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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.

Pumpkin spice latte oatmeal.
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Peanut Butter Quinoa Bowl

Happy weekend everyone! These past two years of college weekends were never exciting because I would spend all day doing homework. This year I decided to stop (sort of) being such a workaholic and do some fun things on the weekends. I went rock climbing today! They have all of these activities for free with my college ID: rock climbing, water skiing, kayaking, disc golf, sailing…how did I not know about this? Oh yeah…I was holed up in my room…

I am currently trying to put more balance in every aspect of my life: food, work, fun, and so on. Stressing is so not worth it. You only live once, so why not make the most of it?
So back to my adventures of conquering the wall. Rock climbing is hard and rigorous (at least it is to me, since I have 0% body strength), but oh-my-goodness it was SO much fun. I took me a while to actually get up the wall, but I felt good about making it to the top both times I climbed! It helped that my belay guy was cute; motivation?
Well, this morning I decided if I was going to ‘work out’ I needed a good, filling, nutritious breakfast. To me that = peanut butter. Peanut butter keeps me feeling full for hours and satisfies even my most vicious hunger pangs. Combine PB with quinoa and you have a super protein-filled breakfast; ready for anything. So I concocted this breakfast beauty. Behold the perfect rock climbing, hunger quenching breakfast!

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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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Peanut butter chocolate sauce

I used to hate chocolate and peanut butter. BLASPHEMY, I know. But now I absolutely loveee that combination. Reeses were a bit of a problem for a while because I couldn’t stop eating them. When I started to pay attention to what I put in my in my body, though, Reeses were not on the ‘okay’ list. That was a sad day.

My fellow peanut butter and chocolate lovers, you understand addiction to that combo and how difficult it would be to give it up. Well, I’ve found a quick fix for that undeniable craving for a Reeses. I discovered this from mixing some ingredients for an oatmeal recipe and was overjoyed  by the result. Literally overjoyed..I may have jumped for a joy a couple of times…
It only has 2 ingredients and takes a mere 30 seconds to make. A miracle you say?

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Mmmmm, look at that positively scrumptious peanut-y chocolate-y goodness….
The sauce is pictured here a-top my Minute Magic Muffin. But I have also poured it on pancakes, waffles, spread it on toast, and covered my oatmeal with it.
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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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Almond butter Pumpkin pie oatmeal

My dad really loves his breakfast routine. He literally eats the same thing every single day, for YEARS. For the past, ohhh, five years he has eaten a big bowl of Cheerios with a glass of orange juice for breakfast. He switches cereals around about every decade or so.
And, let me tell you, you would be hard pressed to get him to eat something else.
Well, I never fully understood how he could eat the same thing and never get tired of it..until I started my second year of college and really fell in love with oatmeal.
I ate oatmeal every morning for the entire year, with very few exceptions, and never got sick of it. I did, however, vary the type of oatmeal I ate… Be ready, this blog will soon be inundated with many, many oatmeal recipes.
We will begin with this very simple, yet oh so tasty Almond butter Pumpkin pie oatmeal recipe.
I know it’s no where near pumpkin season yet, but I had a can and decided to make lots of pumpkin inspired dishes. I had just a little pumpkin puree leftover from another recipe and had no idea how to use it..until I woke up the next day and voila!

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My very first blog post! And a gluten-free pancake recipe:)

Well hello there all you friends, recipe enthusiasts, food blog lovers, or just bored internet explorers! I personally welcome you to my very first post as a food blogger.
So I will just come right out and say it. I am a hopeless pancake addict. I have not found a pancake I didn’t absolutely love, as of yet. I make pancakes almost every single week, at least once a week. I decided to try a very different recipe than my usual types and, my oh my, was it delicious!
Somehow, without any egg, they held together AND tasted slightly sweet without the tiniest pinch of sugar. Impossible you say? NO!
Granted they are not sky high fluffy, but I actually really like that about these pancakes. It makes them the perfect platform for pouring scrumptious toppings on top.

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