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Coconut Overnight Oats

Overnight Coconut Oatmeal

Another morning meal on the Sambazon cleanse was an overnight oats.  Although I altered the recipe to our tastes by removing the cacao nibs.  We just are not fans of chocolate.  We loved this with bananas on top but berries would be great as well.  Mr.Picky said he would eat this again, even not on the cleanse.  I have since prepared this for the kids as well who love it and eat it as if it is dessert.

This is a simple breakfast that can easily be made and is filling.  Not to mention it tastes like dessert.  It has to be the made night before so it is ready to go the next morning.

Overnight Coconut OatmealCoconut Overnight Oats:

  • 1/4 cup vanilla flavored coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 Tbs coconut shavings

Combine all ingredients in a mason jar, cover with a lid, and soak overnight.

In the morning add any of the following toppings:

  • 1/2 banana, sliced
  • 2 strawberries, sliced
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
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Baked Berry Oatmeal

Baked Berry OatmealBerry season is in full fledge, and I am loving it.  The kids are enjoying and sometimes not, going to local berry farms and picking until our fingers are stained.  The freezer is slowly filling with berries, I hope they will last a little longer than the last year.

Having seen many blueberry baked oatmeal recipes on pinterest, I got curious.  I had never thought of baking oatmeal.  We love oatmeal so I knew this was something I wanted to try.  As I read through recipes most contained bananas, which we did not have any ripe.  Also as much as I preach to try new things, bananas in my oatmeal is just not appealing.  So I crafted a recipe of my own.

I made a 9×9 inch baking dish, and just the kids and I finished the pan for breakfast.  It was like eating crisp for breakfast we decided but healthier.  I think I might even make it for dessert and try to pass it off for crisp.

Baked Berry Oatmeal:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup walnuts or almonds, optional
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • dash of salt
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbs butter, melted
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup applesauce (plain or I used some blackberry/applesauce)
  • 1 1/2 cup berries (raspberry, blueberry, or blackberries would all work well)

Baked Berry OatmealSpray or grease a 9×9 inch glass baking dish.  Place 1 cup of the berries on the bottom, along with 1/4 cup of applesauce.

Mix oats, nuts, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and sugar.  Spread over berries evenly.

Mix egg, milk, 1/4 cup applesauce, and melted butter.  Pour evenly over oat mixture, and sprinkle with 1/2 cup of remaining berries.

Bake at 375 degrees for 35-40 minutes, allow to cool slightly before eating.

YUMMY!

Frozen Banana Bites

Frozen Banana Bites

This is an easy summer treat.  Cool and at least a little better for you than ice cream.  Plus two little banana bites would fix a sweet tooth.  I know I like bananas but believe most people who don’t would like this treat.  My daughter had a blast topping the bananas as I dipped them, so get the kids in the kitchen and have some fun!

Frozen Banana Bites:Frozen Banana Bites

  • 3 large bananas, peeled
  • 1 cup chocolate melts
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1-3 Tbs shortening
  • Crushed peanuts,coconut,crushed cookies, or any other topping you can think of

Prepare a sheet pan with wax or parchment paper, and clear a space in the freezer large enough to fit the sheet pan.

Slice bananas in thick slices.  Prepare toppings by crushing or chopping, and set aside in bowls.

Melt chocolate and 1 Tbs of shortening, using a double boiler method or method of melting choice.

Dip bananas in chocolate (I think laying banana slices on a fork worked the best), set on a cookie sheet and sprinkle with toppings.  If chocolate becomes to thick or starts to seize because of the moisture of bananas add a Tablespoon of shortening at a time stirring until smooth.  Continue until all bananas are covered and on the cookie sheet.

Place cookie sheet in freezer for about two hours.  Then transfer banana bites to freezer bags and store in freezer, until you have eaten them all.

Pudding Painting

Pudding Painting

“Did you say we can play in pudding”, asks my five-year-old.  This activity is more geared for young toddlers who wouldn’t know any better than to get paint in their mouths.  Turns out my tidy toddler wanted nothing to do with this but the 3 and 5-year-old ended up covered head to toe.

I prepared as directed a few packages of instant pudding, and placed them in shallow pans.  Put out some spreading tools such as paint brushes, cotton swabs, and popsicle sticks.  In the end the girls were so covered they just finger painted.  The kids either got down to unders or had a swimsuit on, and let them play.  While it was warm outside than they were all ready dirty we had a water balloon fight after the pudding fun. I got a warm bucket of water and a wash cloth to get most of it off before coming inside for a bath.

Pudding Painting

Pudding Painting:

  • A few packages of instant pudding (chocolate, vanilla, and pistachio works good)
  • Paint brushes, cotton swabs, popsicle sticks

Banana Nut Muffins

Was peaking around pinterest for a muffin recipe and came across this From the kitchen: Banana Walnut Muffins .  So I threw them together and they turned out great.  I modified the recipe slightly as followed but am sure the original is just as great!  They were said to be the best you have ever had, well they are probably the best banana nut muffins I have had.

I made some regular size muffins and some mini muffins for my mini family members.  Reduce the cook time for small muffins.  The original recipe yielded 16 muffins, I ended up with more than that.  If I did anything differently I would reduce the cooking temperature to 350 and increase the cooking time.

Banana Nut Muffins

Banana Nut Muffins:

Muffin:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 5 ripe bananas
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped

Topping:

  • 2 Tbs butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees, and prepare approximately 20 muffin tins with paper liners or cooking spray.

In a bowl combine flour, baking soda, and salt sift or whisk together and set aside.

In a small bowl smash two of the five bananas with a fork until smashed but not smooth.  Add pecans and set aside.

With a whisk attachment in your kitchen mixer combine the other three bananas and brown sugar.  Mix for about 3 minutes, until nice and smooth.  Add in butter, eggs, applesauce, and vanilla.  Mix until well combined.

Add in the flour mixture and mix until just combined.  Fold in by hand the smashed bananas and pecans.  Spoon batter into prepared muffin tins until they are just half full.

Banana Nut MuffinsMix together all of the topping ingredients until it forms a crumble.  Sprinkle evenly on top of the muffin batter, press crumb down slightly.

Bake for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Banana Blueberry Ice Pops

Looking for something to ease the hot days ahead of us, we decided to make some ice pops.  Cutting sugar anyway we can is great.  We even add spinach and the kids could not get enough.  These were our purple berry banana ice pops.  It’s great when the kids can enjoy their fruits and vegetables this much.

Blueberry Banana Ice Pops

Banana Blueberry Ice Pops:

  • 1 1/2 ripe bananas, peeled
  • 1 large handful of baby spinach
  • 1 cup of frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup vanilla coconut milk
  • 1 Tbs honey

We blended the following until smooth.  Poured into 8 ice pop molds, it just worked out to be perfect.

Blueberry Banana Ice Pops

Freeze until solid.  Run mold under warm water to release your ice pop easily.

Banana Bread Bars

This recipe is one I got off of Pinterest, thanks to  PinCookie.com .  If you like banana you will love these, and even if you don’t you probably will love these.  I made them a while ago and then my sister brought some over recently and reminded me how good they are.  These are dangerous in my house, I really have no self-control when they are around.  The first time I made them I put them on the counter.  I swear every time I walked by I would take just another tiny piece, before I knew it half the pan was gone.  I quickly packaged up the remaining bit and passed them out to family and friends.  These are a must try!!!!

This recipe is the same as on PinCookie.com, when I made them I cut the frosting recipe in half it was a little too much for me.  Do as you wish, but I would recommend starting with half and if you want more make a second batch and add that on top.

Banana Bread Bars with Brown Butter Frosting:

  • 1-1/2 c. sugar
  • 1 c. sour cream
  • 1/2 c. butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-3/4 (3 or 4) ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 c. chopped walnuts (optional)

Brown Butter Frosting:

  • 1/2 c. butter
  • 4 c. powdered sugar
  • 1-1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp. milk

Heat oven to 375F. Grease and flour 15×10-inch jelly roll pan. For the bars, in a large bowl, beat together sugar, sour cream, butter, and eggs until creamy. Blend in bananas and vanilla extract.

Add flour, baking soda, salt, and blend for 1 minute. Stir in walnuts.

Spread batter evenly into pan. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.

Meanwhile, for frosting, heat butter in a large saucepan over medium heat until boiling. Let the butter turn a delicate brown and remove from heat immediately.

Add powdered sugar, vanilla extract and milk. Whisk together until smooth (it should be thicker than a glaze but thinner than frosting). Using a spatula, spread the brown butter frosting over the warm bars (the frosting will be easier to spread while the bars are still warm).


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