chocolate · peanut butter · vegan

Peanut Butter Chocolate Oatmeal

I have an addiction.

Chocolate.

The darker the better.

But with all the fiber, protein, and nutrients, this a delicious treat that you’ll come back to time and time again!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Oatmeal

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 2 to 4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder*
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups milk of choice*
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • optional: 2 tsp honey, or to taste*
DIRECTIONS

Overnight version: Stir together oats, cocoa powder, and chia seeds in a medium size sauce pan. Add vanilla and milk, and whisk together. Leave in the fridge overnight. The next morning, heat on stove top over medium-high heat until oatmeal is to your desired thickness. Serve with a dollop of peanut butter on top and dig in!

Microwave version: Combine oats, cocoa, and chia seeds in a microwave safe bowl. Whisk in vanilla and half of the milk. (This helps avoid spills.) Add other half of milk, and microwave on high for 2-3 minutes. Let oatmeal cool for 1-2 minutes (which allows the soluble fiber of the chia and oatmeal to thicken). Top with peanut butter and dig in!

Yields 2 servings

NOTES
  • Add cocoa powder to taste. I love dark chocolate, so I add a lot to mine. However, my husband prefers a sweeter chocolate, so I add less for him. I also like how more cocoa powder makes the oatmeal a more chocolaty color.
  • I have used unsweetened soy milk, unsweetened almond milk, vanilla soy milk, and even regular cow’s milk (for those can drink it), and it all works.
  • Add more or less honey or another sweetener to taste. This will depend on the kind of milk you use as well as how dark you like your chocolate.
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It’s better than Reese’s! And you get to eat a whole bowl of it!

Question: What chocolate bar oatmeal creation should I create next?

I was thinking of an Almond Joy Oatmeal. Perhaps Mint Chocolate?

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baking · chocolate · My Life · peanut butter

Coolest Shaved Ice Truck EVER! + Wisdom Teeth

This past week you could catch me:

Baking cupcakes, cookies, and bread.


I made these into the shape of a wedding dress.


And mini rainbow-colored cupcakes. They were so adorable!


I also made Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars, along with my sister’s request of “Pink Cookies.”


But my favorite one has been my Great-Harvest-Inspired Honey Whole Wheat Bread. And yes, it tastes just like it but costs a lot less. Perfect for this money-pinching time in society. Don’t worry, I’m working on the post right now. 😉


Seeing cool shaved ice trucks! Earlier this week my sister heard Jamaican music outside, ran to the window and spied this shaved ice truck driving around our neighborhood!


Excited, she hurriedly called me from upstairs to come and see the new truck in our neighborhood. When I got downstairs, I couldn’t believe my eyes! It was a paradise on wheels, playing Jamaican jamborees and serving colorful ices! It was legit! Simply the coolest shaved truck EVER! 😀

Painting notebooks.


Shopping at thrift stores. I got 14 new skirts and 1 blouse for only $70!!! Gosh I love thrift stores. ❤


And I found the Keira Knightley version of Pride and Prejudice at Target for only $5.

I HAD to get it. I ❤ Darcy. 

And getting stuff done that has to happen whether I want to or not… I went to the oral surgery center at the military AFB Monday morning for a wisdom teeth evaluation. They took me right in, got some x-rays, explained the process, and scheduled me to have all my wisdom teeth removed on the 28th, this coming Monday!


We went to the grocery store yesterday and picked up a couple of things for next week after my surgery. Right now I have organic soy-milk, almond milk, green smoothies, water, broth, soy yogurt, butternut squash soup, and applesauce. I’m guessing I’ll be living on a lot of liquids next week, with more creamy stuff later in the week or the week after. I’ll see how I feel after the procedure next week.

Any tips for when I have my wisdom teeth removed? Anything I should know before the procedure Monday morning?

I could use with all the help I could get… I don’t do well with needles or surgical stuff… And they’ll be giving me an I.V. and a pill to make me less aware of what is going on… Mine are all still underneath my gums and haven’t erupted at all, so I don’t know how long the surgeon will take doing it. I know I can’t use straws and have to use a lot of mouth wash since I can’t brush my teeth until the gums heal. I don’t know a lot other than that.

With lots of hugs,

Kathleen

Balance With Self · My Life · nut butter · peanut butter · wiaw

What Kat Ate #20

Hey my Spectacular Morning Rays of Sunshine! ❤

I’m back for another What Kat Ate — #20!

Thanks to Jenn for hosting this awesome party! 🙂

BREAKFAST: 6:00am


Reese’s PB Cup Oatmeal: Oats, Unsweetened Cocoa Powder, Cinnamon (optional), and Vanilla extract, cooked with either milk of choice or water and topped with a big dollop of Peanut Butter to melt on top. (I have seriously had this every morning for a long time…. Heheh.)

SNACK: 10:00am


A batch of my Reese’s PB Cup treat and a baked spiced apple, alongside a glass of unpictured soymilk.

LUNCH: 2:00pm


A bowl of lentil soup with black beans and spinach, alongside a bowl of French style green beans (topped with smart balance lite buttery spread) and a sliced orange.

DINNER: 6:00pm


Whole wheat pasta with a mixture of beans (I cooked a bag of 15-bean soup beans in my crock pot and love to eat them just like that), a steamed broccoli and cauliflower, topped (or pretty much drenched) with lots of chunky vegetable spaghetti sauce.

SNACK: 8-9:00-ish

If I’m hungry (or had a really intense workout that day), I’ll have a snack in the evening, i.e., a frozen banana topped with cinnamon alongside a glass of soymilk. (Unpictured.)

My meals really vary depending on the day. My last one is an example of a 5-6 meals a day, while this one is a 4-5 meals a day. It really just depends on my schedule that day and where everything fits. It might also change this next semester since I’ll have different classes at different times and places.

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Green Smoothie Challenge

Btw, Katherine is holding another 7-Day Green Smoothie Challenge – 2013 Spring Cleaning Edition. 

What do you do? Just add one green smoothie to your daily eats each day for a week! 🙂

I think this will be fun and a great way to start off my next semester of classes — in a vibrant, energizing green way. Since my classes are starting back up this next week I won’t be able to post about my smoothie every day, but I hope you’ll join me in a little green party action. 🙂

With lots of hugs,

Kathleen