Today I am 28.
Just 2 years away from the dreaded age of 30. Surprisingly, I don’t really care about turning 30. In fact, I am looking forward to it.
It seems like a solid age. One where you’re more established in your career and people take you seriously.
This should be fun to look back at in 2 years… 🙂
But I digress (progress?). Today I am only 28.
I was going to pontificate on 28 things I’ve learned or do some equally inspiring; however, I was up most the night working.
(Lesson learned #1: the “real” world doesn’t care that it’s your birthday – you still have to get yer shizz done.)
Instead, I’ll share with you a special delivery I got last night
right when I was about to have a nervous breakdown around 11pm:
This is my favorite cake. Sweet, salty, fudgy deliciousness. Midnight snack worthy, fo’ sho’.
Part 2 of the delivery is the book you see in the background – Vino Italiano. I cannot WAIT to devour this one.
Did I mention I’m going to a wine/food trip to Italy this fall?! More on that later. 🙂
So what if I spent the beginning of my 28th year up all night working?
This year the July 15th is under a Capricorn full moon (insert Twilight Zone music here) and that apparently means abundance, career, and money. I can get on board with that.
Tomorrow my awesome mom throwing me a birthday party at her house. Think: pool, corn hole, grilling Big Green Egg-style, and mas cerveza y vino and 30+ friends.
There may not be any photo evidence.
On top of all that, I invented my new favorite granola bar (which I’m munching on as I write – ‘scuse the crumbs).
It’s bananas. Nutty. No sugar added. Crunchy and almost raw. (Almost = “dehydrated” in the oven at 170 degrees.)
Try it out with your favorite nuts and seeds. I used Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, and cashews.
For a little bit of added sweetness, I used NuNatural Pure Liquid Vanilla Stevia (yes, they sent me samples… no, I wouldn’t lie to you).
I love how the vanilla scent it added went with the banana flavor! (B-A-N-A-N-A-S! I was trying realllly hard not to do that – blame Gwen Stephani.)
Vegan and gluten-free, ya’ll.
Banana Nut Bars
- 1 ripe banana
- 25 drops NuNaturals Pure Liquid Vanilla Stevia
- 1 T nut butter (I used PB)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 2T chia seeds
- 1/4 C sunflower seeds
- 1/4 C cashews
- 10 Brazil nuts
Preheat oven to 170 degrees.
Place first 4 ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Add seeds and nuts, pulsing until seeds are beginning to break up and incorporate into the banana paste.
Spread batter onto parchment-lined baking sheet to desired thickness (mine was about 1/4 inch thick).
Place in oven for 6-8 hours, flipping 2-3 times after first 3-4 hours. Turn oven off and allow to continue drying out overnight (~7 hours).
Break into pieces/bars and enjoy!
EXCEPT I will post the winner of the awesome earbud giveaway! If you’re a runner/walker, you should especially check these out – they won’t wiggle out and the music quality rocks.
You have until midnight tonight to enter – good luck!!!
What’s your favorite way to celebrate your birthday?
Are you a big party-type of person or an intimate dinner? Somewhere in between?