Oatmeal Enthusiasts: Meet Cassie!

Although I have discovered many previous Enthusiasts on Instagram, Cassie was a special case. I love seeing my recipes duplicated on Instagram, but another thing I love is receiving comments on my posts. Cassie was consistently posting enthusiastic responses to my new recipes, and it didn’t take long for me to notice and start to recognize her name. I couldn’t wait to invite her to be August’s Oatmeal Enthusiast, and I’m so happy she accepted.

Wow, I cannot even begin how exciting it is to be the Oatmeal Enthusiast of August! I was beyond ecstatic since I comment on Lauren’s posts regularly and cannot get enough of her amazing concoctions. I tend to put the most effort into breakfast since it is my favorite meal of the day as well!

My name is Cassie, otherwise @superfitbabe on Instagram, Twitter and Tumblr, and I am an 18 year-old health and fitness blogger, foodie and traveler who loves trying new things. Oatmeal tends to be an exception since I frequently go back to making it, but I always discover creative recipes—including my favorite banana PB&J oatmeal and banana chocolate chip oatcakes from Lauren’s blog!

Growing up, my mother usually made my oatmeal for me. My first favorite oatmeal was the “Magicolor Cinnamon Crunch” Quaker instant oatmeal I had every day for breakfast before I would leave for preschool. I slowly grew out of rainbow sprinkles and grew to love cold cereal, especially the most popular kid brands such as Frosted Flakes and Lucky Charms.* It stayed that way for a long time until eighth grade when I saw I needed to make healthier choices and switched to whole wheat bran flakes and fruity granola. The problem with cold cereal was that I was never full after one serving and would end up eating more than seven bowls in one sitting!

*TOA: I can’t help but interject that these were my favorites, too!

Eventually I researched that oatmeal was the main alternative to cold cereal and asked my mother to buy me my first large canister of rolled oats—yes, none of that pre-packaged instant oatmeal stuff! Later as I became more expertise in making oatmeal, I found amazing recipes and add-ins that thicken and volumize my oats—my favorites became egg whites, coconut flour and vegan protein powder!

I’ve been hooked on oatmeal ever since developing a healthy lifestyle and relationship with food—it’s so hard to get bored! If you don’t believe me, hopefully you’ll find so otherwise when you take a look at my week of oatmeal eats below!

Sunday: Salted Caramel-Glazed Oatmeal

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I decided to use one and a half spoonfuls of coconut flour as my main oatmeal thickener. After sprinkling some cinnamon on the oats, I topped it with a golden plum, a strawberry, raspberry, some Evoke Healthy Foods Athletic Fuel muesli (with pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, cashews, almonds, and raisins), Nature’s Path Qi’a chia cranberry buckwheat cereal, and a healthy salted caramel glaze topping I made by stirring some Quest Salted Caramel protein powder with a few splashes of water. I loved the sweetness of the glaze and the fluffiness of the oats—it was basically eating a giant cinnamon bun with a bunch of my favorite toppings! Continue reading


Lemon Baked Oatmeal with Raspberry Filling

As I announced on Wednesday’s guest post, Monica from MyPinkRecipeBook.com and I are currently engaging in a recipe swap as we embark on our individual summer traveling. Make sure you check out those Four-Ingredient Fudgy Oat Bars! They’re no-bake!

Lemon Baked Oatmeal with Raspberry Filling #oatmealartist

For my contribution to our recipe swap, I made this baked oatmeal inspired by layer cakes. The baked oatmeal is lemon-flavored, and it’s brought together in the center by sweet and simple raspberry jam. As always, this recipe is vegan, sweetened by fruit (except for the jam), and uses simple pantry ingredients. Continue reading


Four-Ingredient Fudgy Oat Bars [Guest Post]

You may remember Monica from her guest post a few weeks ago, Strawberry and Chamomile Steel-Cut Oatmeal. We realized we were doing our summer traveling around the same time and decided to help each other out by doing some recipe swaps. By the time this post is published, I will be flying to Seattle. In the meantime, enjoy this delightful recipe by Monica!

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Hello Oatmeal Artist Readers! It’s Monica from My Pink Recipe Book posting again and I am very excited to be sharing another recipe with all of you. This one features oatmeal in bar-form rather than my previous seasonal steel cut oatmeal recipe, and it is a little more on the treat-side of breakfast dishes, but still better than run-of-the-mill granola bars. Continue reading


Grilled Pineapple & Dark Chocolate Oatmeal

I have been wanting to grill more fruit ever since I made my Grilled Peach Steel-Cut Oatmeal a couple summers ago. Since I spent several days with my parents in Minnesota, I took full advantage of their grill and made this recipe.

Grilled Pineapple and Dark Chocolate Oatmeal by The Oatmeal Artist

One of my biggest flaws is impatience. These pineapples should have deeper, darker, more beautiful grill marks, but I was like “OH COOL THEY HAVE SOME LINES ON THEM SO THEY ARE OBVIOUSLY DONE.” Either way, the result was delicious. If you are more patient than I am, you can probably make this even better, if that’s possible.
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Oatmeal Recipes for Coconut Lovers! (2.0)

My last coconut round-up was in 2013, and considering coconut has become one of my favorite flavors and toppings, this is a travesty! I am here to remedy that need with a brand new round-up, featuring coconut-based recipes from the past two years, as well as some of the classics that appeared in the original post.

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Here are the top 10 recipes for lovers of all things COCONUT!

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Coconut-Kiwi Overnight Oatmeal Parfait with Lemon Curd

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Alright, so I had this super idea for an oatmeal regarding my beloved Pseudo Vegan Lemon Curd. It would have been perfect, but my uncharacteristic carelessness came back to haunt me. See, to make a solid pseudo curd, you need Greek-style yogurt. The store I was in didn’t have that, so I said, “F*** it,” and bought regular SoDelicious coconut yogurt. Continue reading


Strawberry Applesauce Oatmeal

The title of this recipe is slightly misleading as there is no applesauce present. I did not buy packaged strawberry applesauce, nor did I make my own. However, by cooking the apples and strawberries together with the oats, the fruits each break down and replicate the texture and flavor of strawberry applesauce naturally!

Strawberry Applesauce Oatmeal by The Oatmeal Artist #vegan

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An Open Letter to My Readers with EDs

I do not believe this requires a trigger warning, but use your discretion. Fellas, I wrote this specifically from the female perspective, but some of this might relate to you as well.
 

Dear valued, worthy individuals,

Let’s start with the obvious. I empathize with your struggle; I have more body image issues than literally anyone I know. I am here to tell you you are super. I bet you have killer hobbies like winning ping pong leagues or jamming out on a cello. I bet you’ve taken the leap and dyed your hair fluorescent pink or something spunky like that. I bet you have hundreds of people in your school, work, or following you on Instagram that envy how inspiring, cool, or brilliant you are, and you don’t even realize it. Continue reading


Coconut Latte Overnight Oatmeal + The Best Espresso in NYC

There is a recipe in this post. I promise. To read about my year of drinking an absurd amount of espresso, read on. To skip to the recipe, scroll away, my friends.

Coconut Latte Overnight Oatmeal

2014 was the year of the bagel. For 2015, Allison and I set out on a different adventure: visit the best coffee shop in 30 NYC neighborhoods according to Thrillest.

(Of course, we weren’t completely pleased with their choices, as some incredible shops were noticeably absent, and there were THREE shops in Midtown . . . but we attacked the list regardless.)

Allison likes to switch up her order–ranging from iced lattes to cortados to cold brews. I stick to the same order every time: espresso. Call me hardcore, but I love the hit of a well-done espresso. I like being able to truly taste the quality of the shop’s roasting. Some espresso is too bitter and harsh and needs a bit of simple syrup (or honey because I’m “one of those vegans”–go ahead and berate me in the comments; I can handle your lambasting), while others are strong but mellow, perfectly sippable on their own.

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Typical: Allison’s cortado, my espresso

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Spiced Peach & Dragon Fruit Oatmeal

Dragon fruit! Cross this one off my list of fruits I’ve never tried. I decided recently I wanted to buy one after seeing Dani and Sophie posting pictures of them on Instagram all the time.

Spiced Peach and Dragon Fruit Oatmeal by The Oatmeal Artist #vegan

I’m unfortunately going through “empty out the fridge!!!” mode again; it seems like I was doing that just a couple weeks ago. (Because I was.) Before, it was because of my move to Brooklyn. Now it’s because of my trip(s) to Minnesota, Seattle, and Vancouver. To those of you who follow me on Instagram, be prepared for excessive photos. Traveling makes me camera happy.

Anyway, I wasn’t sure what to pair the dragon fruit with. I didn’t even know what it tasted like! Not wanting to purchase more produce, I considered the options that were already available in my (UNREASONABLY SMALL) Brooklyn fridge: apples, grapefruit, banana, and peaches.

If you don’t know which one I chose, you should probably go back and read the title of the post.
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