Daily Archives: December 15, 2013
This was one of the desserts I made for the fundraiser we held to raise money for the Philippines! I wanted to make healthier versions of desserts so we wouldn’t go too far down the path of never-again-shall-we-ever-eat-like-this. Basically, it was a cooking contest of sorts where we had volunteers make desserts and prizes for 3 different categories.
- Judges’ Favorite (basically the one they all agree on in terms of liking it the most)
- Crowd Favorite (attendees each got 2 tickets so they could pick their 2 favorite desserts and vote for it)
- Best-tasting Healthy Dessert (this was my doing because I kinda wanted to inspire people to think outside the box/realize that healthy desserts can be amazing too >_>)
The prizes I chose were $25 gift certificates to either Amazon or Kroger since I figured that would be the most practical (other than perhaps cold, hard cash) for anyone receiving it. :D They definitely seemed to go over well!
I was kinda worried that we wouldn’t have enough desserts (getting med students to participate in anything is pretty much always a struggle), so I made two things! Recipe adapted from here! Her version definitely looks a lot prettier; I mashed the bananas because I didn’t copy down the full recipe and thought that was what had to be done, har har.
I baked this up at Sean/Isaac’s place because I didn’t want to drive home to do it. He taste-tested a piece before I left.
F: …Oh no! Is it bad!?
S: Farrah, what have you done!? I want to eat the whole tray!
F: Oh, whew! But I need to bring this over right now! I’ll make more!?
Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding
-2 1/2 cups vanilla almond milk, unsweetened
-3 tbsp cornstarch
-1/4 cup light brown sugar
-1/3 cup maple syrup
-1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
-1/4 tsp cinnamon
-1/4 tsp sea salt
-5 cups whole wheat bread, torn into 1-2 in. pieces
-2 extra-ripe bananas, mashed
-2 100 calorie Trader Joe milk chocolate bars, crushed
1) Preheat oven to 350.
2) Whisk together all but the last 3 ingredients in a large bowl. Add remaining ingredients, stir to combine, allowing the bread to absorb most of the liquid.
3) Scrape into prepared dish + press down to smooth the top.
4) Let sit 15 minutes so bread absorbs more liquid, then bake uncovered until lightly brown + firm (~30 minutes).
5) Serve warm!