Banana Snack Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting


Banana Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting Recipe from A Kitchen Addiction

*This recipe was originally posted on 03/15/13. Images updated 04/30/13.

It’s Friday, it’s supposed to get into the 50’s, and I have half a pan of this banana snack cake sitting on my counter. It’s going to be a good day! While it being Friday is pretty exciting and this cake tastes amazing, I’m pretty sure I’m most excited about the fact that it is supposed to be warm and sunny today! Well, that and the fact that I got new running shoes in the mail yesterday that are just waiting for me to run in them, and the idea of running in the warmth is wonderful!

Easy Banana Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting Recipe from A Kitchen Addiction

But after enjoying a long run in the warm, sunny weather, you can guarantee that we will enjoy big pieces of this banana cake. It’s perfect recovery food after all. . .whole wheat flour, bananas, honey, yogurt, peanut butter. . .just think of it as a smoothie in cake form! :) Okay, well maybe it’s not a health food, but it is a lot healthier than most cakes. It doesn’t, however, taste like healthy cake. The whole wheat flour is sifted so it doesn’t give the cake a heavy or coarse texture. The bananas and yogurt give the cake it’s tender, moist base so that you won’t miss the oil.

Banana Snack Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting Recipe from A Kitchen Addiction

And the frosting? Well, that’s good enough to eat all by itself! But you should save some of it to frost the cake. It is rich and creamy without being overly sweet. Spread it on top of the banana cake and you will find yourself having a hard time resisting a second piece!

5.0 from 4 reviews
Banana Snack Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting
 
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Serves: 9
Ingredients
For the Cake
  • 1 C whole wheat flour
  • ½ C all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ C sugar
  • ¼ C honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ C smashed bananas or about 2 medium bananas
  • ½ C low-fat plain yogurt
  • ¼ C milk
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • ½ C peanut butter chips
For the Frosting
  • ½ C creamy peanut butter
  • ¼ C butter, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • 1 C confectioner's sugar
  • 2 tbsp milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Lightly spray a 9x9 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together sugar, honey, vanilla, banana, yogurt, water, and egg. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
  4. Stir in peanut butter chips.
  5. Spread batter into prepared pan. Bake for 22-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  6. Remove to a wire rack to cool.
  7. While cake is cooling, prepare frosting. Add peanut butter and butter to the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat until smooth. Add in vanilla extract, salt, confectioner's sugar, and milk. Beat until creamy, about 2-3 minutes on medium-high.
  8. Frost cooled cake. Cut into pieces and serve.

Banana Snack Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting Recipe from A Kitchen Addiction

Soft Baked Apple Peanut Butter Oat Bars


Soft Baked Apple Peanut Butter Oat Bars Recipe from A Kitchen Addiction

It’s been a rainy, cool few days around here, but we managed to get our gardens started this weekend during a brief pause in the rain. Since this is our first full summer at this house, we’re excited to see what kind of a yield we’ll get from the gardens. Though I’m not getting too excited, I’m pretty sure I have the exact opposite of a green thumb!

We also noticed this weekend that our apple trees are budding and looking a lot better after a major pruning earlier this spring. I’m really hoping that we get some decent apples. Of course, after seeing the buds on the apple trees, I couldn’t stop thinking about baking with apples. It wasn’t long before these soft baked apple peanut butter oat bars were coming out of the oven!

Soft Baked Apple Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars Recipe from A Kitchen Addiction

Loaded with wholesome ingredients such as oats, whole wheat flour, ground flaxseed, honey, and peanut butter, these oat bars not only taste good, but they’re good for you! A whole cup of chopped apple is mixed in to give the bars a fresh flavor and a bit of texture. A simple cinnamon glaze is drizzled over the top to boost the sweetness and cinnamon flavor, but feel free to leave it off if you want to avoid any refined sugar. The bars are sweet enough without it!

Soft Baked Apple Peanut Butter Oat Bars Recipe from A Kitchen Addiction

Because these oat bars are made with fresh apples, it’s best to eat these up within a week. I can’t guarantee that they’ll last much longer than that, and I don’t know from personal experience, because these bars kept disappearing before I could see how long they’d keep!

Soft Baked Apple Peanut Butter Oat Bars
 
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Serves: 9
Ingredients
  • 1½ C regular or quick oats
  • 1 C whole wheat flour
  • ¼ C ground flaxseed
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 C milk of your choice
  • ½ C no-stir natural creamy peanut butter
  • ¼ C honey
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil, melted (or olive/canola oil)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 C finely chopped apples
  • ½ C peanut butter chips
For the Drizzle
  • ¾ C confectioner's sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Lightly spray a 9x9 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together oats, flour, flaxseed, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together, milk, peanut butter, honey, coconut oil, egg, and vanilla extract. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Stir until combined. Stir in chopped apples and peanut butter chips.
  4. Spread batter into prepared baking dish. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  5. Remove dish to a wire rack to cool. While bars are cooling, stir together confectioner's sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Stir in milk. Add additional milk as needed to reach desired consistency.
  6. Drizzle over cooled bars. Allow glaze to harden and serve.

Soft Baked Apple Peanut Butter Breakfast Bars Recipe from A Kitchen Addiction

Chocolate Chip Honey Oatmeal Cookies


Chocolate Chip Honey Oatmeal Cookies Recipe from A Kitchen Addiction

*This recipe was originally posted on 03/30/13

You may have seen on Instagram that we ran a race on Saturday. It was cold, and I had a cold. And, when you run in the cold with a cold, your nose runs as fast as you do! Pretty sure I was the only runner with a handful of tissues in each hand. . . It made running interesting for both me and the people watching me! Somehow I managed to beat my goal by over a minute. Not sure how that happened since it felt like I was blowing my nose every half mile!

Chocolate Chip Honey Oatmeal Cookies Recipe from A Kitchen Addiction

When we got back from the race, I was freezing and all I could think about was comfort food. The first place I thought to turn to was a collection of my grandma’s recipes. I love looking through her recipes because they contain lots of “pinches,” “dashes,” and missing ingredients and steps. It’s a lot like how I used to write down recipes! As soon as I saw this recipe, I knew I wanted to make it for a few different reasons. First, they were simply labeled “Chocolate chips with honey.” I knew there had to be more to the recipe than just two ingredients. Secondly, it contained oatmeal, and oatmeal cookies are the best. Lastly, I have never made cookies where the main sweetener is honey.

Honey Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies Recipe from A Kitchen Addiction

The fact that they were in my grandma’s collection of recipes didn’t hurt either! I ended up cutting out all of the white sugar that was listed because I don’t like super sweet cookies and I added some vanilla. I also gave a measurement to “dash.” :) They ended up being soft, nutty cookies with a hint of honey that made each bite intricately sweet, not overpoweringly sweet. A perfect post-run (or anytime) cookie!

5.0 from 7 reviews
Chocolate Chip Honey Oatmeal Cookies
 
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Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • ½ C butter, softened
  • ½ C honey
  • ¼ C brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1½ C quick oats
  • 1 C white whole wheat flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ C semi-sweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Lightly spray cookie sheets with non-stick cooking spray or line with a baking mat.
  2. Cream together butter, honey, and brown sugar in the bowl of a mixer. Add in egg and vanilla extract and beat until creamy.
  3. In a bowl, whisk together oats, flour, baking soda, and salt. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir to combine. Stir in chocolate chips.
  4. Drop cookie dough by tablespoon full onto prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until edges start to turn golden brown. Centers will appear slightly under cooked. Allow to cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. Store leftovers in an airtight container.

Chocolate Chip Honey Oat Cookies Recipe from A Kitchen Addiction

Lemon Thyme Hummus with Feta


Lemon Thyme Hummus with Feta from A Kitchen Addiction

Are you one of those people who needs an afternoon snack or do you find yourself grazing while making dinner? I am definitely one of those people, especially if I’ve exercised right before dinner! I usually solve that problem by setting out fresh fruit or vegetables to snack on while preparing the meal, but lately my husband and I have had the same schedule, and we end up snacking together after work. The snack? This lemon thyme hummus with feta!

Lemon Thyme Hummus with Feta Recipe from A Kitchen AddictionSabra just started a campaign highlighting this snack as a fresh, new way of eating and connecting with those around you. Basically, it’s The Unofficial Meal. We’ve been enjoying this Unofficial Meal for quite some time now. For us, that means popping open a tub of hummus, placing it on the kitchen island, and grabbing whatever fresh veggies and crackers or pretzels we have on hand. Then we dig in! Nothing fancy, but it’s great for unwinding after work.

Lemon Thyme Hummus with Feta from A Kitchen Addiction

We can catch up on each other’s day or talk about our plans for the evening or upcoming weekend. Sometimes we stand, sometimes we sit, and sometimes we snack away while prepping for dinner later, but it’s always a good time to kind of recharge for the rest of the afternoon/evening.

Lemon Thyme Hummus with Feta for a quick snackLemon Thyme Hummus with Feta appetizer

Thanks to Sabra, and their many flavors of hummus and dips, we can keep changing up the flavors that we enjoy. This lemon thyme hummus with feta and cucumbers uses Sabra’s Lemon Twist Hummus and is topped with a drizzle of olive oil, some crumbled feta, a sprinkling of chopped thyme and a bit of fresh lemon zest. To make the lemon flavor pop a bit more, a squeeze of lemon juice over the top rounds out the flavor.

Easy Lemon Thyme Hummus with Feta

Start a new routine at your house and begin enjoying an unofficial mealtime with your family! You might be surprised at the connections that are made around real, good food!

Lemon Thyme Hummus with Feta
 
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 (8 oz) tub Sabra Lemon Twist Hummus
  • 3 tbsp crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 tbsp chopped lemon thyme
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon zest
  • fresh lemon juice, optional
Instructions
  1. Drizzle olive oil over the top of the hummus. Sprinkle with feta, thyme, and lemon zest. For an extra burst of lemon flavor, squeeze a bit of fresh lemon juice over the top.
  2. Enjoy!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Sabra as part of their Sabra Tastemakers program. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting brands that make A Kitchen Addiction possible!

Quick and Easy Lemon Thyme Hummus with Feta

Lemon Parmesan Chicken and Rice Skillet

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Lemon Parmesan Chicken and Rice Skillet Recipe from A Kitchen Addiction

It’s turning out to be an unofficial “easy meals week” here on the blog! No complaints here, and, I hope, you won’t have complaints either after trying this lemon parmesan chicken and rice skillet! Not only is it super easy (just one skillet!) and full of flavor, but this skillet meal is also hearty and healthy. Think of it as spring comfort food!

Lemon Parmesan Chicken and Rice Skillet Meal Recipe from A Kitchen Addiction

The base of this one pan meal is nutty, wholesome brown rice. We like to eat brown rice at our house, but often don’t have the time it takes to cook it. That’s why I love using Minute® Whole Grain Brown Rice. It only takes 10 minutes to cook while still having the same nutritional value as regular long cooking brown rice and keeping that great rich, nutty flavor! And with this skillet meal, you can cook it right up in the same dish as everything else. The fewer the dishes the better in my book!

Recipe using Minute Brown Rice

It’s also MSG and preservative free along with being non-GMO, so you can feel good about serving it up to your family in dishes like this. Instead of cooking the rice in water, we switched it up and used low-sodium chicken broth and fresh lemon juice to impart lots of good flavor into the rice and make the lemon more prominent in the dish. The result was exactly what we were hoping for, and I know we’ll be preparing rice like this more often!

20 Minute Lemon Parmesan Chicken and Rice Skillet Recipe from A Kitchen Addiction

Cook some chicken, stir in the liquid and rice, and then add in a hearty serving of spinach, parmesan, parsley, and fresh lemon zest! That’s all it takes to get this skillet meal on the table. Then you can sit down and enjoy some hearty, spring comfort food!

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4.0 from 1 reviews
Lemon Parmesan Chicken and Rice Skillet
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into bite-size pieces
  • ½ C onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1¼ C low-sodium chicken broth
  • ¼ C fresh lemon juice
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground pepper
  • 1½ C Minute® Whole Grain Brown Rice
  • 1½ C baby spinach
  • ½ C grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 3 tsp fresh lemon zest
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet, saute chicken, onion, and garlic in olive oil over medium heat until chicken is lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in cornstarch and cook for 1 minute.
  2. Carefully stir in chicken broth, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and rice. Cover and bring to a simmer. Allow to simmer for 5-7 minutes, or until most of the liquid is gone.
  3. Stir in spinach, grated Parmesan cheese, parsley, and lemon zest. Cover, remove from heat, and allow to stand for 5 minutes.
  4. Remove cover and fluff mixture with a fork. Serve with additional Parmesan cheese and lemon zest, if desired.

Quick and Easy Lemon Parmesan Chicken and Rice Skillet Recipe from A Kitchen Addiction

Lemon Parmesan Chicken and Rice Skillet from A Kitchen Addiction

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