A few months ago, I posted my recipe for Undetectable Spinach Oatmeal on Instagram, and people went crazy for it. That’s what I love most about the food blogger/instagrammer community. I can share something delicious that most people in my life would consider weird and receive nothing but positivity.
Of course, I love being able to share about feelings and struggles and real life on Instagram, but it’s also great to have people that get excited about cinnamon and peanut butter and (undetectable) spinach in oatmeal.
This stuff is so good, I absolutely HAD to rave about it. And now, nearly four months later, I have to rave about it again. These oats are sweet and creamy from the cinnamon and the peanut butter. Though I love the flavor of spinach, I’m happy to report that it is entirely absent from this dish. Plus, the texture of the spinach blends in perfectly with the oats. Hence the name: Undetectable Spinach Oatmeal. Classic cozy oats AND some extra veggies.
Originally, I’d thought this recipe was too simple to post on the blog, but recently I’ve realized that simple recipes are all really I want. Obviously, I can’t be sure that everyone else is in the same boat, but I think it’s safe to say that lots of other people want easy, delicious, nourishing food. And this oatmeal delivers just that.
Yesterday I babysat for three ten-year-old boys from 9 in the morning until 3 in the afternoon, and by the end I was completely exhausted. As soon as I got home, I made a cup of tea, put on my comfiest sweats, and curled up in bed for a Grey’s Anatomy marathon.
Babysitting was worth it though, considering I need to fund my Whole Foods trips and overzealous gift buying somehow. However, I am far more reluctant to part with money I’ve worked so hard to earn- causing me to be more mindful about my food budget. And that’s where this thrillingly simple recipe comes in.
This easy quesadilla recipe is the perfect cheap, nutrition-packed power breakfast to give you energy for all the craziness in your life, be it babysitting, studying, sports, your job, or anything else that really takes a lot out of you. Although, now that I think about it- can I still call it a quesadilla if there’s no cheese?? Am I committing some sort of quesadilla sacrilege here? If you think so, you don’t have to call it a quesadilla, but you DO have to make this recipe. I’m pretty sure you and I both know you need to experience all the crispy, gooey, sweet, nutritious goodness that is a PB&J quesadilla.
YOU GUYYSSS!!! I am so ridiculously obsessed with this recipe. I’ve been trying to wait until we got closer to Halloween to share these treats but I just can’t keep the deliciousness all to myself any longer.
When I was younger, I adored Reese’s Peanut Butter cups. When my siblings and I traded our candy the day after Halloween (did anyone else do this?) I would trade 3 Butterfingers (another childhood favorite) for just one Peanut Butter cup. Pumpkin shaped PB cups were especially prized, though I was always disappointed they didn’t actually taste any different than normal peanut butter cups.
A few years ago I began learning about all the chemicals that go into most candy, and since then I’ve made an effort to eat less candy and satisfy my sweet tooth with more natural foods, such as dark chocolate and homemade baked goods.
I’d forgotten how much I love peanut butter cups until a couple weeks ago when I tried a Justin’s Peanut Butter cup for the first time. These delicious treats, made with natural ingredients, reignited my obsession and I immediately knew I had to try my hand at recreating them at home. While my Pumpkin Peanut Butter cups are a bit messier than Justin’s, the flavor and texture are incredible. I hope you love them as much as I do!
Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cups
1 cup dark chocolate chips (simply use vegan chocolate to make recipe vegan)
Quick and easy desserts tend to be the name of the game in my world. Between running from school to volunteering to sports practices, no one in my family has the time to bake homemade treats. All of us kids definitely have a sweet tooth, however, and I think it’s really important to satisfy dessert cravings with simple, whole foods.
The other night my little siblings kept asking for ice cream Drumsticks after dinner, and after a while I could tell my dad was getting really tired of denying their pleas. (I know I was tired of listening to the whining.) At the same time, I totally sympathized with the feeling of desperately craving a treat and not being able to have it.
I feel like that’s one of the hard parts about being a kid. Most kids seem to intuitively know what their bodies want, but they have so little control over what they can eat. Living by your own rules is definitely one of the perks of growing up.
Anyways, I’d had a recipe for a peanut butter mug cake on hand for a while and I was in need of taste testers. I offered to make them this healthier treat (without revealing the healthy part, of course) and it was a total hit! My dad loved the fact that the mini cakes were packed with nutritious, unprocessed ingredients, and my siblings loved that they were fluffy, sweet, and easily customizable. My favorite is the peanut butter recipe, but if you omit the peanut butter, the cake could easily be a canvas for any of your favorite flavors.
Peanut Butter Mug Cake
Total time: 5 minutes
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 tablespoon whole wheat flour
3 tablespoons almond milk
½ teaspoon coconut oil, melted
½ tablespoon maple syrup
¼ teaspoon baking powder
½ tablespoon peanut butter
Stir together flours and baking powder in a ramekin or mug.
Add in milk, melted coconut oil, maple syrup, and peanut butter, stirring between each addition.
Mix the batter thoroughly until it is completely smooth (unless, of course you’re using chunky peanut butter, which is a decision I would fully support).
Microwave for 1 minute, watching carefully to make sure the cake doesn’t overflow your mug.
Give the cake a couple moments to cool, garnish with toppings, and dig in!
As I think atmosphere is very important, I’ve included a few serving suggestions. In my opinion, taking a moment to slow down and treat ourselves on a regular basis is key to a healthy lifestyle, and these suggestions truly embody that idea. I highly recommend all of these, and I promise there is not a single side salad involved:)
Serve along with a warm blanket and a good book.
Prepare during a study break to help brighten your mood.
Whip up an extra to share with a friend/sibling/partner and make their life a little bit sweeter.
Enjoy while treating yourself to an episode of your favorite tv show.
Get snacking while listening to music and drawing in an adult coloring book (you can see how much I love mine on Instagram)