Peanut Butter and Jelly Baked Oatmeal Bars

Peanut Butter and Jelly Baked Oatmeal Bars

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Is there a more classic combination in the USA than peanut butter and jelly?  Our children are raised on the sweet sandwich from an early age, and we have translated those flavors to many other treats.

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Strawberry S’mores Snack Mix

Strawberry S’mores Snack Mix

How do you eat your cereal?  (and don’t pretend that there is only one way to eat cereal because I can name at least three)

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Growing up, I always ate cereal dry, picking up one piece at a time with my fingers.  It wasn’t until college, when Honey Nut Cheerios became my go-to cafeteria dinner, that I learned to put milk in the cereal bowl and eat it with a spoon.

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Coconut Straw-nana Chia Pudding

Coconut Straw-nana Chia Pudding

May is National Strawberry Month

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Here’s a little known fact about me (or maybe it is a well-known fact):  I love Veggie Tales.  I grew up on regular doses Esther, Jonah, and King George and the Rubber Ducky (on VHS of course).  I had the Madame Blueberry card game.  I often fell asleep while listening to the audio cassette tape of Daniel.  As time passed, my family had DVDs of Wizard of Ha’s, Lord of the Beans, and Sumo of the Opera.  We knew every lyric to every song on Veggie Rocks.  We even met Bob and Larry!

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This day was the highlight of my childhood…okay, not really…but it was a great day!

To this day, I regularly quote Veggie Tales.  This is one of the scenes I have perfected:

 

You can’t eat strawberries without bananas!

So if we are celebrating National Strawberry Month, we need to have some bananas, too!

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This chia pudding incorporates strawberries, bananas, and Coconut Macaroon Nut Butter!

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If you have never made chia pudding, there is something you need to know.  The chia seeds absorb a lot of the liquid, making the pudding thicker as it sets.  When you make this pudding at night and let it sit until morning, you will get a thick, creamy pudding.  If you don’t wait, you will basically be drinking milk with raw chia seeds.

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But trust me, this is worth the wait!

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Ingredients:

  • One overripe banana
  • One 5.3-oz container of coconut-flavored Greek yogurt
  • Four tablespoons coconut macaroon nut butter
  • One cup of milk (any milk will work.  I used 2%, but I am sure this would be amazing with coconut milk)
  • Eight or more strawberries
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • Extra banana slices and strawberries for topping

Directions

  • Using a fork, mash the banana and mix it with the Greek yogurt.  Try to make this mixture as smooth as possible.   Stir in nut butter and milk.  You may have to stir for several minutes to incorporate everything.  Alternately, you could use a blender.
  • Dice at least eight strawberries and stir them into the mixture.
  • Add chia seeds and mix until everything is well-combined.
  • Cover and refrigerate at least two hours, preferably overnight.
  • Top with additional strawberries and banana slices, if desired.
  • Eat and enjoy!

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P.S. – I am linking up with Angie and her cohost, Antonia @ Zoale.com, for Fiesta Friday.

Best Lazy Tiramisu (Mug Cake for One)

Best Lazy Tiramisu (Mug Cake for One)

When I started planning for National BLT month, I had to Google* a list of foods that begin with the letter T.

…tangelo, tapioca, tamales, tahini…

Seeing tiramisu on the list, I returned to Google.  I knew that tiramisu is cake, but I didn’t know what made this cake special.

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Chocolate-Covered Banana Pops

Chocolate-Covered Banana Pops

If you give me a coupon, I am more likely to buy something. If you give me a coupon and put the item on sale, it’s a done deal.  The product is in my cart.

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That’s how I found myself with a box of these chocolate-covered banana slices.  I became an immediate fan.  The packaged treat was just so convenient as a snack around the house.

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…But I wasn’t about to buy another box without a coupon, especially since I knew I could make an enhanced, decorated version at home.

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You really only need 2 ingredients for this recipe: bananas and chocolate.  If you are feeling festive or fancy, add some crushed nuts, shredded coconut, granola, candy pieces, sprinkles, butterscotch chips, or anything else that would taste good with bananas and chocolate.

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Ingredients

  • 1 banana, cut into thirds
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate chips
  • toppings of your choice: crushed nuts, shredded coconut, granola, candy pieces, sprinkles, butterscotch chips, etc.  Out of the toppings I have tried, I think that coconut is the best.

Directions

  • Melt chocolate chips in the microwave.  Place them in a microwave-safe glass bowl, and microwave on high for 45 seconds.  Stir, and microwave for an additional 20 seconds.  Continue to microwave for 20 seconds and stir until the chocolate is smooth.
  • Pierce each section of banana with a popsicle stick.  Dip the banana in chocolate, using a spoon to spread the chocolate evenly.
  • Roll the banana in your toppings.
  • Place the banana pops on a sheet pan covered with wax paper.  Freeze for 6 hours or overnight.
  • Eat and enjoy!

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Do you combine coupons and sales?

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P.S. I am linking up with Angie and Abbey @ Three Cats and a Girl for Fiesta Friday!

Chocolate Quinoa

Chocolate Quinoa

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Do y’all remember those word puzzles from childhood that were a series of pictures placed together to make words? I can’t remember what they were called, but they looked like this:

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Strawberry & Nutella Baked Taquitos

Strawberry & Nutella Baked Taquitos

February is National Chocolate Lover’s Month

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It’s no secret that I LOVE nut butter.   I like nut butter with bananas.  I like nut butter with oatmeal.  I like nut butter with pretzels.  I like nut butter with carrots.  And I really like nut butter with chocolate.

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