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broiled banana peanut butter toast

Through the magic of Pinterest, I discovered sliced banana toasts. I thought the concept of broiling bananas on top of toast was brilliant, so I decided to try it with our frequent breakfast of whole wheat toast, peanut butter, and banana.

The verdict? Awesome. I simply toasted some whole grain bread, spread a tablespoon of butter on top, topped it with a sliced banana, and popped it under the broiler.

I also sprinkled them with cinnamon, although I realized that next time I ought to try a dusting of cocoa powder. The brown sugar in the original recipe looks pretty terrific, too.


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day four

(Click here for an explanation of the project.)

Here’s what we ate for $3.98 yesterday, January 5, 2011.


peanut butter & banana baked oatmeal $0.43
dollop of homemade blackberry jam (from our preserves)


We were all over the place, eating miscellaneous leftovers or skipping lunch entirely.
Krista slept through lunch (it would be impossible to explain my odd hours)
Jess ate seitan mole chili $1.30
Levi ate shahi paneer $1.56 (we’ll use this cost to calculate)


vegan chipotle corn chowder $0.72

oven baked chickpeas $0.30


carrots $0.19
8 ounces yogurt $0.72
coffee with 1/4 cup almond milk (.06 for the milk and the coffee was free)

total $3.98


– Hopefully you already saw our peanut butter & banana baked oatmeal recipe.

– I’ll be blogging the chipotle corn chowder recipe separately.

– Baked chickpeas: rinse and pat dry a can of chickpeas. Toss with a tablespoon of olive oil. Add your favorite seasonings (we used cumin, smoked paprika, salt & pepper). Bake at 450 degrees for 30-40 minutes. Crunchy and protein rich. We split a batch between the three of us for dinner, so the cost was a can of chickpeas divided three ways.

– We’ve been buying 32 ounce lowfat yogurt containers and portioning them into 8 ounce servings. We hope to make it to Trader Joe’s soon for their affordable big containers of organic yogurt, since it is best for dairy to be organic.

COFFEE. As we approached the very beginning of this project, I was at a loss as to what we were going to do about coffee. Generally we each visit a coffee shop at least once a week. Sometimes more. At home we usually alternate between buying from a local roaster (Olympia Coffee Roasters or sometimes Stumptown), the co-op (where we can get OCR which is all organic, and other organic/fair trade beans), and $6.99/lb beans from Fred Meyer.

We used up the last of the co-op coffee we had on hand by day 3. And we will still count coffee as free while we plow through this free sample of coffee we snagged awhile back at Coffee Fest.


(Sorry, guys, for not trying your coffee while it was fresh. It’s still good stuff.)

As for coffee making methods, we have a small collection of coffee contraptions, including: a Bialetti stovetop espresso maker, a toddy maker, a couple french presses, and a vacuum extraction coffee maker I still haven’t mastered. No, we don’t have a drip machine. And right now we are hooked on the Bialetti. Usually in the summer we live off of toddy.

So, right here and now I vow to calculate the cost of coffee per Bialetti cup once we run out of our free goods. It is going to be kind of a pain, but we will make it happen.

It is kind of incredible to realize that a soy latte usually costs us about $5, and by skipping that weekly latte we’re also paying for a whole day’s food.


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peanut butter & banana baked oatmeal

In honor of Elvis’ birthday this upcoming Saturday, a PB + banana breakfast. Perhaps if he had lived to be 76 he would be okay with this healthy bastardization of some of his favorite foods. To keep with our $5 a day plan of cheap and healthy, we tried to put just enough peanut butter and sugar to make it delicious.

Best served warm with a little dollop of blackberry jam.

4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 eggs
1/2 cup organic crunchy peanut butter
1-1/2 cups almond milk (our your milk of choice)
1-1/2 cups water
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups mashed (leaving some lumps) ripe banana, about 4 medium bananas
1/4 cup unsalted Spanish peanuts, roughly chopped


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Prep a 9X13″ baking dish (spray, grease, or line with parchment).

In a medium bowl, mix together the dry ingredients and set aside.

In a stand mixer, beat eggs, peanut butter, milk, water, and vanilla until smooth. Add the mashed bananas and oat mixture and stir until combined.

Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish and bake for 35 to 40 minutes. About 5 to 10 minutes into the baking time, when the top of the oatmeal has started to firm up, sprinkle the peanuts on top.

Makes nine 3 X 4-1/3″ servings.

Click here for the complete nutrition info, calculated with the sparkpeople.com recipe calculator.

And the cost per serving? Forty-three cents. Not bad for a filling breakfast that will stick to your ribs.

Here is the cost breakdown:

78 cents for bulk oats, 12 cents of sugar, 34 cents for two eggs, $1 for 4 bananas, 58 cents worth of organic peanut butter*, 75 cents of almond milk, and 27 cents bulk Spanish peanuts.

The ingredients not calculated into the cost: baking powder, water, and vanilla extract.

*We splurged for organic peanut butter since it is supposed to be one the most pesticide-laden foods.


Update: This recipe has turned into a family favorite that we still eat all the time even though we’re no longer limited to $5/day. We have perfected it by using a 1/2 cup peanut butter and cutting it into 12 portions instead of 9.


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Yesterday was amazing! We woke up in Memphis & realized our hotel was right next to the mighty silvery pyramid of Memphis. We had coffee at the Bluff City Coffee, and walked around downtown Memphis to see the Civil Rights Museum, which has memorialized the exact site where Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. We didn’t have time to go into the museum, but seeing the death site was a very moving experience.

We headed across town to Graceland, the house where Elvis Lives. It was super touristy, with lots and lots of lines and one kazillion shops – Buy Elvis’s photos here. Buy Elvis Teddy Bears Here. Buy Elvis in the Movies Here. Buy an Elvis T Shirt Here. And a Milk Shake. The tour was a self-guided audio tour, and I will admit fully that I enjoyed it more than I thought I possibly could. The Jungle Room? Holy macaroni, it was amazing! The stuff from Lisa Marie’s nursery was really cool, too. I feel like Graceland does a good job of making Elvis seem like a real, whole person beyond the American icon.

We ate a late lunch at R.P. Trax and savored the BBQ tofu before we head into the most boring stretch of the drive – out of Memphis, through Arkansas (boring and flat) and through half of Oklahoma. Fortunately it was dark for much of the drive so we didn’t have to stare at the boring, boring boringness of Arkansas. We did have a delightful experience in a Phillips 66 Kountry Xpress, where the whole town was gathered to watch a band cover songs like “Earth Angel,” and got soda from the machine with flavor shots – cherry vanilla Dr. Pepper? Yes please! We also stopped for some Sonic: America’s Drive-In. I, personally, loved Sonic growing up in the southern parts of our nation, but Krista had never had it. The Java Chiller with a Sonic Boom (translation: blended coffee milkshake with an extra espresso shot) was surprisingly not too sweet, and pretty tasty.

Krista drove the home stretch into Oklahoma, Native America, and then I finished up the dark dark drive on the two-lane “highways” until we arrived at my parent’s house (Krista’s IN LAWS cause, hey, we’re married) around 1:30am, and fell asleep for many hours. Now, we are planning out our day. We’re resting here for a day, and then we’re going West!

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