Friday, October 17, 2014

Roasted brown butter banana bread

@itszwa


Q: What makes this banana bread different from the rest?

  1. Roasted banana.
  2. Brown butter.
  3. Nutter Butter cookies.
  4. ALL OF THE ABOVE


Roasted brown butter banana bread
recipe adapted from Bella Baker
makes 1 8"x 4" loaf


3 medium bananas (yellow)
1/2 cup butter 
1 cup sugar * reduced to 1/4 cup
1/2 cup whole milk, room temperature
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 1/4 cup cake flour *made from AP flour and corn starch
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup nutter butter cookies, chopped

bananas..
roasted

  1. Grease pan.
  2. Place bananas on baking sheet whole with peels on and roast for 15-20 minutes in a 350°F oven. Remove roasted bananas from peels and mash.
  3. In small saucepan, melt butter over medium high heat. Do not stir, just swirl the pan and watch until it begins to foam. Once butter has browned sufficiently, remove from heat and set aside. 
  4. When butter has cooled slightly, mix butter and sugar together with whisk. 
  5. Add milk and vanilla to butter and sugar and whisk to combine. 
  6. Add mashed bananas to butter mixture and mix thoroughly.
  7. Whisk together cake flour, spices, salt and baking soda. *Sifted 5 times to aerate mixture.
  8. Add dry to wet mixture in two additions, until just combined. *Do not overmix*
  9. Pour into pan.
  10. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour for 350F.

chunky batter

Done!


cross section

Honestly, roasting the bananas and browning the butter didn't enhance the flavor too much. The nutmeg was also a little overwhelming and not pleasant tasting. I might have went overboard in cutting down 75% of the sugar in this one. The bread turned out to be barely sweetened by the bananas and nutter butter cookies bits. I should have tried halving it first. For now, I have the options to spread some pb or drizzle honey for that extra sweetness. 

I also realized I left the mashed bananas a bit chunky after I mixed it into the wet mixture. This might have caused the bread to turn out more chunky, dense and dry/bread- like. Overall, it was fun experimenting with roasted banana and brown butter. It took a much longer prep time than my usual banana bread recipe. I still very much prefer my trusty banana bread recipe where the bananas flavor were more prominent and less butter was used!

Taste: 2.5 stars out of 5
Not a nutmeg fan, lost banana flavor
Texture: 3 stars out of 5
Bread like, still moist, gooey when there's banana chunks


Overnight Oats recap

Full week recap on my new found love- overnight oats.



BASE: Old fashioned oats, Almond milk, Chia seeds, Honey
TOPPINGS: Fiber one cranberry almond cereal, Sliced almonds, Pistachios, Dessicated coconut

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Nom nom. Happy Mornings!
Note to self: buy some fruits (:

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Clean Eats- Overnight Oats




A little late on the trend, but I've been wanting to try these overnight oats since I discovered them on Instagram. Such a cute idea to make them in mason jars for a quick on the road breakfast. You can prep a weekworth of these ahead of time and top them with whatever your heart desires on the day of. No excuse to not eat healthy now.




For my first time, I decided to keep the flavor profile simple and basic. The night before, I combined equal parts of old fashioned oats, almond milk, and Greek yogurt and a tablespoonful of chia seeds in the jar. Close the lid and give it a good shake and in the fridge they go!

*honey drizzles*

In the morning, you are greeted with a pretty thick goopy mixture. I topped mine with some French Vanilla Granola, bananas, and sliced almonds, then drizzled with a generous amount of honey.

The oats were chewy and had a really good texture. The unpleasant Greek yogurt sour-ness taste was somewhat masked with the sweetness from the toppings. Overnight oats are very versatile. You can add more almond milk if you like your oatmeal more soupy or reduce the amount next time when prepping. For next time, I will most likely omit the greek yogurt and top with more fresh fruits(:

Taste: 4 stars out of 5
No me gusta Greek Yogurt.
Texture: 5 stars out of 5
Hearty and filling!