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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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The title is a mouthful, but I promise you will end up with a mouthful of these awesome cookies as soon as they are out of the oven!

 

Ingredients:

2/3 cup butter – melted

2/3 cup brown sugar

2 large eggs

1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

5 oz. Craisins dried cranberries

2/3 cup dark chocolate chips or chunks

 

First, preheat oven to 375.  Next, in a large bowl beat together the butter, brown sugar and eggs.

Next, add the flour and the oats.

Mix up well.  Then add the baking soda and salt and mix them in thoroughly.

Last, add the chocolate and the Craisins and stir them in.

Spray a 9×13 baking sheet and roll small balls of dough, spacing them out.  Bake for 10-12 minutes until done.

While the cookies are baking, I always wrap up 1/2 of the raw dough in plastic wrap and then foil and store away in the freezer.  That way when I want some homemade cookies, I can just slide off as many as I want from the roll and bake!

Once the cookies have finished baking, remove them from the baking sheet and place them on cooling racks.  Enjoy with a large glass of milk!

 

Oatmeal Cranberry Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12
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Ingredients
  • ⅔ cup butter - melted
  • ⅔ cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1½ cups old fashioned oats
  • 1½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 5 oz. Craisins dried cranberries
  • ⅔ cup dark chocolate chips or chunks
Instructions
  1. First, preheat oven to 375.  Next, in a large bowl beat together the butter, brown sugar and eggs.
  2. Next, add the flour and the oats.
  3. Mix up well.  Then add the baking soda and salt and mix them in thoroughly.
  4. Last, add the chocolate and the Craisins and stir them in.
  5. Spray a 9x13 baking sheet and roll small balls of dough, spacing them out.  Bake for 10-12 minutes until done.
  6. While the cookies are baking, I always wrap up ½ of the raw dough in plastic wrap and then foil and store away in the freezer.  That way when I want some homemade cookies, I can just slide off as many as I want from the roll and bake!
  7. Once the cookies have finished baking, remove them from the baking sheet and place them on cooling racks.  Enjoy with a large glass of milk!

 

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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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I love, love, love homemade cookies with my boys!  My main problem with cookie recipes is that they usually yield 4-6 dozen.  Sure, you can half the recipe, but an even better idea is to make the full amount and freeze half of the dough for baking another day!  To get started you’ll need:

 

1 cup butter – softened

1 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup white sugar

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp cinnamon

2 eggs

1 tbsp vanilla

3 cups oats

1 1/2 cups raisins

 

First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Next, start by creaming together the butter and sugars.

After they have been mixed together well, add the vanilla and eggs.

Once they have been thoroughly blended, it is time to add the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg!

Your dough should be sticky and moist.  Next, add the oats to the dough.

After they have been mixed through, add the final ingredient…raisins!

Spray a cookie sheet and scoop out spoonfuls of the dough for baking.

Bake the first batch of cookies for 10-12 minutes or until a nice toasty brown color.  While the cookies are baking, gather up 1/2 of the remaining dough and form into a long cylinder.  Wrap the cylinder first in plastic wrap and then in aluminum foil.  This will go into the freezer for baking on another day!  All you will have to do is pull it out of the freezer, slice off pieces with a sharp knife and bake!

Pull the done cookies out of the oven and transfer to a cooling rack.

Once cooled, enjoy the fresh baked cookies with a glass of milk!

 

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 24
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter - softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • 1½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 3 cups oats
  • 1½ cups raisins
Instructions
  1. First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Next, start by creaming together the butter and sugars.
  2. After they have been mixed together well, add the vanilla and eggs.
  3. Once they have been thoroughly blended, it is time to add the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg!
  4. Your dough should be sticky and moist. Next, add the oats to the dough.
  5. After they have been mixed through, add the final ingredient...raisins!
  6. Spray a cookie sheet and scoop out spoonfuls of the dough for baking.
  7. Bake the first batch of cookies for 10-12 minutes or until a nice toasty brown color. While the cookies are baking, gather up ½ of the remaining dough and form into a long cylinder. Wrap the cylinder first in plastic wrap and then in aluminum foil. This will go into the freezer for baking on another day! All you will have to do is pull it out of the freezer, slice off pieces with a sharp knife and bake!
  8. Pull the done cookies out of the oven and transfer to a cooling rack.
  9. Once cooled, enjoy the fresh baked cookies with a glass of milk!

 

 

 

 

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