Woke up early this morning eager to try this recipe for breakfast cake! I’m not usually big on baking (more of a stovetop or microwave oven type of girl) but warm cake in the morning sounded too good. Julie’s recipe calls for 2 packets of oatmeal- I used Market Basket Brand Weight Control Maple & Brown Sugar flavor. Instead of skim milk, I added 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (only 20 calories!). Rummaging through my cabinets for Splenda or some type of sweetener, I found a tin of cocoa powder and suddenly couldn’t resist the idea of chocolatey breakfast cake. Instead of adding sweetener to the mix, I used two tablespoons of the cocoa powder and one tablespoon of cinnamon. I had planned on cooking the mix in a muffin tray, but realized that all the muffin trays were packed away and sealed in a moving box! Oops. Instead I used a small bread pan, so I wound up with breakfast bars. The batter was pretty yummy and chocolatey before I put it in the oven, but the final product was less sweet and tasted a bit more like oats. The bars definitely would have benefited from some added sweetener- maybe I’ll try honey or even some peanut butter next time? Chocolate chips would probably be delish, but I’m not sure I could eat that much chocolate at breakfast without guilt. However, to sweeten up the bars this morning, I frosted them with some almond butter (Barney Butter) and washed my breakfast down with a glass of almond milk. Altogether, a pretty nutty meal, but yummy nonetheless! The breakfast bars were slightly bland without the almond butter, but they seem to make good pre-workout fuel. They’re also a healthier, more natural alternative to granola bars or protein bars. I snacked on them this afternoon and hopefully they’ll help me power through my squash workout this evening.
For an early lunch today, I stopped at Bruegger’s Bagel in downtown Andover with my mother as we were running some errands. I was initially hesitant to order anything, seeing how carb- and calorie-heavy bagel shops can be, but I decided to indulge and order the Leonardo da Veggie sandwich on a whole wheat bagel. Muenster cheese, lettuce, tomato, roasted red peppers, red onions, and light herb garlic cream cheese- yum! Such a satisfying lunch. I was pleased to find out that it was around 500 calories or so.
I also had to make an Amazon.com purchase today, providing an opportunity to buy the PB2 I have been lusting after for so long! PB2 is an “Add-On Item” on Amazon calls it, so it ships for free with any order over $25. Luckily my order was about $35 so it qualified. I can’t wait to try this low-cal, low-fat peanut butter alternative. It might be a good way to spice up my oatmeal bars.