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Friday Night Lights & Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal

Posted Oct 03 2010 6:46am

Sometimes I like to pretend I live in a small town in Texas where high school football is the highlight of the weekend a la Varsity Blues. Boys in jeans and cut off flannel button ups, and pick up trucks with country music blaring from the radio. No one asks what you’re doing Friday night because the answer’s obvious- going to a football game.

Ok not really, but that’s what I felt like this weekend when I went to my first high school football game since, well, I was in high school.


I may not live in the deep south, where football is a culture, but I live further south than where I went to high school, and this was a completely different ballgame- literally.

football fun

At this game, people actually cared about what was happening on the field, and the team actually won. I’m used to high school football games that are meant for teenage socializing and nothing more. Our team always lost, the football players weren’t popular, and the cheerleaders were a joke.

high school football

football score  

But we didn’t go to the game for the football (even though I do have a plethora of secret football knowledge ) – we went to see my sister-in-law perform at half time with the Fall Guard & the marching band. They’re performing at the Outback Bowl in Florida and wanted to practice their show, “Wonderland”.

  marching band show  

Then I snapped out of my small town Texas daydreaming, and got back to reality. My reality? Oatmeal. :)

Not just your grandma’s mushy oats, baked oatmeal!

baked oatmeal ingredients

1/2 c old fashioned oats

1 c almond milk

1/2 T flax meal

1/2 T wheat germ

1 T unsweetened coconut flakes

1/4 t cinnamon

1/8 t nutmeg

sprinkle of ground clove

~3 T pumpkin puree

1 T peanut butter

1 T chopped pecans


oatmeal and spices

ingredients for baked oatmeal  

Mix it all together and pour in baking dish. Top with extra coconut and pecans. 20 minutes at 375 degrees and you’ll have oatmeal that kicks your microwave instant oatmeal’s butt.

pumpkin oatmeal

For a banana bread version, try mashed banana and walnuts instead of pumpkin and pecans.

(And if you don’t stir the peanut butter in really well, you get a surprise bite of PB every few bites. ;) )

  pumpkin baked oatmeal

baked pumpkin oatmeal

Is high school football a big thing where you live?

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