Failure vs Set-Back

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the section that oh-so rudely sunk on me

Most people have a coping strategy in place even if they don’t know it. When they’re stressed, they probably reach for the phone or take a walk or hit the gym. Little distractions in life get us through, and we don’t realize what they are or why we do them, so we just categorize it as procrastination and agonize over the fact we’re naturally trying to remove ourselves from a stressful situation.

Sorry, I’ m not a psychologist. It’s just that I realized this a long time ago. Except I tend to hit the kitchen instead of the gym and lift flour instead of weights.

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Fortunately that means I can use stress as creative instigator. I mean, you could say I’m procrastinating school work… But let’s be real if I’m going to balance recipe testing and a ppt presentation, the scale is going to tip in a certain way, and I know you know which way that is.

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The solution to a sunken quick bread (besides the fact that someone was too impatient and should have left it in the oven 10 more minutes) is to slice it up, and crumble up the concave mess. Yes. Just tear it (angrily) into pieces and make yourself a lovely little parfait. Because you should really do something nice for yourself more often!

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Strawberry Cream and Banana Bread Parfait

vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free, refined sugar-free

Banana bread* (failure optional), about 1.2-2 slices per parfait, crumbled
1/4-1/3 cup coconut cream (you can sweeten it with a little agave, if desired)
1/4 cup sliced strawberries
toasted coconut, optional

First prep all layers of the parfait before assembly.

In a small mason jar, measure in a small handful of crumbled banana bread. Spoon in half coconut cream over top, then drop in half the strawberries. Continue the next layer in the same order. Sprinkle the coconut on the top, if using.

Serve right away at room temp, or chill for awhile and serve later in the day. I don’t recommend leaving it overnight.

Yield: 1 parfait

* The only thing I changed in the original banana bread recipe was omitting the nuts and topping it with a handful of coconut flakes before baking

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