Cake Batter Oats

Blogging these days feels like an accomplishment. Between two jobs, five days of class, and four days of volunteering, my life is a little crazy right now.

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I will say I am actually enjoying [?!?!] my counseling class, and I have this food procurement class where I get to cook, bake, and learn knife skills in the lab. This semester is rough but at least it has some balance.

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You know what else has balance? These oats. Healthy, fibrous oatmeal with cake batter flavor and sprinkles. If that’s not enough to get you out of bed in the morning, I don’t know what is.

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So whether it’s your birthday or the morning before a huge exam, treat yo self.

Cake Batter Overnight Oats

1/3 c oats
1/3 c soymilk
1/3 c plain Greek yogurt
2 tbsp white cake mix
1 tbsp cheesecake pudding mix
Sprinkles, strawberries, and banana slices

1. At night, combine the oats, soy milk, and yogurt. Cover and refrigerate over night.
2. The next morning, warm for 60-90seconds, then stir in the remaining toppings.

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Cake Batter Popsicles

Something about popsicles is the greatest thing ever.

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I’m not sure if it’s the endless possibilities or biting into something frozen on 95°F summer days or what, but I’m obsessed.

Working at the nursing home, it gets hot. I have this little meat thermometer in my chef’s coat pocket and it reads about 90°F+ consistently. So coming home after an 8-hour work day in 90°F heat, I’m ready for something to cool me down.

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Hence, popsicles. Now, you might’ve seen my other popsicles but I have to say. These are better. They’re both good, but cake batter trumps fruit any day.

Next up: creamy chocolate chip popsicles with a special surprise [undecided, hence ‘special’].

Cake Batter Popsicles
Adapted from Girlichef

1 1/4 c unsweetened almond milk
1/2 c vanilla cake mix
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 c sprinkles

1. Over medium heat in a saucepan, combine the almond milk, brown sugar, and vanilla until brown sugar has melted.
2. In a bowl, combine cake mix and brown sugar milk.
3. Pour some sprinkles into the bottom of the popsicle molds, then pour the mixture into the molds halfway up. Repeat by adding sprinkles and mixture.
4. Freeze overnight and serve by running hot water over molds until popsicles pop out.

4th of July Cookies

I work at a place that serves healthy, prepackaged, pre-portioned meals. There are no desserts there. Only healthy foods.

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But holidays REQUIRE desserts. They just do. So, I made cookies. I made them for my mom and my boyfriend and some extras for my friends, but I made them predominantly for The Fit Station. Because healthy customers need cheat days.

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These cookies are fool proof. They are Picky Palate’s cookies and this is the second time I have made them. Both times, they turned out perfectly. And I am a terrible cookie baker.

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No 4th of July dessert is complete without red, white, and blue. Duh. So, I added some sprinkles. Little sprinkles with little stars.

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Just in case you want some healthy 4th of July options, you can check out my strawberries and parfait. Or for breakfast, you could have some strawberry shortcake pancakes. Or, you could have a salad before gorging on cookies.

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4th of July Chocolate Chip Cookies
I doubled Picky Palate’s recipe for work, but the recipe below makes approximately 24 cookies.

1 stick butter, softened
1/2 c granulated sugar
1/2 c packed brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 c all purpose flour
3 tbsp vanilla pudding mix
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 c chocolate chips
Can of favorite frosting
Sprinkles

1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugars until well combined. Add the egg and vanilla and combine.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, pudding mix, baking soda, and salt. Add into the mixing bowl. Stir in chocolate chips.
4. Roll cookie dough into balls and place on baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes, and let cool for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

Chocolate Orange Cake Batter Fudge

Guys. I’m totally addicted to reading my journals and looking at old photos.

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It’s actually a bit terrible. All I want to do is read about 2005 and who I was friends with then and what kind of clothes did I wear and what did my room look like back then?

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So, to distract myself, I pulled up Pinterest and started making something delicious.

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This was definitely a good choice. This fudge is seriously delicious. It’s easy and I bet you have all of the ingredients in your kitchen. I know I did, which is the best way to make recipes: without going to the grocery store.

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I spiced this up with a little bit of cocoa powder and some orange extract. I’m sure I’ll be making more of this, with different renditions, in the near future.

Chocolate Orange Cake Batter Fudge
Adapted from Girl Meets Life

1 c white cake mix
1/4 c powdered sugar
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 stick butter
2 tbsp soymilk
1/4 tsp orange extract
1/4 c sprinkles

1. Whisk together cake mix and powdered sugar.
2. Add soymilk and butter, but don’t combine. Microwave for 1 minute.
3. Immediately stir until butter in melted and mixture is combined.
4. Add sprinkles.
5. Pour into small, greased pan. I used a mini bread pan (maybe 2″x4″?) and it worked great.
6. Refrigerate for 2 house before cutting and serving.

4th of July Strawberries

These. Are. So. Fun.

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If I had kids, I’m pretty sure I would make these in all colors possible. Pink. Purple. Lime green. Teal. Mint. They are so fun and easy! And delicious!

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Happy 4th of July, everyone.

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Celebrate with some refreshing beverages, splashing in the pool, and some white chocolate and sprinkle dipped strawberries.

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4th of July Strawberries
Inspired by Pinterest

8 strawberries
5 + 2 small squares Baker’s white chocolate
1-2 tbsp blue sprinkles

1. Place 5 chocolate squares into a small container, microwave for 30 seconds, stir, microwave for another 30 seconds, stir, then microwave in 10-second increments, stirring in between, until melted.
2. Dip strawberries 3/4 way up into melted chocolate. Place on parchment paper on cookie sheet and place in the freezer for a few minutes to allow chocolate to harden.
3. Melt 2 squares of chocolate.
4. Dip strawberries 1/4 way up into white chocolate, then dip into sprinkles.
5. Place onto parchment paper and refrigerate. Serve refrigerated to keep chocolate hardened.