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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…)


German Chocolate Cake Batter Oatmeal

On my 23rd birthday, I showed you how to make this coconut-pecan butter, so it’s only fitting that I brought this rich, cozy topping back for my 27th birthday post, right?

Today’s recipe is really a stovetop version of my German Chocolate Cake Baked Oatmeal, which I made half a decade ago. It’s really just a chocolate oatmeal made memorable by the coconut-pecan topping. Since it’s a cake batter, it’s perfect for celebrating birthdays. 🙂
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Cheater Funfetti Baked Oatmeal [Product Review: You Fresh Naturals]

Funfetti baked oatmeal with four ingredients + salt?? Yeah, you read that correctly. Four ingredients. Do you know how rare it is to have a baked oatmeal meet the sole criterion for the “5 ingredients or less” tag? Very. Very rare.

This rarity is made possible through the use of a nut butter. I made this recipe with You Fresh Naturals “Birthday Cake” Cashew-Coconut Butter. Because the nut butter is already sweetened and flavored to the max, it lends itself quite easily to a “5 ingredients or less” recipe. It pretty much does all the work.
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Brownie Baked Oatmeal – Big Batch!

I always promise people to publish more “big batch” versions of baked oatmeal, but I rarely get around to it. Well, I got around to it.

The benefit of an entire 8×8 pan of Brownie Baked Oatmeal is that it is a definite crowd-pleaser. Who wouldn’t want to eat oatmeal if it tasted like a brownie? If you find yourself needing to make breakfast for a group of friends or your family, this one is a safe bet. (more…)


Oatmeal Recipes for Christmas – 2016 Edition!

Every year I assemble my most Christmassy recipes in one post. I would have liked it to be inclusive of other winter holidays, but alas, I have no expertise in Jewish cuisine (although I did rock that tzimmes recipe for Passover).

Broooooooklyn 💖✨

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This year welcomed many new additions to the Christmas-themed lineup, many in the form of PB2 toppings! But this roundup also includes old favorites because peanut butter blossom cookies will never go out of style. (more…)


Gingerbread PB2

I’m back. My favorite writer and thinker Charles Blow told me to buck up, so I did. More on my break below.

First, let’s discuss this Gingerbread PB2. You have no idea how long I’ve wanted to post this. But Gingerbread is so distinctly “Christmas” that I forced myself to wait until December to share it. IT’S DECEMBER so here we go.

While my Gingerbread Oatmeal is aggressively spiced, I went for a more mild flavor in this one. That makes this PB2 more versatile so it can be used on a variety of porridge flavors. I put mine atop a simple banana and cinnamon oatmeal. (more…)


Red Bean Paste and Matcha Overnight Oatmeal Parfait

I bought a huge can of red bean paste, so of course I have multiple red bean paste recipes for you now! If you’re unfamiliar with this ingredient native to Japan, I recommend reading this post for more info.

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Unlike the linked recipe above, which blends the red bean paste into the oats, this recipe layers the paste into a parfait with Matcha Yogurt Overnight Zoats. This combination seemed obvious, given how often these two flavors (matcha + red bean paste) are combined in various desserts. (more…)


Muddy Buddies Oatmeal

Or Puppy Chow Oatmeal. Or Monkey Munch Oatmeal. My family called it puppy chow, but I think it’s more widely known as muddy buddies, so that’s what I’ll name it.

Muddy Buddies Oatmeal by the Oatmeal Artist #Vegan

Whatever you know it as, it’s the same thing: a “Chex”-type cereal coated in peanut butter and melted chocolate, and then tossed in powdered sugar. How did I turn this into “healthy” oatmeal? I didn’t. I tried, and it didn’t work. This is one of those go-for-it-or-pick-a-different-recipe kind of posts. (more…)


German Chocolate Cake Oatmeal Bites

I love, love my German Chocolate Cake Baked Oatmeal and its sister pancake recipe, but I never, ever make them. Making that coconut-pecan butter, no matter how mind-boggling delicious it is, is a pain and a half.

You can’t make just a single-serving because no food processor can grind that few nuts down to a paste. You need quite a bit of pecans to fill the food processor, or it will just turn into dust and sit at the bottom of the machine while the blades whir uselessly above it. Every time I want to make it, I think about having to buy (and immediately go through) an entire bag of pecans (💰💰💰) and a bunch of coconut, and the whole idea turns me off.

German Chocolate Cake Oatmeal Bites

That’s why I’m extra excited about this recipe. These little energy bites capture the flavors of my german chocolate recipes with a quarter of the hassle and an eighth of the pecans, although you still have to get out the food processor. 😋

(And by the way, the original cake recipe has nothing to do with Germany; it was created by someone whose last name was German.) (more…)


Raspberry Cheesecake Brownie Baked Oatmeal

I’ve been waiting months to make this. I would have done it sooner–I even bought the cream cheese!–but I was waiting for raspberries to be more affordable. Even at Trader Joe’s, they’ve been around $5, and I was not willing to fork over the money for that.

But we must really be in reach of summer because raspberries are finally under the $4 mark!

Raspberry Cheesecake Brownie Baked Oatmeal

Have you ever had a brownie swirled with cream cheese and raspberries? I have. Have you ever had a vegan one? I have. Let’s be honest: there is something totally satisfying about a plain, simple brownie (especially if it’s dense and fudgy, and not cakey, but that’s a personal preference ). But Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies are one of the few that I find even more satisfying than an original.

Good news: this baked oatmeal perfectly captures that.

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