Banana Baked Donuts

Sunday breakfast is one of my favorite parts of the week. Sitting around the table chatting with my family, catching up on my favorite blogs, enjoying a big cup of coffee, and of course, the food. Pancakes, muffins, and fancy oatmeal bowls (such as these and these) are some of my favorites, but this weekend I really stepped it up with these Banana Baked Donuts.

Banana Baked Donuts

For the past week, the bananas in the fruit bowl had been getting browner and browner as I tried to decide what to do with them. Banana bread? Delicious, but I was out of chocolate chips. And banana bread NEEDS chocolate. Banana muffins? Not glamorous enough. Banana scones? Intriguing, but I doubt my family would be into that.

Finally, after spending way too much time on Pinterest, I settled on banana donuts. They checked all the boxes- original, family-friendly, and, most importantly, absolutely delicious. So I got to work adapting my recipe for Apple Baked Donuts, and Banana Baked Donuts were born! They are light and tender, with satisfyingly crackly tops. The banana flavor comes through without being overpowering, and the subtle sweetness from the maple syrup makes them perfectly suitable for breakfast.

Though the Apple Baked Donuts I adapted this recipe from are vegan, the basic recipe here is not. I felt like making an extra trip to the store kinda defeats the purpose of a relaxing Sunday morning breakfast, ya know? So I just used ingredients I had on hand. However, this recipe can easily be made vegan with a few simple substitutions, which I’ve included in the recipe notes.

What are your Sunday mornings like? Do you have special weekend breakfast recipes? And if you make these Banana Baked donuts, let me know in the comments or share with me on Instagram!

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Baked Banana Donuts
Serves: 6 donuts
 
Ingredients
  • 1 c. milk
  • ½ tsp instant yeast
  • ¼ tsp sugar
  • 1¼ c. all purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup mashed banana (roughly 1 medium banana)
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp melted butter
Instructions
  1. Heat milk in saucepan until it is barely simmering.
  2. Remove from heat, add sugar and yeast. After 5 minutes, check for bubbles on the surface of the yeast. If there are bubbles, the yeast has been activated.
  3. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium mixing bowl.
  4. Combine banana, maple syrup, egg, and butter in large mixing bowl.
  5. Stir milk mixture into wet ingredients.
  6. Slowly incorporate dry ingredients into wet ingredients, stirring gently and often.
  7. Place dough in lightly oiled bowl, cover with a clean cloth, and set in a warm place to rise for an hour.
  8. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease donut pan and fill with dough. If dough is too sticky, add additional flour 1 tbsp at a time.
  9. Bake for 40 minutes. When they are done, donuts will be pale but puffy and firm to the touch.
Notes
To make vegan: substitute egg with flax egg (2 tsp flaxseed meal, 1 tbsp water), milk with non-dairy milk, and butter with coconut oil.
I didn't measure the glaze, but I just mixed some powdered sugar with a drizzle of water and a squeeze of lemon

 

Where are the Body-Positive Workout Videos?

I’m calling for some body-positive workout videos. If I google “body-positive workout videos” the third result is a “fat blasting” workout. And that’s just not cool.

After long days at school or work, when I don’t get home until its already getting dark, I rarely want to go on a run or head to the gym. I’m craving movement, but I want it on my own terms, in the comfort of my own room. So when I discovered the wealth of workout-class style videos available online, I was thrilled.

But I’ve been noticing a big problem with many of the workout videos I come across: the emphasis on weight loss. I don’t want a workout that “torches calories” or “sizzles fat.” I am so appreciative of the fat that graces my body. It helps keep me warm, produces estrogen, and serves countless other necessary functions. I am in no way a nutrition/exercise expert, but even I know that no part of my body needs to be torched or sizzled. In fact, that sounds downright painful.

I think workout videos are a great way to make boutique-style workout classes accessible to a broader audience, but I’m calling for a change in the language used to promote these videos. Anyone who creates or publishes material that teaches anyone how to do anything- whether its knitting, cooking, or pilates- takes a role as an authority figure. And as such, these fitness instructors have the responsibility to present movement and fitness in a positive, healthy, nurturing manner.

body-positive workout videos

Instead of promoting workouts by talking about how many calories they burn (which is ridiculous because it varies so much by person) I want these instructors/bloggers/businesses to tell me how their workout will make me FEEL. Is it an energizing pilates class? A relaxing yoga flow? A powerful cross-fit routine? Because that’s whats really important.

I see the wellness world moving towards emphasizing true health- mental health, feeling good, etc.- over how our bodies look, and that makes me incredibly happy. But workout videos are one area that I see room for improvement. So I’m asking everyone who creates and shares this type of content to re-evaluate the language you use.

Playing into a person’s fears and ingrained beliefs about weight-loss, tummy-flattening, or blasting their “problem areas” isn’t good marketing. It’s lazy and cowardly. We, the consumers, as people trying to take care of our bodies and minds, deserve better than that. We deserve to be reminded how beautiful we are, how worthy we are whether we exercise or not, and what a blessing it is to be in the unique, wonderful bodies that we have.

Right now, my go-to body-positive workout videos are those by Yoga with Adriene. Her entire approach to yoga and movement is just so gentle and positive, my body and soul feel amazing every time I use one of her videos to guide my practice.

Do you ever struggle with the lack of body- positivity in some parts of the fitness world? Do you have a favorite body-positive workout video or class? I’d love to get the conversation going, so let me know what you think in the comments here or on Instagram.

Undetectable Spinach Oatmeal

A few months ago, I posted my recipe for Undetectable Spinach Oatmeal on Instagram, and people went crazy for it. That’s what I love most about the food blogger/instagrammer community. I can share something delicious that most people in my life would consider weird and receive nothing but positivity.

undetectable spinach oatmeal

Of course, I love being able to share about feelings and struggles and real life on Instagram, but it’s also great to have people that get excited about cinnamon and peanut butter and (undetectable) spinach in oatmeal.

This stuff is so good, I absolutely HAD to rave about it. And now, nearly four months later, I have to rave about it again. These oats are sweet and creamy from the cinnamon and the peanut butter. Though I love the flavor of spinach, I’m happy to report that it is entirely absent from this dish. Plus, the texture of the spinach blends in perfectly with the oats. Hence the name: Undetectable Spinach Oatmeal. Classic cozy oats AND some extra veggies.

Originally, I’d thought this recipe was too simple to post on the blog, but recently I’ve realized that simple recipes are all really I want. Obviously, I can’t be sure that everyone else is in the same boat, but I think it’s safe to say that lots of other people want easy, delicious, nourishing food. And this oatmeal delivers just that.

Undetectable Spinach Oatmeal
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Recipe type: Breakfast
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Serves: Serves 1
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup almond milk
  • ⅓ cup frozen spinach
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ½ tbsp peanut butter
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Combine almond milk and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Add frozen spinach and lower heat to medium-low.
  3. Simmer until spinach is thawed.
  4. Add rolled oats to saucepan and cook over medium-low until oats absorb the liquid. (for me this takes about 5 minutes)
  5. Serve topped with peanut butter and cinnamon.

Recipes like Undetectable Spinach Oatmeal:

Tea-Infused Banana Bread Oatmeal

Latte-Style Oatmeal

Pecan Pie Oatmeal

Best Wellness Podcasts

“Best Wellness Podcasts” may be a big claim, but when I get into something, I get into it big-time. After discovering podcasts a few months ago, I have completely fallen in love. I like how listening to podcasts can make mundane tasks, such as taking the bus or doing laundry, something to look forwards to.
Best wellness podcasts
Because I listen to podcasts so often- while running, on walks, on the way home from school, while doing chores, etc. – I’ve cultivated a list of the best wellness podcasts to choose from depending on my mood. All of these podcasts, and the people who host them, are truly wonderful, and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
In this list, I’ve divided my favorite podcasts up by type, and added the one word I would use to describe their vibe. If you also think these are the best wellness podcasts, want more information on any of them, or have another podcast to recommend, leave a comment here or on Instagram!

Diner-Style Sweet Potato and Butternut Squash

Coming home to this Diner-Style Sweet Potato and Butternut Squash after school + volunteering + a long bus trip in high heels (!!) last week was such an amazing feeling.

diner-style sweet potato and butternut squash

I’d prepped everything the night before, so by the time I was ready to eat (aka 5 minutes after I got home) all I had to do was heat it up in a skillet- the edges get crispy and AMAZING- fry an egg to put on top, and dig in.

Beyond being incredibly easy, this dish is warming, perfectly spiced, soft + crunchy (love that whole texture sitch), and salty-sweet.

Essentially, it’s the whole package. Easy, quick, healthy, and delicious. This is the kind of meal you make when you come home to an empty fridge and need to get dinner on the table asap OR as a side dish for a nice, real, grown up dinner (because I’ve heard some people make those sometimes).

If you make this Diner-Style Sweet Potato and Butternut Squash, be sure to snap a photo and share it with me on Instagram. I LOVE seeing all your creations, it really makes my day.

Sweet Potato and Butternut Squash Hash
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Serves: Serves 2
 
Ingredients
  • 1 sweet potato, boiled
  • 1 c. cubed butternut squash (I used frozen and thawed)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • Sprinkle of salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Mix olive oil with spices in medium bowl.
  2. Cube sweet potato, then add sweet potato and squash to bowl.
  3. Stir gently until sweet potato and butternut squash are coated in olive oil and spices.
  4. Allow to marinate for at least 15 minutes in fridge (I left mine overnight)
  5. Sauté over medium heat for about 5 minutes, stirring often.

 

Earl Grey Latte (London Fog)

A couple weeks ago, I visited Seattle on a school trip and fell completely in love. Everything I knew about Seattle came from my 8th grade obsession with Twilight and my current obsession with Grey’s Anatomy, but I was convinced that I would like Seattle. And it was one of those lovely moments in life where I liked the city just as much as I thought I would. My favorite part of the trip was spending an afternoon hanging out in Local Color cafe in Pike Place Market, chatting with friends and enjoying an Earl Grey Latte.

The entire experience was just so cozy- the chilly day, friendly baristas, and a delicious latte, that I can’t help smiling whenever I think about it. So to allow me to relive a portion of that moment, I have created my own Earl Grey Latte (also known as a London Fog if you want to get fancy, which I often do).

Local Color cafe wasn’t the first place I tried an Earl Grey Latte (it’s been one of my go-to Starbucks orders for years), but this one was by far the best I’ve ever had. It was super simple, sweet, and mild. Unlike most coffee shop beverages that get me a little hyped up on caffeine and/or sugar, this Earl Grey Latte made me feel relaxed and even a little sleepy.

I’ve tried to replicate all of these aspects in my own recipe, and I’d say I’ve succeeded. So settle in with a good book, turn on your favorite TV show, or invite a friend over for tea, and make this Earl Grey Latte for all the relaxed and cozy vibes.

London Fog
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Serves: Serves 2
 
Ingredients
  • 2 bags Earl Grey tea
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Boil water, then pour into 2 mugs and add a tea bag to each.
  2. While tea brews, add almond milk to saucepan over medium-low heat.
  3. Add maple syrup, cinnamon, and vanilla to saucepan.
  4. Stir milk mixture, then heat until milk is just barely simmering (about 5 minutes).
  5. Whisk milk until frothy, then divide between mugs.

 

Salted Almond Fudge Ice Cream

What’s your favorite ice cream flavor? Really, I want to know. Tell me in the comments, on Instagram, send me a letter, mail me a pint. Whatever it is, I am 99% sure I would love it too, because I just love ice cream. Especially really quality ice cream that comes in creative flavors. But honestly that stuff is pretty expensive, so I also love to make my own. Such as this Salted Almond Fudge Ice Cream.

Salted Almond Fudge Ice Cream

This ice cream is rich, creamy, crunchy, AND dairy free. Made with only three ingredients, it really couldn’t be easier to throw together as soon as a craving hits. The base of the ice cream is frozen bananas, but the banana flavor doesn’t really come through in the final product. Because even though I love bananas, sometimes I just want chocolate, and that’s what this recipe delivers.

There are a few tense moments while you blend up the ice cream, because key is to avoid over-mixing at all costs. The moment all the chunks of banana are gone, it’s time to stop mixing, because otherwise you’re ice cream will be a syrupy mess. Other than that, this stuff is BEYOND easy.

I can’t wait to experiment with different ice cream flavors and different styles of dairy free ice cream this summer (coconut milk ice cream, anyone?) but for now this Salted Almond Fudge Ice Cream is rocking my world.

Sitting in the sun on the front steps of my house on a warm spring afternoon, with a good book and a bowl of Salted Almond Fudge Ice Cream in hand is pretty much my definition of pure bliss.

Salted Almond Fudge Ice Cream
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Serves: Serves 2
 
Ingredients
  • 2 frozen bananas (slice before freezing)
  • 2 tbsp roasted salted almonds
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder (or unsweetened cocoa powder)
  • Pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Combine frozen bananas, cacao powder, and salt in food processor.
  2. Allow to thaw for 5 minutes.
  3. While bananas thaw, roughly chop almonds and set aside.
  4. Pulse contents of food processor just until smooth. DO NOT over mix, or ice cream will become syrupy.
  5. Stir almonds into ice cream and serve!
Notes
If you do not have salted almonds on hand, just add a little extra salt to the ice cream.
If you can resist devouring this ice cream immediately, I recommend allowing it to sit in the fridge for about 5 minutes to firm up a little.

 

 

 

Simple Springtime Salad

It is a good morning you guys! I’ve spent that last few days sleeping in, hiking, swimming, and spending lots of quality time in the car with my family. This trip has been so much fun and very grounding (both mentally and physically- I’ve spent lots of time lying on the ground. On the beach, in the mountains, by the pool- you name it, I’m napping on it.) But the point is, I’m feeling all the nature-y springtime vibes, and this Simple Springtime Salad totally embodies that feeling.

Simple Springtime Salad

It is so fresh and hydrating, I swear I’m craving it right now. And it’s breakfast time. Like I’m craving a salad for breakfast? What? But this Simple Springtime salad is absolutely delicious and it makes sense to crave it any time of day. I can’t get enough of the sweet, juicy berries, and once you add the creamy avocado, it just gets even better. And then once you add that zingy, tangy tahini dressing? OMG. Just so beyond.

So make it, devour it, fall in love. And share with me on Instagram!

Simplest Springtime Salad
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Recipe type: Salad
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Serves: Serves 1
 
Ingredients
  • Salad
  • 1 c. mixed greens
  • ½ c. quinoa, cooked
  • ¼ c. blackberries
  • ¼ avocado
  • Dressing
  • ½ tsp tahini
  • ½ tsp lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Dice avocado
  2. Combine salad ingredients in serving bowl
  3. Drizzle dressing ingredients over salad
  4. Toss salad gently
  5. Serve immediately and feel the lovely springtime vibes enter your body
Notes
If you want to mix the dressing ingredients, you can absolutely do that. But I'm lazy and just drizzling the ingredients over the salad without mixing tasted perfect.

 

Blackberry Tahini Bread

As I write this, I am flying above the snowy mountaintops of California en route to Red Rock Canyon, Nevada. Leaving for the airport at 7:30 am is never ideal, but I came prepared with podcasts (currently loving Let it Out with Katie Dalebout), coffee, and best of all, Blackberry Tahini bread!! Aka the most scrumptious breakfast morsel ever to grace my Tupperware.

Blackberry tahini bread

Though I was hesitant about going on vacation to Red Rock Canyon- which is right outside of Vegas- I don’t think any trip that starts out with a breakfast this good could possibly be anything but awesome.

Even though I’m not so crazy about the Vegas thing- personally I don’t love big crowds, loud noise, and partying- I’ve heard that Red Rock is really beautiful. So hopefully I’m looking forwards to a few days of hiking, doing yoga, relaxing in the sun, and eating delicious food. I hope you follow along with my travels on Instagram!

Blackberry Tahini Bread is an amazing breakfast or snack- hearty and filling, but at the same time light and full of delicate flavor. I hope you love this recipe as much as I do!

Blackberry Tahini Bread
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Serves: 10-12 slices
 
Ingredients
  • Wet Ingredients:
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp yogurt
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • ¼ c. maple syrup
  • ¼ c. milk
  • Dry Ingredients:
  • 1 c. all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Add ins:
  • ½ c. blackberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350º and grease a loaf pan.
  2. Whisk together wet ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Stir dry ingredients together in a small bowl.
  4. Add ⅔ of dry mixture to wet ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  5. Rinse blackberries, then pat dry.
  6. Chop blackberries roughly and coat with remaining flour mixture.
  7. Add flour and blackberries to batter and stir gently to combine.
  8. Bake for 40-45 minutes.

 

Irish Breakfast Banana Bread Oatmeal

First day of spring break!! I got back from Seattle last night and it feels so good to be home. I had a great time on the trip, but there’s really nothing better than sleeping in my own bed. And enjoying Irish Breakfast Banana Bread Oatmeal for breakfast.

Irish Breakfast Banana Bread Oatmeal

This oatmeal was inspired by my spring break last year, when I traveled to New York with my dad for a couple days. He was there on business, and one of my best friends happened to be in NYC at the same time so she and I explored the city together.

We visited the theater where Hamilton was playing (right by my hotel!), walked through Central Park, and stopped for a snack at Bibble and Sip cafe.

The cafe was adorable and the menu was SO creative. I ordered the lavender latte and the Earl Grey banana bread. Both were delicious, and I wish I could go back this year.

But since I can’t get to New York, I’m bringing Bibble and Sip to me (and you) with this Irish Breakfast Banana Bread Oatmeal. I’m sure it would be delicious with Earl Grey too, but I just happened to have Irish Breakfast on hand.

This oatmeal is the perfect way to add tons of flavor and fun to your morning routine in under five minutes and using only four ingredients.

So what are you waiting for? Get to the kitchen! And if you make this oatmeal, be sure to comment and/or share with me on Instagram.

Irish Breakfast Banana Bread Oatmeal
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Recipe type: Breakfast
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Serves: Serves 1
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 bag Irish Breakfast tea
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ½ banana
Instructions
  1. Bring water to a boil in a small pot
  2. Remove from heat and add teabag
  3. Allow to steep for 5 minutes
  4. Bring water back to boil, add oats, and lower heat to medium.
  5. Mash banana and stir into oatmeal.
  6. Once oatmeal reaches desired consistency, remove from heat and serve.