Baked Maple PB Pumpkin Oatmeal

The minute the calendar hits October 1st, I start breaking open the cans of pumpkin and don’t look back until at least December. And since Southern California hasn’t quite gotten the memo that it’s fall yet, I’ll consider my pumpkin recipes an offering to the fall weather gods. Starting with this baked maple pb pumpkin oatmeal.

I’ve teamed up with Peanut Butter and Co. and Bob’s Red Mill (two of my favorite brands) to help celebrate #Oatober! But since I love oatmeal so much, pretty much every day is #Oatober for me.

Yumsquad-oatober-sweetpotatobitesI decided to combine three of my favorite things: oats, peanut butter and pumpkin into a delicious breakfast dish that is the perfect leisurely weekend breakfast that can then be reheated into leftovers for the week. This recipe is simple, requires minimal ingredients, and is oh so delicious.

maple-baked-pumpkin-oatmealI used Mighty Maple peanut butter in this, but regular PB would do just fine. If you are feeling a bit more decadent, I think Dark Chocolate Dreams would make an excellent choice…but then again, when is chocolate peanut butter not a good idea?

Baked Maple Pumpkin Oatmeal


1/2 cup Mighty Maple Peanut Butter

1/2 cup canned pumpkin

2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Oats

1/4 cup almond milk

1 egg

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt


Preheat your oven to 350F.

In a large mixing bowl mix your pumpkin, egg, almond milk, vanilla and peanut butter until all is well blended. Gently fold in your oats, salt, baking powder and cinnamon and continue to mix.

Fold your mixture into a greased baking dish and place in the oven for 25-30 minutes.

maple-baked-pumpkin-oatmealRemove from the oven, eat and enjoy! Leftovers will keep in the fridge for 2-3 days.

maple-baked-pumpkin-oatmealThanks Peanut Butter Co. and Bob’s Red Mill for sending me the delicious goodies!

Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival

Sometimes I feel like Orange County gets a bad rap for not having the hot new restaurants like LA, or the abundance of wine-related events like Napa. But the truth is, Orange County is home to some pretty amazing chefs and restaurants, which is why I’m super excited for the Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival next week.

Newport Beach Wine and Food FestivalThe Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival is a 3 day event taking place on October 2-4 at the Newport Beach Civic Center. Expect celebrity chef cooking demos, a cooking competition, and endless food and wine tasting from some of OC’s hottest restaurants.

Newport Beach Wine and Food FestivalIf you’re a fan of Top Chef and Top Chef Masters like me, then you’ll definitely want to check out the cooking demonstrations from Rick Bayless and Hubert Keller Saturday afternoon and then be sure to check out the first ever at-home cooking challenge with Chef Shirley Chung!

Chef Shirley ChungAnd if that isn’t enough to get you excited, check out some of the awesome restaurants participating on Saturday and Sunday:

    • Red O
    • Twenty Eight
    • The Winery
    • Oak Grill
    • Mastro’s Steakhouse
    • Canaletto
    • True Food Kitchen

Tommy Bahama Island GrilleB.CandySleanne Steak TavernFig & OliveBoathouse CollectiveSlapfishStonehill Tavern

There will also be wine tasting, beer, specialty cocktails and live music. Basically a food lover’s dream.

Newport Beach Wine and Food FestivalInterested in joining me in all the fun next weekend? The Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival is offering $25 off general admission with code NBWFF25.

Come spend a day tasting great food, drinking great wine, and seeing all the best that OC has to offer.

Meet Bulu Box

I’ve written about a few subscription boxes in the past, and recently I got the chance to review a fitness one!  Meet Bulu Box.

Bulu Box is a monthly subscription service specializing in new vitamins, supplements, and other healthy products on the market. You get sent some samples along with special discounts and coupons, and each month you’ll receive different stuff. As an added bonus, you can write a review of your box and it’s contents for rewards points, which can be applied to purchasing a full size product of your choice. Pretty cool huh?

meet bulu boxHere’s a rundown of what was in my Bulu Box:

  • Quest Protein Powder – admittedly, I’m not a huge fan of the bars but the protein powder was great in a smoothie. Plus, peanut butter flavor is always a win in my book.
  • MovIt Energy Gummies – I normally use Honey Stinger chews on my long runs, but these were a nice way to change it up.
  • Earth’s Care Anti-Itch Cream – I got this box just after getting bit by a few mosquitoes so this cream arrived at just the right time!
  • Mediterra Bar – I hadn’t tried a savory bar before, and I really liked it! It was sundried tomato and basil and made the perfect afternoon snack.
  • Yerba Prima Fiber – This was my least favorite of the box. Fiber supplements just aren’t my thing.

Now the fun stuff. For a short time only, get 50% off a 3-month subscription to Bulu Box with code SWEATPINK.  That’s only $15 for 3 months, which I consider to be a steal!

As a Sweat Pink ambassador I was given a free Bulu Box in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter Muffins

Tap…tap…is this thing on? Apologies for the radio silence as of late. Things have been going well with work and between that, gearing up for football season and spending time with my friends and family, I haven’t had as much time to blog lately. But I had to pop in to tell you about some delicious pumpkin spice peanut butter muffins and an AWESOME giveaway.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a member of Peanut Butter and Co.’s Yum Squad. And I have to say, they know how to treat their Yum Squad members good. So when this beauty showed up on my doorstep, to say I was excited would be an understatement.

pumpkin spice peanut butter muffinsYes, that is PUMPKIN SPICE PEANUT BUTTER.  Peanut Butter and Co. combined two of my favorite things into one incredible jar of deliciousness. I’m also known as a serial coffee mug purchaser (it’s a problem), so getting the adorable #PSiloveyou mug was just icing on the cake.

Instead of just eating the pb straight from the jar (which by the way is totally acceptable in my book), I decided to pretend that it wasn’t 90+ degrees in SoCal and baked pumpkin spice peanut butter muffins with it.

Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter MuffinsThe great thing about the pumpkin spice peanut butter is that it has just a hint of sweetness with a delicious pumpkin flavor.  I didn’t end up adding any extra sugar to my muffins because the sweetness was perfect.

These muffins are grain-free, dairy-free, and the perfect fall treat. Now if only the weather would cooperate…

Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter Muffins (adapted from this recipe)

Makes 12 muffins


1 cup Peanut Butter and Co.’s Pumpkin Spice PB

1/2 cup canned pumpkin

2 egg whites

1/3 cup water

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp ginger

1 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp baking soda


Preheat your oven to 350F. Line a muffin tin with paper liners.

Whisk all of your ingredients together in a bowl. Gently pour your batter into the lined muffin tins.

Bake for 15 minutes, cool and enjoy!

And now the fun part.  Peanut Butter and Co. is kind enough to offer a #PSiloveyou box to one lucky winner!  All you have to do is tell me your favorite pumpkin recipe and enter below.

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Ends on 9/21/15 at 12AM PT. Open to US residents only.