Florida Cold & Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal

Hello on this chilly morning!

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Don’t hate me. I’m just easily amused and find it hilarious that people in Orlando freak out when the temperature dips below 70 degrees. It’s mid-November! If it was this warm in Maryland right now, people would be breaking out the tanks and shorts and  having a BBQ. Nevertheless, since everyone in Florida will be wearing down coats and gloves today, I took full advantage and broke out some of my winter favorites!

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It’s only appropriate for me to wear this massive scarf in 65 degree weather because everyone else will be bundled up. I’ve got to take advantage of it when I can, right? ;)

On the workout front, the last few days have consisted of a LOT of running. I’m going to be running 3 5k’s in the next few weeks and I’m hoping to PR back to back to back. I just signed up for a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning with Nick’s mom and sister, Anna, and that’s the only one I’m feeling a little nervous about. I’m not sure how I’m going to adjust to running in such cold weather after I’ve been spoiled down here with amazing running weather lately. We shall see! The other two races will be here with my Girls on the Run group and I’m really looking forward to them too.

Needless to say, my legs are a little bit tired after back to back 4 mile runs so tonight I’m taking a hot yoga class with my friend Jessica. It’s at a new-to-me studio, so I’m excited to see how this one compares to my beloved OPY. I’ll report back tomorrow!

On the eats front, I have a nice little oatmeal recipe to share today. Since it was a little chilly this morning, I decided oatmeal would be better than a green smoothie. I used the best flavor combination of chocolate and peanut butter to make some Reese’s oatmeal. Okay, it doesn’t really have any Reese’s cups in it, but it’s chocolate and peanut butter oatmeal! It’s also much more filling, healthy and better for you than a Reese’s cup. I’m not saying it’s bad to eat Reese’s cups for breakfast because I’m sure we’ve all been there a few times, but oatmeal is probably a better choice. Moving on. Here’s the recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tbsp dark cocoa powder
  • 1/2 banana, mashed
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter

Method: 

Combine oats, almond milk, water and mashed banana in a saucepan on medium heat. When it starts to boil, add cocoa and whip repeatedly for about 3-4 minutes or until most of the liquid has been absorbed by the oats. Pour into a bowl and add tablespoon of peanut butter on top. Allow the peanut butter to melt a little, then spread over top of oats.

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I sliced up the other half of the banana and added it to the top of my oatmeal. This is one of my absolute favorite ways to eat oatmeal, and it keeps me full for hours. Winner, winner!

Do you ever eat candy for breakfast? Please tell me I’m not the only one.

Comments

  1. says

    SO JEALOUS! It was 26 w/ ice on the windows in Maryland when I woke up….I would kill for 60 degree weather right now.

    I’m not usually a fan of oats, but this looks so good I can’t not make it. Thanks for the recipe :)

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