Long time no talk! You may have noticed a lack of recipe postings from me lately, but don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about my blog! I’ve been incognito for a two main reasons: 1) I’ve been applying to colleges and recently got accepted to my first choice (YAY!!!!!!) AND 2) I’ve been experimenting on and off with adopting a vegan diet. I must say that a vegan lifestyle brings many health and energy benefits, but it does not supply a wide array of dessert options. Without butter and eggs, recipes are limited and the few vegan baking attempts of mine have not yielded great results…that is, until I found this amazing vegan banana bread recipe. Continue reading →
Today, I had to take a round of SAT Subject tests. While it’s not the ideal way to start off the weekend, it is an excuse to eat an extraordinarily delicious breakfast! So, I combined some of my favorite things–banana and french toast–for this AH-MAZING baked banana bread pudding. Continue reading →
I have a bit of an obsession when it comes to bananas..and once they start to turn banana-bread-ready brown, I absolutely cannot stop myself from using them in a baked good. My usual go-to recipe is Chocolate Chip Banana Bread, but even my friends have become a little tired of my usual fix! So, as an alternative I decided to search for a banana cookie recipe (which is surprisingly hard to find), and after pages of Foodgawker research, I eventually came across these delicious looking chocolate chip banana oatmeal cookies. Continue reading →
If I’m talking about “a few of my favorite things”, I certainly cannot forget my fix of banana bread desserts! I’ve mentioned before that my favorite type of sweets are muffins and coffee cakes; they are always the tasters I take the most of at Trader Joe’s! Unfortunately this week marked the end of winter break, so I decided to bake some banana muffins for advisory to help ease back into the school routine. Continue reading →
Greetings from New York! I’m visiting the “big apple” for my cousin’s wedding, and on the way my family and I are continuing our college visits! Today we met my friend who attends Columbia, a math-loving biochem major, and inspired my quotation of the day: “Pi is an “irrational number.” [But] Pie is irrationally delicious, especially with ice cream.”-fakeapstylebook. Because I think we all rather receive a sweet slice of pie (aka a slice of heaven!) than a trigonometric function worksheet, here’s an amazingBanana Pudding Pie recipe to enjoy! I initially wanted to bake an original Banana Cream pie with vanilla wafers and custard, but I sort of made up this version from the ingredients in my house. My sister’s favorite part, the crust, was soo especially sensational because I coated it with a layer of delicious chocolate that added a KitKat-like crunch! The vanilla and chocolate fillings made the pie even more flavorful and addicting! Even my friend who is a health nut and picky eater indulged in a slice of pie, which he absolutely loved… and so will you! Enjoy!!!
***NOTE: I love making pies because you can be completely creative without worrying about the typical baking rules. Like my Chocolate Pudding Pie, you can simply combine (instant) pudding, cool whip, and any fillings of choice to create an unbelievably easy dessert that everyone will love!
Last Spring break, when my family visited Washington D.C. during our east coast college tour, we wouldsee people on every single block carrying pink cupcake boxes embellished with black and white star designs. About 4 months later, I was browsing Netflix and, because of my recent history of watching Ace of Cakes, a new reality show called Georgetown Cupcakes was in my recommendations list, “A show about Georgetown Cupcakes, DC’s destination for designer cupcakes, and its owners”. In one of their cupcake challenges, this amazing ice cream cone cupcake was born! This cupcake, baked in the cone, is such a delicious combination of tasty crunch and moist cake, especially with my favorite funfetti cake recipe! It’s absolutely the cutest and most creative cupcake I’ve ever seen, and the super sweet toppings even taste as good as their mouth-watering appearance! For me, the decoration process is the best part; you can make your own personalized sundae using your favorite cupcake recipe and toppings of your choice! Enjoy!!!
…Especially with chocolate chips! I’ve been baking for my summer school class in order to get through 4 hour lectures on physics every day– brownies, cookies, madeleines, etc… (I’ve been taking requests!). While I was talking to a friend during one of our breaks, she mentioned that banana bread is one of her favorite treats, and it just so happened that I had some overly-ripe bananas sitting in my kitchen at home! It was fate: the universe just wanted me to make this delicious banana bread! Even you banana-haters, I promise you will love it. It’s a moist and buttery loaf of sweet magnificence– the best banana bread you will ever eat!!! Grab a slice and nosh; but be warned: you might find yourself finishing the entire loaf! Enjoy!!
***NOTE: You can choose to add walnuts to the banana bread, but I prefer not to. Also try making this recipe as muffins or a cake. For a healthier version, cut the sugar in half and substitute some of the butter for apple sauce. It’s still delicious!!
Here’s another one of Chocolate Covered Katie‘s scrumptious (and healthy!) recipes: banana bread baked oatmeal, or “boatmeal” as she calls it. I found Katie’s blog over the summer and made about all of her recipes! She actually inspired me to try baking healthy desserts, but I have to admit that they just don’t taste the same! But, this oatmeal tastes so delicious, that you’ll never tell it’s actually healthy, especially by adding chocolate chips, it really tastes like my mom’s famous chocolate chip banana bread! Continue reading →