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My Super Bowl Sunday:

I mean…Go Saints! 😉

Anyways, I took advantage of the day and got to trying some recipes in queue…

Vegan Banana Nut Muffins from Nutritious Foodie

2 cups white rice flour (or 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour, if you are not worried about gluten)
1.5 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup light agave (or 0.5 – 1 cup sugar)
1/2 cup grapeseed oil (or regualr canola oil)
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup walnuts
1/4 cup raisins
1 tsp cinnamon
dash of nutmeg
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
3 ripe bananas


Preheat oven to 350°.

Combine flour, baking soda and salt together. Mix agave (or sugar), oil, applesauce and vanilla together. Slowly (couple spoons at a time) add the flour mixture to agave mixture, add walnuts and raisins. Make sure you don’t over mix.

Mash bananas in a separate bowl. Fold in mashed bananas into the muffin mixture. Bake for 25 min or until done.

Yield: 12 large muffins

Nutrition Information (per muffin): 266 calories; 12.8 g. fat; 96 mg. sodium; 35.7 g. carbohydrate; 3.5 g. fiber; 1.2 g. protein

Thoughts: YUM! These are delicious! I think I’ll cut back on the oil a bit next time and up the applesauce. The agave gives a wonderful flavor! Excellent muffins!

(BIG) Muesli Granola Bars adapted from Kath Eats Real Food

1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup muesli
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup ground flax seed
1/4 cup brown sugar
4 dried peaches diced 1/3 cup dried cherries + 6 dates, chopped
a sprinkle of shredded coconut
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp kosher salt
1 1/4 cups skim milk
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla


Combine all ingredients in a big bowl. Line a pan(s) (I used a 9 x 13) with parchment and spread batter into pan. Bake at 375* for around 30 minutes.

NOTE: When going into the oven, the mix will be watery and should firm up.

Makes 12 bars.

Nutrition Information (per bar): 157 calories; 6.2 g. fat; 18 mg. cholesterol; 221 mg. sodium; 22.6 g. carbohydrate; 3.1 g. fiber; 4.4 g. protein

Thoughts: Delicious and couldn’t BE any easier! Nom nom nom!!!

Chickpea “Blondies” from Have Cake, Will Travel

Non-stick cooking spray
15 ounces (1 can, 425 g) cooked garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup (96 g) raw sugar
1/2 cup (160 g) strawberry or other all-fruit spread
1/4 cup (64 g) crunchy natural peanut butter or tahini
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons (42 g) flax meal (sub with other meal or flour if you’re not looking to make these gluten-free)
2 tablespoons (20 g) brown rice flour (sub with other meal or flour if you’re not looking to make these gluten-free)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly coat an 8-inch (20-cm) square baking pan with spray.

In a food processor, combine all ingredients and blend until perfectly smooth, scraping sides often.
Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 26 minutes.

Place the pan on a wire rack and let cool completely before placing in the fridge and slicing.
Enjoy cold from the fridge. These blondies freeze well, too.

Yield: 8 servings

Thoughts: EW! They’re in the trash. They tasted like beans. I had high hopes for these blondies…this recipe is floating around the blogosphere. Unfortunately, a huge thumbs down from me 🙁

Here’s some pictures of my girlfriend helping me cook — she loves kitchen time…she helps to “clean up”…with her tongue… 🙂

That’s all, folks!

Hope everyone had a great weekend and Super Bowl celebrations! Have a wonderful, healthful week! I’ve got plenty of questions for another Q&A, but any additional questions are welcome! Just send them over to me at [email protected] ASAP! I believe the next Q&A will be posted tomorrow!

Question: How many baked goods are in a “baker’s dozen”? Don’t cheat!!! 😉

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  1. February 8, 2010 / 6:02 am

    Sad to hear your chickpea blondies weren’t good! Mine weren’t that great either!
    13 in a baker’s dozen!

  2. February 8, 2010 / 6:38 am

    Love your pics! Ummmm….I’m not a Baker and was so going to say 12…. but yeah I THINK this one is 13…? Who knows?!!!

    Yay for the Saints and SuperBowl Sunday!

  3. February 8, 2010 / 7:03 am

    I just printed thsoe cchickpea blondies out last week havent made them yet…thankyou for your honest review! I wont be hurrying to make them! the vegan muffins on the other hand….:)

  4. February 8, 2010 / 7:33 am

    yum! those muffins look delicious!

  5. lessonstolearn
    February 8, 2010 / 7:46 am

    I wondered about those chickpea blondies. Sounds like a great idea in theory!

  6. February 8, 2010 / 8:10 am

    Wow, so many delicious treats you made! I would have one of each please ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. February 8, 2010 / 9:12 am

    I am glad you enjoyed the muffins ๐Ÿ™‚ Did you use rice flour or regular flour?

    There are 13 in a baker’s dozen ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. February 8, 2010 / 11:01 am

    Those banana nut muffins look very yummy! I haven’t done much baking but want to get back into it. Especially since we’ve been having some rainy weather..perfect for baking!

  9. eaternotarunner
    February 8, 2010 / 11:20 am


    I’m impressed with all the recipes you try out, I need more time for baking! I wanted to try the chickpea blondies too, too bad they weren’t good :-/

  10. February 8, 2010 / 11:20 am

    Also – thanks for the heads up on the blondies – I’ll kick them out of my list. When I make baked treats I try to find ones that the ‘general populous’ will eat, so if they taste like beans, that probably won’t fly. Have a great day!

  11. February 8, 2010 / 11:34 am

    I’ve been wanting to try that chickpea blondie recipe for a while now! Thanks for the review!

  12. Stef @ moretolifethanlettuce
    February 8, 2010 / 11:36 am

    teehee your dog is sooo cute! haha i use my dog as a cleaning mechanism too, he doesn’t mind one bit. my little hoover…bummer about the blondies, i’ve been wanting to try them but also feared they’d turn out “beany”

  13. February 8, 2010 / 11:52 am

    Koosh Lily is so cute! If she ever has puppies, I WANT ONE!

  14. February 8, 2010 / 11:56 am

    Mmmm – those muffins look delish! I’ve made vegan banana bread before, and I swear it’s the most moist bread I’ve ever had!

  15. February 8, 2010 / 12:31 pm

    Bakers dozen is 13!!

    I love your kitchen helper! I have a lot of help cleaning dishes too. Especially empty oatmeal bowls.

  16. February 8, 2010 / 12:56 pm

    Those muffins sound delicious, and the granola bars look beautiful! I’ve been seeing desserts that call for beans everywhere lately..I’ve been really curious to try them! The other day I saw brownies that utilized black beans…hoping these don’t taste like beans like the recipe you tried.

  17. February 8, 2010 / 1:23 pm

    Yummie, everything sure look good and healthy ๐Ÿ™‚ Love the pictures, specially th eones of your girl friend ๐Ÿ˜‰

  18. February 8, 2010 / 2:16 pm

    oh no! I’m planning to debut a bean-ie baked good this week. I’ve been working on it for a while, and we actually really like it… be on the lookout, I hope you haven’t been turned off to all beanful goodies!

  19. February 8, 2010 / 3:18 pm

    Girl, I love all the baking you do! Everything looks so good. Wish I had more time to make muffins soon. Yours look fantastic!
    And your dog is so cute!!!

  20. intheskinny
    February 8, 2010 / 4:15 pm

    A baker’s dozen is 13!!!!!! At least I hope I’m right. I didn’t look at the answers above yet. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  21. February 8, 2010 / 4:22 pm

    A baker’s dozen is 13. I only know this because there was some series of books that I read as a child where the family had 13 members? 13 children? I don’t remember exactly, but they always referred to themselves as a “baker’s dozen.”

    I want to make those granola bars!

  22. February 8, 2010 / 6:24 pm

    These recipes all look so great! I’ve been so crazy with school/work I haven’t had time for reading all my beloved blogs all the time and yours is the 1st I go to … and I’m delighted with all these fab treats! Thanks hon!

  23. February 8, 2010 / 6:43 pm

    But they are beans! LOL I’ve seen that recipe and have never been interested in it. I barely like garbanzo once in awhile so not in a desert.

  24. February 8, 2010 / 6:44 pm

    Baker’s dozen = 13!! ๐Ÿ™‚ All of your baked goods look so delicious!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. February 8, 2010 / 7:12 pm

    Sorry to hear about the chickpea blondies…I’ve always wondered if they’re any good! Those muffins look incredible!

  26. February 8, 2010 / 7:27 pm

    You inspire me to bake more! Your muffins and bars look fab. I was glued to the TV during the Super Bowl… Yay Saints ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. February 8, 2010 / 8:40 pm

    Interesting and wonderful dishes, i loved the muffins especially..

  28. February 9, 2010 / 12:22 am

    love all your baking adventures! 13 in a baker’s dozen ๐Ÿ™‚ awwwh so cute, that’s Buster too, always waiting for any tasty morsel to fall to the floor lol

  29. February 9, 2010 / 6:19 pm

    I made those chickpea blondies over the weekend. I thought they were okay. They were too sweet though.

  30. February 9, 2010 / 7:47 pm

    ACK! I love bulldogs, so so cute!

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  31. February 9, 2010 / 10:42 pm

    I thought for sure you were gonna love those chickpea blondies. I see them everywhere! Did Lily like ’em? All the baked goods here look great. The museli bars look awesome for a mini meal.

  32. February 10, 2010 / 12:42 am

    Ooh, Thanks for the muffin recipe! They sound great and with all those spices. Yum!

  33. February 10, 2010 / 6:05 am

    Ooo everything looks marvelous except for the chickpea blondies.. When I first saw them online I thought they look interesting, but after reading numerous reviews of them being gross, I decided not to waste my time. But, you never know till you try–thanks for the advice ๐Ÿ™‚ I think I’d rather make original blondies instead.

  34. February 10, 2010 / 6:57 pm

    Tasty looking muffins and muesli bars! Cute pup too ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. antonia304
    February 11, 2010 / 3:05 pm

    Lol your dog is so cute!

  36. Red
    August 7, 2010 / 1:47 pm

    I’d add:
    2 eggs + 1 egg white
    1 banana
    a pinch of salt
    another 1/2 tsp baking powder (1tsp total)
    1tsp cinnamon
    chocolate chips

    And omit:
    strawberries, raw sugar

  37. Faye D
    November 19, 2011 / 1:13 am

    Yummies! And a baker’s dozen contains 13, but 12 are fresh that day and 1 is from yesterdays baked goods.

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