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ABC Oatmeal

20 Oct

I’m the kind of person who wants to snuggle under the covers and never come out when the weather is gloomy. It’s rather sad that I can only be truly productive when the sun is out…I just like to snuggle when its cold, windy, and rainy. Bad for a busy college student. Sigh.

I had a lot of things to do on my list, so I never got to hide away. Yet, when dinnertime came around I knew I wanted something comforting and warm (it’s so cold outside!!) to make up for it.

That meant…oatmeal!

Not only oatmeal, but THE best oatmeal in the world. What are some adjectives to describe the best oatmeal in the world?

Warm, cinnamony, fluffy, banana-y, almond buttery, oat-y, perfect..y?

Ok, so the whole adjective thing doesn’t really work but how about I SHOW you and then you can truly understand the awesomeness of it!

Please observe how uhhhmazing this oatmeal is!

Ok, so I know it doesn’t look like much from the picture but the FLAVOR is unbelievable. It’s all hidden in the hugeness. (I promise it’s huge, the bowl is just huge-r :))

I am going to call it…ABC Oatmeal

Why? Because it has Almond Butter…Bananas….Cinnamon (clever, i know)

ABC Oatmeal 

What You’re Gonna Need: 

  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 banana, chopped into smallish pieces
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 heaping (and i mean heaping) tbsp almond butter*
  • sweetener to taste, if the banana isn’t enough

* you can use another nut butter..if you MUST

Combine water and milk in a saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Once it has reached a boil, add the oats. Stir until combined and let it start boiling again. Once it does, start slowly stirring continously.

When the oats start to soak up the liquid (mixture becomes thicker rather than liquidy) add the cinnamon and optional sweetener. Mix, then add the banana. Keep stirring and completely incorporate the add-ins. I like to mash up the banana with my stirring spoon (mash = hit the pieces).

After about 13-15 minutes total time, the oatmeal should be thick enough. The banana pieces will have completely incorpoated and you won’t really see the pieces.

Remove from heat and pour into bowl (you’re gonna need a big one!) then top with the deeeelicious almond butter.

Eeek! Yum pillowy oats! In ma belly

This recipe makes a wonderfully huge amount of oatmeal. I like to make it for din-din because I don’t eat big breakfasts. I promise you’ll love it, even though I know it takes some time!

Post Almond Butter Mixage! (See how biggg it is?) My oatmeal was just what I needed after a blistery cold day and an incoming of accounting homework. :/ Oh joy!

What are your favorite mix-ins for oatmeal? Are you more productive when it’s cold and overcast or warm and sunny?


Reinvented Cinnamon Roll

14 Oct
I woke up today feeling pretty stinky. My stomach was hurting, so I rolled over voting to not go to class (Thank goodness all we do in my classes is go over powerpoints..gotta love college). After sleeping a little longer my stomach gave me and break and I watched a little Sex & the City (guilty pleasure).

Anywho, I eventually listened to my growling tummy and went to the kitchen to fix some oatmeal. About two hours after the oatmeal, I got a little hungry again so I perused the refrigerator and pantry looking for something to energize me for the gym visit I had planned a little later.

Greek yogurt…always a good choice. Apple…nah, I had two yesterday. Cinnamon raisin bagel thins..ooh pb&j! Wait..I used the last of my almond butter in my oatmeal. Greek yogurt..cinnamon raisin bagel thins..together?

Light bulb!

Here enters….the Healthy Cinnamon Roll for One

Cinnamon rolls have never been my favorite but sometimes…you just want a warm, ooey, creamy, cinnamony hunk of bread. And this recipe definitely covers all those requirements. It’s amazing the substitutions you can make that really don’t sacrifice flavor, but truly satisfy your cravings.

Mmm..now I want another…

Things You’re Gonna Need
  • 1 cinnamon raisin bagel thin
  • 1 tbs strawberry jelly/preserves
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • splash of milk (i used almond milk)
  • sweetener to taste (i used 1/2 packet of truvia but honey, sugar, etc. are good subs)

Take your bagel thin and tear each half into four pieces. On each piece, smear a small amount of the preserves on the inside half and layer the pieces until you get three layers, jelly side up, in a small bowl or plate. I layered them in a way that kind of looked like a cinnamon roll because I truly believe you eat with your eyes first.

Take the cinnamon and sprinkle on top of the layered pieces. Try and make sure to get some on the lower layers. Spread the love! Microwave the bowl for 20-30 seconds. When you take it out, the jelly should have slightly melted into the bread (It looks like the cinnamon/butter mixture that is found in cinnamon rolls).

See the preserve/cinnamon mixture?

Next, mix the yogurt and sweetener and put enough milk into it to make it creamy and thin enough to act as the “cream cheese frosting” of a cinnamon roll. Put in microwave for 15 seconds (watch it!) and then stir it to make sure the consistency is right. Pour until it completely covers the cinnamon roll (I ended up not using all of mine but some of us love the frosting more than others 😉 ). Put it in the microwave for 10-15 more seconds and then take that warm gooey thing out of the microwave and into your mouth!

It is sooo good! You must try it now because 1. it is so not bad for you and 2. it’s one portion! and 3. it tastes just as good as the pillsbury babes in the refrigerator section.