Chocolate/Peanut Butter/Banana Oatmeal Shake

Some days it’s a quick breakfast or no breakfast. On those days I find it easiest to drink my breakfast. Much more portable if need be. This is something I came up with myself for days when I need something fast and filling. Most of these measurements are approximations (I usually just eye everything when I make it) and, of course, everything can be adjusted to your own personal needs and tastes.


  • 1-2 very ripe bananas, depending on size
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 rounded tsps. chocolate powder
  • 1-1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oatmeal (depending on how thick you want it)
  • 1-1 1/2 cups of milk (I use whole milk. Again adjust depending on desired thickness of your shake.)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Throw everything in a blender, mix it up, and enjoy! That’s it. I usually start on the “puree” setting and then switch to “liquify” after the blender has been on for about 30 seconds. Then it’s just pour and go. Seriously, it’s that easy, and in these portions, you will definitely be full until lunch. And like I said, feel free to tweak this to your own personal needs. My version is by no means the healthiest version of this that could exist. So go ahead. Give it a try, see what you think, and then tweak away!

Chocolate/Peanut Butter/Banana Oatmeal Shake


New Pinterest Recipe of the Week: Peach Oatmeal Muffins

Something kind of funny happened when I decided to make these. I knew I had all the ingredients on hand, which was delightfully convenient since waddling my pregnant butt around the commissary is getting more tiresome by the day. Funny thing was though, I had exactly the amount I needed for two of my ingredients to make this batch of muffins, no more, no less. I guess it was meant to be.

As a treat to myself, I splurged on some beautiful, organic peaches this past week. When I’m pregnant, I love a good peach, or anything peachy, really. It’s one craving that has been consistent in all my pregnancies (and this is #3). So having such lovely peaches on hand (and they really were), I knew that this week’s New Pinterest Recipe had to be something with peaches in it. I found this recipe over at Damn Delicious and it seemed perfect for my needs: peachy, wouldn’t take too long (because standing in a kitchen when almost 9 months pregnant is tiresome as well), and not completely unhealthy (The peach and the oats totally balance everything else out, right? Right!). So here we go: Peach Oatmeal Muffins.


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tsps. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 cup chopped peaches (I ended up using closer to 1 1/2-2 cups since one chopped peach didn’t give me quite enough, so I ended up using two, which since they were rather large, was more than enough. But like I said, this pregnant lady loves peaches so having extra was not an issue for me.)
  • Cinnamon-sugar for sprinkling on top

Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a standard 12 cup muffin tin with paper liners.

In a large bowl, combine your flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, and salt (your dry ingredients).

In a smaller bowl, or a large measuring cup, whisk your egg, sour cream, and butter together (the wet ingredients).

Pour the wet ingredients over the dry, and combine until just moist.

Add peaches and gently stir to combine.

Distribute batter evenly in your lined muffin cups and top with a sprinkling of cinnamon-sugar.

Bake for about 16-18 mins. Makes about 10-12 muffins.

Peach Oatmeal Muffins

Tweaks and Overall Review

I ended up with 12 muffins in my finished batch. Considering that I had probably almost doubled the amount of peach in mine, a standard batch would probably turn out 9 or 10. Also, because I filled my muffin tins almost to the brim, my baking time was a little longer. I took them out at 20 mins., since at 18 they were still just a little too underdone and I wanted slightly more color on the tops. Finally, I will take this chance to emphasize: Use liners for this one! It will make your life easier. Even if you usually don’t, use liners this time. Oh, and be sure and use fresh peaches. I know that makes this more of a seasonal recipe, but just don’t bother with frozen on this one. The flavor just won’t be the same.

These turned out so well. I was really pleased. You can definitely taste the oats, but there is plenty of peach to go with it. One of my taste testers described them as being like peaches and cream oatmeal in muffin form. These are definitely something to eat same day as baking, since hopefully you are using nice, juicy peaches, so I wouldn’t recommend letting the muffins sit too long. I don’t imagine that being a problem though. These are definitely getting added to the regular baking rotation. Hopefully I’ll get another good batch of peaches and can make them again soon, because these were just that good.

New Pinterest Recipe of the Week: Baked Oatmeal with Strawberries, Banana, and Chocolate

My dad and stepmom stopped for a quick visit as part of a larger road trip and I made breakfast the morning they were here. I needed to find something at least semi-healthy and this seemed like a good compromise between delicious and relatively good for you. The original recipe came from Inspired Taste, but I tweaked it quite a bit so I will be giving you my adaptation based on the original recipe.


  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar and approx. 3 Tbsp. separate
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1-2 tsp. cinnamon, depending on taste
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate mini-chocolate chips
  • 2 cups milk (I used whole milk)
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 Tbsp. butter, melted (I used unsalted)
  • 2-3 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 large ripe banana, peeled and sliced

Preheat your oven to 375°F and spray a 2 qt. baking dish with cooking spray, then place it on a baking sheet.

In a large bowl mix together oats, brown sugar (1/3 cup), baking powder, cinnamon, salt, half of the walnuts, half of the sliced strawberries, and half of the chocolate chips. Put mixture in your baking dish and then top with you remaining strawberries, banana, walnuts, and chocolate chips.

In another bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, melted butter, and vanilla extract. Pour this mixture over the oat/fruit mixture in the baking dish. Gently shake the baking dish to make sure the milk mixture makes it throughout the oat/fruit mixture.

Sprinkle the extra brown sugar you set aside over the top and bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes. Top should be golden brown and the milk should be set.


Tweaks and Overall Review:

Like I said above, this was a recipe that I sort of ran with from the beginning. The main changes I made from the original were in the amounts of ingredients used. I used double the amount of strawberries and walnuts and also increased the amount of cinnamon and vanilla (though this was done to my taste, feel free to adjust them to whatever you prefer). I did omit one thing from the original recipe, which was orange zest. I am not particularly fond of oranges (food sensitivity) and so I don’t keep them on hand. It seemed silly to buy an orange just for a little bit of zest.

How did this turn out? In a word: YUM! This was a great way to start the morning. The bananas infused a nice flavor to the oats and, of course, blended very well with the melted chocolate. At the same time, when you got a bite of strawberry, there was a nice burst of flavor on top of the banana and chocolate. The walnuts gave a nice texture and crunch to the finished dish, so it wasn’t all soft and chewy. Also, this reheated very well the next day (though there was only a small portion leftover in the first place) so if you make it for a Sunday breakfast, the leftovers (if there are any) will still make a lovely breakfast on Monday as well.


For Memorial Day:

Today is Memorial Day, a day to honor those who didn’t come home. Enjoy your holiday, but please take a moment to remember who this holiday was established for: the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country.