Halloween is here! Well almost… Growing up in a neighborhood filled with kids, Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays! Since we lived in one of the biggest neighborhoods in our town, kids would flock from all over just to trick-or-treat on our street. Every year on Halloween my parents and I would decorate our house, creating spooky window scenes with strobe lights, building fake graveyard scenes on the lawn and even hid a boom box that looped a tape of scary noises in the bushes! Man, Halloween was fun as a kid!
Aside from the decorating and the trick-or-treating itself, the best part about halloween was coming home at the end of curfew and trading candy with my brother. After trick-or-treating with our neighborhood friends, my brother and I would return home to sit on our kitchen floor, watch Disney Channel and trade candy. Since he loved sour things and I loved savory, our trades came pretty easily… that is until we got to Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups!
Since our trick-or-treating days are long gone, I thought it would be fun to create a tribute recipe to America’s favorite candy, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups! Instead of developing a “clean” version of the candy, I decided to make a dish inspired by it: Peanut Butter Cup Oats! This easy oatmeal is only 266 calories per serving and is packed with plant-based protein, fiber and carbohydrates! Happy Halloween!
Skinny Peanut Butter Cup Oats
Time: 5 Minutes
1/4 cup old fashioned oats
3/4 cup water
1 tablespoon honey or sweetener of choice
2 tablespoons of PB2 (powered peanut butter)
1/2 tablespoon all-natural peanut butter
1 tablespoon chocolate chips, melted
1. Place the oats, water, honey and PB2 in a small pot on medium-high heat. Cook for about 2 minutes on medium-high heat until the oatmeal starts to bubble. Reduce to low heat for three minutes, stirring frequently until the oatmeal is thick.
2. Place the chocolate chips in a small microwaveable bowl for 45 seconds. Mix the chocolate chips and place back in the microwave for another 15 seconds or until completely melted
3. Place the oatmeal in a small bowl and mix in the peanut butter. Take a fork and drizzle the melted chocolate across the oatmeal. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
266 calories, 9g fat, 42g carbs, 5g fiber, 23g sugar, 10g protein
* Calories account for 1/2 tbs of chocolate chips since most stick to the bowl when melted!