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Snow Shoveling Breakfast: PB & Banana Baked Oatmeal

Updated: Apr 30, 2020

Winter is here! As I write this, we are in the middle of a minor snowstorm and I am fueling myself for today's workout: shoveling.

In preparation, I wanted something warm, comforting, and well balanced. I wanted noticeable peanut butter flavor and a little sweetness. I used natural style peanut butter, because that's what I had on hand, but I tried to intensify it a bit with the powdered PB2. The bananas are pretty sweet, so I used a small amount of maple syrup. I may skip that entirely next time and rely just on the bananas, if I have super overripe ones. Here's the recipe:

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  • I used 3 bananas that were frozen in chunks, which I keep on hand for smoothies when I need a grab and go breakfast. When defrosted, there is a lot of excess moisture, which I mostly discarded. If you are using regular ripened bananas, your mixture may not be as wet, and you may need to reduce the baking time.

  • If you don't have PB2, you can increase the amount of peanut butter. Keeping in mind that nut butters are calorie dense, you could stick with the original amount of peanut butter and instead, put just a dab of peanut butter your slice of oatmeal. The heat will melt it slightly and your tastebuds will get more of a hit of peanut butter than when it's distributed throughout the oatmeal.

Since we're on the topic of snow and shoveling, if you're going to be out there for an extended period of time and the snow is deep or heavy, it's a good idea to prepare your body a few minutes of mobility work for your joints (slide arms overhead while lying on the floor, cat/cow, squats, upper torso twist) and core stability work, like plank and side plank.

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