National Banana Split Day

Sunday is National Split Day! Yes, National Split Day…totally a thing. It’s google-official, so I mean it’s a definite legitimate holiday.

To celebrate, I thought I would share with y’all a nice round up of banana split-esque desserts. What better way to celebrate? Oh and what is national Banana Split Day without a banana split?? Be sure to grab one today or better yet, make one yourself!

Banana Split Ice Box Cake from A Few Shortcuts

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Banana Split Cream Puffs from Top Dessert Recipes

National Banana Split Day Round Up

Banana Split Brownie Sundaes from Crisco

National Banana Split Day Round Up

Banana Split Layer Cake from Best Friends for Frosting

National Banana Split Day Round Up

Banana Split Cake Pops from Sugar Kissed

National Banana Split Day Round Up

Banana Split Ice Cream Cake from Living Nutrition

National Banana Split Day Round Up

Oreo Banana Split Bites from The Domestic Rebel

National Banana Split Day Round Up

Frozen 7-Layer Banana Split Pie from The Kitchen is My Playground

National Banana Split Day Round Up

Random Fact of the Day: Approximately 70,000 people in the U.S. are both blind and deaf!

Craving more frosty treats? Check out my frozen treat recipes!

Biscoff Banana Bread

Can we talk about the Bachelor/Bachelorette today? I really need to just have a quick discussion about this.

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Like the show is a total mess. It’s actually a worse way of meeting a potential life partner than farmersonly.com or blackpeoplemeet.com or match.com.

Let me explain myself.

First of all, the fact that people are making their love life entertainment for people to watch is just a weird thought.

Second of all, these people are all strangers to each other and then like make-out with eachother within 48 hours of meeting eachother because they just conveniently like eachother from the get-go.

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Third of all, it all of a sudden becomes socially acceptable that the Bachelor or Bachelorette is like totally 11-timing every guy/girl on the show. Like…what?!

I won’t say that I’ve never found the show entertaining, because I will admit…I have watched more than one episode. But, I think we all have to agree, it is one absurd concept.

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And here’s a totally not absurd concept, this biscoff banana bread. I mean can you say yummmm??? Love, love, love this bread. So perfect for a snack, less calories/fat than digging a spoon in the biscoff jar, and so great to wake up with for breakfast. Dig in.

Biscoff Banana Bread

(Adapted from my Peanut Butter Banana Bread)

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 cup all-purpose flour

pinch of salt

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

3 bananas

2 eggs

1 little less than 1/3 cup skim milk mixed with 1 teaspoon of white vinegar (or 1/3 cup buttermilk)

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup Biscoff or cookie butter

1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 Tablespoon vanilla extract

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray loaf pan with cooking spray, set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flours, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together smashed bananas, Biscoff or cookie butter, oil, milk-vinegar mixture (or buttermilk), eggs, sugars,and vanilla extract. Once combined mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir with a rubber spatula until completely combined with no streaks of flour.
  4. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and bake in preheated oven for 60-75 minutes or until comes out with a few crumbs on it. If the bread is browning quicker than the middle is cooking, you can cover the top with foil partway through.

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Random Fact of the Day: English novelist Arnold Bennet drank a glass of water in a Paris Hotel to prove it was safe. He died two months later of Typhoid!

Banana Crumb Cake

Over this past week I have realized how much I truly appreciate my family.  I love my parents with all my heart but, as I have gotten older, I have grown to be increasingly thankful for my brother and sister.

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This past weekend was the last weekend I was able to visit my sister at college (the same college that I will be attending next year). She is graduating in just a couple short weeks and even though I have already visited her twice by myself for “fun visits” (without parents), I wanted to squeeze in one more visit before we both graduate and I head off to the University of Illinois. Brooke is always a great host, she always lets me borrow whatever clothes I want, and  we hardly ever argue anymore like how we did when we were younger. She’s my best friend in the world, who I know I will always be able to trust.  I am super thankful to have a sister. My mom always says, “Friends come and go, but sisters are forever”, and that is certainly something I believe in full-heartedly.

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Now that I have gushed over my sister, Brooke, I think it is time to rave about my big brother, Jack.  Let me start out by saying that my brother was not the most organized guy when he was a teenager.  Birthday presents from him usually went something like him driving me over to Borders and me picking out some books, or maybe a gift card of a place I picked out. Teenagers are busy (as I know very well of right now in my life) and birthday presents often seem silly or too much effort to try and be creative.

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Fast-forward to present day and now my brother is Mr. Organized with birthday gifts.  It was my mom’s birthday recently and even though he lives across the country in LA, HE bought the present for my mom (which I still need to pay him back for) and had it sent to a local Best Buy, where all I had to do was drive over and pick it up!

When I got home from my visit at U of I with my sister this weekend my mom told me that my Jack had a surprise for me. I was kind of like ok…what kind of joke is this going to be?  The surprise? These gorgeous BCBG earrings that he bought for me to wear to my prom. Yes, feel free to cry everyone. I mean..what?!  I was not expecting that one at all!! Anyways, I owe a big ‘ol THANK YOU to Jack and Brooke for being rockstar siblings. Love you both with all my heart!

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On to banana crumb cake!  I am super pumped to share this recipe with you all. Oh my gosh…so good! The night I made it, my dad ate probably about 1/4 of the 13″ x 9″ pan!!! I KNEW he would like this one, as he is the banana king and loves basically anything associated with bananas (food-wise).

However, this was actually a request from my mom, so I guess I am just trying to make the whole family happy with this post today. Must be that I am getting close to high school graduation and starting to feel sentimental and stuff… yikes.

Banana Crumb Cake

(Makes one 13″x9″ cake)

3 bananas, ripened

2 cups white sugar

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3/4 cup milk (I used skim)

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

pinch of salt

CRUMB TOPPING:

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter

1 1/2 cups flour

1 cup brown sugar

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F and spray a 13″x9″ baking pan with cooking spray, set aside.
  2. Using a mixer, beat bananas and sugar until liquidy and combined. Mix in butter, eggs, and vanilla extract. Add in flours, baking soda, and salt. Mix in milk until thoroughly combined.
  3. In a smaller separate bowl, mix together crumble toppings with hands or fork until crumbly.
  4. Pour half the batter into the bottom of the prepared baking dish, sprinkle half the crumb mixture on top, pour remaining batter over top, add final layer of remaining crumb mixture. Bake in preheated oven for about 45 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out mostly clean. Let cool and enjoy! Cover leftovers in container or with plastic wrap.

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Random Fact of the Day: There are more than 1,000 chemicals in a cup of coffee. Of these, only 26 have been tested, and half caused cancer in rats.

Peanut Butter Banana Oat Muffins

Peanut butter and banana, we meet again.

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They’re just TOO good together! Seriously guys, if you don’t believe me or think it sounds funky…I assure you, it is awe-to-the-some.

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Last time I combined this dynamic duo, I made a bread, but this time I opted for some muffins and sneaked in some oats for some nice added texture. I don’t know why, but oats totally rock my boat. I love them in cookies, bread, muffins, and everything! Oats just seem to fill everything out to make them more complete.

 

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Anyhoo, these are a perfect and easy breakfast treat or a nice on-the-go snack!

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Peanut Butter Banana Oat Muffins

(Makes about 1 dozen muffins)

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

3/4 cup old fashioned oats

1/3 cup brown sugar

1 Tablespoon baking powder

1 cup milk (I used skim)

1/2 cup creamy peanut buter (or crunchy, if you want an extra crunch with the oats)

1 ripened banana, mashed

1 egg

2 Tablespoons oil (vegetable or canola are good)

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  1. Preheat oven to 375˚F and line about 12 muffin cups with liners, set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flours, oats, brown sugar, and baking powder. In a medium bowl, whisk together milk, peanut butter, mashed banana, egg, oil, and vanilla extract until thoroughly combined.
  3. Add whisked wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix with a spatula until completely mixed in. Be sure to scrape the bottom of the bowl with your rubber spatula to be sure all the flour gets incorporated.
  4. Fill prepared muffin tins with batter, about 2/3 full. Bake in preheated oven for 16-18 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool in tin for about 5-10 minutes, then transfer muffins to wire rack to finish cooling. Enjoy! Store leftovers in cake dome or sealed container. Be sure that when you are storing muffins they are completely cool, or else steam could build up, creating soggy muffins (yuck!)

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Random Fact of the Day: A million dollars’ worth of $100 bills weighs only 22 pounds!

Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Peanut butter and banana may not seem like the most traditional combination to some people, but I just can not get enough of it. Peanut butter and banana sandwiches are like my life. (Yes, I lead a thrilling life)

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If you haven’t tried a peanut butter and banana sandwich. Do it NOW. Then make this bread…

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Back to the bread, it *does* have the peanut butter and banana combo going on but the banana is truly the shining star in this recipe. The peanut butter almost just gives it a little sweetness with a tiny hint of a different nutty flavor. If you want more of a peanut taste in here, chopped up peanuts (or any other nuts) would be awesome!

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Peanut Butter Banana Bread

(Makes one loaf)

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 cup all-purpose flour

pinch of salt

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

3 bananas

2 eggs

1 little less than 1/3 cup skim milk mixed with 1 teaspoon of white vinegar (or 1/3 cup buttermilk)

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 Tablespoon vanilla extract

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray loaf pan with cooking spray, set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flours, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together smashed bananas, peanut butter, oil, milk-vinegar mixture (or buttermilk), eggs, sugars,and vanilla extract. Once combined mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir with a rubber spatula until completely combined with no streaks of flour.
  4. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and bake in preheated oven for 60-75 minutes or until comes out witha few crumbs on it. If the bread is browning quicker than the middle is cooking, you can cover the top with foil partway through.

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Random Fact of the Day: In Uruguay intoxication is a legal excuse for having an accident while driving. “Please believe me officer, I really was drunk.”