Finger Oatmeal

October 31, 2010


Mmmmmm….fingers are tasty!


Especially Butterfingers! My favorite candy bar : )


Seeing as it’s Halloween, I knew today’s oats had to be special. I carried this BF home in my bosom from the gym the other day when I spotted it in the free candy Halloween basket! And don’t worry, I literally used 2 pinches of crumbles. This oatmeal is still 90% healthy real food.

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Also in the mix, a hunk off of Kate’s oatmeal muffin from yesterday’s picnic!



The Mix

  • 1/3 cup oats, milk, water
  • Half banana
  • Chia seeds
  • Salt, cinnamon, ground cloves
  • ~1/4 cup pumpkin, stirred in at end
  • Muffin
  • Butterfinger crumbs
  • TJ’s PB



[Matt went with a Resee’s!]




Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

After a few special requests in last night’s comments, here is my mom’s Pumpkin Chiffon Pie recipe! It’s so light and fluffy – can’t wait to eat some in a few weeks!


Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

From the 1976 or so Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook

  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 slightly beaten egg yolks
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream, whipped
  • 1 9 inch graham cracker crust

Combine first seven ingredients in saucepan. Stir in milk, egg yolks, and pumpkin. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture boils and gelatin dissolves.  Remove from heat and chill until partially set.

Beat egg whites until stiff peaks from.  Gradually add sugar and beat to stiff peaks.  Fold gently into pumpkin mixture along with the whipped cream.  Pile into crust.  Chill.

Notes:  You can use any combination of the spices.  Make sure you whip the whipped cream.


Have a Haaaaaaaaapy Haaallooweeeen! Just kidding

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1 Lauren at KeepItSweet October 31, 2010 at 8:11 am

that pie looks delicious, thanks for posting the recipe! wish I had thought to put candy in my oats today!!


2 Simply Life October 31, 2010 at 8:13 am

I love the oats in the leaves!


3 Maya October 31, 2010 at 8:16 am

Not worried at all, some of my best oatmeal creations are those with a little leftover cake, cookie, or candy!


4 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 31, 2010 at 8:22 am

Thank you for posting the pie recipe!


5 Estela @ Weekly Bite October 31, 2010 at 8:24 am

Love the Resses Cup in the oats :)

Thanks for your mom’s recipe!

Happy Halloween!


6 Flourchild October 31, 2010 at 8:26 am

Great breakfast! I hope you have a great Halloween!


7 Meredith (Pursuing Balance) October 31, 2010 at 8:27 am

I love butterfingers! definitely my fave Halloween treat! Happy Halloween!


8 Krystina (Organically Me) October 31, 2010 at 8:29 am

You didn’t have to give the disclaimer, it’s okay to put a little candy in your oatmeal sometimes. Treat yourself.


9 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine October 31, 2010 at 8:34 am

Ohh that pie looks great. I love that you used Butterfinger crumbles- those and Reese’s were my favorite Halloween candies as a kid!!


10 stacey-healthylife October 31, 2010 at 8:38 am

I bet those were good oats this morning, yum. That pie looks amazing.


11 [email protected] October 31, 2010 at 8:43 am

What a beautiful oatmeal! Love the fall leaves!!


12 Meaghen October 31, 2010 at 8:47 am

Oh that pie sounds amazing! I’m always looking for new ways make pumkin pie!

I definitely would have tossed the entire butterfinger into my oats. I probably would’ve had a tummy ache from the sugar overload so early in the morning, but it would have been worth it. :)

Happy Halloween!


13 Erika @ Food, Fitness, & Fun October 31, 2010 at 8:56 am

Butterfingers in oatmeal must taste deeeelish! Happy Halloween! :-)


14 holly @ couchpotatoathlete October 31, 2010 at 8:57 am

Matt has the right idea with the Reese’s! :)

The pumpkin chiffon pie looks amazing — thanks for sharing!


15 VeggieGirl October 31, 2010 at 9:02 am

Happy Halloween, Kath! 😀


16 Nancy @ The Wife of a Dairyman October 31, 2010 at 9:10 am

You are so creative with your oats, I love it!
And your mom’s pie looks delicious and easy to make! YUM.


17 Cathy B. @ Bright Bakes October 31, 2010 at 9:11 am

Halloweeen= candy topped oats…so cute!
cathy b. @ brightbakes


18 Meg October 31, 2010 at 9:20 am

THANK YOU for the recipe 😀 yay!

I have that Bora Bora mug and I absolutely adore it. Makes me smile.

Enjoy your Halloween, Kath! Are you taking the bears trick-or-treating? I know they’re pretty big Jolly Rancher fans…


19 Andrea October 31, 2010 at 9:29 am

Hi and Happy Halloween!
My husband just got the news that his lipids are elevated so I’m trying to get him to eat oatmeal – he hates it – can’t believe I married him ; ) In an effort to get him to eat “hidden” oatmeal, I just made your oatmeal pancakes. Delicious! I made the recipe with 1/2 cup quick oats and I blended them after measuring to make them less detectable with really good results. He didn’t care for the “hot bananas” but otherwise he thought they were really good. Next time we’ll try pumpkin or blueberries. This recipe provided 4, 1/3 cup batter pancakes – 2 each, but I couldn’t finish mine – stuffed!

PS – Read that you have a friend named Andrea – I’ll go by Andy.


20 Michelle (The Runner's Plate) October 31, 2010 at 9:29 am

From the title, I was expecting to see a fake finger in your oats. 😉 The pie looks really good!


21 CaSaundra October 31, 2010 at 9:32 am

The pie recipe does sound super good–thanks for sharing!!


22 Natalia - a side of simple October 31, 2010 at 9:33 am

What’s Halloween oatmeal without some sweet toppings? Happy Halloween, Kath!


23 Grocery Goddess Jen October 31, 2010 at 9:54 am

Beautiful post! I think the only time you ever show “real” candy on your blog is on Halloween! You set a great example :)


24 Maddie October 31, 2010 at 10:12 am

That pumpkin pie looks great! Thanks for sharing and Happy Halloween 😀


25 Carolyn October 31, 2010 at 10:15 am

Eat the whole snack size Butterfinger Kath.. forget two pinches of crumbles..

The 10 gms total sugar it would have given you equal the amount … in one piece (1/8th) of the chiffon pie… for just that one ingredient in the whole list, granuated sugar… you are looking forward to eating……

and that oatmeal still would have been healthy…


26 Dee October 31, 2010 at 10:19 am

Ooh! Butterfinger Oatmeal! YUM! Happy Halloween to you too! :)


27 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) October 31, 2010 at 10:23 am

LOL, just a few crumbs?? I would have eaten the whole thing. 😀

Happy Halloween!!


28 Andy October 31, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Yeah, it wouldn’t have made it home from the gym if I had it in my sweaty little palm!


29 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) October 31, 2010 at 2:03 pm

Exactly!! 😛


30 Shannon (A Better Me) October 31, 2010 at 10:30 am

I’m not a huge chocolate fan but I LOVE Butterfingers! :) That pie looks AMAZING! Love the mug at the top of the page too…so fun! Have a great day!


31 Camille October 31, 2010 at 10:30 am

There’s nothing wrong with a little candy every now and then, especially on Halloween!


32 Amber K October 31, 2010 at 10:34 am

Oatmeal and candy? C’mon, that’s just yummy! :)


33 k October 31, 2010 at 10:38 am

I certainly enjoy checking in with your blog but I do have to say that it bugs me a bit that you only put in a couple of pinches of the candy as if it becomes some major crime to “junk it up” once and a while…..Kath, your blog is clearly an example of healthy eating, you don’t need to justify or explain your food choices even when they stray from the norm. I agree with some of the other commenters…just eat it! You’re way too healthy and smart to be outdone by a candybar! UG, this sounds so negative but it’s, well….not….. anyway…HAPPY HALLOWEEN.


34 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun October 31, 2010 at 11:07 am

Even if you did the whole fun sized candy bar (or two or three even!), you wouldn’t need to clarify it still being real food. You eat so well that it’s no biggie to enjoy a favorite candy like that. And I hate to say it, but that might even be one of the things that come across as “disordered” to other readers, especially ones who don’t read regularly or are new to the blog. I’m NOT saying you are because I know you strive for and enjoy healthy foods, with still many quality treats and wine/beer/etc present. You do have balance and I never question your relationship with food.

However, saying “don’t worry I only used a few pinches of crumbles” can give the connotation that using more is something shameful. I don’t believe for one second you intended it that way, but it is something to be cautious of. No, you wouldn’t have to eat more if you didn’t want more and only a pinch or two did it. But saying “don’t worry” gives it a different feel. I hope that makes sense and you don’t take offense to that. Hope you enjoy the rest of your Halloween!


35 M October 31, 2010 at 2:03 pm

Thanks, Tina, for expressing this in a thoughtful, respectful way. Although I know Kath doesn’t intend for it to come across in such a way, it’s little notes like that that leave a sour taste in my mouth. Hoping there can be some respectful conversation about this.


36 Mastering Public Health (@MasPublicHealth) October 31, 2010 at 8:02 pm

Very well-said comment!


37 Laura October 31, 2010 at 11:08 am

Um I love your blog but I don’t understand why you can’t have a little candy once in a while. It really isn’t going to kill you.


38 Melissa @ For the Love of Health October 31, 2010 at 11:10 am

Happy Halloween!! Looks really good!


39 Mom October 31, 2010 at 11:21 am


We’ve got Butterfingers here if anyone wants to come to Hillsborough for Halloween.


40 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 31, 2010 at 11:25 am

I wish I had some candy to put in my oats this morning! I would have definitely put a Caramilk bar in mine. 😀


41 lynn (The Actors Diet) October 31, 2010 at 11:35 am

i wish i had some candy around – all we have to hand out right now are tootsie pops and sugar daddies. not so good in oats!


42 Christin L. October 31, 2010 at 11:54 am

I love Matt’s bowl! Also, that chiffon pie looks droolingly delicious!


43 Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather October 31, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Hmmm finger oats look great. Thanks for sharing the pie recipe, it does sound amazing.


44 thepinkpeppercorn October 31, 2010 at 12:04 pm

Happy Halloween to you too Kath! Oddly enough, we have the same candies in our bowl!! Fun oatmeal!


45 Lea @ Healthy Coconut October 31, 2010 at 12:07 pm

What a spooky mug…great way to greet us on Halloween Day.

Thanks for the recipe, I’ve been bookmarking a lot of recipes for ideas on Thanksgiving potluck.


46 Katie (The Boston Marathoner) October 31, 2010 at 12:09 pm

I love any and all kinds of pumpkin pie – I usually stick with traditional recipes, but this one looks great.


47 Nicole October 31, 2010 at 12:22 pm

Love the idea of butterfingers in your oatmeal, I might have to do the same!


48 Mom October 31, 2010 at 12:35 pm

When you go to cut the pie, don’t panic as it can be a bit tricky. You have to do it slowly and dig your spatula deep to get all the crust. Best to keep it cold until ready to serve. And the first piece always turns out the sloppiest! (I remember my mom telling me that years ago.)


49 Alison October 31, 2010 at 2:06 pm

I love your mom, Kath!

Kath’s mom – you are the sweetest woman in the world! :) I loveloveLOVE how motherly you are!


50 Mom October 31, 2010 at 3:12 pm





51 Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear October 31, 2010 at 12:38 pm

I’m just learning to eat oats again and I must say it would be a lot easier if I had candy to put into it 😀


52 Britannie October 31, 2010 at 12:53 pm

No need to worry anyway–its just one buttafinger, and its Halloween, you NEED to eat some candy ! 😉 haha


53 Allie (Nutty FlexitALLIEan) October 31, 2010 at 1:03 pm

I had the same thought for my Halloween breakfast! I had Greek yogurt w/pumpkin butter, dark choc chips, pecans, rolled oats, raisins, and crunchy cereal. Felt better than gobbling a snickers bar :-). Happy Halloween!


54 Kasey October 31, 2010 at 1:13 pm

Love the Halloween oatmeal! And that pie looks amazing :)


55 Claire (Low Impact Fashionista) October 31, 2010 at 1:45 pm

I really love the pictures of the oats in the crunchy leaves today!


56 Melissa October 31, 2010 at 1:49 pm

Your mom’s pie looks beautiful! Thanks for the recipe! Happy Halloween, Kath and Matt!


57 christina cadden October 31, 2010 at 2:07 pm

That pie looks so good! Well, does the oatmeal as well!


58 Rose October 31, 2010 at 2:26 pm

If Butterfinger is your favorite candy – why not have the whole thing, and then why say ‘don’t worry, I only had two pinches…’? I wonder how that will make people feel who have six times that amount of candy this year. It’s no worse for you then copious amounts of beer and wine.


59 Kath October 31, 2010 at 2:31 pm

The reason I added “Don’t worry” was because of the backhanded comments I get about having “dessert for breakfast” every day. I really just can’t win. The pendulum swings back and forth, back and forth.

I eat plenty of dessert, and I’m sure I’ll be having more candy with trick-or-treating tonight. I just didn’t want a whole candy bar for breakfast. If you read this blog regularly, you know very well that I am not afraid to eat sweets nor to I advocate restriction of anything.


60 Kaci November 1, 2010 at 2:53 pm

I know I tend to stick my nose into these conversations often, but I can’t help but to get irrate over them. I enjoy reading about all of your interesting (and healthy!) foods. Not one single person is the same nor do they eat the same. My identical twin and I love a great deal of the same foods but still have different cravings. I love that you can have sweets and indulgences in moderation because it shows that a little goes a long way. Plus, what the hell is wrong with having just a little bit of candy in the morning for fun without having to give yourself a sugar rush? You were smart because you knew you were planning on eating more later so you didn’t “spend” all of your calories and sugars in one meal. I think people need to lay off and just enjoy the creativity. I don’t know if it’s jealousy or just plain ignorance, but I’m tired of it. If you want to be mean, go find somewhere else on the internet. There are plenty of other websites and blogs.

Please keep doing exactly what you are doing. You inspire me and countless others to just live life and don’t hold back. Because of you, I have been able to tap into my creativity more and be more relaxed with nutrition. I look forward to your blog everyday.

An ALWAYS positive, devoted reader,


61 Hannah October 31, 2010 at 5:47 pm

Gosh, you don’t need to justify putting a treat on your candy! Go for it and enjoy; who cares what % “healthy” it is! It looks yummy and nourishing, and that’s all that matters!


62 Laura (Starloz) October 31, 2010 at 6:06 pm

i love that you’ve used the leaves in your recent photographs. it’s so beautiful.


63 Lorin November 1, 2010 at 12:45 am

oh yum! I always put some type of sweet stuff in my oatmeal, even if it’s some banana! My favorite combination is always banana and peanut butter. When I went to college my dad made me cookies and I put a cookie in my oatmeal and the sugar and chocolate melted, soo good :)


64 Lorin November 1, 2010 at 12:47 am

jeez people are really critical on comments. Don’t worry about them, you are awesome!!!!


65 Shayla November 1, 2010 at 12:06 pm

I think that’s the recipe my mom uses too!!! YUMMY!! :)


66 joni November 24, 2010 at 5:25 pm

so i made the pumpkin chiffon pie and it was delicious, but it definitely doesnt look as fluffy as that picture!!! : ( maybe i need more whipping cream!


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