Banana Oat Cookies that taste just like banana bread! This healthy, easy to make recipe makes 3 dozen cookies filled with oatmeal, walnuts, and chocolate chips! These cookies are soft and packed with protein and fiber to make the best breakfast or dessert!
What I love: cookies, bananas, banana bread. What I don’t love: overripe, brown bananas. With a bunch of bananas in the kitchen ripening quickly, there’s only one thing to do… make Banana Oat Cookies!
EASY TO MAKE Apple, Pear and Banana Baby Food! This homemade baby food recipe makes 64 ounces of baby food for only $10! This simple puree uses fresh fruit that your baby will love! Follow this DIY on how to make it and info on freezer storage! This is my 7 month old’s favorite Stage 2 puree!
Baby Food Recipes
Ok, I can’t help it, I’m obsessed with making baby food. Did you think that this vegetable garden loving Mama wouldn’t be making baby food? I love to puree fruits and vegetables in the kitchen and watch Enceladus react to first tastes!
If you love cooking, then you understand the amazing feeling one gets when you serve friends or family a home cooked meal. When placing the food on the table in front of your family, you are essentially saying “I love you!”. So imagine my excitement when I’m cooking for my baby!
3 ingredient Frozen Banana Ice Cream recipe, only 150 calories a serving! This easy healthy recipe tastes just like soft serve, no ice cream maker needed! All you need is bananas, peanut butter and cocoa powder.
Frozen Banana Ice Cream
During the Summer, I crave ice cream! Actually it doesn’t matter the season, I always crave ice cream! It can be Winter and I’m like “Let’s eat some ice cream!”.
This Frozen Banana Ice Cream recipe is one of my favorites because it’s easy to make (takes a 1 minute) and only requires 3 ingredients. Once you make this you might never buy another pint of ice cream again!
I have a picky toddler and she loves this puree, so trust me – your baby is going to love this Butternut Squash Baby Food Recipe made with fruits and vegetables! And even better, it’s easy to make! This is a nutritious Stage 2 and Stage 3 puree for baby, or to serve to toddlers in pouches.
So there I was in the kitchen, eyeing up a beautiful butternut squash that a friend gave me. Sure, I could make butternut squash casserole, or roasted butternut squash soup, but instead I decided I was going to chop it up and make baby food with it. How’s that for a Mama loving their baby first?
Easy to make fruit puree pouches – perfect for baby and toddler! My daughter is anemic, so I came up with this Spinach Sweet Potato Fruit Pouch recipe to give her more Iron Rich foods! She loves these!
Food for Anemic Toddlers
When we went to our 15 month old doctor’s appointment, we found out that Enceladus was anemic and that she needed more iron rich foods in her diet. She was drinking too much milk, which was causing iron not to be absorbed.
Iron Deficiency is fairly common with toddlers, especially when they drink a large amount of milk everyday. On average, doctors say toddlers shouldn’t have more than 24 ounces of milk, but even at 16 ounces of milk a day Enceladus was anemic.
Always being one to try to naturally cure things, I came up with this Spinach Sweet Potato Fruit Pouch, which helped her get her iron levels to where they needed to be!
Leafy dark greens are one of the best sources of iron, such as spinach or kale. If you wanted to substitute kale for spinach in this recipe, go for it! I find that spinach works for taste and in general, kids love it in fruit puree! Sweet Potatoes are a great iron rich food too, so that’s why I’m including both spinach and sweet potatoes!
EASY Moist Banana Muffins Recipe made with yogurt! These healthy muffins only need 2 tablespoons of butter and 1/4 cup brown sugar! My entire family thinks these are the best muffins for breakfast and dessert!
These banana muffins might be my proudest baking moment this Fall – they’re so soft and delicious! They’re made with simple ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen! The addition of yogurt in the batter makes them moist and tasty. They have become my favorite breakfast and afternoon snack (to be served with some tea/coffee as an afternoon “pick me up!”).
Not only can yogurt be your favorite breakfast food, but did you know you can easily combine it into baking to make baked foods lighter? That’s right, think moist cakes, cookies and muffins – all good candidates to make with yogurt! Because these are banana muffins, I used Stonyfield Organic Banilla yogurt which has the perfect combination of banana and vanilla for this dessert!
How to Store Bananas! These easy tips will prevent your bananas from turning brown! Food storage tricks includes storing with other fruit, plastic wrap, banana trees, in fridge and how to freeze bananas! Learn the best ways to store bananas and keep them green for longer!
How to Keep Bananas Fresh
If you guys know me, then you know I love bananas! In fact, there’s a ongoing joke with my Instagram Stories because I’m often carrying a banana! Bananas are my go to breakfast, and my favorite snack. I can’t get enough of them!
I’m picky about bananas though – they can’t be too green and they can’t be too brown. Actually, they can’t be brown. As soon as I see a brown spot on the banana peel (or worse the banana itself!) then I know it’s time to freeze these bananas (hello Banana Smoothie!) and buy new ones.
Using my tips below, learn the best ways to store bananas to keep them PERFECT longer!
The Best Ways to Store Bananas
Bananas. You can use potassium-rich fruit in so many ways and even enjoy it on its own. Bananas are, however, quite fickle. Doesn’t it seem like they’re green one moment and a brown mushy mess the next? Try these methods to store bananas and keep them fresh for when you want them.
HEALTHY, Vegan Banana Strawberry Blueberry Smoothie! This easy recipe uses fresh fruit to make a smoothie for breakfast, for kids and for weight loss! It’s dairy free and vegan.
Well, it’s been a hot week in New York City. I’ve been pushing my daughter in the stroller, sweat rolling down my face, while mumbling how much I miss Winter. Why is it that when it’s Winter, you can’t wait for Summer, but when it’s Summer, you’re like… nope, I want Winter again! Too cold, too hot, it never ends!
What’s the perfect drink for a hot day? You want something refreshing, cold, and great tasting. Right? Well, this Banana Strawberry Blueberry Smoothie really hits the spot! It’s vegan and packed with fresh fruit!
Full of summer-ripe fruits at their peak, it is sweet, nutritious, and hydrating. It’s great for breakfast, lunch or an afternoon snack when you need a boost of energy!
You can make a full batch and save some in the fridge for a snack later. You can take it with you for a quick and easy chilled meal on the go in a shaker bottle or wide-mouthed water bottle. Skip dessert and have a smoothie instead! There’s really no wrong time to have a smoothie.
Yup, that’s right. This smoothie is dairy free and vegan. It doesn’t include milk or yogurt. Milk and yogurt have a tendency to slow me down and make smoothies taste heavy, so this is perfect for those on dairy free diets.
If summer allergies are hitting you hard, going dairy-free is a big bonus. Ingesting dairy leads to excess mucus in your system and can stuff you up and make you sneeze.
Many people feel much better overall once they go dairy-free. This smoothie shows you can still enjoy your previously dairy-laden foods and go dairy-free. If you’re looking for more recipes, try my dairy free mashed potatoes too!
The great thing about smoothies, especially this one, is that they are hydrating and nutritious on those hot summer days. You get plenty of water from the fruit and added ice, plus all the naturally occurring nutrients.
This one 24oz. smoothie contains only 140 calories and has 150% of your daily requirement for vitamin C. It also has 34% of your daily potassium. And that’s just in one smoothie!
CHOCOLATE BANANA CAKE with THE BEST PEANUT BUTTER FROSTING! This homemade from scratch cake is MOIST, easy to make and slides out of the 8×8 pan perfectly! The peanut butter frosting on top is what I consider the best frosting of all time – my family can’t get enough! If you’re looking for a chocolate birthday cake or holiday gift – make this cake!
The season of gift giving is upon us and what’s a better way to say “I think you’re great, Happy Holidays!” than sending someone the gift of Chocolate Banana Cake With Peanut Butter Frosting?
I think sometimes the gift of homemade food is overlooked when it comes to the holidays. Sure, you can brave the holiday lines at the department store to buy your sister those cashmere gloves you saw her eyeing up, but I can almost guarantee you that giving her a homemade cake will make her feel like the best (and loved) sister of all time! A homemade cake is not only a physical gift, but there’s lots of emotional thought that goes into making it too!
Did you know that psychologists have found that baking for loved ones promote a sense of well being not only for the recipient but for the baker as well? Whenever someone gifts me a box filled with homemade cookies I still get weak in the knees and feel like it’s the most special gift ever!
First, let’s talk about this cake before we get to my favorite peanut butter frosting.
This is a Chocolate Banana Cake. I want to tell you up front it is not “too banana-y”. So if you have someone in the family that isn’t a big banana fan don’t be scared of this cake. The cake is made with semi sweet chocolate chips and cocoa powder so it’s very decadent with chocolate.
Banana Bread Muffins with CHOCOLATE Frosting! This easy recipe is made with 3 bananas (that makes it healthy, right?) and tastes just like banana bread! These muffins are moist and extra soft!
Do you love banana bread? I hope your answer is “Yes!” because I have a real treat for you. I love banana bread myself. I will admit as a kid I had too many pieces of convenience store banana bread topped with cream cheese. Obviously nothing beats homemade banana bread, especially the smell that comes out of the oven when it’s done baking. Can you close your eyes and just imagine that smell? Hope you’re getting hungry!
Chocolate Banana Bread Muffins
These banana muffins taste just (and smell just like!) baked banana bread. To make them even sweeter, I topped them with a rich chocolate frosting. Banana and chocolate are a great combo (like this ice cream) but it even tastes better in muffin form!
This recipe calls for 3 mashed bananas which is perfect if you’re looking to get rid of some of your fading bananas on the cabinet. When I’m at the store I always tend to buy a few different bananas at different ages – green for ripening so I can eat fresh in the net few days and turning brown so I can enjoy these banana bread muffins soon!
Chocolate Banana Mug Cake recipe that only takes 2 minutes in the microwave to make. You won’t believe how fudgy this cake is!
Mug cakes are great because they are fast and small serving (either single or double). This Chocolate Banana Mug Cake recipe makes 2 so I will share or I make it for breakfast one morning and have it for the next morning as well. If you’re saving the second cake, make sure to heat it up in the microwave for about 10-15 seconds before eating.
Banana Mug Cake Recipe
It’s going to get all ooey gooey chocolaty in the middle and you’re going to fall in love. Believe me. On lazy mornings I will eat it directly out of the mug, bu sometimes I like to get all fancy and push it out of the mug onto a plate.
This is also great because if you’re having guests over you can very quickly make up a few cakes and throw them on a plate. Pour some chocolate on top (I used white chocolate) and everyone will ooooh and ahhhh them while thinking you were baking all morning.
Go ahead, make this Chocolate Banana Mug Cake. I’m positive you will love it! Enjoy!
Chocolate Banana Mug Cake recipe that only takes 2 minutes in the microwave to make. You won't believe how fudgy this cake is!
3tablespoonsunsweetened cocoa powder
Mash the banana in a large mug with a fork. Add the peanut butter and egg and mix thoroughly. Stir in the sugar and cocoa and beat until smooth. Fold in the chocolate chips. Divide the better between two mugs. Microwave (on HIGH) separately for 1.5 to 2.5 minutes each until risen and firm.
Eat out of bowl or gently pull out of mug to present on plate.
You can add chopped nuts or dried fruit along with the chocolate chips if you'd like. For a wow factor, pop your cakes out of the mug and serve on a plate. Melt some chocolate and drizzle on top of the cakes.
Banana White Chocolate Chip Muffins are so MOIST! These muffins are easy to make and look so pretty with frosting! They are one of my favorite desserts, kids especially love them! Baking time is 20 minutes and makes 8 regular size muffins.
These banana muffins are based around one of my most popular recipes on the blog, Mini Moist Crumble Banana Muffins. I receive emails all the time from people proclaiming their love to these muffins and expressing how much their kids like them too!
The tweak I made to these is first I made them full size, so they’re hearty enough for breakfast. I also added some high quality white chocolate chips to really give each bite a sweet balance with the bananas.
The banana taste is there, but it’s not super strong. I shared these with my banana bread loving friend and my not so much banana loving Matthew and both of them loved them so much they ate multiples. They’re a winner across the board.
I hope you enjoy these Banana White Chocolate Muffins as much as we do!
BANANA WHITE CHOCOLATE CHIP MUFFINS are so MOIST! These muffins are easy to make and look so pretty with frosting! They are one of my favorite desserts, kids especially love them! Baking time is 20 minutes and makes 8 regular size muffins.
1/4cup+ 2 tablespoons sugar
1/2cupwhite chocolate chips
Optional: Melted white chocolate to drizzle on top when done
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Spray your muffin pan with nonstick spray.
In a bowl mix flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
In another bowl mix bananas, sugar, butter and egg until smooth.
Add flour mixture into banana mixture and continue to mix so everything is combined.
Add chocolate chips and stir with spoon to evenly distribute.
Spoon this into the muffin pan, filling each muffin spot 3/4 full.
Bake for 18-22 minutes or until the sides of your muffins are slightly brown.
DELICIOUS Nutella Banana Bread recipe. This easy to make bread has chocolate chips inside of it!
This Nutella Banana Bread you guys.
This This Nutella Banana Bread you guys. SWOON!
It’s delicious. It’s moist. It’s chocolatey. It smells the best. I’m in love. Do you know how good it is? My banana hating husband (GASP) runs to the kitchen when I make it to steal the first piece. I hit his hands though. The first piece is always mine.
HEALTHY 3 ingredient Fruit Smoothie! All you need is banana, watermelon and orange juice for this easy smoothie recipe! It’s perfect for breakfast and for weight loss! Kids also love it because of how good it is!
This drink is the perfect blend of Summertime flavor that you can enjoy year round!
It has 3 ingredients in it: banana, watermelon and orange juice. That’s it.
The instructions are easy: Put everything in a blender and mix.
Does this drink get any better?
I’ve been loving this drink for a afternoon snack drink. You know when it gets to 4PM and you question what you should have for a snack? Dinner is a few hours away but yet you feel like you’re starving. You are eyeing up those cookies in the cabinet with a dangerous eye, so quick… grab the fruit!
This Double Chocolate Banana Smoothie is a healthy breakfast smoothie recipe! It uses frozen bananas which you can store in the freezer for whenever you want a smoothie!
Chocolate Banana Smoothie
Everyone is in love with this smoothie in my house right now. I love it for both breakfast or a dessert. My toddler daughter loves it for a snack when she gets home from daycare. Even my husband, who isn’t a banana lover, is requesting his own smoothie when he sees me sipping one!
This Smoothie is double chocolate because I think everything in life should be double the chocolate. Don’t you agree? This recipe calls for cocoa powder and chocolate peanut butter.
Peanut Butter Smoothie
Chocolate peanut butter is something I’m obsessed with in baking and smoothies but if you don’t have access to it, regular peanut butter would totally do the trick too! Also don’t you love having Double Chocolate anything for breakfast? Talk about a great way to start the day!
These MINI and MOIST Banana Muffins with crumb topping are the most delicious banana muffins you’ll ever taste! Since they’re mini, they’re great for a healthy breakfast on the go! This banana muffin recipe has been made thousands of times – find out why these banana muffins are the BEST and MOST POPULAR!
Bananas. Do you love them? I do. I’m in this routine where I eat 2-3 bananas, a day. It’s my snack and it makes me so happy. I have to buy 2 bunches a week at the store to keep up with my banana love.
Brown bananas though kind of freak me out. Here are the best ways to store bananas if you want to prevent that! I can handle a little brown here or there, but when they go very brown and mushy, I can’t eat them with a spoon like some people do. So what to do? You can make a banana smoothie, that sounds good. Or you can make banana soft serve ice cream, also really good. Or you can make these Mini and Moist Banana Muffin recipe!
The Best Banana Muffin Recipe!
These mini muffins are extremely moist. I was blown away by how soft they were inside. They have a banana taste to them, but it’s not overwhelming, although it’s still there. My husband who doesn’t like bananas at all kept saying “I don’t like bananas, but these are really good”. See, they win non banana lovers over too!
I baked these and took them to a house warming party and they were all gone within an hour! They were a big hit!
Let’s get baking and get started with this banana muffin recipe!
Here’s your bowl of flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Mix around.
Take your mushy bananas, you probably won’t even need to mash them if they’re super soft. Mine were.
For this recipe you only need half an egg, so I break it apart with my fingers.
Add your other ingredients to the bananas..
Mix bananas, sugar, butter, and egg until smooth.
Then add your flour mixture.
And keep stirring until it’s all combined.
Spray your mini muffin pan with some nonstick spray.
Spoon your banana mix into your muffin pan. Try to distribute it evenly.
Now we want to start to build the crumble. This crumble isn’t your typical crumble as it “melts” onto your muffin for a full impact of taste! Combine flour, cinnamon and brown sugar.
Then add your butter and combine it all.
Sprinkle a little bit of the crumble mixture onto each mini muffin.
Can’t you wait? I can’t!
How long does it take to bake mini banana muffins?
Bake for 10-13 minutes. Mine took 11, keep a eye on them. When their sides are brown (you can see on the edges of each muffin in the pan) they’re good to go.
And when they come out, holy moly. The smell of banana and cinnamon will take over. I can’t wait for you to taste them!
Let them cool for a few minutes, they will be easy to take out of the muffin pan when cool.
These MINI and MOIST Banana Muffins with crumb topping are the most delicious banana muffins you'll ever taste! Since they're mini, they're great for a healthy breakfast on the go! This banana muffin recipe has been made thousands of times - find out why these banana muffins are the BEST and MOST POPULAR!
For the muffins
1/4cup+ 2 tablespoons sugar
For the crumble
2tablespoons+ 2 teaspoons brown sugar
For the muffins
Preheat your oven to 350.
Spray your muffin pan with nonstick spray and set aside.
Mix flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in bowl.
Mix bananas, sugar, butter, and egg until smooth.
Add in flour mixture, continuing to stir until everything is combined.
Spoon this into muffin pan evenly.
For the crumble
Combine flour, cinnamon and brown sugar.
Cut in your butter until it's crumbly.
Add to the top of your muffins evenly.
Bake for 10-13 minutes, until the sides of your muffins are slightly golden brown.
This makes 24 mini muffins or 6 regular size muffins. If you are making regular size muffins, bake for 25-27 minutes.
The last few afternoons I have been craving a smoothie. We’ve been hard at work gardening and all I want is a cold “pick me up” when I’m exhausted. This does the trick! The best thing about this recipe is that you can match fruit to your liking and create your own. Other examples: banana, orange, pear watermelon, kiwi banana, orange, strawberries banana, blueberries watermelon, orange, pineapple banana, apple, orange pineapple, kiwi orange, strawberries banana, peach strawberry, banana blueberries, apple, banana banana, cherries pineapple, blueberries blueberry, pomegranate, banana There are so many more variations. Isn’t it amazing? I also love this recipe because it gets rid of any fruit where you aren’t sure what to do with. Many times I’m left with a few random strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, a banana that is very ripe, half an orange, etc. Put all the soon to go bad fruits in your blender and you’ll quickly have a delicious drink.