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Dirty Hairy Monkey Cocktail

Dirty Hairy Monkey Cocktail | Pale YellowIn Costa Rica there was a lot of drinking, when it’s free, there is no reason to go for it.  We made our own sangria at lunch from wine and fruit, had pre-dinner cocktails, wine with dinner, and our post-dinner toast.  But the best drinking moments took place at the swim up bar.  Every pool should have a swim up bar.

Dirty Hairy Monkey Cocktail | Pale YellowWhen you’re enjoying happy hour in a pool, fruity cocktails are a must! Whether you fancy mojitos, daiquiris, margaritas, or pina coladas, your drink should be cold, colorful, and delicious.  Sometimes the drinks weren’t very strong, but there is an easy fix – “strawberry daiquiri con mucho rum, mucho, mucho rum!”

Cocktail Time | Pale YellowAwesome Spanish aside, there was a “drink-of-the-day” at the resort.  One of the drinks was called a dirty monkey.  I think it was called a dirty monkey, honestly I can’t remember and I kept calling it a hairy monkey.  No matter, I Googled the cocktail stateside and made my own adjustments.

Dirty Hairy Monkey Cocktail | Pale YellowThis doesn’t take exactly like what I had in Costa Rica, but close enough!  Cold, fruity, strong, and a slight hint of banana and chocolate.  The only way to improve the cocktail is to drink it in a pool instead of at the table while working on homework.  Boo to homework, yay to dirty, hairy monkeys!

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Dirty Hairy Monkey Cocktail
Adapted from Monkey Ball
Yield – 1 drink

1 part dark rum
1 part light rum
1 part banana schnapps
1 part kahlua
6-7 ice cubes
chocolate syrup + banana for garnish

  1. Add the rums, schnapps, kahlua, and ice to a blender.  Blend until smooth.
  2. Coat the inside of a glass with chocolate syrup and pour the drink inside.
  3. Garnish with a banana slice and enjoy responsibly

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Banana Nut Overnight Oatmeal

Banana Nut Overnight Oatmeal | Pale YellowI wish they gave out awards for procrastination.  That way I could win an award.  I spent all Sunday, ALL DAY writing a six page paper.  I need to get faster.  I also took a 2 hour nap and made cocktails in the middle of the day…
Banana Nut Overnight Oatmeal | Pale YellowOr I need to stop taking classes in the summer.  Seriously, who starts graduate school in the summer?  It’s seems all the work is due right around holiday weekends like Fourth of July.  I’m just not in the mood to read or write or research.  It’s beach time, it’s calling my name!

Banana Nut Overnight Oatmeal | Pale YellowIn other procrastination news I took another nap after work today, a seven hour work day of researching animals and playing with baby chickens.  Tough life.

Banana Nut Overnight Oatmeal | Pale YellowNo matter how tough my life life, I always manage to throw together something for breakfast.  My new favorite food to the rescue!  I can add all the ingredients to a jar, shake it up and I’m done.  Breakfast ready to go!  And not just any breakfast, a healthy and delicious one.  I have one more overnight oatmeal for you and then I’ll be done, maybe!Banana Nut Overnight Oatmeal | Pale Yellow

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Banana Nut Overnight Oatmeal
Adapted from Lemon Blueberry Overnight Oatmeal
Yield – 1 serving, 16 ounces

1/2 cup old fashioned oats
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1 tablespoon honey
splash of vanilla extract
1 banana sliced
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 tablespoons chopped almonds (or nut of your choice)

  1. Add all the ingredients to a 16-ounce mason jar or other container.  Shake or stir to combine.  Make sure the honey and chia seeds become incorporated and don’t stick to the side.
  2. Cover and refrigerate overnight.Banana Nut Overnight Oatmeal | Pale Yellow

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Banana, Leche, Y Cafe con Chocolate Y Rum

banana leche y cafe con chocolate y rum | pale yellowIn less than two months I’ll have my toes in the warm sand of the Pacific Ocean with the jungle and (hopefully) monkeys on my back.  Where will I be you ask?  Certainly not Rockaway!  We have warm sand from the Atlantic and only odd, stuffed gorillas on the beach.  I’ll be somewhere warm and tropical in Central America.

banana leche y cafe con chocolate y rum | pale yellowI’m going to COSTA RICA!!!  Visiting Costa Rica has been at the top of my travel list for years and I’m finally going, for my 30th birthday, no less.  It is hard to imagine a better birthday present to myself than a trip to Costa Rica with some of my best lady friends.

banana leche y cafe con chocolate y rum | pale yellowThe trip was just paid in full and we’ve been sending each other fun, rum-centric emails in to get ourselves in the game.  I’m ready!  I have dresses and bathing suits; once I buy all the sunblock, I’m there!

banana leche y cafe con chocolate y rum | pale yellowTo get myself in the game I made this Costa Rican inspired drink.  Tropical flavors mixed with coffee and chocolate – a most excellent afternoon pick me up.  Throw in some rum and it’s an afternoon party for one!  Only 47 more days…

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Banana, Leche Y Cafe con Chocolate Y Rum
Adapted from Joy the Baker
Yield – 1 drink

3 ice cubes
1 small banana
15 bittersweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon used coffee grounds
1 tablespoon coffee, room temperature
1/2 cup almond milk
2 tablespoons dark rum

  1. Add all the ingredients to a blender or magic bullet and blend until well combined, about 3-4 minutes.
  2. Enjoy in the sun with your favorite straw.banana leche y cafe con chocolate y rum | pale yellow

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Banana Chocolate Shake {Vegan}

chocolate banana smoothie (2-ingredients, easy, vegan) | pale yellowMeet my new favorite treat!  It’s easy, rather healthy, and totally deliciously satisfying.  The banana ice cream fad gets a facelift in this non-milk, milk shake.

chocolate banana smoothie (2-ingredients, easy, vegan) | pale yellowAs much as I try to eat healthy, I often have 2-3 week benders where all bets are off.  In one such bender I found myself eating ice cream for dinner several nights in a row.  Obviously that is not a habit I can maintain.

chocolate banana smoothie (2-ingredients, easy, vegan) | pale yellowNow that I’m back on track, I still crave that sweet something in the evenings after dinner.  Enter my new favorite treat.  Two ingredients, whiz it up, and you’re done; sweet, sweet dessert.  The banana flavor is definitely present, but I love bananas, so it’s all good.  Chocolate + banana is one of my favorite flavor combinations.  A little scoop of peanut butter makes the whole drink that much more delightful!

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Banana Chocolate Shake {Vegan, Two-Ingredients}
Yield – 1 serving

1 small banana, in chunks and frozen
1 cup dark chocolate almond milk

  1. Add the frozen banana pieces and milk to a Magic Bullet blender or other such device.  Blend for 2-3 minutes or until well combined.
  2. Enjoy with your favorite straw!

Variations – Add 1 tablespoon of peanut butter!  A dash of cinnamon!  Use vanilla almond milk or coconut!  Add extracts!  Be fancy!chocolate banana smoothie (2-ingredients, easy, vegan) | pale yellow

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Banana Cinnamon Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies (GF)

Banana Cinnamon Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies | Pale YellowMichelle threw a surprise party for Derrick and asked me to make these and these.  But she also wanted a gluten free option.  I used my go-to GF option and just swapped all-purpose gluten free flour mix for regular.  I thought about making brownies or cookies, but when I was in the middle chocolate peanut butter whoopie pies, I was inspired!

Banana Cinnamon Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies | Pale YellowWhoopie pie epidemic? Possibly.  I find myself going in phases of making different versions of the same thing.  Clearly this weekend was all about the whoopie pies.  Lately it’s been all about the bar recipes; easy breezy.

Banana Cinnamon Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies | Pale YellowI know I am not by any means a gluten-free baker, but the one-to-one replacement seems to be working.  The only weird thing is the odd flavor of the raw batter.  The final, baked product tastes fine, but the raw version is really awful.  I don’t understand what happens in the baking process to change it, oh well, if it works, it works

Banana Cinnamon Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies | Pale YellowThese are some tasty little whoopie pies.  I made them tiny so everyone could have a bite.  The bananas and cinnamon match perfectly with the cinnamon-raisin peanut butter.  The raisin bits are small and provide bites of sweetness throughout.  Whether you make these whoopie pies gluten free or regular, they are pretty fantastic!  Not too sweet, great for a little snack or dessert.Banana Cinnamon Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies | Pale Yellow

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GF Banana Cinnamon Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies
Adapted from Whoopie Pies, page 55 & 87
Yield – 12 mini whoopie pies

Whoopie Pies
1 cup gluten-free AP flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
2 tablespoons shortening
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1 1/2 ripe bananas, smashed
cinnamon

Filling

3/4 cup cinnamon-raisin swirl peanut butter, PB & Co.
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cups powdered sugar
pinch of salt

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 ˚F and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt onto wax paper.  Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment beat together the butter, shortening, and sugar until pale yellow.  Beat in the egg and the vanilla until well combined; scrape the bowl as needed.
  4. Turn the mixer on low and add the flour mixture.  Then add in the smashed banana.  Beat until just combined.
  5. Use a 1-tablespoon scoop to portion the dough on the cookie sheets.  Leave at least 2 inches of space between each whoopie pie.  Sprinkle cinnamon on the top of each.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until set.  Move to a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. Add the peanut butter and butter to the bowl of a stand mixer and beat until light and creamy.  Turn the mixer to low and beat in the powdered sugar and salt.  Mix for about three minutes until the mixture is fluffy.
  8. Match halves together based on similar size.  Use a piping bag with a round tip to pipe the frosting on each half.  Gently squish the halves together.Banana Cinnamon Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies | Pale Yellow

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Banana Nut Chocolate Chip Scones

Banana Nut Chocolate Chip Scones | Pale YellowWould you believe me if  I told you I was virtually unpacked?  Well I am!  Thanks to great movers, Michelle’s task master ways, and Jackie’s kitchen stacking skills, all the boxes were unpacked, the cardboard smashed and taken downstairs.  There is no way I could have done it with out them!

Banana Nut Chocolate Chip Scones | Pale YellowYesterday I got up and rearranged my bedroom furniture because the bed felt like it was in a weird location; now it feels right!  The kitchen needed a little rearranging and Dean came over to help set up my internet/TV.  Decorations are not up, but with time and inspiration they will be up soon.  As things start to look cute and lovely I’ll try to post pictures to the What I Learned series.

Banana Nut Chocolate Chip Scones | Pale YellowThe strangest thing  about moving so far has been adjusting to a new grocery store.  I knew Key Foods like the back of my hand and it’s frustrating wandering the aisles.  Plus, Waldbaums doesn’t seem to carry Kind bars – my breakfast staple.

Banana Nut Chocolate Chip Scones | Pale YellowI made these scones right after Thanksgiving as a little snack for myself.  They were a lovely snack on my flight back to New York after my Michigan weekend.  These scones are not dry at all and are filled with goodies.  There is plenty of banana flavor and lots of chocolate and walnut goodness.  Sometimes scones can be not-so-good; I promise you, these are not those!

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Banana Nut Chocolate Chip Scones
Adapted from How Sweet it is
Yield – 8 scones

Banana Nut Chocolate Chip Scones | Pale Yellow1 1/2 cups + 2 tablespoons flour
2 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar, loosely packed
1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold
1/3 cup buttermilk (or squirt of lemon juice + enough milk to make 1/3 cup, let sit 2 minutes)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 ripe banana
scant 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
scant 1/2 cups mini chocolate chips

1/4 cup powdered sugar
2 teaspoons milk
splash vanilla
extra walnuts & chocolate chips to sprinkle on top, optional

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 ˚F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk together the flour, brown sugar, soda, powder, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl.Banana Nut Chocolate Chip Scones | Pale Yellow
  3. Cut the butter into pieces and add to the flour mixture.  Banana Nut Chocolate Chip Scones | Pale Yellow
  4. Use your fingers to massage the butter into the flour.  Keep mixing until the flour and butter are combined in coarse crumbs.
  5. Mash the banana into the buttermilk and stir in the vanilla.  Make a well in the flour mixture and pour the banana/buttermilk mixture in the middle. Banana Nut Chocolate Chip Scones | Pale Yellow
  6. Use a fork to combine the ingredients.  Stir in the walnuts and chocolate chips.
  7. Turn the mixture onto a floured surface and knead together lightly.  Banana Nut Chocolate Chip Scones | Pale Yellow
  8. Push the mixture into a 6” circle and cut into 8 pieces.Banana Nut Chocolate Chip Scones | Pale Yellow
  9. Place the pieces on the baking sheet and bake for 12 minutes or until the scones just begin to brown.
  10. Let cool completely on a wire rack before glazing.Banana Nut Chocolate Chip Scones | Pale Yellow
  11. Make the glaze by stirring together the milk, powdered sugar, and vanilla until smooth.  If you like a lot of glaze, double the amounts.Banana Nut Chocolate Chip Scones | Pale Yellow
  12. Spoon the glaze over each scone and sprinkle with walnuts and chocolate chips.Banana Nut Chocolate Chip Scones | Pale Yellow

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Brown butter, banana, bourbon, and bacon cupcakes with peanut butter frosting

Bourbon, bacon, brown butter, banana cupcakes with peanut butter frosting | Pale YellowYes, this happened; 48 mini cupcakes filled brown butter, banana, bacon, bourbon, and a peanut butter frosting.  All of your wildest dreams have come true in one tiny bite.  These little guys made a special appearance at our second annual (and final) Fall Fest!  Needless to say, they were a hit.

Bourbon, bacon, brown butter, banana cupcakes with peanut butter frosting | Pale YellowDo you want to know what I did yesterday?  Regardless of the answer, I’m going to you anyway.  I volunteered at the NYC marathon.  I have watched the marathon for several years and was scheduled to volunteer last year, but due to Super Storm Sandy, I was unable to do so.  Volunteering is 10x better than being a spectator, for real!

Bourbon, bacon, brown butter, banana cupcakes with peanut butter frosting | Pale YellowEven though I was up at 5:30 a.m. and hauling boxes of Gatorade by 6:30, I had a fantastic experience!  I mixed Gatorade, poured Gatorade, handed out Gatorade, cleaned up Gatorade, and absorbed all the spilled Gatorade.  While all this was going on I was able to cheer on the elite men, women, and wheelchair racers.  I was also able to cheer on all the regular runners from New York, the United States, and all over the world.  When I looked down 4th Avenue and saw the thousands of runners coming, I was in awe.  It’s one of those moments when you’re glad to be alive and glad to be apart of your community.

Bourbon, bacon, brown butter, banana cupcakes with peanut butter frosting | Pale YellowAs excited as I was to open a new chapter in my life and leave New York this summer, I’m glad I stayed and yesterday cemented that decision for me.  I was so proud to stand on the sidelines as New Yorker; I felt like a true representation of New York City!  It was a great day!

Bourbon, bacon, brown butter, banana cupcakes with peanut butter frosting | Pale YellowIt was also a great day when I ate the cupcakes.  The banana keeps the cake portion super moist and allows the brown butter flavor to shine.  Let me tell you a secret: I cooked the bacon on the stove and then added the butter to the same pan to brown, IN BACON GREASE!  Yep, brown butter bacon grease in cupcakes – it spectacular, make it happen!  Add in a peanut butter frosting, bourbon syrup reduction, and a piece of bacon and you’re golden.  Cupcakes out.

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Brown butter, banana, bourbon, and bacon cupcakes with peanut butter frosting
Adapted from How Sweet it is
Yield – 36 mini cupcakes

Cupcakes
8 ounces bacon
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 1/3 cup flour
1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1 egg
3/4 cup lightly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup sour cream
3 large bananas, mashed

  1. Cook your bacon until crispy and set aside.
  2. Leave the bacon grease in the pan and add the butter.  Melt the butter and cook until it is browned.  Be sure to scrape off all the lovely bits at the bottom.  Measure out 1/2 cup of this mixture and set aside to cool slightly.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 ˚F and line your mini muffin tins with papers.
  4. In a small bowl whisk together the flour, soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  Set aside.
  5. In a larger bowl whisk together the egg and brown sugar.  Whisk in the vanilla, sour cream, and cooled brown butter.
  6. Stir in the the dry ingredients.
  7. Mash the bananas and stir into the batter.  The batter will be thick.
  8. Use a scant 2-tablespoon scoop of batter in each cupcake liner.  Bake for 11-12 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Let cool completely on a wire rack.

Frosting
3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup peanut butter
4 cups (1 lb) powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
splash of bourbon
splash of cream

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat the butter and peanut butter until well combined.
  2. Add the powdered sugar in small batches, thoroughly mixing between each.
  3. Beat in the vanilla and bourbon.
  4. Add the cream to reach the desired piping consistency.
  5. Use a large star tip to pipe a swirl on each cooled cupcake.

Bourbon drizzle
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 bourbon
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
cooked bacon

  1. Add all the ingredients to a small saucepan and heat until all the sugar has been dissolved and you have a thick syrup.
  2. Allow to cool slightly before drizzling over each cupcake.
  3. Top each cupcake with a piece of cooked bacon.Bourbon, bacon, brown butter, banana cupcakes with peanut butter frosting | Pale Yellow

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