banana bread batter + oatmeal = post run refueling breakfast

6am alarm goes off. And I'm up. Oh yeah, it's Saturday. And positively beautiful outside.

Birds, singing. Sun, radiating. Skies, blue.

Running shoes are on. Team Support + Water (aka my mom) is on her bike. And we're off.

Since I decided to run a half marathon this October (Click here to read more about it), I have gone from not running. At all. To running 3-4x/week.  And it's a beautiful thing.  Literally. The picture below captures one little leg of my running route.

Call me crazy, but doesn't it just make you want to run?!

Okay, so maybe I am a wee bit out of my tree. And you don't want to go for a run.

Maybe a walk?

I knew that this weekend was going to be a busy one and so I wanted to get my run in. And it's time to turn up the mileage notch on intensity.

Fine. So this morning I went from 2 miles to 3. A nice 50% increase. Gotta start somewhere right? Ahhh, but what a 3 miles it was.

My mom and I, winding our way along the harbor and tree lined streets. The fresh air was off the hook. And the chorus of birds didn't let me down.

So I cranked out the three miles in impressive fashion. Then was promptly hungry upon returning home. (what else is new?)

I knew I wanted a breakfast that would sustain me, yet entertain me. Lucky for me, I had just the recipe.

Maybe I went running, knowing that I was going to eat this dish afterwards. And I wanted to want it more than I already did. It was almost like the dessert topping on my run.

Gooey Banana Bread Batter Instant Steel Cut Oatmeal.

Say it with me now - Banana. Bread. Batter. Oatmeal. Here's to happy post run refueling! Ingredients 3/4 cup instant oats, ground into a flour 2 tbsp chia seeds 2  bananas (1 mashed and 1 chopped small) 2 - 2.5 cups of almond milk 2 tbsp pure maple syrup 1/2 tsp cinnamon pinch of salt & dash nutmeg 2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Directions 1. Put oats and chia seeds into blender. Blend away until it's a fine power. 2. Put into a saucepan and add almond milk on medium heat. 3. After 3-4 min, add in bananas. 4. Add maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg  + vanilla extract 5. As a bonus, you can add sliced nuts, shaved chocolate or raisins. If you really, truly want to be decadent!

Thanks to Oh She Glows for the Inspiration.