Hello from the beautiful Bordeaux, France countryside! Currently I’m on a cruise ship sailing around Europe and loving every second of it.
Since I’ve been traveling on and off over the past month, the Summer Sweat Series workouts that Lindsey of Nourish Move Love created have come in handy nearly every single day. They kick my ass, make me drip sweat and keep this girl happy while she tries to eat balanced on a food/wine cruise. HALPPPP.
Normally I start each blog post with some sort of little story about life and what I’ve been up to lately. Today I just want to bring you a recipe for paleo banana bread because frankly, it’s just awesome.
I’ve been hoarding this recipe in my drafts for months, waiting for the perfect moment to hit publish. Mondays always seem to be the best because you’re all looking for new things to make, and who doesn’t love a good treat for the rest of the week?
Have you ever had a recipe that has called for buttermilk (like pancakes or waffles), but you didn’t have it in your fridge? Well today I’m showing you the easiest way to make homemade buttermilk right at home. And guess what? All you need are two ingredients.
Bonus: You can absolutely make dairy-free/vegan buttermilk. Let’s do this!
Mother’s day is right around the corner. Each and every day I thank God how lucky I am to have a Mother who is kind, selfless, caring, and encouraging.
My mom lifts me up when I’m down, encourages me to always be the best person I can be, and absolutely loves me unconditionally. After my father passed away several years ago, my mom and I became inseparable. I’ve learned to keep the people you love close, let the little things go, and be appreciative of what you have.
Giving back to Mothers is such a hard thing to do. How can you give someone something who has given you everything? You really can’t. But making her pancakes is pretty close. They’re made with love after all.
These pancakes are incredibly fluffy, moist, and absolutely melt in your mouth. And there’s actually TWO secret ingredients that keep them light, fluffy and tender:
Buttermilk: The tang and richness it brings to baked goods is undeniable. I promise you’ll notice the difference. It’s slightly acidic and so when mixed with baking powder, it will allow the pancakes to rise and keep them from breaking down. The result is a tender fluffy pancake that will leave you speechless – promise.
Greek Yogurt: Adding greek yogurt to pancakes makes them the holy grail of breakfasts, I swear. It helps to thicken up the batter, but still leaves you with the lightest pancake. Pretty magical.
Sometimes all you need in life is a little cake. Am I right?
If I could bake layered cakes all the time, I would. It tends to be pretty time consuming so I like to save it for special occasions, such as birthdays or holidays. Even though this cake took me a few hours to bake up and frost, it was completely worth it.
I baked this with Easter in mind. Sometimes it’s fun to go outside the tradition of carrot cake and bake something to surprise everyone. Just imagine pulling this out and setting it on the table. Minds will be blown. Like did you just make a triple layered cake? Wait it tastes like a fluffy banana bread. Oh and there’s chocolate in there? Wait and a frosting that tastes like the inside of a peanut butter cup?
Sorry that I’ve been away for quite sometime. The holiday season is our busiest time of year and I’ve been working extra hard on the new Gold Medal Flour website.
Most of you know that I work as an Editor/Community manager for Gold Medal Flour; recently we decided to create some scratch baking videos to keep you all inspired during the holiday season. This is the first video of many, but I hope it encourages you to hop in the kitchen and bake something sweet!
Out of all my cookie recipes on my site, my Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies are my absolute favorite. They’re slightly crispy on the edges, but soft and full of caramel flavor right in the middle. You can even stuff them with Nutella if you’re feeling really ambitious; I highly recommend it!
Check out the video to see what makes these cookies so unique… then get baking.
Find the recipe for my Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies here.