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It’s been a fantastic weekend! Check out what I’ve been up to:

Well we had finished dinner (warm chicken salad- no dressing for me) and an animal ran around the restaurant (we were outside) and under my foot. At first I was in shock then realising what I saw I screamed and jumped up on my chair..in front of the whole restaurant. I actually thought it was a giant rat but turns out it was a possum. Made for lots of laughs and interesting conversation after though. A fantastic girls night out!

  • And told you about the awesome, affordable and effective Vitamins I’ve been taking lately.

My Sunday started early with a Grit Strength, Body Attack and CXWORX class. Then after a quick throw together breakfast (curried egg on 1/2 a wholemeal muffin with the remaining half topped with almond butter & banana slices) it was off to grocery shop.


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I did the shopping on my own today since the boy is fighting a head cold at the moment. And while I waited I caught up on some free magazine reading in the line. I’ve re-entered Magazines into my life after I’d removed them because they were causing more harm then good.

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Whilst grocery shopping I remembered I needed peanut butter, and then I also remembered I had an amazing Vitamix at home so I picked up a packet of raw peanuts (red paper shell still on) to whip up some homemade peanut butter.

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It was then well past lunchtime and I had eyes for one thing only…again. A curried egg sandwich. I am addicted!

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The kitchen business didn’t stop there since I had to make some progress on my 2013 Baking List– can you guess what I chose first?

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Blondies!

I had two ripe bananas ready at home so I wanted to make a banana blondie recipe. I found one that was perfect but also wanted to make some substitutions over my own.

I was dead set on incorporating Natvia into the recipe and since it calls for brown sugar I decided to get creative by making my own brown sugar substitute. And this is where I used a new to me ingredient- molasses.

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I noticed that the molasses is quite a dominant flavour in the recipe so if you’d like to gradually add it until desired taste is reached instead of putting the whole recommended amount in, that’s fine.

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Fudgey Blondies

Inspired & adapted from Honey, What’s Cooking?

Makes 16 servings.

Ingredients

  • 4 tbs of light butter (I used Devondale Light 50% less fat- full fat will also work), melted.
  • 2/3 cup of Natvia Baking Pack
  • 1 tbs of Molasses
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup of walnuts or pecans, roughly chopped/crushed.

Method

  1. Preheat an oven to 180 degrees celsius. Line a square baking tray.
  2. Melt butter in the microwave.
  3. Whilst butter is melting combine Natvia and Molasses (to taste) until it’s all combined and resembles brown sugar.
  4. Beat together the butter and brown sugar substitute until well combined.
  5. Add vanilla extract and egg. Continue to blend until smooth and well combined.
  6. Add mashed bananas and blend until combined. Bumps are inevitable and add to the texture of the end product.
  7. Add salt and flours and stir with a spoon until just combined. Refrain from over-mixing.
  8. Add crushed/chopped desired nuts to dish, after dusting them lightly with flour (to avoid them sinking).
  9. Pour the mixture into the lined pan and place in oven for 20-25 minutes.
  10. Take from oven and allow to cool. Serve into 16 pieces.

I roughly calculated the nutritional information for you and I got approximately (huge emphasis on the ‘approximate’) 90 calories per square.

The end result? Very impressed. Plus I didn’t get that sugar rush that I usually get when having sweet goods- (it usually starts with a headache, nausea, overdose feeling and then moves to an ‘omg need more sugar’ kind-of-thing). I’ve had my uncle already duck in and swipe 2 pieces also!

The texture is more fudgey and moist than a typical cake-y brownie. Having never had a blondie before I’m not sure what the texture should be like. But I’m happy with this one!

I can definitely taste the molasses flavour but it’s quite nice. I said to the boyfriend that it could have slightly less but he disagreed. So it’s up to you.

Well I’m off to cross that recipe of my Baking List! Have a great weekend 🙂

What is the typical texture of a blondie? What’s a new-to-you ingredients that you’ve used lately?

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Okay, so it’s still the first week in January so that means it’s still totally acceptable to be posting goals and resolutions for 2013 right? Of course! However, different from my 2013 resolutions and goals made the other day this one has a flair to it. A sweet, delicious, soft, fluffy, perhaps healthy at times, chocolate-y (blah blah blah) flair. A baking flair to be precise.

I can’t tell you how many recipes I’ve seen on pinterest, in magazines, online and from friends that I’ve copied, saved, typed and bookmarked but never bothered to actually make them. The biggest offender? Baking recipes. It just so happens to be one of the funnest, tastiest and kindest (sharing is caring) forms of cooking you could do. Once again I’m going to make myself accountable. What better way than to blast it all over the web. Here you have my 2013 Baking Goals (open to further adjustments and additions).

2013 Baking Goals/List

1. Ginger nuts.

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I’ve always had a love affair with these biscuits as a young child and it slowly turned into a love-hate relationship when I realised how shocking they were for you, yet they still had the guts to maintain their addictive-ness. Only requirement: They must be hard. Ginger nuts are hard biscuits!

2. Hot Cross Buns.

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1 a penny, 2 a penny…or not.

So it’s probably been 2 or 3 years now that I’ve said I’d make these for easter. But ahhh, never happened. I. Must. Do. It. But only at Easter Time, it’s sacrilegious otherwise.

3. Bread!

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I’d love to make my own raisin bread, wholemeal/grain bread or any bread for that matter. Nothing like freshly baked bread mmm. Though I was a little discouraged when my boyfriend mentioned how bloomin’ difficult it was. But then I was a genius and came up with the idea of using a bread-maker…and then I was humbled when he mentioned we don’t own one. Maybe I should pop that on the appliance list behind a Vitamix 😉

4. Gingerbread with sugar icing.

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I think these are German or Dutch (help!?) but I know these are delicious. I haven’t had one in forever and the other day the bf and I were reminiscing about these bad boys. Must make and must devour.

5. A slice!

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I haven’t made one in forever. I’m not sure whether I want it to be decadent, simple, healthy, sweet, chocolate-y etc. I think I’ll just wait for the inspiration to hit and then go from there. But from looking at that picture..I’m thinking peanut butter is a definite.

6. Blondies.

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I’ve had dreams about these beauties. At an old favourite restaurant we went to they served white chocolate and macadamia slice, which reminded me so much of a white chocolate version of a brownie. Which just so happens to have it’s very own name- a Blondie!

7. Baked Oatmeal.

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I like oatmeal, baking and use oatmeal when making my protein slices. It’s a wonder I haven’t tried this yet!

8. Churros.

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This is more for him than it is for me. I’ve never been a big fan of churros, but the boyfriend loves getting them as a novelty treat. I reckon they’d be just as fun to make as they are to eat.

Ahhh I can’t wait to eat bake these!

What is on your ‘To Bake’ list?

Daily Healthy Thought: I am happy with myself.

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