Recipe experiments, earrings, and oat bran!

I am loving the oat bran/wheat bran combo for breakfast.  The other day I made a creamy chocolate peanut butter sauce for the topping (just watered down PB2 – chocolate flavor).  Warning: Oat bran mixed with wheat bran is very very filling!  You won’t even think about food for several hours!  Here’s the bowl:


  • heaping 1/2 cup oat bran
  • heaping 1/3 cup wheat bran
  • 1/2 banana, whipped in
  • 2 tablespoons PB2 Chocolate, with extra water – drizzled over the top

I’ve been meaning to try some of Katie‘s recipes in the hopes of gaining some extra entries to her Jocalat giveaway.  I decided to make the Choco-licious Chocolate Pudding first.  I actually made this two times – the first time I used A LOT of agar agar and it was tough to blend (but amazingly delicious):


And the second time I used a lot less (easier to blend, but I actually like the thicker version):


The only change I made was to use PB2 Chocolate (2 tablespoons) instead of cocoa powder and I drizzled the top with brown rice syrup.  This was a delicious pudding and I’ll definitely be making it again.

I also decided to try Katie’s Banana Bread in a Bowl.  Divine!  I love banana bread and this did not disappoint.  I used almond milk (instead of soy) and kamut puffs for the “flake cereal”.  I’m tempted to try this with some PB2 added in as well.


I got crafty this afternoon and made two pairs of earrings.  I’m thinking I might do an earring giveaway – would any of you be interested in something like these?


Currently watching American Idol with some PB2 Chocolate & fuji apples (yes, plural apples – always plural with apples).

I really liked everyone’s responses to yesterday’s post about massage.  It’s really encouraging and reassuring to hear that so many of you have made crazy decisions and had wonderful things come of them.  Carpe diem, I suppose.  Have a lovely evening.

25 Replies to “Recipe experiments, earrings, and oat bran!”

  1. first, I need to find wheat bran to that combo, it sounds very interesting.
    second, I wanted to try Katie’s recipes too and precisely those two. The only reason that haven’t done so far is that I don’t know where to find agar agar. where did u get it?
    third, your earring looks so nice, givewaway please! 😀

  2. Aw, thanks so much Maggie! And I am so excited you used pb2 for the pudding because the company is sending me a free sample and now I know just what to do with it!

    Four entries for you, for sure!!!

  3. I tried the banana bread in a bowl too and LOVED it. So darn delicious.

    And the earrings are gorgeous! An earring giveaway is such a good idea. I always wanted to make my own earrings… I played around it a little bit a few years ago… mine were ugly though haha.

  4. Those earrings are darling! A giveaway would be lovely.

    I’ve always wondered about cooking wheat bran like oat bran. Looks good.

    Ooo and the puddings are spectacular, I love the banana bread recipe…it’s so delicious!

  5. I can’t believe you made those! A giveaway is a great idea 😉 I’m actually teaming up with Michelle @ Remy and me to do a jewelry giveaway sometime soon. Let’s start a trend!

  6. P.S. I thought your thoughts on the blogging criticism were interesting. I can relate to a lot of it. My sisters are convinced I have an eating disorder. They don’t READ the blog though, or they would see what I am eating. Crazy.

  7. Those earrings are STUNNING! You should totally do a giveaway!

    I may have to try that oat/wheat bran combo! I need to find a filling breakfast for my Fridays when I have 4 hours of class.

  8. Whats the difference between oat bran and wheat bran? Is it just made like regular oats? I can’t wait for my PB2 to come in the mail!!

  9. I love those earrings…especially the 2nd pair.

    OK, I totally need to go to Whole Foods and get wheat bran and agar agar. I’ve been trying to wait to go until next week, but I don’t think I can read your blog anymore until I go. Therefore, must get there today! 🙂

  10. those earrings are beautiful, I’d love a chance to win them! I totally need to switch up the breakfast deal to oat bran.

  11. you didn’t tell me you made jewelry! how cool! your earrings look fab – i love the wire-wrapping!

    🙂 Diana

    PS I still owe you a pair! My wrist is feeling better so I need to get on that!

  12. Great experiments, everything looks delicious. I regularly eat Bob’s Red Mill high fiber hot cereal but after reading that the ingredients I think I should start mixing up my own.

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