My Oatmeal

How was everyone’s weekend?! Mine was filled with outdoor adventures (including one to Eternal Flame Falls which some of you asked about…read about it HERE!), family time, lots of walks, peanut butter covered froyo, and even more PEANUT BUTTER in the form of a baking success! I am here today to bring you that recipe I teased you with and tell what drove me to make it in the first place!

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A few weeks ago I was contacted by the nice people over at MyOatmeal.com to review their CUSTOM, HEALTHY oatmeal service!

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They are a newer company and seeing as I have really enjoyed enjoying companies that you can customize your own products with, I decided to take them up on their offer!

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I was able to make two custom mixes and as a surprise was sent two bags of their instant rolled oats as well as a bag of their PB Lean powder (which is a sweetened peanut flour).

The first step on their Build a Blend page was choosing my oatmeal base followed by a flavor choice (they use all natural flavorings), fruit, nuts&seeds, and an optional sweetener. The process was really straight forward, fast, and actually sort of fun to do! It was cool being able to see how all your ingredient choices stacked up in terms of nutrition and to experiment with different combinations and mixes!

I decided to do one CRAZY mix and one more simple mix to get a feel for both kinds of options!

myoatmeal.jpgMy first mix was called Nails Like Butter Pecan (a suggestions from my mom…I guess it’s a saying to say ‘nails like butter’) since my flavor of choice was Butter Pecan! My base was their 5 grain rolled oats and I also added coconut, chopped dates, flax, chia, hemp, pecans, and brown sugar since they suggest adding a sweetener when you add a flavoring.

I was excited to see how they didn’t skimp on any of the addins when I opened the bag and the nutritional stats were pretty good considering I added a ton of extras. Lots of healthy fats, proteins, but a little high in sugar for my liking. And that’s where my issue with this mix continued.

I’ll take the blame on this one as I don’t have a big sweet tooth as it is, but I just couldn’t tolerate the level of sweetness in this mix. It was just waaaay too much. I was a little disappointed because it smelled AMAZING when I put it in the microwave…the butter pecan was spot on! And the texture was awesome too with all the different nuts, seeds, and chewy dried fruit! But again, too sugary for my liking. I couldn’t get past the first bite or two. I’d love to experiment with this same sort of mix and see if just adding the flavor without the sugar would make a difference.

Luckily my second, more simple mix (called Simply Fruity) was a much better success! With this one I stuck with basic rolled oats, and some dried fruits…figs and golden raisins! You really can’t go wrong. The fruits were chopped into the perfect size and were mixed very evenly throughout. I also loved how creamy this mix got because the oats were cut in a different way than your typical old fashion rolled oats. They cooked fairly quickly too!

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And onto the PB Lean. You all know I am fan of all things peanut butter related and I definitely am a fan of peanut flour so I went in thinking I would like this stuff from the start! But I ran into the same problem again when I noticed that the PB Lean wasn’t pure peanut flour but rather peanut flour with added sweetener in the form of sucrose and maltodextrin. Not my fave ingredients for sure. It did have a great peanut butter consistency though when mixed with water…creamy and pretty thick as well! I tried it on its own but it was too sweet for my liking so I tried to think of another way I could eat it or at least use it up! Nothing goes to waste in my house! Then the idea hit me to try and BAKE with it!

I’ve seen a ton of peanut flour bread recipes floating around the internet, but I haven’t wanted to waste the stuff I order for myself since it’s pretty expensive and I only like to use it for special things. So having this PB Lean was the perfect opportunity to come up with a recipe! And the fact that it was sweetened worked out well because I had planned on making a dessert-y type bread, so some added sugar would have been necessary anyways.

I rummaged through my cabinets and assembled a team of ingredients that made for a delicious, dense, chocolatey (…but not too sweet!) peanut buttery banana bread! Plus it’s VEGAN (if you use non-dairy chocolate chips).

Have a look!

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  • 1.5 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1.5 cups sweetened peanut flour (if using regular you may have to add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of sweetener)
  • 1.5 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1.5 tbsp molasses
  • 4 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2/3 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk (not canned, can sub another type of milk)

Preheat oven to 350. Combine flours, spices, salt, and baking soda in a mixing bowl. In a separate bowl combine wet ingredients (except milk). Fold wet ingredients into try ingredients and mix until just combined. Sprinkle in chocolate chips and mix gently. Pour in milk and stir mixture until it is evenly distributed. Place batter into a parchment paper lined bread loaf pan. Bake for 55 minutes or until knife comes out cleanly from the middle.

 

So good. Especially with even more peanut butter spread on top. You can never have too much.

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The moral of this baking story is…even ingredients that you wouldn’t normally use can result in amazing creations!

So thank you MyOatmeal  for exposing me to some new products and getting my creative kitchen juices flowing!

Have a great start to your week!

Kaila

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Comments

  1. kim@hungryhealthygirl says

    That looks like a really interesting product and a very yummy recipe that you made! I could never have too much PB!

  2. Emily says

    Okay- this bread looks phenomenal.
    And I love the idea of build your own oatmeal website! It sounds really similar to YouBar (the build your own protein bar site) which I’ve always wanted to try as well.
    Thanks for the review!

  3. misszippy1 says

    That sounds so good–I am a peanut butter freak! The oatmeal service sounds great, too. I will check them out.

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