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Remember those frozen banana chips you’ve been keeping in the freezer since the last time your bananas got too ripe?!  Well, here is a great fall recipe to use them up!  I swear, it is just like eating a slice of pumpkin pie!

 

Ingredients:

1 – 5 oz. container of Greek yogurt – I used honey flavored

1 frozen banana – previously cut into chips and frozen

1/2 cup canned pumpkin (or cooked fresh, if you have it)

1/4 cup milk

1/4 cup dry oats

2 tsp honey

1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp vanilla

 

In the blender, add your yogurt and frozen bananas.

Next add the pumpkin.

Add the oats and the milk.

Drizzle in the honey and add the pumpkin pie spice and vanilla.

Blend well until smooth.  Serve with a little cinnamon on top!

 

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
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Recipe type: Smoothie
Serves: 2
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Ingredients
  • 1 - 5 oz. container of Greek yogurt - I used honey flavored
  • 1 frozen banana - previously cut into chips and frozen
  • ½ cup canned pumpkin (or cooked fresh, if you have it)
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ¼ cup dry oats
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Instructions
  1. In the blender, add your yogurt and frozen bananas.
  2. Next add the pumpkin.
  3. Add the oats and the milk.
  4. Drizzle in the honey and add the pumpkin pie spice and vanilla.
  5. Blend well until smooth. Serve with a little cinnamon on top!

 

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This is a super yummy snack that will take care of your sweet tooth and is still a little on the healthier side!  Also makes a special after school snack for the kids!

 

Ingredients:

1 banana – cut into chips

peanut butter

milk chocolate

milk

 

First, cut up the banana into small chip sized pieces.

Next, using a knife, add peanut butter to each of the banana tops.  Place in the freezer for about an hour to harden up the banana, this makes it easier to dip.

After the bananas have frozen through, add water into a sauce pan and bring to a boil.  Place your chocolate into a large metal bowl, and place the bowl over top of the boiling water – this makes a homemade double boiler.

While the chocolate is beginning to melt, add a small bit of milk to make the chocolate a creaming, pour-able mixture.

After the chocolate has been melted to desired thickness, use a fork to dip the banana pieces into the chocolate and a spoon to completely coat each piece.

Place the chocolate covered bananas back on the baking sheet.  Once all have been covered, place back in the freezer for about an hour to harden the chocolate.

After the chocolate has hardened, enjoy these little mini bites as a snack or an after dinner treat!

Store the extras in a freezer ready plastic container to enjoy another day!

 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Frozen Bananas Bites
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 4
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Ingredients
  • 1 banana - cut into chips
  • peanut butter
  • milk chocolate
  • milk
Instructions
  1. First, cut up the banana into small chip sized pieces.
  2. Next, using a knife, add peanut butter to each of the banana tops.  Place in the freezer for about an hour to harden up the banana, this makes it easier to dip.
  3. After the bananas have frozen through, add water into a sauce pan and bring to a boil.  Place your chocolate into a large metal bowl, and place the bowl over top of the boiling water - this makes a homemade double boiler.
  4. While the chocolate is beginning to melt, add a small bit of milk to make the chocolate a creaming, pour-able mixture.
  5. After the chocolate has been melted to desired thickness, use a fork to dip the banana pieces into the chocolate and a spoon to completely coat each piece.
  6. Place the chocolate covered bananas back on the baking sheet.  Once all have been covered, place back in the freezer for about an hour to harden the chocolate.
  7. After the chocolate has hardened, enjoy these little mini bites as a snack or an after dinner treat!
  8. Store the extras in a freezer ready plastic container to enjoy another day!

 

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I grew up with homemade banana bread and once I was old enough to cook, my mom passed along her banana bread recipe to me.  I love this recipe!  It smells amazing while baking and my own kids really love it!

 

Ingredients:

4 ripe bananas

2 cups all purpose flour

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup vegetable oil

2 eggs

3 tbsp milk

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

 

First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Next step is to mix together the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.

Then it is time to add the milk, oil and vanilla.

Next add the eggs and mix together.

Last, it is time to add the bananas and mash them up completely into the mixture.

Once completely mixed, pour into individual greased tin loafs (this can also be baked in a large bread pan, just adjust the cooking time).

Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the tops of the loaves have browned and an inserted toothpick comes out clean.  Allow to cool and serve.

Any uneaten loaves can be individually sealed in plastic bags and popped into the freezer for a yummy homemade snack another time!

 

Banana Bread
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Recipe type: Bread
Serves: 8
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Ingredients
  • 4 ripe bananas
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
Instructions
  1. First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Next step is to mix together the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.
  2. Then it is time to add the milk, oil and vanilla.
  3. Next add the eggs and mix together.
  4. Last, it is time to add the bananas and mash them up completely into the mixture.
  5. Once completely mixed, pour into individual greased tin loafs (this can also be baked in a large bread pan, just adjust the cooking time).
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the tops of the loaves have browned and an inserted toothpick comes out clean.  Allow to cool and serve.
  7. Any uneaten loaves can be individually sealed in plastic bags and popped into the freezer for a yummy homemade snack another time!

 

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I love oatmeal, but sometimes a breakfast bar makes breakfast on-the-go much easier!  This is a great healthy alternative that the kids will even love!

 

Ingredients:

2 cups oats

1 cup milk

1 banana

1/2 cup applesauce

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup shredded coconut

1/2 cup Craisins

 

First, preheat the oven to 325 degrees.  Next, in a large bowl, combine the oats,  sugars, baking powder and spices – mix well.

Next, add the applesauce, banana and milk.  Mix well.

Then add the eggs to the mixture.

Once the oatmeal mixture has been thoroughly mix, add the coconut and Craisins and stir them in.

Pour the mixture into a greased 8×8 baking dish (or 9×13 for a crispier, thinner bar) and bake at 325 for 45-60 minutes, depending on your oven.  Once cooked through (check with a toothpick), allow to cool and then cut into sections and serve.

Once the bars have totally cooled, place each bar in a sealable plastic bag, ensuring that the air has been sealed out.  Store in the freezer until you are ready to have one of these yummy homemade treats for breakfast!  Pop in the microwave and enjoy!

 

Craisin Coconut Oatmeal Breakfast Bars
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 6
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 banana
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ cup shredded coconut
  • ½ cup Craisins
Instructions
  1. First, preheat the oven to 325 degrees.  Next, in a large bowl, combine the oats, sugars, baking powder and spices - mix well.
  2. Next, add the applesauce, banana and milk.  Mix well.
  3. Then add the eggs to the mixture.
  4. Once the oatmeal mixture has been thoroughly mix, add the coconut and Craisins and stir them in.
  5. Pour the mixture into a greased 8x8 baking dish (or 9x13 for a crispier, thinner bar) and bake at 325 for 45-60 minutes, depending on your oven.  Once cooked through (check with a toothpick), allow to cool and then cut into sections and serve.
  6. Once the bars have totally cooled, place each bar in a sealable plastic bag, ensuring that the air has been sealed out.  Store in the freezer until you are ready to have one of these yummy homemade treats for breakfast!  Pop in the microwave and enjoy!

 

 

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Chocolate Covered Frozen Bananas

These are the most amazing, kid-friendly summer treats!  You can tailor this recipe to your liking with ingredients and number of bananas.  This is what I chose to use:   Ingredients 3 bananas – cut in 1/2 12 oz bag of chocolate chips 1 tbsp butter popsicle sticks toppings (sprinkles, coconut, crushed cereal, etc.)   […]

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