Healthier Banana Bread Oatmeal Muffins

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My Healthier Banana Bread Oatmeal Muffins make a great breakfast or perfect snack any time of the day.

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Banana bread is always a favorite around here! I know many of you love it too! So, being that it’s January is National Oatmeal Month it just made sense to try and add some heart healthy oatmeal to my banana bread. Whole grains are always a good thing. If you’re not a fan of oatmeal in your food, please keep reading I explain in a bit how to make these muffins with or without oatmeal.

I have to be honest, I knew I wanted to use oatmeal because oats are all natural, heart healthy and pretty darn yummy, but I also wanted to make something any kid would be happy to pick up and eat in the morning with a glass of cold milk or orange juice!

The goal was to make a healthier banana bread muffin that was appealing enough that any kid would want to enjoy one. Goal accomplished, my kids loved these, I hope yours do too!

Never underestimate the power of a few sprinkles!

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Only 2 tablespoons of sprinkles were used to make 24 muffins. My Healthier Banana Bread Oatmeal Muffins have just enough sprinkles to draw some interest!

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Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

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My Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies are a great anytime cookie! Chocolate peanut butter, lots of oatmeal and a little more melted chocolate for dipping creates a great flavor combination!   

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You know how sometimes you need a cookie that you can whip together quickly and be done? Well this is one of those cookies and it’s a yummy one!

School is starting soon, or has already started all across the country. If you have kids you know that means busy, busy, busy. Even if you don’t have kids, you still know how busy life can be. Life tends to get a little crazy at times.

An easy go-to cookie seemed like the perfect choice for today.

Today’s cookie is a cookie that comes together very quickly with a few simple ingredients. Most, or all of these ingredients you probably have sitting in your pantry right now.

So let’s started, we have cookies to make!

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These cookies are great all by themselves, or you can dip them in chocolate. As you can see, I have dipped my cookies in chocolate just to give them a special little touch.

It just depends on how you’re feeling that day.

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These are most of the simple ingredients you will need for these cookies. There are only a few chocolates in the photograph but you will want to have a full bag on hand. Also I forgot to include the baking soda in the picture, sorry. :(

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These cookies have plenty of oatmeal in them, yet they are still very moist. I think you will find it surprising how good cookies can be with just a few simple ingredients. :)

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When your cookies are cool and you’re ready to dip them please remember you can use any kind of chocolate that makes you happy! I used Dove because I love how easy it is to work with. So I pick it up when it’s on sale.

Anyway, you could use chocolate melts, chocolate chips or any other kind of chocolate you prefer! Then add a few sprinkles, and you’re set!

Now all you need is a tall glass of cold milk and you’ve got a great snack!

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 Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

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1/2 cup dark chocolate peanut butter

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 large egg

1-1/4 cups quick-cooking oats, any brand

1 package (3.4 oz.) vanilla instant pudding mix

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 bag (9.5 oz.) Dove milk chocolate, chocolate chips, or any chocolate you prefer

chocolate jimmies, optional

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with baking mats or parchment paper; set aside.

2. Place chocolate peanut butter and brown sugar into a large mixing bowl. Beat until fluffy. Beat in egg. Add oats, vanilla pudding mix, and baking soda to creamed mixture; mix well.

2. With a medium cookie scoop, place dough onto prepared baking sheets, about 1 inch apart. Bake for 6-8 minutes and remove from oven. My cookies took exactly 7 minutes. Let cookies cool on baking sheet for 2-3 minutes, then move to wire rack to cool completely.

3. Line large cookie sheet with waxed paper; set aside. In a microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate for 30 seconds at a time until melted well and smooth. Dip each cookie into chocolate, using as much or as little as desired. Allow excess chocolate to drip off. Place cookie on waxed paper, if using sprinkles add immediately. Allow cookies to rest until chocolate has set up and can be touched.

*Note: You will probably have a little extra melted chocolate.

Make 18 cookies

 

 

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Double-Chocolate Oatmeal Skillet Cookie

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My Double-Chocolate Oatmeal Skillet Cookie is the perfect combination of chocolate, oatmeal, M&M’s and a delicious skillet cookie in one! Who could ask for more?

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My Double-Chocolate Oatmeal Skillet Cookie is one of those things you just have to try!

I’m willing to bet you will cut yourself a wedge, eat it, and before long you will find yourself going back for another piece. :)

There’s definitely something special about this skillet cookie that will have you coming back for more! MM_226 One of the added perks of a skillet cookie is you have plenty of room to top it off any way you want to. As you can see, a big scoop of ice cream with a little drizzle of chocolate sauce, and a few more mini M&M’s is always good!

This skillet cookie is also very good served plain. It also travels very well! You could easily slice a few wedges for backpacks, a lunch for work, or take with you just about anywhere.

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One thing I would like to stress is you can always change the amount of oatmeal in this recipe. So if you’re not a huge fan of oatmeal feel free to use less oatmeal and more flour.

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Whether you bake this skillet cookie in two skillets or one, it’s sure to turn out great!

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Double-Chocolate Oatmeal Skillet Cookie

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1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup cocoa powder

2 eggs, room temperature

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)

2 1/2 cups oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)

1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

1 regular package Mini Rainbow M&M’s, reserve some for serving

Directions:

1. Spray two oven-proof (6-inch) skillets, or one oven-proof (12-inch) skillet with cooking spray. Or line skillets with parchment paper; set aside.

2. Beat together butter and sugars until creamy.

3. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well.

4. Add combined flour, baking soda, and salt (if using); mix well.

5. Stir in oats and mini chocolate chips; mix well.

6. Press dough into 2 – 6″ skillets, or 1 – 12″ skillet. Top with mini M&M’s, pressing M&M’s slightly into dough. Bake 20-25 minutes, or until done. Time will vary depending upon skillet size and weight.

7. Cool on a wire rack for about 30 minutes. Serve warm or cool completely. Slice into wedges, top with ice cream and chocolate syrup if desired, and enjoy!

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Oatmeal Marshmallow Cookie Sandwiches

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Delicious homemade marshmallow buttercream frosting lathered between two freshly made oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. Please pass the milk!  

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I was experimenting in the kitchen today like I often do, especially during this never-ending Winter, and I came up with something I think you guys are really going to like.

Today I am sharing my Oatmeal Marshmallow Cookie Sandwiches. Okay, let me clear the air right away. I know a lot of people grew up eating Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies. However, I did not! We just never had them in the house.

I know what they are of course, but I have never actually had one. I wasn’t out to copy anyone or anything, I just wanted a little something different. :)

I am very happy with how these turned out! Because, everything in these cookies tastes the way I want it to taste. Don’t you love it when that happens?

A homemade chocolate chip oatmeal cookie with homemade vanilla marshmallow buttercream frosting. What’s not to love? 

Make sure you make these on the smaller side like I explain in the recipe. Trust me on this, when made with real ingredients they are very filling, and very very good!

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Double Chocolate Peanut Butter-Oatmeal Cookies

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Chocolate peanut butter, and oatmeal cookie dough and milk chocolate chips…it’s a great new way to enjoy the classic chocolate-peanut butter combination! Yes chocolate peanut butter!

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If you like chocolate, peanut butter, oatmeal, and cookies (and who doesn’t) this cookie is for you!

I have mentioned numerous times how much my fellas love cookies, and are always asking for more cookies.

So, today I wanted to make something a little different. You know the comfort of a classic cookie, with a fun little twist?

Well I’m happy to report, this cookie came out exactly how I wanted it too. This is the cookie you want to bake on a cool Fall day!

I really hope you guys enjoy it as much as we do! :)
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Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies (new variation)

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I know, I know, I talk a lot about how much we love cookies at this house. Well not only do we love cookies, but my guys continuously ask me to make the same cookies over and over again.

Considering I make LOTS of different cookies, it always kind of catches me off guard! Although they love pretty much any cookie I make, each of my guys has their personal favorite.

This cookie isn’t anything incredibly new or crazy, I simply experimented with the oat to flour ratio. This time I used less oats, and more flour. This is honestly a first for me. Usually I’m trying to get more oats and grains into the food we eat. Honestly, we love my regular Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe, I just wanted to play around today.

So, what did my guys think of these cookies? They definitely noticed something was different. However, they said they liked the cookies both ways. It’s pretty tough to go wrong with oatmeal cookies!

Oatmeal cookies, especially with any kind of chocolate, but NO raisins, will always be their favorite! :)

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Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

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1 cup (2sticks) butter, softened

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

3 tablespoons vanilla instant pudding, any brand

1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)

1 1/2 cups Quaker Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)

1 1/2 cups chocolate chips, any variety

 

DIRECTIONS

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Beat together butter and sugars until creamy.

3. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well.

4. Add combined flour, baking soda, pudding mix, and salt; mix well.

5. Stir in oats and chocolate chips; mix well.

6. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto baking mat, or ungreased cookie sheet

7. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown.

8. Cool 2 minutes on cookie sheet; move to wire rack to cool completely.

 

Megamommy NOTES

* If dough seems to dry add 2 tablespoons of milk, one tablespoon at a time

* Make sure you chill the dough for about an hour in the fridge before using.

Adapted from: Quaker Oats

 

 

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Oatmeal Triple Chip Cookies

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It seems that everywhere you look these days triple chip cookies are all the rage. Not to mention my boys are always asking for more chips. So I thought I would give triple chip cookies a try.

Lots of yummy chips in every bite make these cookies delicious!

It’s kind of hard to complain when you have three flavors of chocolate in your mouth at the same time. :) If you’re wondering why oatmeal triple chip, it’s because we love oatmeal cookies here. Plus, my picky eater, also loves oatmeal cookies.

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All in all I liked these cookies much more than I thought I would, and the boys loved them! I think the thing to keep in mind is you want all three chips (whatever kind you use) in every bite, but you also want a decent amount of cookie with the chips. This recipe is geared more towards a nice balance of the two.

There are the people who like a little cookie with their chips, and the people that like a little chip with their cookies. Which one are you? Remember friends, there’s no right or wrong answer. It just depends on how you like your cookies. They are your cookies after all. :)

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OATMEAL TRIPLE CHIP COOKIES  

INGREDIENTS

1 cup butter, softened

3/4 cup packed brown sugar (light or dark)

3/4 cup granulated sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 large egg, at room temperature

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup quick-cooking oatmeal

3 tablespoons instant vanilla pudding mix, OR two teaspoons of cornstarch (in these cookies I prefer the instant vanilla pudding, either way they will turn out just fine)

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup white chocolate chips

1/2 cup SNO-CAPS (or any other chocolate chip you prefer)

(This is my revised chip-to-cookie ratio. I find this amount still very chippy, but much better! In other words, my kids were still happy and so was I).

DIRECTIONS

1. Line an ungreased cookie sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Set aside.

2. Stir together sugars and butter until blended. Stir in vanilla and egg until light and fluffy. Stir in oats, flour, instant pudding, baking soda and salt; stir in all three kinds of chips. Chill dough for 20-30 minutes.

3. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto prepared cookie sheet OR use a regular cookie-scoop.

4. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until light brown (centers will be soft). Cool for two to three minutes; remove from cookie sheet. Cool on wire rack.

MAKES APX. 24 COOKIES, I usually make my cookies a little on the large side. :)

 

Megamommy

 

 

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Oatmeal Chocolate Toffee Cookies

Oatmeal Chocolate Toffee Cookie Ingredients

Oatmeal Chocolate Toffee Cookies

 Did you know that January is Oatmeal Month?

I just found out myself, and I’m really kind of excited. :) We love oatmeal cookies, breads, muffins, and treats of all kinds around here. So we’ll have to see what we can come up with during the course of the month.

I decided to make yet another simple dessert that can be made any night of the week. Most of us have the basics right in our cupboard.

Oatmeal Chocolate Toffee Cookie Ingredients

As you would suspect we start out with the basic ingredients, oatmeal of course, chocolate chips, a Golden Vanilla cake mix, Heath Chocolate Toffee Bits, butter and eggs.

Honestly, I don’t usually have Heath Toffee Bits, but today I had them and they are so good in these cookies. But if you don’t have them, don’t worry use 1/2 cup of anything you like chopped into pieces.

It could even be your favorite cereal.

Cookie Dough for Oatmeal Chocolate Toffee Cookies

Just your basic cookie dough waiting to be scooped onto a baking sheet.

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Now all you need is a cold glass of milk and you’re set…

Oatmeal Chocolate Toffee Cookies

Ingredients

1 cake mix – golden vanilla, yellow, or white – I used golden vanilla

2 eggs

1/3 butter, softened but not melted

1 1/2 cups quick oats

1/2 cup Milk Chocolate Toffee Bits

1/2 cup chocolate chips (milk or semi-sweet)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. With a spoon, mix cake mix and quick oats together. With same spoon, add eggs, and butter to the mixture. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop dough balls onto a cookie sheet lined with a baking mat, or lightly greased cookie sheet.

Bake 9-12 minutes or until light golden brown edges. Allow cookies to cool for 2 minutes before moving. Remove cookies and place on nonstick rack to cool.

You can use milk chocolate chips, semi sweet chocolate chips or even dark chocolate chips for this recipe. Use whatever you like. :)

Have a great rest of the day everyone!

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