m sure.

So let’s move on to my Friday link-love of all of the posts/pictures/videos that I found interesting throughout the week. As per tradition I have divided them into four separate categories. MIND (posts to get you thinking!), BELLY (recipes to get you hungry), EYES (videos or pictures to make you laugh/cry/contemplate the meaning of your existence), and SOUL (articles that speak to the heart) . This week I have decided to add a fifth category: BODY, which, as the name hints at, will be a collection of exercise articles and workouts.

FOOD FOR THE MIND

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Oreo’s New Cookie Dough Flavor is Real — from Buzzfeed

Senior Citizens Amazingly Re-Create Famous MovieĀ Scenes — from Buzzfeed

Changes to FDA Food Label — from Yahoo! Food

16 Signs You Are a Little (Or a Lot) Type A — from The Huffington Post

Paleo on a Budget — from Pencils and Pancakes

Is Butter Secretly Ruining Your Health? — from Food Babe

Nutrition in the NBA — from CBSports

The Disney Side of Life — from Running with Spoons

Nutrition Notes: Canned Soup — from Kath Eats

FOOD FOR THE BELLY

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Chocolate Brownies that Blew Me Away — from Eat Drink Paleo

Nutty Bread — from Treats With a Twist

Frozen Sunbutter Fudge — from The Spunky Coconut

Gluten-Free Baked Salt and Vinegar Potato Chips — from The Healthy Apple

Easy Oat Flatbread — from Sprint 2 the Table

Homemade Ketchup — from Skinny Taste

Chunky Monkey Fudge — from Nut Butter Runner

Sweet Potato Maple Vegan Beer Bread — from Averie Cooks

Tuna Cakes with Greek Yogurt Dill Sauce — from Minou Girl

FOOD FOR THE EYES

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I Guess This Dog Just Likes to Party — from Facebook

Amazing Kid – Future MMA Star — from YouTube

Dancing in the Sky — from Dani and Lizzy

Brothers Do Amazing Job Recreating Childhood Photos for Mum — from Yahoo! Shine

Doritos Superbowl Commercial Finalists — from Doritos

Sam Woolf American Idol Audition — from YouTube

Right Before Dying From A Rare Lifelong Disease, Sam Revealed His Three Secrets To Happiness — from Upworthy

“The World’s Ugliest Girl” and Her Response — from Shockable

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Trailer — from Movie Clips

FOOD FOR THE SOUL

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When Compliments Feel Like Lies, and What to Do About It — from Sensual Appeal Blog

Emotional Eating — from Peachy Palate

The Story Telling Edition — from Clean Eats Fast Feets

Surround Yourself — from Purely Twins

When You Think You’re Falling, It’s Time to REFOCUS — from Cotter Crunch

Running and Food Allergies — from Mile-Posts

It’s Not Easy for Everyone — from The Lean Green Bean

How Blogging Enhanced My Eating Disorder (Guest Post) — from Fueled by LOLZ

It’s Not All Rainbows and Smiles — from Anna the Apple

FOOD FOR THE BODY

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What Does “Fit” Mean to You? — The Healthy Maven

Hips, Butt and Thighs — from Blogilates

Three Tips for Running Newbies — from The Little Honey Bee (Guest Post)

Core on Fire Workout — from The Fitnessista

Yoga for Detox and Digestion — from Sarah Beth Yoga

Weight, Wait, Weight Again — from Back on Pointe

Fifty Rep Workout: Part Two — from Peanut Butter Fingers

5 Tips for Starting an Exercise Program — from Carla “MizFit”

1 Minute Fitness Challenge: Seal Jack — from Fit Sugar

You can check out my first two ā€œFood For theā€¦ā€ postsĀ hereĀ and here!

Happy Friday everyone!

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Tell me…Ā What is your weekly Food for theā€¦ Mind, Belly, Eyes, and Soul?