Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Bites

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Bites

Another month, another new recipe up on Yoga By Candace!

I recently developed these Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Bites for her blog. Packed with nutrient-dense items and an extra kick of Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides, these bites will have you looking like Jennifer Aniston in no time!*

While it’s definitely easy to one, snack on something less healthy, and two, eat a breakfast that is less healthy, these bites definitely have your bases covered. Make them ahead of time! You…and your stomach…will¬†be thankful that you did.

Head over to Yoga By Candace for the full post and recipe!

* – Perhaps a slight hyperbole, but a girl can dream…

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Bites

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Bites

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Bites

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Peanut Butter Blueberry Overnight Oats

Peanut Butter Blueberry Overnight Oats

Ugh, I know, this recipe is familiar (I’ve done this…AND this…in the past) and this genre of oat-based creations is a trifle overdone.

Truth: This recipe post was supposed to be my version of Spaghetti al Limone. I was looking through all of the photos I took of it last weekend and shook my head in defeat as I softly muttered, “…nope…nope…nope…nope…” Honestly, not one photo of the bunch was worthy of posting. The lighting on the day I took the photos of the dish was okay, but most photos turned out blurry. In addition, most looked awkward in plating / presentation.

The upside? I guess I’ll have to make…and eat…another batch of Spaghetti al Limone soon! There are certainly worse calamities to deal with in this wacky world of ours.

Peanut Butter Blueberry Overnight Oats

So…here’s a filler recipe. My opening sentence may make it seem as though I’m knocking overnight oats on the whole. I’m not. This recipe is my life saver and delicious to boot!  I doubled it last week, brought it to work, and had breakfast for two days!

After years of experimentation, I find that a nice healthy glob of peanut butter is what makes my overnight oats the most palatable and satiating. Yogurt makes them pasty, in my multiple experiences; peanut butter keeps ’em creamy.

Peanut Butter Blueberry Overnight Oats

If y’all catch me trying to post another blueberry and oat amalgamation in the future, please stop me from myself. Ha! I think I’ve reached my quota for this blog. ūüėČ

Peanut Butter Blueberry Overnight Oats
(Serves 1)

Ingredients:

– 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
– 1/2 cup milk of choice (dairy or non-dairy)
– 1/4 cup fresh blueberries
– 1 teaspoon honey (or sweetener of choice; omit honey if vegan)
– 1 tablespoon peanut butter (or other nut butter)
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
– 2 hearty dashes of ground cinnamon

Before We Get Started…

– If your peanut butter is too hard or creamy, microwave it until softened.

Directions:

1.) Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix until combined. Transfer to container of choice and place in refrigerator. Allow to sit for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight. Oats will stay edible for up to three days.

apple pumpkin oatmeal

Apple Pumpkin Oatmeal

In the world of blogging, one thing you need to do is find at least one good person to collaborate with. It’s beneficial to everyone involved. Ideas are crafted. Bonds are formed. Comfort levels are expanded. Traffic is increased and analytics become more interesting! (Sorry, I work in data outside of this food blog. Ha! Numbers occasionally make me geek out. ūüėČ )

For many years, I’ve been following Yoga By Candace by Candace Moore, a well-known yoga instructor who runs a healthy lifestyle blog, incorporating her practice into it as well as fitness tips, recipes, and wonderful healthful products. She just released her first book, Namaslay: Rock Your Yoga Practice, Tap Into Your Greatness, & Defy Your Limits, which lays out best practices for the craft as well as how she’s persevered after a very serious illness. I’ve started reading though, and as a non-yoga practicer that has been interested yet a bit intimidated by the whole concept of yoga, she breaks it down in a way that soothes my angst about doing it incorrectly.

Can I throw it back? I’ve actually known Candace since we were nuggets! We lived a few houses away from each other and would play together a lot as kids. If there is one thing I’ll always remember, it was listening to “Love Shack” by The B52s on vinyl (before it was technically vintage and still a primary way of listening to music if you didn’t want to rewind a cassette tape) and lip syncing along; Candace, I’m not sure if you remember this, but you¬†always made to lip sync Fred Schneider’s parts of the song while you got to lip sync Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson’s parts. I was always upset you never let me do¬†the female parts, though, in hindsight, doing Fred Schneider’s parts is pretty cool. Ha! Also, in a throwback surely all 80s babies can appreciate, we, along with our neighbor Amy, attempted to form a Babysitters’ Club…I remember the excitement of conceptualizing our version of it, but don’t remember it actually panning out. Haha. Needless to say, life happens, adolescence happens, and we had our own friend groups by the time we got to high school. Around 2013, I discovered her blog via a mutual friend on Facebook, and started following along, impressed by her posts. Social media can work in many ways, sometimes driving people apart (hello, politics!), but social media definitely brought us back together again. After posting a status on my personal Facebook page, encouraging my friends to follow this blog’s IG feed, I got a message from Candace over Facebook messenger, and, well…

As I attempt to move this blog from mere “hobby” status into possibly more of a side business in the next few years (I have my eyes on the prize of, one day, crafting a cookbook), I am thankful for all of the opportunities I have to expand my reach, and having Candace reach out to me has made me so incredibly happy. I am glad to have her help, and I am also glad to (hopefully!) enrich her site with wholesome recipes that her¬†readers will enjoy.

Please follow this link for the recipe Apple Pumpkin Oatmeal, featured on Yoga By Candace.

apple pumpkin oatmeal

Pumpkin Cranberry Oatmeal

This recipe came to fruition as such:

Due to working on some future blog posts, I was baking a pumpkin pie at 11 in the morning. I realized I hadn’t had breakfast. I made some oatmeal. I threw dried cranberries in it. I had leftover pumpkin puree, and I decided to add a giant spoonful to my oatmeal.

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As far as inspiring cooking stories go, in the grand cannon, this one lands way down on any list.

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At least it tastes great! I can assure you of that.

Pumpkin Cranberry Oatmeal
(Serves One)

Ingredients:
– 1 cup milk or water
– 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
– 1 generous tablespoon pumpkin puree
– 1/4 cup dried cranberries
– 1 teaspoon cinnamon
– Additional sweetener, as desired

Before We Get Started…

-Adjust ingredients as needed to create additional servings. (I’m stating the obvious here, right? Ha!)

Directions:

1.) Bring milk or water and cinnamon to a boil. Add oats and cranberries and simmer on low for 5 – 7 minutes or until oats are cooked through. Remove from heat.

2.) Add pumpkin puree and mix with oatmeal. Add sweetener, if desired.

3.) Serve immediately.

PB&J Overnight Oats

Hey, y’all. It’s been a minute.

Let’s make some food, shall we?

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I have a love / hate relationship with peanut butter. As its own entity, give me a spoon and wish me luck. I can take on a jar of Jif as hard as my ex-roommate’s dog Ellie. On a sandwich with some jam or bananas, its absolutely delightful! Oh, and don’t get me started on Take 5 Bars. Just don’t. However, a peanut butter cookie? I’ll pass. In addition, many of my friends and co-workers have threatened to cut ties with me due to my utter hatred¬†of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. (That being said, I hope I don’t lose blog followers due to that proclamation.)

I have a love / hate¬†relationship with overnight oats. Incredibly versatile, its variations are seemingly limitless. It really is one of the best breakfasts to take to work, and it’s better than a bowl of cereal on a lazy weekend morning. I’ve had my hits and misses in the creation process. First and foremost, I love a creamy bowl of them. In my earlier days of overnight oat recipe experimentation, I started out in the quasi-vegetarian realm and added coconut milk and / or almond milk to my oats, along with a big glob of Greek yogurt. I always ended up with something quite pasty. I switched it up. I have found that any sort of nut butter plus whole cow’s milk seems to contribute to that creamy mouth feel I enjoy. (Sorry, vegans.) A few months back, I started adding a heaping tablespoon of peanut butter to my bowls more regularly, and BAM. MAGIC.

I was thinking of something new to add to my oats one day, and jam popped into my head. Jam is a condiment I’ve grown to enjoy over the years. It used to simply gross me out as a child, in terms of texture. (Let us all recall earlier blog entries in which my innumerable childhood food quirks came to light…) However, as I’ve gotten older, I learned to appreciate it due to certain friends and their love of canning in their Brooklyn kitchens. (We’ve all have that one friend.) Jam making? Not quite my jam. I’d rather buy. However, at my local grocery store, the choices are limited: Corn syrup and preservative-laden Smuckers or a $10 jar of Sarabeth’s.

Life’s hard.

Still, I get what I want. (Hey, fresh strawberry jam from my local farmer’s market!)

Peanut butter + overnight oats + jam = a love / love relationship.

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PB&J Overnight Oats
(Serves 1)

Ingredients:

-1 cup old-fashioned oats, uncooked
-1 cup milk of choice (dairy or non-dairy)
-1 teaspoon chia seeds
-1 – 2 tablespoons peanut butter
-A few generous dashes of cinnamon
-1 Tablespoon maple syrup or desired sweetener (optional)
– Jam of choice to top off your oats!

Before We Get Started…

– The peanut butter will likely not¬†fully emulsify with the milk through stirring. I do not find this to be an issue, only because I enjoy taking a bite of these oats and finding an occasional “vein” of peanut butter. Think of it like finding a nice ribbon of caramel or marshmallow in a pint of Ben & Jerry’s. However, if you’d like your peanut butter mixed in completely with the milk, combine all of the ingredients from Step #1 in a blender until desired consistency.

Directions:

1.) In a medium-size bowl, stir or whisk¬†peanut butter, milk, chia seeds, cinnamon, and optional sweetener until combined. (See “Before We Get Started…” note.)

2.) Stir oats into milk mixture and combine until oats are thoroughly soaked. There will be a little bit more milk than oats at this point; the oats will evnetually absorb the remaining liquid.

3.) Put in container and leave in refrigerator for at least six hours.

4.) Before serving, top with desired jam.