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Home Ec At Home: Banana Bread!

Ella’s Secret Banana Bread Recipe Gluten Free, Dairy Free, and Refined Sugar Free

For this recipe, you are going to need dark (almost black) bananas. The darker they are, the better the banana bread will be. If your bananas aren’t ripe enough, place them in the oven for 15 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.


2 cups of almond flour (or you can use coconut flour)
1 teaspoon of baking soda
½ teaspoon of salt
½ teaspoon of cinnamon
½ cup of vegetable oil (I use olive oil)
½ cup of coconut sugar
⅛ cup of maple syrup (use ¼ to ½ cup if you want it sweeter)
2 eggs
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 ⅓ cups of mashed bananas (about 3 small/medium size)
Unsweetened chocolate (I use 100% cacao)


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease or line a 8×4 loaf pan with parchment paper.

2. Combine flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in a small bowl. (You will later add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients)

3. Combine oil and sugar in a large bowl until fluffy. You can use a hand mixer for combining to make it easier. Next, add eggs and vanilla and mix well.

4. Mash up the bananas and combine with the wet ingredients.

5. Add dry ingredients and mix just until combined.

6. Chop up your chocolate bar into small chunks and add to the mixture. Mix until evenly combined.

7. Pour mixture into loaf pan and bake for 50-60 (I bake mine at 55) minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Make sure not to overbake.

8. Let it cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Remove from the pan and cool completely on a rack.

Storing Bread:

The bread will last anywhere between 5-7 days. Keep it wrapped in plastic wrap, foil, or in a sealed container at room temperature.

Hope you enjoy it 🙂

-Ella P.

Home Ec At Home: Making Guacamole From Scratch

Who doesn’t like Guacamole?  It is time to make some fresh.  Here is what you need and what you can do when missing a few ingredients:

Ingredients (with substitution ideas for a few):

You must have 2 large avocadoes
1/4 onion
2 cloves garlic (you can use 1 tsp garlic powder if you don’t have garlic, but it isn’t as good)
1/2 of a lime
1 pinch of cilantro – not the whole bundle, just pinch off a section the width of your thumb (if you are out of cilantro, just add more coriander when you get to that step)
1 tomato (you could add 1TBS salsa if you don’t have tomato)
1/4 tsp cumin  (or just sprinkle once around the bowl)
1/4 tsp coriander (or just sprinkle once around the bowl)
salt and pepper to taste

How to make it:

1.  Cut open the avocados and scoop them into your larger bowl.
2.  Chop 1/4 onion and two cloves of garlic on your cutting board.  Chop these very small.  Before cutting garlic, turn your knife on its side and really squish the garlic into the cutting board. This sort of minces it a little.  Then chop it up.  Add these to your bowl with the avocado
3.  Chop cilantro very well and add to bowl
4.  Chop tomato and add to bowl or add your 1TBS salsa if you are out of tomatoes
5.  Lime really helps your guacamole.  You only need half of a lime.  Squeeze it in if you have it.
6.  Now add your spices: cumin, coriander, salt, pepper. I don’t measure and just sprinkle these once around the bowl.  I added a measurement for those of you who like to be exact.
7.  Stir with a fork to mix, and I will sometimes add a TBS of water if it is too thick to get a creamier guac.  Only add a little at a time!

-Preston V

Introducing Home Ec At Home

Hi friends!

Beginning this month, the Teen Voice Blog will be hosting a series of posts from the Teen Advisory Board called Home Ec At Home. The idea is to present useful tips on how to perform basic but important skills you can use at home! making food, cleaning around the house, mending clothing, even what foodstuffs are safe for pets! Both myself and the Teen Advisory Board hope that you will get some use out of the material they’ve put together.

Home Ec At Home posts will appear on the front page every other week. If you end up trying out some of the activities, let us know how they worked out for you in the comments!



A New Craft Kit Appears!

The Mission Viejo Library wants you to create art and no experience is required! Teens are invited to pick up a Bad Art Kit and come up with beautiful, thought provoking pieces of fine art using random stuff we found in our craft room!

Kits are available upon request and can be picked up during the library’s curbside service hours (Tuesday through Saturday, 12pm to 5pm). When you’re done, take a picture of your incredible creations and send it to libraryprograms@cityofmissionviejo.org!”

Black History Month Reading List!


This is your friendly neighborhood Teen Librarian and I wanted to share that I’ve set up a new page link just above this post. The library’s Teen Advisory Board has put together a list of books, films, and notable figures to celebrate Black History Month! If anything catches your eye, follow the links on the page to put them on hold 😀

Thanks, everyone!

Virtual Pumpkin Carving Photos!

Hi gang! Your Teen Services Librarian chiming in again with a wonderful gallery of photos we received from teens who decorated pumpkins! Take a look at what we got below and let us know what are your favorites! Got photos of your own pumpkins you want to share? Send them to libraryprograms@cityofmissionviejo.org and we’ll add them!

A big “THANK YOU!!!!!” to those who participated!