I don’t know about you, but the best kind of meal is one that gives me an excuse to add gravy to it.
For example, the mashed potatoes that I have had as its own meal three times this week (so far). I’m showing you today my absolute favorite gravy recipes that I add to just about anything that I can, including mashed potatoes, roasted veggies, and everything served on a thanksgiving plate. Sure, it’s long past thanksgiving, but that doesn’t mean it’s ever a bad time to share a cool gravy tutorial.
I wasn’t sure what to title these because I know that there are so many different names for the same bars: magic bards, hello dolly bars, and seven layer bars. But more than name confusion, I didn’t even know if I should call them by their original name because at this point they are WAY more than that. In addition to the traditional chocolate, pecans, coconut, and sweetened condensed milk, I packed in here some peanuts, almond slivers, pretzels, white chocolate chips, and caramel. PLUS, I exchanged the graham crust for a gluten free almond-date base.
But the real star here is the sweetened condensed coconut milk.
Did anyone else love malt-o-meal like it was candy when they were younger? Because I did. If my mama asked me what I wanted her to make me for breakfast, I would either tell her
brown sugar oatmeal, or
That warm, creamy texture makes me all cuddly and fuzzy inside.
Even now, I find myself craving a bowl of creamy hot cereal when I wake up to a cold, rainy morning or when I’m feeling particularly under the weather. It is the ultimate comfort food for me.
Comfort foods are actually a thing I’m working on, because it seems like depending on foods for comfort can be a little bit dangerous, but in the meantime I suppose that this comfort food is not the worst for my health.
Unfortunately, I never ever remember to grab some malt-o-meal while I’m at the store, so over time I have found a simple, delicious, and accidentally gluten-free replacement for it using only one ingredient, oats, to replace the original wheat substance. An even more not-the-worst-for-my-health alternative! (more…)
Chocolate, peanut butter, banana bread, and muffins. I know there is a lot going on here, but this combo is actually perfect. The inspiration for this piece? I had three bananas that went black. So I sat down with my banana bread recipe and asked it what I could do to make it even more grand than it already is. It told me what I already knew deep inside of myself, “Add peanut butter or chocolate.”