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Fudgy PB&J Oatmeal

You can probably imagine how this recipe was born.

Yep: I wanted chocolate oatmeal, but I also wanted PB&J oatmeal.

For a long time, I thought these recipes had to exist separately. But one morning, while feeling particularly stubborn about wanting BOTH recipes, I just tried it. It worked.

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Chocolate Campfire Oatmeal with Graham Crackers

Okay, the title might give it away: This is S’mores Oatmeal 2.0. The original version was great, but I wanted to take another stab at it. It’s not often I have vegan marshmallows in my kitchen (by ‘not often,’ I mean ‘pretty much never’), so I wanted to create a s’mores-themed porridge that could be done with no marshmallows at all.

I know, I’m a rebel.

You might think, “How could you create s’mores without marshmallows?” Or worse, “I don’t want s’mores without marshmallows!”

However, I promise you, this oatmeal is actually better than my original s’mores recipe, in my opinion. I can’t explain it, but I found this one way more enjoyable. (more…)


Cheater Banana Oatmeal Pancakes for One

My boyfriend used to live in Seattle. I used to have to fly six hours across the country to see him. It sucked.

Thankfully, that’s not the case anymore. But while he was there, I would often cook breakfast for us–it is my specialty, after all. While he liked my banana oatmeal just fine, he (for some strange reason) wanted me to switch it up occasionally. (I know, I don’t understand that, either.)

I have found that–in terms of breakfast–pancakes are a great common ground for vegans and omnivores. They are easy to veganize, and often in a way that the omnivore can’t tell, as long as you are not simultaneously healthifying them. (more…)


Chocolate Banana Swirl Oatmeal

When I came up with the idea for this Saturday’s “This Week in Oatmeal” theme (which is Black & White), I instinctively starting dreaming up my own ideas. Since I happened to be out of the obvious black and white toppings (Oreos, white chocolate chips, coconut butter), this recipe seemed like my best option.

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Oatmeal Packet Pancakes [Guest Post]

In case you missed it, I am taking a mini-break to get my life together. Major love to Christina (and Kelsey) for volunteering to share some recipes with everyone this week. 

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Hello again!  For those of you who don’t ‘know’ me (at least virtually), my name is Christina and I was the Oatmeal Enthusiast in May and December 2015.  Lauren’s blog has brought me so much joy and inspiration that when I saw she would be taking a break, I wanted to pay it forward with guest recipes.    

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Like many of you, my first experience with oatmeal was with the Quaker Instant Oatmeal packets.  After I started making my own oatmeal, I gradually – but not entirely – stopped buying those packets.  Whenever I see a new and interesting flavor, I can’t help but buy a box.   (more…)


Weekend Musings: Banana Nice Cream

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Matcha Yogurt and Fudgy Overnight Oats Parfait

Now that I’ve experimented with matcha powder a few times in my oats, I have established a few rules:

  1. It has to be an overnight recipe, or at least some type of recipe that will allow it to “rest” before being eaten. In my experience, adding matcha to stovetop oats and eating it right away always results in bitter and excessively earthy flavors.
  2. It has to be combined with ingredients that will cut that bitterness. I thought citrus would do this, but it seems that yogurt, cashew cream, and banana do a better job of this. This became especially true when I tried a grapefruit-matcha drink after my 5K last weekend. (Ew, ew, ew.)
  3. Don’t skimp on sweetener. No matter how much you think you like bitter things.

With these rules in mind, here is my latest take on matcha.

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Cherry Nana Oatmeal with Chocolate Nut Butter

Truthfully, the base of this oatmeal is good enough on its own, and it can be made with just a handful of ingredients. However, given my fundamental need to have nut butter in my stomach on a daily basis, I added the chocolate nut butter. I have no regrets. Obviously, Dark Chocolate Dreams or Nutella or my Faux-reo Cookie PB2 would work great, but I had almond butter on hand, so that’s what I used.

You can make any (nonflavored) nut butter chocolatey by following the instructions from my Mango & Chocolate PB Oatmeal.

Cherry Nana Oatmeal with Chocolate Nut Butter by the #OatmealArtist #Vegan

I never expected cherries and bananas to complement each other so well, but they really do. The sweetness from the bananas brings out the flavor of the cherries, and that cherry infusion adds enough wow-factor that no cinnamon is necessary–and I rarely make a banana oatmeal with just fruit and vanilla extract! (more…)


Raspberry Almond Butter Oat Smoothie

Yes, I know. I’m all about raspberries right now. I guess you could say I’ve been compiling a list of raspberry ideas, and now that they’re finally affordable, I’m blazing through all of them.

Raspberry Almond Butter Oatmeal Smoothie #vegan

I’m also trying hard to get back into smoothies. Now that it’s too hot in New York for my hot chocolate (it suddenly jumped to 90 degrees last week), I have had to find an alternative snack. I keep going through my frozen banana supply too fast making nice cream, so now I’ve ventured into other fruits. And just like that, I’m back into making smoothies. (more…)


Banana Caramel Walnut Oatmeal

I actually made this recipe once before, but with pecans. It didn’t get posted. You know why it didn’t get posted? Because my cat jumped on top of the table and knocked down all my props for the photoshoot, as well as the oatmeal itself, shattering the mason jar and spilling gooey oatmeal all over the floor. #ThanksTipsy

Banana Caramel Walnut Oatmeal #OatmealArtist #vegan

I guess I was super bitter about it because I had no desire to remake it and do it all over again. Until now! (more…)