Scrambling

I am loving reading everyone’s requests for winning the baked goods! Seems like the lemon poppyseed cookies and birdseed bars are in high demand ๐Ÿ˜‰ Keep on piling in those entries!

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I don’t think whatever that sickness I had yesterday had much of a chance…in fact, I think I effectively slept it off. Between dozing all morning yesterday and sleeping until nearly 8:00 this morning, I was good to go today. I woke up still a little “bleh,” but ate something and took 875% of my d.v. of vitamin C and I was feeling better already.

I actually received this sample along with my iHerb order, and I figured there was no day better than today to use it. Yes, that is 525 mg of vitamin C per serving, and yes, that does equate 875% of my daily value of the stuff.

I was a little worried I was going to turn into a clementine or something, but I’m still alive. Even better than alive, dare I say.

Maybe this was the reason why I felt so good all afternoon? It’s probably just coincidence, but oh well ๐Ÿ˜‰

Good enough to go grocery shopping, even!

…unfortunately, I would have been better off at home. Ugh, $60? Really? I am so upset because I didn’t need to spend that much. In fact, I had just cashed a check for $45 an intended to spend no more than that.

I decided to just go to Price Chopper (from here on out to be called “The store which shall not be named,” AKA TSWSNBN) rather than Hannaford (closest thing I have to a Whole Foods around here, though I’m thinking it’s less expensive from what I hear) because of the whole convenience thing. TSWSNBN = 5 mins away, Hannaford = 1 hour away. It’s convenient if I’m in the area because of work/going to see Teddie, but not on a day like today.

Anyways. I get there and start cringing at the produce prices, but shrug it off thinking “I didn’t spend any gas money to get here at least.” and carry on. Note I pretty much just buy produce that’s on sale. If you can call it that.

Not only that, but they were out of just about everything I needed – most imperatively, dates.

I almost started crying when the stock-boy told me they were sold out. My lip started quivering and I had to breathe deep, but luckily I spared him the waterworks. And moved on to wanting to hit him over the head with the chopped dates he suggested I get.

You know you’re a date addict when you move from feelings of despair to ones of extreme anger.

Not only that but all their produce was on its outs, they didn’t have any old fashioned rolled oats unless I wanted to buy them in the tiniest container possible for $4 and I bought a moldy yucca.

So basically, I have to go to Hannafords and/or the co-op sometime soon anyway. And had I known that from the get-go, I just plain wouldn’t have wasted my time and money there today.

UGH! Okay, rant over. Onto happy things.

Like banana scrambles.

Oh hail yes. I feel better just looking at that. Don’t you?

It’s like food therapy.

See, the other option for breakfast the other morning was a banana scramble, but the French toast had the louder scream.

When I saw Jenny suggest a banana scramble on that very post, I knew it was fate. I had to try one, once and for all. I might start cheating on my pancakes for these babies, too.

But oyu know what I haven’t had in a while?

Anything gingerbread. I’m assuming this has been done already, since it is gingerbread and all…but here’s how I did it:

Gingerbread Banana Scramble

adapted from The Edible Perspective’s Cinnamon Banana Scramble

  • 1/3 c. quick oats
  • 1 T. oat bran
  • 1 t. chia seeds
  • 1-2 T. milk
  • 1/2 of a large banana
  • 1/2 t. cinnamon
  • 1/8 t. ground clove
  • 1/8 – 1/4 t. ground ginger
  • 1/4 t. ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 – 1 t. molasses
  • pinch of maple sugar

Mash the banana with the oats. Mix in all remaining ingredients and then form into a patty with your hands. Place on a pre-heated, greased pan and cook until golden brown on both sides. Top with peanut-ginger sauce.

Peanut-Ginger Sauce

  • scant 1/4 c. peanut flour
  • 1/2 – 1 t. molasses
  • 1/2 t. maple syrup (or to taste)
  • pinch ground ginger
  • heavy pinch ground cinnamon
  • 2-3 T. milk

Whisk together all ingredients, starting with just 1 T. milk and adding more to get to your desired consistency. Check for sweetness, adding more maple syrup as your taste buds call for it ๐Ÿ˜‰

The only thing that would have made this better would have been having it between French toast. Too bad I was out of bread :[

But naturally, when new obsessions are born, they do not die quickly. As a snack post-workout, I decided more were necessary as an almost-lunch-but-not-quite.

On a note unrelated to banana scrambles, I think this was when I realized I might be more of a “late morning” workout kinda gal. I’ve never given myself the chance to workout anytime other than mornings, before starting my day. I felt like my mind was so much more in it today, though.

Maybe I was just high on Vitamin C, though.

In keeping with my almost-tradition of making just about everything either gingerbread or carrot cake, though, these ones were carrot cake.

I die.

Carrot Cake Banana Scrambles

adapted from the Edible Perspective’s Apple Scramble

  • 1/4 c. quick oats
  • 2-3 T. applesauce
  • 5 shredded baby carrots (do you find it funny to imagine me shredding poor little baby carrots?)
  • 1 t. chia seeds
  • 1/2 t. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 t. ground nutmeg
  • pinch ground ginger
  • 1/2 T. shredded coconut
  • pinch maple sugar
  • 2-3 T. milk

Combine all ingredients, adding in more milk as you see fit. Carefully form a patty (or two) and place it on a preheated, greased pan. Cook until golden on both sides. ย Serve and top with peanut-carrot sauce, coconut, carrot, pecans and molasses.

Peanut-Carrot Sauce

  • scant 1/4 c. peanut flour
  • 1 shredded baby carrot
  • 1/2 t. maple syrup (more or less as desired)
  • 2-3 T. milk

Whisk all ingredients together, adding milk 1 T. at a time until you reach your desired consistency.

I think this one would have been ever better with a banana instead of applesauce, just to add a little bit more sweetness to the carrots. I didn’t really want to go on three bananas today, though. What can I say?

What else happened today? Well, naturally I made more bread. Do I even need to say I love Sarena’s bread anymore? It’s probably engrained in everyone’s brains already.

I made this loaf with 6-grain flour that I’d almost forgotten about, adding in a little Vital Wheat Gluten to make up for the heavier flour.

You know bread is good when you can eat it plain without even toasting it.

I made Chelsey’s granola and burnt all the raisins.

Luckily, I don’t mind the occassional taste of char. You probably think I’m being witty right now but I’m totally serious.

Ironically, I also had to make it with quick oats. The whole reason I wanted to get rolled oats at the store was so I could make granola. My heart was dead-set on making granola though, so I didn’t give up. It worked better than I thought it would!

Aaand lastly – sausage and peppers and a baked sweet potato.

You know what I realized? I don’t think I like green peppers anymore.

And also: Jenn’s method of baking a couple sweet potatoes at a time (in the oven) for grabbing one on the fly, totally works. I baked this one when I baked one for last night, and after reheating in the toaster oven, it was just as good as if it were fresh out of the oven. It’s a great trick if I’m craving a sweet potato for work the next day since it takes an hour in the oven and I now flat-out refuse to microwave-bake my taters.

What are your time-saving techniques?


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18 responses to “Scrambling

  1. Ooohh the SCRAMBLE! That’s my breakfast tomorrow ๐Ÿ™‚ seriously girl, you’re making me break out of my ruts! Crazy Holly’s Oatmeal this morning (which was amazing), pancakes last weekend, and scrambles tomorrow. I salute you ๐Ÿ™‚
    I like baked oatmeal as a time saver – put in oven, ignore. So simple!

  2. You have officially made me addicted to your food. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Gingerbread banana scramble? i just died.
    adopt me?

    ps i totally realized i don’t like green peppers very much the other day as well.. but i think i may actually like yellow better than red which was also ar evelation! (both are delicious though and i basically eat the equivalent of two or so every damn day…)

    and time saving techniques… ha. well this morning i got ready for class in 5 minutes flat by just throwing on the outfit i’d worn the day before and not putting on makeup. does that count? ๐Ÿ˜›

  4. Sorry to hear about your bad grocery experience! At least both of your banana scrambles look absolutely AMAZING though!! Seriously, I’m gonna have to give that carrot cake one a try;) I’m a late-morning workout kinda girl too; I love having a nice relaxed breakfast, read some blogs, chill out a little and then go workout at like 10:45 or so. It’s perfect too because then I’m done right on time for lunch!

  5. The scrambles look amazing! YUM! Glad you are loving the bread. I am making more on Monday since we are heading out for the weekend. I am so glad you are feeling better. That weird thing is going around. Tony has it too and he felt so much better today. I think he feels a little more run down at night, but still not really “sick” just off and the throat/sinus thing. Keep working that good stuff though and fight off the bad!

  6. I’m sorry you burnt your raisins – I guess I wasn’t clear on the adding them in at the end part. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  7. oh.my.yum. Your scrambles look incredible. I’ve been out of pecans for awhile now and now I’m craving them!

  8. Those banana scrambles look so great! And the fact that their carrot cake and gingerbread flavored- yum. ๐Ÿ™‚ Sorry you didn’t have to best grocery experience. Last week when I went to the store here, they were out of a bunch of things too! It’s unbelievably frustrating.

  9. I gather up a list of everything I need to make / cook for the week and then take it all down 5 flights of stairs to the basement, and cook / get everything dirty all at once while I do my homework, clean up and then haul it all back up. Takes about 2 hours on a weekend and then I’m mostly set for the week.
    Oh, and I also live on overnight oats for breakfast, so that saves me a ton of time, though it takes away from my ability to get super creative and make new things like you. You were on a roll today, my goodness. Maybe I’ll have to chug some Vitamin C tabs and get pumped. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

  10. Yum! I have been wanting to make a banana scramble. Maybe I’ll do that this weekend.

  11. I still have yet to make a banana scramble! Maybe tomorrow will be the day:)

  12. Your scrambles look SO GOOD! I’m also so glad to hear that you are feeling better. Vitamin C does wonders. You actually introduced me to a time-saving technique a few weeks ago: EXERCISE TV! I have been doing some cardio videos in the morning instead of going to the gym. So much fun and so much quicker. I’m glad it is finally Friday. I hope you have a wonderful weekend of relaxation, love and laughter. Thank you for sharing, my friend!

  13. I’ve never heard of a scramble like this before I cannot wait to try this out!
    I’m not really good at saving time usually my baking takes me a really long time. But one thing i make sure to do is put things away as I am done with them so I end up with a put away kitchen by the end of my baking sessions!

  14. I saw this banana scramble on Tastespotting and fell in love with it but I haven’t had the opportunity to try it yet. Now I really can’t think about anything else ๐Ÿ™‚ .

    While I’m in the dorm, the best time-saving technique is going to the canteen instead of cooking. Very creative, huh? ๐Ÿ˜€ And at the moment I have enough spare time to use however I want. I’m sure nobody else would travel an hour by bus (in one direction) and then walk a few kilometers just for a loaf of rye bread. Every week. Or twice a week. I know how to waste my time ๐Ÿ˜‰ .

  15. applesandoats

    thats too funny about the peppers.
    I realized not to long ago, I LOVE green pepper … RAW. when they are cooked, I can’ t stand them

  16. Glad you’re feeling better! And oh my goodness… I LOVE banana scrambles. Good idea to do a carrot cake version!!

  17. Sometimes I think I get way too emotional over grocery shopping too. I definitely get POed if there are no bananas left or if they’re either too green or too brown. And if they’re sold out of Greek yogurt (which they usually are)? Totally ruins my day! ๐Ÿ˜›

    I’ve GOT to make those banana scrambles!

  18. Did you see that you won my giveaway?

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