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kill that weed

Banana scramble morning with a new twist!

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Chia Stuffed Banana Scramble

  • 1T chia seeds
  • 1/2t cinnamon
  • 1/2 banana
  • 3T milk of choice, I used hemp
  • 3T oats
  1. Mash banana until “eggy.”
  2. Mash in all other ingredients and let sit for a few minutes.
  3. Heat a pan over med/low and grease.
  4. Plop mixture in pan and cook for about 3-4min then flip mixture over and cook another few minutes.

It doesn’t flip like a pancake, people.  It’s quite messy :)

And quite delicious.  Eaten on a sprouted whole wheat bagel with mixed berry jam.  This hit the spot!

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Heck yes I made my vegan graham crackers + covered them with vegan chocolate.  YUM. 

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These are screaming for marshmallows, don’t you think????

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Plain janes.  Equally delicious, especially pnut butter samich style.

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Graham crackers are SO much easier to make then you would imagine.  I’ve made them quite a few times and have even turned them into a delicious pie crust

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I also made 3 different batches of ota.bars for the granola bar trade Allie and I planned.  I only have 2 Alliebars left, eek!! 

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Cherry Almond – This was a big seller of mine.  I also had a triple berry almond that people seemed to like a lot.

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Cinna-fuse – The #1 seller.  I think it was such a hit because it is packed with cinnamon.  Kids at the farmers market LOVED this bar.  It was named after Laura + her husband’s photography business, Fuse Photographic.  It’s main components are almonds, walnuts, oats, cinnamon, apricots and apples.  Yummers.  Laura, I have leftovers ;)

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Pnat Banana  - This bar was named after my sis-in-law Natalie.  This was her FAVorite bar.  It is packed with peanuts, pnut butter, oats, bananas, and cinnamon.  They’re also kissed with salt.  YUM.  Making all of these bars, really made me miss my granola days last summer.  It was such an ordeal to finally get the business up and running and then I had to close it down about 4 months later, due to our move to Colorado.  I thought I would be able to re-start it here, but you have to work out of a commercial kitchen space here which = $$  You have to rent kitchen time and it adds up quick.  Who knows what the future holds…I’ll always have the recipe! :)  Natalie, I have leftovers!!

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A photo of Silk’s new almond milk that I keep raving about!  It is very creamy and the best tasting almond milk I’ve had.  Maybe they’ll make an unsweetened version at some point??  This is still pretty decent though…7g sugar in a 1c serving.  And let’s not forget, soy free! Weeee!

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Yes, I’m going to talk about weed killer.  I got an email from James, who runs the Denver Urban Homesteading farmer’s market, that I go to each week.  He wondered if I wanted to try out this eco-friendly, vinegar based weed killer.  Um, yes!  This is a non-toxic product and has been tested against the HIGHLY toxic weed killer, Round-Up, and has come out on top!

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This starts to kill the weeds within hours, and will completely brown within 24hrs! 

Favorite reasons to use this product:

  • doesn’t leech chemicals into the ground that eventually travel back into our water
  • safe to use around kids, like at schools + homes
  • safe to use around pets

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Here is a link to the USDA study of 2002

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I am EXtremely excited that James donated a bottle to me, to try out + blog about.  I was seriously thrilled.  It doesn’t take much to excite me.

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Or maybe it’s because we’re being eaten alive by WEEDS!!!  We’re at a rental property and it’s not well maintained.  I mean, yah I could go out and do the weeding…buuuuut again, it’s a rental ;)  AND there are seriously a TON of weeds. 

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I went on a weed killing mission tonight.  It was quite exciting and soon the yard smelled like vinegar!  Much like my homemade green cleaning products.  Which by the way I LOVE using and have not bought any cleaner in months.  Seriously, vinegar is amazing [and cheap!]

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We’ll see what these guys look like tomorrow!!!

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Die little weeds!!!

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I’m always excited to find products that are environmentally friendly and that actually work.  We’ll see how this one measures up!  The cleaning products I made at home were so so easy and they work better than any cleaner I’ve ever used.  The vinegar cuts through grease and all my other kitchen slop.  I have actually gotten used to the smell and like it now.  I do add in things like lemon juice + orange essential oil to help out as well. 

In between all my crazy baking + weed killing I hopped in the pool for a 35min swim.  I feel like I worked out all day though and finalllllly sat down at 9:45pm.  Yikes. 

Another busy day tomorrow too and up early on Saturday to babysit!



Reader Comments (48)

I really want to find the Silk Almond Milk. It's hiding from me.

Allie is one lucky girl - yummo!

Your bars all sound so amazing! Especially the Pnat one; that would be my favourite :)
Have a good day!

Wow, vegan graham crackers sound really ambitious! I never knew the ones in the grocery store weren't vegan - I guess they have milk in them?

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMolly

Ooooh chocolate covered grahams? I love you.

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ How Sweet

Your OaT bars look incredible!!! As do the graham crackers. I can't wait until I start to see Ashley's baked goods in my local health food store! :)

Have a great Friday!!

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

Those dandelions look like they'd make a good salad! haha

the bars look SO SO SO good!...can you buy the OTA bars online?? i want to try them!!!

Sprouted it!

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi(onefitfoodie)

Your bars look so, so delicious! I realllyyyyy wish you could still sell themz1

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrynne

Gosh your banana scramble looks fab - and it doesn't matter that it's messy because you just cover it with the bagel anyways, right?

Let us know how the weed killer works out! I've bought some green/good-for-the-earth stuff before that just didn't do the job.....

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNienke at Revel

holy moly i could use some of that! i might be bent over in pain on Sunday because i'm planning on pulling every weed in our yard tomorrow (and that's a LOT!)

OTA.BARS!!!! Seeing that this morning just made my day :)

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie

I agree Silk Almond Milk is so good!! I think it's because I was so used to unsweetened that when I tried it sweetened my taste buds were pleasantly happy. I mean, I love me sweet. Never ever in your life get Almond Dream. Consider that a warning!

So excited for ota.bars!!!

Absolutely love this! The idea of a banana "scramble" is quite smart. And I'm thrilled that you're making bars, too!

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGena

Mmm, that bagel sandwich looks fantastic!

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCamille

That banana mash sounds fabulous! I am going to try that ASAP!

Mmmm, I had a banana mash on toast this morning with almond butter and jam...what a crazy coincidence! The ota bars and grahams look and sound sooooo tasty. This post is serious yummage. I've been using seventh generation cleaning products but definitely want to use smaller brands and try making a vinegar natural cleaner. Sounds like the weed killer is pretty ideal! hope ya have luck with it.

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterclaire

I just bought some Silk Almond Milk today! I have wanted it for awhile, but just never remembered while I was at the store. I bought the Vanilla since it's my first time with Almond Milk. I always start that way.. then wean myself to the original :)

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAbby

Your OTA bars sound SO SO good, I wish I could try them out.

That banana scramble looks delicious! And it doesn't even seem like it would be that messy since it's pressed so nice and neatly between those bagel halves. Your breakfast creations always look so yummy.

I love, love, love Silk's almond milk! It was the first kind of almond milk I tried, so I don't really have anything to compare it to, but it made me really happy to find it right there in my Target store, as I'm working on decreasing my soy consumption. Yum, yum!

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commentererin

Oooh, nice that your target has it!

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

It was just a little oooozy ;)

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

That seems :)

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Yah, when you run out of the 7th gen just save your bottles and make your own at home! :)

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Just wish I could sell them!

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Yah, no thanks on the almond dream!! I usually use pacific brand vanilla unsweetened...but silks is a lot better. I need to just make it at home though :)

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Come + get them sis!

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I definitely will...the roots are already brown! I guess now I have to pull them all...why can't they just disintegrate?

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

me too!

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

No, unfortunately I'm not selling them anymore :( Commercial kitchen space is too $$ to rent!

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

hahaha yuck

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley


June 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Actually the vegan version were WAY easier than the non-vegan versions that I found. I love them! Grocery store graham crackers have a HUGE long ingredient list...even the more natural ones. They are so easy to make a bunch at home and they keep for awhile.

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

1. what kind of oats are you using in these scrambles.

2. if you've already gone over this recently, forgive me...i am so behind on your blog- i have 8 posts to catch up on!

3. ummm...those grahm crackers!?! can you please teach me to be just like you when i grow up?!

4.i currently have four tabs open in this browser with your posts... this one, another one of the same post that i am reading along in as i comment so that i dont forget anything (i do this often, keeping one down at the comment section and reading the other top to bottom) and two graham cracker posts. and...

5.i must say - i REALLY REALLY like when you talk about your different trials...this is the 2nd time i've noticed you do this while creating recipes. I think it def. shows you go ABOVE AND BEYOND for your readers, and your products and it makes me just adore you even more. (not that i thought that was even possible!)

6.can't wait to see how the weeds ended up!

7. i also make homemade cleaning stuff with vinegar - i am AMAZED at how well it works EVERY.SINGLE.TIME. Thank you Sara Snow for teaching me. Are you familiar with her? if not - go google her NOW - she is fantastic and i used to be a bit obsessed with her television program. I dont get that channel anymore, but I am def. a lover of her newsletter and blog :)

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Your food + your story + your pictures are AMAZING! I'm just learning my way around the kitchen and am quite inspired :) Thank you for sharing it with all of us!

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarter

I SO want to try these bars! Why can't you sell them?

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJulie @savvyeats

Your chia stuffed banana sandwich looks AMAZING! Your meals always look delicious, do you take orders for delivery?! LOL! :) And oh my word, those are quite some weeds! Can't wait to see how the natural weed killer works!
Hope your weekend is brilliant!

Hmm...I really can't help but foresee a day when you re-start your granola business. Just sayin' :)

WOW what a busy day!
Those bars look so so tasty though!!!

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa @ bakebikeblog

seeing that you have so much experience with making granola bars I was wondering if you could tell me how to make just a really basic granola bar. I live in germany and we don't really have any good bars that just contain oats or nuts and stuff like that. The only kind that is somewhat healthy like that are bars made of pepitas and just honey. So I would love to make some granola bars by myself but somehow don't know how to start. Is there like a basic recipe to which you just go ahead and add things that you like?
Thanks and Greetings from Germany

June 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStef

gimme some cinna-fuse!! i need those leftovers..umm...NOW. love you friend.

June 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

Those vegan graham crackeres are quite timely with smore season! They look beautiful, need to try these asap!

June 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

[...] kill that weed [...]

Aaaand I have yet to actually make smores with them. This must change!

June 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

[...] beer, sweet potato fries, Wild Blue As usual, Sunday mornings seem to be the best time to make a banana scramble!!  Mostly because I almost never have the time to use a pot or pan for [...]

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterScramblin’ Through Sunda

You and I have very similar food tastes, especially where breakfast is concerned :) I love your blog!
I made that scramble- it was perfect because I love caramelized bananas, but they tend to fall apart and just be mush. here the oats hold it all together, but the flavor of the banana is still really prominent. Good stuff. I love oats in any form, but this was a new form for me!

March 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

Glad you liked it Anna!

March 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

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