Baked Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal

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Well contest day has come and gone, and it was an amazing adventure! When I got there for registration, I had to decide between competing with my height class and competing with my age group. After looking at the number of contestants in the height class, I decided to play the odds and go age. I was hoping there would be less entrants to give me a fighting chance.

Funny enough, when I got backstage and saw the ladies competing in the over 35 age group I knew there wasn’t a snowball’s chance. I definitely didn’t give up, but these women were hulking beast sized and all of them had been lifting since their 20s. Not like little ole me who has a strong 3 1/2 years put in. Oh if only I’d started decades ago. Listen up, ladies in your 20s. Get off your butt now and don’t wait until 40 hits to do something about it! 😉

Realizing there wasn’t hope was actually a very good thing for me. It removed any problem with nerves that I had. There was no panic, no worrying that I had to do everything perfect. It didn’t matter what I did so I chose to just have a blast. Since there were double the entrants that they were expecting and the show was completely sold out, they changed everything up on us. I had practiced my routine based on a stage walking pattern called the T-walk.

Basically you walk the stage in a T pattern and stop at each point to do a couple poses. My routine was memorized down pat and suddenly we were told that we had to do a spotlight walk. Walk on stage, do two poses and walk off the other side. Boom, curve ball thrown at me. Yep, I rolled with it without panic. I strutted my stuff out on that stage with grace and style that I didn’t think possible and it was so exciting to not spend any time worrying.

I didn’t get the top 5 but I’m pretty darn sure I didn’t come in last. I’m still waiting for them to post the official placings for all of us and our scores. No regrets whatsoever and it’s the best feeling to know that I gave this my all and did a bang up job if I do say so.

Baked Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Baked Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal

  • 1/3 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 Tbsp Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp PB2 or other peanut flour
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 scoop (34g) pumpkin spice protein powder
  • Sugar free caramel sauce (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a small baking dish. I used a 2 cup pyrex ramekin. Mix all the ingredients but the protein powder and caramel sauce in a small bowl. Pour into the prepared baking dish and spread the batter evenly. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 – 20 minutes until done.

Mix the protein powder with a little water to make a pudding and spoon on top. Drizzle with caramel sauce or other toppings of choice and enjoy.

Makes one serving at approximately 302 calories – 31g protein, 40g carbs, and 6g fat.

You can definitely do a lot of substituting with this recipe based on what you have on hand. Regular milk, soy milk or other milk can be used instead of almond milk. You can use a different flavor protein powder like chocolate, vanilla, cookies and cream. The topping choices are endless too. I love the variety of baked oatmeal since you can have it daily without repeating flavors very often.

So now regular life returns as I decide on the next adventure. Right now I’m just working on getting this hideous tan scrubbed off so I’m no longer the color of the oatmeal above. This stuff is next to impossible to remove! Over the next few weeks, I’m going to be working on increasing my calories slowly back to maintenance and trying out a few new recipes to celebrate.

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