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  • Banana Oat Crumb Cake Recipe


    This week we baked Banana Oat Crumb Cake using food storage. Since it was a hit with everyone in the office and smelled absolutely delicious as we baked it, we wanted to share our recipe with you. We left out the walnuts so it would be 100% food storage, but if you've got them, throw them in for a little extra crunch and some additional nutrients.


    Banana Oat Crumb Cake

    ½ C Butter, Softened

    2/3 C Packed Brown Sugar

    2 Eggs (4 Tbsp Whole Egg Powder + 6 Tbsp Water)

    1 C Freeze Dried Banana Slices, Mashed

    1 tsp Vanilla Extract or Vanilla Powder

    ¾ C All-Purpose flour

    1 1/3 C Dehydrated Rolled Oats

    ¼ tsp Salt

    1 tsp Baking Soda

    ¾ C Rolled Oats

    1/3 C Packed Brown Sugar

    2 Tbsp Butter or Clarified Butter

    2 Tbsp Walnuts (optional)

    ½ tsp ground cinnamon

    Sift together flour, 1 1/3 cups of oats, salt, and baking soda. In a large bowl, cream ½ butter with 2/3 cup brown sugar. Beat in eggs, then bananas and vanilla. Beat flour mixture into banana mixture. Turn batter into a greased and floured 8 inch square pan. Mix ¾ cup oats, 1/3 cup brown sugar, melted butter, walnuts, and cinnamon together until crumbly. Bake in preheated oven at 350°F for 40-45 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool.


    Tips and Tricks to making an awesome Banana Oat Crumb Cake:
    According to Urban Girl, if you only have dehydrated bananas in your food storage, you’ll want to crush them into smaller pieces to speed up the reconstitution process. Unlike freeze-dried bananas, dehydrated bananas seem to take a bit longer to reconstitute.

    Place your dehydrated bananas in a zip-top bag, and crush them into smaller pieces. Dump the small banana pieces into a bowl and then add piping hot water to begin reconstituting. Once the bananas are fully reconstituted, drain and mash them.

    Urban Girl also left a few pieced un-mashed, which was delicious. You may prefer a smoother consistency—and if so, you just mash away to your heart’s content.


    If you have a Sweet Tooth:
    Bake the cake and set aside to cool. After making your topping, bake it in the oven by itself, instead of on the cake, to make it extra crispy. Coat the cake with cream cheese frosting and sprinkle your baked crumble topping all over.

    Just imagine how heavenly your house will smell while it’s baking. Imagine how good it will taste. Just writing about it makes me want dessert right now. . .


    To see what else has been going on in the Emergency Essentials kitchen check out our post Personal Pizzas on the Volcano Grill, and see what other recipes we’ve been cooking up!


  • Solar Impulse: Traveling the World in a Solar Airplane



    On July 6th, 2013, the Solar Impulse—a solar powered airplane designed by Swiss engineers, Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg—completed a trans-American flight that departed from San Francisco and landed in New York’s JFK International Airport.
    The Solar Impulse is the first airplane that can travel day and night without using fuel.

    This 3511 mile journey took a total of 105 hours and 41 minutes, flying at a speed of about 31 mph. The plane made stops in Dallas, Phoenix, St. Louis, and Washington, D.C. before completing its last leg of the trip to New York. The only issue that the Solar Impulse faced was an 8 foot rip on the fabric of the left wing. However, this rip was not deep enough to end the trip.

    So, what’s the next goal for the Solar Impulse?—travel the world by 2015!

    To see the Solar Impulse in Action and to get updates on the progress of their 2015 world tour, check out the Solar Impulse website


    It’s no secret that advances in solar technology are on the rise. Amazing feats in solar technology aren’t just stopping at the Solar Impulse:

    • College students in the Netherlands recently unveiled a solar powered family car that fits four passengers and runs through solar energy

    • In June, AT&T launched a pilot project, installing several solar powered cell phone charging stations in New York, using Goal Zero technology.

    • Researchers at the University of California are studying various ways that we can use solar energy to its full potential. Check out info on solar windows, better batteries, and secondhand daylight

    And if you’re interested in using solar technology, check out how solar energy could make your everyday tasks like cooking, powering your home, and even showering . . . a little bit easier using the Sport Solar Oven, Solar Spray Portable Shower, and Goal Zero products.

  • Don't Miss Out on This Special Offer: Yeti 1250 Solar Generator Kit

    Yeti Special Offer

    Great News! Our Goal Zero Yeti 1250 Kit special has been extended. Now until August 14th, when you purchase a Goal Zero Yeti 1250 Kit, you will receive an extra Boulder 30 Solar Panel (a $240 value) for free!! This extra solar panel means that you can charge your Yeti form the sun even faster, allowing you to power your devices in less time and with less waiting (while also saving on your power bill).

    This special offer includes all of the benefits form the regular Yeti 1250 solar generator kit. Each generator kit includes:

    • 1 Yeti 1250 Solar Generator
    • 3 Boulder 30 Solar panels (the third panel is free for a limited time)
    • 1 Fabric Carrying Case for Panels
    • 1 Roll Cart

    The Yeti 1250 Solar Powered Generator stores 1250 watt hours of power to run multiple devices. It can charge your smartphone up to 100+ times and can run 12 v lights for up to 400+ hours of use. The Yeti is also great for powering laptops and tvs and can even run a refrigerator (note: these averages are based on the most popular brands of these devices).

    Order your Yeti 1250 Solar Powered Generator today and receive an extra solar panel for free. Don’t miss out on these great savings! Remember to purchase your Yeti 1250 kit by August 14th, 2013 to take part in this limited time deal.

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