Strawberry Blueberry and Banana Smoothies

I promised my sister, Chris, I would post this months ago.  It is my favorite breakfast although it would make a great snack any time of day.  I sometimes switch up the fruit depending on what I have on hand but no matter what combination of fruit I use it makes for a great way to start the day. I think the combination of strawberries and blueberries are may favorite by far but don’t be afraid to experiment.

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  • 1/2 cup fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/4 cup of cran-grape juice
  • 8-10 ice cubes
  • 1 banana
  • 2/3 cup of greek yogurt – unflavored Chobani works great

I like to put the strawberries, blueberries, juice and ice in the blender first and blend until ice is completely chopped.  Then add the banana and yogurt and mix well.  Makes two awesome smoothies; and if you only need one you can always freeze the extra into popsicles for later!

Don’t hesitate to experiment;  pears, peaches, oranges, and cherries all work great too ~ you can add as many fruits as you like!

Enjoy ~ Kimberly

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Banana Muffins ~ my 365th post for the year!

I’ve made it to my 365th post!  It’s been rather fun most days cooking and creating my posts.  Some days it has  been a struggle coming up with my posts; not so much that I didn’t cook but more so that it didn’t seem blog worthy.  I’ve been debating over the past few weeks if I should continue with daily posts or retreat a bit and perhaps post just a couple or so a week.  I still haven’t decided but in the meantime here is my breakfast recipe of the day!

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  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 4 o.z. cream cheese
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1 1/2  cups flour
  • 1/2 cup wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder ~ I actually was out of baking powder so I used an 1/4 tsp cream of tartar and 1/8 tsp baking soda as a substitution
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Mix together oil, sugar and eggs.  Stir in softened cream cheese and sliced bananas.  Mix together oats, flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Stir into banana mixture until just combined. Add chocolate chips and divide to oiled muffin cups about 3/4 full.  I made 12 muffins and a mini loaf; I would estimate about 16 regular sized muffins could be made with this recipe.  Bake at 375 degrees for 20 – 25 minutes.

Enjoy ~ Kimberly

Banana Pancakes

For breakfast I made some great pancakes; not exactly a homemade breakfast but still pretty tasty. Doesn’t get much easier than adding some bananas to a mix!

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  • your favorite pancake mix or recipe
  • bananas

I used some hungry jack pancake mix and made a small recipe; once mixed add a sliced banana or two and cook as usual. I had mine with some peanut butter and syrup; Charles just added a bit of butter and syrup to his.  Very tasty and a great twist on the usual pancakes.

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Enjoy ~ Kimberly

Strawberries and Bananas ~ Two Fruit Salad

I don’t know what it is about the combination but I love strawberries and bananas together.  I am not always good at eating my fruit so I try to find ways to mix it up a bit.  This is another easy recipe but it is definitely a good one to keep in mind when looking for a quick dessert or even adding some fruit with breakfast.

Strawberries and Bananas

  • 1 medium banana
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1 Tbs fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbs sugar

In medium bowl combine sliced banana, strawberries, lemon juice, and sugar.  Allow to chill in fridge for about 30 minutes or longer for sugar to dissolve and strawberries to get juicy.  The lemon juice with help keep the banana from browning; you also may want to stir again after it has chilled for a bit just to make sure bananas are coated well.

Enjoy ~ Kimberly