Peanut Butter Cup Banana Oats

Peanut. Butter. Cup. Banana. Oats. Yes, it’s as sinfully delicious as it sounds. Minus the sinful, plus some extra deliciousness. pboatmeal

How did I decide I was in the mood for this delicious creation this morning? I can think of a few simple reasons…

A) I woke up starving and pretty tired after a late night out with my classmates last night, and when I’m all sleepy I always crave sweet. Here we are 😉

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B) I have been following the 80/10/10 diet pretty rigidly for the past week, and yesterday I came to realize that it may not be for me (at this stage in my life, at least). I felt like I wasn’t getting enough protein to fuel my active lifestyle, and when yoga became difficult and I was waking up super sore every morning, I knew I had to switch things up. Maybe in the future when I have more time to focus on my diet I will give it another go, but for now I was feeling exhausted, bloated and sore! (Not to say it doesn’t work extremely well for many people with digestion issues, because I do believe wholeheartedly in the research and principles behind it. And there’s no denying that I didn’t try it for very long.)

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C) I have been craving the shit out of peanut butter, which I am taking as another sign my body was begging for more protein.

D) I made peanut butter cups yesterday (probably because of that raging PB craving!) and I was dying to incorporate them into my breakfast.

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E) I had to add a banana, since I have about 30 super-ripe ones (not a joke) laying around my kitchen because of 80/10/10.

Life Updates!

Before I get to the recipe, I want to give a little update on what’s going on in TBV land (can you tell I’m in a list-making mood today?):

A) SHIRTS! We are finishing up the last photo shoot for TBV Apparel today, which means that I will be launching the ad campaign and taking pre-orders within the next week. If you want to sign up to pre-order now, shoot me an email at theblondevegan1@gmail.com . I’M SO EXCITED IT HURTS!

B) Novel: many of you know that I’m working on a novel, and it got workshopped in class last week after me taking a several week (OK, maybe it’s been a month… or more) hiatus from working on it. The feedback I got from my class and teacher gave me a resurgence of passion and excitement about the book, and I am looking forward to writing some more scenes and fleshing out the new installments of my plot over the next few weeks.

C) Running: Ummm, my half marathon is this Sunday, April 13th. Have I been training properly? No, because my ankle is still messed up from straining it about a month and a half ago. I am planning on walking parts of the race and running as much as I can of it. It’s a huge bummer that the injury happened, but it has gotten me more in touch with my body and reminded me how necessary it is to rest when my body is feeling fatigued…. Something I had been neglecting to do, hence the injury in the first place.

D) Yoga: I am thinking about doing another yoga teacher training to further my exploration of the practice. I got my teaching certification about a year and a half ago, and since I’ve moved to NYC teaching yoga has kind of been put on the back burner. I still practice every day, and every time I am in a class I get that itch of desperately wanting to teach again, and I think this summer might be the perfect time to look into new programs so I can come out refreshed, more educated and more in alignment with my teaching self.

E) Life changes: I know I’ve hinted at some life changes over the past few weeks, and I am almost ready to write about them on the blog. I am just trying to get all my ducks in a row before I come out with it, because I don’t want to jinx anything! But I am dying to share with all of you, as always.

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F) Interviews/Events: Today I am interviewing Nadya Andreeva about her book Happy Belly that I have been so obsessed with lately. I am so excited to talk to her, pick her brain about all things wellness and digestion, and to share with all of you on the blog! And it’s going to be a video interview– yahoo! This Saturday I am going to a talk at Juice Press lead by Fred Bisci, health and wellness guru, about finding the keys to a healthy lifestyle.

G) Self-Love Challenge: I have gotten so many amazing emails, Instagram tags (and hashtags), texts and overall love surrounding the #fallinlovewithyourself #tbvchallenge. You’re all doing an incredible job… I will share this week’s winner on the blog tomorrow and I cannot wait.

WOWEE! Busy-town. And I didn’t even mention IIN starting soon, which I am getting ridiculously excited about!

Now, without further ado…

Peanut Butter Cup Banana Oats

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Ingredients:

½ cup oats (I use gluten-free Bob’s Red Mill)

1.5 tablespoons peanut butter (or any other nut butter)

1 sliced banana

3 sliced strawberries (optional, but they’re yummy)

1-2 raw vegan peanut butter cups

A dash of cinnamon

 Directions:

1. Boil the oats in water over a medium-high heat until the water is fully soaked in.

2. Once the oats are boiled, stir in the peanut butter, ½ of the sliced banana, and the sliced strawberries.

3. Pour in the cinnamon.

4. Top with the rest of the banana and the peanut butter cups. You can chop the PB cups or leave them whole. They’re delicious either way.

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Nutrition Info:

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23 thoughts on “Peanut Butter Cup Banana Oats

    1. Jordan Younger Post author

      Yes absolutely, great plan!!! I will keep you posted on what I’m wearing too– I’m guessing it will be bright and Lululemon! Post-race refuel with some PB cups all the way :)

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    1. Jordan Younger Post author

      Yay, I am so thrilled to hear that you printed the quote. It’s a fantastic one, right? Something none of us should ever forget!

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    1. Jordan Younger Post author

      Thanks so much, Rachel! Yes, the ad campaign for the shirts will hopefully be launched by Friday if all falls into place– stay very posted!!! Cannot WAIT to show you all the designs :) xo

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  1. Christine@ Apple of My Eye

    Honestly, any recipe with the word “peanut butter cup” is a perfect match for me. DEFINITELY my favorite candy and my boyfriend Kyle’s last name is Reece. Preeeeettyy close enough to Reese’s PB cups… suspicious. MaybeI only like him because of that haha ;).

    I can’t wait to hear the big life update! And writing a novel AND running your own clothing business? You’re one ambitious girl :)!

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    1. Jordan Younger Post author

      I could NOT agree more… who can turn down a meal with “peanut butter cup” in the title?! I think they would be cray cray. And I think it’s perfect that your boyfriend’s last name is Reece… now we know why you adore him so much 😉

      Yes!! Cannot wait to post about the life update! And the t-shirt launch!! Eeek all very exciting. Thanks so much for the support.

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  2. Jessie

    Dear, you are changing the world one step @ a time. So proud of you for all the accomplishments you’ve achieved & are continuing too in 2014. Never stop reaching for the stars, because dreams can come true <3

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    1. Jordan Younger Post author

      Awww Jessie, thank you so much. That means the world to me. I agree– dreams can come true, all we’ve gotta do is be brave enough to chase them!

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  3. Kim @ BusyBod

    I need these oats in my life!! PB cups? Drooling.

    Girl you have SO MUCH going on right now that is so exciting! I got all excited just reading along and it’s not like it is happening to me! I can’t wait to hear more about all of it, especially if you decide to do more with your yoga teacher training. Now is not the right time, but I have been thinking about getting certified myself, not because I would really teach, but just because I want to learn more and more and more! xo

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    1. Jordan Younger Post author

      Yes, PB cups + oats are seriously amaze. I can’t stop thinking/dreaming about them.

      Yes!! You will absolutely love going through the certification process. It’s so incredible to learn as much as you can about the practice, your body and yourself on a spiritual level, and you might be shocked that by the end of it you actually enjoy teaching– that was my experience! I am dying to further my training… trying to see if I can squeeze it into my schedule (and my budget) sometime in late summer or fall. Xo!

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  4. Liz M-B

    And now I have a massive peanut butter craving! I know I’m totally biased, but Japanese natto–or fermented soybeans–is definitely a source of protein I’d recommend if you can get past the texture. Less oil but tons of power.

    Also, I don’t know if you remember me, but this is the unpaid legal fellow who desperately wanted the cuppow! I ended up making my own blog. Thanks for emboldening me to do it!

    ALSO, I’m moving back to CA for a few months in May to study for the bar exam. I will hae nearly zero access to an Asian grocery store from where I’ll be on the Central Coast. I’m depending on your smoothie and oat recipes to power me through!

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    1. Jordan Younger Post author

      Yummm I would be very into those fermented soybeans– is it anything like tempeh?! Because I am a total tempeh freak.

      And yes I totally remember you! Hoping to do another Cuppow giveaway on the blog ASAP… stay tuned :)

      And OMG that’s exciting!! You will definitely enjoy the Cali sunshine… I will be jealous. Yes, start stocking up on the smoothie and oat recipes!!! And I will keep adding to them. Team effort!

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  5. Erin @ The Almond Eater

    I am very new around here so I had no idea you were writing a novel but that is VERY exciting! I’m also glad that you realized that 80/10/10 wasn’t for you–not all diets are for everyone and hey, at least you tried! Oh and PS gimme those pb cups NOW :)

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    1. Jordan Younger Post author

      Thank you so much, darling!! The novel is so fun and so challenging at the same time but I absolutely love it. And the PB cups are out of this woooorld, come over so we can share them :) xo

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  6. Katrina

    If you need to use up those ripe bananas, cut them up, freeze them, and make smoothies or banana ice cream!

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    1. Jordan Younger Post author

      Yes, so true! You should see the bags full of bananas I have in my freezer right now 😉

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  7. Kathryn Polster

    Looks amazing! 80/10/10 takes time – I don’t see how anybody does it overnight. As long as it is vegan I think listening to your body is the best way to go. Sounds like your body was craving a dense calorie source which means you probably didn’t have enough fruit (so they say).

    I love making peanut butter frozen banana “milk shakes” from time to time too. Something about peanut butter and bananas is so so so good.

    I crave dense cooked food sometimes, especially after a busy and stressfull day. I think my body is asking for something grounding so that is what I give it. Potatoes or rice are my go to.

    xoxo

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