It's not for another week, but in one more week, sixteen I will be!!!  That means that this is probably my last post I'll do when I'm 15... wow, time goes way too quickly!!

So first off, I promised you guys that I would give you this recipe:
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Peanut Buster Oats

Ingredients:
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 to 1 cup water
1/2 cup almond milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 heaping tablespoon chocolate chips
1 tablespoon almond milk
1/2 to 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup (or honey or agave)
2 heaping tablespoons roasted peanuts

Directions:
Combine the oats, water, and almond milk together in a small pot.  Bring to a boil, then reduce to low and simmer until the oats are creamy.  Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract.  While the oats are cooking, combine the chocolate chips and one tablespoon almond milk in a small saucepan, and turn heat onto low.  Stir frequently until the chips are melted, and stir in the maple syrup.  Now comes the fun part!  Put half the oats in a tall glass, follow with half the chocolate fudge sauce, and half the peanuts.  Repeat and eat!!!



I would take this over a real peanut buster parfait any day!

Here's another breakfast that I ate a while ago, but didn't get a chance to put in my last post:
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Chocolate Raspberry Oats

Ingredients:
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 to 1 cup water
1/2 cup almond milk
1 small (or large ;) chocolate bar 
1/2 cup frozen raspberries, set out at room temperature for at least 10 minutes
A handful of roasted peantus (optional)

Directions:

Combine the oats, water, and almond milk together in a small pot.  Bring to a boil, then reduce to low and simmer until the oats are creamy.  Remove from heat and stir in the chocolate bar and then the raspberries.  Top with peanuts and chow!!


Chocolate + raspberry.  You really can't ask for much more.

Moving on...
At about one o' clock last Saturday, a craving hit me.  "A craving for what?" you ask.  Well, a craving to make some cookies!!  I knew that I just wouldn't be happy until some cookie dough was sitting in my stomach (oh, and I planned to make a few baked cookies too ;)  As soon as I knew cookies were on the agenda, I flew over to Nicole's blog because, um, she is a cookie genius. :D  I quickly settled on her Chocolate-PB-Chocolate Chip Dough Balls as I had been dying to make some myself!!!
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THE BEST COOKIES EVER!!!  And I mean EVER!  Soft, chocolaty, peanut buttery, and beyond incredible all rolled into one!!  I halved the recipe because I didn't have enough chocolate chips, but I wish I had gone out to buy more chocolate chips so there would still be some little chocolate gems left.  My whole family loved them, and they are officially my go-to cookie recipe!  (And they work beautifully with whole wheat pastry flour - just saying)

What else was tasty this past week?  The following plate of food:
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Steamed broccoli, snap peas, carrots, and water chestnuts, barley, wild rice, and mushroom "meatballs."  Mmmm.... my favorite part was the barley!  I loooove barley but don't eat it nearly enough due to how lengthy the cooking time is :(

I also had the most incredible post-workout snack this past week!  Try not to drool...
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Does that look amazing or what?!

Banana Toast

Ingredients:
1 banana scramlette (I added 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon to the batter)
1 piece of sliced bread, toasted (I used Rudi's Nut and Oat loaf)
A handful of chocolate chips
Almond milk, for drizzling

Directions:
Top the piece of toasted bread with the warm banana scramlette.  Sprinkle on the chocolate chips and drizzle with almond milk.


I'm definitely making this again SOON.  It was that incredible!!  And I think it would make a perfect breakfast!

Have any of you guys ever tried peanut butter chips?  If not, fix that right away!!  I found these ones sitting on the shelf at Whole Foods and since I can't find peanut flour anywhere, I bought them to console me ;)  And they sure did do the trick (although I still am on the peanut flour search)  I enjoyed the chippers a top some rolled oats along with some regular 'ole peanut butter (there's no such thing as too much peanut butter in my world ;)
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Love in a bowl!
Some other meals I love:
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Who says oatmeal is just for breakfast?  I enjoyed a sweet potato with sunbutter + cinnamon, steamed broccoli and zucchini, fresh tomatoes, and of course the oatmeal for dinner one night (and somehow chocolate chips made their way onto the scene - how did that happen? ;)

And one morning for a pre-(2)tests breakfast, I had a protein packed meal starring oatmeal, Greek yogurt, and an egg.  And of course berries because I eat berries every day :D
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Last but definitely not least is Katie's Carrot Cake in a Bowl topped with cinnamon and raw macadamia nuts (I don't know about you guys, but I absolutely adore raw macadamia nuts)
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So as soon as you get done making Katie's Cake Batter Pizzert, you HAVE TO make her Carrot Cake in a Bowl.  Yes, it's an order ;)  But as soon as you've taken one bite of the amazing carroty goodness, you are going to thank me for forcing you.  I promise.  :) :) :)
A long side the carrot cake, I had my usual green tea and 8 oz of some greens:
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Green tasting?  No.  Delicious tasting?  Ohhhh yes!!

Well, that's all I have for you guys for now!  Have an amazing weekend everyone!  Next time I talk to you guys, I will probably be 16... ahhhh!!!

<3
 


Comments

04/15/2011 09:02

Oooh, those cookies look like they'd be soft chew goodness.

And I am totally with you on the macadamia nuts. May be my favorite nut!

Live up your 15th year until your birthday! :)

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04/15/2011 09:54

Happy almost birthday!

I'm in love with that green juice! It's nummy :D

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04/15/2011 10:34

I am in love with this post. So many delicious oat pics I don't even know where to start! That Peanut Buster Oats looks amazing!!! So yummy! And I need peanut butter chips like right this instant. Happy early birthday beautiful :)

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omg you just made my day/week/life :) i'm so glad they turned out well for you! and that you liked them so much :) granted pb + chocolate kiiind of hard to mess up ;) all your oats look amazing, come make me breakfast??!

i hope your birthday is absolutely amazing love :)
<3 <3 <3
nicole

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04/15/2011 13:27

What delicious cookies you made. Happy Sweet Sixteen!

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04/15/2011 14:10

Aww aww aww! I am so sorry that I'm so lousy with keeping up with posts, but your last TWO posts just made me smile so much!! Don't even know what made me smile the most... well, maybe the cake batter pizzert because I am just a sucker for sprinkles.

And I'm with you on the barley. I love love love it but do not like how it takes so long to cook. And if you want to cook hulled barley, it's even longer!

Anyway, thank you for your amazingness!! And happy almost 16th!!!

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04/15/2011 14:26

16 is such a fun year! Get pumped girl.
I love all of your eats. They're so fun! Macadamia nuts are probably my favorite nut ever. They're so smooth and creamy and loaded with fat, which is the best part!

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04/15/2011 15:50

Wowwie I am drooling! I'm going to check out that cookie recipe ASAP! I cannot wait another minute.

Whitney

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You're too cute! Enjoy being young :)

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04/16/2011 00:59

Can I wish you a happy almost 16? :)

Love all of the oats! Especially the ones with chocolate. And I need peanut butter chips right now!

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04/16/2011 06:40

Happy early birthday! My goodness, all your foods looks so good! I love the different kinds of oats :)

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04/16/2011 07:35

Oooh man all your eats look SO YUMMY!! Can you please live with me and make all my food? Kay thanks:)

And HAPPY BIRTHDAY IN ADVANCE!! Have a great day!! :D

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04/17/2011 11:34

Have a great birthday! :-) Wohoo!

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04/17/2011 12:10

You are a girl after my own heart with all of these chocolate chip recipes!! I'm in lovvvvve with chocolate (as you certainly know!) Love those pb chips too, omg yum, you can never get enough peanut butter!! And I'm totally trying your peanut buster parfait soon (and chocolate + raspberry really, you can't go wrong!) Hope you have a great bday! can't WAIT to hear how great it is!!

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04/18/2011 03:49

Oh my gosh!!!! Your Peanut Butter BUSTER Oats look HEAVENLY!!!! I have to make them!!! :)

Happy early Sweet 16!!!! I'm so excited for you!!! My Sweet 16 is in less than a month too! :) What are you going to do for your birthday?

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i love all of your recent eats. So much peanut butter goodness!!! Happy sweet 16 ;)

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04/18/2011 19:06

oh yessss!! I've been putting pb chips in lots of things!! I think so far, they're super duper good in overnight oats. :D

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Wow all of this food looks so amazing!!!

Those raspberry and chocolate oats especially.

I hope you have a wonderful 16th birthday, time really does go by way too fast...I remember being 16...it was fantastic. Enjoy it!

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04/24/2011 00:19

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Hope it was a brilliant one :-)
On the theme of our family birthdays, mine's in two weeks, not quite like our brothers' but close!

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