Pit Paste and Not as Good as Amanda’s Banana Muffins

It’s Tasty Tuesday and it’s a good thing I’m a runner. Otherwise I might need therapy πŸ˜‰
It’s been a rough week and I feel like I’m living the lyrics of two Bob Dylan songs. A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall and The Times They are A Changin’. Thankfully I’m recovering and my life is moving in the A Changin’ direction πŸ˜‰

Through the craziness came a hilarious voice mail from my friend ChristinaΒ who lives in Phoenix: “I’m making the Mexican Mountain off the blog, and I didn’t have nutritional yeast so I was just going to use rapid rise bread yeast, but I decided that maybe that wasn’t a good idea and left it out all together” Blah ha ha! (I did call her, and told her that yes, bread yeast in the recipe wouldn’t have been terribly tasty). Happy Birthday on Sunday Christina!!! Love your guts!

Another good one is that after emailing out the awesomest Scott Jurek article ever from Runner’s World, Eat Vegan and Run to my brother Curtis, I get a text this morning: “Toying w/ plant based diet. What is your opinion on nutritional yeast? Do you use TVP? “ I never thought I would grin ear to ear so much over the words TVP and Nutritional Yeast. Okay so really it was the “plant-based diet” words that made me grin, but they always do….Speaking of plant-based diet,Β Β I’m participating in an awesome Virtual Vegan Potluck on Saturday. Come join me?

Here are some other things that have made me grin: making my own deodorant. Yup, you heard me, but I’m not joining the stinky club, thank you very much, in fact, my husband says the deodorant smells like cake frosting. Thanks to the ladies and mysisterspantry.wordpress.comΒ and Annie at anunrefinedvegan.comΒ for inspiring me to finally ditch Secret (the antiperspirant) and the possibility of aluminum neurotoxicity. Did I mention that when I shaved my under-arms this week, it was the first time I can remember not having to battle with the leftover waxy residue? Radical. This is adapted from these recipes here and here. Use quality therapeutic grade essential oils. You don’t want to use the ‘aromatic only’ grade on your body.

Somer’s Pit Paste

6 T. Arrowroot or Cornstarch
2 T. Baking Soda
2-3 T. Melted Coconut Oil, I used virgin coconut oil, hence the cake frosting smell
10 drops rose hip oil (optional, but very nice and healing to freshly shaved pits)
10 drops melaleuca essential oil (antibacterial, antiseptic)
10 drops eucalyptus (antibacterial)
10 drops lavender essential oil (anti-fungal, antimicrobial, calming)
5 drops wild orange essential oil (antiseptic, plus it just smells delicious)
Β 1 drop peppermint oil (antibacterial and antiseptic)
Method: Gently melt coconut oil on stove-top in small sauce pan. How much you will want to use depends on how solid you want your deodorant. Remove from heat. Add arrowroot and baking soda, then add essential oils and rose hip oil. I put mine in a little glass mason jar, but my husband wanted his in his old deodorant container, so of course I obliged. Put it in the fridge to firm it up before use. Now we both smell like cake frosting. Mmmm.
Update: This does not store well in a deodorant container when your house temperature is above 72 degrees. It will get all melty, so probably best to keep it in a glass jar. You could also attempt to up the arrowroot and baking soda, let me know if you have success with that if you try it.
Things that make me grin part 2: Amanda and I having parallel lives. Now I have to promise Amanda that I really don’t have a hidden camera at her house and that I’m not stalking her, despite our both making deodorant on the same day, reading Scott Jurek articles on the same day (her’s was in Outside Magazine) and making Banana Muffins on the same day. I don’t make these often because we eat all the bananas all up before they get nice and spotty despite how many bunches I purchase. 6 bunches and warmer weather this week did the trick.Β  I am sure Amanda’s are much tastier with the double chocolate thing and all, but you may find these noteworthy too…
Somer’s Β Oil Free Vegan Banana Muffins
4-5 ripe bananas
2 T. ground flax-seed
1.5 C. unsweetened almond or soy milk
3 T. lemon juice
1 C. Raw Sugar (you can reduce this by half if you are really trying to bust sugar in your house)
1 T. vanilla extract
3 C. white whole wheat flour or whole wheat pastry flour
2 t. baking soda
1 t. kosher salt
Method: Combine Bananas, almond milk, lemon, vanilla and raw sugar in the blender until smooth. Mix remaining dry ingredients in a bowl with a wire whisk. Stir in liquid banana goodness until just combined. Measure out by 1/4 C. into cupcake tin lined with paper baking cups. We add chocolate chips to some, dried cranberries to others and leave the rest plain to suit all our family preferences. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes. Makes 24 muffins.
Β More Grins: Carolyn coming over today bringing me some sunshine and goodies from Chef AJ’s Unprocessed Cookbook. Oh man on man, Banana Strawberry Mousse Tart (Raw) and Disappearing Lasagna. Yes, Carolyn I polished them both ALL OFF after you left and did not share any with my children. They can have the Not as Good as Amanda’s Banana Muffins! She also brought me an amazing fancy Cookbook Binder thingy in which to store all my new plant-based recipes. How did she know that’s exactly what I needed?!?!?
Even More Grins: Winning 1st place in the Church Salsa Contest on Cinco De Mayo with the In a Minute Blender Salsa, yes, it really is that easy, and shhh, they really were canned tomatoes.
And Last but Not Least Grins: Another big thank you to the ladies at mysisterspantryΒ for nominating the blog for a Sunshine Award. I’m not even sure what the heck that means, and should probably put some effort into figuring it out, but it made my day and thanks are seriously belated!

73 thoughts on “Pit Paste and Not as Good as Amanda’s Banana Muffins

  1. Jam-packed post and I am MAKING your pit paste!! Especially now that I have my stash of essential oils ;-)! I don’t know, those muffins sound really good and I love that they have no oil. Bake on!

    • It was all over the place :/ but I guess posting just twice a week does that to you, hard to fit it all in. You will adore the pit paste. I nearly ordered the one from soapwalla, but then decided it would be so much cheaper and hardly that difficult to make my own. Thanks for the comments on the muffins. I am always happy when I can bake oil free and have it taste good!

  2. Your pit paste looks AWESOME Somer! And yes, what a jam packed post indeed! Is that a photo of you running at the top there? Killer!

    • Yup that’s me at my half marathon on the 28th. Like that serious in the zone running face?!?! Super fun! Make the pit paste! You won’t be sorry, and you won’t be stinky πŸ˜‰

      • Yes! Have for years! It’s my true love above all else – so good when you have 2 kids (yes me too!) – I am very impressed that you can train for a half with 2!

      • That makes me really happy to hear! Hope to train for the full marathon some day when the littlest one is in school. Running saves me!

      • Been saving me too for almost 20 years! Through 2 kids and all too – mine are 8 and 14 now πŸ™‚ The oldest I can now run with (but she doesn’t like going with me – we are working on that!) and youngest rides her bike alongside now..I totally hear you my friend!

      • That is great that you can get them involved. Hopefully it will grow on your 14 year old πŸ˜‰ My 8 year old ran a 5k with me last month. I was one proud mom!

      • Awesome! That’s excellent!! The 14 year old plays competitive soccer – her mind is wired differently, though she is learning that distance running is a good thing too πŸ™‚ She runs but prefers to go on her own (and at her own pace)! I am so impressed by that – wow!

      • Shira, that’s excellent! Getting kids moving is key. My little one (he’s 3) all ready gives me a run for my money. I get all my sprint work in chasing him! I have a feeling he is going to be a speedy distance runner someday.

      • Thanks Shira, I don’t want to be a show off, I just want people to know that if I can do it, they can too. It’s not really all that hard. ANYONE can get healthy if they really want to. Loved your post too! xoxo

  3. Here I am thinking that you were sharing a paste made from pits! HAHA. Deodorant? Even better. Ohmygosh, I just love you so much. And you are a hottie in those aviators too! raaaarrrrrrrrr

    • Totally cracking me up right now! Love you too Cara! I thought that the aviators were pretty sweet for the race πŸ˜‰

  4. That photo of you is super sexy! I told you I stopped wearing deodorant a couple of years ago, I have just sprayed with alcohol to kill the stink, which is very stingy. The pit paste looks like frosting and smells so good I want to eat it, but I am going to restrain myself and just put is under my pits.

    • Mine is getting melty in the warmer weather, which is fine for the jar, but if you put it in a deodorant container you may want to up the cornstarch and baking soda so it stays solid πŸ˜‰

    • Truly Clean Pit Club. We need a membership roster. Ha Ha, we can have online meetings and virtual snacks.

  5. listening to Fresh Air on NPR, great interview on fitness and running:
    Walking for 30 mins reduces risk for heart disease, diabetes and doubles your brain cells…
    Stand Up, Walk Around, Even Just For ’20 Minutes’
    May 9, 2012 New York Times “Phys Ed” columnist Gretchen Reynolds has some simple advice for staying healthy: Stand up. Move around. In her new book, The First 20 Minutes, she explains the hazards of a sedentary lifestyle, and details some of the surprisingly simple ways to stay fit.

  6. That is pretty much the awesomest picture at the top. Food, shmood. I dig the runner chick. How can I ever, ever come back to this blog and compete? Okay, i won’t compete, just cook and eat and maybe find some semblance of myself in a few months when i start sleeping again.

    • If I ever wanted to blow up and frame a photo of myself, that’s the one. Ha Ha. There is no competition, you win hands down every time. AND you have a real camera. You also have a very big, very juicy newborn that is way cooler than any blog. We need to hang out soon, I shall bring treats πŸ˜‰ You should come and bring the kids to see Carolyn’s goats. They would love it.

      • kids would LOVE baby goats, namely ZJ would love them babies. Who doesn’t love them babies? Juicy baby has started smiling and I can’t seem to put him down when he’s happy. Last night I should have done dishes but I counted quiet holding baby time as my prize. made the vegan burgers last night and will be a good post, mostly for S’s reactions to things – “And now there’s Veggie meat in my strawberries!” while tears streamed down his face…

      • Cannot wait for it! Oh and as for the baby goats, way more awesome than Wheeler Farm because you get to hold them!!! Z would die!

      • K asked for a baby last night 😦 He is still talking about our tummies and swears I have a baby in mine πŸ˜‰ I told him I just ate too much.

        Why would you ever want to put him down?!?

    • I am in love with it! Have been using it for 5 days and no stink. Hope you try it. Thanks for stopping by πŸ˜‰


  7. Hi there- I found you through An Unrefined Vegan AND Fork and Beans, so I figured I needed to get over here and I’m so glad I did!

    Pit Paste (a good alliteration totally makes my day)! I’m really excited to hear that it works for you being an avid runner. I sweat buckets when I run or work out and have been weary of homemade deodorants until now! I will need to give this a go. Thank you for this and I’ll see you at the potluck tomorrow! πŸ™‚

    • Two totally worthy blogfellows (or er, blogladies)! Love those girls! So glad you found me!

      So the pit paste unfortunately doesn’t prevent you from sweating, just stinking. I also sweat buckets when I run- so much so that sometimes when I return from a run, it looks like I wet my pants. Ha Ha. Since I’m not going to apply an antiperspirant on my butt, I gave up on the sweaty arm pits too. I’m okay with sweat now. Although I will eternally be jealous of the girls that merely glisten when they work out!

      Can’t wait for the potluck! It’s gonna be radical!

  8. I read Annie’s post on the pit paste and I was this close “- ” (just like that) to ordering some. But I got distracted and now I remember…. I was going to order that stuff. But now, I could make my own. πŸ™‚

    • Totally make your own! It’s so cheap. I have been using it for nearly a week now and I’m totally in love! If you find you still get a bit stinky, up the baking soda and reduce the cornstarch by equal amounts. You will love it!

  9. Sooooooo excited to make the pit paste! Not kidding, been looking into this for a couple months. You and Amanda so rock. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • It’s still working today, even after a hot afternoon run with dog, stroller and kid on bike. I’m in love. You may have to adjust the baking soda up and the cornstarch down if you don’t get the stink protection you are hoping for πŸ˜‰

    • Dude, it was the best one of the batch. The other ones were like I had melted face syndrome, seriously like my face was dragging down to my feet. Weird. I need to put it on my mirror so I can remind myself that I am strong, powerful and awesome πŸ˜‰ I think the sweet aviators helped….

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  12. Just made the pit paste! I skipped the Eucalyptus (didn’t have any) and only did 7 drops melaleuca. Maiden voyage testing- a day at Lagoon and then my son’s track meet. I can check in with results tonight. πŸ™‚

    • Love it! Although, I do wonder if I’m just used to my “smell” now and if others are turning up their noses! I come back from a run still not stinking….or so I think πŸ˜‰ Sweat is a whole ‘nother story!

    • both. Those muffins are a staple around here. I made a batch with teaspoons of homemade strawberry freezer jam in the center yesterday. Big hit.

      Wait for my blog post tomorrow, before you make your deodorant. You have inspired me and will be an instant winner! (Still enter though)!

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  14. Thank you so much for this recipe! I have been buying a deoderant I love called Pit Putty and this looks like a similar formula. I am excited to try to make my own! Yay!

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  16. Thanks to Annie for pointing out your patented pit paste, which I will be making soon. It’s the second “make your own” I’ve bookmarked (or Evernoted, I should say) and I like this one better, so I guess I better start cracking! The Husband won’t let me use the aluminum kind, and I’m not happy with the natural ones on the shelves. And I’m a sweater….Thank you!

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  18. I cannot believe that I have been giving the bananas on top of the fridge the eye all day, thinking about making my favorite marble banana bread from post punk kitchen and then…woooooosh! yummy muffins right here. Magical. Really. I will mix ’em up…

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