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Fat-Free Whole-Wheat Easy Homemade Biscuits (Banana Biscuits)

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: RecipeVideo

A great secret to cutting the fat in biscuits is using a banana in place of butter or shortening. In my original recipe (p. 38 of HHC) I call for using a food processor, but you can do it by hand, too! 

Here’s how:

I added the full banana in the video because I wanted a banana-flavored biscuit. (For a less banana taste, use half and a light greenish banana). 

If you don't have the book, here is the recipe: Whisk 1 cup white whole wheat flour, 2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 baking soda (you can leave this out), pinch salt. 1/2 to 1 banana (more banana, more banana flavor), 1/3 c soy milk, perhaps a splash more, until its wet and thick. Drop spoonfuls on a greased cookie sheet (or line with parchment paper) and bake about 10-12 mins 400F, or until firm and golden at the edges.

Banana biscuits with raisins and cinnamon? So unbelievably good and really easy! For a treat, add a little bit of a glaze or icing (p. 225 of HHC) -- vanilla or almond extract with powdered sugar and a little non-dairy milk. 

What a great morning treat full of fruit and whole grain goodness!

If you’re looking for something with a little less banana taste, try these easy 3-ingredients Applesauce Biscuits.

Quick & Easy Black Bean Burgers (6 ingredients! 15 minutes!)

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: RecipeVideo

Need dinner fast? Don't have much in the house? Here is my lazy Friday dinner meal--quickie black bean burgers. I sometimes call these "hotel room burgers" because I originally developed them in a hotel room while on vacation! 

Recipe:Black Bean Burgers

Prep time: | Cook time: | Total: | 4 servings


I developed these burgers in a hotel room: they’re quick, easy and require very few ingredients. (In fact, except for the beans and a seasoning packet, I sourced all the ingredients from the complimentary “breakfast bar”). I make these burgers any time I need a super fast meal or I’m really low on ingredients.



Preheat oven to 400F. Grease a cookie sheet or line with parchment paper and set aside. In a mixing bowl, mash black beans with a fork until mostly pureed but still some half beans and bean parts are left. Stir in condiments and spices until well combined. Then mix in oats. Divide into 4 equal portions and shape into thin patties. Bake for 7 minutes, carefully flip over and bake for another 7 minutes, or until crusty on the outside. Slap into a bun with extra condiments and eat!

HH Meal Plan for Week 8/15

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Happy Friday! Here is next week's HH Meal Plan, aptly called "Light & Flavor Loaded." Since it's still hot outside, I took care to pick recipes that are cooked on the stove top again (no hot oven required!

Download the PDF here

Oops! Just realized I accidentally left off 1 cup quinoa (or TVP). please hand write that in!

Don't forget, you can also build your own meal plan and shopping list with our Shopping List feature!