Grilled Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwiches

 

 

This was a lunch experiment that ended up being delicious!

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Grilled Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwiches


Take two slices of bread and spread peanut butter on each side.  Take a banana and slice in half and the slice in long slices lengthwise.  Top the peanut butter with the banana.

Turn your grill onto 350 degrees or medium high.

Butter each side of the sandwich and place on grill for 2-3 minutes per side.

The kids loved this sandwich!
Peanut butter and jelly would be great grilled as well!


Homemade Pizza

This homemade whole wheat pizza is a family favorite!  It’s super easy and fun to make with the kids.  I love to add tons of veggies as toppings to help it be more healthy.

I got this recipe from Pioneer Woman’s cookbook.  I tweaked a few things since her recipe uses white flour and mine is whole wheat.

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Whole Wheat Pizza Dough


  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1 teaspoon of yeast
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 4 cups of flour, if using freshly ground whole wheat flour add 1/4 cup more

In a small bowl sprinkle the yeast over the water and set aside.  In a large mixing bowl mix your flour, salt, and oil.   When your yeast mixture is slightly bubbly, slowly pour it over your flour mixture.  Mix until combined.   Cover and let rise until doubled in size.  (This step is completely optional if you are in a hurry. I have baked it right after mixing it.)  You can usually make two pans of pizzas with this recipe.   If you are making it in advance you can leave it in the fridge for 2-3 days or pop it in the freezer for up to 3 months.

We were having a cousin party so we made personal pan pizzas.  The perfect thing to do when you have many mouths to feed with different tastes.

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 Spread your dough until you achieve your desired thickness.

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 I usually take an 8 oz can of tomato sauce and add some italian seasoning to it.

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Add whatever toppings your heart desires!

We usually add:

Peppers

Tomatoes

Fresh Mozzarella is the best

Mushrooms

Pepperoni

Canadian Bacon

Pinapple

Really the sky is the limit!

Enjoy!


Stuffed French Toast-Blueberry

 

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This french toast recipe was super easy and delicious!

Blueberry Stuffed French Toast


  • 6-8 slices of bread

  • Cream Cheese
  • Blueberries
  • 3 eggs
  • milk or cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
  • Dash of cinnamon

Mix eggs, milk or cream, vanilla, and cinnamon together, set aside.   Whip your cream cheese so that it is easier to spread, if you would like you can add a bit of sugar to the cream cheese.  Spread cream cheese on all your bread slices, add some blueberries to half of the slices, and then add another slice of bread on top.  Dip in your egg mixture and then cook on a 350 degree griddle.  Cook a few minutes on each side until both sides are golden brown.  Approximately 2-3 minutes on each side.

Top with more blueberries, maple syrup, or as shown above, honey syrup.


Healthy Banana Bread

This recipe is healthy and SUGAR free! It is also delicious. Your kids won’t even know that it doesn’t have an ounce of sugar in it. Well, sugar free that is besides the chocolate chips, but you can leave those out and it would still be delicious!

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Whole Wheat Banana Bread


  •  3 bananas (mashed)
  • 1/2 cup butter or coconut oil (softened)
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla
  • 2 Eggs
  • 4 Tablespoons of plain or vanilla yogurt or you can use buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup Honey
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 2 teaspoons Cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 3/4 cup whole wheat flour (or you can use white flour)
  • 2 teaspoons Flax Seeds
  • 1/2 cup pecans or walnuts (optional)
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips (optional)

Mix all your wet ingredients together.    In a seperate bowl mix your dry ingredients together.

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Slowly add your dry ingredients to your wet ingredients and mix until combined.

Next add your nuts or chocolate chips or both!

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Put in loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes.

Let sit for 5 minutes and then remove from pan and let cool on a kitchen rack.

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Enjoy!!

 


How to make your own whole wheat bread

This is one of the easiest, fail-proof, delicious recipes I have ever made.  Who doesn’t love a piece of homemade bread, fresh out of the oven?
This bread is moist, soft, and fluffy.

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Whole Wheat Bread


5 cups warm water

2 1/2 Tablespoons yeast  (I use Saf-Instant), you can purchase here.

5 Tablespoons sugar

1/2 cup molasses (my fave found here)

1/2 cup oil,  I have used regular ole’ canola oil, or when I decided to be healthier I used coconut oil.  Melt it first by warming it in the microwave for 20-30 seconds if you are using coconut oil.

4 teaspoons salt

9-12 cups of whole wheat flour  (any flour can be used)

 

Mix warm water, yeast, and sugar together.  Let sit for 5-10 minutes.

 While the yeast is sitting, I usually grind my wheat in my wheat grinder, so it is fresh.  Plus- it is the perfect amount of time for my yeast to activate.

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This is the best wheat grinder I have used.  I highly recommend it.  It is quiet and fairly clean. You can purchase it here.

Note: you do not have to use fresh ground wheat for this recipe.

I used hard white wheat.

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After your yeast is the perfect bubbly mixture add your molasses, and oil. Mix slightly. Turn on your timer for 10 minutes.

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Turn on your mixer to the highest setting.

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Start adding your flour, one cup at a time, when you have added about 4 cups, add your salt. If you add your salt before your flour it has the potential to kill your yeast- which equals flat bread. Continue adding the rest of the flour until your dough pulls away from the bowl.

You want to add all of your ingredients within the first 4 minutes of your 10 minute mixing time.

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After all your ingredients have been added, let the mixer continue mixing on the highest setting for the rest of the 10 minutes.

It should look like this when finished.

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Grease the counter with cooking spray or oil and cut with a serrated knife into 4-5 five equal size portions. I can usually get 4-5 loaves of bread out of a batch.

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Try to keep your little one’s fingers out of the dough. My boys love to eat the dough.
That loaf may need some reshaping… don’t ya just love kids!

Let the loaves rise until double in size, usually about 30 minutes to an hour depending on how warm  your house is.

After it has risen, bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until the internal temperature is 180 degrees.

 

So that is how you make a yummy loaf of bread!  My family is addicted to it now and we hate store bought bread.

My 4 year old particularly loves it toasted, with brown sugar and butter on top.  It is a real treat!