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!!!