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Oatmeal chocolate chip banana bread

Banana bread bars

I was craving a chocolate banana bread for weeks,and these oatmeal chocolate chip banana bread bars are a perfect dessert/snack/treat for the colder days! They are filling, comforting and easy to make. You could freeze them, add to your school lunches, or simply serve as a dessert with a cup of milk.

Since I never really baked with oats, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Will it became gooey or crunchy? Well, a bit crunchy is the right answer, and so much more satisfying too! Also, oats are considered as one of the super foods, and their health benefits are really astonishing! So I think that these bars count almost as healthy snack!

Banana bread

And thanks to this recipe I finally managed to convince my older daughter to eat bananas! She used to love them as a baby and a toddler, but for last couple of month, as soon as there would be a little-tiny–mini-almost-invisible brown spot, she wouldn’t eat it. Up to the point, when she would just say that she doesn’t like bananas anymore! Though it was clearly just her obsessing over brown spots. And you should see my face, I mean, really, you don’t like bananas?! Bananas?? So finally, thanks to these lovelies, she decided that bananas are cool again, and even asked for some real ones for breakfast the other day! Victory!

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 cup cake flour (or 1 cup flour and 1/2 teaspoon baking powder)
1/2 sugar
1/2 cup melted butter
2 eggs
2 mashed bananas
3/4 cup oats
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Mix flour, sugar and butter together, then add eggs and mashed bananas. Add oats and chocolate chips, and bake for around 40 minutes on 350F. Enjoy!

Banana bread

Super moist & really easy banana bread

Moist Banana bread

Here is the thing : I was searching for a perfect and easy banana bread reipie for ever!
I lost hope. And then, I tried this. And even though I had only one banana on hand, it turned out perfect! This easy banana bread is comforting, moist inside and crunchy outside, a truly perfect weekend dessert! Of course , you can add chocolate chips or nuts. I like it simple, but if you feel like it, go for it :).

Lili helped me with all the mixing and banana mashing. Actually she really enjoyed the mashing. Now I think that whenever she’s bored I’ll just give her a banana to mash, cause seriously, she was so calm and concentrated that eating a mashed banana might be worth it ;).

Moist banana bread

What you’ll need :
1/2 cup butter
1 big ripe banana
1 tea spoon vanilla essence
1/3 cup milk
2 eggs
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/3 teaspoon baking powder
2 cups flour

Mash your banana ( or let your kid do it), add melted butter, vanilla, milk and eggs. Mix it all until really smooth. Add the dry ingredients. Mix and bake on 350F for around 40 minutes.

Moist banana bread

I hope you’ll like this easy banana bread ! And now my family is begging me to make some more..

Healthy peanut butter & banana cookies

Healthy peanut butter & banana cookies

Yes, I’m not joking, these healthy peanut butter & banana cookies are really a good nutritious choice! Whenever it’s because you decided to eat more healthy food, or you just love peanut butter ( that’s me) I dare you to try them !

You see, I think that everything in life has it’s place and time, just like dessert: when it’s healthy, it can be a part of your daily diet, and when it’s decadent, just keep it for special occasions. But saying no to sweets, and never ever have dessert, just makes people crave it even more. That’s why, I believe that balance is the key.

Healthy peanut butter & banana cookies

So this is the healthy, everyday option, ready in approximately 30 minutes ( including baking) and very low on fat and sugar. It’s soft, chewy and satisfying, perfect for that in-between-the-meals sweet craving.

One more thing: both my husband and Lili asked for more, they didn’t even noticed that there dessert was healthy!

And to make sure that this really is a healthy dessert, use real all natural peanut butter, without any sugar and oil added.

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Here’s what you’ll need :

1 mashed banana
1 tablespoon cocoa
1/2 cup quick oats
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
1/2 cup flour
1 egg
2 spoons of milk ( can be soya milk)
3 tablespoons of honey ( can be 1/4 cup or maple sirup, or brown sugar)

Just mix it all together in a bowl. Form round patties, and bake on 350F for around 25 minutes. That’s it. Really simple :). Enjoy !

Peanut butter and banana shake

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For a long time I was very suspicious towards peanutbutter shakes. Can it really be good? I doubted. But one of these mornings I was standing in front of these super ripe, eat-me-now bananas and I was wandering what to do with them.. Didn’t have any other fruits to make a smoothie or a shake, and it was way to hot to bake! So I tryed this peanut butter banana shake.. And it was delicious ! What a satisfying breakfast it makes. And quite nutritious too ! :). You could make it with soya or almond milk as well. And I used all natural peanutbutter, that I really highly recommend: it’s less sweet but more peanutty in taste, and of course more healthy in the end :).

For two portions :
2 cups of milk
2 very ripe bananas
1 cup of natural peanutbutter

Mix it all in a shaker, and serve fresh :). Or take it with you as a breakfast on the go ! 🙂

Iced banana & coffee shake

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I love coffee. Espresso, cappuccino, latte, filter, all of it. And this banana and coffee shake is my go to option for one of these hot summer afternoons when I feel like treating myself on to something special. It’s a great alternative to a regular iced coffe, and you can do it with cold milk, or ice cream. Of course the ice cream option is the best :).

Ripe banana
1/2 cup vanilla ice cream
1 cup of freshly brewed coffee

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Mix it all together in a blender

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Enjoy, if possible while sitting in the sun 🙂 !

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Blueberry banana oat muffins

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I love homemade muffins. I know what’s inside, I control the sugar and fat , while still enjoying the sweet treat with my little one. Thanks to blueberrys and bananas this recipe recuires very little sugar,and the muffins turn out moist on the inside, but a bit crunchy on the outside. A perfect breakfast / snack/ tea time treat.

1 1/2cup flour
1cup quick oats
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup canola oil
3 eggs

2 mashed bananas
1 cup blueberries

Start by mixing together dry ingredients , then add milk, oil and eggs. When blended add bananas, and after well mixed add blueberries. Place in muffin baking dish, and bake on 375F for around 20- 25 min. Enjoy !

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