The Shortest Post Ever Ever

First things first.

Today was supposed to be the day of pumpkin + my favorite breakfast on the blog.

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Fun fact: the post went live yesterday.

DERP!

If you have five minutes, like to eat breakfast, and are jumping on the pumpkin bandwagon this fall, read the recipe here. 🙂

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I’m off to read a book, not cut out the millions of things that I laminated for my classroom, and marvel at the fact that Google changed their font. Come on. I know you’re on that website enough to notice such details!

See you tomorrow for Friday Favorites!

5 Minute Pumpkin Oatmeal

My very favorite breakfast in all the land is oatmeal. I like to say that I get excited to go to bed because I know when I wake up, I get to have oatmeal. 😉 My favorite “recipe” is simply quick cooking oats with water, 1 teaspoon coconut oil, a splash of vanilla extract, a dash of cinnamon, and some PB2. I just cook everything in the microwave for two minutes and then add the PB2 right before I eat it! The possibilities for ingredients are endless. Really, you just need the base of oats and water (or milk) and then you can add any nut butter, spice, or fruit that you like!

If you take my above advice, you’ll have yourself a yummy breakfast in two minutes. Today, I’m extending your cook time to five whole minutes. 🙂 This oatmeal recipe includes pumpkin…because doesn’t September 1 mean that it is fall?! Before you roll your eyes at me, look at this graphic below:

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Pumpkin is actually really good for you! My other fall love…candy corn…well, that has about as many negative health benefits as pumpkin has positive health benefits haha!
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5 minutes to Pumpkin Oatmeal. Ready?!

Ingredients

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1 cup water
1/2 cup oats
1/4 cup milk [of your choice] for thickness
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon truvia [or sweetener of your choice]
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Dark chocolate almonds [optional]

Directions

Combine 1 cup water + 1/2 cup oats in a bowl. Heat in the microwave for 2 minutes.

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Add 1/4 cup milk, 1/2 cup pumpkin puree, 1 teaspoon truvia, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Stir it up!

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I topped it off with dark chocolate almonds because there is never a BAD time to eat chocolate. Am I right?!

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Another way to simplify the cooking process and STILL get your Pumpkin Oatmeal fix would be to add Jif Pumpkin Pie Spice peanut butter to your oats! I haven’t seen this flavor out at Target YET, but I hope to see it soon. 🙂

Happy breakfast eating!


Pancake Party

My love for pancakes and waffles knows no bounds. When I was younger, friends who slept over would always get so excited for breakfast because my mom was known for doing something like this:

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Pancakes are a fun breakfast to begin with…but when they spell your name?! The best!

The love for any breakfast dish with syrup (pronounced seer-up;)) continued in college where, freshman year, I was the queen of Belgium waffles on Sunday mornings. After struggling with my weight and an “I-can’t-eat-that” attitude, I brought the pancakes and waffles back into my breakfast rotation…but not without some healthy modifications first. 😉 That’s not to say I don’t enjoy sugar-filled pancakes or waffles if I’m out at a restaurant, but when I cook for myself, I try to make as many healthy modifications as possible!

Today, I have four pancake options to share with you. Two that you can buy at the store and simply add water, and two that require a little more work. All four are worth it. 🙂

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If you wear this when you eat pancakes, it makes it all better. 🙂

Store Bought Options

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The first is P28 Pancake Mix. I purchased mine at Wegmans, but I will probably order my next container from Amazon or the P28 website. You have your choice of buttermilk buckwheat or white chocolate. Can you guess which flavor I purchased?! I am a fan of this brand because it is high in protein and low in sugar. Protein is good for you and it makes you feel “full”, which I need because I am not afraid to ask for seconds or thirds. Ha! It is a little pricier than your average pancake mix, but I think it is worth it because it is not something I cook every day and I am only cooking for one. All you have to do is add water to this mix and you have the perfect pancake batter. How easy is that?!

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The second is Kodiak Cakes Flapjack and Waffle Mix. I found it at Target and not only is the price point much better, but you get more of the powdered mix! Nutritionally, this brand doesn’t have as much protein as P28, so if that’s what you are thinking about when you purchase, I would go with P28. Flavor choices: whole wheat oat and honey or buttermilk and honey, which is the one I chose! Combine mix with water and you are good to go. These were also delicious!

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Now, it’s time for some recipes! One I have made before and it is so good, but the second was brand new to me and a little unique. You’ll see what I mean!

Egg White Oatmeal Protein Pancake
*Original recipe here.

Ingredients

1 c liquid egg whites
1/3 c oats
1 packet sweetener of choice (I used Truvia)
Cinnamon (to taste)

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Directions

1. Grease and heat pan (I used coconut oil).
2. Combine egg whites, oats, sweetener, and cinnamon in a bowl. Mix well.
*I have found the oats tend to “sink” and the cinnamon tends to “rise” or stay on the surface of your mixture. As long as you combine the ingredients and stir, I think it works well!
3. Pour mixture into frying pan.
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4. Cook until slightly browned on both sides!
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Enjoy with fruit preserves or syrup! I first saw this recipe on Julie’s blog, Peanut Butter Fingers, and I have made it several times in the past few years. It’s always a good one! It’s the perfect balance of protein and carbs…but Julie once made this pancake and included spinach to get some veggies in with her breakfast. I’ve tried it this way too…it makes your pancake green, but I promise if you can look past the color, you can’t taste it! 🙂

Now for the unique pancake recipe…this was an interesting one to make! On Pinterest (follow me here), there are a ton of “healthy” pancake recipes using just a banana and eggs. I have made this recipe before, and I have to be honest, while it was tasty, it did nothing to fill me up. I hoped that swapping a banana for a sweet potato would do the trick and keep the hunger pains away!

Easy Sweet Potato Pancakes
*Original recipe here.

Ingredients

2 eggs
1 medium sweet potato
Cinnamon (to taste)
Honey (to taste)

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Directions

1. Make a baked potato. I poked holes in my sweet potato and put it in the microwave for 4 minutes. Time may vary for you, and you might have another preference about how to cook the potato.

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2. Slice your baked sweet potato and use a fork to scrape out the mashed potato into a bowl.

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3. Add 1 egg at a time and start to mix your “batter”. Once the sweet potato and eggs are combined, add cinnamon and honey to your liking. This adds some sweetness to the savory flavor!

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4. Grease and heat a frying pan and pour batter, just as you would with regular pancakes!

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5. Add your toppings of choice. I chose syrup!

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The sweet potato pancakes are not as sweet as say, my white chocolate P28 pancakes, but they have a great flavor and I didn’t feel like I was eating a sweet potato! Give them a try. 🙂

– Are you a breakfast person?

– Pancakes or waffles?