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Oatmeal Enthusiasts: Meet…Me!

I never planned on doing this myself. It was always intended to be for guest posts. But when my featured poster had to back out, I didn’t want to throw the assignment on anyone else last minute (it can be a somewhat extensive project to just take on out of nowhere). So here I am.

You can read all about me elsewhere on the site (and, like, on every post), so what else is there to say about me? 🙂 So here are five facts about me:

(1) I love hip hop. I may dress like a 50s housewife, but I can spit every word to a variety of J. Cole, Kendrick, and Drake songs.

(2) I am the youngest of three kids. My parents recently celebrated their 32nd anniversary.

(3) I hate garlic and onion. Obviously I still eat them because food tastes pretty flavorless without it, but I generally reduce the amount from the recipe to a fifth of what they call for. The concept of “40-cloves-of-garlic chicken” that I see on Pinterest all the time is abhorrent to me, and not just because of the chicken.

(4) I set an alarm for 5:30 am every day (even weekends) because I just love mornings.

(5) I was involved in just about everything in high school, which is common in small towns: volleyball, basketball (until 9th grade), softball (until 11th grade), wrestling cheerleading (until 11th grade), football cheerleading, theater, choir, band (alto saxophone), Business Professionals of America, knowledge bowl (9th grade only). I hated most of them except theater, choir, and BPA. 🙂

^^ baby high school Lauren

Now, here is what a week of oatmeal looks like for the Oatmeal Artist herself!

Wednesday: Banana Oatmeal with Almond Butter & Grape Jelly

It’s basically Banana PB&J Oatmeal, but with almond butter. My favorite is the salted crunchy AB from Trader Joe’s. This is a pretty standard choice for me, especially when I’m at my parents’ house (which I was for Christmas).

Thursday: Brownie Batter Oatmeal + toppings

Brownie Batter Oatmeal is another classic. (I would have loved to have Cardamom Fudge but my mom doesn’t have cardamom. 🙁 ) Blackberries were on sale! I also enjoyed the wide range of baking ingredients my mom has on hand, like the walnuts and coconut.

Friday: Banana Oatmeal with Almond Butter and Blackberries

Today I babysat my nephew, Graham, so I made us a simple Banana Oatmeal and topped his with blackberries and bananas (he loves berries), and I added almond butter to mine. I was afraid to give nut butter to a toddler. Nut allergies scare me. 😛

Saturday (Christmas Eve!) – Almond Joy Oatmeal

Since I have almond butter, the original Almond Joy Oatmeal seemed like a natural choice. Plus, my mom has sweetened shredded coconut. I definitely prefer the unsweetened kind (better texture, and it’s toastable), but it’s always a fun change to have it sweetened sometimes. Kind of like how regular Oreos are the best, but every now and then it’s fun to have a peanut butter Oreo. Stuff like that. 😉

Sunday (Christmas Day)

Despite my grand ideas for my Christmas Day oatmeal, I ended up being dreadfully sick and couldn’t even keep a single grape down (believe me, I tried). So no oatmeal was had. 🙁

Monday – Grape & Rosemary Oatmeal

This is a combination of Grape & Rosemary Oatmeal and Grape & Walnut Oatmeal, with a bonus of a little almond butter. I was still a little queasy Monday morning so that little teaspoon of richness was about all I could handle. I chose to make this because I rarely buy grapes (is it just me, or do they cost a billion dollars?), but my mom always has them on hand. We also had rosemary for our holiday baking, so I used the opportunity to make this recipe again.

Tuesday – Mocha Berry Blackout Oatmeal

It’s basically Berry Blackout Oatmeal with a Mocha Brownie Batter base. I used coffee extract instead of coffee granules for the first time, and I must say, I’m not a fan. It tastes a bit like a bad cold brew. I shall stick to the instant granules! The oatmeal is topped with dried cranberries, the last of my blackberries, and some chopped unsweetened baking chocolate (like the 100% cacao stuff). My mom will not be thrilled when she opens up that package and sees that sliver missing. 😇

The next day, I had Rosemary Brownie Batter Oatmeal. I wish I could have taken a photo but I got up really early (to get back on my usual sleep schedule) and it was still pitch black out.

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Oatmeal Enthusiasts: Meet Jade!

Happy December! I know I’ve been MIA for so long now but I’m ready to get back in the kitchen. Thank you for your patience. In the mean time, I am pleased to introduce you to Jade, who has consistently been a part of the #oatmealartist community on Instagram. I frequently see people come and go, so it is astonishing for me to see those of you who have been following my blog for actual years. Jade is one of those followers, and their story makes me a little emotional. 🙂

Hello everyone! My name is Jade and I am honored to be this month’s Oatmeal Enthusiast! I am a 20 year old college student on leave until January, so I’ve been using my time off to take advantage of the brand new kitchen in my parents’ house! I live in the Bay Area and am currently working for Whole Foods, and I’m very aware of how spoiled that makes me when it comes to produce. I go to college in Chicago, which is not exactly my favorite place for food, especially being vegetarian, so I’m very happy to be the Oatmeal Enthusiast while at home.

Do you want to hear how oatmeal saved my life? I used to eat oatmeal on occasion growing up, but always the same kind of thing – raisins, walnuts, brown sugar – not that it was bad, but it got boring. I rediscovered it when I found this blog in May of 2014, whilst sitting in the hospital bed I was confined to during my first eating disorder hospitalization. I must have read the entire blog while there – I’d never thought of making oatmeal the way Lauren made it! Cooking it on the stovetop? With milk? Absurd! The morning after I was discharged, I made Lauren’s Almond Joy Oatmeal, and I was entranced. Since then I’ve eaten oatmeal almost every single morning, and it’s remained my constant through the ups and downs of my eating disorder. Even on my worst days, oatmeal usually felt safe enough for me to eat, and I was able to give my body a small amount of food to survive on. But now that I’ve mostly recovered, I’m able to truly enjoy oatmeal and all of the creative ways to make it!

I talk a lot about my eating disorder on my instagram, but I’m just going to leave it at that for now because I want to move on to sharing my week’s oatmeal creations!

Sunday:

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To start off the week, I made Lauren’s Fudgy Banana & Peanut Butter oatmeal, which I probably make at least once a week. [TOA: Same 😉 ] (more…)


Oatmeal Enthusiasts: Meet Lauren!

No, not me. Another Lauren. 🙂 Although we do have much in common: we’re both 26, love oatmeal, and studied English and literature in college! Read her story below, and follow her on Instagram!

Hello everyone! 

First of all, I would like to say thank you to my namesake Lauren for allowing me to share my oatmeal creations on her website. I have followed her website for years now and she keeps amazing me with her wonderful and original oatmeal recipes.

As I mentioned, my name is Lauren. I am 26 years old and I live together with my boyfriend in Antwerp, Belgium. It is a wonderful city! If you ever go there let me know and I will give you some great recommendations. 😉

I studied English in combination with Theater, Film and Literature Studies at the University of Antwerp. Now I am working as an Operational Assistant for an Italian company, which repairs ships. Furthermore, I like spinning, walking, having fun with my girlfriends and my cutie pie beagle Billy. I have an Instagram account with many oatmeal recipes, but also delicious vegetarian and vegan dishes. Feel free to check it out!

My oatmeal journey started in my second year of University, when I decided to start a healthier life style. I had tried oatmeal before, without any toppings or additions at a hotel, and I thought it tasted bland. Years later, after reading so many great things, I decided that I had to try it again. I discovered that you can make your oatmeal taste like a delicious treat.

For a couple of years, I almost always had the same bowl of quick oats with almond or soy milk, a bit of cacao powder, and berries. Later, I discovered Lauren’s website and found so much inspiration. I can really look forward to my bowl of oatmeal the evening before. 

I have been a vegetarian (by my own choice) since I was 6 years old, and all of my oatmeal recipes are vegan. I always use plant-based milk and yogurt, because I have a slight allergy to milk products. [TOA: Oh, look, another thing the Laurens have in common!]

Now let’s take a look at my weekly overview of oatmeal. Please note that I make all of my oatmeal in the microwave or in the form of overnight oats, because I do not have the patience and/or time in the morning to cook my oatmeal on the stovetop. I use the fruit that I have at hand at that moment, but feel free to use different types of fruit as your topping when trying one of my recipes. Enjoy!

Monday – Golden Latte Oatmeal

mondayThis is my favorite creation, because I love turmeric. I try to use it as much as possible. I make these oats in the microwave with almond milk, turmeric powder, cinnamon and a dash of ground ginger. You can use agave or honey as a sweetener. I added half an apple on top. (more…)


Oatmeal Enthusiasts: Meet Dana!

If you’re a regular on Instagram and my #oatmealartist feed, you probably know Dana as the one with the mountain of toppings on her porridge. And I don’t simply mean “mountain” as “a lot.” I mean her toppings–like graham cracker ‘crumble’ or granola or yogurt–form a perfectly shaped mountain atop her oats. Now she is October’s Oatmeal Enthusiast! 

Before I get started, I wanted to take a moment to thank Lauren for contacting me and offering me an opportunity to share my oats with the world! My name is Dana, I live in New York City, and although my entire academic career has been strictly dedicated to literature and analysis, I have always – ever since I was a child – had a flair for all things creative. My artistic interests include everything from music and drawing to cooking and baking. I became a foodie in my first year or two of college and if anyone else reading this happens to be an NYC native, I’m sure you’ll agree that it can offer a plethora of eclectic culinary inspirations.

Although I love working with all different kinds of food, breakfast has always been my favorite meal of the day. In my opinion, it offers a wide range of creative liberty, from baked goods to skillet dishes, from sweet to savory, breakfast is just all around fun.

This brings me to my love of oatmeal. Now where do I begin? There are so many reasons to love oats, they are a delicious, easy to make and good for you but one of my favorite aspects of oats is that they are a canvas. You really can do almost anything with them. From warm and comforting to cool and creamy, oats have it all! Few foods provide the opportunity to  bring such a dessert-like decadence to meals that are healthy and nourishing for your body. Finally, and this certainly won’t be a surprise, because oatmeal is such a natural canvas, it is the perfect food to use to create seasonally inspired dishes, which is something that I think everyone will notice I tried to focus on for the month of October. I hope everyone enjoys the bowls I’ve prepared for this week!

MONDAY: APPLE CRUMB BOWL

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Cinnamon spiced oats, topped with caramelized apples and finished with a soft baked crumble and warm maple syrup. (more…)


Oatmeal Enthusiasts: Meet Kristy and Roxy!

Happy Labor Day, Americans! To everyone else, I hope your September is off to a great start. To anyone going back to school this month, I wish you well on your year. I start my last year of graduate school this week as well. 

This month’s Oatmeal Enthusiast is actually two Enthusiasts. They share a joint account on Instagram and post some gorgeous food shots regularly–check them out!


The first thing you should know about us is that we come as a pair. We are pretty much joined at the hip and we do everything together. Even when we started University we were just known as ‘Kirsty and Roxy’, with no one being able to distinguish who was who. The interesting thing is that we are actually polar opposites. I, Roxy, am short, loud, erratic and a dark, dark brunette. Kirsty, however, is tall, graceful, quiet and a dark blonde. We went through school, college and university together, even surviving a year in the jungle together. Kristy keeps me grounded and I like to think I make her laugh, although probably in exasperation over something stupid I have done.

Powerlifting and fitness is our latest joint venture. We have always cooked together and we have been working out together since we were in school but powerlifting was introduced to us by Kirsty’s boyfriend in university. It has lead us to kitchens that look like bomb-sites, questionable-tasting food, spicy-as-hell food and, on the most part, absolutely delicious food. We may slave away in the kitchen for hours but it is worth it for a plate of nutritious and glorious food. Contrary to what was said earlier, there is one thing that we do separately and that is breakfast. I am inherently lazy whereas Kirsty likes to sing with the dawn chorus. She rises early, I rise late, in time for brunch rather than breakfast.

We both appreciate the importance of a substantial and tasty breakfast. Especially with our training, it is vital to kick start the day with something that will keep the engines burning well into lunch time. And the holy grail answer to that question comes in the form of tiny, golden flakes of deliciousness. Oats. So versatile and filling. Now don’t judge, but it took a while for me to get on the bandwagon with oats. Kirsty is the porridge queen and never fails to make a perfect breakfast. Her signature is ‘zoats’ and will most definitely be featured later on. I, on the other hand, have to come from a different angle, jazzing things up so that I don’t miss out on the powerhouse that is oatmeal. Lauren’s recipes are the perfect kind of recipes for jazzed up oatmeal. We will definitely be trying the Mojito Overnight Oatmeal. Yummy.

We are ‘Kirsty and Roxy’ and we are honoured to be this month’s Oatmeal Enthusiasts. We hope we can share and inspire you to create some delicious recipes of your own.

Monday: Classic ‘Zoats’

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At first I was very hesitant to add courgette/zucchini to my oatmeal… But after my first try I was hooked! ‘Zoats’ are a great way to get in one of your five a day, and it also adds lots of volume and fibre to your breakfast. It is such a versatile recipe and any toppings would suit! This morning I went for frozen blackberries and raspberries, banana, mixed seeds, milled linseed and lotus biscoff spread. (more…)


Oatmeal Enthusiasts: Meet Tyler!

I’m pretty gosh darn excited to introduce August’s Oatmeal Enthusiast. I’ve admired @tylaaeats and her oatmeal for quite some time, but a few months ago, she took her bowls to the next level. First, there were pocky bowls. Then there were Oreos. Even donuts. Whaaaaat? And that gorgeous blue background. I just couldn’t get enough! Thankfully, she agreed to be the next Oatmeal Enthusiast and tell us her story.

For most of my life I’ve been overweight. Every doctor’s visit was the same: “Tyler, you’re at serious health risk. You need to start thinking about losing some weight…” Just like any 17 year old at the time, it went in one ear and out the other. I continued to eat whatever I wanted with no regards for the doctor’s warning. I was living a lifestyle with dangerous consequences. Looking at my life before the big change, I’ve realized the main reason I never showed signs of changing was being in a constant state of denial, lack of motivation and drive. At one point in my life my uncle graciously tried to help me lose a decent amount of weight by enrolling me in the YMCA tennis camp in Bethesda, MD. He even showed me what to eat and gave me good nutritional advice. But it still wasn’t enough for me to change. As soon as camp was over I reverted back to my old ways and gained all the hard work and effort back.  

Now fast-forward to my first year in community college. I was still eating like I was at 17 years old. Still in denial, I assumed since I could fit in my clothing I wasn’t gaining that much weight. After the first semester I truly hit rock bottom. I was placed on academic probation because I was solely focused on my new job and had my priorities all mixed up. My whole world was shattered. I never felt so low in my life. I just wanted to crawl in a corner and cry. This was the wakeup call I needed to change my life and get my priorities in line. I started to change all aspects of my life, including my eating habits. I began making small changes like omitting sugary drinks and soda, focusing on drinking more water. Also I started setting alarms so I was able to eat breakfast in the morning. It was during this time I came across Lauren’s website. I was completely astounded by oatmeal possibilities. The first oatmeal I ever made from her website was the Thin Mints Oatmeal. Then the rest was history.

Now let me properly introduce myself. My name is Tyler Campbell and I’m majoring in microbiology at Virginia Tech. I love oatmeal because it’s so versatile. It could be savory or–my favorite–sweet. But my favorite part is the toppings because it allows me to be whimsical and creative. I generally choose my toppings according to my oatmeal flavor. For example if I’m feeling in a birthday cake mood I’d generally top it with bananas or strawberries, a funfetti cookie or two, nutella or any chocolate spread I have on hand, sprinkles and my favorite soy chips. Now if going a more savory route my go-to savory oats is a play off of shrimp ‘n grits.

Sunday: Cookies & Cream

The key to great tasting oatmeal isn’t the oatmeal base or whether you used coconut milk instead of water. It’s the toppings. Today I’m enjoying a luscious cookies and cream themed oatmeal bowl. The base is made by either using a cookies ‘n cream protein powder (my favorite is the one by @questnutrition) or simply crushing up a few Oreos and adding a hint of vanilla and stevia. For aesthetic reason every oat base I make sits on top of 2 tbs of chia seeds. Mostly because chia seeds look like little bugs. Since the theme is cookies ‘n cream I chose to use banana slices, a Hershey spread, toasted cookies ‘n cream protein bites and fudge strip cookies. (more…)


Oatmeal Enthusiasts: Meet Tiffany!

Happy 4th of July to my American readers! I hope everyone’s month is off to a fantastic start. This July marks the 3rd anniversary of the first post in the Oatmeal Enthusiast series, which featured Brittany and her artistic designs! Now, three years later, this month celebrates Tiffany, whom we’ve met before on her Glühwein Red Grape Porridge a year ago. 

Dearest Fellow Oatmeal Addicts,

What is more ideal than on a grey winter’s day, curling up in bed with a warm, comforting bowl of oats while the rain and wind storms outside? Not much, that’s what. And that’s exactly what it’s like here in Melbourne right now, Australia’s very own Windy City. It’s perfect porridge weather!

My name is Tiffany and I am honoured to be your Oatmeal Enthusiast for this month. You may have come across my recipe for Glühwein Red Grape Porridge that Lauren so graciously let me share with you last year. Hello again! I am an aspiring editor and avid reader, meandering my way through the world and eating my way through Melbourne’s oh-so-hipster brunch cafes. Breakfast dates are where it’s at, people. If I’m not ordering smashed avocado (seriously, how can something so simple be so darn tasty?), then I get a beautiful bowl of oats with all kind of fancy-pants ingredients – and typically, edible flowers.

But when I’m at home, breakfast is almost always a soul-soothing bowl of porridge. When rain batters against the window and frost covers the world outside in her thick, damp blanket, my oats are the only thing that help me crawl from beneath the covers and face the bitter chill of another Victorian morning. I enjoy coming up with new recipes and trying different combinations of flavours. I love fruit and my porridge recipes typically involve seasonal fruits, some natural sweetener and nuts or seeds for crunch.

I haven’t always been such an oatmeal enthusiast. Believe it or not, as a kid I loathed porridge. It was a textural thing, I think. But thankfully, my tastes have since changed and my life is so much better with oatmeal. For me it’s among the joys of adulthood, along with red wine, mushrooms, and mornings when I don’t have to set an alarm. I discovered this love for the wholesome oat around the time I became a vegetarian, approximately six years ago. I was becoming very aware of what I put into my body and the nutrients I needed, as well as understanding the ethical ramifications of my food choices. I started out with basic oatmeal combinations – banana and berries, apple and cinnamon etc – and from there my love for oats and my experiments with ingredients took off. And now I’m a lifelong convert.

Since those early days of my porridge journey, my recipes have become increasingly more interesting. Some experiments have turned into my favourite combinations, while others not so much. But it’s all an adventure! Some of my unexpected successes include: Banana, Ginger and Fig Porridge with Toasted Pecans; Summer Apricot and Salted Peanut Porridge; Grilled Nectarine and Blueberry Porridge; Purple Carrot and Cardamom Porridge with Toasted Hazelnuts; Sugar-Roasted Grape and Cinnamon Oatmeal; Maple-Glazed Pear and Almond Baked Oatmeal; Golden Gingerbread Porridge with Bananas and Blackberries; Coconut Passionfruit Overnight Oats with Rockmelon and Banana.

And, of course, some of my all-time favourite recipes are: Peanut Butter Banana Porridge with Fresh Strawberries; Mango Banana Overnight Oats topped with Granola; Baked Pumpkin and Almond Porridge; Passionfruit and Banana Porridge with Toasted Coconut … Did I mention peanut butter and banana?

It’s pretty safe to say that oatmeal has become a major food group in my life. So, without further ado, here is My Week in Oatmeal!

MONDAY

Coconut Persimmon Porridge

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This recipe has to be among my favourites. Coconut milk lends creaminess to the oats and the persimmons are so juicy and sweet that I find no need to add extra sweetness. Toasted coconut adds warmth, texture and a nutty flavour. So good! (more…)


Oatmeal Enthusiasts: Meet Kat!

Happy June, oatmealers! This month’s Enthusiast, Kat, came to me through my “This Week in Oatmeal” series. This weekly tradition brings me joy every week because the designated themes allow me to see how many of you actually read my blog on a regular basis. I actually imagine people visiting TOA by accident after finding me on Pinterest or Google, and then never coming back. However, when I set weekly themes like “unique toppings,” and suddenly I find dozens of you throwing animal crackers on your morning porridge, it hits me that some of you actually read this thing.

Anyway, Kat is one of the many Instagrammers who regularly participates in my fun but arbitrary themes. I am so pleased to present her as the Oatmeal Enthusiast for June 2016!


I sat silent on the stage as a few hundred strangers tried to give me a nickname.  They asked me my favorite food, most embarrassing moment, favorite color, and most memorable family vacation.

Suddenly, a boy jumped onto his chair and shouted, “I’ve got a name! Answer me this: what is her favorite food?”

Everyone yelled, “oatmeal!”

“That’s right!” The boy said, “Rolled oats. And what does she sometimes put on her oatmeal? Thai spices, so I say that we name her ‘Let the Good Thai’mes Roll!”  The crowd erupted into applause, and the name stuck. For the rest of the summer, I was referred to as “Good Thai’mes” in honor of my love of oatmeal with Thai spices.

When I affirm that oatmeal is my favorite food, people stare at me in disbelief. They glance at the cafeteria serving line with its lumpy porridge and decide that the cafeteria staff must be slipping a little something extra into my oats.  They aren’t—I truly love oatmeal that much. My friends just don’t realize that the cafeteria’s plain oatmeal is my canvas every morning.  I paint it with yogurt, adorn it with bananas, and sprinkle it with nuts. Making oatmeal is truly an art.

I have not always been so fond of porridge. Before college, I rarely ate cereal at all—hot or cold. My breakfasts usually consisted of a few iced oatmeal cookies and a glass of chocolate milk.  But one morning at the beginning of freshman year, I heard my mouth ask the cafeteria worker for oatmeal. I took a bite…and I was not impressed. Plain oats were a letdown to my ubiquitous sweet tooth.  A few weeks later, I asked for a bowl of oats again, and I added some jelly to the steaming cereal.  Slowly, I realized that oatmeal is made to be decorated.  Later that year, I found The Oatmeal Artist’s blog, and I started creating my own works of art whenever I was home.  Below you will find a week’s worth of breakfast creations; to see more, check out my blog.

Sunday: Cinnamon Microwave Oats with Strawberries and Peanut Butter

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When I first started making oatmeal, I meticulously measured everything, and my bowl would overflow every time I tried to make microwave oats.  Now I just eyeball the amount of water that I add to a scoop of oatmeal and microwave for one minute; it’s delicious every time! (more…)


Oatmeal Enthusiasts: Meet Whitney!

Whitney may have joined Instagram fairly recently, but her photos instantly caught my eye. Her bowls of oatmeal always seem to include a pop of colorful berries and melty peanut butter and puddles of berry sauces. Combined with her trademark white rug and glass bowl, her oatmeal is a treat for the eyes!

Hello, everyone! It is my great honour to be your host today for May’s Oatmeal Enthusiast installment. 😉 A big thank you to Lauren for allowing me to put this piece together for you guys! Her blog is beautiful and her recipes never disappoint, so I only hope that I can do the Oatmeal Artist site the justice it deserves.

My name is Whitney, and I am a 19 year old biology student residing in the hopelessly dazzling Pacific Northwest region of Canada. Spring here has finally sprung, and I can’t help but feel at peace among the rows of emerald-leaved trees and glowing flowers. I love to spend my evenings down at the beach on campus, watching the waves roll in as the sun sets behind the endless mountains. I am always blown away by the sheer beauty of my home when the rain starts to fade and blue skies roll in.

I am very new to oatmeal – in fact, I had my first bowl since early childhood less than 6 months ago, and I’ve only been experimenting with it since late February! You can see some of my progression on my Instagram, @wholewhit. Nowadays, I look forward to the next morning’s oat-y creation nearly every night. I guess you could call me a real dev-oat-ee. (sorry [not really])

My later meals are typically filled to the brim with veggies and healthy proteins, but as a self-professed lover of dessert as well as my entire friend circle’s one-woman bakery, I can’t go a day without eating something sinfully sweet and indulgent. These days, I turn to oatmeal for a healthier version of my favourite treats. I love how filling it is; I am never hungry before lunch. It’s also full of good nutrients, especially when loaded up with fruits and cooked in vanilla cashew milk, my liquid of choice.

For my 15 minutes of fame, I decided to share with you my most favourite creations. From these, you may draw a few things; 1) I love fruit; 2) I have a nut butter problem; and 3) damn, that girl can really put away a lot of chocolate.

SUNDAY

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I decided to kick things off with my most favourite flavour of all – dark chocolate raspberry. I cooked this baby down with lots of cocoa powder & frozen raspberries, as well as my usual salt, vanilla, and mashed banana. I topped it off with hot raspberry “sauce” and fresh raspberries (plus chocolate and PB, of course). Those little guys sure are expensive, but as soon as I get home and crack open the container, I never regret my decision. (more…)


Oatmeal Enthusiast: Meet Sandra!

It’s April! My favorite month of the year. Today I’m happy to introduce you to Sandra, whom I “met” last fall when I did the comment contest. Sandra was one of my top commenters, leaving a response on every post. She continues to be a regular visitor to the blog and leaves the most enthusiastic comments! I could not wait to invite her to be April’s Enthusiast.

Hello Oatmeal Connoisseurs!!  Sandra here.  I’m a 21-year-old college student. Besides school, my life revolves around cooking, nail art, fashion, leisurely walks, celebrity obsessions, scientific curiosity, writing, photography, Cappuccino, my cat/mountain lion, friends, and family. 

In the past, I neither loved nor hated oatmeal.  It was just there, for it was either blandly healthy or chemically enhanced. I lacked the time and appetite for hearty breakfasts on early school mornings, yet I’d long for weekend brunches prepared by my parents or at my favorite restaurants. Daily nourishing breakfasts are pretty new to me because of how my life evolved. (more…)