Two Winners, Two Recipes

How’s that for a creative title? Two Winners, Two Recipes

But that’s exactly what you’re getting…so it works, right?!

First up:


I mentioned in my last post that I have been spending a lot of time experimenting in the kitchen! And last week with my time off from school I came up with two winning recipes!

Both are EXCELLENT for snacks!

The first is a variation of my Strawberry Basil Scuffins

Cherry Vanilla Scuffins with Thyme

Two Winners, Two Recipes 

  • 100 grams of dried cherries, finely chopped

  • 3/4 cup wheat bran

  • 3/4 cup flour (I used spelt)

  • 2 egg whites

  • 2 tsp dried thyme

  • 2 tsp baking powder

  • 2 tsp vanilla

  • a shake of cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Fill a small pot with enough water to cover the dried cherries.Place dried cherries in the pot and bring to a boil. Boil on high for about 5 minutes (or until the cherries begin to appear soft and gooey). Using a slotted spoon, transfer cherries to a bowl and mash up with a fork. Reserve cooking liquid.

Place remaining ingredients in a bowl and mix with the cherries.

The batter should be a bit dry at this point. Add 1/4 cup of the reserved cherry cooking liquid and mix to wet the batter. (continue adding until batter becomes the right consistency…not to liquid-y and no too dry)

Place 1/4 cup portions of batter on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and flatten with a fork. Bake for 20 minutes.

Two Winners, Two Recipes

I have been loving my sweet and savory combo’s lately! They’re so different and delicious!

I also mentioned my love of Nakd bars in my last post! Well I thought I would try my hand at making a homemade version! These are a little different since I didn’t have any nuts on hand…but they are full of fiber and yumminess….and guess what? Only 5 ingredients!!

Banana-Date Oat Bars

Two Winners, Two Recipes

  • 105g dates (approx. 5), pitted and chopped
  • 210g banana (approx. two), broken into chunks
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup+2 tablespoons wheat bran
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Blend dates, banana, and cinnamon in a food processor until well mixed but not completely liquefied. Add oats and wheat bran and process again until fully combined.

Spread mixture evenly onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 17 or until set. Freeze for at least two hours. Slice into ten pieces and store them in the freezer!

Two Winners, Two Recipes

You can eat them frozen or defrost them a bit! They are especially yummy with a nice spread of PB on top.

Needless to say I am ROLLING in baked goods right now! My freezer is packed to the brim!

Do you freeze your baked goods? (note: the banana-date bars actually have to be stored in the freezer!) I usually do because I tend to make large amounts and I can never eat them quick enough. So I freeze them! This way I can change up my snacks and not have to worry about eating up all my baked goods within a weeks time!


And now for the winners of my reader appreciation giveaway!! Thank you all again for entering and for stopping by my little corner of the web on such a regular basis!

Drum roll…..

Two Winners, Two Recipes

Two Winners, Two Recipes

Two Winners, Two Recipes

Two Winners, Two Recipes

 Congrats ladies!!! Please email me ( your info and I will get your prize packages out to you sometime this week!!

Another weekend ends…so sad. But hey, it gives us something to look forward to all this week right?! I am actually really sad this break I just had is over because it means March is coming…and during March in my school district there are literally NO days off. No half days, no NOTHING. It is by far the hardest month of school to get through!

Just gotta keep my eye on the prize…GRADUATION.

Hope everyone had a great weekend!!! (Try to) Enjoy your Monday!!


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  1. says

    Both of these look so good!!! I really want to make those banana date bars. :D

    March is going to be a tough month for me too – I have so many projects and papers due. But we’ll both get through it!

  2. says

    These look beautiful Kaila! I’m thinking of making those banana-date oat bars, thanks for sharing :) I love freezing baked goods, sometimes I will forget they are there and then find a nice little surprise a few weeks later :D

  3. says

    congrats winners! I love the flavour combos you used in those recipes….I love how random ingredients create magic when mixed together! I do freeze baked goods but only if I really like them so I can savour them :-) x x

  4. says

    I need to try sweet and savory muffins!! I’ve done it with cheese, but I need to play up the spices. Cherry and thyme sounds like an awesome combo!!


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