Steamed Gluten Free Whole Grain Peanut Butter Banana Bread

I am so not creative when it comes to naming my creations. I just name it how it is. And, this is a steamed banana bread. It also has peanut butter in it! I posted this picture on instagram a few days ago. @hevilhelen

Doesn’t it look delicious? I know that it looks a little weird. But, it is steamed!

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I steamed this bread a couple days ago and it is so good! The bread is dense, I have to warn you. I know some people like it fluffy. However, I love dense banana bread. I guess I am just weird like that. Anyway, the only flour used is brown rice flour. It makes this bread whole grain! It is also vegan. Maybe  I should add that to the name too!

Here’s the recipe.

Ingredients

  • 2 large ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 cups brown rice flour
  • 2/3 cup soymilk
  • 3/4 cup sugar (can use less if wanted)
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • sprinkle of salt

Directions

  1. “Cream” the peanut butter and the sugar together.
  2. Mix in the bananas and milk.
  3. In another bowl, sift together the flour, salt, and baking powder
  4. Pour the dry ingredients into the banana mixture. Stir until just combined. Pour into bread pan.
  5. Steam for 40 to 50 minutes. *
  6. Enjoy.
*There are different ways you can steam this. I did it the old fashioned way. I filled a wok with water and heated it until it boiled. I placed the pan onto a thing that can separate it from the water and let it steam. The only problem is that you have to watch the water, since it can boil off.
In other news, I cannot wait for today’s Switched At Birth episode. It is the only show I watch besides the old classics: Reba and Full House. Anyway, Switched At Birth is a great show and I love how it reaches out to the deaf community! Sometimes, I feel that there are groups of people that don’t get as much attention they should get. I also love the story line and it makes me want to learn sign language.
Anyway, I guess that is it. I hope good things happen in today’s episode and I hope you guys enjoy the bread!
Have you tried steaming foods that are normally baked?
Are you for Emmett, Tank, or Ty?
-I think Bay should stick with Tank.  
Who do you think Daphne should choose?
– I think Jorge!

Gluten Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Hey everyone. How are you guys doing today?

I’m doing fine, thank you very much. Today, I have a very simple recipe for you guys. It’s chocolate peanut butter cookies. If you are allergic to peanuts, you can use almond butter. You can try using sun flower seed butter but I am not quite sure how it would turn out. I do know that people have food allergies.

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Anyhow, here’s the recipe. I hope you guys enjoy it. Here is where the recipe is from.

Serving: 18 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup peanut butter (all natural, organic if possible)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 egg
  • chocolate chips (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. In a bowl, mix together the eggs and peanut butter.
  3. Mix in the sugar, cocoa powder and chocolate chips.
  4. The dough does feel like regular cookie dough. Form 2 tablespoon sized balls and place on a greased cookie sheet.
  5. Bake for 12 minutes.
  6. Take them out, let it cool, and enjoy with milk. These cookies are rich and delicious!

Do you like cookies?

What is your favorite girl scout cookie? I ask this because they came out with a gluten free cookie!

Vegan Whole Wheat Chocolate Cupcakes

Welcome. I hope the smell of these awesome cupcakes don’t distract you. It looks like a brownie cupcake, right?

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These cupcakes are delicious! I made them the past weekend and no one can tell that it uses healthier ingredients.

My brother said that these are the best cupcakes I’ve ever made while his friend ate 3 of them. Whoops. There’s no butter, dairy, eggs, etc. Guess what. I used whole wheat pastry flour! Oh, the added fiber makes it a bit more filling.

Here’s the recipe to these amazing cupcakes. Shhh. Don’t say that they’re vegan.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup vanilla soy milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 1/3 cup oil

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Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. In a bowl, sift all of the dry ingredients together.
  3. Add in all the wet ingredients. Mix.
  4. Pour into cupcake liners. Fill about 3/4 way full.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes. For me, it was done at 17 minutes.
  6. Enjoy!

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On another note, my classes went well for the most part. Wish me luck on that. There’s a class I’m waitlisted for. Also, I am now a Sweat Pink Ambassador. I’m so happy to be part of the the SweatPink Team.

What do you think of vegan desserts?

Do you like making healthier version of desserts?

Black Bean Quinoa

Let’s make this for dinner tonight. It’s Black Bean Quinoa.

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It actually tastes really good! On top of that, it’s pretty rich in nutrients. Quinoa is a complete protein and you get more from the black beans. Plus, you get fiber from the black beans. Females need 25 grams of fiber a day while males need 38 grams of fiber a day. One needs 14 grams of fiber for every 1,000 calories eaten per day.  Most Americans consume 12-18 grams each today, half the recommended amount.  This recipe is a delicious way to sneak it in.

Here’ the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dried quinoa, cooked
  • 1 can black beans (low sodium preferred, or you can cook your own black beans and use 3 cups of it)
  • 1 cup homemade salsa (or from the store. Look for ones low in sodium and with simple ingredients)
  • shredded cheese (optional)

Directions:

  1. If you haven’t already, cook the quinoa. You can use low sodium vegetable broth to cook the quinoa to give it more flavor. You can also use a homemade broth of your choice. You’ll need 2 cups of it to cook the 1 cup of dried quinoa.
  2. Drain and rinse the black beans. Add it in with the quinoa as it is cooking.
  3. Once the quinoa is done cooking, take out the black bean/quinoa and pour into a bowl.
  4. Mix in the salsa
  5. Enjoy! Top it off with some shredded cheese.

I hope you guys like this recipe! It’s one of my favorites. It’s also quick and easy to make.

Do you like quinoa?

How do you usually cook/eat quinoa?