Freud is mentioned at least once a week in everyday conversation.
You meet people, hear about their family, and instantly start trying to figure out their parents’ attachment style.
You look at money left on the ground and wonder if it’s there for a psychology experiment.
You toss around words like “validity,” “reliability,” and “operational definition.”
You can discuss said words for hours on end.
When someone reads aloud the title of an article claiming that Facebook increases self-esteem, you want to know if the study it refers to was experimental in design or correlational, because correlation does not imply causation.
When you interact with children, you start labeling their different types of play, as well as their developmental stage according to Piaget.
You have an uncanny knack for finishing people’s sentences, because they’re predictable.
But the worst thing you do?
You turn baking into an experiment.
You see, I was redoing my granola bar recipe. And I knew I wanted to try some without sugar, and some with, to see how it would alter both the consistency and the taste. I also knew I wanted to do some with raisins and some with chocolate chips. Originally, I figured I’d make the sugary ones have chocolate chips, so the raisin ones would have no added, processed sugars.
But wait! Changing two different independent variables?! That creates a confounding variable! And we can’t have that. Because then we would never know if it was the presence of chocolate chips increasing the deliciousness, or the addition of sugar to the actual batter.
So we run a two-independent-variables experiment. And make four different bars. On one cookie sheet.
Yeah, don’t date a psych major. We’re crazy. And we can label exactly what kind of crazy too…
These are the same bars I tried a few weeks ago, but they still aren’t perfect; I’m working out some of the flavor issues. They’re very very grainy and without sugar aren’t terribly sweet, but I kind of like them like that. I will say that the chocolate chips are an almost-necessary addition and really make them delicious. The raisins… eh, so-so. I will continue tweaking, but I wanted to give some semblance of a recipe!
I was so excited to finally get to experiment with some of the fabulous things sent to me by Swanson Health Products. They sent me Chia seeds (which I haven’t played with yet!), Bob’s Red Mill ground flaxseed, wheat germ, tapioca flour, potato starch, and Vitamin D pills. This recipe incorporates the flaxseed and wheat germ, giving it a much more significant nutritional punch. I was given these products for free; if you’re interested in doing a review for them, they are an absolute breeze to work with and can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org
All of the stuff shipped within a week and I was incredibly surprised at how soon it arrived in my little mailbox… I was also impressed with how low the prices were on their website, had I been actually paying for it! The huge bag of flaxseed I got would’ve cost me less than $5… More than 25% cheaper than retail price! Their website is also full of great products ranging from bars to vitamins and everything in-between. I’m looking forward to continuing to experiment with some of the items I got.
Now about those bars…
Crazy Lady Granola Bars
Makes about 20
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup natural peanut butter (I like crunchy… and I might put more in the next round of tests)
2-4 tablespoons brown sugar (optional)
1/2 cup hot water + 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup peanut flour (or protein powder, or regular flour)
1/4 cup wheat germ
2 cups regular oats
2 packets stevia (or to taste)
~1/2 cup mix-in of choice (chocolate chips are delish!)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a 9×13 baking pan.
In a small bowl, combine flaxseed and hot water. Let sit for a few minutes, or until it’s somewhat gelatinous.. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, mash banana (sometimes it helps to microwave it to make it loosen up all its delicious juices…). Add in peanut butter, flax mixture, and sugar (if using) and mix well. Add dry ingredients and stir until well combined; you may need to get your hands in there for a bit (if it’s way too dry, add liquid by the tablespoon). Fold in mix-in, then press the mixture into the baking pan.
Bake for anywhere from 20-30 minutes or until edges are lightly golden-brown. Remove from oven and let cool for 1-2 minutes, then cut while still warm. Allow to cool completely before removing from pan.
I would ask you to weigh in on whether or not I’m crazy but I’m pretty sure I know the answer. ;)
What’s your major/area of interest, and how are your quirks indicative of that?