Orange Dreamsicle Smoothie Bowl

Orange Dreamsicle Smoothie Bowl

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The first bowl of overnight oatmeal I ever made was The Oatmeal Artist’s orange dreamsicle overnight oats.  I fell in love instantly.  It was like my mouth had found an old friend.

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Carrot Cake Bites {Blind Spot Monthly Recipe}

Carrot Cake Bites {Blind Spot Monthly Recipe}

This is Katy Bunny, the loyal rabbit that I stuffed at Build-A-Bear Workshop when I was 5 years old.

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Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie

Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie

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I just found this post that has been sitting in my drafts bin for two years.  No joke, TWO YEARS!

…can a blog post grow old???

What was my life even like two years ago?  Spring of 2015 was my first semester as an RA.  I was working weird hours at a daycare (6:50-7:50 am, 2:30-6:00 pm).  I had never been to Texas.  I didn’t like tomatoes.

I think that it is about time that I share this recipe.

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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup milk of choice
  • 1 kiwi, peeled and sliced
  • 2 large strawberries, stems removed
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 large handful spinach

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
  • Drink and enjoy!

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The Peanut Butter Brownie Latte (Blind Spot Monthly Series)

The Peanut Butter Brownie Latte (Blind Spot Monthly Series)

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In August 2015, I started working at my school’s on-campus coffee shop, The Brewin’ Den. I loved that job. From behind the counter, I met so many students that I otherwise would have never talked to. I loved brightening each student’s morning by making coffee for them.

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As a barista, I could be creative with flavors. The statement, “make me anything with an extra shot” made my day.

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I got free food, and trust me — day-old scones are SO edible!

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And I got paid. Yes, even minimum wage (plus tips) looks good as a college student!

It was an all-around great job.

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Perhaps one of the biggest results of the job was that I slowly grew to like coffee. As I played around with flavors, I realized that black coffee is simply a canvas for flavorful artwork.

So step into my studio…

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Ingredients 

  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon Blind Spot Peanut Butter Brownie
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey, or more (depending on desired sweetness)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup fresh hot espresso or strong coffee

Directions

  •  In a small saucepan set over medium heat, combine the milk, peanut butter, honey, and vanilla, stirring until smooth.
  • When mixture is steaming, whisk in cocoa powder.  Continue whisking until mixture is frothy.
  • Pour the hot coffee into a mug.
  • Add the frothy milk mixture and serve immediately.

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Recipe adapted from I Love Peanut Butter.

Peanut Butter Banana Cake (3 Ingredients, Vegan)

Peanut Butter Banana Cake (3 Ingredients, Vegan)

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Baking in the dorm kitchen is always an adventure for several reasons:

  1. You never know what pans are actually clean.
  2. There is no working mixer.
  3. I have to carry the ingredients from my room to the kitchen (and always have to go back because I forget to take cooking spray).
  4. There are no pot holders.
  5. There is no cake tester, so sometimes I poke holes in the cake and try a piece before I remember to take pictures of the final product.

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Yet, I love to bake, and my hall loves cupcakes, so I find myself vigorously stirring batter every few weeks.

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Several weeks ago, I bought bananas for ten cents a pound. Like all discounted bananas, they were mushy before I could eat them all. Nonetheless, I believe that it is an unpardonable sin to throw away bananas because you can always bake with overripe bananas. I also found powdered peanut butter at a discounted price.  I decided to combine the two ingredients, and this simple banana bread was the result.

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You may have noticed that I tagged this recipe as vegan.  The truth is, I am only 99% sure that the recipe is vegan. Since I am not vegan myself and never will be (it is a proven fact that my body needs dairy to function), I do not know what vegans exclude from their diets other than meat, dairy, eggs, and honey.  I do know that bananas and powdered peanut butter do not contain animal products.  If someone wants, they can enlighten me on the unpronounceable ingredients of boxed cake mix:

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Whether it is vegan or not, this cake tastes delicious, costs less than $3 total, and is simple to make.  I hope you enjoy!

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Ingredients

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 4 overripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup powdered peanut butter
  • 1 tbs. cinnamon (optional)
  • water (as needed)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Mash bananas.
  3. Combine cake mix and mashed bananas completely.  Stir in powdered peanut butter and cinnamon, adding water as needed.
  4. Coat a sheet pan with nonstick spray.  Pour batter into pan.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  6. Let cool completely.  Eat and enjoy!

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Honey Nut Cereal Bars

Honey Nut Cereal Bars

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We were all starving, but we were also all in agreement that laundry HAD to be done before we went to supper.  After a week of painting, running through the rain, and carrying dusty boxes to get everything ready for camp, we needed to clean our clothes before the laundromat closed.  That is why five college girls were sitting on the floor of an outdated laundromat in Columbus, TX.

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When I reached into my bag for my journal, I saw the holy grail: five homemade Honey Nut Cereal Bars, squashed and slightly melted.  I handed one to each of my companions.  Within minutes, our hands were covered in gooey peanut butter, but our stomachs were satiated enough to fold a few more t-shirts.

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Honey Nut Cereal Bars

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup cereal

Directions

  • microwave peanut butter and honey for 30 seconds
  • stir in cereal
  • pour into a small container lined with wax paper
  • freeze for at least 20 minutes
  • cut into several bars
  • eat and enjoy (or store in an airtight container)

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Pumpkin Spice Latte Dip

Pumpkin Spice Latte Dip

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Happy Pumpkin Spice Day!

I warned y’all awhile back that I came late to the pumpkin spice party last year.  Here is a second recipe that I created far too late into the season.

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Last December, I decided to take my pumpkin cheesecake dip to a Christmas party.  As I was mixing ingredients, a thought came to me – pumpkin spice latte dip!  I had to try it.

I grabbed another bowl from the cupboard and set to work creating this recipe.  After just a few taste tests, it reached perfection.

Ingredients

  • 1 package instant vanilla pudding
  • 1/2 cup cold coffee
  • 1 cup milk of choice (do not use soy)
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 tablespoon powdered sugar

Directions

  • Empty package of vanilla pudding into a bowl.  Stir in milk and coffee.  Whisk for two minutes.
  • Carefully fold in pumpkin, allspice, and powdered sugar.
  • Refrigerate at least fifteen minutes or until set.
  • Serve with graham crackers, or just eat with a spoon 🙂

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