Healthy Banana Peanut Butter Cup Oatmeal

Hey guys! Today I thought I would share with you one of my favorite recipes that I have concocted lately. It may seem a bit weird, but trust me, this is so cozy and delicious and relatively healthy. (No added sugars – unless you’re like me and add brown sugar or honey at the end – haha.) It started when I purchased two jars of PB2 – one of original peanut butter and one of the chocolate peanut butter variation. I wanted to try using it in different ways other than just reconstituting it and using it as actual peanut butter in a sandwich or with fruit. So I was making oatmeal one day, and I usually place a half banana in my oatmeal to sweeten it up and add some interest, but I decided to throw in some chocolate PB2 and it was absolutely delicious. It tastes like oatmeal that has bananas and Reese’s peanut butter cups in it. Delicious. I like to add cinnamon on top sometimes for an extra special bit of “wow”.

Healthy Banana Peanut Butter Cup Oatmeal
Serves 1
A healthy and delicious, simple oatmeal recipe perfect for cozy mornings. Bananas add sweetness, while powdered chocolate peanut butter adds an indulgent richness without all of the calories.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  2. ½ cup water
  3. pinch of salt
  4. 1-2 tbs chocolate PB-2 (powdered peanut butter) alternatively just use peanut butter or nutella to taste
  5. ½ medium banana, very ripe
Optional Toppings
  1. Truvia or Splenda sweeteners
  2. handful of nuts
  3. ground cinnamon
  4. brown sugar or honey
Instructions
  1. Add water to saucepan, bring to a boil.
  2. Add oats, stir, and bring heat down to low-medium (enough to keep a slow boil).
  3. Add banana, mash and stir into the cooking oats.
  4. Add PB2 (powdered peanut butter) or traditional peanut butter/hazelnut spread.
  5. Optionally, add honey or brown sugar if you desire a sweeter oatmeal.
Notes
  1. Tip: If you are going to multiply this recipe for more than one person, everything will translate equally, however follow your oats' instructions for multiple servings, and don't use quite as much banana as the multiplier would suggest.
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Feel free to pin this recipe to your Pinterest boards for yummy snacking later! Happy cooking and I’ll see you guys in my next post! Check out my other food-related posts!

What’s In My Céline?

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Happy Monday guys and gals! I hope you are having a great start to your week. Mine definitely looks busy, but luckily I’ve got some great content lined up for you this week, so be sure to check back every day!

Today I’m sharing with you my new baby: my Céline Luggage tote in the “Micro” size and black drummed leather. The drummed leather comes with silver hardware and the smooth leather comes with gold hardware, which I do feel looks better on black, but smooth leather scratches easily and loses its shape faster than drummed leather. (A comparison between the drummed and smooth leather can be made with the Chanel caviar vs lambskin leathers, if you’re familiar with Chanel). Although the bag is pricey, it’s by far the most well-made bag I’ve ever owned (yes, even compared to my Chanel). Nothing compares to the feeling of sturdiness and craftsmanship, in my opinion. Céline definitely has a new fan for life.

If you’d like to watch the video about my thoughts on the bag and the contents of my bag (which have actually changed quite a bit since my last video, so it won’t be as boring, I promise), or to see a photo of all the contents laid out neatly, then just click on!
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Splurge or Steal: The Pistachio Creams

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If you haven’t already guessed by now, I’m a definite fan of Laura Mercier’s eau gourmand line, with special attention to the Creme de Pistache (Pistachio) scent. Ironically, it smells nothing like a pistachio, unless you count the barely-noticeable nutty undertone to what is otherwise dominated by sugar, butter, and vanilla. It’s like when you’re baking a cake from scratch, and you have just creamed the butter and sugar, and you add the dash of vanilla. So yummy.

Very recently Dove came out with a scent in their nutrium moisture body wash range called, “Purely Pampering Pistachio Cream with Magnolia“. Apparently Dove shares Laura Mercier’s fondness for long-winded product names. Nonetheless, if you are fan of the LM scent, you will love this one. Unfortunately I can only find this scent in the beauty bar and body wash at the moment – but you can be sure I scooped up multiples in case it gets discontinued quickly. It is, after all, not the type of scent that sounds good off the shelf. Until, that is, you smell it.

I will caveat the potential buyer who is an expert on the LM Creme de Pistache range – the Dove version doesn’t smell quite as concentrated, if that makes sense. It’s very light. It also doesn’t lather up much at all, so it’s a bit like washing your body with a lotion – but it’s very moisturizing and I like that after I get out of the shower I can actually skip the moisturizing step on most non-fussy days.

Check out other posts in my Splurge or Steal series.

Fragrance Update

Hey guys! Today I’m sharing with you some fragrance updates. I personally love perfume and while I do have signature fragrances that I turn to time and time again, I like to change up my fragrance depending on my daily mood. Here are a few that I have been loving at the moment.

P.S. – thanks so much to those of you who have participated in my 2014 Designer Blog Sale. What a hit! At the time of writing this, the only item left is the Rose Gold Rockie by Alexander Wang. I’m already shipping out the items that were purchased today! Yay!

Products Mentioned

Prada Infusion de Rose
Prada Infusion d’Iris Absolue
Jo Malone Blue Agava and Cacao 
Laura Mercier Creme de Pistache spray

* press samples 

Designer Blog Sale 2014

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It’s March, which means Spring is here, and fortunately for my husband who was last seen circa Fall 2013 amidst a pile of designer handbags, it means it’s SPRING CLEANING time! I’ve decided to do a Blog Sale like this every once in a while. More than likely, this will be only an annual thing, but if you guys really like it, it may become a semi-annual thing.

You have probably recently seen these handbags on my blog, and you may be asking yourself, “Kristina, why are you giving up these handbags so soon? Don’t you love them?” To that I say, yes I do! But mommy’s deciding on either a Prada Saffiano Lux Tote or a Celine Micro Luggage Tote for her next handbag investment – and she needs the shelf space.

For the blogging equipment, I’ve got some really special stuff for you – my prized filming camera, the Panasonic Lumix G5 – which basically launched my YouTube channel and handled all of my videos up until January 2014. A powerhouse in a small frame. I also am parting with my treasured Canon Elph 520 – the teeniest little HD pocket camera you’ll ever lay eyes on. Fits in small pockets. Records HD video. Perfect for the lifestyle blogger.

Everything is as pictured, and everything is functional and in working order, of course. No duds here! I will describe and rate every item with specific attention to any scratches or scuffs an item may have, including photo documentation as such. There is no specific return policy (i.e. no buyers’ remorse returns) but everything is guaranteed to arrive in working order (for example, not DOA or “dead on arrival”) which is a standard electronics seller’s policy. Items come neatly packaged, and handbags include their dust bag and tissue paper unless specified otherwise. Cameras come with their original box, unless specified.

Click on each small image in the grid to see the individual pictures full size. (May not work on mobile!) Hurry up before what you want is gone!

STILL AVAILABLE: Alexander Wang Rose Gold Rockie (all other items below are sold out!)
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Laura Mercier Custom Artist Portfolio

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You have recently seen me do a “What’s In My Makeup Bag” video, but I wanted to update it to show you my latest beauty. This mouthful-of-a-product called the Laura Mercier Custom Artist Portfolio for Home and Away (yes, that’s really what it’s called). This genius padfolio looks like an oversized iPad case, but inside it stores mesh pouches that are removable and in different sizes. All are held to the case via strong magnets, as well as a divider in the middle for your brushes and palettes. It’s like the 9 year old in me is getting all excited about organizing a new binder for the school year.Please Click To View The Full Post →

Girl Power

Hiya! Hope you’re having a fantastic Friday! I have some great posts lined up for next week but I recently put up this Girl Power tag (meme) video. I hope you like it and have a great weekend, y’all!

Review: Louise Young Brushes

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A couple of months ago the folks from Louise Young contacted me inviting me to try a sample of their brush collection. Having drooled unceremoniously over the super jumbo massive round foundation brush (which you can see above far right) for many months prior to that, I quickly said yes. A few weeks later (they are an English brand) they were in my hands and I was ready to play. Please Click To View The Full Post →