Banana and Pear Steel Cut Oats

Cool mornings call for warm breakfasts!

And I am a HUGE fan of cool mornings and awesome breakfasts!

Although recently, I have been cheating a bit with my breakfast making.  Trader Joe’s has some incredible tasting frozen oatmeals (and now one with quinoa) that I stocked up on during my last shopping trip.  This morning, I was saddened to discover that I am ALL OUT of my easy morning staple.  And to make matters worse, I got ambitious at my last grocery store visit and bought steel cut instead of regular oats.  Although delicious, they certainly take more time to cook.




There weren’t any other breakfast options available, so I checked out the side of the panel for instructions and inspiration.  Then let my oats simmer on the stove, while I took care of some other boring morning things (ie phone calls).  The oats came along without effort, but needed some added flavor.




I stirred in cinnamon and chai spices, plus some banana and pear.




Mmmm!  Doesn’t that look like the perfect way to start your day?  I’ll tell you that it was!  I ate half of the oats and packed up the other half for tomorrow’s breakfast.  I also made a point to try to remember that steel cut oats really aren’t so tough or challenging!  Then, I hit the trail for an 8 mile out and back run.




Long sleeves and sunglasses…that is my kind of running weather!  Because it has cooled off, I didn’t think I needed both of my water bottles, so I sported my new Amphipod handheld bottle.




After reevaluating my hydration situation, I decided that I wanted to have an extra bottle for hot summer days, so I ordered this one from the same place that I got my race belt.  Although I’ve never been a fan of holding things while I run, the thumb hole makes this super easy.  I loved this bottle and it was the perfect amount of water for today’s run. PS there is also a small zip pocket that can hold keys or nutrition.  The best part is that all of my bottles are the same size and can be swapped back and forth.




My breakfast was exactly what I needed to fuel this morning’s run!

This week’s meal planning made for an exciting day of homemade eats!


Lunch: Turkey and Vegetable Chili

Dinner: Moroccan Chicken


I was so proud of myself : )



Do you eat steel cut oats?

What is your favorite recipe?



Banana and Pear Steel Cut Oats

Serves 2



1 cup of water

1/2 cup steel cut oats

1 banana, sliced thinly

1 pear, diced

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp chai spice



Place water in a large pot and bring to a boil.

Stir in oats and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring once.

Add banana, pear, and spices and stir until blended.

Let simmer for another 10 minutes or so, until desired consistency is reached.

Eat warm or save for later!


Nutritional Boost: Stir in chia seeds, flax, or nuts with fruit and spices if desired!

Pumpkin Pear Bread

Another full day here in Florida!




I woke up around 9am, no alarm necessary, and eased myself awake with some day time television and breakfast.  By 10, I was ready for my morning running.




I swear, Florida has the strangest grass I have ever seen!




My Dad was already up and getting his morning workout done in the pool.




My aunt lives in a golf community, so I made my way through the little neighborhoods and around the lush golf courses.  I started off feeling good.  It felt strange to be out running in just a tshirt and shorts (no gloves, no hat, no wool socks), and the breeze felt fantastic.  About 10 minutes in, I was completely covered in sweat and I has that familiar feeling of running in Florida.




I made my way back to the satellite clubhouse for some cold water and was greeted by my 100 year old Grandpa getting a cup of coffee.  He drove himself down to see us, spend some time at the pool, and have lunch.  It was such a fun post-run site, and he seemed impressed with my 40 minute run.  Just an FYI, my grandpa exercises almost every day at his house and at the gym.




After lunch, my Dad, Aunt, and I hit the pool for some swimming, reading, hot tubbing, and napping.




We had a little downtime before dinner to relax and watch TV.  My aunt happened to have Scandal on Demand, so I was more than happy to watch the season finale.  We had some friends over for a delicious dinner, and my Aunt served her apple crisp and this banana bread recipe she found on my blog.  The bread reminded me that I still haven’t shared this recipe for Pumpkin Bear Bread that I made last week.  I loved it sooo much, it might be a new obsession.




I had been seeing multiple recipes for soups and desserts combing pumpkin and pear.




I had this feeling that they should come together and make a bread, but I wasn’t sure how.




Right around this time, I saw the perfect recipe in Vegetarian Times Magazine.  I was so excited to try it, that I doubled the recipe and baked up two moist loaves.




I could barely wait to try this bread and cut myself a heaping slice while it was still warm.  I don’t know if it is the pastry flour or what, but this bread is incredibly soft and melts right in your mouth.  I ate it plain, no spreads required, but I’m sure it would be wonderful doused in a winter jam or fried up for French toast.  I share these ideas with you now as I know the Midwest is being blanketed with snow.  Even if there is cold outside your door, this bread will warm up your home!  I promise!  And if not, I can send some sunshine : )


Have you tried any new quick breads?

What are you baking this week?


I am planning on getting my hands on some of my grandma’s old recipes (my aunt has them all),

so I will have lots of new old things to try when I get home!



Pumpkin-Pear Bread

From Vegetarian Times October 2012


1-1/4 cups sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 large egg
1/2 cup low-fat milk
3/4 cup unsweetened pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
15-ounce can pears, drained and diced



Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9″x5″ loaf pan with cooking spray.

Whisk together sugar, flours, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda and salt in bowl. Set aside.

Whisk together oil and egg in bowl until smooth. Whisk in milk, then pumpkin and vanilla.

Stir flour mixture into oil-egg mixture until just combined. Fold in pears.

Spread batter in the prepared loaf pan. Bake 45 to 55 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

How to Sell Your House…

So I meant to post this yesterday…but I had some car trouble and never made it home last night.

Thanks Mom and Dad!!!  So, here is the other bread recipe I told you about.  Enjoy!



Or at least make it smell REALLY, REALLY, REALLY good…


Bake Bread!


More specifically…make Spiced Pear Bread.




If you happen to have an abundance of ripe pears at your house, feel free to use fresh pears.  However, since I didn’t make it to Costco this week, I chose to go with the economical canned pears. 


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I made a huge mess of my kitchen pulling together this bread, but it was totally worth it!




With one recipe, I filled 4 mini loaf pans and 2 fun leaf pans.


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I paid close attention not to over-stir my batter and it paid off.  The bread popped up beautifully.  This bread combines cinnamon with cloves that will have your house smelling festive immediately.




And I super greased my leaf pans with spray, so they easily came out AND actually look like leaves.  How very fall!


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This bread is different, easy, and a total fall favorite.  I love the way it smells, and it tastes even better!



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I can’t promise that it will help you sell your house.  But, I can promise that you will make new friends when your neighbors smell the spicy aroma coming from your home or you show up at their doors with a mini loaf of homemade bread.






Spiced Bear Bread

From Taste of Home



    3-1/4 cups all-purpose flour

    1 cup sugar

    3 teaspoons ground cinnamon

    1 teaspoon baking soda

    1 teaspoon baking powder

    1 teaspoon ground cloves

    1/2 teaspoon salt

    3 eggs

    3 cans (15-1/4 ounces each) sliced pears, drained and mashed

    1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

    1/4 cup canola oil



      In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs, pears, applesauce and oil. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.

      Pour into four 5-3/4-in. x 3-in. x 2-in. loaf pans coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.

      Yield: 4 mini loaves (6 slices each).