Cinnamon Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Cinnamon Banana Oatmeal Cookies

That’s all.

  • 1 very ripe banana
  • 1/2 cup of oats (more if you want)
  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon

Mash the banana in a bowl, add the oats, and stir.  Add the cinnamon.  Mix it all together until completely combined. Spoon  onto a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper.  Cook in a 375 degree oven for 25 minutes.

Cinnamon Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Tastes just like banana bread.  You will love.

Add some peanut butter to them and let me know how that works out!  This recipe only makes about eight cookies, so double and triple as you please.

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Pineapple and Kale Smoothie

Everyone is smoothie crazy these days.  It makes sense because they are easy to make and of course, they taste like a milkshake!  If you aren’t a big vegetable eater, smoothies can also give you a chance to consume several servings of vegetables at one time without even really tasting them.  I always add greens to my smoothie.  At this point it seems weird if the smoothie isn’t green.  While I love vegetables, there are times that sitting down with a nice big salad just doesn’t sound that appealing.  That’s when I know it’s smoothie time.

Check out these smoothies already posted on Andy Shardo’s:

Typically my smoothies include PB2 because I’m obsessed with the product.  This pineapple and kale smoothie doesn’t.  It’s always nice to switch things up.

IMG_0805Geez, the things looks good even before it’s blended!  Here’s what you need:

  • 2 scoops of protein (I use EAS Lean 15…get it at Sam’s!)
  • 1/2 of a banana
  • 4-5 large kale leaves (If you buy it chopped in a bag, use about two handfuls.)
  • handful of mixed greens (optional)
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of diced pineapple
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla flavor
  • 12 ounces of water (If you like a creamier smoothie, you can use unsweetened almond milk for all or part of the water.)
  • 8-10 ice cubes

The sweetness comes from the pineapple, so if you like a sweeter smoothie, you can always add more pineapple or stevia.  I try to stay away from artificial sweeteners as much as humanly possible, but if you need one, stevia is a the only way to go.

If you find your smoothie is too thin, add ice.  If it’s too thick, add water or almond milk.  You really can’t mess this thing up.  So good.

Deer Park Sparkling Water

Sparkling water

Last summer, I stopped drinking soda cold turkey–mostly because Jillian Michaels made me feel like a fool for even thinking about drinking it in the first place.  I just decided I didn’t like the idea of all those chemicals in … Continue reading

A Snack, a Walk, and a Weird Look

Apples on the road

Yesterday, I made the trek back to Myrtle Beach.  It’s nice to be back, but I already miss my family. Along the way, I stopped at Tropical Smoothie Cafe and had a Hawaiian Breeze Smoothie.  It held me over for … Continue reading

On the first day of the nerdiest Christmas ever

My friend and I exchanged our gifts last night.  It was officially the nerdiest Christmas in history.  We bought each other things we really wanted.  She got a Water Pik, and I got a food dehydrator.

Even though this exchange occurred late in the evening, I couldn’t leave on my trip to Anderson without trying out my food dehydrator.  When I started reading the instructions, I realized there is a lot more to food dehydration than slicing and turning the switch.  I knew I had apples and carrots in my refrigerator and bananas on my counter that will spoil soon, so I started slicing.

The dehydrator has four trays which sounds like a lot, but once you start slicing food it’s not as much as you think.  I filled them up quickly.

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I filled the bottom three trays with the apples and bananas.  I’m excited about having them for the road today.  The apples and bananas have a little cinnamon on them, too!  Carrots are on the top tray.

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I turned on the dehydrator about an hour before I went to bed.  I think it was on about nine hours.  They all turned out pretty well.  The apples and bananas turned out exactly like I imagined.  The carrots, however, dried up a little too much.  I think I will take them out a little earlier next time.  I have had carrot chips at the Fresh Market and absolutely loved them.  I just can’t figure out how they make them.  These don’t taste quite like those, but they are still good–just tiny!

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Now I just need to find some more great things to do with my new dehydrator!  In addition to the dehydrator, nerdy Christmas also brought me this:

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This little tuft of grass can be found on the baby bottle aisle at target, but I have a lot of ideas for this little guy.  See, nerdy Christmas.

I will be heading home soon.  I’m excited to be with my family and also sad to leave my tree.  When I see it again, it won’t be Christmas anymore; therefore, it won’t have the same sparkle.  Goodbye little tree.

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