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Hearty Oat Pancakes

Hearty Oat Pancakes _

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Barlean’s.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  Thanks for supporting the brands that I love.

Mother’s Day is on Sunday.  What do mom’s, specifically mother runner’s, want for their special day?

I’d love a pedicure to pretty up my runner’s feet. A deep tissue massage to coax out the knots in my hard working runner legs. A new GPS watch or other running gear. But I just got a pedicure a couple of weeks ago.  And I already have an overflowing closet of running stuff.

So here’s a few other things that I would really love to have gifted to me.

An injury free body that can run, run, and run some more with no worries of how her body will react to the mega mileage.

Time to run at her own pace rather than squeezing it in at zero dark thirty before the slew of kid sports activities takes over on a Saturday morning.

Enough time in the day to run, lift weights, do core work, go to a yoga class and get a massage and do all that other mother stuff that needs to be done.

Having my kids run a race without me and no one complaining about it.  I know, I know.  That will never happen!

Moms on the Run 5k |

A PR. Any distance will do.

The ability to take a nap or even to sit down for more than 2 minutes after a long run on the weekend.

Having a nutritious breakfast prepared for me and that is ready the moment I walk in the door after my long run. Of course, it would have the correct ratio of carbs:protein for optimal recovery.

Hearty Oat Pancakes made with Barlean's Superfruit Blend _

The odds of any of these things happening are slim to none EXCEPT the nutritious breakfast option.  I’m sure Ron would be happy to make me breakfast.  If not, I’ll make my own pancakes, thank you very much.

Who loves pancakes?  We are a pancake loving family.  It’s one of those foods that can be enjoyed with zero complaints by anyone.  Hmmm…that’s another mother’s dream, right? However, one thing I don’t like is that a lot of times I’m starving within an hour after eating pancakes.  They just don’t fill me up.  I usually will beef up a pancake recipe by upping the protein or topping my ‘cakes with nut butter or Greek yogurt.

Enter my Hearty Oat Pancakes recipe.

Barlean's Superfruit Blend and Coconut Oil _

I subbed a 1/4 cup of oat flour with Barlean’s Superfruit Seed Blend that contains ground flaxseed, unsweetened shredded coconut, strawberry, raspberry and blueberry powders.  It adds texture and flavor to the pancakes. It makes it more like a dense bread than a fluffy pancake.  I like that.   It also adds more nutrients like Omega-3’s, antioxidants and fiber.

Try these Hearty Oat Pancakes for a delicious breakfast or brunch. _

Hearty Oat Pancakes
  • 1. 5 cups oat flour
  • ¼ cup Barlean's Superfruit Blend
  • 2 Tbsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1-2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp Barlean's Organic Coconut Oil, melted
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup milk of your choice
  • 2 large eggs
  1. In large bowl, mix oat flour, Superfruit Blend, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.
  2. In medium bowl, mix melted coconut oil, vanilla extract, maple syrup, milk and eggs.
  3. Combine wet ingredients with dry ingredients.
  4. Let mixture sit for 10 minutes.
  5. While waiting, grease and heat griddle.
  6. Once mixture is ready and griddle is heated, pour pancake mix ¼ cup at a time onto griddle to cook. Flip when edges are formed.
  7. When ready to eat, top pancakes with maple syrup, nut butter, or Greek yogurt.


I like using coconut oil in my pancakes.  Barlean’s Organic Culinary Coconut Oil is lightly refined so the smell and taste of coconut are removed.

Top these Hearty Oat Pancakes with maple syrup, nut butter or fruit for a delicious breakfast or brunch any day of the week.

What do you prefer – pancakes or waffles?

Favorite topping for pancakes?

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies | happyfitmama.comThis is a sponsored post on behalf of Barlean’s.  All opinions are my own.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I kind of have mixed feelings about this “holiday”.  I love all the love things but it’s kind of overkill. I mean, chocolates, flowers, jewelry, and stuffed animals that say ‘Be Mine’ are cool if you are into that sort of thing.  But what about the other 364 days of the year?  Don’t your loved ones deserve to be showered in love on those days too?

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies | happyfitmama.comI heard a suggestion of what to do with your Valentine on the big day on the radio – recreate your first date.  Sounds cute, right?  But not when your first date was 19 years ago and you saw the movie “She’s All That”.  Does anyone remember that movie and the song “Kiss Me”?  Yup.  That was our first date.  Ron was a sport for sitting through it that time.  I don’t think either of us could watch the movie in it’s entirety now.

These are all the things that were going through my mind while out on my run on Tuesday.  Running makes me think deep thoughts obviously.

It also makes me think about cookies.

That’s why I’m sharing a healthy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies recipe with you guys today.  My cookie craving was satisfied and you can share this recipe with your loved ones on any day of the year.

Random Wednesday in July?  Show some love with cookies!

After 6+ years of blogging, I can’t believe this is my first official chocolate chip cookie recipe. Chocolate chips cookies after all are my favorite type of cookie. I shared a 3 Ingredient Cookie Bite but never a straight up cookie.

Well the wait is over!

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

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Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
  • 1.5 Cups oat flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • sea salt
  • 2 tsp pure almond extract (or vanilla extract)
  • 1 egg
  • 5 Tbsp coconut sugar
  • ½ Cup melted butter or coconut oil (I used Barlean's Butter Flavored Coconut Oil)
  • ¼ Cup mini chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Blend old fashioned oats into oat flour. Be sure to measure the oats after blending to be sure it's 1.5 cups.
  3. Combine oat flour, baking soda, cinnamon and sea salt (as desired). Set aside.
  4. In separate bowl, beat almond extract, egg and coconut sugar.
  5. Add melted coconut oil and mix.
  6. Stir wet mixture into dry till combined.
  7. Add mini chocolate chips and stir.
  8. Place in oven and bake for 10-12 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and let cool before enjoying.

A little crunch with just a touch of sweetness that hits the spot.

Don’t brush this cookie recipe off just because I threw the word healthy in front of chocolate chip cookie.  It has less sugar and I used oat flour, other than that, it’s got all the other usual ingredients. You probably won’t even think of it as healthy!

Another swap I did was rather than using butter, I used Barlean’s Butter Flavored Coconut Oil.  It’s an easy 1:1 ratio to swap butter for Barlean’s coconut oil in recipes.  There great thing is that there’s no coconut flavor at all.  All you get is the rich flavor of butter to your recipe.

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies | happyfitmama.comSo whip up a batch of this easy cookie for your loved ones ANY time of the year.

Here’s more recipes using great products from Barlean’s”

Coconut Banana Bread

Chocolate Almond Butter Nice Cream

Chocolate Peanut Butter Popcorn

No Bake Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars

Hmmmm…I think I have a thing for chocolate? 😉

What’s your favorite cookie?

9 Holiday Recipes Made with Yogurt


Looking for a delicious holiday recipe Try one of these easy holiday recipes made with yogurt

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Stonyfield, a brand that my family loves.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Happiest of Friday wishes to you!

I know I usually do High Five Friday but I have had zero leisurely reading time in front of the computer this week. With last minute Christmas stuff to do and entertaining my parents who are in town from Michigan, I’m enjoying the joy of the season.

By the way, how is it that Christmas is three days away?!?!  If you are like me, you are the classic procrastinator.  I have no idea what we are having for Christmas dinner.  Am I worried about it?  Not one bit.  I’m good under pressure. And my mom is here so at least I have help pulling it together quickly.

While I’m not sure will be on the menu on Monday, I do know that there will be at least one recipe made with yogurt. If it was up to me I would have every single one of these 9 holiday recipes with yogurt throughout the day.  These are all so good!

So here’s a little something for you to whip up this weekend for all of your holiday gatherings.


Holiday recipes made with yogurt _

Easy Homemade Waffles

Ginger Pear Greek Yogurt Bars

Cinnamon Rolls

Chocolate Peppermint Donuts

One Bowl Whole Wheat Pumpkin Bread

Frozen Yogurt Bark

9 Holiday recipes made with yogurt _

Cranberry Orange Muffins

Walnut Yogurt Truffles

Peppermint Mocha Smoothies

I hope you have a wonderful long holiday weekend and a very Merry Christmas if you celebrate it!

Do you have a favorite holiday recipe?