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Loaded Oatmeal Bowl Cookies

We cannot keep bananas in the house. It seems like we buy them every other day. Then all the sudden we have a pile of brown bananas. Yes, they love them for months then out of no where loose interest and I am left trying to figure out what to do with all the bananas.

Quite often I do Banana Bread or I will peel them and put them in the freezer for smoothies. But those options were getting old. And, I'll be honest, I really have to be in the mood to eat a banana. I do LOVE banana bread, but any other banana flavored things are not for me!

But the boys in our house love them! When we have oatmeal they load their bowls with honey, banana and peanut butter - and Papa adds a fried egg to the top. So when I came across this Easy Oatmeal Breakfast Cookie, it seemed the perfect recipe to tweak!



My oldest boy rarely eats eggs, so I love adding them (and extras) to recipes. So I just switched this around a bit and still have a cookie that stays together. Best part is these are really easy to make a huge batch of and freezer most of them so you can "grab and go".

My three-year-old and a little boy I have been watching once a week have devoured our stash over the last month, so it was time for another batch. I paid a little closer attention this time so I could share with you - and the friend's mama ;)

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 overly ripe Bananas
  • 1 cup Peanut Butter (or other nut butter)
  • 1 cup Honey (or equivalent of other sweetener)
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1/2 cup ground Flax Seed (or reg flour)
  • 1 Tablespoon ground Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups oats (quick or rolled will work fine)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add the ingredients to your mixer in the order listed, I definitely use the stand mixer for this recipe. Portion and bake for 14-18 minutes. Then cool and freeze most of them :) They defrost very quickly.

I love making my cookies and breads on Pampered Chef baking stones and use the scoops for cookies, pancakes, muffins and more! Using the small scoop this recipe made about 45 cookies and I usually give the kiddos 2 each.


The best part about these - other than them being on hand pretty easily, is how guilt free I feel letting the kids have them whenever they ask . . . Seriously, they are like a bowl of oatmeal in you hand!

You can also cut back on the sweetener and add some dried fruit. AND if you have nut lovers pecans or walnuts would be so yummy in these.

What guilt free grab and go foods do you stick to?

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Soothing Bug Bite, Anti-Itch Oil

There are pockets of sitting water all around now after the rain - which means bugs! Yuck! Well, we have some great homemade Bug Spray, but inevitably we forget or it wears off and we end up with some bites.

And of course my poor kiddos are the first to get them! Long gone are the days of using "after-bite" and there's no calamine in our house either.

I of course, turned to lavender when they first informed me of the itching, but then I thought we should whip up "Itch" in a roller bottle for them.



Lavender is soothing.
Melaleuca helps with the poison.
Peppermint gives a cooling effect.
Then add the coconut oil, which is anti-bacterial. Calendula infused is even better!

I found this great deal on the roller bottles, which means I can make up specialized bottles as needed.

Itch Oil

Add the following to a 10ml Roller Bottle
10 drops Lavender Essential Oil
10 drops Melaleuca Essential Oil
10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
Top off with a Carrier Oil

My go to carrier oil is Sweet Almond, but for this I used coconut because of it's properties. You can adjust the EOs for the age of your kids. For under 2-year-old I'd leave out the peppermint and cut the Melaleuca in half, so you have less EO to carrier oil.


I hope you don't have to use it too much, but you'll be glad to have it in your bag when you need it!

If you need something a little more "sticky", Intoxicated on Life just share an Itch-Be-Gone Paste.

What do you usually use for bug bites?


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Best of 2013 {Homemade Beauty}


Face

What’s My Skin Type?
Homemade All-Natural Face Lotion Bar
Raw Honey Lip Salve
Aftershave

Image used with permission from Richly Rooted

Body

Rose Water
Moisturizing Honey Vanilla Body Polish
Owie Balm
Whipped Shea Butter
Whipped Coconut Oil
Lavender Body Lotion
Lavender Rose Body Polish
Lavender-Mint Bath and Body Set, Bath Salts, Body Polish, Body Butter, Lip Balm

Image used with permission from Nourishing Faith and Family 

Under

Homemade Deodorant
Deodorant Creme
Detoxifying Deodorant

Hair

Hair Detangling Spray
Natural Conditioner and Detangler
Hair Spray
Easy DIY Hair Treatments
No-Poo: The First Month
Rhassoul Clay
Dye Your Hair with Henna

Image used with permission from The Holistic Mama

Special

Indoor, Outdoor All-Around Bug Spray
Healing Bug Bites
Herbal Bug Spray Recipe
Homemade Sunscreen
Natural Shea Butter Sunscreen

     


To see more Best of 2013 Round-ups, make sure to check out the following blogs:
Whole Intentions Feed Me, Mama It Takes Time The Entwife's Journal The Ezer Wife Your Thriving Family Nourishing Simplicity Richly Rooted Joyful Thrifty Home Day 2 Day Joys Wisdom Seeking Mommy Natural Momma in Progress Accidentally Green Georgetown MN Growing Slower Imperfect Homemaker Simple Life Abundant Life Natural Living Mamma Whole New Momma Nourishing Faith and Family Live Essentially

This post may contain affiliate links. I sometimes receive compensation from advertisers, sponsors and affiliates. All opinions are mine. Purchasing through my site is of no additional cost to you, but helps support this blog and my family. All health advice is from personal experience, I am not a healthcare professional, please seek medical advice for any healthcare concerns.
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