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    Peanut Butter & Banana Cupcakes

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    Peanut Butter & Banana Cupcakes

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    Happy Sunday!

    I’m so excited to be sharing these cupcakes today, not only because they’re delicious and super fun to make, but also because today happens to be my 5 year anniversary with my boyfriend. Yay!

    Peanut Butter & Banana Cupcakes

    These cupcakes are super moist (sorry) and packed with banana flavor. The batter is sprinkled with chocolate chips right before baking. This adds a little bit of chocolate flavor (and a good texture) without overwhelming the other flavors. Once they’re cool, top the cupcakes with a peanut butter frosting, drizzle with melted peanut butter, and sprinkle with more chocolate chips. Yummmmm.

    Peanut Butter & Banana Cupcakes

    Banana, peanut butter, and chocolate all together? This is honestly my dream dessert.

    Here’s What I Used:

    Peanut Butter & Banana Cupcakes

    Prep Time15 mins
    Cook Time25 mins
    Total Time40 mins
    Course: Cake
    Servings: 16

    Ingredients

    Banana Cupcakes

    • 1/2 cup vegan butter
    • scant 1/2 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/4 cup brown sugar
    • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
    • 1/4 cup applesauce
    • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
    • 3/4 tsp. baking powder
    • 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda, divided
    • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
    • 1/4 tsp. salt
    • 1 Tbsp. white vinegar
    • 2 medium bananas, mashed
    • 1 large handful vegan chocolate chips

    Peanut Butter Frosting

    • scant 3/4 cup vegan butter
    • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
    • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
    • 1 pinch salt
    • 2 1/4 cups powdered sugar
    • 1-2 Tbsp. nondairy milk (optional)
    • melted peanut butter for decorating
    • chocolate chips for decorating

    Instructions

    For the cupcakes:

    • Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
    • In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
    • Add the vanilla extract and applesauce and cream together another 2 minutes.
    • Sift together the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, 1/2 tsp. baking soda, salt, and cinnamon)
    • Add half of the dry ingredients and mix until almost fully combined, then add the mashed bananas. Add the remaining dry ingredients and mix until almost fully combined.
    • In a separate small bowl, add the vinegar to the remaining 1 tsp. baking soda. Let it bubble up, then pour into the cake batter and fold gently.
    • Scoop the cake batter into a lined cupcake tray (scoop each a little less than 3/4 full) and sprinkle the tops with chocolate chips. Bake 20-25 minutes until the cupcakes are golden brown across the top.

    For the frosting:

    • In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, peanut butter, salt, and vanilla on medium-high until light and fluffy, about 5-7 minutes.
    • Sift the powdered sugar, turn the mixer down to low, and gradually add the powdered sugar to the bowl. Once it is almost fully incorporated, turn the mixer back up to medium-high and let it whip until light and fluffy. If the frosting is too stiff, you can add up to 2 Tbsp. of nondairy milk.

    To decorate:

    • Pipe the frosting on top of the cupcakes using a piping bag fitted with a star tip. Drizzle with melted peanut butter and sprinkle with chocolate chips. Enjoy!
    Recipe inspired by Handle the Heat
    Peanut Butter & Banana Cupcakes

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    Peanut Butter & Banana Cupcakes
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  • FOOD Misc. Dessert

    Drip Cake Glaze (and my new YouTube channel!)

    GUYS. I finally uploaded the first video on the Panthers & Peonies YouTube channel!

    It’s a time lapse of decorating this delicious Oreo drip cake, which is one of my favorite types of cake to make. Drip cakes are always impressive, and it’s actually quite easy once you get the hang of it. It’s all about the consistency of the glaze, and I have a recipe for one that works perfectly every time.

    This glaze recipe will work on any cake, just be sure to get your frosting super smooth before you pour the glaze. Enjoy!

    Drip Cake Glaze

    Prep Time5 mins
    Total Time5 mins
    Course: Dessert
    Author: Brit Wolfe

    Ingredients

    • 1 cup powdered sugar
    • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
    • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
    • 3 Tbsp. nondairy milk

    Instructions

    • Whisk together the first 3 ingredients, then gradually add nondairy milk and mix until smooth. You may need more or less nondairy milk, depending on how thick you want the glaze.

    PS, besides baking videos, what kind of videos would you guys like to see on the channel? Let me know in the comments!

    Oreo Drip Cake

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  • Cookies FOOD

    Compost Cookies

    Compost Cookies

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    Happy New Year! I’m starting 2019 the best way I know how: compost cookies.

    Truth be told, this post was supposed to go out this morning, like 10 am. I had this whole thing where I wanted to post on the last day of 2018 and the first day of 2019 to start the year right and get back into blogging regularly. But then my boyfriend and I both entered an accidental food coma and took a nap on the couch. So long story short, this post is going up at 6 pm. Sorry ’bout it.

    Compost Cookies

    This recipe is from the absolute legend Christina Tosi, adorable human being, master of all things delicious, and my personal inspiration for getting through pastry school all those years ago.

    These cookies are basically what happens when you take all the most delicious snacks in the world (coffee, chocolate chips, pretzels, potato chips) and mash them all into one thing. They’re sweet and salty and crunchy and chewy, and the flavor is so overwhelming in the best possible way. I mean just look at the cookie dough (dibs on the one with the giant potato chip sticking out of it). They’re by far one of my favorite cookies (the other being peanut blossoms), and by far the best way to start the new year.

    Compost Cookies

    Here’s What I Used:

     

    Compost Cookies

    Prep Time15 mins
    Cook Time18 mins
    Total Time33 mins
    Servings: 10
    Author: Brit Wolfe

    Ingredients

    • 110 grams vegan butter
    • 100 grams granulated sugar
    • 75 grams brown sugar
    • 1 1/2 tsp. ground flaxseed
    • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
    • 110 grams all-purpose flour
    • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
    • 1/8 tsp. baking soda
    • 2 grams salt
    • 125 grams semisweet chocolate chips
    • 20 grams old-fashioned oats
    • 2.5 grams ground espresso
    • 25 grams potato chips
    • 25 grams mini pretzels

    Graham Crumble

    • 1/4 cup crushed graham crackers
    • 1 tsp. granulated sugar
    • 1 1/2 tsp. vegan butter, melted
    • 1 pinch salt
    • 1 1/2 tsp. nondairy milk

    Instructions

    For the graham crumble:

    • In a small bowl, mix together the graham crackers, sugar, butter, salt, and nondairy milk. Mix with a fork until the mixture is combined and starting to form clumps.

    For the compost cookies:

    • Combine the ground flaxseed with 1 1/2 Tbsp. water. Mix well and set aside to thicken.
    • In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugars (on a medium-high speed) until light and fluffy, about 7 minutes.
    • Add the vanilla and the flax egg. Mix well on a medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
    • Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and add to the bowl. Mix until almost fully combined.
    • Add the mix-ins (chocolate chips, oats, espresso, potato chips, pretzels, and graham crumble) and pulse the mixer a few times to break up the chips and pretzels. Mix for 10 seconds on low, just until combined.
    • Scoop the cookies onto a parchment-lined baking sheet, wrap with plastic wrap, and chill overnight (10-12 hours).
    • Once fully chilled, preheat the oven to 375ºF.
    • Bake the cookies for 15-18 minutes until golden brown around the edges.
    Compost Cookies
    Compost Cookies

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  • LIFE

    18 Things That Made 2018 Easier (Yearly Favorites Round-up)

    Friends! Happy (almost) 2019!
    This year has been a real struggle, and I feel comfortable saying that only because I think a lot of people feel exactly the same way. 2018 had a lot of tough moments, but we made it. I made this list for you guys to showcase some things I found that make life a little better and a little easier (and yes, I included lots of links to said products). Enjoy!

    18 Things That Made 2018 Easier (Yearly Favorites Round-up)

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    1. Blue Light-Blocking Glasses.

    These are first on my list for a reason: they literally saved my eyes.
    Blue light-blocking glasses help ease headaches and eye strain for anyone who looks at a computer screen or tv monitor for long periods of time. I’ve never felt that I needed them until now. Onto the embarrassing story… I got shampoo in my eye. I’m a grown adult and can usually keep pretty good track of where my hands are at all times, but one night for some reason I smacked myself right in the eye with a big handful of shampoo. And since then, my eye has been a little blurry, I get headaches, and my eye is full of those stupid eye floaters and it started to really impair my vision. Not to mention the fact that between blogging, streaming, and editing videos, I’m on the computer all day every day. I finally decided to try out blue-light blocking glasses to try and help ease my headaches and eye strain, and I KID YOU NOT, since the first time I put these glasses on, I have had ZERO eye floaters. Not a one. These are actual magic. I bought the TIJN ones in black, but I plan on buying them in pink and the leopard print too!

    2. Bullet Journaling.

    Bullet journaling is not a new thing. It’s not even a new thing for me. I’ve been hooked on The Happy Planner for a few years now, mainly because all the work is done for me and all I have to do is fill in the blanks. I’ve tried creating a bullet journal in the past but have never stuck with it, until I realized that I don’t need to have flawless pages. It sounds like “duh, Brittany, that’s the whole point of a bullet journal”, but for a perfectionist like myself it was a hard concept to grasp. I now realize that I can do it however I want, use whatever type of journal I want (currently using a lined 8.5″x11″ softcover journal because I love the lined pages and the large size), whatever type of pens I want, etc. AND I LOVE IT.

    3. The One-Minute Rule.

    I never thought this would make a difference, but BOY HOWDY was I wrong. The one-minute rule basically states that if something will take you a minute or less, just do it now instead of putting it off until later. Sounds simple, but I’ve felt so much more organized (and the house has been a lot cleaner!) since I started.

    4. Essential Oil Diffuser.

    I tried to fight it, but I finally became one of those people obsessed with my oil diffuser. I never wanted to get into essential oils, partly because it can be an incredibly expensive hobby and partly because I don’t really believe in the “healing properties”. But within 10 minutes of turning this thing on, our entire apartment smelled incredible and I’ve never looked back.

    5. “You are a Badass” by Jen Sincero.

    Please don’t leave, I would usually be rolling my eyes too. A self-help book, really? But there’s something about this book that just really stuck with me. I’m a huge believer in the Law of Attraction, but there are a few little specifics that I still have trouble with (how can you ‘let go and forget’ your desires!?). This book is such an easy read, and it writes everything out so simply and explains the LOA so clearly. Honestly, I can’t put it down.

    6. Getting a New Tiny Friend (AKA Putting an Aquarium in My Office).

    Let me be a responsible pet owner and say something right off the bat: THIS IS NOT FOR EVERYONE. You should never get a pet (even a fish) if you don’t have the time to take care of it. Now with that said, I put an aquarium in my office and life hasn’t been the same since. I told my boyfriend that I wanted a new pet for Christmas (yes, I’m actually 5) and when we went to Petco to buy Christmas presents for the cat (yes, I’m also a crazy cat lady), I let my eyes pass over the Betta fish display. I never let myself look at the Betta fish, because seeing them in the little cups makes me so sad. But for some reason I looked. There sat a cup marked “Baby Boy” with a tiny pink fish who was smaller than my pinkie nail (not an exaggeration). I had to have him, we bought him on the spot, brought him home, and put him in an old fishbowl until I could overnight a new tank for him (thanks, Amazon Prime!). He’s got a super cute setup in my office now, and as I write this post I hear his filter humming away and every so often I’ll look over my shoulder to see him swimming around, and it brings me this sense of peace that I can’t quite explain. If you have the time (and the room!) for a fish tank, I highly recommend it.

    18 Things That Made 2018 Easier (Yearly Favorites Round-up)

    7. Daily Gratitude.

    I have trouble with gratitude, not because I’m an unhappy person or because I don’t have anything to be thankful for. But I’m a natural pessimist who gets stressed very easily, so it’s hard for me to see the good sometimes. I’ve been trying to focus on all the good in my life throughout the day, and surprise surprise it’s helping. I know it seems painfully obvious but focusing on good rather than bad is easier said than done. Noticing all the tiny things that make me happy (a hummingbird outside, a text from a friend) as well as the big things (being healthy, having pets, the ability to blog for a living) has made me happier overall.

    8. Letterboards.

    Letterboards were a huge trend this year, and for good reason. I bought one from Target a few months ago and have so much fun customizing it every week or so. Currently it has lyrics from The Front Bottoms (my favorite band of all time), but it’s also had lines from New Girl and The Office, and “Subscribe to Pewdiepie”, because duh.

    9. Yoga Every. Single. Day.

    Out of everything on this list, this is the one that has single-handedly changed my life the most. I try to do yoga every single night, a 40 minute workout if I can. And if I don’t have the energy, at least a 15 minute stretch. There’s something about yoga that helps your mind as well as your body, and doing it every day just amplifies that.

    10. Vega Protein Powder.

    Are you noticing a trend here? This year I tried to really start taking better care of myself: figure out my macros, work out every day, drink enough water (but not too much, which I’m actually guilty of). When I figured out my macros, I realized that I’ve fallen into the cliche vegan trap: I’m not getting enough protein. I’ve never been a fan of protein powder, but now that I’m working out every day it seems necessary. The Chocolate & Greens from Vega is by far my favorite protein powder. It blends super well and doesn’t leave a bad taste in your mouth (which a lot of protein powders do). I usually make a breakfast shake with frozen bananas, cold coffee, ice, almond milk, and this protein powder and oh my god is it delicious. 10/10.

    11. Deleting Old Social Media.

    It’s always bothered me that my old social media accounts are just out there, hanging around, forever embarrassing me (I’m lookin’ at you, MySpace). So quite recently I decided to purge my old social media and yes, it took a lot of effort and a lot of digging through old notebooks to find passwords (or even worse, password clues). But now I feel so relieved, knowing that my angsty high school tweets are no longer out there for everyone to see.

    12. Cravings (and Cravings 2).

    Ahhh, Chrissy Teigen. Queen of Sass, Maker of Delicious Recipes. These cookbooks have gotten me through many nights of “I don’t know what I want to eat”. The Salty-Sweet Coconut Rice and the Hawaiian Roll Fish Sandwiches are two of my favorites.

    13. The Realization That You Can Start at Any Point.

    I think a lot of us wait for “the perfect moment” to try something new or take the first step, but I hate to break it to you, there will never be a perfect moment. You just have to do it. I’ve been waiting to decorate our apartment because I don’t like the layout, or the color of the walls, or the color of the carpet, etc. But I realized that this is where I am right now, and I won’t like the layout any more if I don’t decorate. So I started really decorating this place and WOW has it made a huge difference. Same with starting a second YouTube channel or posting more on this blog. Just start!

    “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”

    Chinese Proverb

    14. Reusable Cups & Straws.

    If you’re not using reusable cups and straws, what are you waiting for? DO IT. HELP THE ENVIRONMENT.

    15. Reusable Grocery Bags.

    While we’re on the subject of reusable things, reusable grocery bags are something that everyone should be using by now. DO IT. HELP THE ENVIRONMENT.

    16. Endangered Species Chocolate Bars.

    Not everything on this list is so dramatic or life-changing. These are my favorite chocolate bars, that’s all there is to it. Try the 70% Dark Cocoa, you won’t regret it.

    17. Establishing a Small Morning Routine.

    Every morning, I make a fancy coffee and some breakfast, go sit on the couch, and eat my breakfast while I watch an episode of Criminal Minds with my cat. Is this some life-changing revelation? No. But it’s a small act of self-care, and that’s what 2018 is all about.

    18. Asking for Help.

    Ugh, this makes me cringe just typing it out. I HATE asking for help. But this year has taught me that asking is ok. My mom always said, “if you don’t ask, it’s an automatic no” (I think all moms say that?), and it’s true. I hate every second of it, but asking a simple question can make all the difference. I finally started to ask people to share my videos and my stream, and my social media skyrocketed because of it (my number of viewers TRIPLED). I ask people to try my recipes and give feedback, and in turn I usually end up getting even more ideas. I ask restaurants if they’ll make me a vegan meal, and I always end up with a delicious (and filling) meal instead of just settling for a salad. Asking doesn’t make you weak, it makes you courageous.

    What was something you found or learned about that made 2018 easier?

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