Creamy PB + J Oatmeal Parfait


Holy smokes it’s Friday again!

I swear it feels like it was just Friday.

Yesterday’s workout was FUN. I love the feeling of renewed enthusiasm after a day off.

I did a 3 mile run:

  • 3 min walking warm-up
  • Mile 1: 6.0 mph, incline 2%
  • Mile 2: 6.5 mph, incline 5% (such a hard mile!!!)
  • Mile 3: 6.0 mph, incline 2%
  • 2 min walking cool-down

Mile 2 was a LONG, hard mile. I stopped half way through to get water. After the run, I did the ab-solute workout (18 mins of abs) and Booty Booster workout from the Booty Camp Fitness DVD.

Since I have been doing strength training my appetite has gone way up! I wonder if that is because my body is expending more energy repairing my muscle tears? Either way I have been one huge Hunger Monster lately.

This morning I woke up COLD. A Green Monster or juice was not going to cut it.

I was really excited to try out this new product:


Nut ‘n Budder contains peanuts, almonds, flaxseed oil, organic sugar, and flaxseed. It is only available in Canada right now (you don’t hear that on blogs too often!). It is seriously addicting, subtly sweet, and very creamy.  I had to hide it in the back of the Lazy Susan! :mrgreen: I could *probably* find it if I really wanted to though…if you catch my drift…


Creamy PB + J Oatmeal Parfait



  • 2/3 cup regular oats
  • 1 T chia seeds (optional)
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup almond breeze
  • 1/2 cup plus a bit more water
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 banana (optional- I didn’t have one so I used chia seeds to thicken it up nicely)


Directions: Mix together oats, chia seeds, coconut milk, salt, banana, almond milk, and water. Bring to a boil and then cook on low, stirring frequently, for about 10 minutes. Take a glass and drop in a layer of jam, then oats, then PB, then oats, then jam, etc. Sprinkle with peanuts and enjoy!





Would you like a chance to win a jar of the Almond Budder Extreme and Nut ‘n Budder?

Leave one comment below.

If you want you can tell me your all time favourite FICTON book! (Yes, I am in the market to start fiction reading again and looking for good ideas!!) :mrgreen:

Contest is open to US and CAD residents only please.

I will be selecting TWO winners. Contest open until tonight at 11pm EST.

Have a great Friday!


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EL February 5, 2010

This is so hard, I love books. I always have a pile next to my bed. Currently, I have been loaning out Syrup by Max Barry.


Elyse February 5, 2010

The Harry Potter Series can read them more than once…That breakfast looks sooo good


Sam February 5, 2010

My two top favs:

Bel Canto
To Kill A Mockingbird


Katie February 5, 2010

Um yes please! This looks amazing!

My favorite fiction book of all time is… The Time Travelers Wife. If you haven’t read it yet – DO!

Thanks for the contest!


Vanessa February 5, 2010

The Pact by Jodi Picoult … or anything by Jodi for that matter.

Mmmm a new PB to try … Your oatmeal parfait looks delish!


Charlie February 5, 2010

btw, I’m writing my first novel atm myself, a romance! (A romantic lesbian ensemble set in a futuristic fashion world; lots of melodrama, lots of models, lots of sass!) So that will surely take over my favorite spot! :p


Dee February 5, 2010


I’m going to suggest Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. It’s a classic and I can’t get enough of it (or Mr. Darcy). ;)


Anne @thefitbridesmaid February 5, 2010

And then watch the BBC miniseries!

Along the same lines, Bridget Jones’ Diary and Bridget Jones’ Diary 2. SOO GOOD!


Carolyn February 5, 2010

That parfait looks INCREDIBLE. I wish I had your flair for cooking/making new and interesting creations! Of course, it would help if I weren’t an impoverished college kid, so there you go. ~^

Haha, oh, man, you’re asking me to *choose*?!? The ones that spring to mind right now are “Beauty,” by Robin McKinley; “The Shining,” by Stephen King; “Jane Eyre,” by Charlotte Brontë; and “Rebecca,” by Daphne du Maurier.
(And, oh goodness, there are SO MANY MORE. Books are love!!!)


Jen February 5, 2010

My favorite fiction book is Mists of Avalon – I love the King Arthur legend and this book tells it from the point of view of all the women in the story. It’s incredible!


Teri [a foodie stays fit] February 5, 2010

My favorite fiction book is The Count of Monte Cristo.

Love your pretty parfait!


Marianne February 5, 2010

I saw that PB/AB at Superstore a few weeks back. I considered buying it, but it’s expensive. So it would be great to win. Too bad I don’t actually read fiction books – haven’t for years. I guess if I had to pick, I would go with Stephen King’s “The Stand”. Not his typical horror book, and even though it’s huge (1000+ pages), it really is a good read.


Charlie February 5, 2010

Amen, Marianne. King’s finest work, imo. The Mini-Series w/ Molly Ringwald & Gary Sinese was gr8 too. W.G. Snuffy Walden’s music was superb. :)


denise February 5, 2010

My all time favorite is The Giver by Lois Lowry. What an amazing book!!


Jess February 5, 2010

That oatmeal looks amazing!! As for books, I saw many of my faves (Secret Life of Bees, Time Travelers Wife, No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, Eat Pray Love) are on the board already. But my all-time favorite (as an adult) is probably The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri. Her short stories are wonderful as well!


Katie February 5, 2010

oh my gosh that nut butter looks delish!! my favorite fiction books are the twilight series!


Casper February 5, 2010

At this moment, 2 of my favorite reads are Jenna Blum’s debut novel, Those Who Save Us and The Glass Castle: A Memoir
by Jeannette Walls.


Alexis February 5, 2010

My all time favorite book is Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace – but as it is over 1000 pages that might be too weighty a recommendation! So I would definitely also recommend White Noise by Don Delillo.


Diana February 5, 2010

Favourite? Ooh, too hard to choose. Why don’t I tell you what’s on my fiction radar instead? I keep hearing/reading lots about “The Road”, and “Still Alice” has been recommended to me a couple of times.


Karla February 5, 2010

My favorite book is The Notebook! And, I have NEVER had any kind of nut butter other than Jif pb, so I would love to win!


Emily February 5, 2010

I’ve always only thought of parfaits as dessert, but this is a great idea! Looks delicious!

As for books, of course, anything Nicholas Sparks.. haha it’s my guilty pleasure when I’m stressed with college work!


Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope February 5, 2010

I have SO many favorites, but I’m going to say Barefoot by Elin Hilderbrand. Such a sweet story!



Penne February 5, 2010

I’m constantly amazed by your food presentation! Homerun once again–this parfait looks and sounds delicious!

One of my favorite books is Judas Child by Carol O’Connell


Lesley February 5, 2010

Mmmm nut butter!! My favorite fiction books are Something Borrowed/ Something Blue by Emily Giffin. I’ve read them at least 5 times and can never put them down when I start!


Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine February 5, 2010

That parfait looks delicious! My favorite fiction book is probably Prep, by Curtis Sittenfeld. It sounds and looks like a teenybopper read, but is anything but. It’s a really great read!


Kate February 5, 2010

“Water for Elephants”, “The Help”, “Memory Keepers Daughter”, or “The Other Boleyn Girl” are all AWESOME books!! I seriously would wake up at 5am before work to read for 2 hours because they were THAT GOOD and I didn’t want to go 9 hours without reading. :)


Wendy February 5, 2010

Just finished “The Road”, but have enjoyed an amazing book lately called “The Book of Negroes” by Lawrence Hill…awsome story!


Jess February 5, 2010

Some of my favourites are:

– A Widow for One Year
– The Book of Negroes
– Bel Canto

I love fiction, and that nut butter looks delicious!


Melanie February 5, 2010

I really liked The Lovely Bones. About a disturbing topic (kidnapping and murder) it is a heart-wrenching, sad, and touching story about a family and made a huge impression on me. I haven’t seen the movie yet, and I hope it lives up to the book. Movies usually don’t, though, so I’ll try not to be disappointed!


Brittany February 5, 2010

I have so many favourite fiction books… here’s my top three:
– The Lovely Bones, Alice Seabold
– Summer Sisters, Judy Blume
– One Door Away from Heaven, Dean Koontz

Thanks so much for the chance to win!!


Danielle (Coffee Run) February 5, 2010

I would love to win a jar of nut butter! (Who wouldn’t?!)


Katie February 5, 2010

Eat Pray and Love is a wonderful book, very inspirational : ) I really know you wold love it!!

Wow these peanutbutters look amazing!!!!


Meg February 5, 2010

DEFINITELY Time Travelers Wife :) Gahh that parfait looks amazing! Happy Friday!


Jess @ Truly Into Fitness February 5, 2010

Omg Ange, that is my FAVORITE nut butter! I got it last week and I have been in LOVE!
My favorite novel of all time would have to be “She’s Come Undone” By Wally Lamb.

Amazing, amazing novel.

“White Orleander” was fantastic to. The movie, however, was not all that great.


Bella February 5, 2010

Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels is my all time favourite book. It’s Canadian. It’s beautiful written. And I find something new every time I read it. I have 6 copies of the book because I keep reading it until the pages fall out.


Caroline February 5, 2010

As I’m from Quebec, most of my favorites books are in French, but I red some in English and I would say : Eat, pray and love… I know I know, it’s not a fiction book, but It was soooo incredible… It’s such an adventure as in fiction book :)


Katie Davis @ Pop Culture Cuisine February 5, 2010

This was a tough question because I love so many books, but in past couple of years it has been anything by Emily Giffin. “Something Borrowed,” “Something Blue,” “Baby Proof,” and “Love the One You’re With.” They were all great, and read really quick!


Jaime February 5, 2010

I’ve seen this in stores multiple times but never picked it up. Looks super yum!

Fave fiction book has got to be Time Travellers Wife…well written, interesting, and a lovely story. (In fact, I’m avoiding the movie because I think it will ruin my love of the book.)

If you’ve already read that, I just picked up A Vintage Affair by Isabel Wolff on recommendation from a dear friend. Starting it this weekend.


Karen February 5, 2010

That looks like such a fun recipe!

My favorite fiction book is The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. I was on a big Oprah’s Book Club kick in high school and this book was my favorite! Long but a great story about a southern US minister and his family (wife and 4 daughters) who he uproots to be a missionary in the Congo. The story is told from each female’s perspective (they take turns telling it in each chapter).


Linda February 5, 2010

Those Nut Budders look awesome!! I just read to great books!! The Help by Kathryn Sockett and Swan House by Elizabeth Musser. Happy Reading!


Stephanie February 5, 2010

I know it’s kind of a younger read…but I LOVE Ella Enchanted! I could read it over and over to remember how good fairly tails are :) I also really loved My Sister’s Keeper- but be sure to have kleenex by your side! It’s a tear jerker!


melanie February 5, 2010

I have a serious Nicholas Sparks obsession; since I was 13 and read a Walk to Remember.


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