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Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Say that three times fast! 🙂

I found this recipe on Pinterest and pinned it quite a long time ago.

Well, I finally had some bananas on my counter that didn’t get eaten in the prime of their lives (which is not usually the case)…You know, the ones where you say, “Goodness, I guess it’s time to make some banana bread!”

Those.

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So, I set about to make the new recipe, with some changes of my own. And even the hubster likes it! Though he does love fresh fruits and veggies, I wasn’t sure he’d love “healthified” cookies.

And these, surprisingly, are quite healthy.

Here goes!

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:
4 ripe bananas, mashed
2/3 cup peanut butter
1-1/3 cup applesauce
3 cups quick oats
1/2 cup ground flax seed
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate chips

Directions:
Mix together all ingredients besides the chocolate chips. Blend well. Add the chocolate chips. Drop the mixture by spoonfuls on a lined baking sheet. (I use a silicone mat, but I’m sure parchment paper would work as well.) Use the back of your spoon to flatten the cookies into discs.

Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until golden brown.

Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

Here’s what they look like as they’re headed into the oven. Squishy!

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Admittedly, I was nervous about the consistency of a cookie without flour or eggs. This is new to me! But there really isn’t anything strange about the texture of this cookie. It might be less crunchy, and more spongy, than you’d expect. But I actually found that to be enjoyable!

Let me know if you try this recipe and if you make any changes yourself. Bon appetit!

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Awesome Sauce

We are back from Bulgaria! And I want to tell you all about it. But I haven’t even unpacked my suitcases yet, so instead of trying to get my jumbled thoughts all in a row…we’re going to talk about SALSA! 🙂

I love me some Mexican food. Especially chips and salsa or guac or pico de gallo…I could seriously eat it for every meal…Okay, maybe not breakfast…but all the other ones.

I highly prefer homemade dips, though, and this salsa recipe has become my favorite.

Here are the ingredients…

Dei Fratelli seasoned diced tomatoes (2 28oz cans)
minced garlic (1 tsp)
chopped onion (not quite 1)
cilantro, chopped into smaller pieces (a LOT)

Can you tell I didn’t really measure?

I dump off some of the excess water from the tomatoes, and throw everything in the blender (or you could use a food processor).

Give it a quick whirl, and ta-da! The easiest, tastiest salsa!

This recipe makes quite a large yield, which is perfect for our hungry family. But you might want to cut it in half if you’re not up for consuming a couple of bags of tortilla chips! 🙂

If you’re like me and hate how fast fresh herbs (like cilantro) wilt and turn brown in the refrigerator, I have good news for you! Luke found (in the recesses of the internet somewhere) a really great method for successfully storing cilantro for 2-3 weeks! Woot!

Pour water in a mason jar, and put the stems into it. Then cover the top of the herbs with a sandwich baggie. Store in the fridge (not too close to the back, where everything freezes, at least in my fridge!). Quick, simple, and effective!

Let me know if you try the recipe! Hope you enjoy it!

New Recipe: Healthy Granola


Gotta love Pinterest.

I found this granola recipe there, and it turned out great! I’ve been munching on it all week!

The only change I made was using whole flax seed instead of ground flax seed. I didn’t read it closely enough, and that’s what I grabbed at the store. But it still tastes GREAT! I’ve been loving my breakfast parfaits!

Imperial Recipe

I found this recipe on the back of my Imperial margarine box, and made it for our communion meal yesterday. It’s delicious – and easy! (It’s called “S’More Cookie Bars,” but I don’t think it tastes like s’mores at all. It’s more carmely.)

S’More Cookie Bars
3/4 cup Imperial Spread, melted
3 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 pkg (6oz) semi-sweet chocolate chips (1 cup)
1 cup butterscotch chips
1 cup mini marshmallows
1 can (14oz) sweetened condensed milk

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In 9×13-inch baking pan, combine Imperial Spread with crumbs; press to form even layer. Evenly sprinkle with chocolate chips, then butterscotch chips, then mini marshmallows. Pour condensed milk evenly over mixture. Bake 25 minutes or until bubbly. On wire rack, let cool completely. To serve, cut into squares. (For easier cutting, refrigerate 1 hour.)

I think I’ll try milk chocolate chips next time and see if we like it that way.

In other news, Grace is getting close to being potty trained! Praise the Lord! She’s in big girl underwear pretty much all the time that we’re at home, besides bedtime. She’s even been keeping her Pull-Ups dry when we’re away from home! YAY! It will be such a relief to only buy two sets of diapers soon! : – )

And Caleb continues to crack us up, all the time. Last night, he was SO excited to watch the SuperBowl with Luke. Apparently he has observed Luke watching sports before, because immediately Caleb started saying, “Nice!” (As in, when a good play happened, Luke would say, “Nice!”) We got a little clip of it on video – maybe we’ll have to YouTube it so you can see how cute he is. What a little man!

And the Contour is back in business! We had put some money into a sensor for the transmission and fixed a tie rod issue, and almost immediately after that it wouldn’t start. So, it sat in our garage for a couple of weeks, and we just decided to live with one car (the van) for now. Well, the amazing Michael Greene from church came over and fixed it. I’m telling you, this guy is like MacGyver, only with cars. We thought it might be the starter, but it ended up being a wiring issue that he fixed. It only cost $1 in materials (which he wouldn’t accept as payment). Praise the Lord for always providing for our needs so faithfully!

Okay, I’m sure there’s more, but that will be all for now! I hope everyone has a wonderful week! (Rumley family – see you in 18 days!)

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