Almond Butter Oatmeal w/ “Caramelized” Bananas & Coconut Sprinkles

It’s getting cold outside in Chicago. Winter has reared it’s chilly head & won’t be leaving us again for months. Frankly, once the temperatures drop below 20 outside, the last thing I want to have for breakfast is an icy green smoothie. So instead, I’ve switched to oatmeal for my go-to morning meal.

Too bad my old favorite apple/cinnamon/date combo can get a little old when it becomes daily occurrence.

That’s why this weekend, I decided to mix things up a bit with almond butter, stove-top oats, and bananas sautéed in coconut oil. Top it all off with a few sprinklings of shredded coconut & I had a tropical-flavored breakfast with still plenty of warmth to send me out into the day. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

almond butter oatmeal with caramelized bananas & coconut sprinkles

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2 c water
1 c gluten free rolled oats
a pinch of salt
1 ripe banana, sliced
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp almond butter
approx. 1 tsp unsweetened, shredded coconut

In a small to medium saucepan, bring 2 c of water & a pinch of salt to boil.
Add oats to water & reduce heat slightly to avoid boiling over. Let cook for 10-20 minutes.
In a medium skillet, heat coconut oil until melted & evenly distributed around pan.
Over medium heat, add banana slices to coconut oil & sauté until soft.
[Note: this is my lazy-girl’s version of “caramelized” bananas, if you’re looking for the real thing, drizzle some agave…or honey if you’re bee-gan…on top of your bananas while they sauté.]
Once your oatmeal has cooked, add your almond butter & maple syrup while still over heat & stir until combined.
Place your cooked oats into a bowl, top with sautéed bananas & sprinkle your shredded coconut on top. Enjoy.


Faux Fashion Friday: A Stylish Surprise & GIVEAWAY! – CONTEST CLOSED

Last week, after months of drooling over their online inventory of vintage & vintage-inspired dresses, I placed my very first order with

At $15, their Stylish Surprise grab bag was just too tempting to resist…so, despite the fact that I had no idea what might arrive, I grabbed it.

What was inside? It could have been anything from a t-shirt to a winter coat, but I had been desperately hoping for a cute little dress…and it paid off:

scarf – a gift [from my grandmother]
dress w/ belt – ModCloth
tank top – h&m
tights – h&m
boots – vintage [from my mother]

Adorable, right? Unfortunately, it’s better suited for a darling with autumn coloring & an hourglass figure.  I had fun shooting these photos, but I started thinking it may not be a dress I wear that often, especially not with pink hair.

So, dear readers, I’ve decided to do VTB’s very first giveaway!

Would you like to give this dress a good home? Here’s 3 ways to enter to win:

Entry One: Leave a comment below letting me know your favorite VTB feature. We’ve been trying lots of new things lately and I’d love to hear your feedback! Do you live for Wellness Wednesday, look forward to Make Something Monday, or eagerly await Faux Fashion Friday? Let me know! Your comment on this post is worth one entry.
Entry Two: Visit our Facebook page and show some love by “liking” Vegans Taste Better. That’s worth another entry.*
Entry Three: Fly on over to Twitter & copy & paste the following tweet exactly –

I just entered VTB’s Stylish Surprise Giveaway from @michelleshea ! #vegan #fashion

That’s worth a third entry.

That means, you can be entered to win up to 3 times if you complete all of the above request!

The winner will be selected at random by drawing & announced next Friday! Good Luck!

*If you have already “liked” VTB  on Facebook before this contest opened, please just leave me a comment below to let me know you’re interested in being entered in the contest & you’ll get two entries for one action. Thanks!

Thanks to all who entered.
The winner will be announced during Faux Fashion Friday on 3/16/12.