Grilled Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich

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Want to try something classic with a twist? Try this grilled peanut butter and banana sandwich! It is delicious! I would always make peanut butter and banana sandwiches when I was younger and now, my mom and I tried something different. We grilled the sandwich to heat up the peanut butter, soften the banana, and to make the bread crunchy. It definitely made a difference with taste and texture. Try this out for your next lunch meal!

Ingredients:

cooking spray

2 slices of whole wheat bread

2 tablespoons of peanut butter

1 sliced banana

Directions: Heat a skillet or griddle over medium heat, and coat with cooking spray. Spread 1 tablespoon of peanut butter onto one side of each slice of bread. Place banana slices onto the peanut buttered side of one slice, top with the other slice and press together firmly. Fry the sandwich until golden brown on each side, about 2 minutes per side.

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Cookies and Cream Brownies

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One of my favorite junk food is oreos! I love them basically in any dessert form, whether its chopped up and made into bark or combined with chocolate brownies. Basically, you can never go wrong with putting oreos in any dessert form. This recipe is one of my favorites! The combination of oreos and brownies is phenomonal. It makes my mouth water whenever I am preparing to bake them and it is so easy to make. If you want to try something finger licking good, definitely try this recipe!

 Ingredients:

2 cups powdered sugar

4 Tbsp. butter, room temperature

1 Tbsp. heavy cream, plus a little extra

Approx. 8 oreos crushed up

Directions: Combine all frosting ingredients except the oreos and beat with a hand mixer until light and fluffy. You may need to add a bit more heavy cream to get a spreadable consistency. Mix in crushed oreos (more or less). Spread frosting evenly over cooled brownies.

Pancake Breakfast Cupcakes

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If you like pancakes with maple syrup and a side of bacon, this recipe is definitely for you! Pancakes, maple syrup, and bacon are combined in one cupcake. This cupcake is combination of sweet and salty. The maple frosting brings out the sweetness and the bacon balances the cupcake with saltiness. It can’t get better than this!

Ingredients:

1 cup of Original Bisquick pancake mix

1/3 cup of white sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 cup whole milk, room temperature

1 1/2 teaspoons vinegar or lemon juice

1 egg, room temperature

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup mix-in; chocolate chips, blueberries, nuts, chopped bacon, etc. (optional)

*Sub 1 cup flour, mixed with 1/2 teaspoon baking soda and 1/4 teaspoon salt

Maple Buttercream Frosting:

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

3-4 cups powdered sugar, sifted

3-5 tablespoons heavy whipping cream (sub half and half or milk if necessary)

1/2 teaspoons maple extract (found in the baking aisle of the grocery store) OR about 3T pure maple syrup

1/4 teaspoon salt

Bacon & maple syrup for garnish

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line cupcake/muffin pan with baking cups. Combine pancake mix, sugar and baking powder in a small bowl. Lightly whisk milk, vinegar, egg, butter and vanilla in measuring cup. Combine the wet ingredients with the dry mix and gently whisk until just incorporated (it is ok if a few lumps remain). If desired, fold your favorite pancake mix into the batter. Distribute batter between the baking cups, filling them 1/2-2/3 full. Bake 13-16 minutes or until pancake cupcakes are puffy and a toothpick comes out cean.

 Prepare Frosting: With an electric mixer, beat butter until smooth on medium speed. Slowly add powdered sugar until fully incorporated and creamy. Add maple and cream/milk. Beat on medium speed about 3 minutes until light and fluffy, adding more powdered sugar or milk until desired consistency is reached. Garnish cupcakes with a piece of bacon and drizzle with maple syrup.

Voila, cupcakes for breakfast!

Chicken Ranch Pasta

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My favorite food is pasta. You can be as creative as you want with it. I always like to add chicken in my pasta and try different sauces. This recipe is perfect for me because I love chicken and I love ranch. When they are combined in this recipe, it is heavenly. Also, there is some bacon in it which makes it so much better! Try this recipe for dinner one night!

Ingredients:

8 ounces penne pasta
1 Tablespoon butter
1 Tbsp flour
2 Tbsp dry ranch dressing seasoning mix
2 cups milk
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/3 cup cooked, chopped bacon
2 cups cooked chopped chicken

Directions: In a large pot, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside. In same pot melt butter. Add flour and stir. Cook flour for 1 minute. Slowly whisk in milk. Continue cooking until sauce thickens. Stir in ranch dressing mix and cheese. Stir until cheese melts. Add chicken, bacon and pasta.  Stir to coat.