Strawberry Banana Bread for Virtual Vegan Potluck

First, I’d like to thank you all for positive comments on my Energy Bar Wars post. I’m really glad you guys found it helpful! I’m planning Β on doing more similar posts in the future! Now, on to the feature of today:

Virtual Vegan Potluck

It’s finally here – virtual vegan potluck day, that is! This awesome event was created by An Unrefined Vegan and includes a variety of different food categories and numerous different bloggers, vegan and nonvegan!

“Bringing vegan food bloggers together to share a virtual potluck, linked by a blog circle – and our love of cooking, eating and sharing. Participating bloggers will post recipes – from appetizers to desserts – and photos on the day of the event. Non-vegans welcome as long as they prepare a cruelty- and animal-free dish.”

I’m not vegan however like I said earlier, I try as much as I can to include vegan foods in my life. Especially for snacks and desserts! So here I introduce to you another vegan recipe – this time it’s a banana bread recipe.

I love that we found a whole big box of strawberries on sale at Costco. Fresh berries go super fast in our household. Well, my parents, that is. You see, I’m now on summer break. I had a week off of everything to do whatever the heck I wanted and now on Tuesday I am starting a marketing internship at a daily deals company called Brownhub.

Anyway, I haven’t made any loaf recipes because I don’t have a loaf pan in my apartment. Since I’m in my parents house for a few days, I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to put the loaf pan to a good use.

And good use, it was. This bread is so moist and delicious and it makes the whole kitchen deliciously fragnant of strawberries and bananas. Such a delightful scent. While I used honey for this recipe, you can easily sub this for agave to keep it strictly vegan. I’ve read a bit about the controversy with honey, I’ve read both arguments. However, my parents do not have any agave so the choice of honey was a given for this situation. Plus I like it, and I’m not vegan.

Enjoy your virtual vegan potluck, readers!

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What I Ate Wednesdays #6: Summer is here!

Yes, summer is finally here. I am officially done with my Junior year of college as of last Thursday. I decided to take a whole week off to do nothing – therefore I came to my parents’ house in the suburbs for a few days. So then, finally, my WIAW looks a bit different than usual. And I think that’s a good thing – I needed variety in my life. My daily eats have been looking boring lately. Well, not like this time they are, like, super exciting or fancy or anything… but the whole day looks different from what I’ve been doing lately.

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Oatmeal Pancake

Sunday night was a breakthrough for my culinary experiences. A breakthrough that is rather embarrassing- especially since almost everyone has made this food before. Not me though. Not until last night, that is. Last night, ladies and gentlemen, was the first time I made pancakes. Or one pancake, actually, but I only have one mouth to feed. Yes, last night was breakfast for dinner. And yes, it was my first time ever making pancakes. Embarrassing, I know.

In my defense, we didn’t have pancakes in Poland. And my mom never made them when we moved here. The only time I really ever had pancakes was when I went to brunch with someone. I thought it was about time to change this. I thought of pancakes as indulgences because I know they aren’t usually the healthiest option on the resto menu but I know there are ways to make them healthy. This is exactly what I did.

The outcome.. wow. Extremely easy and yields such great result. Such a great outcome. Yeah, it’s silly for someone to think “oh my gosh, I made such great pancakes last night!” but for me, this is an accomplishment! I told you guys before, I am totally new to the kitchen and any time I make something that turns out better than well is just amazing to me. So yeah, this pancake will most definitely frequent my breakfast (or dinner πŸ˜‰ menu from now on. I can already see it… such a great post-workout breakfast. I’m excited already.

However, the only reason why I made these really was to get rid of the lasts of egg whites I had in the fridge so I could be ready for the vegan challenge which starts today. So yeah, I have to say goodbye to egg whites and honey for a while.

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Happy Pi Day with a Pear Apple Tart!

I woke up to the realization that today is Pi Day! Although I don’t really eat pie for the mere fact that they are usually loaded with sugar and fat, I wanted to make today a bake day. Today is the day I baked my first pie. Well, technically it’s a tart but that’s close enough. We had a whole bunch of apples and pears so I thought it’d be a smart idea to use those. Gotta keep it fresh and healthy: the fiber in the fruit will keep you full longer and the vitamin C is great for boosting your immune system!Β I found a pretty cool recipe for a pear tart and after some tweaking with my mom (who is the best at tweaking recipes to make them healthier and yummier. Polish people do that!) we created our own recipe πŸ™‚

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Beautiful day for strawberries

We bought a box of strawberries yesterday at Trader Joe’s and today I decided to treat myself to a delicious breakfast. Yeah, I eat sweet foods all the time, so what I had for breakfast you could easily have as dessert.

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I take a cup of 2% cottage cheese, slice up some fresh strawberries and add a bunch of raw honey. Deliciousness with a lot of protein and vitamin C! I love me some protein πŸ™‚ I try to eat some at every meal.

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Anyways, I’m so glad this week is spring break. Not only am I in the suburbs at my parents’ house all week, it’s also unseasonably warm. I spent most of today sitting outside in our backyard and reading while wearing a TANK TOP and capris. I even might have gotten a little color.. ahh, actually who am I kidding. I’d lay out for hours in the sun and I’d only end up maybe a little red. It’d all go away within a day anyways. But it felt good and I was definitely starved for some Vitamin D. Seasonal affective disorder has been becoming quite a bit more known to my presence this year.

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I love seeing flowers bloom! Spring is most definitely here early and I’m loving it!