It’s Oak-y

Aren’t these oak tree leaf-shaped sticky notes the cutest? I found them at Hanji, a Korean stationery/card/gift store on Queen Street West in Toronto. I love them!

My life recently has consisted of lots of oatmeal and bananas. I think my body is 20% oatmeal. I love adding a side of yogurt to my oatmeal to add a boost of protein and some chilled creaminess to the warm, sticky oats.

With overripe bananas I made this recipe! It came out of the oven beautifully puffed, and then sank down. Fortunately, the taste is still on point.

Simple Oat Banana Bread

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 medium overripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup cashew butter (or any other nut/seed butter)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup quick oats
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 heaping tsp vanilla extract
  • splash water or milk (dairy milk or nut milk)
  • chocolate chips, coconut, nuts/seeds, or any other filler or toppings you like

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line a bread pan with parchment paper, so there is some overhang for easy removal.
  2. Place all ingredients in blender and blend at medium-high speed, until everything is broken down. Fold in chocolate chips or any other filler you’d like. I left mine plain this time.
  3. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan. Spread out, and top with more toppings if desired.
  4. Bake for 45-50 minutes, until top is golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely.
  5. Remove when the loaf is completely cool. Store in an airtight container for 5 days, or freeze.

NOTE: I can’t wait to try this recipe soon using peanut butter and swirling in some jam! This recipe is sweetened using only the two bananas. If you like, add 1/4 cup honey, brown sugar, maple syrup, or coconut sugar to the blender for additional sweetness. If you do not have a blender or food processor, you can also whisk this by hand, using 1/2 cup of packed oat flour.


Another day, I enjoyed leftovers of the trout coulibiac from the Tempered Room.

Check out my spring/summer schedule, friends! I can’t wait to be headed back to school, even though I love working.

Schedule 2

On Saturday night, I went to Fresh on Spadina for a healthy salad bowl dinner. This bowl was a baby size, but was still massive and incredibly filling. I also had this purple smoothie made with banana, coconut milk, blueberries, and apple. The tempeh on this salad was super soft, and I loved the sweet potato and “3*6*9” dressing made with tahini, maple syrup, and lemon juice.

I wish I had more to show/tell you today, but that’s it!

Have a glorious rest of the week 🙂

7 thoughts on “It’s Oak-y

  1. This is my ancestry: 80% Vietnamese, 10% Japanese sweet potato, 5% Brussel sprout, 3% peanut butter, 1% spinach, 0.5% cinnamon and 0.5% cocoa bean. 😛
    I definitely have to get back into making banana bread! Problem is, all of my bananas take FOREVER to ripen! 😦 The tempeh salad looks divine as well! Hope you have an amazing time when you start your classes, love!!

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    1. LOOOOL that is so well-thought out! Made me laugh!
      I know. If I want to make banana bread, I actually have to buy about 10 bananas because I know I will eat at least 7 or 8 before they are ripe enough to be baked!
      Thanks! I really want to figure out a way to make tempeh on my own. The first time I tried, it was too firm! What is your #1 favourite foolproof tempeh recipe?

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  2. Hello lovely lady! I’m sure you’ve been inundated in these chain-letter style Blogger Recognition Awards, and you’ll see from my post that I have been rather cynical of them up until lately. However, I’ve made you my one nomination, having received just one myself – I like to tear up the rule book! 😄 Only the one nomination, not the fifteen that the rules prescribe. Feel free not to respond in any kind of formal way. I just thought I’d share the warm and fuzzies of being recognised as a great blog… http://wp.me/p8wtDF-KK I’ve used one of your photos to illustrate the post, if you’d rather I didn’t, I can take it down.

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  3. The sticky notes ARE cute. I’ve been tempted to hunt out various leaf shaped cookie cutters … just because. 🙂
    Bananas and oatmeal. Hmm… neither bananas nor peanut butter are among my favourite food items. And I don’t eat breakfast so I’m rarely exposed to the 2. The smoothie looks very tasty.

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