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Fruit Oatmeal Bars

February 6, 2017
Oatmeal Bars | Bellasapron.com
Serves 8 Slices
Prep time
10m
Cook Time
40m

Oatmeal bars are great to have all year round.  No need to use fresh fruit for them. Use any preserve you like from your pantry.  Another great thing about this recipe is it’s egg-free.  Hope you love this as much as my family does!

By the way, if you are wondering why there is baking soda in this recipe …the answer is easy, it added to allow the dough to rise.  It’s a fun chemistry fact.

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Fruit Oatmeal Bars
Homemade oatmeal bars with your favorite preserve. Easy and delicious as a breakfast or dessert. Enjoy!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
slices
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
slices
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a round 8 inch pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, melt butter. Add sugars, vanilla and mix well.
    In a large bowl, melt butter. Add sugars, vanilla and mix well.
  3. Stir in remaining dry ingredients until it's well mixed and crumbly.
    Stir in remaining dry ingredients until it's well mixed and crumbly.
  4. Set one cup of the dough to the side. Transfer remaining dough into pan and press in for a smooth, flat crust.
  5. Spoon and spread preserves. Then evenly spread the remaining dough and lightly press down.
    Spoon and spread preserves.

Then evenly spread the remaining dough and lightly press down.
  6. Bake for 30-40 minutes.
    Bake for 30-40 minutes.
  7. Let the bar cool down before slicing. Enjoy!
    Let the bar cool down before slicing.

Enjoy!
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Oatmeal for Breakfast!

December 27, 2016
Oatmeal Breakfast and Toppings

Oatmeal is a great breakfast alternative to protein bars and processed breakfast bars.  With the New Year ahead, lots of people will be adding weight loss to their New Years Resolution “list”.  If that’s on your list, include a hearty, healthy oatmeal to start off your day.  Skip the packaged oatmeal and add your own toppings.  This way you are controlling the amount of sugar that goes into your meals.  Cook the oatmeal with milk for extra protein.

My favorite toppings are honey with a dash of cinnamon.  Fresh fruits are also a great add or maple syrup.

What’s your favorite topping? Here are some more ideas…

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Death By Chocolate Banana Bread

November 8, 2016
Death By Chocolate Banana Bread | Bellasapron.com

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Death By Chocolate Banana Bread
WARNING: This is a very chocolaty banana bread! If you love chocolate and banana bread, this is the perfect dessert.  This dessert is a great breakfast bread too. Hope you like it! ...Thanks Joy of Baking for this great recipe!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
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servings
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9 x 5 loaf pan and set aside.
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Grease and flour a 9 x 5 loaf pan and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, sift flour, cocoa, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.
    In a large bowl, sift flour, cocoa, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.
  3. In a medium sized bowl, mash bananas.
    In a medium sized bowl, mash bananas.
  4. In a stand mixer or by using a hand mixer, combine sugars, bananas, eggs, vanilla, and butter. Note: mix in melted butter when it's cooled down.
    In a stand mixer or by using a hand mixer, combine sugars, bananas, eggs, vanilla, and butter.

Note: mix in melted butter when it's cooled down.
  5. Carefully add in dry ingredients. Mix well. Fold in chocolate chips if desired. Reserve a handful to sprinkle on top of loaf.
    Carefully add in dry ingredients. Mix well.

Fold in chocolate chips if desired. Reserve a handful to sprinkle on top of loaf.
  6. (Optional) Sprinkle on reserved chocolate chips on top.
    (Optional) Sprinkle on reserved chocolate chips on top.
  7. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until loaf passes tooth pick test. If toothpick comes out clean, then it's done! Allow it to cool, remove from pan, slice, and enjoy!
    Bake for 50-60 minutes or until loaf passes tooth pick test. If toothpick comes out clean, then it's done!

Allow it to cool, remove from pan, slice, and enjoy!
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Vegetable Frittata

November 8, 2016
Vegetable Frittata | Bellasapron.com
Course

 

 

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Vegetable Frittata
Eggs can be served breakfast, lunch, or dinner and a frittata is a perfect way to serve it.  Skip the quiche and do a frittata instead.  The crust on the quiche is just extra calories. Do you want to make a healthier frittata?  Make it with egg whites only and skip the cheese. To make it your own, add your favorite vegetables and/or protein.
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Heat oil in a large (8 inch) oven safe skillet. Add veggies. Saute peppers and mushrooms until tender over medium-high heat. About 3 minutes.
  2. Pour egg mixture on top of veggies. Stir well. Sprinkle on cheese if desired. Bake in oven for 5 minutes or until the eggs start to set.
    Pour egg mixture on top of veggies. Stir well. Sprinkle on cheese if desired.

Bake in oven for 5 minutes or until the eggs start to set.
  3. Note: If you want the top to brown, turn on the oven to broil. Broil for 1-2 minutes max or until cheese starts to bubble.
    Note: If you want the top to brown, turn on the oven to broil. Broil for 1-2 minutes max or until cheese starts to bubble.
  4. Remove from pan and serve while hot. Enjoy!
    Remove from pan and serve while hot.

Enjoy!
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No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

November 7, 2016

 

 

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No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars
There's some bake sales coming up for me at work so I decided to test out this recipe. It's easy, it's quick, and it went fast! Next time you have a recipe calling out oatmeal, try using steel cut oatmeal with quick cooking oatmeal for a better bite. Enjoy!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Passive Time 1 hour min
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Passive Time 1 hour min
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Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Line a 9 x 9 inch pan with wax paper and set aside. In a large saucepan, over medium heat, simmer sugar, salt, butter, and milk. About 1 minute.
    Line a 9 x 9 inch pan with wax paper and set aside.

In a large saucepan, over medium heat, simmer sugar, salt, butter, and milk. About 1 minute.
  2. Add peanut butter, oatmeal, and vanilla. Mix well.
    Add peanut butter, oatmeal, and vanilla.

Mix well.
  3. Pour into wax lined pan.
    Pour into wax lined pan.
  4. Melt chocolate in microwave or melt over simmering water. To melt chocolate over simmering water following these steps: 1. Chop chocolate or add chips into a heat proof bowl. 2. Place bowl over water in a pan. 3. Bring water to simmer in a pan. 4. Remove from heat and allow chocolate to melt as you stir.
    Melt chocolate in microwave or melt over simmering water.

To melt chocolate over simmering water following these steps:

1. Chop chocolate or add chips into a heat proof bowl.
2. Place bowl over water in a pan.
3. Bring water to simmer in a pan.
4. Remove from heat and allow chocolate to melt as you stir.
  5. Spread chocolate evenly over peanut butter oatmeal mix. Refrigerate for an hour or over night.
    Spread chocolate evenly over peanut butter oatmeal mix.

Refrigerate for an hour or over night.
  6. Once the mix has set, remove from pan. Slice up into desired sizes.
    Once the mix has set, remove from pan.

Slice up into desired sizes.
  7. Enjoy! Note: to have clean cuts, put knife under hot water and repeat as needed.
    Enjoy!

Note: to have clean cuts, put knife under hot water and repeat as needed.
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Avocado Egg Bagel

October 23, 2016
Avocado Egg Bagel | Bellasapron.com
Serves 2 Servings
Prep time
10m
Cook Time
5m

Enjoy this tasty avocado egg bagel morning, noon, or night.  You can have eggs or bagels anytime of the day.

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Pumpkin Banana Bread

October 15, 2016
Pumpkin Banana Bread | Bellasapron.com

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Pumpkin Banana Bread
Banana bread is easy to make.  If you like banana bread, then you have to give this pumpkin banana bread a try. Make it in a loaf pan or portion them out in a cupcake tray.  Let me know what you think.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings
slices
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings
slices
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat an 8-inch loaf pan with butter and flour or line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners.
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Coat an 8-inch loaf pan with butter and flour or line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners.
  2. In a bowl, beat the sugar with the butter until light and fluffy. Add in the eggs one at a time and vanilla extract.
    In a bowl, beat the sugar with the butter until light and fluffy.

Add in the eggs one at a time and vanilla extract.
  3. Add in pumpkin and bananas.
    Add in pumpkin and bananas.
  4. In a bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients. Slowly add in dry ingredients in the mixer.
    In a bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients.

Slowly add in dry ingredients in the mixer.
  5. Pour batter into the pan and bake for 60 minutes, or until tooth pick test passes. Note: tooth pick test is when you insert a toothpick in the center of the bread and it comes out clean.
    Pour batter into the pan and bake for 60 minutes, or until tooth pick test passes.

Note: tooth pick test is when you insert a toothpick in the center of the bread and it comes out clean.
  6. Cool the bread and serve once it's at room temperature.
    Cool the bread and serve once it's at room temperature.
  7. If you used the cupcake pan, follow the same process and bake for less than 60 minutes or until tooth pick test passes.
    If you used the cupcake pan, follow the same process and bake for less than 60 minutes or until tooth pick test passes.
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Banana Bread with Mini Chocolate Chips

October 6, 2016
Banana Bread with Mini Chocolate Chips
Serves 1 Loaf
Equipment
Stand-Mixer
Prep time
10m
Cook Time
1h 0m

Less butter and less sugar is good for you and so it this version of banana bread.  Make sure the bananas are ripe before adding the bananas into this recipe.  I have read you can ripen bananas in the oven to speed up the process..DO NOT DO THAT.  It will make the dough too liquid-ie (not an official word but it works).

If you don’t like chocolate chips, swap it with walnuts, peanut butter chips, etc.

If you like a spicy version, add a teaspoon of cinnamon and leave out the chocolate.

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Ricotta Doughnuts

October 2, 2016
Ricotta Doughnuts | Bellasapron.com
Serves 12 Doughnuts
Equipment
Duct Oven
Prep time
10m
Cook Time
20m

If you like doughnuts, then you will love these!  Bobby Flay, from Food Network, made a lemon version of these donuts but I chose to alter it and make it with vanilla extract.  Sprinkle some powdered sugar to make them even better!  Please make these and let me know what you think.

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Mickey Mouse Buttermilk Waffles

September 8, 2016
Mickey Mouse Buttermilk Waffles | Bellasapron.com
Serves 5 Waffles
Equipment
Mickey Mouse Waffle Iron
Prep time
10m
Cook Time
10m

This is a fun recipe for your Mickey Mouse waffle maker.  You can also use any other fun shaped waffle maker that your family loves.  I’ve seen everything from Star Wars Death Star Waffle makers to cute Olaf ones.  Have fun with it!  It’s also a great way to get your kids to try new things.

If you want a big, crispy waffle, this is not your recipe.  Go with the Belgian waffle maker and make sure your recipe has corn starch in it.  That recipe will be on the website soon enough.

For now, this is the fun “toddler” friendly version =)

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