Healthy Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal topped with bananas tossed in a mixture of brown sugar and vanilla bean! A great breakfast!
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about this blog and what it represents to me.
I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s so much more than just sharing recipes; this blog is a place for inspiration and stories. At least that’s what I’ve always tried to make it; however, lately I feel like I’m getting further from that.
It just feels… redundant. I have to put my passion back into it.
So, we’re getting back to it! Back to when I shared my inspiration, fitness posts, healthy living tips, dreams, and stories! More personalized. I hope you don’t mind, but it’s not just food that makes me happy anymore; it’s the story behind the food.
First I’d like to tell you about the first time I fell in love with pumpkin. I was 9 years old and my mom and I baked a pie from scratch. The comfort pumpkin pie brings me is unparalleled.
I’m also a huge fan of oatmeal which I really didn’t start eating until I was in college. Now I eat oatmeal pancakes, bowls of oatmeal, and oatmeal in muffins! I love how healthy it is and am constantly trying to find new ways to add it to my recipes.
Healthy Chai-Spiced Pumpkin Oatmeal Muffins with a lovely vanilla bean cream cheese glaze!
I spent last night catching up with one of my best friends; we don’t live near each other so it’s wonderful being able to chat for an hour or two. Unfortunately I haven’t seen her in almost a year, but I think a trip to Chicago for New Years is in the works now!
Speaking of Chicago, I’m actually headed there over Thanksgiving and couldn’t be more thrilled! Michgan Ave, high rises, shopping, incredible food, and that gorgeous water. For some reason that city speaks to my heart.
It just so happens that food also speaks to my heart (obviously). Lately, I can’t get enough pumpkin! Wait a sec. I can never have enough pumpkin. If you guys have been reading my blog, you know it’s just one of my serious obsessions. I’m even asking for pumpkin pie for my birthday this year! Weird, I know… but what else can you expect from me?
I’ve been hoarding these muffins for a good month! Shame on me. I’m sorry to do that to you.
To be honest, I couldn’t even remember what they tasted like so I convinced myself to test the recipe once more before posting; I will never forgot these again. The muffins were superb, full of pumpkin and chai flavors, and incredibly moist. Seriously probably my favorite muffin ever. EVER you guys!
You won’t believe that these fudgy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars are made with lentils.Vegan and gluten free!
LENTILS in a dessert? You think I’m crazy? Weird? Cute? Maybe it’s a combo.
We’ll get to this dessert soon. First off, it’s Friday!
I haven’t slept all freaking week. I wish I was kidding. I’ve been preparing for the launch of a brand new site for work and so we’ve been busy plugging away, staying late, and chugging coffee. I’ve also been trying to get back into working out after taking a little over a week off. Last night I went to my favorite yoga sculpt class. Ummmm you guys… it was pure hell and I mean that in the best way possible. I literally thought I was going to throw up on my yoga mat, and that never happens to me (sorry for being so descriptive). I guess that’s what happens after a week of vacation wine and cookie inhaling.
Today I rewarded myself with a small dark hot chocolate. I figured that I haven’t had a real hot chocolate in ages, and I felt like I needed a sweet treat to keep me going. Let me tell you, it was SO worth it. I even topped mine with extra whipped cream. It’s important to treat yourself to a little indulgence; I hope you all do the same this weekend!
Naturally sweetened banana bread made with whole wheat flour and oatmeal. Perfect for a healthy breakfast or snack!
I’m absolutely one of those people who believe that everything happens for a reason.
That tragedy is followed by opportunity and growth. That difficult times will eventually be followed by lovely moments. But I’m also the type of person who loves to plan, think ahead, or heck, just think about everything. My to-do lists are endless. My goals keep getting bigger.
But, I’ve also found that sometimes you have to live in the moment. Enjoy little moments with people who matter to you. Appreciate the messes, forget imperfections, and embrace the present. Still with me?
Remember last week when I told you about my vacation? Well it was the best! I went to the apple orchard, on long fall drives, baked apple crisp, coconut cookies, turkey meatballs, and more. We watched movies, drank wine, and laughed like nothing else mattered. In fact, we even went to the diner and ate pancakes at 2am on a Sunday. Sometimes you just need those moments; that little bit of time with someone special.
Other times you just need banana bread. That sweet aroma to fill your house and create a comforting atmosphere.
It’s obvious I’m in love with banana baked goods. Have you checked out my recipe index lately? It’s full of healthy banana breads.