I love banana bread, but the full fat version isn’t possible for an everyday breakfast.  So I threw together this recipe.  I like it — it’s not too sticky and it has a big banana flavor.  But yeah, it is low-fat so it is a bit spongy. 

  • 1 1/2 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of applesauce
  • 2 cups of mashed bananas
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup of uncooked oats
  • 1/3 cup of Greek yogurt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp of vanilla

Preheat the oven to 350.  Now mix everything together in a bowl and pour into a loaf pan.  Bake for 55 minutes or until the toothpick inserted in the middle is clean.

Low fat Banana Oatmeal Bread  Low fat Banana Oatmeal Bread  Low fat Banana Oatmeal Bread

It works for me and my breakfasts.  Plus, I add a little strawberry jam or cashew butter and it makes it taste much better!

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Continuing with the theme of using up buttermilk, I thought I’d try Tyler Florence’s recipe for buttermilk biscuits.  I love his baguette recipe so I had high hopes.

Tyler Florence Biscuit Dough  Tyler Florence Buttermilk Biscuits  Tyler Florence Buttermilk Biscuits

The biscuits have a soft and buttery taste, but they’re not as good as Alton Brown’s biscuits since they weren’t as flakey.

One of my food weaknesses is biscuits.  I love them.  But I find a lot of biscuits are super greasy, heavy, etc.  So when I was looking for a new biscuit recipe, I thought I’d try Alton Brown’s Southern Biscuit recipe.

Holy smokes is this an awesome recipe for biscuits!  I usually just shape mine and don’t roll out  so I don’t run the risk “over handle” them. 

Alton Brown's Southern Biscuit Dough  Alton Brown's Southern Biscuit Dough  Alton Brown's Southern Biscuits  Alton Brown's Southern Biscuits  Alton Brown's Southern Biscuits

They are light, fluffy, moist — it’s seriously everything you’re looking for in a biscuit  recipe.  These are the perfect biscuits!

I had never heard of magic cookie bars, but this recipe was shockingly simple and easy.  I wasn’t sure how they’d turn out and more importantly, how they’d taste.

They taste pretty good, but you definitely have to give them a long time to cool down before you can handle.  The graham cracker crust is quite crumbly and soft.  Actually, now that I think about it, I think next time I wouldn’t make it in such a big pan — maybe half the size they call for so then there’s a thicker crust.

Here are the step-by-step photos:

Magic Cookie Bars  Magic Cookie Bars  Magic Cookie Bars  Magic Cookie Bars  Magic Cookie Bars  Magic Cookie Bars  Magic Cookie Bars

As you can probably guess, I did a little surfing on King Arthur’s Web site.  Anyway, I found this very interesting recipe for cheddar and black pepper scones

When making any scones, DON’TOVER MIX.  If you follow that code, you’re going to find yourself with savory and awesome scones.  The black pepper gives it a little kick while the cheddar gives it a sharp taste. 

Cheddar and Black Pepper Scone Dough  Cheddar and Black Pepper Scone  Cheddar and Black Pepper Scone  Cheddar and Black Pepper Scone

Seriously delicious!

If you’re like me, when I hear “schmear” I think of cream cheese, but apparently, it really means things that go together.

Whatever you want to call it, I thought King Arthur’s recipe for cinnamon schmear scones was awesome.

I didn’t have their cinnamon mixture, but I made my own.  I combined 1 tsp of cinnamon and 1/2-3/4 sugar. 

When you start to mold the dough (after just mixing it so all the ingredients combine), this is a great time to add the cinnamon sugar mixture.  What I did was I’d sprinkle it on, then fold the dough and sprinkle more mixture.  I did this 3 times. 

Cinnamon Schmear Scone Dough  Cinnamon Schmear Scone Dough  Cinnamon Schmear Scone Dough

Then when I divided the dough, I made sure to use the excess mixture to put no the sides.  You could see the three layers.  But as you can probably see from the end result photos, I did over-bake them a little bit.  Bummer, but they still taste pretty good!

Cinnamon Schmear Scone  Cinnamon Schmear Scone

And yes, King Arthur’s recipe is way better than this one.

I love Boston Clam Chowder.  It’s just so deliciously awesome.  And to me, few things say winter better than clam chowder.

While I have a great chili recipe, I don’t have a great clam chowder recipe. 

I thought I’d try this clam chowder recipe, but it’s not quite what I’m looking for.  I’m not sure what was off…was it not as creamy as I wanted?  I put in almost 2x the amount of clams so there was a definite clam flavor!

Don’t get me wrong, it’s good, but I’m still looking for THE recipe…

Unfortunately, I didn’t take a photo of my clam chowder either!  I’m so surprised — I swear I thought I did!