Back to School Pencil Pops

These uncomplicated Back to School Pencil Pops are a delicious treat to kick off the school year! 

Back to School season is always exciting in my family.  My kids LOVE going back to school and seeing their friends and getting back into the swing of things. 

This year, however, the weather still feels like it’s summer outside because the weather has been in the 90s! 

To keep cool, my kids love popsicles and ice cream.  However ice cream has so much sugar that I find it hard to justify eating ice cream every day during summer. 

So, I make popsicles! 

These simple to make Back to School Pencil Pops are low in sugar and high on flavor!  

Using a pencil shaped popsicle mold gives an extra layer of fun to this sweet treat! 

To make these fun Back to School Pencil Pops you’ll need:

  • pencil shaped popsicle mold
  • juice in yellow and orange
  • popsicle sticks
  • foil
  • freezer

If you don’t have a pencil mold, I’ve seen these made in regular popsicle molds as well and they’re still super cute! 

The sky is the limit when it comes to color combinations and popsicles.  Use your imagination and have fun! 

Here are some more cute, fun ideas for back to school treats! Enjoy! 

Back to School Sugar Wafer Pencil Cookies

Back to School Candy Pencils

Back to School S’mores

Back to School Crispy Rice Treats

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Boozy Banana Pudding

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Creamy vanilla pudding layered with shortbread cookies and bananas paired with Malibu and Jameson make this Boozy Banana Pudding the perfect grown-up treat!

I’ve never made homemade Boozy Banana Pudding before.  To be honest, I did not really think it was a thing that people did because all I knew was those little pudding mix boxes from the baking aisle at the grocery store.

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When I thought about making banana pudding from scratch, I reached out to my friends on social media and asked them what made their favorite banana pudding so amazing.  

Every person answered that the pudding had to be made from scratch and contain at least rum.  

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So that’s what I did.  I made a Boozy Banana Pudding from scratch featuring Malibu, an original coconut rum from the Caribbean, where the spirit of summer shines all year round, and Jameson,  a blend of pot still and grain whiskey from Ireland that is triple distilled; and remarkably smooth.

Making the pudding for this Boozy Banana Pudding isn’t a difficult undertaking.  In a sturdy medium size pot, combine sugar, corn starch, salt and egg yolks. 

 blend of pot still and grain whiskey. Triple distilled, remarkably smooth, and unmistakably Jameson from Ireland.

Whisk all those ingredients together until you get what looks like a clumpy mess.  No worries, though, because it will loosen up as soon as you add the milk.

Pour in the milk and whisk together over medium heat until the sugar and eggs dissolve and the mixture is smooth. 

 blend of pot still and grain whiskey. Triple distilled, remarkably smooth, and unmistakably Jameson from Ireland.

You’ll want to pay very close attention to this next part.  I made the mistake of stepping away and burnt the pudding.  You don’t want that.  Learn from my mistake and DO NOT STEP AWAY for the next 5-7 minutes!

Whisk, whisk, whisk your little heart out until the mixture comes to a simmer and begins to thicken.  As soon as the pudding begins to thicken up (it happens quick and you’ll have mere seconds before it burns) remove it from the heat and whisk until thick.

This next part you'll want to pay very close attention to.  I made the mistake of 

Next up is the butter, vanilla paste, and Malibu. 

The rum what gives this Boozy Banana Pudding it’s distinct flavor and the butter ensure it will be velvety smooth.    

This next part you'll want to pay very close attention to.  I made the mistake of 

You’ll whisk all of that together while the pudding is still warm.  Transfer the entire mixture to a large glass bowl. 

Make sure to scrape down the pot to ensure every last drop of pudding gets in the bowl! 

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Finally, press a piece of plastic wrap over the pudding so that a film does not form on top while chilling.  Place bowl in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours so that the flavors have time to form and the pudding sets. 

When you’re ready to serve the boozy banana pudding, get 4 mason jars, shortbread cookies, bananas, and make the Jameson whipped cream.

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I liked using shortbread cookies for this Boozy Banana Pudding because they seemed to hold up a lot better than the traditional vanilla cookies that are normally used. 

There is a lot of moisture sitting on top of the pudding and under the bananas and having a cookie that is not only delicious but will stand up to that is essential in creating the perfect Boozy Banana Pudding.

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Assembling these desserts is quick and easy.  Simply layer pudding, cookies, bananas three times.  Add a dollop of Jameson whipped cream to the top, sprinkle cinnamon and garnish with a cookie and banana.  

Pure Boozy Banana Pudding Perfection. 

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Serve the Boozy Banana Pudding immediately.  You can store them overnight if you have extra, but the cookies will get a bit soggy the next day.  

My husband enjoyed his delicious dessert with a glass of Jameson on the rocks and said it was the perfect night cap for his long day.  

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The perfect drink to go with this Boozy Banana Pudding needs to be light and refreshing.  

A Rum Raspberry Spritzer will cool you down on the hottest day and is the perfect sidekick to the banana pudding.

To make the Rum Raspberry Spritzer, you’ll need:

  • Malibu Rum
  • Raspberry Seltzer Water
  • Fresh Raspberries
  • Ice

Depending on how strong you like your drinks, pour 1-2oz of Malibu into a glass filled with berries and ice.  Fill the glass with the bubbly water and give it a quick stir with a spoon. Pop in a straw and enjoy!

This spritzer could be easily changed using any flavor seltzer water and any fruit you like!  Pick your favorite flavors, the combination possibilities are endless!

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Boozy Banana Pudding

  1. Pudding
  2. In a heavy bottom medium pot, combine the sugar, salt, eggs, and corn starch with a whisk.
  3. Turn on the heat to medium and add in the milk.  Whisk to combine and until smooth.
  4. Keep whisking for 5-7 minutes or until the mixture simmers and begins to thicken.
  5. NOTE: Do not step away during this part!  The mixture burns easily when not being whisked!
  6. Once it thickens up, remove from the heat and continue whisking for another minute.
  7. Add the butter, Malibu and vanilla paste and whisk to combine.
  8. Transfer the pudding into a large glass bowl.  Press a piece of plastic wrap directly onto the pudding so a film doesn’t form while chilling.
  9. Chill for 4 hours.
  10. Whipped Cream
  11. In the bowl of your stand mixer with the whisk attachment, combine the cream, sugar and Jameson.
  12. Whisk on high for 2-3 minutes or until the cream stiffens.
  13. Mix until you reach your desired whipped cream consistency
  14. Assembly
  15. Scoop chilled pudding into a mason jar filling about a quarter of the jar.
  16. Layer cookies then bananas.
  17. NOTE: Try to layer the bananas flat so it creates a boundary for the next layer of pudding.
  18. Repeat pudding, cookies, bananas.
  19. Finish it off with one final scoop of pudding, a dollop of whipped cream, a dash of cinnamon, cookie piece and banana slice.
  20. Serve immediately.
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Patriotic Sugar Cookie Cake

Need a dessert to bring to your 4th of July party?  This simply delicious Patriotic Sugar Cookie Cake made white chocolate chips and red, white and blue sprinkles is the perfect Independence Day dessert!

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This year I’m hosing a HUGE July 4th Celebration at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington, DC.   I’m expecting about 3000 people to attend to enjoy food vendors, music, entertainment, carnival games and fireworks!

I don’t have to cook or bake for the celebration, however that won’t stop me from making this super cute Patriotic Sugar Cookie Cake for my kids to enjoy in the days leading up to the 4th of July!

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What I love most about this dessert is how incredibly quick and easy it is to put together and bake.

The ingredients are ones that I always have on hand in my pantry so I don’t have to run to the store to pick up supplies to make.

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The second thing I love about this dessert is that it’s a one-bowl recipe.  Ingredients don’t need to be measured out into other bowls which means less mess, less clean up and easy baking!

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My husband loves this recipe because of the white chocolate chips.  You could easily substitute milk or dark chocolate chips, however the patriotic sprinkles wouldn’t stand out as much as with white chocolate chips.  Making my husband love this recipe is a win in my book because he rarely likes dessert.

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So what exactly is a cookie cake, you may be asking?  It’s a dessert that is made with a cookie batter base but baked in a cake tin.  It’s thick and rich like a cookie, but cuts like a cake into slices!

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Frosting.  The frosting totes makes this dessert a cake too!  Lots and lots of sweet, creamy buttercream frosting decorating the top of this cookie transforms it into a decadent cake!

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And the sprinkles make this dessert patriotically  perfect.

Don’t you think? I mean, everything is better with sprinkles!

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I think I’ll just serve myself up a big slice, grab a glass of milk and enjoy!

Nothing better than a Patriotic Sugar Cookie Cake for the 4th of July!

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No matter what you’re doing to celebrate the Independence of the United State of America, celebrate it with a deliciously simple Patriotic Sugar Cookie Cake!

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Patriotic Sugar Cookie Cake

This simply delicious Patriotic Sugar Cookie Cake made white chocolate chips and red, white and blue sprinkles is the perfect Independence Day dessert!


  • 10 tbsp unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp cream of tartar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup red/white/blue sprinkles
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp heavy cream


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9-inch spring form pan by spraying the bottom and sides with non-stick spray.
  2. Combine the butter and sugar in a medium bowl and mix until smooth. Add in the egg, vanilla, baking soda, salt and cream of tartar. Mix until well combined. Slowly add in the flour and mix until fully incorporated. Fold in the white chocolate chips.
  3. Pour the batter into your prepared spring form pan and press to the edges. Top with a few more white chocolate chips for presentation.
  4. Bake for 20-22 minutes, just until edges are a golden brown color. Remove from the oven and allow cooling for 15 minutes. Then, remove the spring form side and allow the cake to cool completely before frosting.
  5. With a stand mixer or a hand mixer, combine the butter and powdered sugar. Add in the salt, vanilla and heavy cream. Mix everything until it’s smooth and creamy.
  6. Scoop into a piping bag with a 1m tip and decorate your cake.
  7. Top with sprinkles before the icing sets.

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Mocha Cookies and Cream Cake

This post has been sponsored by Coffee-mate® Creamer. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

mocha cookies and cream cake on a stand in a kitchen

Rich layers of espresso filled chocolate cake topped with whipped cookies and cream buttercream, a drizzle of chocolate ganache and more buttercream make this Mocha Cookies and Cream Cake a decadent dessert sure to please the chocolate lovers in your life!

mocha cookies and cream cake with espresso beans, buttercream, and cookies

Imagine a quiet afternoon with no kids, no distractions and and hour to yourself.  Now, imagine holding a big cup of steaming, hot coffee topped off with Coffee-mate® Cookies & Cream creamer while seated comfortably on the couch under a cozy blanket with a big slice of cake to indulge in.

Sounds like heaven right?

mocha cookies and cream cake on a cake stand with a bowl of cookies

Let me tell you… it was.  This was me about two weeks ago, right before my kids were home for 13 days (snow days and spring break) enjoying a few cherished moments of silence.

Feeling inspired by my new favorite Coffee-mate Dessert Creamer in the Cookies & Cream flavor, I decided to recreate the magic of that afternoon in cake form.

mocha cookies and cream cake on a stand with a bowl of cookies

However in order to make this Mocha Cookies and Cream Cake I needed a recipe!  I knew I’d start with my chocolate cake recipe, but I needed to kick it up a big notch by adding more espresso to the batter to really bring out the coffee flavor.

Two tablespoons of espresso powder to be exact!

chocolate ganache drips on a mocha cookies and cream cake

Two tablespoons of espresso in one cake means there will truly be a strong coffee flavor to the chocolate cake making it mocha-licious!

The Coffee-mate® Cookies & Cream Creamer reminds me of what it tastes like when I eat a chocolate cream sandwich cookie and dunk it in milk.  I like my cookie extra soaked in milk so it gets mushy and melts in my mouth and the Coffee-mate Cookies & Cream creamer tastes exactly like that… but with coffee!

mocha cookies and cream cake on a stand with a slice of cake and a glass of milk

To replicate the cookies and cream flavor for the frosting in the Mocha Cookies and Cream Cake, I decided to start with a basic vanilla buttercream recipe.

I would whip the vanilla buttercream until it was light and fluffy and then fold in 16 crushed chocolate cream sandwich cookies!  The cookies would need to be a little chunky so when I bite into the frosting, I get a piece of cookie in several bites.

inside of a mocha cookies and cream cake

To add some pizzazz to the cake, I knew it needed to not only taste good, but it needed to look spectacular!

Drip cake! Yes! Chocolate ganache dripping down the sides of the cake would take this mocha cookies and cream cake over the top!  Swirls of cookies and cream buttercream and a few whole coffee beans on top make the cake perfects!

slice of mocha cookies and cream cake and a cup of coffee

For supplies, I knew I only had one choice of stores to stock up on supplies for this sinfully delicious Mocha Cookies and Cream Cake… Walmart!

What I love about Walmart is that the location in my neighborhood is so close to me making shopping incredibly convenient!  Walmart is my go-to place for easy shopping trips,  especially when I’m on a budget.

mocha cookies and cream cake


Did you know that you can get Coffee-mate Dessert Creamers in three different flavors at Walmart?  They’re super easy to find at the store… located with the rest of the coffee creamers in the cold dairy section.  These creamers are NEW and only available seasonally so if you want to try them, you have to act fast!

mocha cookies and cream cake with frosting in a bowl

You already know I’m sold on the Cookies & Cream flavor but there’s also Toasted Marshmallow Mocha and Coconut Caramel Latte that you won’t want to miss out on either.

And on May 10-13th you might even be lucky enough to try Coffee-mate Dessert Creamers in your local Walmart store!

Find your local Walmart store here:

slice of mocha cookies and cream cake

So, the next time you’re sitting down to enjoy a quiet afternoon with your cup of coffee, make sure you’re using Coffee-mate Dessert Creamers… you never know what kind of dessert you’ll be inspired to make next!

Check here for more inspiration and details on the new Coffee-mate Dessert Creamers at Walmart!

slice of mocha cookies and cream cake

I really hope you enjoy this Mocha Cookies and Cream Cake as much as I did, my photographer did and everyone we shared it with!

Happy Baking!

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Mocha Cookies and Cream Cake


  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)
  • 1 1/2 cups brewed coffee
  • 2 Tbsp espresso powder
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup, (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2lbs powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 Tbs vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 16 chocolate sandwich cookies
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Grease, line with parchment paper and flour 2 9-inch cake pans.
  2. In a medium sauce pan, melt the butter. Add the coffee, espresso powder, cocoa powder, and vanilla and whisk until combined. Set aside to cool slightly.
  3. In a large bowl, sift together the sugar, flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sour cream and the eggs. SLOWLY add a few tablespoons of the chocolate mixture to the sour cream and eggs. Whisk to combine. In a slow stream, whisk in the remaining chocolate mixture until combined completely.
  5. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in wet. Using a whisk, stir until no more lumps remain.
  6. Divide the batter evenly into the 2 prepared pans. Each pan should get 3 cups of batter.
  7. Bake 26-28 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes before removing from the pans to cool on a wire rack.
  8. Once the cakes have cooled, but are still warm, use a cake leveler to cut off the round mound on the top of the cake. Make sure both layers are the same height.
Cookies n' Cream Buttercream
  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream together the butter, sugar and half the cream until smooth.
  2. Mix in the vanilla and salt and mix to combine.  Scrape the bowl.
  3. With the mixer on low, add the remaining cream.  Whip on high speed for 3-4 minutes.
  4. Crush the sandwich cookies until coarse.  Add to the buttercream and mix until just combined.
Chocolate Ganache
  1. In a small pan, heat heavy cream to a simmer.  Do not boil.
  2. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate chips in a medium bowl.  Let sit for 3 minutes without stirring.
  3. With a spatula, stir slowly until all the chocolate has melted.
  4. Add butter and stir to combine.
  5. Pour into a squeeze bottle.
  1. Place the first cooled cake layer on your cake stand/plate, cut side up.  Spread a layer of frosting onto of that layer evenly.
  2. Place the second layer on top, cut side down.  Fill in the sides where the layers come together so that the frosting in the center extends all the way to the edge.
  3. Spread a very thin coat of frosting over the entire cake.  Chill for 20-30 minutes.
  4. Fill a 12in piping bag fitted with an open start tip with frosting.  Use the remaining frosting to completely cover the cake.
  5. Use a straight edge to smooth out the top and edges of the cake.
  6. Using the squeeze bottle, start in the center of the top of the cake and squeeze the ganache in an circular pattern until it just reaches the edge of the cake.  Use a flat edge (spatula or knife) to press the chocolate over the edges causing a drip.  If necessary, squeeze more chocolate on the edges in places that need more dripped chocolate. Allow to set for 10 minutes to set.
  7. Pipe swirls of frosting on top of the cake equally around the edge of the cake.
  8. Garnish with coffee beans.
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Raspberry Tiramisu #EasterSweetsWeek

Fresh berries, biscuits, and cream layered together make this French-inspired Raspberry Tiramisu recipe an instant classic sure to please!

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This post and recipe was created for #EasterSweetsWeek. I was sent samples by some of the sponsor companies but as always opinions are 100% mine.

My good friend and photographer Fanette is French… and with her comes a lifetime worth of food experiences that I’ve never even imagined.

French cuisine and baking is one avenue which I have never explored and the benefit of having a French friend who is also a foodie means she bakes and I eat!

This recipe is a part of #EasterSweetsWeek!
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bowl of whipped cream on a counter with eggs and raspberries

I asked if Fanette help out with a recipe for #EasterSweetsWeek and she jumped at the chance to make something from her childhood.

Fanette has fond memories of her grandmother in France making a delicious dessert made of raspberries and cream and wanted to make that for today.

pink bowl of fresh raspberries on a counter

Unfortunately, recipes in France often call for ingredients only found in France… not America.

So, Fanette decided on this recipe for Raspberry Tiramisu inspired by what her grandmother in France made for her as a child.

raspberry tiramisu

Fanette’s Raspberry Tiramisu is a simple, layered dessert that is nothing short of spectacular in flavor.  Trust me, I had about three servings the first time she served it to me and then took home two more for leftovers.

The first layer is fresh berries that have been mashed until juicy.  Dipped in the berries and juice are traditional French boudoirs biscuits… or as we call them in America, Lady Fingers.

raspberry tiramisu

Once the lady fingers are soaked in berry, they line the bottom of the serving dish and are immediately topped with more fresh berries.   Following the berries is a cream mixture that may surprise you.

The cream mixture is made from not only heavy cream, but eggs and mascarpone cheese! For American’s this mixture may seem strange, but to those in France it’s a traditional cream mixture used in many desserts.

raspberry tiramisu

Let me tell you – we’re missing out here in America because this Raspberry Tiramisu is AMAZING.

The tart berries, the crunch and sweetness of the biscuits paired with the creamy, smooth, rich cream is pure perfection.  I can see why Fanette loved when her grandmother made desserts with this cream and berries and why it’s still a favorite today.

raspberry tiramisu

So, thank you to Fanette for being inspired by her family to make this for us today.

I am incredibly thankful to have a friend who loves to share her culture and her recipes with me.

spoonful of raspberry tiramisu

raspberry tiramisu

Raspberry Tiramisu


  •  2 eggs, large
  • 70g granulated sugar
  • 250 g of mascarpone cheese
  • 20cl heavy cream
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 10 boudoirs biscuits
  • 200 g fresh raspberries, divided


  1. Separate the yolks and egg whites.
  2. Mix the egg yolks, vanilla and sugar with a whisk until it's light and airy, then add in the mascarpone until you have a homogeneous mix.
  3. Whip the heavy cream to firm peaks.
  4. In another bowl, beat the egg whites to firm peaks.
  5. Fold the whipped cream into the beaten egg whites.
  6. Fold the mascarpone, sugar and yolk mix into the cream and egg whites gently until combined.
  7. Separate berries evenly into two bowls.  In one bowl, gently mash the berries until the juice begins to settle in the bowl.
  8. Dunk the boudoirs biscuits into the mashed berries then line them at the bottom of small individual serving glasses.
  9. Next cover with a layer fresh raspberries then a layer of the mascarpone cream mix.
  10. Repeat steps 7 & 8.
  11. Refrigerate for a 3-4 hours or until ready to serve.

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peanut butter oatmeal cookie on a plate in a kitchen with a bowl of raisins

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

When you want a treat but you don’t want to waste calories, you will definitely want to make these delicious Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies!

My New Year’s resolution was to make healthier life choices, but in small, manageable places.   The first new choice I made was to change my breakfast from sugar cereal topped with berries to a protein rich oatmeal topped with berries.

If you’ve never tried homemade oatmeal, consider my recipe for Overnight Oatmeal in a Jar.  It’s simple and so delicious!

a stack of peanut butter oatmeal cookies on a kitchen counter

What I love most about these Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies is that I don’t have to feel guilty when I want to enjoy one.  I thought hard about the recipe for these cookies and made sure to choose ingredients that would pack a punch!

Depending on what kind of peanut butter and oats you use, each cookie could potentially have 10g of protein in each one!

peanut butter oatmeal cookie on a plate in a kitchen with a bowl of raisins

That’s a snack I can feel good about giving my kids and treating myself to!

Substitution Options

If you’re not into raisins and chocolate chips, consider substituting the following:

  • Chia seeds
  • Almonds
  • Walnuts
  • Peanuts
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Poppy seeds
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Dried cranberries

Peanut butter oatmeal cookies on a kitchen counter

You could also substitute agave or maple syrup for the honey.  Super easy substitution to make!

I really hope you enjoy these fantastically delicious and guilt-free peanut butter oatmeal cookies!

Happy Baking!

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Yield: 1 dozen
Prep Time: 1 day 1 hour
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Total Time: 1 day 1 hour 13 minutes


  • 2 large bananas , mashed
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (I used all-natural Jif)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 Tbsp pure honey
  • 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 cup oat flour (pulse 3/4 cup oats in the food processor to make this flour)
  • 1/4 cup steel cut oats
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips


  • In a large bowl, whisk together the mashed bananas, peanut butter, eggs, honey,  and vanilla until combined.
  • Add the oat flour and baking soda and fold together until no more flour can be seen.
  • Pour in the steel cut oats, raisins and chocolate chips and fold together.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and chill overnight.
  • When ready to bake, preheat oven to 375F & line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Using an ice cream scoop with a 1/4 cup serving,  scoop chilled dough and place evently onto parchment paper leaving 2-3 inches between each mound. Gently press down with a spatula to form a disk.
  • Bake 12-14 minutes or until the tops and sides are firm and a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes before removing to wire rack.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to a week.