Posted by Lauren and Nicole
L: The first 8 days of March are really special. First of all, we get to celebrate the life of the woman who gave birth to us. Our mom is the strongest, smartest, prettiest, (ETC!!) woman we know. I speak on behalf of Nicole when I say that we are blessed to have such a caring/hilarious/shrewd mama! A mere six days after her birthday, the celebration switches to Nicole, who is turning 20 this year!
L: Gosh, they are so darn pretty.
(N: I swear I didn’t add that ^^^ part in)
L: My mom gave up sweets for Lent (minus a 3-day window for her birthday), so I knew I needed to make something other than cupcakes. Nicole also gave up sweets, but I’m crossing my fingers and toes that she will want to have some type of birthday dessert over the weekend ;)
N: Don’t worry sis, I’m so ready to demolish a cake and 6 bowls of froyo with you. All in a day’s work.
L: I’m a fan of themed presents, so I decided to get my mom a Keurig coffee maker, donut shop coffee K-cups, and these baked banana donuts. Baked = healthy = not dessert. I practically majored in Mathematics so you have to believe me about that equation, k?
L: Not only are Keurigs easy to use + quick, but my mom really needs a coffee pot at work because they do not have a communal one. I’m fairly familiar with this scenario. At my last job, my friend Tyler and I shared a “Mr. Coffee” to avoid spending extra coffee $ at the cafeteria. Mr. Coffee even had his own cubicle, as suggested by Miranda (good times guys!). I actually went back in the archives looking for a post that described Mr. Coffee, but all I could find was this post about a bad morning and it reminded me how awesome Nicole is at saving the day. Love you, sister.
L: Enough already, let’s get to the donuts shall we?
Baked Banana [Birthday] Donuts
Makes 12 – really close to this Shutter Bean recipe
- 1 1/4 cups flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice (or cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice or…)
- 2 ripe bananas
- 2 egg whites
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350*. Spray two 6-ct donut pans with cooking spray. Whisk together the following dry ingredients: flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and apple pie spice (or cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice or…). In a separate bowl, mash two ripe bananas with a fork and combine with egg whites, oil, and brown sugar (I used my electric mixer). Once the wet ingredients are will mixed, stir in the vanilla extract. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until just combined. Fill the donut pan molds until 3/4 full. Bake for 12-15 minutes, remove from oven when a toothpick inserted comes out dry, and let cool on a rack.
L: After the donuts cooled, it was time to birthday-ify them! I placed a chunk of homemade Italian meringue buttercream into the microwave for about 20 seconds @ 50% power (yes, I keep a stash frozen – stays good for a month!). After a few stirs, the gently microwaved frosting was the perfect donut icing consistency. I triple dunked each donut – twice in icing and once in sprinkles. Ta Da! What do you have to add, Nicole?
N: I definitely don’t have an awesome donut recipe, but I do have a collection of Tuesday’s eats for Jenn‘s What I Ate Wednesday round-up.
breakfast- a bowl of wheat chex, special k berries, granola, and vanilla soymilk; Tazo chai tea
*workout- LiveFit Day 46 (shoulders)*
lunch- small salad, veggie soup, small slice of veggie pizza; oat bran with SF syrup and cinnamon. someone likes carrrrbbssss…
dinner- small salad, veggie lasagna (mmm eggplant), an artichoke (seriously a delicacy!!!!), and some candied walnuts. go get your artichokes because their peak season is March to May. I knew March was the best month ever for more than two reasons (AKA, my mom and I being born). I also had some coffee with soymilk and hazelnut creamer while I ate dinner.
pre-workout snack- later on I had some of the awesome tea that David got me from Thailand! Thanks again, David! I knew my mom found you for a reason ;) I also had 1/2 of a cookies ‘n cream Clif bar. I needed
*workout- 8 mile treadmill run (1.0 incline) in some old shoes. I did 6.2 miles before the machine stopped, then finished with 1.2 for good measure. Average pace was 9:13 and I was somehow smiling in the end? I used black and white to hide my tomato face ;) The music that got me through was Skrillex’s Mothershop mix. Shout to my friend James for recommending it; it is two hours of dubstep magic and you can download it from that link.*
N: AND now it is time to collapse into bed! I have a history midterm tomorrow and need to wake up early to finish up some last minute studying. Then it’s Thursday (my birthday!) and I get to fly home for Spring Break! Doesn’t get much better than that…
-Lauren & Nicole