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There’s something about baking for the upcoming weekend, which brings me to today’s recipe.

It’s a windy, snowy day and I didn’t feel like going out, so I went to the kitchen to see what I could throw together.

The main ingredients I had were frozen cherries, oatmeal, and dark chocolate chips, so a crisp was the first thing I thought of.

I only had a small amount of butter in the fridge, but I had coconut oil and maple syrup to bind the topping.

Here’s how I put it together (sorry for the lack of photos):

In a medium bowl, combine one bag of thawed cherries, cinnamon, flour, sugar, and vanilla extract.

Once mixed together, put in a 1 1/2 quart casserole dish.

In another bowl, combine oatmeal, coconut oil, maple syrup, brown sugar, and flour. I also threw in some hemp seeds I had, but that’s not necessary.

Put the oatmeal mixture on top of the cherries and pat down.

Top with chocolate chips.

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Bake at 375 degrees for 30-45 minutes until golden brown, the cherries are bubbly, and chocolate chips are melty. Once out of the oven, you can use a butter knife to spread out the chocolate.

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To make extra yummy, serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

What you’ll need for cherry bottom:

1 bag of frozen cherries or fresh pitted cherries

1 tablespoon sugar

1 tablespoon flour

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon.

What you’ll need for crisp topping:

1 cup oatmeal

1/4 cup melted coconut oil

1/4 cup maple syrup

1/2 cup brown sugar

Chocolate chips (as much or as little as you want)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a medium bowl, combine one bag of thawed (or fresh, pitted) cherries, cinnamon, flour, sugar, and vanilla extract.

Once mixed together, put in a 1 1/2 quart casserole dish.

In another bowl, combine oatmeal, coconut oil, maple syrup, brown sugar, and flour. I also threw in some hemp seeds I had, but that’s not necessary.

Put the oatmeal mixture on top of the cherries and pat down.

Top with chocolate chips.

Bake for 30-45 minutes.

Tips:

If you don’t want to use coconut oil and maple syrup you can use butter (1/2 a stick up to a whole stick, depending on how buttery you want it). The butter can be cubed and worked into the oatmeal mixture with your fingers or you can melt it and stir in.

You can also add chopped almonds, pecans, or seeds to your oatmeal mixture to add more texture.

If you can’t have chocolate (or don’t like chocolate), the crisp is still good without it.

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My mom made the best banana pudding. It was creamy— not goopy and gloppy like some I’ve had. I could eat bowls and bowls of it. However, I’m not a fan of bananas. Actually, they’re my least favorite food. So, I’d pick them out. Or, mom being mom, she’d make me a container without the bananas.

I’ve never tried to make her pudding, but I finally gave it a shot, and it turned out great. I left out the bananas (hence the title of the post), but add them if you’d like.

Here’s the recipe. It’s super easy and fast.

What you’ll need:

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 cups milk (2% or whole)

1 box vanilla wafers (I used 1 box and 1/2 of another, because I love vanilla wafers)

1 teaspoon Vanilla extract

1 tablespoon butter

4 large egg yolks

Directions:

Line the bottom of a 9 x 9-inch pan or casserole dish with a layer of vanilla wafers.

Combine sugar, flour and salt in a bowl, and mix well. Set aside.

Beat the egg yolks and add to a heavy saucepan. Over medium heat, add the flour mixture to the egg yolks, alternately with the milk and vanilla, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil, and when the mixture begins to thicken, add the butter, continuing to stir. Keep stirring until mixture reaches a nice pudding consistency. Make sure you don’t scorch the pudding. Remove from heat.

Pour a layer pudding over the layer of wafers. Put down another layer of vanilla wafers and add more pudding. Repeat layers until ending with a layer of pudding. If you want to add bananas, put them on top of each layer of wafers.

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I crumbled some vanilla wafers and added them on top for decoration.

 

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