My Favorite Protein Oatmeal With Coconut And Almonds

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Do you enjoy eating breakfast foods anytime of day?

Because I’m doing intermittent fasting (more on this in a later post), I’m often hungry for breakfast foods even if I eat my first meal of the day at 1:00 in the afternoon.

Oatmeal And The Days Of Yore

To me, oatmeal is a comfort food. I have fond memories of my mom or dad cooking a big pot of oatmeal with raisins and butter. Sometimes we would put brown sugar in it. And we always topped it with creamy milk.

When my husband and I were first married I found it interesting that he had never heard of putting milk on his oatmeal. He thought it was strange that anyone would. And I was perplexed as to why anyone wouldn’t add milk.

Ah, young love…

In my mind oatmeal goes with milk, like peanut butter goes with jelly.

Consequently, I’ve tried eating oatmeal without milk, but can’t stomach it. I have some texture issues and oatmeal without milk is one of them!

Can you say, “gloppy mush”?

But, I digress…

Oatmeal is full of fiber and healthy whole grains. If you are on a gluten-free eating plan you might be interested to know oats are gluten-free. But please be aware that you must read the side of the package to make sure the oatmeal was processed in a gluten-free facility.

Over the years I have eaten my oats with different toppings including chopped apples, pecans, walnuts, almonds, blueberries, strawberries, butter or coconut oil, raisins, or if I really want to indulge, brown sugar.

Protein Oatmeal

I like adding protein to my oats. This essential element satisfies even the hungriest appetite. Best of all, the added protein gives you satiety.

There are many forms of protein that make healthy additions. My wise husband likes to add a scoop of peanut butter to his. And, really, how could something as delicious as rich, creamy peanut butter not be a plus?

Nuts and seeds are a also good source of protein. Nuts have also been shown to increase longevity.

Or, you can add whey protein powder, like the one I used to make My Favorite Peanut Butter Protein Shake.

In addition, you could add a dollop of Greek yogurt for the added protein and essential probiotics.

Currently, this is my favorite way to eat them:

My Favorite Protein Oatmeal With Coconut And Almonds

My Favorite Protein Oatmeal With Coconut And Almonds


  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/8 cup dried cranberries or cherries
  • 1/4 to 1/2 scoop protein powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • cinnamon, to taste
  • stevia, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds


  1. Mix the first four ingredients.
  2. Cook this mixture either on the stove top or in a microwavable bowl in the microwave.
  3. After oats are cooked, stir in milk.
  4. Add cinnamon and/or stevia to taste.
  5. Top with coconut flakes and slivered almonds.
  6. Enjoy!

I hope you enjoy the recipe!

Pass the milk and eat up!

What is your favorite way to eat oatmeal? With or without milk?

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Healthy Coffee Drink (With Coconut Oil) Recipe

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Coffee Time!

If you’re like me, you’re not fully awake and ready for the day until you’ve had your morning cup of joe.

In the past, I’d add Stevia, a splash of milk and our favorite sugar-free coffee creamer, Italian Sweet Cream, to my coffee. That was until I realized the creamer had Splenda in it. 🙁 You can check out information on the potential dangers of Splenda here.)

So, I started looking for new ways to drink my morning java that would be equally (or even more) delicious and much less harmful to my health. I wanted to make healthy coffee!

When I was researching coconut oil, I learned that some people add it to their coffee. I tried it, and liked the way it tasted, but I couldn’t get past the oily and less-than-appealing way it looked.

Then I noticed  that some people mix their coffee, coconut oil and add-ins in a blender (I use my NutriBullet), so I decided to give it a try too.

Why Try This Healthy Mocha Coffee Drink?

  • Because it’s amazingly delicious and rivals anything you buy at the overpriced Starbucks
  • Because coconut oil is a rich source of saturated medium chain fatty acids, so it can help you lose weight (if that’s what you’re going for) (1).
  • It is quick and easy to make
  • It gives you a boost of energy that lasts all morning
  • Who doesn’t love chocolate for breakfast?

So without further ado…

Recipe for Healthy Mocha Coffee Drink (with Coconut Oil)

Recipe for Healthy Mocha Coffee Drink (with Coconut Oil)


  • 1 cup of coffee (or more), hot
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • a splash of pure vanilla
  • stevia
  • 1 teaspoon of cocoa powder or cacao nibs
  • a sprinkle of cinnamon


  1. Put all the ingredients except the cinnamon in a blender. Blend thoroughly, 30 seconds to a minute, depending on your desired froth. Sprinkle lightly with cinnamon.
  2. Drink and enjoy!

  • Please note that if you’ve never eaten coconut oil you will probably want to start with 1 teaspoon and work your way up. If you’re not used to it, you might notice some mild side effects because coconut oil speeds up your metabolism. (I’ve never experienced any side effects, but want to make you aware because everyone is different) 😉

Do you love coffee? Will you try this healthy coffee recipe and let me know what you think?

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My Favorite Protein Powder Pancakes

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One of the foods I’ve missed since becoming gluten-free is pancakes. I tried different gluten-free flours, but had

trouble finding one that tasted close enough to the real thing, until I discovered how easy it is to make oat flour. To me, the flavor it gives the pancakes is delicious and the texture is pleasant, although a little heartier in these gluten-free protein pancakes.

Protein Powder Pancakes

If you want to try making your own gluten-free oat flour, first make sure that your oats are gluten-free. Some are packaged in factories along wheat products and can get contaminated with wheat. Simply put a cup or two of old-fashioned oats in your blender, press start and watch the magic happen!  Now, when I’m making a recipe that calls for all-purpose or wheat flour, I use the GF oat flour instead.

This is the recipe I use to make my protein powder pancake mix. I store it in a Mason jar and make a new batch and refill the jar when I’m getting low.

I like to add chopped apples and cinnamon or blueberries or pecans to the batter. Typically, I fry them in coconut oil and top them with butter or 81 Uses For Coconut Oil, syrup, and sometimes peanut butter (yummy!).

Our kids sometimes groan when they find out something I’m serving is gluten-free, but not these. They eat them right up. I hope you enjoy!

Do you have a favorite recipe using protein powder?

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My Favorite Peanut Butter Protein Shake

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My Favorite Peanut Butter Protein Shake

In recent years I’ve tried all kinds of things in my protein shake including–blueberries, kale (yes, I said kale), spinach (seriously?), celery, strawberries, chia seeds, oatmeal, avocado, pineapple, raw coconut, peanut butter and, my personal favorite… chocolate.

I’ve added in maca powder, raw organic greens, liquid multivitamins, flaxseed and hemp seed to boost nutrition and health.

I’ve also used cow’s milk, water, almond milk and coconut milk, but I always come back to my simple, tried and true peanut butter protein shake.

Here’s the recipe…don’t blink or you might miss it. It’s so simple!

My Favorite Peanut Butter Protein Shake

My Favorite Peanut Butter Protein Shake


  • 1 cup protein powder, your favorite brand, (I use vanilla, but chocolate would be yummy too)
  • 1/2 to 1 banana
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 cup of milk (Any kind will do. I like coconut milk.)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons peanut butter, almond butter, or other nut butter


  1. Put everything in Nutribullet or other type of mixer and mix it all up until it's smooth and creamy.

This is perfect as a meal replacement or post-workout protein shake. If you try it, let me know what you think. I’d love to hear some of your favorite shake recipes too!

For more about whey protein powder you may want to check out 5 Health Benefits Of Whey Protein Powder.

protein shakeWhat about you? Do you have a favorite recipe using whey protein?

Please leave a comment below and let me know how you like to eat whey protein powder.

There are so many more ways to incorporate protein powder into your diet, including this recipe for My Favorite Protein Powder Pancakes.

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