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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Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie

Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie

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I just found this post that has been sitting in my drafts bin for two years.  No joke, TWO YEARS!

…can a blog post grow old???

What was my life even like two years ago?  Spring of 2015 was my first semester as an RA.  I was working weird hours at a daycare (6:50-7:50 am, 2:30-6:00 pm).  I had never been to Texas.  I didn’t like tomatoes.

I think that it is about time that I share this recipe.

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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup milk of choice
  • 1 kiwi, peeled and sliced
  • 2 large strawberries, stems removed
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 large handful spinach

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
  • Drink and enjoy!

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Chocolate Covered Pretzel Oatmeal

Chocolate Covered Pretzel Oatmeal

If you do not know what someone wants for Christmas, get them food.

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This seems to be the general consensus of most Americans, and  I believe that it usually works well.  As a teacher, my mom received piles of cookies, cakes, and treats from her students, and my family never complained about this multitude of desserts.

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One of our favorites, chocolate covered pretzels, is the inspiration for today’s recipe.

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 banana, mashed
  • 1 tsp. cocoa powder
  • sweetener to taste
  • handful of pretzels

Directions

  • In a small saucepan, bring water and vanilla to a boil.
  • Stir in oatmeal and banana.  Return to a boil and stir in cocoa powder and sweetener.
  • Reduce heat to medium.  Cook until you are pleased with the consistency (probably around five minutes).
  • Transfer to a bowl.  Stir in pretzels.
  • Eat immediately (no one wants soggy pretzels!).
  • Enjoy!

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Rice Krispie Treat Oatmeal

Rice Krispie Treat Oatmeal

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Last Wednesday, I promised to share my recipe for Rice Krispie Treat Oatmeal.

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I wish I had a great story about Rice Krispie Treats, but I don’t.  Actually, I don’t like store-bought Rice Krispie Treats because they are too thick and dry.

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But I do like oatmeal, and I like Rice Krispie cereal, and I like marshmallows, so I figured that I could put them all together.

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It was a good decision.

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/2 banana, mashed
  • 1/4 cup Rice Krispie cereal
  • 1/3 cup marshmallows, divided

Directions

  • Combine oatmeal and water in a microwave-safe bowl.  Microwave on high for 90 seconds.
  • Stir in mashed banana and half of the marshmallows. Microwave an additional 30 seconds.
  • Stir in Rice Krispie cereal and remaining marshmallows.
  • Eat and enjoy!
Peanut Butter Banana Cake (3 Ingredients, Vegan)

Peanut Butter Banana Cake (3 Ingredients, Vegan)

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Baking in the dorm kitchen is always an adventure for several reasons:

  1. You never know what pans are actually clean.
  2. There is no working mixer.
  3. I have to carry the ingredients from my room to the kitchen (and always have to go back because I forget to take cooking spray).
  4. There are no pot holders.
  5. There is no cake tester, so sometimes I poke holes in the cake and try a piece before I remember to take pictures of the final product.

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Yet, I love to bake, and my hall loves cupcakes, so I find myself vigorously stirring batter every few weeks.

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Several weeks ago, I bought bananas for ten cents a pound. Like all discounted bananas, they were mushy before I could eat them all. Nonetheless, I believe that it is an unpardonable sin to throw away bananas because you can always bake with overripe bananas. I also found powdered peanut butter at a discounted price.  I decided to combine the two ingredients, and this simple banana bread was the result.

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You may have noticed that I tagged this recipe as vegan.  The truth is, I am only 99% sure that the recipe is vegan. Since I am not vegan myself and never will be (it is a proven fact that my body needs dairy to function), I do not know what vegans exclude from their diets other than meat, dairy, eggs, and honey.  I do know that bananas and powdered peanut butter do not contain animal products.  If someone wants, they can enlighten me on the unpronounceable ingredients of boxed cake mix:

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Whether it is vegan or not, this cake tastes delicious, costs less than $3 total, and is simple to make.  I hope you enjoy!

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Ingredients

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 4 overripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup powdered peanut butter
  • 1 tbs. cinnamon (optional)
  • water (as needed)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Mash bananas.
  3. Combine cake mix and mashed bananas completely.  Stir in powdered peanut butter and cinnamon, adding water as needed.
  4. Coat a sheet pan with nonstick spray.  Pour batter into pan.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  6. Let cool completely.  Eat and enjoy!

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Honey Nut Cereal Bars

Honey Nut Cereal Bars

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We were all starving, but we were also all in agreement that laundry HAD to be done before we went to supper.  After a week of painting, running through the rain, and carrying dusty boxes to get everything ready for camp, we needed to clean our clothes before the laundromat closed.  That is why five college girls were sitting on the floor of an outdated laundromat in Columbus, TX.

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When I reached into my bag for my journal, I saw the holy grail: five homemade Honey Nut Cereal Bars, squashed and slightly melted.  I handed one to each of my companions.  Within minutes, our hands were covered in gooey peanut butter, but our stomachs were satiated enough to fold a few more t-shirts.

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Honey Nut Cereal Bars

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup cereal

Directions

  • microwave peanut butter and honey for 30 seconds
  • stir in cereal
  • pour into a small container lined with wax paper
  • freeze for at least 20 minutes
  • cut into several bars
  • eat and enjoy (or store in an airtight container)

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Mango and Sweet Rice Overnight Oatmeal

Mango and Sweet Rice Overnight Oatmeal

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With fall starting later this week, I wanted to throw in one last summery oatmeal recipe.

I have only been to a Thai restaurant one time, but I absolutely loved it!  This oatmeal recipe was inspired by the dessert I ordered that night:  sweet sticky rice with mango.  The name is self-explanatory.  It is sweet.  It is sticky.  It has mango.  🙂

This overnight oats recipe is perfect for rushed mornings before school or work.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup cooked rice
  • 1/3 cup raw oatmeal
  • 2/3 cup milk (I used cow milk, but I am sure that coconut milk would be delicious!)
  • 1 mango, diced
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbs shredded coconut
  • pinch of sweetener (optional)

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients in a seal-able container
  • Let sit overnight
  • Eat and Enjoy!

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