Skip to content

Morning O’ Mousse

March 6, 2009

After practicing handstand preparation for 2 minutes straight in yoga class this morning, my arms and legs felt like Jell-O.  To celebrate, I whipped up a big bowl of raw chocolate pudding topped oat bran.

Bill Cosby would be proud.

Bill Cosby would be proud.

I cooked 3/4 cup dry oat bran in 1 1/2 cups water with a pinch of salt.  For the chocolate pudding topping, I used 1/2 of the following recipe: 1 ripe avocado, 1 heaping tsp of cocoa powder, 2 tsp of maple syrup, and 1 ounce of cashew milk blended in the Vita-Mix. After eating this with a dollop of Trader Joe’s unsalted crunchy peanut butter, I felt very full…and very happy.  The stats: 501 glorious calories, 28 grams of fat (38%), 78 grams of carbs (48%), and 23 grams of protein (14%).  I didn’t think I would ever want to eat again…but I did. 🙂

6 hours later when my stomach started rumbling, I first noshed on some deli turkey slices sitting in our fridge, but they tasted way too salty.  Yuck!  A bowl of blended grains would taste much better, no?  Inspired by Maggie, I cooked up some banana whipped wheat bran on the stove-top using 1/3 cup wheat bran, 2/3 cup water, a pinch of salt, 1 medium mashed banana, cinnamon & vanilla.  Even though I’ve baked with wheat bran in the past, I’ve never cooked it as a hot cereal. I was a bit apprehensive at first, as it smelled like horse feed, but after stirring in my banana, vanilla, and cinnamon, it turned out yummy!  The contents of my bowl seemed a bit small in volume, so I added 1/2 cup cooked barley, and blended away Katie style.  Then I added a dollop of Heather love, aka homemade almond walnut butter, and my meal was complete.

So much better than over-salted turkey!

So much better than over-salted turkey!

As I type this, my stomach is expanding.  Perhaps it was the 15 grams of fiber this bowl contained?  Gosh, I’m full.

Many of you have emailed me or commented about the nutritional facts for oat bran ever since this post.  I’ve done a little research, and you can expect a post on this topic soon.  

Happy Friday everyone, and don’t forget to visit Say Yes to Salad to win a pair of earrings made by Maggie with love. 🙂

37 Comments leave one →
  1. March 6, 2009 2:10 pm

    Thanks for the shoutout 🙂 Glad the wheat bran worked out! It does have a ton of fiber, and sometimes it takes a few minutes for me to realize just how full I am…

  2. March 6, 2009 2:14 pm

    Heather we are two peas in a pod… or maybe two (blended) grains in a blended-grain bowl 🙂

    I just finished some chocolate-chip-cookie-dough blended spelt cereal (cooked Eden spelt flakes, almond milk, and a few melted chocolate chips… yum yum yum).

    With all this blended grain goodness we are eating, we better watch out that we don’t turn into blended grains, ourselves! Oh well, I can think of worse fates!

  3. March 6, 2009 2:14 pm

    haha, love the “expansion”!

    and as soon as i saw mousse in your title, i got instantly jealous bc i knew your chocolate-avocado concoction was going to be waiting for me to drool over! in fact, i’m going to go down to the grocery store by my office right now to see how the avocado prices are looking …

  4. March 6, 2009 2:26 pm

    Can I just AMAZING your breakfast?????
    Such a genius idea that chocolate mousse made with avocado! 😀

  5. March 6, 2009 2:34 pm

    Your picture captions make my day. oh…is that sad? 🙂

    I am lovin’ the breakfasts that keep you full for so long. Such a change from what I’m used to….but I love having a full tummy AND getting to eat more yummy food. Not as yummy as yours…maybe one day. Sigh.

  6. Erin permalink
    March 6, 2009 2:34 pm

    Incredibly delish looking. Two blended bowls! I’m so jealous! Yum.

  7. March 6, 2009 2:54 pm

    I’m so glad we share a love for carbs and nut butter. Ahhh, life is good.

  8. March 6, 2009 3:07 pm

    I am stuffed looking at those blended bountiful bowls!

    I almost mixed an avocado into a chocolate type pudding yesterday in honor of you. I talked myself out of it and saved the green love for our burritos tonight. Chris is glad, I’m sure.

  9. March 6, 2009 3:11 pm

    That raw chocolate pudding sounds delicious! And I’ve been curious to try oat bran- looks like a great combo 🙂

  10. eatinnyc permalink
    March 6, 2009 3:21 pm

    That looks DELISH!!!!

  11. March 6, 2009 3:47 pm

    If I could eat blended grains all day long for every meal…I totally would. They are just SO GOOD! I just finished off one myself =)

  12. March 6, 2009 4:01 pm

    I’ve been reading for a while so wanted to say “hello”!

    Your food always looks delicious- I am still a little confused about the blended concoctions though- do you cook the oats/oat bran as normal, then blend? or blend first?

  13. March 6, 2009 4:06 pm

    You got grains on the brain! Looks aaahhhhhh-mazing, as usual.

  14. March 6, 2009 4:11 pm

    2 minute handstand?! Very impressive!

    Thanks for the pumpkin oats suggestions. I will be sure to try them (not giving up on pumpkin oats yet)!

    Love both the blended grains bowls. Sometimes I eat oatmeal twice in a day, too…no shame in it!

  15. peanutbutterandjuli permalink
    March 6, 2009 4:13 pm

    My goal is to be full for 6 hours. You are a breakfast (and handstand!) master.

    Happy weekend, Heather!

  16. March 6, 2009 4:21 pm


  17. March 6, 2009 5:21 pm

    Hi. Thanks for reading my blog. I always cook the grains in water first and then blend. The blending makes them extra creamy just the way I like it!

  18. March 6, 2009 5:52 pm

    Handstand? For 2 minutes? Umm…you’re amazing!

    The three decadent layers in your breakfast are simply mouthwatering. I can’t wait to try blended grains for the first time. Honestly, your endless combinations all look insanely delicious!

    I’m looking forward to the post on oat bran. Thanks again for all your help today re: sugar and the tip on the soy. I’m actually leaning toward dairy being the culprit right now, since I’ve been eating far more than I ever have in my life. But we shall see…experimentation is always a good thing!

    Have a great weekend, Heather!

  19. March 6, 2009 6:46 pm

    so much fiber…but it sure is keeping you full!

  20. March 6, 2009 6:49 pm

    I love that you are so obsessed! Enjoy the glorious full feeling! 🙂 Thanks for sharing your creations and I hope you’re good and sore tomorrow!

  21. March 6, 2009 7:03 pm

    ok, i’m totally doing the blended grains this weekend!!

  22. March 6, 2009 7:58 pm

    HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORAYYY for fiber. Can’t wait for your oat bran post. Hope you guys have a really fabulous weekend! I am getting my hair done tomorrow and I cannot wait!

  23. March 6, 2009 8:21 pm

    the fiber on that bowl made me full just reading it. looks YUM though 🙂

  24. March 6, 2009 9:23 pm

    You are the master of blended bowls. Two in a day? I fully support it. Every time I see you make them I want to rush off and make one right away. Breakfast tomorrow? I’m thinking blended grain fo sho. I’m out of oat bran though and I have yet to stock up. I miss it!

  25. March 6, 2009 9:53 pm

    mmm don’t even get me started on this food!

    i mentioned you in my post tonight, because i love your blended things THAT much 🙂

  26. March 6, 2009 9:58 pm

    The pudding sounds awesome! I’m glad to hear about your wheat bran experience. I have some leftover from my bread baking and was thinking about cooking them up as a cereal. Maybe I’ll go halfsies with oat bran and wheat bran. Yours looked good!

  27. March 7, 2009 12:21 am

    I need to try oat bran!

  28. March 7, 2009 12:56 am

    Delicious breakfast! You are the blending queen!

    Two minute handstand is seriously impressive girl! Hope you have a great weekend!

  29. March 7, 2009 5:17 am

    6 hours?! Wow! I think that was definitely the carb/protein/fat mix…that always helps me stay full for a long time!
    Hope you have a great weekend, Heather!

  30. March 7, 2009 6:55 am

    Hehee loved the Bill Cosby shoutout. 🙂 XOXO

    Yay for grains!! Boo for salted turkey. The only turkey I buy is the rotiseree kind from Fresh Market, all natural but even THAT taste super salty. That is why we never go out to eat… I swear all restaurant food taste like processed crud!!

    Except for the occasional pizza at Bazbeaux of course. 😉

    Love ya, blended babo-rama yogini!! Handstand preps… my faves!!!


  31. March 7, 2009 8:04 am

    Yummy looking grains Heather! Have a great weekend hun 🙂

  32. gina (fitnessista) permalink
    March 7, 2009 8:13 am

    raw. chocolate. pudding.
    i’m totally there 😀
    it looks so wonderful!
    hope that your weekend is off to a great start! sorry i’ve been MIA (things are crazy over here) but i’ve missed you! i’m back now 😉
    enjoy your day!

  33. March 7, 2009 8:19 am

    Sweetie Pie,
    Do try the halfsies combo. Just had some for breakfast…so filling!

  34. March 7, 2009 10:27 am

    MMmm…oat bran

    Can’t wait to see your post about it’s nutritional profile!

  35. March 7, 2009 3:56 pm

    Oh my goodness GRACIOUS! Your blended grains, raw pudding, and homemade almond walnut butter sound simply out of this world. Wow!!!

  36. March 7, 2009 9:32 pm

    Oh Yum! Your Mousse looks so amazing!!!

  37. March 8, 2009 8:49 pm

    LOL! Horse feed… Naaaayyyyy!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: