Twice As Sweet

September 30, 2008

Howdy all!

I stayed up late (for me!) last night working on this standardized recipe and said I’d make the call in the AM if I wanted to work out. Surprisingly, it wasn’t that hard to get out of bed, although I did snooze 15 minutes longer than usual. So off to the gym I went. I was solo today, so I didn’t get to bike.

I spent 45 minutes on the ET with a surprisingly low heart rate. Don’t you hate those random days when things just seem to be in slow motion inside your body? My muscles were working well, but overall it was a lighter workout. I followed it with some abs and stretching.

Once home, I couldn’t wait to dig into a bowl of Double Banana Oatmeal, which is really just single banana since the husband and I usually split one for half each. Twice the banana really is twice as good.


The mix:

  • 1/3 cup oats, hemp milk, water
  • Pinch salt + vanilla
  • 2 medium bananas
  • 2 tbsp wheatberries
  • Small amount of granola plank
  • 1 tbsp-ish sliced almonds
  • Sprinkle coconut
  • Spoonful Butter Toffee PB. I wouldn’t say this is the best tasting PB I’ve ever had, but the gritty texture is unbeatable!


Along with English breakfast tea


I’ve got a packed day today!

Until the next chew session…

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1 Becca A September 30, 2008 at 7:45 am

I had the same kind of random low heart rate day…maybe its something in the air? 😉


2 caitlin (seebriderun) September 30, 2008 at 7:48 am

you guys dont split the 1/3 cup oatmeal, do you??


3 Kate September 30, 2008 at 8:00 am

Question for you. I tried the oatmeal pancakes for the first time today. If they tasted a bit “oat-y,” would you say that was because I didn’t let the oats and eggs sit for long enough?

Also, about how many calories would you say you generally eat over the course of a normal day? Just wondering what you’ve found to work for you.


4 Rose September 30, 2008 at 8:10 am

Gotta love double banana days.

“Until the next chew..” hahah :)


5 shawna September 30, 2008 at 8:11 am

Your oats look doubly-delicious today!

BTW – thanks for mentioning the vanilla bean paste. I picked it up a few weeks back and the tiniest bit adds so much to my morning oats.


6 madison (follow my weigh) September 30, 2008 at 8:16 am

i agree i really like the vanilla bean paste! blogs are such a good tool to “spread the word” =)


7 daphna September 30, 2008 at 8:26 am

Sounds great! Can you describe how you prep the wheatberries? Thanks!


8 Chelsea September 30, 2008 at 8:26 am

mmmmm…I think today may be a good banana oatmeal day-YOM.


9 Katrina September 30, 2008 at 8:26 am

Have you ever tried a “tropical” oatmeal? I just did and it was SOOO good! It actually looked a lot like yours today, I used 1/2 a really small banana while the oats cooked and the other half cut up on top as well as some leftover pineapple, only maybe 1/4 cup chopped up small, also about a tablespoon of pineapple juice. Then I put coconut on top and some Ezekiel Flax Crunch cereal on top with a tablespoon or so of sliced almonds. Darn, it was sure good with the added pineapple!


10 lisa September 30, 2008 at 8:34 am

I made kale chips last night all I can say is YUM! I would have never thought of making something like that thanks for always posting recipes!

PS my oats were sad today. I’m going to try to duplicate your exact oats since yours always look so creamy!!


11 Allison September 30, 2008 at 8:34 am

I am a little confused by the 1/3 c oatmeal and 2 bananas. If you normally split 1 banana, but this time it was doubled, then you only had 1 banana with the 1/3 c oatmeal. Or do you split 1/3 c of oatmea, which I find difficult to believe because that just isn’t much.


12 Heather September 30, 2008 at 8:49 am

Ooh, after reading these comments I really want to try vanilla bean paste. Vanilla extract flavoring always seems to get lost in oats. I wonder what else you could add the paste to?

Have a great day :)


13 Megan September 30, 2008 at 8:49 am

Your oatmeal makes me want to have a second bowl this morning!


14 ModelBehavior September 30, 2008 at 8:56 am

Vanilla bean paste sounds amazing! I wish we had a William sanoma near me!!!


15 Katie September 30, 2008 at 9:03 am

Looks fabulously fluffy and yummy! :)


16 jenner September 30, 2008 at 9:23 am

Kath, if you like gritty-textured pb, try mixing some PB and wheat germ into a kind of paste. I started doing it because the stickiness of pb freaked me out, but i really like it now– it’s delish spread on apples. also, it helps stretch the pb for a pb-philiac… :)


17 Melissa (the other one) September 30, 2008 at 9:25 am

That definitely sounds and looks like the best oatmeal ever! Can’t beat coconut on top – YUM!

Grr, so wish we had vanilla paste and different PB’s by me :(


18 Katelyn September 30, 2008 at 9:32 am

coconut and banana oatmeal…I must try this…soon.


19 Biz September 30, 2008 at 10:05 am

I had banana nut oatmeal today too. But after I cooked the oats, I took off the burner and added the chopped banana and left it sit while I got ready for work. The result? The banana seemed to kind of melt so I had these small balls of banana – it was so good! (and the macadamia nuts didn’t hurt either!)


20 runjess September 30, 2008 at 10:08 am

Now I’m wishing that I took the time to make oatmeal this morning!


21 Krista September 30, 2008 at 10:18 am

Those oats look awesome…..mind you, your breafasts always do!


22 andrunwithit September 30, 2008 at 10:23 am

Hi Kath!
I’ve been lurking on here for quite some time, but haven’t commented! I just wanted to say, I love that you love oatmeal, because I love oatmeal, too! =) Keep up the good work!
P.S. I saw you in Shape, it was a lovely profile!
P.P.S. I like your taste in food. It’s really adventurous, but not overly weird!!


23 Kath September 30, 2008 at 10:30 am

caitlin (seebriderun) + Allison ,
Heavens no! We usually make 2 servings: 2/3 cup dry oats, 2/3 cup milk, 2/3 cup water, 1 banana. Today we used same oats but 2 bananas.

Kate ,
They’re oat-y because they’re made of oats!! You could try pulsing the oats in a food processor to get them more flour-like, but that would be a lot of trouble. If you don’t like the oats, I would recommend just making whole wheat pancakes with WW flour.

I eat around 1700 kcal on a average day. Read more on the FAQ page about my approach to maintenance.

daphna ,
Read “A Wheatberry Lesson” on the right sidebar.

Katrina ,
Yup!! I liked the pineapple, but prefer creamier fruits like banana, apple, pear + pumpkin. Pineapples are quite acidic.

jenner ,
Good idea! I never remember that we have wheat germ in our fridge.

andrunwithit ,
Thanks and welcome!



24 Christie i. September 30, 2008 at 10:39 am

Those oats looks delightful! Yum, I need to pick ip some coconut.


25 VeggieGirl September 30, 2008 at 10:47 am

DOUBLE BANANA OATS?!?!??!?! Holy yum.

Good luck with your packed day!!


26 Tina September 30, 2008 at 10:48 am

Oooh, coconut. Thanks for the reminder! :)


27 Laurel September 30, 2008 at 10:52 am

Hi Kath,

It’s so nice to pop onto your blog and constantly see new entries and beautiful photos.

Can you share some workout info please? When you do cardio, do you work in intervals? For instance, if on an elliptical machine, do you stay at the same pace and resistance the whole time, or switch it up (and if so, how)?

And how much do you usually lift? Is that free weights or machines?

Thanks Kath, you’re truly an inspiration.


28 Miss Tiffie September 30, 2008 at 11:06 am

Your oats look sooooooooooo good today :]

btw, I tried your oatmeal pancake recipe for the second time (the first time I didn’t have any baking powder), except I used a pancake ball maker ( and they’re sooo gooooooooood 😀 hehehe… THANKS!!!!

Also I wanted to ask you if you ever tried Chia Seeds :] They’re super crunchy and yummy (since you love a good chew too) I prefer them to flax (but I’m biased and I’m allergic to flax haha)


29 Erin September 30, 2008 at 11:19 am

I kinda like those days my body moves slow. It just feels like it’s trying to tell me something (i.e., slow down, take it easy, etc.).
Your breakfast looks great, per usual.


30 emmy September 30, 2008 at 11:26 am

to add to what Katrina said, and following your pineapple response, you might like the “tropical oats” I made the other day. (

A 1/3C of oatmeal with a banana cooked in (I microwave mine with water, but whatev.) topped with diced dried pineapple and papaya and unsweetened dried coconut. Yum.


31 Kath September 30, 2008 at 11:53 am

Laurel ,
I generally do machines for the same resistance for 30-45 minutes. I do level 14 on the ET (the kind with arms) and level 12 on the Stairmaster. I usually pick one machine per day and try to alternate my workouts between outdoor running, the ET, the Stairmaster, biking, and cycle class. I also do 10-15 minutes of weights 2-3 times a week. I also alternate these between free weights and machines (like the assisted pull-up machine). For free weights I do 15 lbs biceps and shoulders. I often use an 18 lb bar for more shoulders, triceps. I do pushups. It’s kind of hard to describe because I literally do something different each day. I hate weight lifting so I have to just do what I feel like doing at the moment. I do always try to hit all my major upper body groups each session. I add in some lower body lifting at times, but since I do a lot of cardio on high resistance, I could that towards my leg strength. Hope that wasn’t too confusing!

Miss Tiffie,
I saw those!! I wish I had a ball pan – they looked fun to eat :)



32 ally September 30, 2008 at 12:10 pm

Hi Kath! I am a new reader of the blog and I am a bit confused- I never realized that you and your husband split your oatmeal every day. So when you say the mix is 1/3 cup oats, does that mean you are each only eating 1/6 cup oats? Thanks!


33 Kath September 30, 2008 at 12:18 pm

ally ,
Read my response above. The ONLY thing we split is a banana.



34 Kate September 30, 2008 at 3:58 pm

Haha (with regards to your “oat-y” response). Thanks.

I love oatmeal and eat it on a regular basis. I guess I should have said that these oats seemed particularly tough, or dry. I’ll try soaking them for a little longer tomorrow (today I literally let them sit for like 30 seconds) and see if that helps. I loved the pancake in general, though. And how is it that a banana is so much more delicious when mashed?!


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