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Weekend Musings & A G-Free Banana Muffin Recipe!

Posted Sep 29 2013 8:00pm
Hey lovey,

I hope you made the best of your weekend off! I had a pretty fun yet relaxing weekend! I have already told you about my Friday night meet up with some fellow foodie bloggers, so I will start this post on Saturday! :)

I didn't do much Saturday morning. I was lying in bed and a part of me really wanted to go for a run... but an even bigger part of me was content under the covers watching reruns of Will & Grace. Will & Grace most definitely won (it was the episode where Grace finds out that Karen is in a fetish film.. hilarious, do you remember?). Eventually though, I got hungry. Being in a lazy state of mind, I didn't want to cook so I got ready and went for a walk (which looking back is way more effort than just cooking... oh well).

I had Freshii in mind. I love that place, their salads are my absolute favourite! They are gianourmous... I can totally crush one to myself. I got myself ready and convinced C that he should come with, because it's only a few blocks away we'd be back in no time. Haha oh boy. So we got to Freshii and it was closed. I'm not sure why Freshii on one of the busiest streets in Toronto would be closed at noon on a Saturday? It was kind of annoying, but not much I could do.

I'm the type of person that when I have something in mind, that's just what I want. So when Freshii wasn't opened, I was frustrated and had no idea what I wanted. It didn't help that I had worn a coat, and was getting so hot.. so whenever I went in somewhere to check out the food, I couldn't focus because I was overheating. Bah! After walking around aimlessly for about 45 minutes, I decided that I wanted Fresh. I knew they were open because there were people the patio enjoying their nice vegan cuisine.

I went in thinking it'd be decently quick.. it normally is. I ordered the Powerbowl on Soba Noodles and a green detox juice. I drank my juice SO slowly.. and still waited... and I think I waited probably like 30-40 minutes for my food. I don't go to Fresh often, not because I'm not a vegan or don't like it, but because it's expensive and takes SO LONG!! I got my food home and it was delicious. It was probably my favourite thing that I've had from Fresh so far!

My green juice!
Fresh Powerbowl on Soba Noodles
After my lunch, I made my way up to the Yorkville area in Toronto to go to the Miracle 10 Boutique there to have one of their peel treatments!! Click here to check out how my visit was, and lots of pictures. The boutique is absolutely gorgeous!! 

C and I decided to stay in on Saturday night and watch Now You See Me and have take out. Whoops. my food intake for the weekend was doing so well!! Oh well... :)

This morning I woke up at about 8:30.. I wish I could have slept longer. We live right above a major highway and there was an accident right below us at about 3am... and at about 3:30am someone wasn't paying attention and crashed into the crash that was already there. The whole highway was blocked off, sirens were blaring and our windows were open because the building heat is on and it was too hot :(. Wahh. Needless to say we didn't get the best sleep.

I decided to go for a run when I first woke up. It was basically as soon as I woke up or it wasn't going to happen. So I found my shorts, pulled my gross hair back, laced up and hit the pavement. I did a short 5km but it was nice! The weather was gorgeous and there were tons of people out running and biking by the time I made my way to the trails along the water.


Not a bad little run! I thought it was cool out so I wore a long sleeve shirt, luckily I paired it with shorts so I wasn't overly hot.. but I was definitely a sweatfest by the time I got back home!


C and I spent the day at like ever home improvement store in Toronto... Ikea... Lowes... Bed, Bath & Beyond... we want to spruce this condo up a bit. I didn't buy anything big.. but I bought a book for some design inspiration, so we'll see.

We stopped at the grocery store on the way home and I bought a bunch of ingredients to MAKE A NEW RECIPE!!!

Omg omg omg omg... It's been SO LONG since I've posted a recipe... and I'm really excited to share it with you so here we go!!!

Gluten-Free Banana Muffins
Ingredients
2 cups of gluten-free all purpose flour
1 tsp of baking soda
1/4 tsp of salt
4 eggs
2 cups of mashed ripe bananas (about 4 medium bananas)
1 cup sugar (I know - awful, but I didn't know what to substitute it with until after when Davida told me lol... you can use half the sugar and the other half use coconut palm sugar or 1 tsp of stevia extract!)
1/2 cup of organic unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup of melted coconut oil
1 tsp organic vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup carob chips
1/4 cup sunflower seeds

Directions
1. Mix the flour, baking soda and salt in a large mixing bowl.
2. Mix eggs, bananas, sugar, applesauce, oil and vanilla in a small mixing bowl. Whisk until consistent.
3. Add to the larger bowl and mix until consistent.
4. Add walnuts, carob chips and seeds and mix.
5. Line a muffin tin with muffin tin foil thingys (what are they called?) and fill 3/4 the way full.
6. Bake about 10-15 minutes at 350F, 175C.
7. EAT AND DROOL!

The batter, before baking.
Finished!!!
SO GOOD!!!
I think I have redeemed myself in terms of baking. If you've been following this blog for a while, you know I gave up baking a couple years ago because, well, I'm really shitty at it. I am MUCH better at cooking, so that's what I stick to. I'm SO PROUD that these turned out well!! I have like 18 muffins to eat now though, damnit.

Q: What was your favourite part of the weekend? I think I ask this every Sunday.
Q: Are you a baker? Do you enjoy baking or do you usually fail horribly at it like myself?
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