So I can safely say that I like to cook more than the average person. I am always in the kitchen inventing, cooking, and making something delicious. However, even with all that enthusiasm, I still have a really hard time remembering that dinner comes every night, and that my family wants to eat every night. After more than 20 years of cooking for my family you would think I would have mastered this pattern of breakfast, lunch, dinner, repeat. Sometimes I have a good kitchen day and we have homemade everything (and lots of dishes). Sometimes I am sidetracked by another fun adventure like visiting with friends or having a day working in the garden. On those days, I forget about dinner until the kids start asking where it is. They are pretty resourceful in the kitchen (lots of dishes on those days too!), but its nice to be able to have some quick dinner options.
This recipe is the base for lots of those quick meals. It goes great in creamy soups like Creamy Broccoli Soup, or over noodles for Mac-no-Cheese. I like it fresh, but unlike a regular cheese sauce, it also freezes really well. On a good cooking day, I'll make a big pot like this and then vacuum seal it in quart-sized freezer bags. When I want a quick noodle meal I just put the frozen freezer bag in hot water to thaw, or heat it up on the stove. For my crock-pot potato soup, I just dice up potatoes and carrots and a celery stalk or two, add water to cover, a little vegetable base and garlic powder and let it cook all day. When I come home I just add a package of the frozen no-cheese sauce to the crock-pot and it thaws while I'm getting everything else done. A half hour later the soup is done. If you forget to start it in the morning, it also works really well in an Instant Pot too.
I got this recipe from my mom, who got it from somewhere. I've changed it a lot over the years, but it still works! I used to use white flour, but its even better with spelt or whole wheat flour. No one even noticed when I traded out the eggs for ground flax seed. We reduced the sugar and added mini chocolate chips. Even with all my changes to make them healthier, they keep disappearing wherever I take them. Everyone loves them and asks for the recipe.
I've written the recipe the way that I make it now, but feel free to modify it to your liking, as it is very adaptable. If you want a cupcake, add some cream cheese frosting! If you don't have ground flax seed but do have farm fresh eggs, use those instead! This is the best use of brown and spotty bananas that I know of. It's actually a banana upgrade. If you have a lot of bananas, double or triple the recipe and freeze them for a quick snack later. Yum!
This whole-plant-based soup is so creamy even without any cheese, cream, butter or oil. We enjoy it with a fresh loaf of bread, a salad and a bottle of home canned peaches. Comfort food at every level. Perfect for a chilly evening and even better the next day as an easy to pack lunch. It is also very good with a sprinkle of crusty croutons. No-Cheese Sauce recipe here.