Friday, February 20, 2015

JourneyJournie : Happy Half-Birthday {Banana Oatmeal Cookies "Nanookies" Recipe}

It's been six months. Six months ago I sat down and typed up a quick and simple first post for this little blog of mine that I keep. It's come a long way, as have I. And I've gotta say, I'm pretty pleased with it all. In celebration, let's have some of those Nanookies I started out my blog with, recipe revamped.




Right after New York proceeded the busiest week of my life. (I have about three of those per year.) I went straight from school to set up a science project and present it to the local STEM fair. I've simply neglected to mention this, but the past semester, I've been in a Science Research elective where I've had to complete an extensive research project. (The fancy kind filled with labs and notebooks and charts and posters.) So, me with my foodie interests and the incorporation of that into every single thing I do, I set out to prove that coconut water far surpassed the job of Gatorade and Powerade. And it does, in all unbiased honesty. Coco H2O has about double the conductivity (which measures those electrolytes and ions that replace what's lost through sweat) of the sports drinks, a lower glucose level (to avoid sugar spikes), and a more neutral pH level than Gatorade or Powerade. Not to mention being completely fresh, natural, and pure from any additives or harmful dyes. However, my project was in no way comparable to the others, with display boards that towered over my puny tri-fold. But being the theatre kid that I am, I used powerful charisma. "Hi," I said to every single official-looking adult walking around with a clipboard, "Would you like to hear about my project?" I proceeded to babble to every single face I could gain as audience about my personal connection as a vegan to the passion for healthy, plant-based, whole foods. Low and behold, I actually won an award. Second place in the Chemistry category, and I'm headed to state. :0 A surprise, but a good one!

Then, right around the same exact time, I scheduled an interview for the tech fair. This blog. I took PSHF to the judging slot and showed off my identity as Elim Scribbles. Woo-hoo. I mean, it really dawned on me all that I had done these past few months as I scrolled through the posts, telling her about the different branches I had, ranging from movie reviews, to little feminist passion activist piece, and of course, customizable RecipMes. She was impressed, and it made me proud of all the work I've been doing online since August. (:


Then that weekend was immediately ThesCon. Which was an amazing experience, once I got over the bump of my IE that I couldn't help but get way too jittery for.. that was a nerve-wracking performance. Needless to say, I did not do near as well as I wanted. But I guess that just means I'll come back even harder next year. The day before my competing spot, though, I got to attend a workshop with the book writer of one of my favorite musicals: Hunter Bell of [title of show]. Wow, the humility of such a genius and the way he taught us the way to get past the darnedest vampire of writing: that our writing is not good enough. There are always more drafts to write, once ideas are born. Then, after many more great experiences, we ended with IEs from all over the state, combined into an amazing showcase. My heart was literally blown away by Louder Than Words, a moving song from Jon Larson's autobiographical musical. During ThesCon, I also blew out money on Broadway musical scores, but this is what I want to do in life. Perhaps that's an excuse? And, the Thespian Society graciously gave me a preview of my play, and then to come its full production. It was so amazing to see my play performed. I got a talkback with the audience, and they loved it, saying it emotionally arresting. Astonishing that I wrote the meat of this in two weeks, and it started as a story in sixth grade, isn't it. I never thought that it would grow to this. What's to come? I've got to choose a director, there's an auditioning process.. But rewrites, I'm going to have to do some heavyyy editing. Stay tuned!


Then, right after ThesCon ended, the very night of the last day, we had Sadie's at Brookstone. So fun. Really, though, I had a blast. It's better to go with a date that's a best friend, I think. I mean, never feel obligated to like someone.

And in honor of the half-year mark, I changed from .blogspot.com to .com!! Did anyone notice? I really like food blogging, you guys. I can't wait to look back to now in four years and see how far I've come since now.
I mean, I have a new dream to open up a nicecream shop in downtown Columbus. Don't anyone steal that from me. I'm going to name in The NanaIceCream™ Shop. I'm calling it, and putting my own trademark on it. >.<

Now, questions you guys have for me from Insta?
"@floweryhealth nominated me to post about when I feel beautiful, but I decided just to post it here."
     Well, as you guys already now from my passion for confidence, I believe that self-love is the key to beauty. I feel beautiful when I know I am loved. During an especially eye-opening devotion when I realize that God's love for me is supreme, when I am just having a fabulous day where good things keep occurring to me, or when people do nice things for me. ^.^
"@highcarbmillie - How do your nicecream towers not fall off??"
     I make these really tall nanaicecream towers, and keep piling the delicious goodness on even when I obviously could use another jar for. Partly because the food porn vibe comes across more that way, and partly because it reminds me of licking childhood ice cream cones. Here's a sample of a RAINBOW one. Go to my Insta to see about what color's what.
The answer to defying gravity? Straight outta the blender (no liquid) with a spatula, and press down as you pile. Then YUMM.
"@c.holesmith - Where do you get all this food?"
     Oh, that's hard with life in Columbus, gotta say. Sam's club's produce section get regularly cleared by Elim, as does Publix's. Fresh Market provides my upper class needs. (; And then, once in a while I go up to Atlanta for the Chinatown for more exotic fruits and veggies! Look at my Valentine's Day haul! A visit to WholeFoods was paid, all the way up in Atlanta. Yesss.



GIFT: Giveaway.
As a celebration, I'm holding a giveaway of these very cookies! Open to the end of February.

  1. Repost any of my pics on Insta.
  2. Tag me and #PSHF6MonthGiveaway.
  3. I'll pick soon!!

These fully vegan and healthy cookies were also the thank-you gift for the February FruitifulYou™ candidate I was just interviewing earlier today!
{Did you know, you can be a FruitifulYou™ model, too?? Just fill out the form on the FruitifulYou™ page!}

Elim's Nanookies

By Prep School Health Freak
Published: February 20, 2015
The original recipe, made a little better. <3

Prep time: 25 min
Cook time: 15 min
Total time: 40 minutes
Yield: 10 cookies

Serving size: eat what you are hungry for (;
Calories per serving: what you deserve to eat
Fat per serving: this is a high carb low fat raw vegan recipe

Ingredients:
Ripe Bananas, 2
Water, 2 cups
Oats, 3 cups
Cocoa Powder, 1 tbsp
Almond Extract, 1/2 tsp
Coconut Sugar, 1/4 cup
>> Need: blender, stovetop, pan, spatula that flips, oven, aluminum foil, baking pan, whisk, bowl, steel bottomless molds
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Directions:
  1. Chop up two very ripe bananas, then blend them up with two cups of water.
  2. Pour your banana mylk into a big bowl, then stir your oats in.
  3. It'll thicken up substantially. Don't worry about it being watery. This is what makes it gooey.
  4. Add in the coconut sugar. Stir some.
  5. Split the mixture into two separate bowls, half and half.
  6. In one, add the cocoa powder and stir.
  7. In the other, add the almond extract and stir.
  8. Pour into steel, bottomless molds in the pan over medium-low heat. Spin the molds and gently lift them away when the dough starts to hold shape.
  9. Cover the pan for 5 minutes or until you can slide the spatula underneath the patties. Flip once and toast lightly on the other side.
  10. Lay them on a foil-covered baking pan. Bake at 325ºF for 15 minutes. Take out.
  11. Eat as soon as they're not too hot. I know, delicious!

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