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Pumpkin spice latte oatmeal

I know it’s Sunday and I should be posting a pancake recipe to my ‘Short-stack Sunday’ series, but my new pancake recipe didn’t exactly turn out as planned. It’s all about trial and error…this time was definitely the latter. But I mean it comes with the territory of making recipes; like my mom says “they can’t all be winners.” And I can’t possibly be upset about my failed pancake attempt with weather like this.

Today feels like the first real day of Fall. HOORAY! If it could stay like this all through winter I would be one happy camper.
Too bad it actually gets cold. It is absolutely gorgeous outside. Crisp, cool air. Clear blue skies as far as the eye can see. Birds chirping. Light breeze blowing. Sun shining. Today’s weather is the kind of day I define as a ‘perfect weather’ day. I just want to lay in the grass (like that meadow from Twilight…yeah, I went there) all day long and do absolutely nothing.

With this weather comes my resurgence of pumpkin cravings.
I. need. pumpkin. now.
Pumpkin and fall go hand in hand, of course. Obviously a lot of other people agree because I went to the grocery store yesterday and there was pumpkin everywhere. Literally every direction I looked. It was insane…I was in heaven.

This morning I walked onto my balcony, to water my little herb plants, and felt that magnificent fall weather. I knew at that moment that it was time to break out the pumpkin and create a delicious breakfast for this delicious day. Good thing I always have huge 48 ounce cans of pumpkin tucked away.

Introducing the stupendous Pumpkin spice latte oatmeal.
Pumpkin + Coffee + Oatmeal = a mind-blowingly delicious breakfast

It’s definitely at the top of my ‘Favorite breakfast’ list…I have a lot of lists.

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Short-stack Sundays: Banana Bread pancakes

There is nothing quite like ending a happy/relaxing/lazy Sunday with a stack of fresh, hot, homemade pancakes. Since I started college (three years ago now..ohmygosh) I have made pancakes every weekend. And not for breakfast.

I never (except camping) eat pancakes for breakfast. I think it’s because my family likes to have breakfast for dinner more than we like breakfast for breakfast. If you think about it makes sense…

If you’re going to eat a big breakfast you:
1) want to be able to eat as much of it as you can
2) don’t have the energy to make it in the morning (at least I don’t)
3) don’t have the time to make this feast before running out the door for work/school/errands.

Solution? Brinner or dinfest. Breakfast4Dinner.

Let’s break down the word. Pancakes: essentially cakes cooked flat in a pan; therefore, acceptable to eat as a meal. I am most certainly okay with that and let’s be honest..who doesn’t like pancakes?!

My mom makes some mean (as in crazy delicious) pancakes. So I took her recipe and created a ton of variations. Wouldn’t want to have the same type of pancakes two weekends in a row, now would I? That would be preposterous. Through these weekends, (filled with a lot of trial and error) I have come up with quite a few pancake recipes that I will share with you as time goes on.

I thought it would be appropriate to make a “Short-stack Sundays” series since that’s when I usually eat them..and eat them often, I do. (Yoda…what?)

So we will start the series off with…drum roll….Banana Bread Pancakes!!!
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Cinnamon Banana Bagels

I really love bananas. If you have been following my posts you will see that a lot (most) of my posts have something to do with bananas. They’re just so darn good, am I right or am I right? Especially home grown bananas. SO GOOD. Once you’ve had a home grown banana there’s no going back.

Here is the story leading to my banana addiction:
One day my parents decided to plant a banana tree in our backyard.
If you don’t know about how banana trees work I will inform you. Once the banana trees are all grown up, they start a stock of bananas. These stocks are HUGE. Then they ripen on the tree. You cut off the stock and you admire your cute little bananas and then devour them. [These bananas are about half the size of a ‘normal’ banana you see in the grocery store] That is the only stock that particular banana tree will make. It only makes one and then it dies. I know, it is sad.
However, they pour down their little seedlings all over the ground and before you know it you have five banana trees in your backyard.
{I think we may have close to ten trees right now, hehe}
For some reason, the trees decide to grow stocks and ripen all at the same time. Remember I said the stocks were huge? So, you have like 400 bananas that you have to try to mash/bake/eat/freeze/chip-ify, etc, before they rot.
And now you understand why I have so many banana recipes…it was out of desperation! We didn’t have anymore room in our freezer and we were tired of dehydrating them.

I totally made the inundation of bananas sound like a bad thing, but I actually love it a whole darn lot. I make smoothies, cupcakes, bread, chips, oatmeal, pancakes, muffins/mugfins, cake, dough, filling, ice cream, and use them as a topping. It’s an art.

Soo now after that long introduction about bananas I present to you…..CINNAMON BANANA BAGELS!
Perfection? I’m thinkin’ yes.
These bagels are slightly sweet, and not super banana-y. You could add more sugar if you want them to actually be sweet, but I like them just how they are.
They smell heavenly. That’s thanks to cinnamon and banana combo.

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Cereal squares

I’m coo-coo for cocoa puffs! They’re GREAAAT! Silly Rabbit! They’re magically delicious! Breakfast of Champions.
If you haven’t caught on yet, those are slogans for a few of the very popular cereals on the current market. Cereal, oh cereal how I love thee. I, and many others on this Earth, include cereal in their daily routine.

*stands on soap box*
I must tell you, though it breaks my heart, that the cereal on the grocery shelves that you have spent hundreds of dollars on over the years is terrible. There I said it. It is filled with a ridiculously large amount of sugar (in several forms), artificial food coloring, BHT, random “stabilizers and preservatives”, and a whole bunch of other ingredients you have never heard of and certainly wouldn’t use in your kitchen. I literally almost had a panic attack when I looked at the ingredients and understood what I was putting into my body by the bowlful.
Why, oh why, do they need to put such terrible things in our food? Cereal companies focus on selling their product to children with their colorful boxes, cute spokespeople/things, and catchy commercials. They count on kids being drawn in and their parents buying it for them. Most cereals have at least 9-11 grams of sugar (refined and processed, of course) in just a 3/4 cup. Let’s be real though, who only eats a 3/4 cup serving..not me. We are only supposed to have 24 grams (for woman) or 36 grams (for men) of sugar in our diet a day and that is the max. With all of the other foods we eat, this bowl full of sugar is not helping us keep that number in check.

You know how all the specialists say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day? Well, if that is true, why would you be feeding yourself a bowl of sugar n’ chemicals? That is most certainly not great.

So those cute colorful (delicious) marshmallows, those mini chocolate chip cookies, those little balls that taste like a peanut butter cup, and even your ‘natural’ (ha) granola, are now banned forever from entering into my body again and I hope yours too!
I have been trying to create something to squash my intense cereal withdrawals. This particular recipe came about by accident, actually. I was trying to make gluten free crust and it didn’t work out, but it most certainly worked as cereal! YAY FOR EXPERIMENTS!

This cereal is gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, kid friendly, adult friendly, no processed sugars, preservative/chemical free, and very-happy-tummy approved. Winner all around.
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Banana split…oatmeal

Well, today was my first day back at school. Is it totally sad if I’m already tired?
I am now officially a junior in college. Where on Earth did the time fly? I am feeling particularly old today..well really since my birthday. I still feel like I am thirteen years old, for goodness sake’s. I can’t possibly be an adult! I’m pretty mature in most things…(people call me mom a lot), but I like to do kid things and I really don’t want to do taxes.

What says kid like a banana split? Whenever I did something really well I always had a banana split. A couple scoops of vanilla ice cream, a banana, strawberries, walnuts, chocolate drizzle, topped with tons of sprinkles. As you well know, I love dessert for breakfast. And since I’m being mopey and nostalgic I decided to make some comforting Banana Split Oatmeal to feed my stomach as well as my need for childhood memories.

I absolutely love this oatmeal. It is probably in my top 5, so I hope you like it too…and feel a little younger while eating it:)

It has absolutely no added sugar..not even in the chocolate sauce! oh yeah, I’m that good.

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Minute Magic Muffin

So I have a MAJOR sweet tooth. And I crave said sweets, oh so conveniently, right before I go to bed. The images of monstrous chocolate cake slices, soft ball sized sprinkle sugar cookies, and huge pumpkin swirl brownie muffins, parade across my closed eyelids.
With that image before you, you may realize why I was in dire need of a quick, healthy, and super easy dessert recipe to allow my mind to succumb to the should-be-normal sleep patterns.
I’m sure glad the microwave was invented. Maybe Percy Spencer (fun fact: Percy Spencer invented the microwave) was plagued with a similar problem of sweet-tooth-mania…
If you have a microwave, a mug, some oats, an egg, and a very ripe banana, you are golden!
Of course you can add other things to liven it up, but if it’s 11:30 at night and you’re hankerin’ for a sweet little muffin you may just want to stick with simplicity.

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Strawberry Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal

Strawberries. Bananas. Bread-like Oatmeal?
Couldn’t get much better than that!
I know that those instant oatmeal packets may seem healthy, but think again! These little deceiving packets contain ingredients like caramel color (super bad!), artificial food coloring (also bad!), and loads and loads of added processed sugar. If you take just a few more minutes, you can have a way more delicious and a much healthier breakfast alternative.

This recipe is a baked oatmeal, so it will take longer to get the final product due to the cooking time. However, it’s perfect for those mornings you need to do something else before you eat. Just spend about 2 minutes prepping and let the oven do the rest of the work.

I have recently started to bake my oatmeal and have found that it really brings out the naturally sweet flavors of the fruit and gives it time to meld together deliciously.
As you may know by now, I love oatmeal. It’s very filling and tastes amazing.
When I bought the HUGE bulk pack from Sam’s Club (two 5 pound bags..) at the beginning of last school year, I thought I had made a big mistake. But, it actually forced me to come up with a variety of flavors in order to not get ridiculously bored with breakfast. Making those oatmeal recipes was so much fun! It kind of jump started my love for creating recipes of my own. I finally finished those bags by the end of the year..it was great timing and a whole lot of oat eating.

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