steel cut oat breakfast bars

Have you read the Body Book by Cameron Diaz?  I skimmed through it the other day and it’s actually quite interesting.  She says she doesn’t have a sweet tooth (luck duck!!) but craves savory foods.  Definitely not the case with me- my sweet tooth can be cuuuhraaaazy.

Cameron (isn’t it funny how you use first names and assume it’s ok even though you don’t know the person? or is it just me?) said she has steel cut oats for breakfast.  She makes makes a batch of oats, lets them cool into a cake-like shape, and then sears a few bars in olive oil when she’s having breakfast.  She tops hers with some sautéed egg whites & shallots or veggies. After reading about her breakfast regime, I knew I had to try something similar.

It sounded like a great idea- changing the texture of steel cut oats but not adding any sugar or flour to make it into a “bar” or “cake”.   Perfect for me, because sometimes I want actual oatmeal –super hearty-but on the other hand,  I’ll want something with a more compact or crispy texture, like pancakes.

Here’s how I made it:

I cooked up a 1/2 cup of steel cut oats and once creamy, I poured them into a loaf pan to cool in the fridge overnight.  (I have a photo but it’s definitely not pretty enough to share!)

Today, I heated a pan with a splash of EVOO.  I cut out a few bars and surprisingly, they kept their form!

I popped them into the hot pan and seared both sides until a little crispy.

I wanted to make these into a sweet breakfast so I topped them with peanut flour (about 2 Tbsp mixed with almond milk) and a sprinkle of cinnamon.  You still need to eat them with a fork because they are still gooey in the middle.

I also enjoyed a pear and a large cup of black coffee on the side.

Pretty deeern good!   Does that make you think of This movie??!?.  Haha 🙂

Next time, I’ll cook the oats in a shallower pan.  I think the bars will be less gooey and crisp up better.  I’d also like to try adding in nut butter, protein powder, or cook in egg whites for extra protein.  Maybe even grated zucchini or blended spinach? Can’t wait to try out different variations.

I hope you like them!

steel cut oat cake

Have you made other recipes with steel cut oats?


too good for a straw

I made a promise that if my fiance ever bought me a Vitamix, I’d stop eating my protein smoothies from a bowl…..

What he doesn’t know won’t annoy him, right?  Especially if he doesn’t see me eating it?

As much as I love slurpin’ up a smoothie through a straw, I prefer to pour mine right into a bowl and enjoy it with a spoon.

It feels like a treat in the morning- almost like a bowl of fro yo or ice cream for breakfast- and I can savor it MUCH longer. Otherwise, I’ll drink it up in 2.5 seconds and I won’t give myself enough time to feel full!

Here’s the recipe I made today:

WholeSAM Protein Oat Smoothie Bowl:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • few handfuls of spinach and/or kale
  • 1 scoop of chocolate whey protein powder
  • 1 Tbsp flaxseed meal
  • Enough almond milk to get it all moving
  • Big dash or two of cinnamon

Topped with 1/4 cup raw oats for some added fiber!


Don’t worry, there’s more to come in the world of wholeSAM smoothies! Can’t wait to share some of my other favorite smoothie recipes!

What’s your favorite smoothie?  Is it a protein smoothie or a regular fruit smoothie?

great (& Greek) yogurt pancakes

Breakfast is the BEST meal of the day.  No question. Hands down. Numero Uno. The whole enchilada. King’s feast.  Uhhhhh yea.  I’m done.

I used to feel guilty eating pancakes.  Well, well, well…. not anymore.  There are SO many healthy pancake recipes out there.  It can be overwhelming (if you by chance are as indecisive as I am and pin recipes that you never use and flag recipes that you forget to come back to).  😉

Anyway, I’ll normally whip up the egg-banana-2 ingredient-recipe OR the oat-egg-white version for a quick, easy, and high protein breakfast.  When I have more time and I’m feeling like pancakes that taste more like “usual” pancakes, I’ll make a version of these babies:


  • 1 container 0% fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • ~ 1/2 cup flour (whole wheat or oat flour)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • dash of cinnamon and splash of vanilla

Whip egg and mix ingredients.  **Note: Batter will be very dry.  If too dry, add a splash of milk (I use almond).

Heat skillet on med-hi heat and spray with cooking spray or 1-2 tbsp coconut oil.

Drop batter into cakes, heat until bubbles form, and flip!  Cook until desired doneness!

Top with fruit, nuts, maple syrup, or whatever you’re feelin’.


Today I followed the recipe pretty closely and used my Vitamix to grind oats into flour.  I topped the cakes with peanut flour sauce, some almonds for crunch, and a sliced banana.

+ a large cup of coffee  + dvr’d Olympics = a relaxing Saturday morning.

What did you have for the BEST meal of the day?

ingredients pancakes

before and after pancakes


well hello there!

It’s finally here! blog post numero uno!

I’m so excited to begin this little blog and share my thoughts, LA journey and my LOVE of a healthy lifestyle – cooking, recipes, fitness & nutrition- inspired by my all time favorite blogs:  Peanut Butter Fingers, Fitnessista, and Eating Bird Food.  Take a gander at the ABOUT page if you’re interested in the randomness that = me.

Let’s jump right in with some recaps of the day…. BREAKFAST!  I’ve been all about a few favorites these days- protein pancakes, eggs, oats, or smoothies.  Today, I decided on PUMPKIN pancakes (I know it’s not exactly Fall anymore but I had one lonely can of TJ pumpkin puree hiding in the cupboards). Inspired by these babies, I’d say the day started off just right.   Don’t worry- there was obviously a few cups of coffee involved before, during, and after these healthycakes.  I’d like to say I’m a morning person…I love getting up early.  I love a morning workout. I have a morning routine that gets me inspired and ready for the day.  If you ask my fiancé if I’m a morning person, he’ll probably give a cute smile and then kindly say that I’m EVENTUALLY a morning person….if I get my initial coffee, quiet time, and news out of the way first. Oh well, at least I admit it.  I swear I’m not too high maintenance.  Give me a healthy breakfast, workout, and coffee and I’m happy as a clam. The happy sam clam.


More coffee this afternoon…with a little beach walk after some errands in Santa Monica.   Love a good Starbucks splurge. Normally I’ll do a tall black coffee with a large dash of cinnamon – today it was a tall soy misto extra hot. YUM.



My exercise for the day was my go-to 3 mile run to a local park and back.  I have to say that running has been a little tough lately!  Trying to get back to my half-marathon level.  By half marathon level, I mean that I completed my  first half marathon last year- and it was great!  My brain wants to train for a second one, my legs well they need to find their groove again.  But that’s another post in itself.

For dinner, I made some salmon with sides of roasted cabbage and sautéed zucchini.  Easy, simple, go-to meal.   Off to finalize a few odds and ends and watch a movie!

Wow I have so much randomness to write about.  This is exciting!