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Banana Coconut Baked Oatmeal Squares

Treat yourself to a tropical adventure at breakfast with these to-dye-for Banana Coconut Baked Oatmeal Squares.

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As the morning sun rises, a new day is upon us.

We slowly stumble from our comfy beds and try to get started to begin our journey for a busy day.

The hustle and bustle of makes most of us cringe. Why can’t we just stay in dreamland for just a moment more?

The aroma of coffee fills the kitchen with delight. Cabinets are open and closed, refrigerators searched and the pantry is thoroughly explored as we try to locate that one special item to satisfy our morning craving.

Banana Coconut Baked Oatmeal Squares | Sweet Baked Life

Then it hits you — you go back to dreaming of a tropical paradise.

No cares in the world. Relaxed and peaceful. Your mind at ease.

Warm sun, sandy beaches, beautiful sunsets, island cocktails.

You grab some bananas, coconut, pecans and oats and you are on your way to a create a breakfast oasis.

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BANANA COCONUT BAKED OATMEAL SQUARES

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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By: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life Banana Coconut Baked Oatmeal Squares | Sweet Baked Life

Ingredients

2 cups old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups milk
2 large ripe bananas, mashed
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 cup sweetened coconut

Instructions

Heat your oven 350 degrees. Prepare an 8×8-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

Into a large bowl, add the oats, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Stir until incorporated. In a medium bowl add the milk, banana, egg, and vanilla. Whisk until blended, then slowly add the butter and continue whisking until fully incorporated..

Pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and stir to combine. Fold in the pecans and coconut then add to the prepared dish. Bake for about 30-40 minutes, until golden brown on top. Cool slightly then cut into squares and serve with sliced bananas and sprinkle with pecans.

Banana Coconut Baked Oatmeal Squares | Sweet Baked Life

Now bite into these warm and wonderful Banana Coconut Baked Oatmeal Squares and you’ll start your day relaxed and calm.

Sheila

 

{recipe adapted from Love Grows Wild}

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Did you ever have to make something special, for someone special, for a mistake you made? If so, these classic Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies are the way to go! They will turn that “make-up” or “I’m sorry” sting into pure sweetness for everyone!

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

For me, it was one of those mornings…my hubby had been asking me all week to help him with a proposal, and of course after working long hours, playing mom, wife and cook, sometimes I just don’t have the energy on a week night to do one more thing! So, I decided to get up extra early that Thursday morning so I could surprise him and edit the document.

I sleepily walked to my office, woke up my MAC and proceeded to opened up his email draft. In order for me to edit and format this all-important proposal, I needed to bring it into Word where I could work my magic. This would be a simple task, one that I have done hundreds of times before. I quickly opened Word, toggled back to the email and with my tired fingers I highlighted all of the text, then I did the keyboard shortcut to copy. But for some unknown reason I accidentally did the shortcut to paste.

Yikes! In an instant all the text was replaced my last known paste. Out of my half-sleep state I went into a panic. Help! What do I need to do? As quick as I could (which mind you was not so quick at 5AM) I attempted to exit the email, but unfortunately it auto saved! I tried to “undo”, plus a few other keyboard tricks, but nothing worked. I was left there sitting at a blank screen and my heart sank. All I could think was, “boy, I am in big trouble…and I was just trying to help.”

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

I then had the daunting task of walking downstairs to tell my hubby that all the work he had done on the proposal was lost. The only good thing I could think of was that he is super understanding and does not get all crazy when things go awry. I could barely get the words out of my mouth, and when I did, he proceeded to tell me, “that’s ok, I’m sure it’s there somewhere.” Nope. Not here or there or anywhere. It’s gone! I felt so bad — and not a good way to start the day!

And then I stated, “well, at least you have the hand written version.” Wrong. He had decided to be all “high-techy” on me and actually only used the computer to input his thoughts! Oh no!

#amistupidorwhat #idiotwife #onlytryingtohelp #doghouse

As he handed me a freshly brewed cappuccino, I gazed over to him and apologized over and over again. He remained, calm and cool and told me not to worry about it. How did I get so lucky? He is the most understanding person I know.

Throughout the day I thought about what I could do for him to let him know how sorry I was. Then it came to me. I would make his favorite Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies when I got home. Now mind you, baking cookies after a long day at work is not something I normally do. But for him, and because of my terrible mistake, there was no question, this is what I would do.

This traditional cookie has just the right amount of softness and firmness to tantalize your taste buds and the incredible flavor combination of nutty oatmeal surrounded by sweet smooth milk chocolate chips can melt your heart. My hubby loved these — especially right out of the oven as the warm chocolate gently oozed out with every bite! In my home, deliciously sweet fresh baked goods make everyone feel comforted and satisfied and bring lots of happiness.

After making these heart-warming cookies, I took his re-written proposal — yes, this time it was done on lined paper and began the process of taking is well thought out words and turning them into the perfect proposal. Yep, it was a long night, but in the end, all was good on the home front!

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups Old Fashioned Oats
2 cups milk chocolate chips

Heat your oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium bowl add the flour and baking soda and stir to combine. Set aside until ready to use.

In a large bowl of an electric stand mixer with the paddle attachment , add the butter and sugars and mix until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, incorporating after each addition. Then add the vanilla and combine. With the mixer on low, slowly add the flour mixture until just combined. Remove the bowl from the stand and add the oatmeal and stir with a spoon or spatula until combined. Then fold in the chocolate chips and stir until incorporated.

Using a 1-inch cookie scoop, place the cookie dough on your cookie sheets, placing about 2-inches apart. Bake for 12-14 minutes until they begin to brown. Cool slightly on a wire rack before serving. Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

These traditionally scrumptious Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies will turn a bad situation into a good one in no time. And your home and hearts with be filled with an amazing aroma of sweetness — something we can all use a little more of these days!

Sheila


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Fudgy Snickers Squares

If you have a family like mine, you know they are always looking for a sweet treat to eat at the end of a long day.  Well, if they really are anything like mine, they are constantly looking for something sweet all the time!  So, I’m always whipping up some delicious concoction for them to consume!  And if you know me, it’s got to be quick, easy and oh, so yummy.  These Fudgy Snickers Squares have a unique combination of a crispy oat crust, a silky chocolate fudge filling and most importantly, chewy caramel-nutty Snickers Bars floating on the top! The outcome is heavenly — nothing better than gooey, rich perfection!
Fudgy Snickers Squares
Fudgy Snickers Squares
(inspired from Betty Crocker)

1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar
3/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
1 1/2 cups Quaker® quick-cooking oats
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips (9 oz)
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
5 full-size Snickers® Bars, chopped (about 2 cups)

Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl of an electric mixer, beat brown sugar and butter on medium speed until blended and fluffy. Beat in vanilla and egg. On low speed, beat in oats, flour, baking soda and salt until well blended. Reserve 3/4 cup mixture for topping and press remaining mixture in the bottom and up the sides of an ungreased 13×9-inch pan.

In 2-quart saucepan, heat chocolate chips and condensed milk over medium heat for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until chips are melted and mixture is smooth. Pour over crust.

Sprinkle chopped candy bars evenly over chocolate mixture. Crumble reserved oat mixture over candy.

Bake 35 minutes or until golden brown and set. Cool on cooling rack at least 2 hours. Cut bars into squares and eat.
Fudgy Snickers Squares-1
My boys went nuts over these Fudgy Snickers Squares!  They are a perfect treat washed down with a cold glass of milk or served as a decadent dessert after a fancy dinner with a hot cup of coffee.
Sheila


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Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

What do you do when you are getting ready to celebrate National Chocolate Chip Day and your best friend calls you and needs a huge favor? Well of course you drop everything to help her, as she would for you! That’s exactly what happened to me late yesterday when Lulu called stating she needed my help with an all-important letter. So, after a long day at the office, a short trip to the grocery store, making dinner and spending a bit of “quality” time with my family, I quickly ran upstairs to process something noteworthy about my bestie! Mission accomplished – she loved it!
Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
Ok, so back onto the chocolate chips — you see, not only does my family love chocolate chips and all the things I creatively bake using them so does Lulu. I have fond memories of baking chocolate chip cookies with her over our long friendship — the laughter and fun we had together in the kitchen still puts a smile on my face!  The wonderful smell and the incredible taste of these soft and chewy morsels always remind me of her. Now mind you, my family loves just a simple chocolate chip cookie recipe, to them it’s the best. But, you know me, I love to put a spin on things I bake, so here is my favorite recipe that includes quick oats – I think Lulu would love these too!

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
(Recipe adapted from here)
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups QUAKER OATS (quick or old-fashioned, uncooked)
2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels

Heat your oven to 375 degrees.

In a large bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter and sugars until creamy. Add eggs, milk and vanilla extract; beat well. Add combined flour, baking soda and salt; mix well. Stir in oats and chips; mix well. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets.

Bake for 9 to 10 minutes for a chewy cookie or 12 to 13 minutes for a crisp cookie. Cool on baking sheets for 1 minute; remove to wire rack to cool completely. Store tightly covered.

So, now let’s celebrate National Chocolate Chip Day — hope you enjoy them!

Sheila