Breakfast Challenge Continues…with Chocolate!


What happens when you take one, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup loving girl, add in an upcoming spooky holiday and a baked oatmeal breakfast challenge?





Baked Chocolate Almond Butter Oatmeal!


Oh yes I did! That’s baked banana oatmeal, a milk chocolate “Boo”, and almond butter spiderwebs! Can you say melted peanut butter cup for breakfast??



  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 medium banana, mashed
  • splash of vanilla
  • 1 Tablespoon milk chocolate morsels
  • 1 Tablespoon almond butter


1. Preheat oven to 375. Combine oats through vanilla and pour into baking dish.

2. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove dish from oven, add chocolate & peanut butter and bake for 5 more minutes.

3. Dig in!

FYI, I have a serious weakness for Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, which was the inspiration behind this breakfast. I have a very serious weakeness for Halloween Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups – you know, when they come in the shape of a pumpkin? The peanut butter to chocolate ratio is off the charts. :D


This was a fun, not to mention fantastically delicious, way to get my chocolate almond butter and Halloween fix for the week!


You guys have GOT to give this baked chocolate almond butter oatmeal a try – it’ll blow your mind!


For lunch today, I was a little more modest. Chocolate in the morning isn’t an everyday thing, mind you! I packed more of my Quinoa Greek Salad and a mammoth Honeycrisp.


I can’t emphasize enough how FUN quinoa is to eat. Taste is first for me, but the experience also counts for a lot too.


This miiight be the biggest Honeycrisp I’ve ever had. Forget the 2pm snack – this fellow is a meal!



Need a pick me up this morning? Oprah strikes again with another feel good video! Yesterday her show was all about instant millionaires – Lottery winners, Publishers Clearing House winners, etc. One of her guests was the biggest winner in Price is Right history. Check out his reaction when he finds out he won – it is priceless!

How’s that for a reaction?! Don’t you feel great for this guy?

Well it’s a rainy day here in Central Iowa – lucky for me, I don’t have to step foot outside. I go from my garage here at home, to my underground garage at work – nice :)

Have a great day everybody!


It’s my favorite time…Three Question Thursday time!

1. Who was your favorite singer or group when you were a teenager?

2. What’s your favorite game show?

3. Beach or Mountain vacation?

My answers:

1. N’sync! No shame. I was Lance’s #1 fan…clearly that wouldn’t have worked out very well. :(

2. Jeopardy. I’m a sucker for good trivia!

3. Beach! I could stare at the ocean for hours. Plus, I’m dying to learn how to surf!

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  1. Mandy 10.29.2009

    1. Def Leppard…yes I am a little older. NKOTB was the boy band of my era, but I really just made fun of them.
    2. Game shows? I’ll pass.
    3. Can’t choose…they both have good/bad things. Beaches can be great, but sometimes the fish smell is too much. Mountains are very beautiful, but often cold. Ohio does not have beaches or mountains. :(

  2. Julie 10.29.2009

    1. Who was your favorite singer or group when you were a teenager? N’sync!! I loved JC :)

    2. What’s your favorite game show? I used to love classic concentration when I was little. I don’t watch any now, but if/when I do, it’s the price is right.

    3. Beach or Mountain vacation? Wow, depends on my mood and today my mood says mountain.

  3. Rachel 10.29.2009

    Your breakfast looks amazing!!!

    1. I was obsessed with Backstreet Boys and the Spice Girls for a while. I knew their dances in the videos and everything lol

    2. I’m not big into game shows. Sometimes I’ll watch Who Wants to be a Millionaire but not often.

    3. I’m a beach girl for sure! I wish I was at one right now!!!

  4. Love the chocolate BOO!

    1. I loved Debbie Gibson! Yea…I’m old…
    2. I love the Price is Right and also Family Fued.
    2. Wow…tough one… Mountains in the winter/fall, beach in the summer :)

  5. brandi 10.29.2009

    mmm…you should try that with DARK chocolate chips :) yum.

    1. I loved N’sync and Hanson until I got into high school. Then it went all over the place!

    2. OLD Price is Right with Bob Barker – I won’t watch it with Drew Carey. It’s not right. Oh! and that whammy show.

    3. I love both – depends on the season.

  6. Kara K 10.29.2009

    1. 98 Degrees or N’Sync. I saw both groups in concert and adored both shows.

    2. I love Jeopardy too! At my last job there was a tv in the back and me and another coworker would sneak in the back for “fulfillment” and watch Jeopardy. He would ace all the sports related questions and I would ace all the lit & pop culture questions. Neither of us excelled at World Politics or geography.

    3. Beach or Mountain vacation? I get really nervous about falling off the side of a mountain road, so beach vacation.

  7. Evan Thomas 10.29.2009

    1. Hmm, I like a ton, and I still am a teenager so the answer could change, but I’d say Taylor Swift
    2. Survivor!
    3. Beach resort, please

  8. tray 10.29.2009

    1. i was a lance lover too. Sadness.

    2. amazing race!

    3. beach all the way.

  9. Coco 10.29.2009

    That is the best Halloweeny breakfast I have ever seen. Damn that looks scrumptious! I just had a nutella inspired bowl of oats, but yours wins hands down.
    1. Teenager, how bout a little earlier….spice girls baby and Missy Elliot!
    2. I dont watch game shows so jeopardy i guess??
    3. Beach since I live in the mountains!

  10. Holly 10.29.2009

    ahhhh your oatmeal is just about the cutest thing ever!

    (1) n’sync or the temptations – i grew up with motown.
    (2) price is right…hands down. i had a slight crush on bob barker.
    (3) that is the real toughie…goo, okay i think i am going to go mountain because i haven’t had a cold vacay in a long time!!!

  11. Carrie 10.29.2009

    1. Britney Spears and Madonna. Madonna love still going strong; Britney, not so much.
    2. Price is Right!
    3. Da beach!

  12. Tay 10.29.2009

    OMG hahaha!!! He’s in complete shock!! I love it :-)

    1. Oh Nsync for sure!! My entire wall was litterally WALLPAPERED with posters. No wall in sight!
    2. Price is right or Family Feud!
    3. Hmmm I want to say beach because I love warm weather, but warm mountain vacations at the lake are so much fun too!

  13. IowaJen 10.29.2009

    Delicious looking oatmeal! I’m going to give baked oats a try this weekend.
    1. NKOTB – I’m a little older than you obviously, but I did make my husband take me to N’sync when they came to Ames. I owed him big time for that.
    2. Jeopardy
    3. I like the beach when it’s winter here and the mountains in the summer.

  14. PB and chocolate is the best combination ever!!

    I loved the Oprah episode because the people actually seemed to be having a good handle on what to do with the money.

    1. Who was your favorite singer or group when you were a teenager? I loved N’sync and I too loved Lance. How misguided were we :-)

    2. What’s your favorite game show? Anything Trivia. Especially Jeopardy. I wanted to go on as a teen because I watched it everyday with my family.

    3. Beach or Mountain vacation? either. Depends. I like to look at scenery so they are both beautiful. I’m not a skier though so i like that mountains in the spring and fall.

  15. VeggieGirl 10.29.2009

    1.) Spice Girls (VERY early teen years, haha)

    2.) Wheel of Fortune

    3.) Mountain

  16. Wow, what a breakfast!
    1) Blondie
    2) Wheel of Fortune
    3) BEACH!!!

  17. haha that reaction is priceless! I love how the girl (the “opponent?”) seemed to be really happy for him too, what a great outlook!

    1. I don’t remember high school, but I remember middle school I was OBSESSED with Enrique Iglesias. :)
    2. I don’t watch game shows reallly…but I guess Wheel of Fortune?
    3. Both! Although right now I’m tired of FL’s heat and I want a snowy mountain getaway. :)

  18. Holly 10.29.2009

    LOVE your breakfast oats! How on earth did you do the webs? That is so, so neat!

    1. Hmmm….I’m totally blanking on this one! I’m not sure if I had a favorite….but I did love N’Sync and went through a huge “rap” phase with a lot of Tupac and Biggie Smalls. V. interesting! :-)

    2. Price is Right! Actually, I loved “Supermarket Sweep,” but they took it off the air years ago.

    3. Beach! I just love the ocean and its calming effect. I haven’t been in so long – too long!

  19. Rose 10.29.2009

    OMG. Totally creative. I just stared at those photos for minutes.

  20. Mikael 10.29.2009

    Now I have something new to try yet again! That oatmeal looks TO DIE FOR!
    1- This was only two years ago! Um… it really depends on the period. Middle school- LeAnn Rimes was my go-to (still is!) and in high school I really got into Celtic Woman. Celine Dion is ALWAYS on the list :)
    2- Don’t watch much of them, but if I do it’s Who Wants to Be A Millionaire or other Trivia shows.
    3- Beach vacation, hands down.

  21. Lauren 10.29.2009

    You are really outdoing yourself with these breakfasts. Looks incredible…again! That Price is Right Video is HILARIOUS! Thank you for that pick me up.

  22. Beth 10.29.2009

    1. I am going to have to go with Counting Crows. Boy bands didn’t come back until I was in college.
    2. I’m not really a fan of game shows but if I had to watch one it would be jeopardy.
    3. Beach! I just love the sound of the waves and the smell of the ocean.

  23. Brittney 10.29.2009

    1. Backstreet Boys!!! Those were actually my tween boy band, as a teenager I fell in love with Guns n Roses and haven’t looked back haha

    2. I always liked the Newlywed Game…

    3. Breckenridge was beautiful, but I’d take lying on a beach any day

  24. I really enjoy your blog! Love that oatmeal creation.. looks DELISH!!

    1.BSB.. I wanted to marry Brian Littrell (yeah NOT Nick
    2. Family Fued (old school with Chuck WIillery)
    3. BEACH.. hate being cold so although mountains are beautiful Id rather bask in the sun :)

  25. becca 10.29.2009

    1. Who was your favorite singer or group when you were a teenager?
    Poison!!! It was the first tape I ever bought with my own money…my mom thought they were girls because of the makeup and let me buy it
    2. What’s your favorite game show?
    The Price is Right – we used to watch it with our Grandpa
    3. Beach or Mountain vacation?
    -Mountain because it’s only 2 hours away and much more attainable. Plus there are usually no swimsuits involved

  26. eatmovelove 10.29.2009

    OMG – I love that oatmeal!! It’s soooooo meeee!
    Love your questions!
    1) Hmm..maybe N’Sync too…but there’s lots of nerdy ones I’m sure ;)
    2) Family Feud probably
    3) Mountains – I can’t swim well, and always wanted to hike!

  27. Grace 10.29.2009

    1. I was all about TLC…and a total white girl! My parents didn’t love that I listened to an album titled “Crazy, Sexy, Cool”, but whatev. I was also obsessed with Alanis Morissette when her first album came out. I played “Ironic” over and over again.
    2. Never really been a fan of game shows…can’t even think of one that I watch
    3. Beach, I already live by the mountains.

  28. Amanda 10.29.2009

    HI! I just found your blog and I am catching up and loving it!!

    1. Umm I was also a HUGE Lance Bass fan. I might have gotten a little teary eyed (out of nostalgia for thinking I would be Amanda Bass) when I found out he was gay
    2. Fav game show was Price is Right!
    3. I love both bc I love to ski, but the warm weather and a tan can’t be beat!!

  29. chocolatepickle 10.29.2009

    Totally have to agree with you on all three!! Although, I really had this obsession for Dave Matthews too…

  30. Valerie 10.29.2009

    1. Boyz II Men
    2. I don’t really like game shows.
    3. Definitely beach. I’m from Texas and anything below 70 degrees is cold to me!

    Have you ever tried pomegranate seeds with cinnamon mixed with your oatmeal? It’s heavenly!

  31. Wendy 10.29.2009

    I’m seriously drooling over your breakfast. Holy yum!

    1. NKOTB in jr high, in high school I didn’t really have a favorite, but listened to mostly country and alternative rock (odd combo, I know).
    2. I don’t really watch game shows, but then again, I don’t really watch much TV at all anymore. I hadn’t seen Price is Right since Drew Carey took over – I thought it was hilarious that he ends the show with “Please spay or neuter your pet” ala Bob Barker!
    3. I’ll say mountains, because I have a trip to Idaho planned for next month. I’ve never really been to the mountains, but I’ve been to the beach several times.

    P.S. Thanks for the reply on the quinoa!! I’m going to have to rinse it and try it again.

  32. Katie 10.29.2009

    Can’t remember? Keith Urban I know.
    Family Feud, Price is Right, really not picky anybody else remember Supermarket Sweep?
    Not sure haven’t been to the mountains. I know I LOVED seeing the ocean in San Fran though!

  33. Lainie 10.29.2009

    Hi you! Thanks so much for the congrats :) I am so happy to be back to blogging..I have lots of your posts to get caught up on! Your breakfast this morning looks so good I could scream…seriously…it looks incred!

  34. jen 11.03.2009

    That oatmeal looks amazing! I finally tried the pumpkin oatmeal this morning….OMG!
    Delicious! Can’t wait to try your other oatmeal creations!

  35. Lauren 11.13.2009

    This breakfast looks amazing! I don’t know how to justify chocolate for breakfast though.

    1) The spice girls, I used to listen to them singing “Stop right now thank you very much” on my portable CD player and think they really understood me.

    2) I would have to go with family Feud

    3) Beach and mountains! Can I have both?

  36. wow , seeing all that chocolate and food really made me hungry .
    but overall it was a pretty good read

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