1 Minute Microwave Banana Chessecake

Hi friends and bakers!

Who wants some cheesecake?! I know I do! But let's face it, we may not always have the time to wait on a cheesecake (hence the no-bake cheesecakes). But maybe you're new to cheesecakes like me. I really have probably only made one decent cheesecake in my entire life (mostly just never had a reason or the means to). But last night, as preparation for the cheesecake I'm making tonight (Yay more cheesecake!) I decided to step my microwave mug cake game up. That's right, I said MICROWAVE CHEESECAKE! And it's just as easy as any other mug cake! There's no mixer needed (but I used one anyway because I didn't have all night).

The cheesecakes cook very differently to my other mug cakes. They are cream cheese based and delicate so they need a little more TLC when cooking. It is not difficult as long as you follow my cooking tips throughout the recipe.

The entire process (not including chilling) should take about ten minutes. It still has to refrigerate like a real cheesecake, but it's totally worth it and a lot less messy when making because it's the perfect single serve option. Feel free to add any flavour you want like Oreo cookies, raspberries, strawberries, chocolate, even sprinkles! The world is your...well, cheesecake! I hope you enjoy!

1 MINUTE MICROWAVE BANANA CHEESECAKE

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce cream cheese,at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sour cream/yoghurt (I used banana Probiotic yoghurt)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (optional; I didn't use any because of the flavoured yoghurt)
  • 1 egg white, slightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon flour (prevents liquid from forming)
  • ⅓ cup (21/5oz/ 75g) crushed Oreo (or any chocolate or Graham cracker) cookies (extra for the base)
  • 2 teaspoons Mr. Boston's Eggnog

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, whisk together the cream cheese, yoghurt ( or sour cream) ,vanilla, sugar, egg whites and flour until light and fluffy. This recipe makes 3 cheesecakes.
  2. In a microwavable mug, sprinkle a layer of cookie crumbs in the bottom of your mug to create your cheesecake base. My mug is around 6oz (1 cup)
  3. Pour in your cheesecake on top
  4. CAUTION : Each mug cake takes roughly 45 seconds-1 minute. Microwave until you see A bubble in the centre, and then STOP cooking. This will take seconds, maybe 15 or more. Take it out and check it. Microwave for short intervals until you see the edge of the cheesecake firm but make sure the centre is jiggly. If it is allowed to bubble and cook further, the mixture will "break" and you'll need to start over.
  5. Make a note of the successful cooking time for your microwave. They will take around 45 seconds - 1 minute.
  6. Take out of the microwave and let cool to room temperature and then refrigerate until fully chilled, about 2 hours. If any liquid has formed, carefully pour out. Top with some whipped cream and a some cookie crumbs. Enjoy!

Peanut Butter Banana Waffles

Guys,

I decided to give my waffle iron another shot. I was all ready to break up with it after my chocolate banana waffles were a fail (the batter was too moist for well...anything. And I should've just added more flour, but my brain doesn't work that well at 5 in the morning.

So on Sunday, I stayed home from church and gave it another try. And this time, it was a delicious peanut buttery success! I ate four between Sunday and Monday and left the remaining three for my mum.

So the base for these waffles is filled with plenty of banana, along with a little bit of spice and some creamy dreamy peanut butter. The peanut butter taste is pretty prominent, while the banana is more of a subtle background thing.

They aren’t overly sweet, which is exactly how I like them because that means … more toppings!! I just wish I had some granola to crumble and use as a topping for these waffles! But plain old syrup with a side of fruit had to suffice.

 

PEANUT BUTTER BANANA WAFFLES

INGREDIENTS

For the waffles:

  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour (if you don't have whole wheat flour, just use 2 cups all purpose)

  • ½ cup white whole wheat flour

  • 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1 cup well mashed banana (about 3 medium ripe bananas)

  • 1 cup milk (I use almond milk)

  • ⅓ cup creamy peanut butter 

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ¼ cup honey

Serving ideas:

  • additional peanut butter

  • sliced bananas or other fruit

  • drizzled maple syrup or honey

  • chopped raw walnuts

  • granola

INSTRUCTIONS

  • In a large bowl, whisk together both kinds of flour, the baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, banana, milk, coconut oil, peanut butter, vanilla and honey. Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix until combined (the batter will be a little lumpy).

  • Preheat a waffle maker. When hot, pour the recommended amount of batter into the waffle maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Cook until golden brown. Repeat with the remaining batter.

  • Serve with desired toppings!

Blended White Christmas Tea Lattes

Hi friends!

 

I hope you had a productive weekend. I’ll admit, I’ve been a little depressed last week

since my boyfriend went back. I slept a lot, and if it weren’t for my love of the Thug

Kitchen cookbook, I wouldn’t have cooked anything or blogged either. But yesterday, I

had a breakthrough. In church, the message spoke on dealing with depression

(something I have openly shared my struggles with). We discussed the story of Elijah in

1 Kings 19.  And I was reminded that the worst thing I could do when I’m in that state is

to isolate myself. If any of you guys struggle with feelings of depression, feel free to

reach out to me if you need someone to talk to. If you’re ready to talk, trying sipping this

little lovely.

 

This is actually my second time trying this so I’ve made a few very slight adjustments.

The original recipe calls for earl grey tea, but when I smelled the Stash© Christmas Tea,

I bought that instead. Plus the smell has me longing for the 60 degree weather winter

we had. Tea and coffee can be great, but it’s so hot outside. So keep a jar of this in your

fridge for whenever you need a creamy caffeinated cool down. The tea mix will actually

keep in the fridge for at least a week.

Blended White Christmas Tea Lattes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups vanilla almond milk

  • ½ cup water

  • 2 bags Stash© Christmas Tea*

  • 1 to 2 teaspoons maple syrup or agave syrup (to taste)

  • 2 cups ice cubs (I only used 1 cup)

  • ½ banana (I used a whole banana)


Directions

1. In a small saucepan, heat the almond milk and water over medium heat until it starts to bubble around the edges. Turn off the heat and add the tea bags. Let them steep for 2-5 minutes. If you let the tea steep too long it could taste bitter, (especially if using a mint based tea, it will be too minty and overpower the creaminess) so set a timer. Take the bags out and stick all that in the fridge/freezer to cool down at least 1 ½ hours (faster in the freezer).

2. When you’re ready to drink, add the maple syrup, ice, banana and tea mix to a blender and blend until it is smooth.

*Honestly you can use chai, peppermint, earl grey, whatever you like to drink. Go crazy.

This drink makes an excellent pick me up and I strongly recommend drinking this on a day when you’re feeling down. What do you like to eat or drink when you’re feeling down? Sound off in the comment section below and don’t forget to subscribe! Here’s to a great week!


XoX,

Olivia

St. Patrick's Day Avocado Banana Smoothie

It's St. Patrick's Day, and I can't wait to get a drink in me to celebrate!

While you could make this beverage alcoholic, I kept it virgin for health reasons. (I lost four pounds!!!) About 5 more and I'll stop, I swear. I promise my fingers aren't crossed behind my back!

I am one of the laziest dieters. I exercise for about 10 minutes every 3 days, and I ended up having 2 cheat days on the weekend.

So I'm all for "juicing" the pounds away.

 

Avocado Banana Smoothie

Prep time      5 mins             Total time     5 mins                     Serves: 2


Ingredients:

½ of one medium avocado, peeled and pitted

1  banana, peeled

⅛ tsp vanilla extract

1 tbsp granulated sugar, or to taste

1 cup soy milk, approximate

6 ice cubes

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until creamy and smooth (approximately 10-15 minutes), adjusting sweetness to taste and adding more milk as necessary to reach desired consistency.


(Since it's St. Patty's Day, I won't judge if you spike it a little. Just make sure the kiddies don't touch!)

Green "Goddess" Smoothie: Day 1

A wise person once said, "Man cannot live by bread alone. He must have peanut butter."

 

You guys know that I'm a foodie at heart. I love food, I love making food, taking pictures of food, eating food (not necessarily a fan of sharing food though). So what could possibly possess me to start a detox? Considering this is my birth month, I want to look extra special! (That's not vain, right)? Over the Christmas break, I engorged on sweets, like, everyday. It made my skin break out horribly. While I got most of the breakouts under control, there's still some fine bumps just underneath the surface of my skin that you may not be able to see, but you can definitely feel. And that is no bueno! Remember my face mask attempt at clearing my skin? Well I did that again this morning as a way to attack the acne from both inside and out.

My original plan of action was to drink one for breakfast and lunch and then eat dinner. That got switched around when I remembered I can't go the whole day without eating. In fact, as I type this I'm getting heartburn. So I decided something that would be more effect (considering it's my first ever detox) would be: smoothie, lunch, smoothie. That way, I can slowly get my body used to it. I really don't know what to expect to happen, but I always plan for the worse. I didn't want to go whole heartedly into something I did limited research on. And I'll be the first to admit when I'm wrong (depends on the circumstances). But I would never lie to you guys. In fact, the only reason I picked this recipe is because you can still eat real food while drinking it. It works as either a meal replacement or as part of a meal. So that gives me hope that I actually can do this. Because the Hunger is real!

So here's how it really went down.

I was so hurt when someone brought in at least 8 plates of pancakes and sausage links and left it in our office, for OTHER PEOPLE to eat! No one offered us a single bite and the smell danced so enticingly over to my desk. But did I break? No sir! I wanted to. I really did. But I stayed strong. I'm sure you're wondering what kind of super smoothie this could be that I turned away from Pancakes!

Side Note: No one told me before hand that it would be more effective if I chopped the kale first. I definitely should've known to do that. Because I didn't, the smoothie was chunky and I do not like chunks of anything in my mouth. That's why I buy smooth and creamy peanut butter, hello! This would've been amazing had I done that first. I had to go to the cafeteria (perks of working in a school) and ask to use their strainer. I got all of the liquid out and I tried to eat the solid mix left behind but it just didn't work with my taste buds. I will definitely try this again tomorrow (probably with spinach instead of kale).

I got the recipe from CHowDivine.com. I left out the flax/chia seeds because I just don't have any. I also only had iceburg lettuce and not romaine lettuce and I used brown sugar instead of the Stevia, because if this is supposed to be an all natural smoothie, I'm not going to use a substitute or "artificial sweetner". Plus I heard Stevia tastes horribly and I am not wasting an investment. She swears that this detox smoothie does wonders for her skin, so I'll stick to this for a week, with the detox face mask every other day, and I'll give you guys my progress next week.

Green “Goddess” Smoothie Recipe


Can be a meal replacement or added to a meal. Yields 2 12 oz servings.

Ingredients
3-5 romaine lettuce leaves
1 BIG handful of baby kale
5 sprigs of parsley
1/2 large lemon or 1 small lemon
1 small red apple
1 small banana
2 TB ground flax seeds (or combination of flax and chia seeds)
1 cup of water
4-5 ice cubes
1 tsp of brown sugar (optional)
1/2″ ginger (optional)
1/2 – 1″ cucumber cylinder (optional)

Directions

  • Add romaine, kale, parsley, lemon, apple, ginger, cucumber, and water to the vitamix or blender. Close the lid tightly. Slowly turn up the variable up to 10. This should just break down the contents. It will look slightly lumpy. It should only take about 10 seconds using the variable knob for the contents to break down in a vitamix.

  • Add rest of the ingredients to the vitamix or blender. Turn the vitamix or blender on. If using a vitamix, turn the variable knob to 10, then to high. Blend on high for about 45 seconds – 1 minute until completely smooth. If you are using a different blender, it may take longer.

  • Cook’s Note*:

If you plan to drink this on a regular basis. Try to change the ingredients from time to time. For example, use spinach in place of kale, skip the banana, or use a pear in place of an apple. Using a few chunks of frozen pineapples really gives this a tropical flavor. I usually cut up 2 or 3 pineapples and freeze it in freezer bags for smoothies. I find that this smoothie is most effective (for your skin) when the banana is not used, but that will affect the taste and texture. It will be healthy either way. 

I use a Ninja Blender for this smoothie. Kale leaves will be difficult to pulverize if the blender isn’t powerful enough, and the texture of the smoothie will be less than desirable.

Don’t blend for too long. The smoothie will get warm.

If you are a newbie to green smoothies, it may be easier to drink if the consistency is thinner. You can adjust the water to make it thinner (or thicker) depending on your preference.

Are you guys thinking about detoxing? I definitely would suggest getting the facts before starting. For example, what would work best for your problem area, what's good for your budget, best times to start and how long it should last. I thought this smoothie would give me energy but I literally just finished drinking it and I am sleepy! Also, no word yet on how this will treat my stomach. I'll get back to you on that as well.


XoX,

Olivia