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Almond Peak-a-Boo Banana Bread with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Hershey’s Syrup




Well hello Mr. Clean Banana Bread. Looking as delish’ as ever. I can’t even tell you’re vegan + gluten free + sugar free.


Wanna make it? Good thing I transcribed the recipe from napkins notes to here then.


banana bread ingredients 

  • 1 large banana, peeled + sliced length wise
  • 1 banana smashed
  • 1 1/2 cup almond flour (buckwheat flour works too)
  • 2 eggs (use 1 tablespoons of chia seeds soaked in 2 tablespoons of water to make it vegan)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon cacao powder


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syrup ingredients

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup






Preheat over at 340 F. Line loaf tin with baking paper.


Beat together all ingredients, expect the sliced bananas, until well combined. Cover the bottom of the loaf tin with the sliced bananas. Pour mixture around the placed banana slices. Place into the over + bake for 30 minutes. Remove from over + cover with foil. Cook for further 10 minutes. Remove from oven + leave in tin to cool.


In the meantime, prepare the I Can’t Believe It’s Not Hershey’s Syrup. In a small bowl add all syrup ingredients + whisk together well with a fork. Warm if desired + drizzle over individual bread slices to serve. Pow!




Time to eat. The End!



Mayi Carles


Photography Credit

Marcela Macias

Win a Scholarship to From Busy to Happy

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Have you heard of From Busy to Happy: A 21-Day Productivity Mission? Well, April + I are offering a scholarship for the course, cuz we believe everyone deserves to checkmark their big audacious dream, no matter how much money is in their piggy bank.


If you’ve been drooling over the course + counting your pennies to see if you can register, we’ve saved one spot to give away, for FREE!!!


And, we’re making the process super easy, because we know you’re ku-raaaaaa-zy busy. Hello! That’s why you want to take the course, right?


to enter

All you have to do to enter is:

1. Print off this hand-painted Declaration of Goal.


2. Fill in your goal, the date you want to accomplish your goal by + the kryptonite that you won’t let stand in your way. Excuuuse me perfectionism!


3. Take a picture of yourself holding your Declaration of Goal + upload it to your favorite social media platform(s) (Instagram + Twitter + Facebook + Pinterest) with the hashtag #connectingthegaps + the link to the course page: http://bit.ly/busytohappy


4. Leave a comment below letting us know which social media platform(s) you posted your Declaration of Goal on. The scholarship entry deadline is THIS THURSDAY, June 26th at 1pm EST. We’ll announce the winner around 5pm EST on June 26th.


bonus points

1. The more social media platforms you post your picture on, the more times you’ll be entered in the contest. Options: Instagram +  Twitter + Facebook + Pinterest.


2. If you post the picture of you holding your Declaration of Goal in a blog post (with the link back to course page) + write a little bit about why you want to reach that goal, you’ll get entered another five times. Make sure to leave the LINK to your blog post in the comments below, so we can find and read it.


fine print

Anyone worldwide can enter. The scholarship decision is final. If you already paid for a spot in From Busy to Happy: A 21-Day Productivity Mission+ you want to enter, you can. If you win, we’ll simply refund your purchase.


Have questions? Leave it in the comments below or email us at connectingthegaps@gmail.com + we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.



Mayi Carles


PS: We’re hosting a Happy Hour on June 25th at 7pm EST to answer all your questions related to From Busy to Happy: A 21-Day Productivity MissionRSVP here + bring your favorite beverage!


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We’re Recruiting!

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I interrupt our scheduled programing + our World Cup watching + our happy hours + our Facebook stalking + our Internet scrolling + our blanket fort making to invite you to join The League of Supers. We’re recruiting!


April + I are recruiting the next generation of online superstars who want to bridge the gaps between their virtual worlds + offlines lives. Online superstardom meets offline happiness. POW!


We want to put an end to this scam about “finding life balance”. Are you serious? What freaking balance? Balance is this thing only Cirque du Soleil performers who train an average of 12 hours a day can pull off without losing body parts in the act or having flamed bowling pins smash their craniums. Screw balance!


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We believe that everyday should feel like Friday.


We believe in waking up every morning without that nagging feeling that we’re already running behind.


We believe in drinking tea (or limoncello… why not?), while talking about the sticky stuff that gets in the way.


We believe people spend too much time staring into screens + not enough time dancing under the stars + French kissing.


We believe our scars make us stronger + simply remind us that we are stronger than whatever tried to bring us down.


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We believe in making lots of money to afford expensive organic strawberries + fancy colored pencils + trips to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.


We believe in coming up with secret handshakes + cleaning the house in rollerblades + riding roller coasters (the upside down kind) + creating best-sellers in pajamas.


We believe that our silly stupid mistakes can easily be fixed by closing a couple of tabs on our browser.


We believe you deserve everything you pin on Pinterest.


We believe that ku-raaaaaa-zy busy hurry hurry hurry mode leads to Cinnabon.


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So, we created From Busy to Happy: A 21-Day Productivity Mission, designed as a board game with a “start here” + a trophy at the finish line + the goofiest gals in town rolling the dice, in tutus. Don’t worry, there’s no Monopoly jail in our adventure set. Only scavenger hunts + treasure expeditions to help you reconnect with your inner Picasso + focus on what’s truly important + get things done like a BOSS. Capes, optional but highly encouraged.


You can check out all the details right here:


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The course starts on July 1st.


Shopping cart closes June 30th at 9pm EST.


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If you have any questions about whether or not From Busy to Happy: A 21-Day Productivity Mission is right for you, just shoot me an e-mail (mayicarles@gmail.com) + dump out all your woes. I’ll help you out. Will even tell you the truth!


And just in case no one told you today: We happen to think you are pretty SUPER!


That’s all!



Mayi Carles
(with April Bowles-Olin as accomplice)

The Cutest World Cup Bracket Printable



I only get psyched for one sporting event every 4 years. I can’t handle the emotional roller coaster of being a super fan any more often than that. But during the World Cup… WATCH OUT SISTER! I’ve been known to throw plastic cups at TV screens + eat pizza with my bare hands Viking-style + yell at people during games. It ain’t pretty. 


No matter how fierce thou, I always manage to pair matches with themed parties. I made bean chili for the Mexico match + baked carrot cake to Hup Holland Hup! For the Italy game, there will be Pizza Napolitana in the oven + hubby ordered Argentinian empanadas for Sunday. This is how we roll.


And there’s more.


As is tradition, da’ girls of the family started our infamous WhatApp chat called “Mundial de las Locas” (The World Cup Crazies), where we discuss extremely technical and statistically accurate matters ONLY, of course. (Wink!) Boys aren’t allowed but I was able to pull some strings + get Hagrid a conditional pass if he manages to keep his puppy teeths away from out sandals.


In the words of Beyonce, “Men have given a chance to rule the world. Ladies, our revolution has begun. Who run the world? Girls!


Now, I’m sure what Beyonce really meant was: Girls with a cute World Cup Bracket. Cuz seriously those ones off the internet, have your seen them? They are hideous. We can be like sooooo dysfunctionally together this sporty season, but in style please. Click here to download yours!


Tag me in social media @mayicarles so I can see your World Cup Bracket in action pretty please. Psst…I designed it so you can take your crayons for a spin + customize your printable with the winning team colors. I’ll handpick my favorite pics to regram + spread this beautiful madness.



Mayi Carles

My Five New Morning Routine Besties

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My Curaçao vacation is over. List-making is on. I have SO MUCH WORK TO DO!!! What would Beyonce do?


Screaming over.


In today’s episode of Friday Video Time I’m going to share with you little things I’ve incorporated into my morning routine that have helped me, not only get back on the wagon, but actually do more in less time, minus the Siegfried and Dr. Dyde-like mood swings.



let’s recap

These are my five new morning routine besties:

  • Go from jammies to workout clothes.
  • Drink infused water.
  • Allot time for each task.
  • Shower with music.
  • Go “Airplane Mode”.


your turn

In the comments, I would love to hear about your morning routine besties. The things that make you smile + more productive in the mornings.


Speaking of productivity, April + I are launching something BIG on Monday, so make sure you hop on my mailing list to get all the details.


See you on soon!



Mayi Carles


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