Aug 29

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal with Marshmallows and Chocolate Chips

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal with Marshmallows and Chocolate Chips is a hearty and indulgent breakfast meal that the entire family will love! #marshmallowmonth

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal with Marshmallows and Chocolate Chips - start your day with a big bowl of this delicious oatmeal!

Last weekend I had the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors at a KOA Campground. We go camping in a tent a few times a year but I’ve never had the luxury of staying in a deluxe cabin until last weekend. Let’s me just say that camping in a deluxe cabin is ten steps above camping in a tent. With all the amenities of home, it was the perfect weekend getaway. And I even made one of my favorite meals for breakfast!

KOA Kissimmee Orlando Deluxe Cabins

KOA Kissimmee Orlando Deluxe Cabins

I’m not one of those people who brings my entire house camping with me. I like to travel light so that set up and clean up is easy. I plan all of our meals in advance and try to minimize the amount of equipment we have to bring. Cleaning dishes is a pain when you are camping.  I would rather spend time hiking, kayaking or exploring the local area.

KOA has more than 480 locations in the U.S. and Canada. The Deluxe cabins sleep up to eight people and include a bathroom, bedrooms and a kitchen. I was surprised to see that the cabins are very spacious and comfortable. Flat screen TVs, air conditioning and a full size bathroom is basically like staying in a hotel room. I sure wasn’t complaining about the luxury accomodations. The kitchen included a stove, sink, full size refrigerator, toaster, microwave, and Keurig. The kitchen is stocked with enough supplies to prepare meals, including this peanut butter banana oatmeal. Head over to the KOA Campgrounds website for more details on the type of accommodations that can be reserved.

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal with Marshmallows and Chocolate Chips

To help KOA Campgrounds celebrate marshmallow month, I’m sharing this hearty yet indulgent oatmeal recipe. Who says you can’t have chocolate and marshmallows for breakfast, right?

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal is the perfect way to start the day! Ready in less than 15 minutes, this oatmeal is an easy one-pot meal that requires minimal prep or clean up. Cook a batch of oatmeal, mix in creamy peanut butter and layer it with chocolate chips, marshmallows and bananas. Now go have fun and enjoy the great outdoors!

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal with Marshmallows and Chocolate Chips - start your day with a big bowl of this delicious oatmeal! Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal with Marshmallows and Chocolate Chips - start your day with a big bowl of this delicious oatmeal! Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal with Marshmallows and Chocolate Chips - start your day with a big bowl of this delicious oatmeal! Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal with Marshmallows and Chocolate Chips

You can also add toasted marshmallows, if desired. Toast marshmallows by a fire or with a butane torch and add to the oatmeal for an even more indulgent treat.

If you love marshmallows, try my S’mores Fudge too!

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal with Marshmallows and Chocolate Chips

Yield: about 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 large bananas, sliced
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup mini marshmallows

Instructions

  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, add water and salt. Bring to a boil. Add oats and stir to combine.
  2. Cook for 5 minutes, or until oatmeal thickens. Add peanut butter and mix well. Layer with slices of banana, chocolate chips and marshmallows.
  3. Serve immediately.

Notes

*Add honey or maple syrup for additional sweetener as desired. **I like my oatmeal thick. If you would like creamier oatmeal add milk as desired.

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Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal with Marshmallows and Chocolate Chips - start your day with a big bowl of this delicious oatmeal!

Disclosure: I was provided two nights complementary accommodations in a deluxe cabin at the Orlando / Kissimmee KOA. As always, all opinions are my own.

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Aug 27

Easy Tomato Basil Pasta

Tomato Basil Pasta is an easy weeknight meal that comes together in little time. Fresh basil, tomatoes, parmesan and pasta create an easy and appetizing pasta dish!

Easy Tomato Basil Pasta - comes together in little time and makes an easy weeknight meal!

Pasta is the best comfort food. It is warm, comforting and filling. This tomato basil pasta is an easy meal that can be made in about 30 minutes. It is perfect for the weeknights when you want to cook something, but don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen.

I make this meal quite often because it is one of my go-to meals when I want to clean out the pantry and use up vegetables from the garden. Summer brings an excess of basil so I often find myself adding it to anything and everything. I also just love to leave bunches sitting in a vase on my kitchen counter. The scent of basil is actually one of my favorite scents. And the flavor is crisp, bold and aromatic.

Easy Tomato Basil Pasta - comes together in little time and makes an easy weeknight meal! Easy Tomato Basil Pasta Recipe with Cappellos Gluten Free Pasta Easy Tomato Basil Pasta - comes together in little time and makes an easy weeknight meal! Easy Tomato Basil Pasta - comes together in little time and makes an easy weeknight meal!

For this particular meal, I used gnocchi pasta but I usually just use whatever I have available. I also like to serve this easy tomato basil pasta dish with tortellini pasta. It is an easy, versatile and flavorful dish perfect for any time of the year.

Easy Tomato Basil Pasta

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 pound pasta
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
  • ground black pepper
  • salt
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, heat oil until it starts to shimmer. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in tomato paste, red pepper flakes, and crushed tomatoes. Cook for one minute, stirring constantly. Add wine and cook, stirring frequently, until about 3/4 of liquid has evaporated, 2 to 3 minutes. Add crushed tomatoes and bring to simmer. Reduce heat to low, partially cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, until sauce is thickened, about 20 to 25 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, cook pasta in boiling water until al dente. Drain, reserving 1/4 cup of pasta water.
  3. Stir in cream and parmesan cheese. Add more water, if necessary to adjust the consistency of the sauce. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Add sauce to cooked pasta. Stir in basil and serve with additional parmesan cheese.
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Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I was sent Cappellos Gluten Free pasta to try and wanted to share it with my readers. It is a gluten free, grain free and the perfect substitute for pasta. It is made fresh and can be purchased online or at many local food stores, such as Whole Foods. As always, all opinions are my own.

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