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Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Banana Oatmeal Cookies with gluten free option

Do you have some bananas on your counter that need to be used up? Make Banana Oatmeal Cookies! 

Cookies might be my favorite way to use up overripe bananas. Or at least one of my favorite ways to use up bananas.

Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Yes, my family loves banana bread, gluten free banana bread, banana baked oatmeal, and banana snack cake, but cookies are near the top of the favorites list when it comes to using up extra bananas. 

Bananas and chocolate are a great combination. Add in some oatmeal and you have a delicious banana oatmeal cookie with chocolate chips. 

Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Can banana oatmeal cookies be made gluten free? 

Yes, these banana oatmeal cookies are easy to make gluten free by using Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 gluten free flour blend and gluten free oats

Banana Oatmeal Cookies with gluten free option

 

Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Banana oatmeal cookies are the perfect way to use up those overripe bananas on your counter. They are also easy to make gluten free.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour or use Bob's Red Mill 1 to 1 Gluten Free Blend for gf version
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mashed ripe banana (about 2 bananas)
  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats ( For gluten free version use gluten free oats)
  • 2 cups chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Whisk together flours, salt, and baking soda in a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Place butter and sugars into a mixing bowl and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy.
  4. Reduce speed to low and add egg and vanilla. Mix until combined. Mix in banana.
  5. Add flour and mix until just combined.
  6. Stir in oats, chocolate chips.
  7. Using drop dough onto baking sheets using a cookie scoop or use a heaping tablespoon full. Space about 2 inches apart.
  8. Bake cookies 11-12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.

Notes

These can be made gluten free by using a gluten free flour blend like Bob's Red Mill 1 to 1 gluten free blend and gluten free oats.

Menu Plan

5 Ingredient Burrito Casserole

It winter and that means my menu plans are filled with soups, comfort foods, and easy recipes. There is something about this time of year that makes me turn to more comfort food type of recipes like soups and casseroles.

A big bowl of soup, chili, or a tried and true casserole is a great way to end a cold winter’s day.  Do you feel that way too? 

Here is this week’s menu plan. 

Breakfast

Maple Cinnamon Granola

Homemade Maple Cinnamon Granola

Oven Pancakes

Chocolate Banana Baked Oatmeal

Chocolate Banana Baked Oatmeal

Dinner

Crock Pot Tomato Soup from LynnsKitchenAdventures.com

Crock Pot Tomato Soup

5 Ingredient Burrito Casserole

Five Ingredient Burrito Casserole

Crustless Bacon Cheeseburger Quiche

Bacon Cheeseburger Quiche

Slow Cooked Sloppy Joes

Slow Cooked Sloppy Joes

Instant Pot Cheeseburger Helper

Instant Pot Cheeseburger Helper

Breakfast for Dinner – Eggs and Rice

Dessert of the Week

Homemade Vanilla Pudding

Homemade Vanilla Pudding -If you have never made it before you really need to try it. It is so easy to make and so much better than the boxed kind.

Gluten Free Menu Plan

Here is this week’s gluten free menu plan. I made notes next to the items that need to be gluten free, but as always read labels to be sure that the ingredients are safe for your family.

Breakfast

Fluffy-Gluten-Free-Waffles

Fluffy Gluten Free Waffles

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake and Eggs

Eggs and Sausage

Dinner

Slow Cooked Homemade Chili without Beans_

Slow Cooked No Bean Chili

Chili Nachos

Chili Nachos using leftover chili

Sheet Pan Chicken Stir Fry

Sheet Pan Chicken Stir Fry use gluten free soy sauce

Gluten Free Pancake Mix Recipe

Gluten Free Pancakes from Gluten Free Pancake Mix

Gluten Free Biscuits and Gravy Recipe

Gluten Free Biscuits and Gravy

Burrito Bowl Soup

Burrito Bowl Soup

Gluten Free Dessert of the Week

Gluten Free Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

Everyday Adventures

Thank you for all your responses to my last Everyday Adventures post. I am so glad that so many readers love my keeping it real posts that share a look into my everyday life. I plan to keep sharing them a few times a month. 

I just realized that I am keeping it very real with that muffin picture… poor lighting, dirty counters, and not so pretty muffins. But that is what my kitchen looks like the majority of the time. I am guessing that yours look similar. When you use your kitchen a lot you often have random food waiting to be put away, dirty counters, and a sink full of dishes. 

My daughter and I recently did a baking/cooking day. We made five meatloaves, gluten free banana muffins, gluten free chocolate chip cookies, rice, and more. 

We stocked the freezer, gave a meal to a friend, froze some food for a family member that had surgery recently, and froze a few things for us to use over the next few weeks. It was a lot of cooking, but was so worth it. 

And in the spirit of keeping it real dinner last night was a total fail. I saw a crock pot recipe online that looked great. It had tons of great reviews. The recipe though looked like it was missing something.

It was one of those recipes that I just wasn’t sure about. The ingredients didn’t look very flavorful and the cooking time seemed really long even for a crock pot recipe.

My gut told me that it might not work, but the reviews were great so I gave it a try. I should have stuck with my gut instinct. It was a totally fail.

We saved it by covering it in cheese when we ate it… It was dry and it was lacking in flavor. I will not be making it again. I don’t even think I will try to adapt it to make it better. 

I might love to cook and run a food website, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have cooking disasters like everyone else. Some recipes and experiments just don’t work like you hope that they will. 

This is my new favorite way to drink hot chocolate. I have been putting a little caramel sauce in my hot chocolate for years, but my daughter recently bought chocolate whipping cream and it is so good. It makes hot chocolate even better! 

Tacos and taco salad are on the menu plan at least once a week at our house. It is easy to make and everyone loves it. Don’t feel bad about serving the same meal every week. If your family loves it, serve it as often as they will eat it. 🙂 

A few weeks ago my daughter had course that she had to take in the Dallas, Texas area. My husband and I decided to go with her. Dallas is only a few hours drive and there is so much to do in that area. 

When we travel we love to visit bookstores. Texas has some great ones. I did a quick search before we left looking for used bookstores that we hadn’t been to before. We decided to visit Recycled Books in Denton. 

Recycled Books might be my new favorite used bookstore. Or at least one of my favorites. It is amazing. It is three stories of used books. They have some other stuff, but it is mainly books. We spent at least three hours there looking around. And we left with a big book of books. 

I am going to do a full review soon over on From Our Bookshelf, but if you live in Dallas area or plan to visit there you need to visit Recycled Books in Denton.

If you love reading and books be sure to check out our new Sunday Reading series over on From Our Bookshelf. Every Sunday we are sharing a favorite Christian book. We share all kinds of books on our book site, but this is a fun way to share some of our favorite Christian reads. 

When we were in Texas we visited WinCo. That probably sounds odd to many of you. But I am in Oregon girl, born and raised there. My family has shopped at Winco for years.

When I saw a Winco across the street from the hotel I knew we had to go in. Sometimes you just need a little reminder of home, even if it is just a quick stop inside a grocery store. 

We saw this when we were looking around WinCo. You remember that popular green pudding “salad” that everyone made back in the 1980’s and 1990’s? It was a staple at church dinners, potlucks, and picnics. Well apparently it is making a comeback.. Or at least enough of a comeback for stores to sell it. 

Maybe this has been around for awhile. I know Resers is a company in the Pacific NW. But I have never seen this salad sold in a container like this.

Really are people loving this “salad” again? And can I just say that if you love Pistachio Salad it takes like five minutes to make and will be much cheaper made at home. Just saying… 🙂 Have you ever had Pistachio salad? Do you love it or hate it? 

I hope that you have a great weekend! 

 

Seven Favorite Chicken Recipes

Did you find chicken on sale this week? Or do you have some chicken in your freezer that needs to be used up? I am sharing seven of my favorite chicken recipes with you.

Seven Favorite Chicken Recipes

In my family chicken used to be a treat. Yes, a treat. We did not eat it very often.

For years I did not buy a lot of chicken unless I got a really good sale on it. It had to be really cheap for me to buy it. 

You might be wondering why chicken was a treat when so many people eat it all the time. 

We raised hogs for over ten years, so we had a lot of pork. My husband and kids all hunt, so we almost always have venison in the freezer. And every year we also buy half a beef from a local rancher. Meat is not lacking at our house. We always have meat in the freezer. 

What was lacking was chicken, fish, and meatless meals. Yes, I would occasionally cook chicken, fish, or meatless meals, but beef, deer, and pork were on the menu the majority of the time. We had it in the freezer so I used what I had and didn’t buy a lot of other meat. 

We quit raising hogs two years ago. While I don’t miss the work of raising hogs, I will admit that I miss the pork. And I don’t just miss the pork, I miss the high quality home raised pork. Pork is now a treat at our house. 

The good thing about not having a freezer full of pork is that I am now buying more chicken. Yes, we still eat mainly beef and deer, but chicken is making it back into the menu plan more often. Since I love chicken I am not going to complain about that! 

What I love about chicken is that it is versatile. You can use it in so many ways. It is also often on sale for a great price. When it is on sale I stock my freezer so that I can use it anytime I want an easy chicken dinner. 

Today I am sharing seven of our favorite chicken recipes. These are all easy to make with everyday ingredients. 

Sheet Pan Chicken Stir Fry

Sheet Pan Chicken Stir Fry

In general stir fry is not hard to make. It is actually quite easy, but it does take a little bit of time standing by your stove stirring things in the wok or pan.

It is kind of hard to walk away from a stir fry that is cooking. That is why I love this sheet pan chicken stir fry. It makes stir fry even easier. 

BBQ Chicken Grilled Cheese Sandwich

BBQ Chicken Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Sometimes the simple recipes like this BBQ Chicken Grilled Cheese Sandwich make the best recipes. 

Cheesy Salsa Verde Chicken

Cheesy Salsa Verde Chicken

Cheesy Salsa Verde Chicken is a quick and easy dinner that uses only three ingredients. Four ingredients if you serve it on tortillas or rice.

This might not be the prettiest recipe that I have shared. Chicken, green salsa, and cheese does not make for a great picture, but it is very good.

Chicken and Black Bean Oven Tacos

Chicken Black Bean Oven Tacos

Long time readers know how much my family loves oven tacos. I first shared the recipe back in 2011 as part of a ground beef recipes series. Both my oven tacos and that series have been very popular over the years.

Over the years I have come up with various versions of my oven tacos. Usually using whatever meat and beans I have on hand . This version is a delicious chicken and black bean version of oven tacos that we love.

Cheesy Fajita Chicken

Cheese makes everything better! Right? Maybe it doesn’t make everything better, but many things are made better with cheese.  I love this cheesy fajita chicken served as it.

My daughters like it over rice. My husband likes it on a tortilla with rice and my son likes the chicken and peppers on a tortilla like you would fajitas. You really can serve this however you want to. 

Asian Chicken Cabbage Salad

Asian Chicken Cabbage Salad

Cabbage is one of those vegetables that I think often gets neglected. Most people think of it for coleslaw, but nothing else. This Asian chicken cabbage salad is an example of how cabbage can be used in so many different ways.

Sheet Pan Fajitas

Sheet Pan Fajitas

These sheet pan fajitas are an easy way to make fajitas in your oven using just one pan. 

Peanut Butter Muffins

Need an easy breakfast or lunch on the go? Peanut Butter Muffins are great to grab for breakfast, lunch, or a snack. 

Peanut Butter Muffins

Does your family love muffins as much as mine does? 

We love muffins and usually make a batch once a week. Muffins make a great breakfast, lunch, or snack on the go. 

They are also something that is easy to take on the go. On the go meals or snacks are a must if you have kids, teens, or college kids at home. 

Peanut Butter Muffin Recipe with gluten free option

These muffins have peanut butter in them. That makes them more filling than a normal muffin. 

The peanut butter also makes these a little bit of a denser muffin. They are not a super light and fluffy baker style muffin. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t delicious. These muffins are so good! 

Add in some chocolate chips and they are even better! You don’t have to add chocolate chips to these, but really you should. Chocolate and peanut butter just go together. 

Peanut Butter Muffin Recipe

Can peanut butter muffins be made gluten free? 

Yes, I  made these muffins with Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 gluten free flour blend and it worked great. I have not tried other gluten free flour blends, but I know Bob’s Red Mill blend works well. 

Can peanut butter muffins be made without peanut butter or with a peanut butter alternative? 

Yes, they can. My daughter has a peanut allergy, so I actually don’t make these with peanut butter anymore. I usually use Wowbutter, but other peanut butter alternatives should work as well. 

My peanut free daughter loves these muffins because they are filling for her to grab for a quick snack or to take in her lunch. When you have a nut or peanut allergy filling on the go snacks can be challenging so we love having this option. 

Peanut Butter Muffins

Can you freeze peanut butter muffins? 

Yes. They freeze great. In general muffins freeze well. I freeze muffins all the time. I don’t think that I have ever had a muffin that didn’t freeze well. 

We almost always have muffins in the freezer because my kids love them for a quick breakfast. 

Now for the recipe!

Peanut Butter Muffins with gluten free option

Yield: 14 muffins

Peanut Butter Muffins

Peanut Butter Muffins

Peanut butter muffins are easy to make and kids love them! The recipe includes gluten free instructions.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cup flour or Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Flour Blend
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2/3 cups chocolate chips or mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line muffin pan with liners or grease well. Set aside.
  3. In a bowl combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  4. In another bowl whisk together egg, milk, peanut butter, oil, and vanilla. Whisk until combined.
  5. Stir flour mixture into peanut butter mixtures just until mixture is well combined.
  6. Stir in chocolate chips.
  7. Scoop batter into prepared muffin cups filling each one about 3/4 full.
  8. Bake for 16-18 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  9. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes. Remove to wire rack to finish cooling.

Menu Plan

Homemade Chex Granola

The first month of 2020 is almost over. I know a lot of people say that January is a month that seems to go on and on, but this year January went so fast for me. I can’t believe that the first month of 2020 is almost over. 

Here is this week’s menu plan. 

Breakfast

Banana Waffles

Banana Waffles and my Gluten Free Banana Waffles

Homemade Chex Granola

Homemade Chex Granola-This is my favorite homemade granola. I love it. 

Banana Muffins

Banana Muffins 

Dinner

Oven Tacos from LynnsKitchenAdventures.com

Oven Tacos

crock pot chicken legs

Crock Pot Chicken Legs

Quick and Easy Chicken and Rice Soup from LynnsKitchenAdventures.com

Chicken and Rice Soup

Breakfast Bowls-Breakfast for Dinner

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Taco Soup

Bacon-Pizza

Bacon Pizza

Dessert of the Week

Homemade Double Chocolate Pudding

Homemade Chocolate Pudding

Gluten Free Menu Plan

Gluten Free Chocolate Glazed Doughnuts

Here is this week’s gluten free menu plan:

I made notes next to the ingredients that need to be gluten free, but as always read labels to be sure the ingredients are safe for your family.

Breakfast

Microwave Omelet

Fluffy Gluten Free Waffles

gluten free dairy free banana bread

Scrambled Eggs and Gluten Free Dairy Free Banana Bread

Dinner

Baked Eggs Cups

Breakfast for Dinner- Baked Egg Cups using gluten free Canadian bacon or ham

 Chili Relleno Casserole

Slow Cooked Southwest Chicken Legs and Red Lobster Style Biscuits

Bacon Salmon

Bacon Salmon

 

Twice Baked Taco Potatoes– Use gluten free taco seasoning or homeade taco seasoning

 Sweet and Sour Crock Pot Chicken

Dessert of the Week

Gluten Free Chocolate Glazed Doughnuts 5

Gluten Free Chocolate Glazed Doughnuts

Gluten Free Chocolate Bread

This easy to make gluten free chocolate bread is also dairy free!

Gluten Free Chocolate Bread

Gluten free can be easy and delicious. It can also be food that everyone enjoys. 

This chocolate bread is based on one of our favorite gluten free chocolate cake recipes. So this gluten free chocolate bread is basically cake made in a loaf pan. That makes it a dessert. Although my son has been known to eat it for breakfast. 

Gluten Free Chocolate Bread Recipe

I made this bread during the holidays and served it to company and no one knew that it was gluten free until I told them it was. 

I served it with my gluten free friendship bread, gluten free lemon bread, and my gluten free applesauce bread

I sliced the breads up and served them on a big platter. It made for a simple, yet impressive dessert to set out. 

Gluten Free Chocolate Bread Dairy Free

One of the reasons that I like to make dessert breads like this is that they freeze really well. When I make a recipe I can easily freeze a loaf to use later.

When we have company, or I need a dessert to take somewhere, I can just take it out of the freezer, slice, and serve. 

Can you use a gluten free blend in gluten free quick breads? 

I get asked that question a lot and the answer is that it depends. 

The reality is that I have found that in order to get the best desserts you need individual gluten free flours not blends. That is against popular opinion but I have found it true more times than not. 

Yes, a blend will get you good results. Using the individual flours will get you the best results. They will get you a dessert that will have people coming back for more. 

For this recipe it is worth it to make it just as it is written with the individual flours. 

Gluten Free Chocolate Bread

Is gluten free chocolate bread dairy free? 

Yes, this gluten free chocolate bread is dairy free as long as you use dairy free chocolate chips. 

Is the mayonnaise necessary in this recipe? 

Yes, you need the mayonnaise. It is the fat in the recipe. There is no butter or oil in this recipe. The mayo is the secret ingredient that keeps this bread moist and delicious. It is the ingredient that helps make this so good that no one will know it is gluten free. 

Gluten Free Chocolate Bread

Yield: 2 loaves

Gluten Free Chocolate Bread

Gluten Free Chocolate Bread

Gluten free chocolate bread is easy to make and is so good that no one will know that it is gluten free.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white rice flour
  • ½ cup sweet rice flour
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • ⅔ cup unsweetened baking cocoa
  • 1¼ teaspoons baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 1⅔ cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1⅓ cups water
  • 1 cup chocolate chips, optional but good.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease two loaf pans. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl combine rice flours, cornstarch, xanthan gum, cocoa, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
  4. In a bowl using a mixer, beat eggs, sugar, and vanilla until well combined. About 3 minutes.
  5. Beat in mayonnaise.
  6. Add ⅓ of the flour mixture. Mix just until combined. Add half of the water and mix just until combined. Add remaining and flour alternating between flour and water. End with flour mixture.
  7. Stir in chocolate chips if using.
  8. Spread batter evenly between the two prepared pans.
  9. Bake for 55-60 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  10. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes. Remove to wire rack to finish cooling.

Notes

If you are dairy free and add chocolate chips be sure that the chocolate chips are dairy free.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 212 Total Fat: 10g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 7g Cholesterol: 27mg Sodium: 140mg Carbohydrates: 29g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 18g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 2g

Tater Tot Nachos

Tater Tot Nachos are a quick and easy dinner that everyone will love!

Tater Tot Nachos

These Tater Tot Nachos are one of those recipes that I almost did not post. They are so easy to make that they are actually not really a recipe. 

Not only that, this recipe makes me admit that yes, I almost always have a bag of tater tots in my freezer. My family loves them for a simple side dish or for a simple dinner like Tater Tot Nachos. 

Tater Tot Nacho Recipe

Yes, we love homemade oven fries, but the reality is life gets busy and crazy, sometimes I just need a very quick side dish or meal.

So, yes I will admit that you will often find a bag of frozen french fries or tater tots in my freezer. They allow me to get dinner on the table without a lot of work. 

I have been making Tater Tot Nachos for years. The first time I made tater tot nachos was very busy day. I had planned on making pizza for dinner, but I had been gone all day and did not have time to make the dough.

It was one of those days where if we did not live in the country and have food issues, we would have just ordered a pizza. But, since that is not an option, I had to come up with something.

We had already had breakfast for dinner that week and I knew my family would prefer not to have it again, so I needed to come up with something else quick.

Tater Tot Nacho Recipe

I headed to the freezer to see what I could find that would be easy to put together. I found some frozen taco meat and a bag of tater tots and decided to combine them into a one dish meal.

What I ended up serving was basically just tater tots covered in seasoned taco meat and cheese. It was so quick and easy and my kids loved it. It has been a family favorite every since. 

I usually keep these really simple, but you could easily add beans, salsa, and other toppings to this. 

Tater Tot Nachos are easy to double or even triple for serving a crowd. 

They are also gluten free as long as your taco seasoning and tater tots are gluten free. 

Tater Tot Nachos Recipe

Yield: 10 servings

Tater Tot Nachos

Tater Tot Nachos

Tater Tot Nachos are a quick and easy kid friendly dinner.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place tater tots on a cookie sheet and cook for 12 minutes.
  3. Spread meat over the top of tater tots. Sprinkle cheese on top of meat.
  4. Cook for 15-20 minutes more or until heated through and cheese is melted.

Notes

This is an easy gluten free dinner as long as your taco seasoning and tater tots are gluten free.

Originally published October 2011. Updated January 2020. 

 

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