Pecan Banana Bread

I know, I haven’t posted in a while. Here’s some banana bread to make up for it:
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But really… I’ve been having a huge baker’s block lately and the ONE THING that I make I lose the recipe for. And then I made this banana bread, and I SHATTERED THAT BLOCK INTO PIECES. It’s late, and I’m tired, can you tell?
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The pecans in this bread are totally optional, but my mom wanted me to put them in (actually) and they make the title sound so much more delicious and Southern and stuff.
I’m going to say something disastrous soon, so I should get onto the recipe before I essay out my entire personal life and mortify myself.
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Vegan PB & J Ice Cream (No Churn!)

GUYS.

I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO SAY.

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PEANUT BUTTER JELLY ICE CREAM. GUYYYYYYS.

IT’S SO CREAMY AND SWEET AND FLUFFY I’M GOING TO DIIIIIEEEEEE!!

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I’m not going to shout at you in CAPS LOCK the entire post. That’s too exhausting and my virtual throat is starting to get sore. The point is, NO-CHURN VEGAN PB & J ICE CREAM. Emphasis on the PB because PB makes the world (or at least my world) go round.

Vegan PB & J Ice Cream 3 This ice cream doesn’t even require and ice cream machine, which means it comes together in a total of 2 HOURS!!! No pre-chilling, bowl freezing, ice cream-churning required. AMAZINGNESS! Now I’m running out of things to say, so I’ll give you and the ice cream some times alone.

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Lemon Strawberry Cheesecake Bars

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Lemon desserts. To me, they’re like arm workouts, butterflies, dachshunds, and hard rock songs. I hate, hate, HATE them!!! Though I actually have a decent reason, if you’ll stop judging and hear me out. (I can feel the waves of judgement washing over me. LITERAL 6-foot tall waves. Stop, you’re getting me wet.)

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When I was a wee lass, probably about 11-ish, my parents were hosting their Bible study group at our house. Sounds harmless enough, yeah? Well, except for LEMON CUSTARDS. Bite sized, phyllo shelled, creamy filling-ed tartlets- the picture of deliciousness. And they were delicious, and I must have eaten at least five, which is fine except that I had a nasty sore throat and all the sugar was helping exactly zero percent. Turns out, the sore throat was strep and now I can’t eat anything lemon flavored without painful memories of being tormented by lemon-laced throat lacerations. Yum.

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However, when you’re a food blogger, sometimes you have to get out of your comfort zone (way, WAY out) and try some new things. Sadly, tragically, miserably, life isn’t all peanut butter and chocolate. BOOOOOO. But I was ridiculously surprised how much I liked these lemon strawberry bars. Besides their deliciousness, they’re so easy that even Dennis could make them. Yes, even you, Dennis.

I originally planned to make these using tofu (YUM, I know) but surprise, half way through the baking process I scrambled to get some and THERE WAN’T ANY!!! So, I had to fly really, really fast by the seat of my pants and I used cream cheese. So yes, today is unplanned Round 2 of cream cheese desserts. (You’re not complaining, right???)

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Chocolate Cheesecake Ice Cream Bars

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Dumb mistake #1:

“Hey, let’s whip the softened cream cheese! It probably won’t stick to the beaters at all!”

WRONG.

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Dumb mistake #2:

“Now let’s add some milk and whip it again! It probably won’t splatter everywhere!”

WRONG, again.

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Dumb mistake #3 (yes really):

“Maybe if I add some cocoa powder, without stirring it in at all, it won’t completely fly everywhere when I turn on the beaters!”

What do you know, WRONG!

As you can tell, I was in top baking form when I was making these.

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No Bake Peanut Butter Brownies

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Quick! Go make these brownies! (I’ll wait)

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Done? Good! Now quick, go for a run or bike ride or something shwetty like that! (I know, you want to go eat those brownies. Patience, grasshopper.)

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Nice! Now quick, go cut up a huge slice of these brownies and EAT.

AREN’T THEY GOOD???? I told you the wait was worth it. Y’all should trust me more. It’s not like we’re complete strangers who have only ever met on the internet. (Wait, how creepy did that sound?!?!)

I know, I know, you were skeptical at first. You were probably like, “Ugh, another raw brownie recipe?” WRONG, for two reasons: 1) These aren’t raw, they’re no-bake, get your facts straight and 2) This isn’t just another no-bake brownie recipe. These are PEANUT BUTTER, with a PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE GANACHE, and CHOPPED PEANUTS. Yeah. I bet you’re regretting your outburst now, aren’t you?

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I made these brownies with peanuts, but if you can’t have peanuts you could always use almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, walnuts, or of course the ubiquitous whatevernut instead. Problem, solved. Now GO EAT SOME MORE BROWNIES.  YOU DESERVE IT!!!!!

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