Maya Angelou’s Banana Pudding

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“I’m just someone who likes cooking and for whom sharing food is a form of expression.” ~ Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou's Banana Pudding
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Maya Angelou
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Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large saucepan, combine 1/3 cup sugar, cornstarch and salt; stir until blended. Mix in milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until thickened and boiling. Boil 1 minute, then remove from heat.

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Deliciously Decadent Banana Coconut Upside Down Cake

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Banana Coconut Upside Down Cake

Here’s an interesting twist on the classic Upside Down Cake. This easy to make buttery rich, caramely banana coconut take this yellow cake to new heights. Just so damn deliciously decadent!

Banana Coconut Upside Down Cake

  • 1 BettyCrocker yellow cake mix
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 6 bananas sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded coconut
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, divided
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray 2 (8 inch) round cake pans with cooking spray.
  2. With an electric mixer, beat cake mix, eggs, oil, water, and sour cream on low until combined. Beat on high for 2 minutes.
  3. Place banana slices evenly on the bottom of the two cake pans.
  4. In a small saucepan melt butter. Add brown sugar and lemon juice and heat until dissolved. Pour half of the brown sugar mixture into each of the 2 round cake pans over the bananas. Sprinkle coconut over brown sugar sauce.
  5. Pour cake batter on top of the coconut into the two pans, dividing equally.
  6. Bake 35-40 minutes or until toothpick in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes. Invert onto serving dishes. Slice to serve.
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12 Days of Delicious: Home Cooked For The Holidays

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12 Home Cooked Holiday Recipies

Impress your guests this holiday with these home cooked and delicious holiday delights.

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5. Shaved Winter Vegetable Salad by

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6. Pumpkin Bread by

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7. Roasted Pumpkin Soup by Martha Stewert

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5.Spiced Cranberry Sangria

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The Perfect Thanksgiving Cake

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  • 100 g vegan butter (if you prefer use some nut butter)
  • 1 flax seed egg
  • 3 tablespoons stevia
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder
  • 1/8 cup melted vegan chocolate
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder


  1. Preheat the oven at 350 degrees. Butter up 3 small boundt cake pans.
  2. In a bowl mix the vegan butter with the flax seed egg and the stevia until creamy.
  3. Incorporate the cacao powder and the melted chocolate.
  4. Add the pumpkin puree, the baking powder, the cinnamon and the vanilla extract.
  5. Add the water and the flour making sure you have no lumps.
  6. Divide the batter between the 3 pans and place in the oven
  7. Bake for 15 minutes or until done

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  • 2 1/2 cup of unbromated  unbleached flour
  • 2 teas baking powder
  • 2 teas Saigon Cinnamon
  • 4 oz organic butter (one stick) – Room Temp
  • 1/2 cup Grapeseed Oil
  • 5.3 oz of Stonyfield Organic Greek Yogurt – Plain
  • 3/4 cup Shredded Coconut (unsweetened & unsulphured)
  • 3/4 c. brown sugar
  • 3 teas heaping lemon zest
  • 1 lemon med/large
  • 1/2 c whole milk – w/heavy cream on top  (or coconut milk)
  • 10 oz white chocolate chips

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