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136 healthy oatmeal breakfast cookies. Easy to make and can be easily adapted to be gluten free

Oatmeal Breakfast Cookie

Need an easy breakfast idea your kids will love? You’re going to love this oatmeal breakfast cookie recipe. These healthy breakfast cookies are loaded with oats, peanut butter, and raisins- they’re a dream come true! Grab your glass of milk and watch how these cookie come together for a nutritious breakfast!

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32 Banana Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Banana Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Granola bars are a great after-school snack.  Finding one that has all natural ingredients and is organic and affordable can be a challenge.  If you have a gluten-free and nut-free kid, even more difficult.chocolate chip banana bars

I’ve never made granola bars before.  Every recipe I found was either full of tree nuts, peanuts, or binding agents I don’t want to use.  For this reason, I’ve chosen to put off creating my own and focusing my attention on nutritious school lunches.

Since starting my daughter on a gluten-free diet, I’ve been experimenting a lot in my personal blog with different recipes and ideas to make them delicious and healthy for my daughter (who also has a peanut allergy).

I finally decided to tackle my nemesis: the granola bar.

It’s delicious. I know. Try to control yourself from eating it yet! You’ll thank me later.  This recipe is really easy to make.  You measure and mix the ingredients, spread it on a baking dish, cool, cut, and serve!

While you’ve been standing there, smelling them, wanting them, waiting for them to cool, I know you’ve been eating chocolate chips from the bag. Admit it! Okay, maybe that’s just me, but it also gave me the yummy idea to melt some additional chocolate chips and drizzle it over the bars. Mmm…

You don’t have to add the drizzle, but I did. I went there. There’s no going back now; there are never regrets when it comes to chocolate!

I wrapped the bars individually in waxed paper and stored them in an airtight container with a lid. That way, we can easily grab bars on the go for lunches or snacks!

These have been a big hit with the fella and my Little Miss! The smell of a banana chocolate chip muffin, but the yummy texture of a granola bar.  From my family to yours, ENJOY!

Banana Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

  • Author: MOMables
  • Cuisine: Baking


  • 2 1/2 cups rolled oats (GF Harvest oats are both gluten- and nut-free.)
  • 2 medium ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2/3 cup chocolate chips (EnjoyLife brand are gluten- and nut-free.)
  • 1/2 cup crunchy flax cereal (EnjoyLife brand is gluten- and nut-free.) (You could also use a gluten-free crunchy rice cereal, if you prefer.)


  1. On an ungreased baking sheet, spread the oats out evenly, and bake at 350F for about 10 minutes, stirring once in the middle of that time.
  2. Remove the oats from the oven, leaving the oven ON, and let them cool completely.
  3. While the oats are cooling, you can mix together the remaining ingredients in a large bowl. After the oats are cooled, add them to the bowl, and mix thoroughly.
  4. Lightly coat an 8×8 baking dish with cooking spray, and place the mixture evenly into the dish, using your fingers to help push it down flat and into the corners.
  5. Bake at 350F for about 25 minutes.
  6. After cooking, allow to cool completely.
  7. After the bars have cooled and the chocolate has hardened, you can slice it however you prefer. I chose to slice down the middle and into six even cuts lengthwise to make 12 bars.



11 How to Freeze Bananas

How to Freeze Bananas

Do you have bananas in your refrigerator or on your counter going to waste? I know I do sometimes.

Admit it. Sometimes it’s hard to plan for just the right amount of fresh produce to eat between shopping trips. Enough that you don’t need to make an extra grocery run, but not so much that it starts going bad before you can get to it.

How to Freeze Bananas

Bananas are the biggest culprit at my house for going bad unexpectedly. One day they’re still a little green, the next thing I know, brown and starting to go mushy. But if you use these tips from MOMables, you should never again have to throw out a brown banana! You know you have always wanted to know how to freeze bananas!

What about tips for every other part of the lunch-making process? We’ve got you covered! Join us at MOMables, and you won’t be disappointed!

Method 1: Slice and Freeze

I like this method the most, since it makes my life easier down the line. This works best before the bananas get too mushy.

Just slice the banana into chunks into a zip-seal baggie. You can use a freezer bag for each banana, or pack each sliced banana into a regular sandwich baggie and put those into a larger freezer bag. I find it easier to use a glass or jar to hold my baggie upright, and I kind of fold the top of the bag over the lip of the cup to keep it there. Then I can just slice the banana right in, without worrying about it plopping off somewhere.

This step is optional but highly recommended to reduce freezer burn. Stick a straw as far down into the bag as you can (without jamming it up with banana!) and close up most of the zip seal. Then use the straw to suck as much air as you can from the bag, like a vacuum. Continue to suck as you pull the straw out and seal the last bit of the bag shut.

When you’re ready to use it, just grab a bag and break apart the slices as best you can before tossing them into your blender or food processor.

How to Freeze Bananas

Method 2: Bag and Freeze

This is a great method for when the bananas start going mushy, and when the peel splits or the stem tears off.

Put as many bananas as you need to freeze into a zip-seal freezer bag. Use the straw method above to suck the excess air out before sealing. You can add new bananas later, just be sure to suck the air out again. And try to use the older ones first.

Method 3: Just Jam Them into the Freezer

This is what I do when I find a banana that needs to be dealt with right away, but I don’t have the time to slice and bag it. This only works when the peel is intact.

This part’s really tricky now; just stick the banana any ol’ place in the freezer. Yup. The peel protects it from freezer burn.

For Methods 2 and 3, when you’re ready to use the bananas and need them sliced to make it easier on your blender, cut the banana (in peel still) in half widthwise, then cut each half in half again, lengthwise. The peel comes off fairly easily then, depending how over-ripe the banana was when frozen. The further along it gets, the harder it is to get the stringy stuff off. I usually just use my knife to scrape down the sides to remove whatever is left after I get as much peel off as possible.

To use in baked goods, you can thaw a whole frozen banana in a bowl, then snip off the stem and squeeze the fruit out into a strainer to let some of the liquid drain. Done! No need to mash even! (I will warn you—it looks really gross, and might smell a bit odd too. So only thaw them if you plan to bake right away!)

Uses for frozen bananas: 

Smoothies! If you start with frozen fruit, there’s no need to dilute your smoothie with ice cubes!

As long as you don’t let it sit out long enough to thaw, you can use a frozen banana in the Chocolate Super Pops and Easy “Monkey” Ice Cream Sandwiches recipes before freezing them. (You don’t want to thaw and re-freeze any food, unless you cook it in between. Something science-y about it changing at a molecular level.)

3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Pudding “Frozen Yogurt”: Follow the recipe as-is, only with a frozen sliced banana! This will give it a thicker, cooler texture. To be eaten right away.

Chocolate Banana Bites: If you manage to freeze your banana slices so they aren’t all clumped together, you can change this recipe up just a bit for a delicious treat! Lay your frozen slices on a plate or cookie sheet, then drizzle or pour your melted chocolate over the tops. A little messier to eat without the sticks, but still yummy! (Put them back into the freezer or eat immediately.)

Baked goods! Try them in MOMables Oatmeal-Banana Breakfast Muffins, Monkey Chocolate Bars, and Banana Chocolate Chip Donuts!



Chocolate-Covered Banana Bites

Make these easy yummy chocolate-covered banana pops to snack on!

Chocolate banana bitesBanana Dippers. I’m sure you’ve heard of them. Banana slices covered in dark chocolate packaged in individual packs and sold in the freezer aisle.

And while the idea is genius, why am I going to pay for something I can so easily make? All you need is two ingredients: bananas and melted chocolate.

I used to make chocolate-covered bananas and freeze them ever since I was a little girl. I had never sliced them before, and I certainly never put them on a popsicle stick.

There is just something about putting a food on a popsicle stick that makes it so much more fun! It’s also easier for kids to enjoy without getting chocolate on their hands!

For these Banana Dippers, you can choose your favorite chocolate and melt it in either a double boiler or in your microwave. If your chocolate starts to get too hard, just put it back in the microwave for 15-second intervals, while stirring between, until melted again. Do make sure that your melted chocolate is in a deep bowl, or even a small measuring cup so that it makes dipping easier.

These are perfect to enjoy right out of the freezer on a hot day! If you want to add some more fruit, you could make our Banana Split Bites! And when you need some sweet goodness to last you all day without melting, make a batch of homemade banana chips to keep on hand for the ultimate tasty snack.

Banana Dippers

  • Author: MOMables.com
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Cuisine: Treats


  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1 cup or more chocolate chips (milk or dark chocolate)
  • Popsicle sticks


  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Slice the banana into 1-inch slices.
  3. Press your popsicle stick through the banana lengthwise and place it on the baking sheet.
  4. Freeze the banana pops until they’re frozen solid.
  5. Melt your chocolate in a double boiler on the stove, or in the microwave until completely melted.
  6. Dip your banana pops into the chocolate, and let the excess drip off.
  7. Place the pops flat side down onto the baking sheet, and freeze them until solid.
  8. Once they’re frozen, you can remove them from the baking sheet and place in an airtight freezer container.


When freezing bananas, make sure that your bananas are not too ripe so that they keep in the freezer longer.


16 Banana Chocolate Chip Donuts {Allergy-Friendly}

Do you know what’s harder than packing lunches? Making grab-and-go breakfast items that are allergy-friendly!

These Gluten Egg Dairy Nut Free Banana Chocolate Chip Donut Recipe-Baked- MOMables.comNutritious grab-and-go breakfast items that are homemade aren’t always easy to find. I do know that breakfast is an important meal because I want to  give my daughter nutritious foods that will help kick-start her day.

Unfortunately, I don’t always have time to sit around the table; instead, I’m packing lunches, trying to drink a cup of coffee, and tying her shoes while rushing out the  door to catch the bus or beat traffic.

The truth is that kids love donuts. Parents love donuts. Their round shape is iconic with mornings. They’re easy to eat on the go and can be made not only healthier but also allergy-friendly to help you get out the door on time.

You can make a batch of these over the weekend and freeze for future mornings. Just pull one the out of the freezer, let it stand at room temperature while you help get everyone out the door, and then toast for a few minutes.

Of course, you can enjoy them fresh! Another added bonus: They are baked.

This recipe is gluten-, nut-, dairy-, and egg-free.

Banana Chocolate Chip Donuts

  • Author: MOMables
  • Yield: 16 Donuts 1x
  • Cuisine: Baking


  • 1 flax egg (or 1 large egg)
  • 2 medium-large ripe bananas
  • 6 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup nondairy yogurt (or low-fat regular yogurt)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose gluten-free flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup allergy-free chocolate chips (or your preferred mix-in, we also tested this recipe with blueberries)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Coat your donut pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. If you’re using a flax egg, first make your egg by combining 1 tablespoon of ground flax with 3 tablespoons of warm water. Mix and set aside for 5+ minutes until it becomes gel-like.
  3. In a large bowl, mash the bananas. Add the applesauce, yogurt, maple syrup, vanilla, and egg. Mix well.
  4. In another bowl, combine the flour, xanthan gum, oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
  5. Pour the dry ingredients into the bowl with the banana, and mix until well combined.
  6. Add the chocolate chips, and mix again.
  7. Spoon the batter into the donut pan evenly, filling to the top.
  8. Bake for 22 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Remove from the oven and let cool.


39 super easy to make banana split bites via Momables.com

Banana Split Bites Recipe: Better than Fruit Salad! {video}

What’s better than a fruit salad? These fun banana split bites of course!

Banana Split Bites Snack Recipe MOMables.com

These sweet pieces of frozen fruit encased in a chocolate shell is the perfect after school snack your kids will love! Oh! If you need more ideas, click here.

Ditch the chocolate cookies, ice-cream and whipped toppings. Most are full of unidentifiable ingredients and very little nutrition.

Our banana split bites have all the delicious flavors you get from a banana split in bite-size form!

Check out how easy they are to make:

Bonus: it’s not as messy as a real banana split.

Each serving is skewered through a popsicle stick -a kid favorite- and it makes it portable and the perfect treat for your kids’ lunchbox.

I know these don’t actually contain ice cream… but because the fruit is frozen you really get the “ice cream feel”.

If you are anything like me, you are usually taking a bite (or two) of the afternoon treats along with your kids. This is one MOMtreat you won’t feel guilty about eating!

Yes, haven’t you heard? There are health benefits of eating chocolate (in moderation).

Another bonus to the great taste of these sweet treats is that they are low-carbohydrate (diabetic friendly).


Freeze these overnight, and stick them in your child’s lunchbox in the morning, directly on an ice pack. They will have thawed a little bit by lunchtime, which is exactly how they’re enjoyed best!

You can stick the entire lunch container in the freezer and pull it out right before heading out to after school activities or weekend soccer games.

I prefer stainless steel containers since they are better temperature conductors but any lunch box will work!


Banana Split Bites

Makes 12 Bites

  • Author: MOMables
  • Cuisine: Treats


  • 12 1″ pieces pineapple
  • 1 banana cut into bite-sized pieces (make sure your bananas aren’t too ripe)
  • 6 medium sized strawberries, cut in half
  • 2.5oz dark chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • Chopped nuts or coconut (optional)


  1. Cut fruit and assemble into stacks.
  2. Press a popsicle stick through the fruit and freeze until solid.
  3. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Melt the chocolate along with the coconut oil on the stove-top or in the microwave, stirring frequently to prevent burning. Once completely melted, remove the frozen fruit from the freezer.
  5. Dip the fruit in the chocolate, let the excess drip off and then place on the sheet to harden.
  6. If desired, dip the chocolate covered side immediately in chopped nuts or coconut before placing them on the sheet to harden.
  7. Once the chocolate is completely hardened, remove from the sheet and place in an airtight container to store in the freezer until ready to serve.


Make sure that your bananas aren’t too ripe. If you use a ripe banana the sugars break down, which will result in a mushy banana once thawed. Using an unripe banana with prevent this.

Carbohydrate Breakdown:

  • 1 bite-sized piece of banana= 3
  • 1″ piece of pineapple= 2
  • 1/2 medium strawberry= 1
  • 1/2 Tablespoon dark chocolate (total varies depending on type and brand)= 4

Carbohydrate total per Banana Split Bite= 10 carbohydrates


7 Surprise your family with this Banana Split Oatmeal Bar for breakfast. It's easy to make and full of good-for-you ingredients! You can feel good about eating this dessert for breakfast!

Banana Split Oatmeal

Do your kids frown at the thought of eating oatmeal for breakfast?

They won’t after you try our fun recipe!

Surprise your family with this Banana Split Oatmeal Bar for breakfast. Easy to make and full of good for your ingredients! You can feel good about eating this dessert for breakfast!

While MOMables focuses on healthy and fresh school lunches, we all know that our children need a nutritious breakfast too!

Oatmeal packs a lot of nutrition per serving, plus it ensures that our kids have the energy they need to focus at school. Why not treat your family to a fun way to eat oatmeal?

In about 10 minutes, you can whip up a super-fun Banana Split Breakfast Buffet that will fill your home with lots of festivity, as well as fill those little bellies with good-for-you food.

Watch just how easy this is to set up and make for your family breakfast!

There are so many occasions to celebrate with this delightfully cheerful breakfast, such as waking up your birthday boy or girl to a special breakfast birthday party—just place a candle in the center and make a wish! This is also a fun breakfast to serve at sleep-over parties or when entertaining special guests.

Of course, it’s also great anytime you want to start the day with a little healthy fun—it has certainly become a much-requested favorite in our home! We hope this delicious breakfast buffet will become a treasured tradition in yours too!

Banana Split Oatmeal Breakfast Bar

Surprise your family with this Banana Split Oatmeal Bar for breakfast. It's easy to make and full of good-for-you ingredients! You can feel good about eating this dessert for breakfast!

With gluten- and dairy-free options.

  • Author: MOMables
  • Yield: 4-5 servings 1x
  • Cuisine: Breakfast


Banana Split Toppings:

  • Sliced bananas
  • Fresh or thawed frozen berries
  • Vanilla Greek yogurt (or coconut milk yogurt)
  • Dark chocolate chips (65% cacao or higher)
  • Crispy walnuts or pecans

Oatmeal Ingredients:

  • 2 cups certified gluten-free rolled oats*
  • 2 cups filtered water
  • 1 cup milk (cow, coconut, almond, etc.)
  • 2 tablespoons pure honey (or maple syrup)


  1. Assemble banana split buffet toppings. Slice the bananas in half horizontally, and dice the strawberries. Place them in small individual serving dishes, along with the yogurt, chocolate chips, and nuts (as shown in the photo above).
  2. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, add the oats, water, milk, and honey. Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 to 5 minutes, until the desired consistency is reached.
  3. Put the oatmeal in a large serving dish, and place it center-stage at your Banana Split Breakfast Buffet.
  4. Hand everyone a bowl, and take turns creating your own delicious breakfast-style Banana Split. A super fun and healthy way to start the day!


* Consider (soaking your oats|http://thenourishinghome.com/2013/02/cinnamon-maple-crunch-oatmeal-gluten-free-option/).


Surprise your family with this Banana Split Oatmeal Bar for breakfast! It's easy to make and full of good-for-you ingredients. You can feel good about eating this dessert for breakfast!


TNH PhotoKelly Smith loves the Lord, her family, and sharing her passion for real food cooking and meal planning with others. She is the author and creator of The Nourishing Home – a blog dedicated to sharing delicious whole food recipes, cooking tips & techniques, and overall encouragement to help others in their quest to live a more nourished life. You can also find Kelly on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest.


Egg- and Dairy-Free Homemade “Eggnog”

Who says you can’t enjoy the taste of eggnog just because you can’t have eggs?

There’s nothing I love more than turning on the holiday music, wrapping gifts, and sipping on a delicious glass of eggnog. It’s part of the experience and a tasty treat for the entire family.

After testing a few different recipes, this was a hit with my family, and I’m so happy to share it with my MOMables family! Dairy-, egg-, gluten-, and nut-free, this is sure to be a winner with yours as well.

Homemade Allergy-Friendly Eggnog

Dairy-, Egg-, Nut-, and Gluten-Free = Allergy-Friendly!

  • Author: MOMables
  • Cuisine: Snacks


  • 2 frozen ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax meal
  • 1 teaspoon gluten-free pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 11 1/2 cups coconut milk (depending on how thick you want yours)
  • Garnish: Additional ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, or cinnamon sticks


  1. Place all the ingredients into a blender, and blend on high for 2 to 3 minutes, until smooth.
  2. Serve immediately, and garnish.
  3. Yields 5 to 6 cups (depending on preferred thickness)