Who is this person and what have you done with my mom?
That must be what my daughters are saying these days when it comes to me and cooking and baking. I’ve long been a hater of food and baking and cooking, thinking I was sorely lacking in culinary skills. Perhaps I was. Perhaps I never really tried.
Lately, however, I’ve been having so much fun trying new recipes – healthy , low in fat, high in fiber, and good for you recipes. I have almost perfected the pumpkin cheesecake recipe, and by substituting regular sugar with Splenda baking blend, I’ve cut the POINTS value down to three per slice. I baked it for Christmas and people didn’t even believe it was nearly fat free and completely sugar free.
Today I had a stack of ripe bananas and I’m so tired of throwing them away. So I made up a batch of banana-oatmeal bread from a Weight Watchers recipe. I doubled the recipe, and then to half the batter, I added a cup of dried cranberries. (If the link to the recipe doesn’t work, let me know.)
Each loaf yields about 10 generous slices. Each slice is 3 POINTS value. And did you know that the Splenda brown sugar blend substitute calculates to be more points than regular unpacked light brown sugar? At least that’s what the Weight Watchers online recipe builder tells me. I used the Splenda for this recipe, so we’ll see how it tastes. I can tell you it sure smells good. Now I could have a slice of that, a cup of red grapefruit and coffee for breakfast and be one happy camper.
I could even have a slice with some coffee tonight because I earned a buttload (as opposed to a boatload) of activity points today by shoveling the whole friggin’ street outside all by myself. (The street lines four houses, so if that gives you an idea of length….)
I’m ready to put my feet up.