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!
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.
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!
Bananas are an essential ingredient in so many of my favorite recipes, but they don’t last long on the counter. In this post I’ll show you how to freeze bananas so they never go bad on you again.
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.
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. The solution, is freezing them while they’re still fresh.
Best Ways to Freeze Bananas
There are a lot of great ways to go about freezing bananas, depending on how much time you have, and what you plan to do with them when you thaw them back out. Let’s check out the best ones.
Freezing Whole Bananas
If you’re short on time, this is by far the quickest way to freeze a banana.
Place in a freezer bag
Label the bag with the date
Yep, it’s really that easy!
Why do you peel bananas before freezing?If you’re wondering, I always remove the peels before I freeze a banana because they’re extremely hard to remove after thawing. Bananas are much softer after they’ve been frozen and that can make the peel a real challenge to remove.
Freezing Sliced Banans
I like this method the most since it makes my life easier down the line. You can easily measure amounts for recipes with banana slices.
This method works best if you freeze before the bananas get too mushy.
Step 1: Peel and slice the Banana The thickness of your slices is really up to you, but I typically aim for 1/4 inch slices.
Step 2: Place on a Baking Sheet No, these aren’t going into the oven, but a baking sheet is something I use to freeze a lot of different foods so that they don’t end up in a big block when I go to use them in a recipe.
Line your baking sheet with parchment paper and arrange the banana slices in rows. Freeze the entire thing for 30 minutes-1 hour until the bananas are solid. Once they’ve frozen on their own, they won’t clump together as much in the bag, which will make everything easier when you go to use them later.
Step 3: Long-Term Freezing After you take the baking sheet out of the freezer, use a spatula to transfer the frozen banana slices to a freezer-safe bag for storage.
I’ve found that small sandwich size bags work great for individual bananas. If you are storing multiple bananas you could also pack each one in its own small bag, and place all the smaller bags into a large freezer bag. This will help be sure you don’t lose them in your freezer.
Preventing Freezer Burn
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.
How to Thaw Bananas
Bananas can be defrosted on the counter until they’re soft and ready to be used as a snack, in smoothies or in baking!
Bananas can be kept in the freezer for up to six months. Remember, to always label your freezer bags or containers with the freezing date so you know when you need to thaw them out and use them.
Recipes Using Frozen Bananas
So you’ve saved your bananas, but what should you do with them now? At the beginning of this post I told you that many of my favorite recipes are made using bananas, and I’m about to share a few of them with you.
Make these easy yummy chocolate-covered banana pops to snack on!
Banana 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.
Do you know what’s harder than packing lunches? Making grab-and-go breakfast items that are allergy-friendly!
Nutritious 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.
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!
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).
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.
Put the oatmeal in a large serving dish, and place it center-stage at your Banana Split Breakfast Buffet.
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!
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Kelly 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 Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
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.