If it ain’t broke…
I’ve never quite understood the term food “rut”. I get bored easily so I don’t tend to eat the same thing day in and day out. Food PHASES on the other hand are a whole other story! I become so completely obsessed with a new flavor/combo that I will makeover ANY meal for weeks just to enjoy it even more. I’ve done it with beets, mangoes, and a certain candy bar flavor combo that still happens to be going 😉 …just to name a few. So my latest phase should come as no shock…especially after last Sunday’s stack of mouth-watering pancakes!
I am (once AGAIN) completely OBSESSED with
pumpkin and peanut butter!
So obviously, when Laura one-upped my pancakes with her breakfast bowl of
Peanut Butter Pumpkin Pie Eggs, I just HAD to give it a go…
I made a few small changes to the recipe: 1 whole egg + two egg whites, mashed banana instead of pear mixed in and on top, and a drizzle of honey instead of stevia.
And until Saturday,
this was the most DELICIOUS thing I’d eaten all weekend!
Until I got the
bright GENIUS idea to mix my new favorite flavor combo into my favorite bowl of VOLUMINOUS oat bran! And then, on a whim, I added a drizzle of blackstrap molasses to the bowl and I just about friggin’ DIED!
Blackstrap molasses > regular molasses
Same great taste, but with almost HALF the amount of sugars with a BAJILLION vitamins and minerals! Seriously, check out this article to read all about it! I’m sure you can find it at most health food stores, but surprisingly enough, I got mine at the co-op!
But back to some va-va-vaLUMINOUS oats! 😀
My trick with the oat bran is super simple…just double…or even TRIPLE the amount of liquid you would normally cook it in, pop it in the microwave, and watch it magically grow into a big bowl of deliciousness!
You can actually do this with oats too! Just be sure when applying this bit of breakfast magic, 😉 that you use a BIG bowl (I use this one)…otherwise, you’ll have a mess to clean up!
Peanut Butter Pumpkin Oat Bran
Prep Time: 2-3 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Keywords: microwave breakfast high fiber dairy-free vegan vegetarian high protein oat bran peanut flour fall winter
Ingredients (Serves 1)
- 1/4 cup oat bran
- 1 1/2 cups water (or non-dairy milk, or milk alternative)
- 1 teaspoon maple extract (or vanilla)
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/4 cup peanut flour (or 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder + 1 Tablespoon peanut butter)
- Toppings: 1/2 teaspoon blackstrap molasses, crushed peanuts and hemp seeds
1. Combine oat bran and water in a LARGE microwave-safe bowl, stir and microwave on high for 6 minutes, stopping to stir every 2 minutes.
2. Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine.
3. Transfer to a bowl, drizzle with molasses, add toppings and enjoy!
It’s so FLUFFAAAAAAAAY! <– Sorry guys, I had to! 😉
Have you ever tried blackstrap molasses?
Do you get into food “phases”? If so, what was your last one?
Never tried blackstrap molasses but I am intrigued. Love the PB and pumpkin combo too and I definitely agree about food phases rather than ruts. This looks delish 🙂 but my to-make of yours is your thin mint pancakes
yes please!!! Can’t wait til I can have PB again… this looks amazing girl!
YUM! The peanut butter + banana combo is my never ending favorite combo and I have YET to have pumpkin this season. WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?!
It’s almost the end of October, girl! What IS wrong with you! Break out the pumpkin…that’s a direct order! Lol
I WILL LOVE THIS! 😀 I cannot get over the peanut pumpkin combo either sis 😀
If I were a cowboy, Blackstrap Molasses would be my name.
Don’t ask. My brain doesn’t work before 6am, and it’s currently 5:54 ;).
Hahaha! You know, you’d look pretty cute in a cowboy hat…and now I’m picturing you wearing a belt with eating utensils, syrup, and spices on it! Lol Wish I had a lack of sleep or morning brain fog to explain that one, but no, that would just be my crazy leaking out! 😉
Love molasses! So good with anything pumpkin-flavoured, for sure. I definitely go through phases with certain meals and flavour combos…I’ve been in my oats and eggs for breakfast phase for at least 6-8 months now! :-p
What the wha?? Egg and banana?? Oh..must try this.
I’ve been reading a lot about black strap molasses and have wondered what I should do with it if I were to ever purchase some. I am obsessed with all the fun labels. I recently purchased raw honey and pure maple syrup (Made in MI products) based on their labels. Sad..but true story. Now that all of my homemade canned pumpkin puree is done – I have no excuse!
I’m going to be trying blackstrap molasses in the VERY near future! I had no idea of the difference in blackstrap and regular. And this oat bran looks off the chain delicious…. must try ASAP!
I still say your pancakes on-upped me, but I’m SO glad you liked the eggy pie! Bananas were a brilliant add. 🙂
I laughed when I read your oatmeal version… I had almost the exact same thing this morning for breakfast, but added egg rather than peanut flour. And a few more spices, ’cause keeping it simple isn’t in my nature.
Thanks for being so awesome, my friend.
Ok so THAT makes ME laugh, because I was thisclose to making pumpkin oats yesterday morning and topping it with an egg! Get outta my head, woman! Wait, nevermind…I kinda like it…you can stay! 😉
I REALLY wish that I was eating this for breakfast right now!! 🙁 You are making me haaaaangrry!!
Hello pumpkin porn!!
Seriously I never realized that about blackstrap! Ya learned me something today. I love that you threw that on your oats. I was just thinking I needed some more molasses in the pantry because I’ve been having thoughts of gingerbread on the brain.
Mannnnn, it’s been forever since I cooked up some oat bran. I have some sitting in my pantry, but it’s been there for a while. I’d ask you if it goes bad, buuuuuut I don’t know if I can trust the advice of a girl who eats 1 year old tofu 😉 I kid, I kid.
You know, I’m not crazy about pumpkin oatmeal, BUT I -have- been craving molasses lately, and it actually sounds like a pretty fabulous combo. This is definitely a fall breakfast idea that needs to happen, stat.
Ha! The container I have in my pantry right now is at LEAST a year old! 😆
Two words: Gingerbread oats!
Two more words: You’re welcome! 😉
Ugh, you’re lucky. I fall victim to the food “rut” daily… I tend to eat the same things all the time because I’m too busy to come up with creative recipes, even if they’re easy. I just don’t like to think about it so I stick with that I know haha. And for some reason when I read the title I kept singing “ITS PEANUT BUTTA PUMPKIN TIME” in my head…. I need a nap, is it time to leave work yet?
Haha, aww! I hope you get some good rest tonight, sweets! I know what it’s like to be so busy that it’s hard to carve out time for creativity, but have you thought about trying to food prep a bit on the weekend? You don’t have to go all out like some people do (actually, I have no idea how some people do it…or how they eat it all before it goes bad! Ha!) But even if it’s just a couple of things, it makes life SO much easier during the week! Or maybe try some overnight recipes?
hollllyyyyyy smokes. would you cry if I told you I have never tried molasses? because its a sad but true fact about my life. I’m such a honey lover, I’ve just never even considered trying anything else.
and man its been a while since I’ve done oat bran!! I think its about time I switch to it. Maybe that will keep me from falling into the oat rut. seriously once cold weather hits, I have it every.single.morning. and eventually I start to loathe my favorite breakfast. I gotta make sure to switch it up I think!
Oh no! Now we cannot be having loathsome breakfasts around here, missy! No no no! I won’t have it! If you need ideas, inspiration, a kick in the ass, you know who to ask! 😉
god pumpkin and pb is like the best fall combo ever
Please check today’s post for proof of my molasses love!
Also pumpkin and PB is a wicked combo…hard to stop!
Your gingerbread loaf? Omg, I saw it pop up in my reader yesterday and immediately started drooling but I still need to pop in and check it out! It looks incredible! And now I’m thinking I might be on the verge of a gingerbread and pb phase! 😉
I didn’t even know there was a difference between molasses and blackstrap molasses… I just thought blackstrap sounded like a dominatrix.
This looks so good – I had oatbran the other day to change up the oatmeal and the texture was so good- especially cold 😉 I’m in a food utensil phase- e.g. tupperware. And food temperature phase- all food cold. Weird. Actually, no. #Strangebutgood 😉
I just want you to know that I am now looking into either a squeegee or some sort of windshield wiper-like attachment for my laptop screen…omg, you KILL ME! 😆
OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE EASY LIKE THIS!!!!!!
I’ve seen recipes for backstrap molasses before but haven’t used it. Now I want to give it a try!
Peanut butter and pumpkin is like my biggest weakness EVER during the fall.
PS: I just got my coupon for Kodiak cakes from your giveaway- thank you SO much! I can’t wait to try them. (:
Oh good! You’ll have to let me know what you think…but I’m sure it’ll be love at first waffle…or pancake for you too! 😉
I love molasses! I’m sure I’ve had the blackstrap kind… but I’m not sure! I need to go buy some and do a taste comparison now. And so that I can make this. Except I’d probably make it with oats just because I don’t feel like going out to buy oat bran. #lazy Oh and I’d have to replace the peanut flour with protein powder and soy nut butter or almond butter. Hmm, after all those changes I hope it will still taste similar to yours! 😛
I’m in a little bit of a roasted carrot phase right now. The carrot dish I made at Thanksgiving was phenomenal! And I recently made another roasted carrot dish that I tossed in ginger, soy sauce, and maple syrup in the last 5 minutes of cooking. So good!
Oh that sound carrot dish sounds great! You know, I always forget about roasting carrots! So good with a little warm coconut peanut butter drizzled over them…or uh, in your case coconut almond butter! 😉
And please, I know you and I have the same exploding pantry problem…do NOT go out and buy oat bran for this! #lazy? please…more like #smart! Lol! Oh you know what? I bet it would be great with the protein powder and some coconut butter! 😀
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So last year I made a peanut butter pumpkin pie! With a chocolate graham (teddy) crust! Steve called me weird…then ate the whole thing. Men.
I’ve never tried blackstrap. I think I must find it!
I remember seeing that…didn’t you link it when you made your peanut butter pie for ME…that I didn’t even get a piece of?! I swear, the NERVE! Ha! Love you! 😉
Talk about a whole lot of deliciousness in one post! I MUST try this! And I have to keep an eye out for that molasses. Thanks so much for sharing the info!
The last “food phase” I went on was raspberry everything… now that I’m wanting to test out this pumpkin and peanut butter combo, I may have a new one! 😉 Although gingerbread has been on the brain lately.
You’re welcome, Tiffany! I never knew before I posted this recipe so I was excited to share! And oh my gosh, I went through a total raspberry phase too…right at the end of the season, I kept buying more and more before I was even done eating the ones I had at the time! Needless to say, my freezer is stocked FULL of those tart red little berries! Ha!
Oh, my, this looks heavenly! I haven’t cooked with oat bran, but I’m certainly going to add it to my grocery list! I can’t wait to try this now that our mornings are quite chilly!
Oat bran is a great change up from the standard oats…a lot like the texture of cream of wheat, but you can always use oats in this recipe too if you don’t have it on hand. I know how easy it is to have a pantry about to burst at the seams with buying new grains to try! 😉
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I think food phase is my middle name or at least is should have been. That might be a little too wordy though. I go through phases based on cravings and also based on what I get in my food share, excluding the great bean madness, of course. Right now for instance, I’m getting loads of apples and eggs so those are my two current phases. I’m thinking they need to intersect soon.
These pictures are incredible. They almost make me want pumpkin.
Almost, huh? Don’t tease me!
Please please PLEASE make me a cheesy apple quiche!! Mmmm!
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