Banana Coconut Muffins

Have some bananas that need used up? Try this amazing Banana Coconut Muffins Recipe. Can be made gluten free & dairy free too

I woke up with plans to head to the Farmers Market. I got dressed, made a cup of coffee, stumbled to the computer, and realized it was pouring rain. Well then, …..I guess someone didn’t want me to go to the Farmer’s Market. Not a biggie. There is always another time.  So I figured I would get some things done around the house today.

As the day went on the rain kept coming. It rained…. and it rained…..and it rained. It’s Florida and we are used to some rain, but I believe at last check the weather said 5+ inches today.  Just lovely!

I started to make some of these Banana Coconut Muffins for my little monkeys. I had this lovely pile of bananas that had turned that awful shade of brown no one will touch. So it’s banana muffins, banana bread, or banana cookies. I hate throwing food away.

I was just jamming in the kitchen…… “If you like Pina Coladas, and getting caught in the rain.”  My Hubby walked in and looked at me like I had lost it.

Him: “Last week it was Pumpkin….this week Pina Coladas?”

Me: Yep, sounds about right! :)

He just shrugged and turned right back around. I mean, HELLO! He ought to know that there is no rhyme or reason in this house by now. ~giggle~

Have some bananas that need used up? Try this amazing Banana Coconut Muffins Recipe. Can be made gluten free & dairy free too

If you have a pile of bananas and need to use them up quickly this is the perfect recipe. It is simple, and they turn out so moist and flavorful. Plus, they can be made gluten free and dairy free if they need to be.  Plus the coconut gets so nice and toasty right on the top of the muffin while it bakes ~sigh~ Just PERFECT!

Banana Coconut Muffins
 
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Ingredients
  • 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 very ripe bananas, mashed (3/4 cup)
  • ½ cup Vegetable or coconut oil
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ¾ cup sweetened flaked coconut
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line muffin cups with liners.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Whisk together bananas, oil, sugar, egg, vanilla, and ½ cup coconut in a large bowl until combined well, then fold in flour mixture until flour is just moistened.
  3. Divide batter among lined muffin cups and sprinkle with remaining ¼ cup coconut. Bake until muffins are puffed and golden, about 25 minutes. Transfer muffins to a rack and cool slightly.
Gluten Free
  1. Use a gluten free all purpose flour mix and a gluten free vanilla

 

Have some bananas that need used up? Try this amazing Banana Coconut Muffins Recipe. Can be made gluten free & dairy free too

 

 

Gluten Free Corn Dog Bites

Simple, delicious, and kid friendly Gluten Free Corn Dog Bites Recipe

Simple, Delicious, and Gluten Free. That is what snacks need to be at my house for my son to be able to eat them. Corn Dogs are every kids favorite, and that is why I came up with the BEST EVER Gluten Free Corn Dog recipe. The thing is…..I don’t always want to stand in the kitchen and fry corn dogs. Sure they are delicious but that is a job and a half.

I came up with these quick and easy Gluten Free Corn Dog Bites that you can make in just minutes. My kids love them, and I love how easy they are. You could totally make them Non-Gluten Free if you choose too! The only “special kitchen tool” needed: a mini muffin pan.

Simple, delicious, and kid friendly Gluten Free Corn Dog Bites Recipe

Gluten Free Corn Dog Bites
 
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Serves: 24 Bites
Ingredients
  • 4 Hot Dogs
  • 1 cup Gluten Free Corn Meal
  • 1-1 ½ cup Gluten Free Bisquick
  • 2 eggs(beaten)
  • 1 tbsp sugar or honey
  • 1 cup Milk (you can use soy, almond, etc)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Grease a mini muffin pan.
  3. In a large bowl mix together Corn meal, gluten free biquick, eggs, sugar and milk.
  4. Cut the hotdogs each into 6 even pieces.
  5. Now fill each one of the muffin pan holes ½ - ¾ of the way full and place one piece of hotdog into the center.
  6. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes or until bites turn golden brown around the edge and begin to pull away from the pan.
Dairy Free
  1. Use a dairy free milk. (Almond, coconut, etc)
Non-Gluten Free
  1. Just use regular bisquick instead of gluten free.

 

Simple, delicious, and kid friendly Gluten Free Corn Dog Bites Recipe

 

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Monster Sugar Cookies

Super simple and fun for Halloween. Check out this easy Monster Sugar Cookie Recipe

We had entirely too much fun making these tonight!!! Halloween is creeping around the corner and I have been testing some scary and spooky snacks on the kids. Tonight was these Monster Sugar Cookies. They won me over because they are super simple! They won the kids over because they are AWESOME!! They won my hubby over because they are delicious! Wins all around.

Super simple and fun for Halloween. Check out this easy Monster Sugar Cookie Recipe

You make this simple drop sugar cookie recipe and add the food coloring of your choice. We did Purple  for the girls and the Green ones for my son are gluten free.  I found the eyeball candies at my local store, but you can also make them. I have a tutorial coming up soon! ;)

Quick note: Add the eyes after they are done baking. We may have learned the hard way that they sink into the cookie and look even creepier if you add them before. LOL

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Monster Sugar Cookies
 
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Serves: 20-24
Ingredients
  • 1⅓ cups flour
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup butter or margarine (1 stick), softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Food coloring
  • Candy eyeballs
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. With a mixer cream together butter and sugar.
  3. Add the egg, vanilla, and food coloring to the creamed butter/sugar. Mix well.
  4. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix until dough forms.
  5. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
  6. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.
  7. Remove from the oven and add the eyeballs while still warm. If the cookies have cooled you can use a bit of icing to attach the eyeballs.
Gluten Free
  1. Use a gluten free flour mix
Dairy Free
  1. Use a dairy free margarine or coconut oil to replace the butter.

 

Super simple and fun for Halloween. Check out this easy Monster Sugar Cookie Recipe

 

 

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Teriyaki Chicken Pineapple Boats

Make these Simple yet fancy Teriyaki Chicken Pineapple Boats #Recipe #Dinner

I have turned over cooking to my hubby a couple nights a week, because I have one too many things too do. Sometimes you just don’t want anything out of the crock pot, and the grill sounds so much better. Plus, I am in charge of homework. That can be painful with 3 kids.

13 Year Old: I hate homework.

Me: I do too! Ironic thing is when you have kids you get to do it all over again…..times 3 apparently.

13 Year Old: I am NEVER having kids.

Well, that escalated quickly. LOL   Anyway, that is just the way my afternoons go.

I was surprised when I was served this Teriyaki Chicken Pineapple Boat the other night.  I am pretty sure my Crock Pot Pulled Pork from the night before was just upstaged.  The kids ooohed and ahhhed. I will never hear the end of this folks….like ever!

The funny thing is these look fancy, but they are so simple! The make a great presentation for a date night or if you are having a dinner party. OR…like my house, if you want a pat on the back about that AMAZING dinner you fixed. ~giggle~

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Mix up the teriyaki sauce and pour it over the chicken. Let it marinade for atleast 30 minutes. This is a great time to start the rice, heat the grill, and slice the pineapple.

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To make the bowls you need to slice the pineapples in half from the top to the bottom. This is much easier than you would think. Then use a spoon and a knife to scoop out the pineapple. Dice the pineapple and place in a bowl to the side.

Now grill the chicken and diced pineapple (if desired). You can also bake the chicken in the oven.

Once done, dice the chicken and mix it with the cooked white rice, steamed broccoli ( I used the steam fresh veggies), and pineapple. Serve in the pineapple bowls with a little extra teriyaki sauce over the top! YUM!

Make these Simple yet fancy Teriyaki Chicken Pineapple Boats #Recipe #Dinner

Teriyaki Chicken Pineapple Boats
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 Whole Pineapples
  • 1 - 1.5 Lbs Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
  • ¾ cup soy sauce (you can buy gluten free)
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1¼ teaspoons peeled, grated fresh ginger (from about a 1-1/2-inch piece) or ½ tsp dry ginger
  • Cooked Rice (we used the rice cooker)
  • Steamed Broccoli (Hello Freezer Steambags)
Instructions
  1. Mix the soy sauce, honey, and ginger together. Whisk well and pour ½ cup over chicken in a large bowl. Reserve the rest for serving. Allow to marinade up to 2 hours but at least 30 minutes. This is great to do while the grill or oven heats up.
  2. Slice the Pineapples directly down the center long ways to form 2 bowl halves. Use a knife and a spoon to cut the pineapple meat out of the inside leaving only the shell. Set them to the side. Dice the pineapple and place it in a bowl.
  3. Grill the chicken over medium heat until the internal temperature is at least 160. You can also cover and bake in the oven for 35 minutes until cooked through. I prefer grilled.
  4. If you want a very flavorful dish you can also grill the pineapple. It really brings out the flavor.
  5. Once the chicken is cooked dice it and mix it with the cooked rice, pineapple, and steamed broccoli.
  6. Spoon it into the pineapple bowls. Top with extra teriyaki sauce. Serve.
Gluten Free
  1. Use a gluten free soy sauce.

Make these Simple yet fancy Teriyaki Chicken Pineapple Boats #Recipe #Dinner

Pumpkin Doughnuts

Simple and fluffy Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts #recipe

Fall is around the corner. That users in the season for baked goods, apples, pumpkins, the smell of cinnamon… …..MMMM……and a nice warm cup of coffee. Some of the best things in life happen in the fall. Like the best baked doughnut ever! These are the only non-fried doughnuts I make, and they are fabulous! They are still light and fluffy and melt in your mouth delicious right out of the oven.

Simple and fluffy Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts #recipe

The catch, you will need a doughnut pan. But don’t worry they aren’t expensive and you will use it more than once. Especially with this Pumpkin Doughnuts recipe in your hands. ;)

The second catch. You will need to make more than one batch, so stock up on pumpkin. They literally hit the counter, took a cinnamon sugar bath, and I walked in the other room for 2 minutes. I came back and they were gone. The little vultures smelled them and devoured them.  Don’t worry, if you make too many I am sure you can find someone to help you eat them, or you can freeze them for another day!

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Ingredients
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • 1½ cups pumpkin purée (canned pumpkin)
  • 1½ teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1¾ cups + 2 tablespoons All Purpose Flour (OR Gluten Free Flour Mix)
  • Cinnamon Sugar (optional) to Top
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease two standard doughnut pans.
  2. Beat together the oil, eggs, sugar, pumpkin, spices, salt, and baking powder until smooth.
  3. Add the flour, stirring just until smooth.
  4. Fill the wells of the doughnut pans about ¾ full.
  5. Bake the doughnuts for 15 to 18 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center of one comes out clean.
  6. Remove the doughnuts from the oven, and after about 5 minutes, loosen their edges, and transfer them to a rack to cool.
  7. While the doughnuts are still warm (but no longer fragile), top them with cinnamon sugar gently patting it down so it sticks.
  8. Cool completely, and store (not wrapped tight) at room temperature for several days.
Gluten Free
  1. Use a gluten free flour mix. I used Gluten Free Bisquick and they turned out fabulous.

Simple and fluffy Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts #recipe

Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars

Delicious fall breakfast or snack. Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars #recipe

One of my favorite flavors of all time: PUMPKIN! I don’t know that I have ever turned down a recipe with pumpkin in it. That is one of the most exciting things about fall to me. PUMPKIN EVERYTHING!

I have passed my love of pumpkin on to my children, even the picky one. They too love everything pumpkin, so I really don’t get too many strange looks when I crank the oven on September 1st and make these Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars. I have waited long enough people! ~giggle~

These are going to make the best breakfasts for before school, and I am going to pack them for snacks too. I love that they are super healthy and no one even notices because they are so delicious! ;)

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Gather all of the ingredients. I made them gluten free and dairy free, but you can make them regular too. They turn out great both ways.

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Everyone in the bowl and mix well.  Do you smell it? OMG. Pumpkin heaven.

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Place in a foil lined 8×8 or 9×9 pan, and bake at 350 for 20 -25 minutes. Allow to cool completely before cutting into squares.

Delicious fall breakfast or snack. Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars #recipe

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Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars
 
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Ingredients
  • 1½ Cups Instant or Old Fashioned Oats
  • ½ cup flour (or Gluten Free Flour Mix)
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ¾ cup milk
  • ¼ cup raisins
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8x8 or 9x9 baking pan with foil.
  2. In a large bowl mix together all of the dry ingredients until combined. Stir in the pumpkin, egg, and milk until well combined.
  3. Pour batter into the prepared pan and bake at 350 degrees F for 20 -25 minutes or unitl toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean
  4. Cool completely and cut into squares.
Gluten Free
  1. Use gluten free oats and gluten free all purpose flour mix
Dairy Free
  1. Use a dairy free milk: Almond, Soy, Coconut etc.

 

Delicious fall breakfast or snack. Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars #recipe

 

Love Pumpkin, you can check out all of my Pumpkin Recipes

Gluten Free Apple Almond Bars & Publix® Gift Card Giveaway

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It’s time to stock the pantry and fridge with healthy after school snacks, and things to pack in lunchboxes.  My littlest loves to get in the kitchen and help so I try to find easy recipes for her. Plus, if it is Gluten Free & Dairy Free we love it because that means everyone at my house can enjoy!

Chex™ Cereal is BOGO this week (8/28 – 9/3/2014) at Publix®. This is a super time to stock up for breakfast, or just to try these great Chex™ recipes!

Because they only take 15 minutes to make, they are an easy way to provide your kids with a homemade lunchbox treat that tastes great! Plus, since Chex™ cereals are “buy one, get one free” this week at Publix®, the recipes are also a great value.

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We gathered our ingredients and got busy!

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I let her do all the hard work…in a princess dress I might add. Is there any other way to cook? ;) Watch this video below to see just how easy these are to make! You can find the recipe for these Chex Apple Almond Bars here or listed below.


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Gluten Free Apple Almond Bars
 
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Serves: 16
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  • 4cups Cinnamon Chex™ or Rice Chex™ cereal
  • ⅔ cup chopped dried apples
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
  • ½ cup sweetened dried cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
Instructions
  1. Line bottom and sides of 8-inch square pan with foil. Spray foil with cooking spray. In large bowl, mix cereal, apples, almonds and cranberries; set aside.
  2. In large microwavable bowl, microwave butter, corn syrup and brown sugar uncovered on High 2 to 3 minutes stirring every 30 seconds or until mixture is boiling and slightly thickened.
  3. Pour over cereal mixture in bowl; stir until evenly coated. Using buttered back of spoon, press mixture firmly in pan. Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm enough to cut.
  4. For bars, cut into 4 rows by 4 rows. Store covered at room temperature up to 1 week.
Dairy Free
  1. Use coconut oil or dairy free margarine in place of butter

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Refrigerator Oatmeal

The perfect snack or breakfast. Super simple Refrigerator Oatmeal #recipe

I have a little one who is addicted to snacking. The first thing she does is open the fridge and look for a yogurt, or carrots, or ANYTHING that sounds like it would make a great snack.

She is going to break the bank with her drinking yogurt habit. I have never seen a kid go through so many in a day. I had to stop buying them, but I couldn’t just leave her with nothing to snack on.  Welcome my new friend, Refrigerator Oatmeal. It takes me a few minutes to whip up a bunch of them.  They last for about 3 days in the fridge. Keep that in mind before you make a ton. They are delicious, filling, and perfect for breakfast, or a snack.

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All you need is Oats, Milk, Yogurt, and fruit.

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In a bowl mix together the oats, yogurt, and milk. Spoon into mason jars 2/3 full. I use the 1/2 pint for breakfast or these small jam jars for snacks.

Stir in fruit or jam of choice and refrigerate overnight.

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Ingredients
  • ½ cup uncooked old fashioned rolled oats
  • ⅔ cup milk
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp Fruit of choice
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together and place in ½ pint or smaller mason jars.
  2. Refrigerate overnight.
  3. Enjoy within 2 -3 days.
  4. Stir in extra fruit before serving if desired.
Gluten Free
  1. Use Gluten Free Oats.

 

The perfect snack or breakfast. Super simple Refrigerator Oatmeal #recipe

Before serving I toss in a handful of frozen berries, or other fruit. YUM!