As a mother of 2 small boys, my meals are few and far between. I either have to eat what the 2 year old is eating or eat when he is napping as he generally wants “a bite” of anything I am eating. “A bite” turns into him cleaning my plate. Therefore, I need nutrient dense meals loaded with protein to stave off the hunger. I also ran 4 miles this morning in preparation of the upcoming half marathon I am doing, so I decided oatmeal would be a great, filling breakfast option. Today I mixed it up and added protein powder to it for an added boost. I’ve also been really into using almond butter after my weekend trip to Whole Foods and seeing my store got a new machine in the bulk bin area. Yes, I HAD to get fresh ground almond butter and it tastes so much better!

I reheated some oatmeal I had in the fridge by combining the cold, thickened mass with some homemade almond milk in a small saucepan on med-high heat. I worked the mass with the back of a spoon to break up the clump into a smooth paste. After heated through I turned off the heat and added a scoop of chocolate protein powder. I like using Arbonne’s because it is vegan certified, no artificial sugars or flavors and tastes great. After combined, I poured into a bowl and topped with a scoop of the fresh ground almond butter, diced dates, and sliced banana. I decided to add hemp hearts and flax seeds for some added omega-3 & omega-6 fatty acids, iron, and vitamin E. Omega-3’s are especially good for the joints and I’ve been feeling lots of hip joint tightness because of my training. I also added cacao nibs…I put them on practically everything! And with the added benefits of containing anti-oxidents, flavonoids, fiber, magnesium, and potassium; they serve a greater purpose than fulfilling a chocolate fix. Check out my standard oatmeal recipe below and I’d love to hear about your toppings. Enjoy!

Hearty Vanilla Oatmeal

  • Servings: 1-2 people
  • Difficulty: easy
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Gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free oatmeal.

This is great to make in a larger batch to have ready to reheat throughout the week.


-1 cup rolled oats

-2 cups water

-1/2 tbsp vanilla extract

-1/4 tsp cinnamon

-pinch of salt


  1. Heat small saucepan on med-high heat and add oats.
  2. Toast for about 5 minutes.
  3. Add water, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and salt.
  4. Cook for about 5-10 minutes or until takes on a creamy texture.
  5. Serve and add your favorite toppings.

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