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Happy June, summer belles and beaus! After a week without peanut butter, I remedied what was missing in my life with cookie dough baked oatmeal with chia seeds. This oatmeal bake tasted like a warm oatmeal chocolate chip cookie . . . only healthier!

Mmmm, delicious, too! Velvet Husband isn’t a chocolate fan (unfathomable to me, but I still love him!), so I whipped up an oatmeal mix more up his alley with raspberries, banana, walnuts, and a little sugar.

Clearly, he was not a fan. 😉

Whipped Banana Raspberry Walnut Oats

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Old-Fashioned Oats (I prefer Gluten Free oats for the consistency)
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 banana, sliced into chunks
  • 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
  • tbsp chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp turbinado sugar (optional! I normally don’t sugar up my oats, but this was for a sugar-loving husband)

Toppings

  • chopped walnuts
  • 1 tsp coconut flakes (oops, forgot those!)
  • Blueberries and banana slices to make it a patriotic brekkie!

Directions

Bring water to boil in a deep saucepan. When water reaches a rolling boil, add oats and stir, gradually lowering heat while oats cook. Add banana slices and frozen  raspberries and stir in with oats. Continue whipping bananas and raspberries as oats cook at a low setting. Several minutes later, add turbinado sugar and walnuts. When oats are nearly cooked, add pure vanilla extract and stir until well-incorporated. Serve in bowl and add toppings of your choice. (I wish I had blueberries on hand for a red, white, and blue breakfast of patriots!) Note to milk-lovers: I prefer my oats sans milk, but feel free to add milk of your choice to your oats when they are nearly cooked, a la KERF whipped banana oats.

Velvet Husband was craving P.F. Chang’s for dinner, so to P.F. Chang’s we went! I don’t like fortune cookies and rarely eat them, but I always enjoy the fortune. Even though my career trajectory doesn’t involve real estate, this fortune was rather salient given recent events . . .

Because a few hours later, our applications were accepted for the townhouse! {Insert excitement spasms here!} We still have to sign the lease, but the process is moving along. I feel the need to be cautious about safety over the interwebs, so I’m refraining from posting pictures for now. Just take it from me, it’s adorablecutewonderulawesomeiloveit! Yeah, like that.

What foods do you love that your spouse/significant other/BFF doesn’t like? 

For me, it’s chocolate. Velvet Hubby will sometimes eat chocolate if its mixed into a dish just so, but more often than not, he’s a pie and cobbler kind of guy. As you all know, I can’t imagine a world without cacao powder. 😉

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