Banana Cornmeal Cupcakes

.so..I bought a box of bananas. why not make banana cornmeal cupcakes?

banana cornmeal cupcakes


makes: roughly 2 dozen

7 bananas 

1/2 tub smart balance 

1 c raw sugar 

1 T vanilla

3 c cornmeal 

2 heaping teaspoons baking powder

2 heaping teaspoons xanatham gum 

1.5 t salt

start by mixing bananas and butter together until mostly smooth (there will be chunks of banana. this is good).

add sugar and vanilla and mix.

in a separate bowl combine the cornmeal, baking powder, xantham gum, and salt.

add the dry to the wet and mix.

bake at 350 for about 30-40 mins (check after 25).


1 tub smart balance

2 bags of powdered sugar, sifted

1/4 vanilla bean, scraped

1 lemon, zested


whisk butter in mixer until it is fluffy and light.

add sifted sugar a little at a time at low speed until it is mixed in, then you can increase the speed.

add vanilla and lemon.


if the frosting is too thin, add more powdered sugar

if the frosting is too thick, add some liquid (water, almond mylk, rice mylk, etc.)



frost cooled cupcake. top with banana slice.


P A R T Y 14 MAY

We had the pleasure of catering an engagement party for friends over the weekend. The theme was rustic and elegant. They held the event at a local wine bar. Everything was gluten free and aside from the tuna tare tare, everything was vegan!

Here be the photos (side note: I really should ask someone else to take these. It’s hard for me to “set up the shot” when i’m working, but nonetheless you get the idea..) :

cheese plate

Cheese Tray with Pure Abundance Cheese. Crackers. Mixed Nuts. Fruit. Honey.
tuna tare tare

Tuna Tare Tare. Hints of ginger, sage, mustard seeds. Toasted sesame. Served on black pepper sesame crackers.

stuffed mushrooms

Stuffed mushrooms. Peppers, ginger, onion, pecans. Topped with nutritional yeast, sea salt, and pecans.

cucumber hummus canapes

Cucumber Hummus Canapés. Pickled Vegetables.
raw fruit tarts

Raw Fruit Tarts. Almond Crust. Coconut Cashew Creme. Fresh Fruit. (Recipe to come)

antipasto platter

Antipasto Platter. Raw Vegetables. Olives. Hummus. Crackers.

banana cornmeal cupcakes

Banana Cornmeal Cupcakes. Topped with vegan Buttercream. Banana.

Dassss it.

Special thank you to mom + dad for helping out in my times of need. <3






AKA putting yourself out there and feeling uncomfortable.

What happens when you transition? You create space for growth and development. Never easy, but necessary.

Moving back to Atlanta reminds me of moving to a new country, maybe even harder in some aspects. I forget all of the difficulty and uncomfortable feelings I dealt with moving to a new place. I forget because the good times by far trump the bad times. Moving back to a city where you had history is like going back to an ex lover with fresh perspective…things take time to sort out.

So what do I do?

Establish a routine: Figure out what you need to do to thrive in your new environment. That could mean waking up at 6am, meditating, and exercising, then starting your day…or something like going to your favourite coffee shop to work on projects, look for jobs, etc. Point being – don’t waste away your will get lazy and life will become meaningless.

Make some friends: Find people that have the same interests as you, but the catch is you have to get out there and try new things (which is the next point). Church is a great resource, if you go. Meetups are also great! Heck, Ive met some of my good friends through Instagram…social media is great for connecting and developing relationships.

Try something new: You like yoga? Take a class. Always wanted to rock climb? Do it. Practice putting yourself in at least one uncomfortable situation a week. I once read this article about this guy who would seek rejection at least once a day that way he was never phased when someone said no to him.

Do the things that scare you: See that job you want, but you’re terrified of not getting it? Go for it anyway. Write that e-mail. Call that person. Show up. The fear will subside. If anything it is there because you just haven’t done this thing before.

BE PRESENT – you’ve got one life.

KEEP YOUR BODY AND MIND FIT – you never know what is next.


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