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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Carrot Cake Bites {Blind Spot Monthly Recipe}

Carrot Cake Bites {Blind Spot Monthly Recipe}

This is Katy Bunny, the loyal rabbit that I stuffed at Build-A-Bear Workshop when I was 5 years old.

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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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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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Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal

Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal

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I was a little late to the pumpkin spice party last year.  So late, in fact, that I decided to wait until this year to post the recipe that I made.

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Maybe now I am a little early, but this post has been scheduled for 261 days.  I think that it has incubated long enough.

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And trust me, this recipe was worth the wait.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. all spice
  • 1/8 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp. ginger

Directions

  • In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil.
  • Add oats and reduce heat to medium.  Cook for three minutes.
  • Stir in all remaining ingredients.
  • Transfer to a bowl and top with nuts or more cinnamon, if desired.
  • Eat and enjoy!

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Irresistible Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

Irresistible Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

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Next to Christmas and my birthday, today might be the best day of the year.  Why?  Because today is National Oatmeal Cookie Day.

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In honor of this wonderful holiday, I am going to share with you my recipe for Coconut Oatmeal Cookies.  In my opinion, these cookies are simply irresistible.

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I must confess, though, that I have substituted one very important secret ingredient.  This ingredient truly makes the difference in the coconut oatmeal cookie recipe.  The recipe you see below is how I made the cookies one time when I was out of my secret ingredient.  They were still delicious and quickly devoured, but they were not quite the same.

You can guess the secret ingredient all you want, but I will neither confirm nor deny any guesses 🙂

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Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1.5 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 cups rolled oats
    • 1 cup shredded coconut

    Directions

    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit
    • Beat butter and sugars to form a cream
    • Add eggs and vanilla.  Mix well.
    • Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in a flour sifter.  Sift into the egg, butter, and sugar.
    • Beat with a hand mixer until all ingredients are completely combined.
    • Stir in oatmeal.  To make mixing easier, I like to add one cup at a time.
    • Add coconut.
    • Form teaspoon-sized balls and place on an un-greased cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes.  Let cool 1 minute on the pan before transferring to parchment paper.
    • Let cool, eat, and enjoy!

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    **Note: Pictures were taken of a half-batch of cookies.

    Mac-n-Cheese Oatmeal

    Mac-n-Cheese Oatmeal

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    As promised last week, I am bringing you a very unique oatmeal recipe today.

    Just when you though that I couldn’t put together a weirder oatmeal combination, I decided to pair oatmeal with my favorite childhood food: macaroni and cheese.

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    Ingredients

    • 3/4 cup water
    • 1/3 cup pasta
    • 1/4 cup oatmeal
    • 1/4 cup cottage cheese
    • 2 tbs shredded cheese (I used a cheddar and monterey jack blend)
    • pinch of paprika (optional)
    • Salt and black pepper to taste

    Directions

    • Bring water to a boil over high heat.  Add pasta and continue to boil 5 minutes.
    • Reduce heat to medium and stir in oatmeal. Continue to boil for five minutes.
    • Remove from heat.  Stir in cottage cheese, shredded cheese.
    • Transfer to bowl.  Top with cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper.
    • Eat and enjoy.

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