PNB & Banana Oatmeal

pnb and banana oats

I made this one in my Dutch oven on the stove the other day and I am just finishing up the last batch for tomorrow’s breakfast. Nothing fills me up and sets me up for a good day (nutritionally) like an oatmeal breakfast. It covers all the basis. No cravings and no crazy binge moments because I am all of a sudden starving! Oatmeal and peanut butter “stick to your ribs”, that is for sure! And to think this recipe was created b/c I broke the can opener trying to open the can of pumpkin and I was too cheap to buy pecans to make an official pumpkin oatmeal! I love signs from the universe! This one was, “just use peanut butter and banana silly!”

What you need>>>

2 cups oats

2 c unsweetened almond milk

1 large banana-chopped

2 tsp honey

2 heaping tbsp natural peanut butter

spices-cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger-to your liking

(you could also add chia seeds and or flax seeds….or nuts!)

How to make>>>

In pot or Dutch oven on stove top combine all ingredients over med heat. Let it go for a few min and then stir and simmer for 15 to 20 min.

Makes 5 servings!! Enjoy!! Great for those weekly meal preps or for a family breakfast that morning! xo, A

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Adrienne’s Energy Bites

adriennes energy bites

 

 

 

Perfect little bites of energy homemade instead of store-bought bars or bites! Perfect for your kids too!

energy bites 4

I used:

1/3 c coconut flakes

1/3 c mini choc chips

1/4 c wheat germ

1/4 c flaxseed meal

1 c old fashioned oats

1/4 c agave

1/2 c natural peanut butter 

2 tsp cinnamon

You can use the same or sub or add in your favorites! Nuts, raisins, etc.

Mix together all ingredients in bowl and use your hands if you have to. Messy!

Cover and place bowl in fridge for 1/2 hour.

Remove from fridge and roll into 1 inch balls or flatten the mixture into a large bar on wax paper and place back in fridge.

Should make around 20 to 22 bites or 10 to  12 bites and 1 bar to be cut into smaller bites as needed.

I did both methods as you can see.

It was messy! I even put coconut oil on my hands to help form them but the entire mix did not fully cooperate >>>hence the bar! Patience lost 🙂

 

They are delicious!!

I hope you and your family enjoy them!

xo, A

 

 

 

NUT SPREAD & FRUIT CUTOUTS

nut spread and fruit cut out shapes for kids

This was FUN!! …..and chaotic!! 2 adults and 4 little ones in our small kitchen today to help Max with his Snax!!! His cousins came over to play and have lunch and we made nutella and pnb banana, strawberry tortillas then cut shapes out of them!

The kids all helped cut out their shapes and ate most of them before we even got them on the plates!! I needed a reason to buy nutella-I never have-and this was it!! Yes, I had some on my Ezekiel toast this am….no, I don’t feel bad about it.

To make:

Take 2 tortillas-whatever kind you like

Spread nut butter on one side-about 2 tbsp. (use any kind-peanut, almond, cashew, nutella…etc)

Top with thin sliced strawberries and bananas

Top with other tortilla

Use fun shaped cutters to make shapes or use a pizza cutter and make triangles if you don’t have cutouts!

Devour

Enjoy!!

xo,

A and Max

Peaches & Coffee Smoothie

peaches and coffee smoothie

Oh man!! I went weeks without having a smoothie and I finally had one this am! I treated myself last week to a pack of Starbucks VIA. I had been out of it for a long time! I forgot how much I loved putting coffee in my smoothies! Also, my body was  feeling off so I finally realized without smoothies I don’t get my dose of flaxseed . I need my flaxseed! That is the number one reason I am so happy I had a smoothie this am!

I went grocery shopping at Aldi last night and got great prices on frozen and fresh fruit! (I highly recommend you doing the same) I decided to go for a peaches and cream like smoothie but with coffee. It was delicious and I drank it down fast!

The ingredients are listed above but if you don’t have or want to leave out the peanut butter and or the Greek yogurt then go ahead and just add a little more protein powder. Or, if you want you can add a little more peanut butter and Greek yogurt and leave out the powder. As always, make it a good balance of nutrients!

Enjoy!

xo-A

 

PB&J Chocolate Coffee Smoothie

pb&j choc coffee smooth PB&J coffee choc smoothie

1 tsp natural peanut butter or almond butter

1/4 c plain Greek yogurt

1 c red grapes

3 tsp oats

1 tsp chia seeds

1 small banana

1 c unsweetened almond milk

1 pack instant coffee pack (Starbucks VIA works)

1 scoop chocolate protein powder

Add Handful of ice and blend

Chicken, peppers and angel hair tossed with pnb & soy sauce

What you will need:

Seasonings: (1/2 tsp of each)

ginger

garlic powder

cinnamon

dry mustard

blk pepper

Sauce:

2 tsp Light olive oil or reg olive oil

1 tsp natural peanut butter

1/4 c lite sodium soy sauce

2 tsp sriracha or hot sauce

whisk together and add into pan right before you drop the pasta in to toss

Peppers and onions:

1/2 cup sliced red onion, 2 cups chopped sweet peppers-yellow, red, orange

Chicken:

cube 1 and 1/2 lbs chicken breast and boil in water for 8 min. Drain and then add back to pan with 1/4 c water remaining. Add to the skillet 1 tsp unsalted butter, 2 tsp minced garlic, the peppers and onions. Season with the above seasonings evenly and cook for 10 min on med while the pasta cooks.

Angel hair or other pasta:

Whole grain, 4 servings-cook according to package

Toss all together and serve! Serves 3 adult portions and one hungry 4 year old!

angel hair with peanut butter soy sauce

Enjoy! A

Apples with Greek yogurt dip

Greek yogurt dip

 

Greek yogurt dip with honey, cinnamon and peanut butter

1 and a half cups of plain Greek yogurt

2 tsp peanut butter

1 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp honey

Mix well and serve with red and green apples-like I did for a holiday party or with any fruit on any day as a healthy snack. I think this would also be good to spread on toast in the a.m or eat by the spoonful like I could do because I love it so much!

***Can substitute pumpkin instead of peanut butter, or use almond, apple butter or pumpkin butter instead.

 

Enjoy!!
xoxoxo-A