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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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Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Pudding in Jars

Chocoalate Peanut Butter Banana Pudding in Jars | Pale YellowMy college girlfriends and I were getting together for the weekend to run a 5K and spend some quality time together.  Friday night we grilled some burgers and everyone brought a salad to share.  Now I make some delicious salads, but I had a feeling my friends would want a little bit more than a salad from me!

Chocoalate Peanut Butter Banana Pudding in Jars | Pale YellowWhen you have a baking blog, people expect dessert!  I’m fine with that expectation and am happy to oblige, especially for my Michigan friends and family.  They see what everyone gets to eat in Brooklyn and they are a little sad they don’t get to taste all my treats.  When I brought the jars up to Angela’s gorgeous rooftop eating area everyone exclaimed, “Are these going to be on your blog?  Are we going to be on your blog?”  Apparently everyone wants to be featured on the blog.  Here you go ladies!  Love you bunches!

Chocoalate Peanut Butter Banana Pudding in Jars | Pale YellowNeedless to say the pudding was the perfect fuel for us to run our race.  If you’ve never run a Color Run you should totally do one soon.  As a non-runner who needed to train a year to run a 5K, the Color Run is friendly to people like me and completely do-able.  It really is the #happiest5K

Chocoalate Peanut Butter Banana Pudding in Jars | Pale YellowI was lacking in my training and doubted I would be able to run the whole thing, but with plenty of encouragement from Angela and a slow pace I ran the whole race in a speedy 38 minutes!  I’m so proud of Angela and myself.  We left colorful and sweaty with smiles on our faces.  The Color Run was a great way for my college friends and I to celebrate 11 years of friendships and the start of our 30th birthdays!

Color Run Grand Rapids #happiest5K | Pale YellowAfter we brunched, showered, and de-colored it was time for drinks.  Grand Rapids, MI has become Beer City, USA and it was time for me to properly explore some of the options.  Even though I went to college there, I wasn’t a huge beer drinker then and there wasn’t the beer culture there is now.  We spent a delightful afternoon at Founders Brewery drinking and laughing – a typical afternoon together!

Chocoalate Peanut Butter Banana Pudding in Jars | Pale YellowLets talk about desserts in jars for quick second – I’ve made desserts here and here, but these are the cutest and most practical usage.  These are easy to carry and transport and put together.  Most importantly, desserts in jars are a breeze to serve because everyone gets there own little dish.  Cleaning is a bit of work, but nothing a bottle sponge can’t take care of!

Chocoalate Peanut Butter Banana Pudding in Jars | Pale YellowBanana pudding is a classic dessert for a reason; it’s delicious, especially when jazzed up with chocolate and peanut butter.  Yummy.  Creamy vanilla pudding with bananas topped with peanut butter cookies is an awfully good start.  Dig a little deeper and you’ll find some rich chocolate mixed with peanut butter, so decadent and creamy.  Scoop to the bottom and find the crunchy wafer bottom.  If you’re lucky you’ll get a little bit of everything in one bite!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Pudding in Jars
Adapted from Bakerella
Yield – 8 servings

30 vanilla wafers
3 + 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons sugar
12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
3 medium bananas
1 lemon
2 packages instant vanilla pudding mix (3.4 ounces each)
2 cups milk
8 ounces cool whip, thawed
8 nutter butter cookies
8 1/2-pint (8 ounce) wide mouth pint jarsChocoalate Peanut Butter Banana Pudding in Jars | Pale Yellow

  1. Crush the vanilla wafers in a baggie with a rolling pin.  If you’re fancy you can use a food processor.
  2. Melt 3 tablespoons of butter.  Add the butter, sugar, and crushed vanilla wafers to a large bowl and toss to combine.
  3. Divide the crust evenly between the 8 jars and press down gently.  I used about 2 tablespoons in each jar.
  4. Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave with the remaining 3 tablespoons of butter.  Heat in 20-second intervals and stir in between.  Stir the peanut butter into the chocolate.
  5. Place the chocolate-peanut butter mixture in a piping bag and pipe on top of each crust distributing the chocolate peanut-butter mixture evenly.
  6. Slice the bananas into thick slices and toss in a bowl with the juice of one lemon.  Place 5-6 slices in each jar, press down on the chocolate mixture.
  7. In a large bowl whip together the pudding packets and milk until thick.  Fold in the cool whip with a rubber spatula.
  8. Use another piping bag to pipe the pudding into each jar.  I had a lot of extra pudding so I layered some in glasses with extra banana slices and vanilla wafers for my family to enjoy later.
  9. Break up the nutter butters and place on top of the pudding.
  10. Close the lid and refrigerate until serving.  Take the puddings out of the fridge about 20 minutes before eating to allow the chocolate and crust to soften – perfect eating!

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Banana Ice Cream with Peanut Butter Fudge and Chocolate Swirl

Banana Ice Cream with Peanut Butter Fudge and Chocolate Swirl | Pale YellowDo you know what I did yesterday?  I did something very adult, very grown up.  I bought a car!  I went to several car dealerships, wheeled and dealed, and drove myself home.  Buses, trains, and borrowed rides are now a thing of the past.

Banana Ice Cream with Peanut Butter Fudge and Chocolate Swirl | Pale YellowAlthough I was sweating during the purchasing portion of the day, nothing made me more nervous than actually driving home.  Here’s a secret, I’ve never driven in Brooklyn before.  Scary, but true.  For the past six years I’ve managed to avoid driving in my own city.  It’s pretty easy to avoid driving when you don’t have a car!  Luckily I made it home safe sound.

Banana Ice Cream with Peanut Butter Fudge and Chocolate Swirl | Pale YellowAfter a stressful experience you need something comforting.  Ice cream is pure comfort for me.  It’s in the freezer just hanging out waiting to comfort you after a rough day.  Or waiting to celebrate with you after a fantastic day.  Or just there for a regular day.  Ice cream is a fantastic friend.

Banana Ice Cream with Peanut Butter Fudge and Chocolate Swirl | Pale YellowThis particular batch of ice cream is full of comforting and familiar flavors.  The ice cream starts with a roasted banana custard.  Custard-based ice creams are rich and velvety on their own, but when you add toasted, roasted pureed bananas you get some magic.  The textures are soothing on the tongue and there is no gross artificial banana flavor here, just pure banana goodness.

Banana Ice Cream with Peanut Butter Fudge and Chocolate Swirl | Pale YellowSince I can’t leave anything alone I began to think about accompaniments to banana and chocolate and peanut butter sounded like the right choices!  A sweet, chewy peanut butter fudge ribbon and a decadent chocolate swirl were the right decisions.  They added sweetness and dimension to a simple banana base.  Banana, chocolate, and peanut make a tasty threesome sure to improve any stressful day!

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Banana Ice Cream with Peanut Butter Fudge and Chocolate Swirl
Ice Cream adapted from Zoe Bakes
Peanut Butter Fudge created in my Mind’s Eye
Chocolate Swirl adapted from Baking Illustrated, page 499
Yield – almost 2 quarts

Roasted Banana Ice Cream
2 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1 vanilla bean, split & seeded
1 cup sugar
10 egg yolks
2 tablespoons banana liqueur
4 bananas, as brown as possible

  1. Place the bowl of the ice cream maker in the freezer at least 24 hours before you want to make the ice cream.
  2. Heat the cream, milk, vanilla bean seeds, and split vanilla bean pod in a medium saucepan until it simmers.  Turn off the heat and let the mixture steep for 30 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl whisk together the sugar and egg yolks until pale yellow.  Meanwhile heat the milk mixture back to a simmer.
  4. Slowly whisk the hot milk into the eggs to temper the eggs.  Once the eggs are warm add them to the pot on the stove.
  5. Whisk and heat until the mixture thickens.
  6. Strain through a fine sieve into a clean bowl and stir in the banana liqueur.
  7. Set aside to cool.
  8. While this is going on you can roast your bananas: Place the bananas on a foil lined baking sheet, do NOT skip the foil.  Poke a few holes in each banana and bake at 350 F for 30-40 minutes.
  9. Let cool slightly and then squeeze the banana inside into a bowl.  Use a food processor or immersion blender to puree the bananas smooth.
  10. Stir the bananas into the ice cream base and refrigerate overnight to allow the flavors to marry and the custard to ripen.
  11. Churn the ice cream according to your manufacturer’s directions.
  12. Once churned layer the ice cream with dollops of peanut butter fudge and swirls of chocolate.  I made three such layers.
  13. Freeze overnight to harden.

Peanut Butter Fudge
2 cups mini marshmallows
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons light corn syrup

  1. In a medium saucepan heat the marshmallows until they melt.  Whisk in the peanut butter, cream, and corn syrup.
  2. Heat and whisk until everything is combined.
  3. Turn off the heat and set aside.

Chocolate Swirl
3/8 cup heavy cream
1 1/2 tablespoons corn syrup
pinch of salt
3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

  1. Heat the cream, corn syrup, and salt until the mixture simmers in a small saucepan.  Once simmering turn off the heat and add in the chocolate.  Let this sit for a few minutes before stirring to combine.
  2. Stir in the butter.  Set aside.

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Baked Banana Nut Chocolate Chip Doughnuts

banana nut chocolate chip baked doughnuts | pale yellowI assume (and hope) most people are on vacation today.  It’s July 5th, no one should be working.  Everyone should be in a post-Fourth stupor/rest.  It’s hard work to play all day at the beach and stay up late to watch the fireworks.  Today is a day of rest before the real weekend begins!  Today is a day for fresh, homemade doughnuts.

banana nut chocolate chip baked doughnuts | pale yellowI made these one early Saturday morning when I was waiting for my running pants to come out the dryer.  Talk about motivation to go for a run – a warm, fresh, chocolatey doughnut awaiting you on your return!  After my run I ate three doughnuts; all exercise officially negated.

banana nut chocolate chip baked doughnuts | pale yellowHowever, I don’t feel like these doughnuts are that bad for you.  First of all they are baked, excellent start.  Second, they only contain 4 tablespoons of butter and 1/2 cup of sugar.  Third, they are tiny and the recipe makes a lot.  And finally, they contain banana and walnut, total health foods!

banana nut chocolate chip baked doughnuts | pale yellowRegardless of whether or not you agree with my justification, these are some good doughnuts whether healthy or indulgent.  They are so moist and a little crunchy from the walnuts.  Obviously chocolate makes everything better!  Make sure to eat these doughnuts fast, they only have about 24 hours of life before they start to get a little stale.  Eating fresh food has so many constraints, but it sure tastes better.

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Baked Banana Nut Chocolate Chip Doughnuts
Adapted from That’s So Michelle
Yield 20-24 mini doughnuts

1 cup (about 2 large) mashed bananas
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 ˚F and spray the doughnut pan with Baker’s Joy.
  2. In a large bowl mash the bananas with a fork.  Mix in the sugar and the yogurt.
  3. Keep using the fork to mix in the melted butter, eggs, and vanilla.  Make sure the liquids are mixed well together.
  4. Add in the powder, soda, salt, chocolate chips, and chopped walnuts.  Mix until just combined.
  5. Scoop into the doughnut pan using 2 teaspoons, about 2 scoops for each doughnuts.  Spread to smooth and make sure to only fill the doughnut pan about 3/4 of the way.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes or until just browned on top.
  7. Let cool on a wire rack before storing.  They are lovely to eat warm!

banana nut chocolate chip baked doughnuts | pale yellow

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