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Au Naturale

Some things are just better left au naturale.

Case in point: since making my college decision, my mom and I keep joking about the Californification process. I’m already apart of USC’s Class of 2016 Facebook page (900 members strong so far!), so I have an idea of the personality of my class. One thing I’ve noticed: at least 80% of the girls are blond. My mom half-teases me that I’ll join that number soon enough.

While I can’t say I’m not curious about what I’d look like as a blonde, I really do love my natural hair color and would hate to lose it. Who knows, maybe as  a brunette, I’ll stand out in the crowd (for better or for worse).

What I do know, however, is that I am happy with who I am. If I feel like changing my hair color (or anything else for that matter), it will be for fun, not because I feel like I have to in order to fit in.

blonde? brunette? who knows!

Just like with these vegan banana donuts, some things are better just left au naturale. You can dress them up with a simple glaze, dip them in chocolate, or just leave them as is. No matter what, they will still be the same wonderfully delicious donuts inside. And that’s what counts.

Vegan Banana Donuts 

Makes 6 donuts 

  • 1/2 cup + 2 TBS flour (can use All-Purpose Gluten-free)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1.5 bananas, mashed (should yield a little more than 1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 cup oil (coconut is lovely here, but canola will work)
  • 1 TBS Ener-G Egg Replacer + 4 TBS water, prepared according to directions on box
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350*F. Coat donut pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
  3. In a small bowl, combine mashed bannas, oil, prepared egg replacer, vanilla extract, and sugar with a fork until evenly incorporated.
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Mix until just combined.
  5. Evenly distribute batter among 6 donut cavities. (I recommend using a small ice cream scooper for this.)
  6. Bake for 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the donut comes out clean.
  7. Let donuts rest in pan for ~5 minutes before removing. Place on wire rack to cool.
Have you ever changed something about your appearance? What was it? And do you think I would look good blonde? Haha.
Have a lovely day!
Mandiee
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Class of 2016

Hey there! How’s your weekend going? Today I’m hanging out with my family to celebrate Easter as well as writing a paper on the development of self-awareness. Ah, the glorious life of a student!

Speaking of being a student, the jig is up: I finally committed to a college. After months of being consumed with college applications and a nerve-wracking week (this past week, in fact) of waiting for the last few details to fall in play, I’m ready to officially announce my decision.

This fall, I will become not only be a business administration student at University of Southern California’s Marshall Business School, but also a proud member of the Trojan family. I am extremely grateful for this wonderful opportunity and could not be more excited about starting school in late August. There’s just something so overwhelmingly good about all of this; it just feels right.

Just look at those palm trees! Swoon.

California here I come, baby!

 

Where did you go to school? Did you end up living in the same area after college? 

If I have any Los Angeles or other So-Cal readers out there, please introduce yourself or send me an email at kabochavore [at] me [dot] com. I’d love to hook up with you and learn all about the area.

 

Have a lovely day!

Mandiee