Thursday, March 20, 2014

Peanut Butter Cookie Oatmeal

It's been awhile since I had a recipe focused post, but I created something I was a bit excited about today, so I wanted to share it with you.

I'm still doing pretty well on my eating cleaner/food tracking, and I even managed to put together a breakfast, lunch and snack to take with me to work today at 6 in the morning before I was remotely human or awake.  I felt like having warm breakfast, and although I usually don't automatically choose oatmeal as a go to breakfast, I decided to be wild and wooly today.  We don't actually own a microwave (they totally freak me out), but I figured I could throw oatmeal ingredients in a container and use the microwave at the office as an exception.  I threw oats and milk into a glass bowl, and at the last second decided to be really wild and throw in some peanut butter too.

I was pleasantly surprised at how good it turned out!  It really was like a warm, sloppy version of an peanut butter cookie, and it made the work kitchen smell like cookies.  I would have taken a picture of it to post, but it's not like it was a "pretty breakfast", so I didn't want to gross anyone out.  It was super rich and filling, so I definitely wouldn't eat this all the time, but it was a nice treat for today and super convenient.  I suspect it would be fantastic with a sprinkle of chocolate chips in it too, but I'm not EVEN going to go there with bringing a bag of those in the house!

Peanut Butter Cookie Oatmeal

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (I used Bob's Red Mill)
  • 1 cup almond milk (oatmeal made with water is anarchy)
  • 2 TB peanut butter (I used Jiff Natural Creamy PB)
  • 2 TSP honey
  • tiniest dash of salt

Combine all ingredients in a microwave safe container and microwave in 45 second increments, stopping to stir the oatmeal between increments, until milk is mostly absorbed into the oats.   It took mine about 2 and a half minutes total.  Let it sit for about a minute after you pull it out of the microwave, since the oats will continue to absorb milk, and since you don't want a 3rd degree burn on your tongue.  You can also do this on the stove top, just cook it on lowish/medium until the oatmeal is cooked and has absorbed most of the milk.

My Fitness Pal put this at 440 calories, 22 grams of fat, 15 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber.  Obviously that's a lot of fat, so you could reduce the peanut butter if you're inclined to cut it a little.  I have a long day today and of course a dumb call when my normal lunch is, so I wanted to have a breakfast that would hold me over until I was able to leave for lunch!

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