Thursday, September 6, 2012

Skinny Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Squares

Skinny Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Squares
 I have been looking at this recipe for months now.  I have read it over and over again and finally decided to whip some up for a healthy but filling breakfast.
I mean, look how delicious this looks! (Link)
My eyes did the talking and I just had to make this breakfast recipe!  Did my eyes deceive me??
This is what you will need: (how i made it skinny)
-1 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
-1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
-1 teaspoon baking powder
-1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (I omitted this)
-1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-1/2 cup milk (skim)
-1 large egg, lightly beaten (egg white only)
-1 large mashed banana
-1/4 cup creamy peanut butter (any kind that is low in fat and sodium)
-1 cup roasted nuts (optional)

In a large mixing bowl, add cooking oats, brown sugar, baking power, salt, and cinnamon and mix thoroughly.

Add vanilla extract, milk, and egg.  The give it a mix!
Then add in the mashed banana and the creamy peanut butter.  Mix everything well.

Pour mixture into a lightly greased baking pan, spreading everything out to make sure it cooks evenly.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 min.

The end result should look like this. 

Like I always say, my Husband got into it before I could take a picture of mine. 

At the start of this post I asked if my eyes deceived me.  Well...unfortunately they did.  I may have hyped this a little too much in my head and the end taste wasn't what I expected.  I was looking forward to this and was disappointed.  I even tried to add a little Peanut Butter on top like the picture...but no cigar. Maybe it was the spoon in the picture that made it this good. Who knows...


For those of you who have tried this or would like to try let me know your thoughts.  If you have not tried this but are looking for a healthy breakfast and trying to get out of the cereal rut you may enjoy this.


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Fall Eats

Its Hump Day!  So thankful that the weekend is almost upon us.  The 3 day weekend we just had spoiled me.
In my last post I talked about how I am ready for Fall.  I love Fall!!  The changing of leaves, the crisp mornings, bringing out my scarves and skinny jeans in boots, and of course my house being covered in camouflaged during deer season.  In my house, we live for this time of the year. 
I am looking forward to trying out some "new" recipes this fall.  Something warm with a lot of spices.
While looking online I have found these...

Spicy Ranch Chicken

Cheese and Chicken Shells

Monterrey Jack Cheeseburger with Special Sauce

Ranch House Crock Pot Pork Chops with Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

Since coming back from vacation I have been in a huge cooking slump. I am getting tired of our
go-to meals and need to spice things up. I am headed to the store tonight to get everything for these goodies. Hopefully I will be able to post my pictures and my recipe for making all of these meals "skinny."

Hope everyone has a great Wednesday. The weekend is upon us!!

Do you have a favorite "skinny" recipe that you love? Let me know, I would love to try them out.


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Happy 4 Day Work Week

Hi Y'all.  A girl goes on vacation and comes back to 22 followers.  So, if you are new here, welcome.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend.  I for one had a blast. Friday we were able to spend time with Hub's family since I haven't seen them in a few weeks.  No matter what, I leave with my stomach and sides hurting from laughing the entire time.  They are truly a blast.

Saturday was opening day for Dove Hunting.  Needless to say, I spent the entire day c.l.e.a.n.i.n.g.  I finally got out of vacation mode and got in the cleaning mode.  That night we were able to cheer on the Clemson Tigers with friends and watch them bring home a Win. 

The Jones family has one of the most adorable little boys.  He is such a chill laid back baby.  We discussed that if the Hubs and I have a (one day) boy then he and Finley are going to be BFF and if we have a girl, then the wedding is already planned.  He is seriously a cute kid!

Hubs fell in love with the cutie.
 Sunday was a day of rest for us.  We seriously lounged all day was wonderful!  Later that night we went out to Red Lobster with family.  We both like Red Lobster but for some reason we never go there for dinner.  Anyhoo, Red Lobster is having the all you can eat was to die for!  Everything we sampled was delicious.  We will definitely be going back.
Monday, oh Monday.  Monday was another day of rest for us.  We hardly ever get a weekend or a day for the matter to do absolutely nothing.  No housework, no yard work, no plans.  Nothing.  It was wonderful to do nothing except catch up on my DVR and explore pinterest. 
I can feel Fall in the air.  It's amazing how one long weekend can take you from the feeling of Summer right into Fall.  With that being said I have been searching Pinterest for some "skinny" fall recipes. I can't wait to find the perfect ones to share with Y'all.  Happy Tuesday!!