Oatmeal Update

IMG_1046I have recently posted several oatmeal recipes.  My preconceived notion about oatmeal was that I simply didn’t like it.  I’m from South Carolina.  I don’t eat oatmeal.  But then, I made oatmeal that tasted like a bowl of peanut butter and oatmeal that tasted like pumpkin pie.

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Quickly, I realized that with a $2.50 container of oats from Target and a little imagination, I could make breakfast that tasted like dessert AND filled me up.  The only drawback to my oatmeal recipes is that they take a little time to make.  While I set my alarm with ample time provided for breakfast, I still don’t have enough time to make, eat and clean that pesky pot of oatmeal.

Lately, I’ve read several blogs with recipes for overnight oatmeal.  Basically, these recipes include time in the refrigerator for the oats to absorb the flavors.  Duh.  I can do that.

This is brownie batter oatmeal that I cooked at night in a big batch and reheated in the morning in approximately 1 minute and 30 seconds and topped with a cute little banana.

brownie batter oatmeal

Adapt any of my oatmeal recipes to create a big batch by following the directions on the oats package and doubling or tripling the tasty ingredients.  You can’t mess it up.  You might, however, have a huge problem standing in front of the refrigerator spooning out of the container you put it in.

Try making a big batch of brownie batter oatmeal:

  • 3 cups of oats
  • 5 cups of milk or water (I use half water and half almond milk)
  • 3 tablespoons of peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons of vanilla flavor
  • 1 scoop of protein powder (optional)
  • 1 banana
  • 1 packet of stevia (optional)

Bring the water or milk to a boil.  Reduce the heat to low and add the oats.  Cook for five minutes.  Add a about a 1 cup of the cooked oats to a blender or magic bullet with the peanut butter, vanilla, protein, banana, and stevia.  Combine until smooth.  Stir the blended mixture back into the pot with the cooked oats.  Stir it all together.

Put the cooked mixture into a container to store in the refrigerator.  I separated mine into single servings to make it even easier in the mornings.

When you are ready to eat, microwave about 1 minute and 30 seconds or until hot.  Top with half of a sliced banana.

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Chocolate (can’t call it a smoothie) Milkshake

By far my favorite blender drink.  Ever.

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So we all know I love my Nutribullet.  Using it or a blender, you can make this chocolate protein drink that tastes (almost) as good as a good ol’ chocolate milkshake.

Chocolate Milkshake

  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
  • 1/4 frozen banana
  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla flavor
  • 5 ice cubes
  • 1 packet of stevia (optional…I didn’t use it but if you like super sweet stuff you might want it)

Put all ingredients in a blender. OMG.

In the picture above, I doubled the protein powder, added a 1/2 cup of almond milk, and a little extra cocoa.  This shake is pretty  rich, so play with the ingredients when you make it.  You really can’t mess it up.  Enjoy!

 

Banana Bread Oatmeal and Some Frustecorating

Frustecorating: a hybrid of the word “decorating” and “frustrating” that pretty much explains my experience whenever I try to make my house look nice

I can do outfits.  I can clean and organize like nobody’s business.  But decorating?  It’s frustecorating.  I stink at it.  My process involves buying things and taking them back.  Buying things and taking them back.

I have three places in my house that need some sprucing.  The wall space above my television, a wall beside the front window, and the space above my computer.  I utterly failed at the first two.  I consider this a minor success.

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I found the mirror on clearance at Target.  The two small pictures with typewriter keys on them came from HomeGoods.  It’s trendy geek.  Perfect.  The other six pictures I purchased I will be returning.  Bleh.

But you’re probably not here for my lame decorating tips.

I will spare you another ode to the Nutribullet.  But seriously, you should get one.  Here’s another fantastic oatmeal remix made creamier and smoother than ever with the magic of the Nutribullet.

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Banana Bread Oatmeal

  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup of oats
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup of almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon of Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
  • 1/2 Scoop of vanilla protein powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon of cinnamon (or way more if you want!)
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla flavor
  • Dash of nutmeg
  • Dash of cinnamon (on top)

Boil the 1/2 cup of water and the 1/2 cup of almond milk.  Reduce the heat to medium and add 1/2 cup of oats.  Cook for 5 minutes.

In a blender or bullet, add half of the cooked oats, 1/2 of the banana, 1 tablespoon of greek yogurt, 1 tablespoon of chia seeds, 1/2 scoop of vanilla protein powder, 1 1/2 tablespoons of cinnamon, 1 tablespoon of vanilla flavor, and a dash of nutmeg.  Combine until smooth.

Put about half of the mixture in a bowl.  Slice the remaining 1/2 banana and add a layer of banana slices.  Add the remaining oats that you didn’t blend.  Add the rest of the blended mixture.  Layer the remaining banana on top and splash with some cinnamon.  So pretty.

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Apple Pie Smoothie

Two days ago, my blender went kaput.  It started leaking from the connection between the container and the blade.  This is very sad mostly because it is a Kitchenaid blender.  And it is pink.  It matches my mixer.  That said, if ANYONE has and ideas on how to repair this, please let me know.  I want my blender back.  You may remember this dear friend from previous posts.

pineapple smoothie

On a positive note, I bought a Nutribullet.  Maybe I jumped the gun a bit, but I eat a smoothie almost every day.  Not having a blender isn’t an option.  As with all new toys, I obsessed with this thing.  It mixes so smoothly, but the best part is the quick clean up.  You blend in the cup from which you drink, so that’s one less cup to wash.  Then, you pretty much just need to rinse it out.  Love.  Here’s what I had for breakfast today:

Apple Pie Smoothie

  • 1 medium apple (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla flavor
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup water

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Put ingredients in the blender or bullet and go.  This was a very filling and tasty breakfast.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal

Yes, this happened.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal

 

The only drawback to eating chocolate and peanut butter for breakfast is that making oatmeal takes a lot longer than pouring almond milk on top of a bowl of Kashi.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal

But oh my goodness…it’s so amazing.

Using a lot of the peanut butter oatmeal recipe I posted the other day, I made this one with a few minor changes.  Here’s how to get your dessert for breakfast:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup of almond milk
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon of honey (more if you like sweeter)
  • packet of stevia
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla flavor

Cook the oats with the 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup almond milk.  Bring the almond milk and water to a boil, then add the oats.  Turn the temperature to medium and cook for five minutes.

Add the 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder, honey, stevia, and vanilla to the blender.  You can spin it around a little, but it won’t do much since there isn’t much liquid.  When the oats finish cooking, add half of them to the blender and combine.

Put the mixture in a bowl and combine with the other half of the oats that you didn’t put in the blender.

It tastes like a peanut butter cup, doesn’t it?

Fun tip: don’t leave your bowl of oats unwashed in the sink when you finish.  It’s a PAIN to clean out.

There’s nothing to say that you can’t add some chocolate chips or other sweetness to this recipe.  Since it was for breakfast, I didn’t want to go too overboard.  If you add something, let me know!

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

Yesterday had to be peanut butter day.  I’m pretty sure I ate peanut butter at every meal.

Today just might be pumpkin day.  I usually buy pumpkin puree at Sam’s Club, so the cans are really big.  Once I open the can, I feel like I have a clock on it which translates into eating pumpkin as much as possible over the next couple of days.  I opened a can when I made my pumpkin pie smoothie a few days ago, so the clock ticks.

Today’s pumpkin treat?  Pumpkin pie oatmeal.Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

I’m liking this oatmeal thing for one very important reason.  These last two days that I have eaten oatmeal for breakfast, I haven’t been ravenously hungry all morning.  It feels me up more than any other breakfast I make–even eggs!  To make this breakfast yourself, you need:

  • 1/2 cup of oats
  • 1/2 cup of almond milk
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 ripe banana
  • 1/4 cup of pumpkin puree
  • 1 tablespoon of PB2 (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon of pumpkin butter (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla flavor
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
ingredients for pumpkin oatmeal

Yes, I chose this picture because of mom’s cameo in the top right corner

Cook the oats on the stove top.  Bring the 1/2 cup of almond milk and 1/2 cup of water to a boil (Don’t let it boil over like I did!).  Add the 1/2 cup of oats.  Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Blend the 1/2 banana, 1/4 cup of pumpkin puree, 1 tablespoon of PB2, 1 tablespoon of pumpkin butter, 1 tablespoon vanilla, and the spices (I put measurements, but you can put as little or as much as you like.  I like a lot!).

When the oats finish cooking, add 3/4 of them to the blender and blend.  Add the blended mixture to a small baking dish.  Add the remaining oats to the mixture.  This gives a little more texture to the oatmeal.  If you blend it all, it tastes more like pudding…which is fine if that’s what you like!

Add a little cinnamon to the top, and place the baking dish under the broiler for about 5-7 minutes.  This makes the top of the oatmeal a little crusty and heats up the mixture.

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I liked this just as much as the peanut butter oatmeal, and it has far fewer calories.  Please let me know if you try this breakfast!

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Peanut Butter Oatmeal

If you like the idea of eating  a bowl of peanut butter, this recipe is for you.

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If you like the idea of eating only what’s left in your pantry, this week of posts is for you.

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Today is the the first full day of clean-out-your-pantry week.  Before I cooked anything, I went through my pantry and threw out things that were severely out of date.  Apparently, there was a time in my life that I thought I was going to make pancakes every day.  I hate throwing away unopened boxes of things, but it is refreshing knowing that everything in there is now edible!

PantryYou might notice that I have enough K-cups to last until the apocalypse.  A friend found them on clearance in a town where K-cups must not be cool.  They are now mine.

In my cleaning out, I found a large box of rolled oats and decided it was time to foray into the world of oatmeal.  I’ve tried it a few times and wasn’t a fan, but I stumbled upon an idea I thought I might actually like.  Here’s what’s in it:

  • 1/2 cup of oats
  • 1/2 cup of almond milk
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 banana
  • 2 tablespoons of peanut butter (I used my homemade peanut butter)
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla flavor
  • 1/2 packet of stevia (optional)

Cook the oats with the 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup almond milk.  Bring the almond milk and water to a boil, then add the oats.  Turn the temperature to medium and cook for five minutes.

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While the oats are cooking, use a blender to combine 1/2 banana and the 2 tablespoons of peanut butter.

banana and peanut butter

When the oats finish cooking, add 1/2 cup of the cooked oats to the blender.  Blend the oats, banana, and peanut butter together.

Put the mixture in the blender in a bowl and top with slices of the other 1/2 banana.

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