Banana PB&J Oatmeal

Well, this is awkward. Did you know this is the recipe I make more than any others? The other day, I was gearing up to make it (like always), and then I remembered that I didn’t have any attractive pictures of it. I decided that I would change that. I snapped the pictures, edited them, and searched for the blog post to change them.

Banana PB&J Oatmeal - The Oatmeal Artist

The thing is, that post didn’t really exist. For its entire life, Banana PB&J Oatmeal has lived simply on a list of variations of Peanut Butter Oatmeal. How could I have subjected it to such a life?!

Banana PB&J Oatmeal by Oatmeal Artist

Instead of adding the pictures to that post, I decided to call it up on stage and give it the spotlight it deserves. This way, I will be able to link to the recipe every time I talk about it. Yippee!

Banana PB&J Oatmeal

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: serves 1

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk of choice, or water
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
  • 1 ripe or overripe banana
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1-2 tbsp of peanut butter*
  • 1 tbsp jam*

Instructions

  1. Bring milk (I use an equal mixture of almond milk and water) to a boil, add oats, and reduce heat to medium. (If you’d like to add flax or chia seeds, do so now. I recommend flax.)
  2. Mash up banana and add to the oatmeal. Stir.
  3. Once more of the liquid has dissolved, add vanilla extract, a tiny pinch of salt, and cinnamon. Stir.
  4. When you’re pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Swirl or stir in jam (I like to leave in globs or strips of jam instead of stirring it in completely). Top with peanut butter.
  5. Add another splash of your milk of choice and any other additional toppings (shredded coconut, nuts, etc.).

Notes

*I often use PB2. *I prefer grape, but any flavor will work.

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The Brownie Collection

Sometimes, I post a recipe and am amazed at the amount of hits it acquires in just its first couple of days. One recipe that consistently accomplishes this is my brownie recipe. I’ve done many variations, and nearly all of them became an instant sensation, racking up more Facebook likes than other others.

It makes sense; people love brownies, but these brownies are ten times healthier than your typical fudgy dessert. It’s basically a win-win.

Although I’m certain there are more to come, here is my brownie collection for your dining pleasures, ranked in order of my favorite. :)

7. Cranberry Brownie Baked Oatmeal

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Since one of them had to take the “least favorite” spot, I chose this one. I love experimenting with cranberries in recipes, but I must admit they’re not my favorite. Regardless, the tartness of the cranberries (which I like when I’m in the mood for it) is a unique twist to the typical brownie. Continue reading


Peppermint Brownie Baked Oatmeal

This recipe is SO happy to meet you. I wanted to make it LAST December, but I dropped the ball. I wanted to make it all year, but I knew everyone would appreciate it the most if I delivered it during the holidays.

Peppermint Brownie Baked Oatmeal by Oatmeal Artist

Mint + chocolate is my favorite flavor combination. Most people would guess chocolate + peanut butter, but I’m a little pickier about that. It depends on the type of chocolate, the type of peanut butter, etc. However, mint + chocolate? Yes. Always. Every time.
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Cinnamon Raisin Baked Oatmeal with Raisin-Walnut Cream Cheese

This post is all about bagels. And oatmeal.

Cinnamon-Raisin Baked Oatmeal with Raisin-Walnut Tofu Cream Cheese from The Oatmeal Artist

But mostly bagels.

One year ago, Allison and I set out on a challenge: to try the top bagel shops in New York City. We found a list of the top 16 bagel shops and vowed to try each of them before the year was over. (Sixteen places may not sound like a lot to do in one year, but if you’ve seen a NY-style bagel before, you’ll know that it’s a rather gluttonous experience to be enjoyed in moderation…) Continue reading


Chai Coconut Zucchini Oatmeal

Zucchini is great. You can do so much with it!

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You know what I love? The combination of coconut and masala chai spices.

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Oatmeal Enthusiasts: Meet Kia!

It’s December. Hooray! I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving weekend and is ready to dive in headfirst to the holiday season, no matter what you and your family celebrate. For December, I found Kia, also known as @nuts_for_energy. She caught my eye months ago with her lovely aerial photos and glorious globs of nut butters. I couldn’t wait to read her story and see her week of (super nutty) oatmeal!

Hello Fellow Oatmeal Lovers!

My name is Kia. Well my full name is Kiarra but I get called Kia by everyone as it is easy to say and pronounce. I am currently in my final few weeks of year 11 at a private school in Australia. My day to day life consists of my desire to being healthy, fit and the best I can be.  I train 6 days a week and some of those days I train twice; as I am a distance runner; who runs both road, cross country and athletics. But my day cannot be complete with of cause eating huge bowls of delicious oatmeal!

Well I am sorry but I will have to go quite deep to explain how I discovered oatmeal and what I think about health and nutrition.

My Story

In this world, sport to most is a way of life; everyone has self-desires and goals that they hope to achieve. Sport is like that to me and I have always wanted to strive and improve my ability in anyway necessary. My desire was to improve my fitness, strength and health. So even though I played a lot of netball I increased my exercise. I also began only to eat healthy foods. I thought I was on the right track but I was terribly wrong.

The internet has the strongest influence on people especially teenagers; if you ask anything about health, it links everything to weight loss for adults. I didn’t realize this so I did what the media said to do. I began to completely over exercise, having no rest.  My food took a dramatic change as my calorie intake was too low as I cut out junk food. But then I started cutting my meals as well and would never tough sugar or fats, even though I know fats are an important nutrient for the body.

I was constantly stressed about what I ate, how much I ate, if I missed a workout etc. This developed a dishearting relationship with my family. I was always yelling and screaming at them, especially if I miss out on my run or I ate something I didn’t like. My brothers got scared, I didn’t want to see my friends on the holidays and my mum and dada couldn’t trust me anymore. At dinner, I would hide my food or feed it to the dogs so my mum wouldn’t see it or I lied about what exercise I did, as I would sneakily exercise so that no one would know.

Though I didn’t realise how much I affected everyone. My brother’s friends, my friends, mum and dad’s friends and people we barely knew would ask if I were ok because I looked sick. This made me angry because I was supposed to look fit and healthy. My mum got annoyed as everyone would tell her to find me help because I looked sick, which she had. This lead too many fights and many tears, even from my dad and family friends.

It went too far, I was sent to the paediatricians as my weight was too low and I had also lost it too fast. I lost myself, this lead me to develop the eating disorder of Anorexia and an obsession with exercise, getting me involved with frequent visits to the doctors for blood test as I was malnourished and appointments to a psychologist for my mental health. My food was increased and my exercise decreased to gain weight. But the thought of gaining weight was too much; I continued to lose weight as my mind wasn’t right. Slowly after seeing the psychologist I began to realize what I was doing to my body. I was always tired and it started to take effect on my sport. Soon I began to eat just enough to maintain my weight. Though school came and I was so scared of what people would think of me. So I lost even more weight as I was self-conscious of how much I ate compared to others and some comments really got to me. Though my friends were really concerned about me, I had the thoughts that they would judge me and when I told them what happened they cried with me. I told myself I had to concur this, because it was destroying not just my life but everyone around me. I had also lots what it means to be healthy and happy.

So I turned myself around focused on my running which was my saver and I then discovered Oatmeal!

It was a nutrient packed breakfast with combinations that are endless; it made me look forward to food! It helped fuel and recover me from my runs and satisfied my tastebuds! And now I can’t live without it!

I recovered halfway through 2013.

I constantly think of oatmeal, I am always dying to wait for breakfast in the morning but sometimes I might even have it for lunch! It is the best when you spoon Nut Butter on it!

I make my oatmeal with the base recipe of; ¾ cup of rolled oats, 1 cup of water, dash of cinnamon, 1 egg white,1/8 cup of milk (stir in at the end), ½- 1 mashed banana. I cook the oats with the water and cinnamon first then add in the mashed banana and milk. Then I add anything else of desire. For example, vanilla, pumpkin or sweet potato puree, fruit, dried fruit, nuts, nut butter, coconut, maple syrup, honey, coffee, Questbar, cocoa/cacao powder, maca etc. and I always top my oatmeal with a spoon of one of my nut butters (nut butter addict) and more of the foods listed.

I also love overnight/refrigerator oats, baked oats and oatcakes!! Oatmeal is too good! Well that’s me and my love for oatmeal so here is my week of my Oatmeal recipes. I picked some of my favourite recipes, so I hope you enjoy.

Monday: Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal

 monday

Most people hate Mondays but I love them! Because it is my chance to start a new fresh week and look to the present and future and forget the past. So I woke up ate half and Questbar and banana and went to swimming for my cross-training session. I got home and hungrily made this delicious bowl and Oats! The tastebuds, stomach and muscles were satisfied with my favourite bowl of Oatmeal which is Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal. This flavour combination is mouth-watering and never gets old.  The banana and peanut butter mixed throughout the oatmeal, turns it into a creamy heavenly concoction! I topped it withmore sliced banana, granola, the other half of my White Chocolate Raspberry Questbar and Justin’s Honey Peanut Butter. Both melted into perfection on top of my oats. It was double peanut butter goodness!

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Pumpkin Cranberry Thyme Oatmeal

Who has Thanksgiving leftovers?

Not I. :) But if you do, I have a recipe for you to try!

Pumpkin Cranberry Thyme Oatmeal by The Oatmeal Artist

As you know, I’m a sucker for thyme. I basically took my Pumpkin, Apple, & Cranberry Oatmeal and made it ~super classy~ by adding thyme. (This recipe does not include apples, but you could obviously add that if you want.)

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Persimmon Coconut Steel-Cut Oatmeal

I HAD MY FIRST PERSIMMON.

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Many readers have suggested using persimmon in oatmeal. However, I was completely overwhelmed at the idea. How would I possibly create a recipe using a fruit I had barely even heard of, and had definitely never tried?

One day, Allison brought a persimmon into work. Seeing her eat her first persimmon–the deep look of curiosity on her face as she sliced through and bit into its tangerine-colored flesh–made me want to try one as well.

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10 Recipes for Espresso Lovers

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Tomorrow, November 23rd, is National Espresso Day in the United States. As I type this, I’m sitting in my favorite <3 coffee shop, sipping espresso made for me by “my boys.”

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This shop has a small staff, but each of them knows my order by heart. These particular boys work every Saturday morning, so I see them frequently. When I walk in the door, they say, “Double shot espresso for here?” And then they remember to give me my 15% teacher discount without me having to say anything or show my teacher ID. And then they play a wonderful playlist consisting of ample doses of John Mayer, the Script, and all my favorites. I love my boys. Continue reading

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White Chocolate Cranberry Baked Oatmeal

Well, here it is: my first Christmas-themed recipe of the season. I bought more vegan white chocolate chips just for this. Unfortunately, they come in packs of 4 on Amazon, which means I irresponsibly devoured two of the bags by the handful already . I vow to use the rest for oatmeal only. :)

White Chocolate Cranberry Baked Oatmeal by The Oatmeal Artist

I recently bought some fresh cranberries from the Union Square Greenmarket (seriously, is there anything that place doesn’t have?).

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