To celebrate WIMBW and the fact that I had some canned pumpkin in the fridge, I decided to chose Creamy Chocolate Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal from Jenny Grothe's 75 Ways To Love Your Oatmeal. This oatmeal sounded perfect - I absolutely love chocolate and pumpkin is my all-time favorite flavor in the entire world! Picking this oatmeal recipe was the easiest choice I made all week ;) I almost followed the entire recipe to a T, but I did have to make a few substitutions to fit my eating habits. And if you try this recipe, please feel free to make your own substitutions.
Jessica's Chocolate Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal
1/2 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 tbsp flaxseeds
1/2 tbsp hemp seeds
1/2 tbsp unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup oats
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/4 cup pumpkin
3 tbsp Greek yogurt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tbsp cacao powder
1 tbsp protein powder
drizzle organic local honey
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350
Step 2: Add 1/2 tbsp chia seeds, 1/2 tbsp flaxseeds, 1/2 tbsp hemp seeds, and 12 tbsp unsweetened coconut to an oven-proof bowl
Step 3: Add 1/2 cup of oats to bowl
Step 4: Add 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk - today I chose So Delicious Dairy Free Almond Plus Unsweetened
Step 5: A 1/4 cup pumpkin
Step 6: Add 3 tbsp Greek yogurt - I prefer Whole Foods brand 365 Plain Greek Yogurt
Step 7: Add 1/4 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice, 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg, and 1/2 tsp ground cloves
Step 8: Add 1/2 tbsp cacao powder and 1 tbsp protein powder - I prefer Garden of Life RAW Protein in chocolate
Step 9: Add drizzle of honey - today I chose local honey from Jorgensen's Apiary in Goldenrod - the goldenrod flower gives the honey a butterscotch flavor!
Step 10: Mix and bake in oven for 30 minutes
The aroma coming from the oven was so hard to ignore! My mouth was watering like crazy before the timer even went off. Luckily, I spent the half hour getting ready for work to keep my distracted from the heavenly pumpkin creation in my oven. Anyway, I love my Chocolate Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal! The pumpkin taste was perfect and reminded me of Starbucks pumpkin bread - but, way healthier! And, I actually enjoyed the taste of this baked oatmeal more than the pumpkin bread! Halfway through I added a 1/2 tbsp of my all-natural homemade peanut butter - I do love my peanut butter! The peanut butter just added another delicious flavor and successfully fulfilled my peanut butter craving :) This Chocolate Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal was extremely filling and I cannot wait to try Jenny Grothe's other pumpkin oatmeal recipes!
I brought some organic grapes to work to help tide me over until lunch
Lunch was spent at Burntwood Tavern with my mom. I love the decor and rustic feel of Burntwood.
We both enjoyed a bowl of the black bean soup - I was surprised to see tortilla strips and I picked most of them off. The soup was very flavorful and contained a little spice - I loved it!
We also shared two appetizers - Hummus with cucumber, pita and plantains and Blackened Shrimp Tacos with napa slaw, queso fresco, sriracha aioli and avocado salsa.
I really like the hummus with the plantains - the combination is perfect! And the blackened shrimp tacos are bursting with flavor and I topped my taco off with a squeeze of lime and some of the guacamole - so delicious!
Whole Foods 365 Greek Yogurt topped with organic strawberries, organic raspberries, organic blueberries and Jessica's Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Granola
Since my afternoon snack was so filling, I decided to have a smaller dinner after my barre workout. I toasted an Ezekiel 7 Sprouted Grains English Muffin while frying an organic cage-free egg in organic virgin coconut oil.
Then, I spread some creamed honey I purchased from Jorgensen's Apiary on one half of the toasted English muffin before adding the fried egg.
I made this purchase after sampling some of the creamed honey at the apiary. I decided on the Berry Blast flavor of the Creamed Honey - freeze dried blueberry, strawberry and raspberry. This stuff is like sweet, creamy heaven on a biscuit - so delicious and unlike anything I've ever had before. I will have to go back before I run out ;)
I had such a successful WIMBW and WIAW. I loved everything I ate today and good food helps contribute to a good day - even though the day was pretty long and slow. I also purchased a new pair of crazy yoga capris, that I will be sharing later this week - I am in love with them!!
Well, I hope everyone has had a fantastic week so far and it continues to be that way :) I've had a super busy week and it seems it will just get busier - but, at least there's a long weekend in the near future!