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this week in a bowl

I am never sick of oats.  If one day I am, you will know!

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Even growing up I ate oats quite frequently.  I used to like to eat them with a large wooden mixing spoon.  I used to feel “old fashioned” using the giant wooden spoon.  Not sure what that means, but that is what I used to think!

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This bowl of rolled oats + oat bran + flax meal is covered with my Pumpkin Spice Almond butter + crumbled healthy truffles.  Definitely a winner.

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PB + J oats.  I also don’t think I will ever get sick of a good ol’ pb + j.  The peanut butter looks really light in color because I used raw peanuts.  Not as good as roasted but still nice and creamy.

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A new can of pumpkin is in my life!  I’m down to 5 cans from the 12 I bought less than 1 month ago!  The organic pumpkin was on an amazing sale for $1.50/can.  However, I just found this pumpkin puree at Whole Foods for about $1.20.  I snagged 4 cans.

It’s really good!!  I like it better than the organic.  While I was home in Cleveland, I picked up some Libby’s, since everyone says that is the best.  I wish I could do a side-by-side taste test, but from what I remember this is my favorite.  I didn’t think Libby’s really tasted better than the organic.

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I am LOVING mixing the pumpkin into the oats right at the end, not completely combined.  Pockets of pumpkiny goodness!  I’ve also been adding a pinch of cloves and nixing the nutmeg.  I like clove much more than nutmeg.

This bowl was one of the best.  Topped with Roasted Cinnamon Maple Almond Butter, pumpkin butter, and coconut.

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The best thing I ate from a bowl this week was the Pumpkin Smoothie below.  It was OUT of this world.  The texture was insanely creamy, smooth, and thick.  The flavor was perfect.  This was pumpkin pie!

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I’m not sure what made this SO much better than my other pumpkin smoothies…because those were to die for as well. 

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But this…this was THEE BEST.

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Exactly what was in the mix:

TODIEFOR Pumpkin Smoothie

  • 1/2 frozen large banana
  • 1c whole foods organic almond milk, original
  • 1/2c pumpkin puree, 365 brand
  • 3/4c cubed, roasted butternut squash [I cooked + froze this a week or so ago.  I didn’t want to open another can of pumpkin, so I thought I would add this to the mix.]
  • 3T Amazing Grass Vanilla Chai protein powder
  • 1t cinnamon
  • 1t vanilla
  • pinch of cloves + all spice
  • ~3/4-1t fresh grated ginger

The fresh grated ginger really makes a difference.  It could have been the roasted butternut squash?  Or the pinch of cloves?  Or everything together?? 

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Ugh!  Time for bed…not sure I can sleep now though.  All worked up thinking about this deliciousness!!!


Reader Comments (39)

it's funny because last night i was getting hungry when i got to bed and couldn't wait to get up for oatmeal today:-)

October 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren at KeepItSweet

I honestly wish sometimes it was socially accpetable to just eat oatmeal. It would make my life awesome!

The pumpkin smoothie literally looks like BATTER. And how funny that you love cloves. I can't stand them!

October 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ How Sweet

I can never get sick of oats either. I think it helps that there are always so many ways to switch it up with toppings.

And that is one thick pumpkin smoothie. Looks like icecream almost.

October 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTina @ Faith Fitness Fun

I love oats as well. All your look so good!

October 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterchristina cadden

You are making me regret my breakfast choice today!!!!!!!!!

October 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKath

Wow that smoothie does look looks like it could double as a pumpkin pie filling. Yum!

October 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCaSaundra

Pumpkin all around! I love it :D

October 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMeg

I never get tired of oats either. I keep thinking that one of these mornings I am going to wake up and want something besides oats but that is never the case!

October 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCamille

i've decided i don't love oats...but i think if you made them for me i would :)

October 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather (Heather's Dish)

Your oats remind me more of dessert- yum!

I just cracked open my 365 and think it's alright...88 times better than the organic. You are lucky you don't taste a difference!

Love your wooden spoon oatmeal eating as a kid :) Too cute!

October 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAllie (Live Laugh Eat)

That smoothie look insane!

I was actually really impressed by the 365 brand too, I made it the other day to make muffins and took a few spoonfuls to taste plain from the can to see if I noticed. I DO notice the difference between this one and the Farmer's Market Organic, the latter is much darker and doesn't taste as good in my opinion.

I don't think I'll ever get tired of oats either! They are the perfect breakfast in my opinion. You pumpkin smoothie is so thick. It looks amazing.

October 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaddie

mm... that looks so tasty! I know what you mean... I've eaten oats for breakfast the past three days. This morning I had it with banana slices and pecans and brown sugar - yum!

I can't get over how gorgeous your pictures are!

I made that smoothie within .05 seconds of reading the recipe... it was TODIEFOR!!

October 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJuliw

Okay no lie...I used to beg my mom to let me eat my oats with the wooden mixing spoon too! It made me feel very "little house on the praire" haha!

October 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

Mmmm! I had oats last night for a snack because I was cold! I added pumkin butter and pumpkin spice almond butter. Once I finished them I was like, "now whhhhyyyy didn't add actual pumpkin. Doh!" You have much to teach me!

October 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAbby

holy cow, look at that texture! yum! I need to try this...I have most of the ingredients!

October 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTeri [a foodie stays fit]

mmm looks more like pumpkin pudding ;D lovin the oats.

October 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrachel

Your oats and smoothies always look SO gorgeous! I really want to make your mandel bread soon - what are your thoughts on using part whole wheat flour?


October 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRachel R.

AMAZING!!! I have pumpkin but no squash ; ( But I am going to the store tomorrow for sure!!

October 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPure2raw twins

That pumpkin smoothie looks so so so good! I think I'll make this in the near future...

I just tried the Whole Foods pumpkin, too! I liked it better than Libby's...I thought the WF brand was less watery.

October 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

oooo, i made a very similar one and im also OBSESSED. i had two more smoothies again today, haha.

i couldnt taste the difference between libbys and WF organic either. random side note: your WF organic cans look different than mine!?!

October 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterelise

That smoothie looks delish! I could never get sick of oats, either!

October 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKristy

1. I need that smoothie in my life. Pronto! I love oats! They are so versatile, you can add anything to them to have variety every single day, plus, it's just so good for you :) I bought myself a little splurge item yesterday that is going to rock the socks off my oats!!!


October 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Gosh, those pictures make that smoothie look as good as it tastes! I want to crawl through the screen and take a bite.

October 31, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergrocery goddess jen

Ahh! That smoothie looks amazing. I think I'm going to try pumpkin in my smoothies this week. I have to eat exxxxtra healthy because I'm going to take the entire week off from running. Can't wait to try your recipe!!!

That pumpkin smoothie looks amazing - you're inspiring me to be more creative in my own cooking (LOVED the english muffin french toast + bananas recipe from a few days ago.)

Where do you get your porcelain spoons from? They are gorgeous!

Thanks!!! I'm so glad I've inspired you to get creative. :) They're from crate + barrel!

November 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

The whole foods can isn't organic, so maybe that is why? Our store doesn't have WF organic, just this other brand...which I forget the name of!

November 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I think it can be done...but in my opinion this cookie should be left with the white flour, hehe :)

November 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

That's too funny!!

November 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Yeah, they must use a different type of pumpkin or something...?

November 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

jen and i want a pumpkin smoothie!!! it looks deeeelicious!
love you guys

November 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersherie

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