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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!”



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

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

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!


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!


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!

Happy Punxsutawney Phil Day!

One grand thing about homeschooling is the ability to celebrate silly holidays.

We got our schoolwork done a little early, so that we could do a few cutesy Groundhog Day printable activities this afternoon. We also looked up the news story about Punxsutawney Phil to find that he “predicted” six more weeks of winter. (And the kids cheered! How funny! I always wanted early spring, but they cheered for more winter!)

And then, when Luke got home, we celebrated some more!

We had ourselves a little contest to see who could make the best-looking Groundhog-shaped pizza.

Luke is the master of any pizza-dough-shaping contest! And Gracie didn’t do half bad, either. (The rest of us kind of gave up. My Groundhog face looked like Mickey Mouse, Ava made a heart, and the boys made dinosaurs.) 🙂

Luke's Punxsutawney Phil, before he was baked and eaten

Grace and her groundhog

Ava was happy with her heart.

And to top off the evening’s festivities, we had a scrumptious dessert…with P. Phil poking out the top (inspired by the cupcakes here).

For her efforts in the pizza contest, Grace won the chance to eat P. Phil from the dessert. Here he is before she devoured him…Isn’t he kinda cute? (Definitely not perfect, but kinda cute.) 🙂

Happy Groundhog Day, everyone!

Next up for celebrations…Valentine’s Day!

MOH: Joseph and the cake of many colors

In today’s Mystery of History lesson, we studied – you guessed it – Joseph! And to celebrate this VERY familiar Bible story, we baked a CAKE of many colors. 🙂

Each kiddo mixed some food coloring into 1/4 of the cake batter, and we baked separate layers.

Isn’t that cool?!

Picture courtesy of Gracie-Pie-Poo

I’m so blue-hoo-hoo, blue-hoo-hoo, blue-hoo-hoo-hooooooooo!

The last time I went blueberry picking was the summer of 2007, when Grace had a broken leg and 1-year-old Caleb ate a LOT of green berries. But since four years have passed, I figured it was time to give it another try. 🙂

I left the boys with our beloved Miss Wendy. (For those of you who don’t know her, she is an awesome kid-magnet, a beloved teacher of the 2- and 3-year-olds at church, and a very generous person with her time and resources.) My friend Sommer and her daughter Maddie, as well as a sweet friend from church named Ginny, all piled into our van with the girls and me, and we trekked to Coopersville, to Ven Roy Blueberries. Ginny has been picking there for 25 years and highly recommended it. The orchard itself was very clean and well-kept, the blueberries were great (especially considering that it’s the tail end of the season), and the price was GREAT ($1.35/lb).

Here we are in front of the blue blueberry stand, ready for picking!

And Sommer in a blueberry bush. (She doesn’t know I took this picture – sorry, Som!)

See the bucket hanging from Sommer’s waist? If you’ve never picked blueberries, you may not know how this works. You just tie a string around your waist, and on the string is a clip. You clip your bucket on, and it hangs there, ready for you to fill. It’s very convenient and makes for faster picking!

Oh, did I mention that in the summer of 2007 I was about 6 months pregnant for Ava? You can imagine how silly I looked with a bucket hanging in front of my mondo-belly! 🙂

Of course the kiddos had to take a potty break in the middle of picking. So here are our silly girls (after we visited the lou): (L to R) Maddie, Grace, and Ava.

We picked about 12 pounds altogether (and definitely plan to pick more next year, toward the beginning of the season). Today, the kiddos enjoyed lots of blueberries with their lunches.

And later they will enjoy some blueberry muffins with streusel topping. YUMMO.

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