Simple Joy Saturday #22

Simple Joy Saturday #22

Every Saturday I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week.  These posts may grow or evolve as time passes.  Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section!

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1. Homemade chocolate and peanut butter no-bake cookies

I had never added chocolate to my peanut butter no-bake cookies, but I made two batches of these cookies this week (one batch for a game night, and one batch for Bible study).  Y’all. These. Are. So. Good.

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Rocky Road Oatmeal

Rocky Road Oatmeal

This month would be wasted if I did not include at least one recipe for oatmeal in its truest form, cooked on the stove and served warm in a bowl.

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But you better believe that this is NOT a recipe for brown goop!

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On the contrary, I serve to you a warm winter version of rocky road ice cream.  Rich chocolate, gooey marshmallows, and smooth almonds meld together and form a decadent, protein-rich breakfast.  Rather than inducing brain-freeze, this steaming bowl of chocolate will thaw your heart.

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Grab a spoon and dig in!

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1 tbs cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tbs vanilla protein powder OR 1/2 tbs sweetener (honey, sugar, stevia, etc.) plus 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • small handful marshmallows
  • sliced almonds or other nut of choice (as much as you would like)

Directions

  • In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil.
  • Stir in oatmeal and return to a boil.  Reduce heat to medium, and cook 2 minutes.  Add cocoa powder and protein powder (or sweetener and vanilla).  Cook 3-5 minutes (until oatmeal is desired consistency).
  • Turn off the burner, and stir in the marshmallows and almonds.
  • Transfer to a bowl, and let cool for a few minutes (you don’t want to burn your tongue!).
  • Eat and enjoy!

 

I am linking up with Angie for Fiesta Friday!

Italian Baked Chicken

Italian Baked Chicken

By now, you probably know what we are celebrating…

Happy National Oatmeal Month!

Long before the Quaker Mill Company began operations in 1877, oatmeal had already earned the reputation of being a breakfast food, and rightfully so.  Because it is warm, earthy, and filling, it is ideal fuel for a busy day.

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However, I don’t think any food should be limited to one time of the day.  Who says you can’t have ice cream at breakfast?  Why don’t we eat eggs at lunch?  And, please, let’s find a way to get oatmeal into our supper regimen.

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Italian Baked Chicken

Makes 2-5 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 tbs. milk
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal (quick or rolled oats)
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese (powder or freshly grated)
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning mix
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Cut chicken into strips about 4 inches long by 2 inches wide (or whatever size you prefer).
  • In a shallow bowl, lightly beat the egg, egg white, and milk together.  Set aside.
  • Use a food processor to create oat flour by grinding the oatmeal for about a minute.  Depending on how course you want your flour, you may need to grind it a little longer.
  • In a second bowl, mix all the dry ingredients (oat flour, Parmesan cheese, and spices).
  • Dip each piece of chicken in the wet mixture.  Then roll it in the dry mixture, pressing the dry mixture into the chicken.  Transfer to the baking sheet.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes, turning once.
  • Let cool.
  • Eat and enjoy!

 

And for the the first time in a long time, I am linking up with #fiestafriday.   Special Thanks to Juju and Lily for cohosting.  Enjoy the party!

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

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It’s January, which means three things:

  1. The air is cold.
  2. The gym is packed.
  3. We are all celebrating National Oatmeal Month.  Am I right?

Although there is nothing I can do to bring warmer weather or expel a few Resolutioners from the gym, I can continue to help you celebrate National Oatmeal Month.

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Lemon poppy seed is one of my favorite muffin flavors.  Lemon is light, and happy, and the taste of summer.  Maybe these muffins will provide enough sunshine to last me to June.

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups oatmeal
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp honey
  • juice from 1/2 medium lemon
  • zest from 1/2 medium lemon

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and liberally coat a 12-count muffin pan with nonstick spray
  2. Grind oatmeal in a food processor to make a coarse flour
  3. Whisk together oat flour, poppy seeds, baking soda, baking powder, and milk
  4. In a separate bowl, combine milk, orange juice, applesauce, vanilla extract, honey, lemon juice, and lemon zest
  5. Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients
  6. Evenly distribute batter between 12 muffin wells
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes
  8. Let cool in pan
  9. Remove from pan, eat, and enjoy!

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Oatmeal Cream Pie Pancakes

Oatmeal Cream Pie Pancakes

January is National Oatmeal Month

My mom loves coffee, and I don’t mean frilly frappes with sugary syrups. I mean a dark mug of steaming joe. No cream. No sugar. Just hot black coffee.

Occasionally, when I was in elementary, we would visit a local coffee shop in the morning before school. Mom would order the mandatory java; I would savor a homemade oatmeal cream pie.

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Although a soft, sweet oatmeal cookie isn’t the most balanced breakfast, my grades never suffered from the sugar overload.  Now that I am older and (supposedly) smarter, I desire to eat (slightly) more nutritious morning meals.

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So, to start off the National Oatmeal Month celebrations, we are making Oatmeal Cream Pie Pancakes (using Blind Spot Nutbutter of course). Stay tuned all month for more amazing oatmeal recipes!

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Oatmeal Cream Pie Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup milk of choice
  • 2 tbs. Oatmeal Raisin Cookie blended nut butter
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • rounded 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • dash of cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • vanilla yogurt for topping

Directions

  • Grind all ingredients (besides the yogurt) in a food processor until it is the consistency of pancake batter (or paint).
  • Heat a griddle or frying pan over high heat.  Lightly spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Drop spoonfuls onto heated pan.  Once bubbles begin to form on the top, flip the pancakes.
  • Cook for an additional 1-3 minutes.
  • Stack pancakes on a plate, layering with vanilla yogurt (pancake, yogurt, pancake, yogurt, pancake, etc.)
  • Top with raisins, banana slices, syrup, chocolate chips, sprinkles, or whatever pancake toppings you like.
  • Eat and enjoy!

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Pumpkin Butter Granola {Blind Spot Nutbutters September Recipe}

Pumpkin Butter Granola {Blind Spot Nutbutters September Recipe}

It’s September, and you know what that means.

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Orange Dreamsicle Smoothie Bowl

Orange Dreamsicle Smoothie Bowl

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The first bowl of overnight oatmeal I ever made was The Oatmeal Artist’s orange dreamsicle overnight oats.  I fell in love instantly.  It was like my mouth had found an old friend.

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