Monday, March 06, 2023

Breakfast Cookies

I usually make these peanut butter bites for breakfast, but I thought I would try making breakfast cookies with this recipe. 
The changes I made to the recipe was that I substituted molasas for the honey, used cinnamon as the spice, and used all purpose flour. I could not find whole wheat flour at the store.

These cookies have:
  • 1 cup (85 g) quick oats or old-fashioned whole oats
  • ½ cup (70 g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 large banana, about 1/2 cup
  • ½ cup (125 g) peanut butter
  • ½ cup (112 g) Molasas
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (75 g) raisins
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

  • Preheat the oven to 350º F (180º C). 

  • In a large bowl, stir together the mashed banana, Peanut butter, molasas, milk, and vanilla until well combined. Mix in the remaining ingredients. The will be dough is thick and heavy.
  • I used a cookie scoop I had placed on a cookie sheet that is lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat ( or a greased cookie sheet). You will have to flatten each cookie to about 1 inch thick. They won't raise or spread much I had smaller cookies, so I baked them about 10 minutes, or until the ends are brown. Let them rest on the cookie sheet for a few minutes.

These are breakfast cookies, so they are going to be a little more dense than your traditional chocolate chip cookie. However, they are healthier.

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Sunday, February 05, 2023

Food From Our Carnival Cruise

 We got back from a cruise to Mexico and I thought I would share the food we had on our vacation. We drove to our port of call, so at our first rest stop for the night, we had Italian food. The restaurant was connected to a gas station, so not a high-end place, but the food was good.

It was interesting to actually have Mexican food. One of the tours was a foodie tour along with some sightseeing.

There was an Italian restaurant aboard the ship. Food is mostly included in the cruise, but in some places it cost extra and the Italian restaurant costs extra to dine there. The food was excellent. My husband was not that impressed with the service. I have rice balls as an appetizer, which I thought was different, the gnocchi was light and delicious. Dessert was delicious, however, I love my tiramisu, which you would think would be a staple in an Italian restaurant. There wasn't any, which surprised me.

Dinners aboard the dining room are at your assigned time and you have had an assigned table. Carnival had assigned us a table with another couple. The other couple did not want to have dinner with strangers and had asked to be moved to a private table. My husband and I were thinking the same thing and glad we didn't have to be the ones asking for another table. It might have been interesting though to get to know another couple over the course of a week.

I am closing out with a picture of beer my husband had. Carnival has its own brand of beer. I don't like beer, so I could not tell you if it was any good.

So we will be back on a ship in March of 2025. This will be our third cruise and know what to expect. 

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Sunday, January 08, 2023

Banana Berry Smoothie Bowl

 I have frozen bananas, I have frozen mixed berries, let's add in some healthy stuff like flax seed, and finally some peanut butter for protein.

We may add in some chocolate for good measure. I usually make nice cream with frozen bananas and peanut butter (Yum!). I occasionally add chocolate. I added other stuff this time for a smoothie bowl.

I added some frozen bananas, frozen mixed berries, 1/4 cup peanut butter, about 2 T flax seed, 2 T cocoa powder, and 8 oz milk. Blend it until smooth.

I added it to a bowl, it would have looked prettier if I had fresh berries, but the chocolate chips did give it a nice touch. I liked it. Chocolate was the predominating flavor. I was impressed with what I had produced.

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