Recipes

Banana Baked Oatmeal Muffins

This is a great recipe if you’re looking for a healthy bite.

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Though we have no food allergies in our house (thank God!) and don’t specifically avoid any certain ingredient, they are perfect for families who ARE avoiding specific things.

No white sugar. No flour. No eggs.

Less than 100 calories a piece.

As an added bonus, they are super tasty and nutritious. Perfect for a quick grab-it-and-go breakfast or a healthy little snack.

These would also be great in kids’ lunchboxes. I am always struggling to pack healthy for my gang. After packing five lunchboxes a day every weekday morning I seem to run out of fresh ideas sometimes.

I haven’t tried this yet, but these supposedly freeze well also.

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I snagged the recipe off of this website.

Here’s the lowdown on what you need to make these:

5 cups rolled oats

2 1/2 cups overly ripe bananas

1 tsp salt

5 TB sweetener (you choose which one–I used honey)

2/3 cup Chocolate chips

2 1/2 cup water

1/4 cup + 1 TB oil (coconut or vegetable)

2 1/2 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 380 degrees F and line cupcake pans with liners. Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. Mix wet ingredients in a separate bowl and then add in to the dry ones. Mix together well, than spoon into cupcake liners. Bake for 20-22 minutes. Makes about 24.

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Honey Butter Syrup

Okay, this may be the easiest recipe I’ve ever posted on here. However, it is so stinking good that I just had to share it with you all. I discovered this in my new favorite cookbook:

Even though it says “new” on the cover, it’s from 1953. I found it at a yard sale this summer for $1. A dollar well spent as I have found SO many good recipes in here. Actually, I was given the BH&G cookbook from the late 1990’s as a wedding gift and have used it heavily as well. Even if I didn’t use the recipes, I would still enjoy just looking through it at all the cute retro pics, like these:

You can definitely tell this is from another era. Note that the Mom in the pictures always has on a dress, apron, and a smile (no pearls though ;)). I think if my husband came home to me dressed like that he would think I’m either (a) trying way too hard to be cute or (b) that I’ve finally lost my mind. Granted, most days I do like my role as homemaker, but I’m far from looking that polished!

Okay, on to the recipe. This wasn’t even listed as a recipe, just a little one paragraph insert underneath of a waffle recipe in the book. My husband actually discovered it and made it the first time. On Sunday mornings he and the kids usually make some sort of scrumptious breakfast, so they made this with waffles and had me guess what was in the recipe. I was totally wrong! I thought for sure it had either maple syrup or corn syrup in it, but it actually doesn’t. As I mentioned in the beginning, it’s ridiculously easy to make.

Honey Butter Syrup

1 cup liquid honey

1/4 cup butter

1/4 tsp cinnamon

pinch of nutmeg

Melt all of the ingredients together on the stovetop or in the microwave (my version). Serve warm!

Recipes

Homemade Granola

Breakfast has got to be my favorite meal of the day.  I always wake up hungry and enjoy a variety of breakfast foods. However, I am not one of those Moms who make their clan a hot, nutritious breakfast every morning. Kudos to you if you are! My kids usually get a hot breakfast Sunday and Monday mornings when my hubby is off, that way we get to eat breakfast as a family. All of the other mornings my kids are very familiar with Toucan Sam, Tony the Tiger, and all of their friends. Though they are quick and easy to serve, I don’t dig all of the sugar and other not-so-healthy elements of these cereals.

Recently my Mom came across an old recipe that she used to make for homemade granola. It was written on an old recipe card by our neighbor from almost 30 years ago! I don’t know about you, but I love to keep hand-written recipes from family and friends. When my Mom discovered this, we decided to make a batch for old times sake. My brother, who must have the memory of an elephant, remembered the last time she had made it, which was over 20 years ago. Mmmm, was it ever good! I enjoyed it in lieu of traditional cereal for about a week straight, and can honestly say it kept me full and satisfied much longer than other cereals. It is chock full of good stuff and doesn’t have any added sugar. So, if you’re looking to serve your family something a little different for breakfast, or just to snack on, give it a try! Another good thing about this recipe is that you can adapt it to the likes of your family, or adjust it if there are any allergies as well. Enjoy!

Chock full of goodness, made with love.

Homemade Granola

Heat oven to 250 degrees F. In a large roasting pan, heat the following ingredients:

1/2-1 cup oil OR 2 sticks butter

1/2-1 cup honey

1/2 cup water

2 tsp vanilla

After the above ingredients are heated, add 6 cups of rolled oats.

In addition to your rolled oats, add 6 cups of any combination of the following ingredients:

whole wheat flour

soy flour

wheat germ

sunflower, pumpkin, or sesame seeds

non-fat milk powder

shredded coconut

walnuts, almonds, or pecans, chopped

cinnamon

pinch of salt

Bake 1 1/2 to 2 hours, stir every 20 minutes.

After baking, add dried fruit (raisins, craisins, dried blueberries….) in any amount that you wish. Store in an airtight container. This recipe can easily be doubled.

PS-Put some in a mason jar, add a handmade tag, and give to someone you love or appreciate!