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A friend shared her vegan carrot cake recipe and it sounded so simple yet tasty enough that I really wanted to try my hand at it. Like, literally after reading her recipe.  However, I used what I had on hand therefore making it not vegan.  What I ended up with was something that was super moist and tasty! The hubster has been asking if I had made it again since that one time…I think that’s a clue? 😉

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When its all mixed together, it looks like this.

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And once baked it looks like this.

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And once cooled, looks like this 🙂

There’s something to be said about finding a bargain on banana’s. I know in the US, the store Trader Joe’s sells 5/$1 or a pound for a buck. Here the prices range anywhere from $0.49/lb right up to $0.89/lb and even higher for organic.  Much to my delight, I spotted the clerk filling up the discount, dent & ding rack so I scooted on over to see what she was putting out.

This mammoth bag of banana’s.  I weighed the bag when I got home and counted over 20 banana’s …. for $1.69. That’s right – the entire bag was only $1.69!  BTW – The bag weighed 12lb’s. The best part, 90% of them were still firm, green and just starting to go yellow.  I’m guessing a new shipment of banana’s came in and there were only so little left from the old that they decided to put it out for clearance?   I have no problems with that if that means I can snag such a deal!

After a week, they started turning as we can only eat so many banana’s in a day.  I mashed the remaining and froze some and used the rest to make up some wonderful muffins!  These baby freeze great as well.

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That’s right. I got 30 muffins out of a few banana’s

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Walnut, coconut, choc chip banana muffins.

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Plain old raisin & banana muffins.

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Snack time! Nothing like a freshly baked muffin still warm from the oven paired with a nice cold glass of milk.  Hey…don’t judge! Someone had to be sacrificial lamb and do a taste test. May as well enjoy myself! 😉  Don’tchas just love great bargains?

FoodWasteFriday

Just having returned home from vacation this week, there’s nothing in the house – foodwise – that is wasted.  🙂

Having emptied out the fridge before leaving helped.  We do have some food items that made their way home with us on the airplane though – especially with the cost of airport food which is very limited and sometimes of poor quality.  But I think the few hard boiled eggs, cheese strings and healthy muffins (thank you Trader Joe’s!) will be eaten over the next day or so and yes, we did have a cooler bag with us.

On Friday’s, I share what food items that I have ‘wasted’ by letting spoil during the week from forgetfulness and/or neglect. Kristen over at The Frugal Girl has inspired me to publicly post in hopes of reducing waste. (Food Waste Friday is now being co-hosted every other week with Simply Being Mum – pop on over to take a peek!)

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