Raising the Bar on Breakfast

As kids we wanted chocolate for breakfast, but mom always said no. She’d say that chocolate was for dessert and would just get us hyper and let us down in the school day. But what if I told you that you could have chocolate for breakfast and it wouldn’t ruin your whole day? It’s true!

There is a great blog with a delicious recipe for double banana chocolate chip breakfast bars that are simply to die for.

I first heard about these bars from my friend Lauren who loves to bake. She makes these for her friends a lot because they’re super easy. She sent me the link to the blog she got the recipe from and I can’t wait to make them!

So let’s make them together shall we?

*Disclaimer: I didn’t get the banana chips 😦 so my bars aren’t complete…but they’re still really yummy!*

For these treats you’ll need the following:

  • 1 very ripe banana
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 2/3 cup chopped banana chips
  • 2/3 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 cups quick cooking oats

now, a lot of these things I already had in my kitchen, and for the remaining ingredients I spent about $10 so this is an inexpensive baking adventure!

Here’s how we make them…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, mash the banana with a fork and then add the canola oil and brown sugar. Mix well until there are no sugar lumps left.
  3. In another (smaller) bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and oats. Mix into wet ingredients and add banana chips and chocolate chips.
  4. Pat batter down into a greased square 8-inch pan. Bake for 25 minutes, or until edges are golden. Let cool before cutting into squares.

I made you all a little video to show how everything comes together…enjoy!

See? Look how easy that was… Twenty minutes of prep-time and 25 minutes of baking. So little time and effort for something super yummy!

Flavorful Greek Style Pasta

A Greek Pasta is an easy and flavorful way to eat on a budget. It also makes a lot of servings!

The minimal ingredients can often times be found right in your pantry, like penne pasta, and can also be substituted for even cheaper alternatives.

It only takes about 25minutes to prepare.

You’ll need:
2 cans of diced tomatoes (one can can range from $1-$2)
1 can cannellini beans (one can can range from $1-$2)
8 ounces of penne pasta ($1.50)
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese (around $5 for four ounces, can be substituted for cheaper cheese such as parmesian)

Directions:
1. Cook the pasta in a pot of boiling salted water
2. While the pasta is cooking, mix the tomatoes and beans in a skillet and simmer over 10 minutes
3. Add the spinich to the tomatoes and beans and stir the mixture for two minutes
4. Serve the sauce over your pasta and sprinkle some feta cheese on top.