Banana Nut Brownies

I’ve decided to eat more fruit this summer. Also, I wanted an excuse to use my blender and make smoothies; so I bought a bunch of frozen and fresh fruits. The problem is that whenever I buy fruit, sometimes I forget that I have it and it spoils. I’m not a huge banana fan (I don’t like to eat them by themselves) but I bought them because I know that I would have to use them quickly before they perish. So I was going to make banana nut bread..I had the ingredients and was about to make it when I realized that I didn’t have a bread pan. I really wanted it to be loaf-like..Then, I noticed I had some leftover chocolate chips in the fridge from when I made muffins a while ago. The thought came to me, why not just make banana nut brownies! Also, I was going to a Bible study that night so I decided to make enough to share..So there you have it, my excuses for indulging. But don’t worry, I still ended up making smoothies later.

Here is the recipe I used, with some modifications: Banana Brownies adding crushed pecans


Melted butter on stove, then took pot off of stove and mixed in the chocolate chips until everything was melted together.



Mix all ingredients together, including mashed bananas and pecans. Add flour last.


Preheat oven 325 and grease pan (I used olive oil) before you pour the mixture in pan. Bake for 30 min.


Yummmmy (best served warm) and everyone loved them.

Then I made a Banana Peach Smoothie , I modified this recipe too. I just used a little plain yogurt, no milk, two spoonfuls of brown sugar, and ice along with the fruit.


Banana with frozen sliced peaches.


As you can see, the blender I have has like 12 different settings. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong but it always takes a while for the ice to crush..Maybe I put too much ice but I always end up with a few big chunks of ice left over. Anyways, here is the final product:


It was good and refreshing but I didn’t taste a lot of I know I should add more peach next time.

Welp, now I’m officially ready for summer. Stay tuned, my next post will be about my Eggplant Parmesan attempt!


Easy Crêpes

I’ve been to Paris twice..Once with my mom, aunt, and cousin when I was in middle school and the other time was my senior year of high school on a 2 week tour of Europe. I don’t remember a lot of things but I do remember the beautiful architecture, the Versailles, and always loving the crêpes. There is a wonderful, locally owned place nearby called Coffee and Crêpes..It’s a quaint little cafe that serves well, coffee and crêpes among other things like smoothies and baked goods. I go there sometimes by myself, sit in a corner, people-watch and have a berry smoothie with a Banana-Nutella Crêpe. Sooo delish which inspired me to see if I could recreate it at home.

20121012_125308Banana-Nutella Crêpe from Coffee and Crêpes

After googling some recipes, I realized that I had all of the ingredients at home. Except the banana..but I figured I should just try it anyway to see if I could and I did! I only made enough for me so if you use this recipe for more than one person, you might have to add on to the measurements and stuff.

Brown Sugar Crepes:

1/2 c. flour, less than 1/2 c. milk, 1 egg, 2 spoonfuls of brown sugar, 2 spoonfuls of butter, 1/4 tsp of salt, pinch of cinnamon

First, mix the egg and sugar together in a bowl. Next add the butter (melt it first) and flour. Mix everything together and make sure it’s kinda thin and liquid-like. Grease the frying pan with a little olive oil and make sure it is hot.

20130508_13434920130508_134507 Pour a little of the batter into the pan and tilt around until it covers the bottom. Flip over after a couple of seconds and make sure it’s golden in color..probably about a minute total, then put it on a plate. Repeat until the batter is finished.



Then spread the Nutella across the crepe. If I had bananas or strawberries, I would also add them here.


Next, I folded into traditional crêpe shape lol and ate!


I know, I know it looks a bit plain. If I planned it better, I would’ve bought fruit and powdered sugar and garnished it up a bit. But since I literally just took whatever was in my pantry, I think it worked out pretty well. And it tasted just like the café! Any excuse to use Nutella works for me..I might not be a professional French chef but I was pretty darn happy with the way my mini-crêpes turned out 🙂