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

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

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

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

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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.

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Banana with frozen sliced peaches.

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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:

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It was good and refreshing but I didn’t taste a lot of peach..now 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!

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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.

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

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

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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 🙂