Tag: healthier breakfast

Pumpkin and Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars - www.onceagainnutbutterblog.comI’ll be the first to admit that a bowl of old- fashioned oatmeal is hard to beat, but who has time to prepare it on a daily basis? Thus, the birth of the oatmeal ! How incredible that you can enjoy the benefits of oats and  get the warmth and all the flavor of a bowl of  oatmeal in a bar that is easy to take with you on the go?

Lack of time is another reason so many find themselves at the drive through line of a coffee place on their way to work. And at this time of the year, it is hard not to order from the seasonal menu and indulge in a pumpkin spiced coffee drink of some sort. Unfortunately, those come with a nice side of over-the-top calories, way too much sugar and saturated fat. No worries though, we have you covered for all your pumpkin cravings and your need for a fast breakfast, too. These pumpkin oatmeal bars will meet  both demands. Prepare them ahead of time, and you will have enough for breakfast for the whole week. The recipe below makes about 16 bars, depending on how you cut them. And  there here are a few details to note about this recipe. You can customize it by using whichever  milk you prefer. I have tried them with cow’s milk, almond milk and coconut milk. All three varieties worked well in the recipe. I have also tried it out with flax “eggs” for a vegan option, and the results were equally fantastic.

Per request, I added coconut flakes and chocolate chips to one of my batches for my kids. Just when I thought this recipe couldn’t get any better, it did.  I should really listen to my kids more often! The combination of coconut and chocolate with pumpkin was perfect. Also notice the recipe does not call for any sugar, honey or maple syrup. You can certainly add that for a sweeter bar, but if you are eating them warm at home, then just top it with your choice of honey or maple before serving. If you are adding a sweetener to the recipe, start with ½ cup of sugar or ¾ cup honey or maple and add more to taste.

Not convinced about  how easy they are to make? Watch this video and make  them  along with us!


Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars

Makes about 16

3 cups of quick oats

½ cup pumpkin puree

1 cup milk of your choice

2 eggs

2 teaspoon baking soda

¾ teaspoon salt

½ cup Once Again Peanut Butter

2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Mix pumpkin puree with milk, then add peanut butter and eggs. In separate bowl, mix oats, baking soda, salt and pumpkin pie spice. Now mix it into the pumpkin,  and combine  all ingredients well. Pour into a 9×13 inch pan and take it to a 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes, until the top is golden. Serve  bars  with maple syrup or honey for breakfast or an anytime snack! Save left overs in sealed container in refrigerator for up to three days.

Breakfast Pumpkin Cookie: Can you have cookies for breakfast?

One of my favorite things about the holidays is that eating cookies for breakfast is not only accepted but encouraged! Cookies are one of my favorite things to make and eat, I particularly like the cookies that are high in fiber and protein because they are perfect candidates for “breakfast cookies” that you can eat any day and not just on holidays!

My kids are usually a bit shocked when instead of their oatmeal and bowl of fruit I present them with a plate of cookies and warm milk for breakfast.  Best part is that these Breakfast Pumpkin cookies are filled with oats, (#glutenfree) pumpkin and almond butter, so they are delicious and nutritious.

This recipe includes ¾ cup of pumpkin puree, since it is season for pumpkin and nutmeg. But you can actually make them with other fruit purees for some variation. I have tried it with bananas, dates and even a mix of zucchini and banana. Keep the measure at about ¾-1 cup and if you happen to be using a fruit puree that has more water than pumpkin, add some extra oats to compensate.

Here is the recipe and share with us in the comments belwo how do you feel about having cookies for breakfast?

Breakfast Pumpkin Cookie

1 cup oat flour20141117_201702646_iOS
1 ½ cup oats
¼ tsp baking soda
1 tsp pumpkin spice
¼ tsp salt
¾ cup 100% Pumpkin Puree
¼ cup Once Again Almond Butter
¼ cup Maple Syrup or Honey
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350F. You can purchase the oat flour, or just make your own by adding about 1 ½ cup of oats into the food processor until you achieve a coarse flour. Then add the baking soda, pumpkin spice and salt to the flour mix. Next add the pumpkin, Once Again Almond Butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract and mix well. Lastly add the oats and mix. Using a “cookie scoop” drop dollops onto a greased cookie sheet (or one lined with a silicone baking sheet) then flatten the cookies and take to oven for 15 minutes or until golden.

Makes about 24 cookies with a ½ tsp scoop.

… have a happy Thanksgiving,

 Carolina

Wake Up to Overnight Oats!

I have seen several bloggers post numerous recipes for “overnight oats” but I must admit I hesitated to the whole idea until about a week ago. I have been in search for ways to use some of my glass jars that I usually just dump into the recycle bin. In my leisurely search in Pinterest I came across the idea of using the peanut butter glass jar to make overnight oats. What really caught my interest was that instead of soaking the jar with water and detergent to clean it when all the butter was gone, I could just add the overnight oat ingredients to it as is and REALLY use up every last drop of nut butter!overnight oats recipe

I’m a huge advocate for “short cuts” that make your life easier when it comes to cooking. My mornings are way more rushed than I ever imagined they would be. I remember the days where I stretched out in bed and took some deep breaths contemplating what this next day would bring… nowadays I pretty much open my eyes to breakfast orders, homework help requests, reminders of lists I need to complete, and checklists of afterschool activities we must prepare for. Sure I could set an alarm and wake up 30 minutes earlier to give myself extra time, but that would mean waking up at about 4:30 am! Needless to say this whole “overnight oats” thing really was a perfect fit for my morning routine. Breakfast that was prepared the night before and actually gives me a reason to smile as I jump out of bed. I can’t believe I took so long to try it!

Some other side benefits were that my kids really enjoyed helping put them together the night before.  The idea of having “personalized” breakfasts for the next day convinced them to belly up to the counter and pick their own ingredients. I used some of my many Once Again Nut Butter jars that I’ve been saving since they have a nice airtight lid and are the perfect size. And if I get around to it this next weekend I might even paint the name of each one of our household members to the jars (Oh, if you know some good techniques for painting on glass let me know, that will be my next Pinterest search!).

The sky is the limit when it comes to “Overnight Oats” recipes. The main ingredients are a ¾ cup of old fashion oats of your choice, ½ cup milk of your choice (we used almond milk, unsweetened) and 1 tablespoon of Once Again Nut Butter, then you add your toppings. Close your jars and place it in the refrigerators overnight (or at least for 1 hour). That’s it! It will be ready to enjoy the next day, you can always add a little extra milk if it’s too thick the next day.

My husband’s version has an extra tablespoon of nut butter since he eats breakfast pretty early and doesn’t usually get to lunch until 1pm. My egg-and-toast-man wasn’t too sure about this oatmeal in a jar either, but after a couple of days where he actually endured his morning meetings and made it to lunch without a headache he was convinced too.

overnight oatsMy kids preferred theirs with lots of strawberries and blueberries, while I added some chia seeds and cinnamon to mine which reminds me of the more traditional oatmeal I used to eat as a child. You can eat it cold right out of the jar in the morning, which during the summer just makes more sense. Or you can also warm it up for a few minutes if you prefer it that way.

Have fun creating your own favorites!

… wake up happy every single day,

Carolina