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Peanut Butter & Jelly Baked Oatmeal Cups

Posted on May 11, 2016 in Breakfast, Cooking, Featured, For kids

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When my 5 year old son tried these he said, “Mommy, with this you will win Chopped champion!” I’m not so sure about that, but these are a quick and tasty breakfast or after school snack!  You can bake them on the weekend and have breakfast all week, but they are also pretty quick to whip up on a weekday morning!

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I used simply fruit strawberry jam because I didn’t want a bunch of added sugar, but any jam would work.  Add some fun toppings or mix ins like; chopped peanuts, coconut flakes, mini chocolate chips, fresh/frozen fruit, and anything else that sounds good to you!  I topped ours with another small scoop of jam, some melted peanut butter, and a tiny bit of honey!  I hope you enjoy them!

Here they are before I baked them!

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Peanut Butter & Jelly Baked Oatmeal Cups

(makes 12-15 cups)

2 cups of old fashioned oats

3 heaping teaspoons of peanut powder (look for one without added sugar)

1/2 tsp of baking powder

1/2 tsp of baking soda

1/4 tsp of salt

1 cup of almond milk

1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce

1 egg or 2 egg whites

1/3 cup of peanut butter

1/3 cup of low sugar or no sugar added jam (I used simply fruit strawberry!)

1 tsp of melted coconut oil

*optional 1 cup of chopped fruit (I used fresh strawberries) or any other mix ins you’d like!

Here they are fresh out of the oven!

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare a muffin tin.  I just used coconut oil spray because I was out of liners, but I think the foil liners would work great!

In a large bowl combine all ingredients and stir.  (yes, it’s that easy!)

Scoop evening into prepared tin.  If you’d like, add some chopped peanuts, coconut, fresh fruit, or whatever topping you like on top!

Bake for 14-17 minutes depending on how big you made them etc.  Let cool then remove from pan.  Store in the fridge and eat cold or heat up!

Enjoy!

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Banana PB2 Baked Oatmeal Cups

Posted on Mar 3, 2015 in Breakfast, Cooking, Featured, For kids

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Here is another quick and easy breakfast idea for those busy mornings!  You can bake these ahead of time and heat them up on your way out the door or even eat them cold.  I like to eat them like a muffin, but you could also heat them up in a bowl with a little milk, sliced banana, and a drizzle of peanut butter!  I used PB2 and got a light peanut butter flavor, so if you want more of a peanut butter punch add another tablespoon or so.   With no flour, oils, or added sugar you can feel good about starting your day with these baked oatmeal cups!

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Banana PB2 Baked Oatmeal Cups

(Makes 12 cups, 6-12 servings)

3 large ripe bananas, mashed

1 cup of milk (you can use almond milk or coconut milk if you’d like)

1 egg (or 2 egg whites)

1 teaspoon of vanilla

1 3/4 cups of old fashioned oats

1/2 teaspoon of baking powder

1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

1/4 teaspoon of salt (optional)

3+ tablespoons of PB2, you can use the chocolate or regular flavor (add more if you want a stronger peanut butter flavor)

1/3 cup of mini chocolate chips

Some optional mix in ideas are: chopped nuts, coconut, peanut butter chips, diced apple, flax seed meal, etc.

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a muffin tin with foil liners.  I sprayed coconut oil spray very lightly over the whole thing to ensure my oatmeal wouldn’t stick!

In a large bowl mash your bananas.  Add milk, egg, and vanilla and whisk until smooth.  Add in oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and PB2.  Mix well then add your chocolate chips or whatever mix ins you would like.  Divide evenly between your prepared baking cups.  Bake for about 20 minutes until they are set.  I like mine a little more firm so I baked them closer to 22 minutes, if you want more of a traditional oatmeal texture bake for closer to 20 minutes.   Let sit before removing from foil wrapper.

Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.  Can be eaten cold or reheated!

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Source: slightly adapted from http://www.southerninlaw.com/2014/03/healthy-banana-bread-baked-oatmeal-recipe.html

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Basic Stovetop Oatmeal

Posted on Jul 4, 2014 in Breakfast, Cooking, Featured, For kids

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAOK, I know this recipe is on the canister of most oats, but I’ve had so many people ask me how I make stovetop oatmeal or tell me it’s too hard or takes too long.  I like making this more than using the prepared packet oatmeal because you skip out on all of the “extras” like added sugar and things I can’t pronounce!  Plus, you can customize it to what sounds good each morning!  I usually go for sliced strawberries and blueberries with a sprinkle of toasted coconut!  I add my fruit the same time as the oats so they get cooked a little bit, you can just add fresh fruit at the end if you prefer.  Some topping ideas include: bananas, dried fruit, flaxseed, chocolate chips (added at the end of course), coconut (toasted or not), any berries, apples (you can soften them up in the microwave a bit first if you like), nuts, brown sugar, cocoa powder, spoonful of peanut butter, protein powder, etc.  What would you add to yours?

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Basic Stovetop Oatmeal

(makes 1 serving)

1 cup of water or milk (almond milk should work too?)

1/2 cup of old fashioned oats

dash of salt (optional)

Optional: dash of cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla

Toppings: berries, bananas, nuts, dried fruits, coconut, flax seed, brown sugar, etc!

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Heat water and salt to a boil (if you’re using milk heat until just about to boil).  Stir in oats and fruit if you’d like it slightly cooked.  (I think bananas are best reserved until the end so they don’t get all mushy!)  Cook for about 3-4 minutes.  Let sit for 1 minute before serving.  Add any toppings you’d like!

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Frozen Yogurt Bites

Posted on Jul 2, 2014 in Breakfast, Cooking, Desserts, Featured, For kids

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Are you ready for a new idea for a snack or even dessert??  Try these little guys out!  They are extremely easy and fast to make and are actually good for you!  My kids LOVE these!  They would have eaten all of them if I let them.  They kept asking for more “ice cream”!  Definitely a snack I feel good giving them and that they enjoy!

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Here’s what you need:

Greek yogurt (any kind, any flavor, whatever amount you wish to make!)

a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper

small Ziploc baggies

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To make:

All you need to do is put the yogurt in the baggies and cut the very tip off.  Squeeze a small round blop of yogurt onto the parchment covered cookie sheet.  Continue until you’ve used up all of your yogurt.  Place in the freezer for 30 minutes or until frozen.  Eat!!!

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Baked Mini Turkey Meatballs

Posted on Aug 20, 2013 in Appetizers, Cooking, Dinner, Featured, For kids, Meat, Pasta

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These little guys are so full of flavor and so easy to make!  Not to mention they are healthier than your average meatball, using ground turkey meat and spinach.  Plus they bake up in under 15 minutes, not bad!  Perfect as an appetizer served with marinara for dipping, over a big plate of spaghetti, or in a meatball sandwich.   Try them for dinner this week!!

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Baked Mini Turkey Meatballs

(Makes 34-46 mini meatballs)

1.25 lbs ground turkey

1 egg

2 tablespoons of milk

1 cup of chopped frozen spinach, thawed

1/2 cup of Italian style breadcrumbs

1/3-1/2 cup of Italian blend shredded cheese (or you can just use shredded mozzarella or parmesan)

1 teaspoon of sea salt

few dashes of pepper

few dashes of garlic salt

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Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.

In a large bowl combine all ingredients and stir until just combined.  Do not over mix or your meatballs may be tough!

Use a tablespoon sized scoop and place meatballs on prepared baking sheets.  Bake for 12-15 minutes or until cooked through.

Serve immediately.  How easy is that???

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Banana Coconut Oatmeal Quinoa Bites

Posted on Apr 8, 2013 in Breakfast, Cooking, Featured, For kids

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Yum, these are a new favorite of mine!  Great for a quick breakfast, pre/post workout snack, or afternoon snack.  Sweetened only with banana and honey and made with no flour, they’re pretty healthy too!

Nutritional Info for one bite: 90 calories, 3.3 grams of fat, 12.9 carbs, 2.1 grams of fiber, 3.6 grams of sugar, 2.7 grams of protein.

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Banana Coconut Oatmeal Quinoa Bites

(makes about 30 bites)

1 1/2 cups of quinoa, cooked

1 1/2 cups of quick cooking oats

1 cup of coconut (toasted if you’d like)

1/4 cup of flax seed meal

1 tablespoon of cinnamin

dash of nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1/4 cup of honey

2-3 bananas, mashed (about 1 cup)

1/2 cup of vanilla coconut milk

2 eggs

2 teaspoons of vanilla

1/4 cup of coconut for the topping (optional)

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a mini muffin tin with non stick cooking spray.

In a large bowl stir together cooked quinoa, oats, flax seed meal, coconut, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.  Set aside.

In a medium bowl whisk together honey, mashed bananas, coconut milk, eggs, and vanilla.  Once combined, stir into the quinoa-oat mixture.  Mix well.

Use a tablespoon sized scoop to place heaping scoops into the prepared muffin tin.  Top each one with a pinch of additional coconut.  Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned and the bites are set.  Let sit for about 5 minutes, then use a large spoon to remove each bite from the muffin tin. Let cool the rest of the way on a cooling rack.  Store in the fridge.

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