Double Shot Hazelnut Oatmeal

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Baby, it’s cold outside!


I spent 10 minutes trying to take a photo of my own breath (with an SLR to boot).  Do you know how impossibly hard that is?

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I hope you find a cute photo of Maggie and James snuggling up on the couch much more illustrative.  :)  It really is COLD outside!  Snuggle up!


And eat oatmeal.


Specifically, Double Shot Hazelnut Oatmeal.  Mmm, caffeine.


Instant coffee is good for one thing:  giving food a coffee flavor (I’m a French press snob when it comes to the drinking kind of coffee).


Also utilized:

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Double Shot Oatmeal




  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 banana, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee
  • Splash of water (if necessary)
  • Drizzle hazelnut syrup
  • Pecans for topping




  • Combine first four ingredients in a saucepan.  Heat on medium and stir constantly for about 5 minutes, until banana begins to melt and liquid heats off.
  • Add coffee and water.  Stir.  Add syrup.
  • Scoop into bowl and top with pecans.



Taking an AM work break to tackle 5.0 miles.  Wish me luck!  I haven’t run this far in two weeks, and I’m been kind of resting since because my knee bothered me.  Hopefully, this run will be fun and pain-free!



  • Sarah @ See Sarah Graduate December 3, 2010, 8:59 am

    Good luck on the 5 miles! 🙂
    And it’s cold here too! 31 degrees! :/ It’s suppose to snow tomorrow as well. Yikes!

  • Stacy @ Every Little Thing December 3, 2010, 8:59 am

    I got a pack of the Starbucks Via instant coffee, so maybe I’ll try adding it to my oatmeal! Never would have thought of it.

    Have a great day!

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) December 3, 2010, 9:06 am

    The oatmeal sounds delicious!

    I hope you have a great run! IT bands are tricky! I’ll be sending you good vibes! 🙂

  • Kjirsten- Balanced Healthy Life December 3, 2010, 9:07 am

    Good luck with you 5 miles! I can’t believe you put coffee in oatmeal! I love it! Genius idea! : )

  • Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun December 3, 2010, 9:08 am

    Hehehe. Love the pictures of you trying to catch your breath. It’s amazing the things we try to do as bloggers. LOL

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine December 3, 2010, 9:08 am

    Good luck on the run!! It’s CHILLY here too- winter has finally arrived!

  • Orla December 3, 2010, 9:09 am

    It’s so cold here – we are having crazy cold weather all over Ireland which means no running at all- or leaving the house as the roads are so bad!!!! Brrrr- happy running. Slow and steady wins the race. 🙂

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat December 3, 2010, 9:11 am

    Good luck with the run! It’s really cold here in Ontario too – it’s -3C which is 26F… not nice! Your oatmeal looks lovely this morning! 🙂

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday December 3, 2010, 9:13 am

    Yeah, I pretty much hate instant coffee when it’s “brewed”. It has no flavour.

  • tina December 3, 2010, 9:14 am

    good luck on the run!

    how cold is it there? i have a feeling it’s not tooooo bad! 😉 at least compared to chicago! ha

  • Michele @ Healthy Cultivations December 3, 2010, 9:15 am

    That is hysterical about trying to photo your breath outside!!! Too bad it didn’t work out. It really would be a great photo.

  • Lisa Fine December 3, 2010, 9:15 am

    It’s much easier to have others catch photos of your breath for you. My boyfriend and I did a whole series the last time we went to Montreal. It was fun and silly, and the photos turned out really well. 🙂

  • April @ Crazy Fabulous Life December 3, 2010, 9:16 am

    Good luck on the run, I hope it’s amazing 🙂 And that oatmeal looks delicious! I also had some killer oatmeal this morning, it’s cold here in good ol’ North Carolina this morning! (But you already knew that!)

  • Caroline December 3, 2010, 9:18 am

    Mmm I don’t even like coffee that much, and that oatmeal looks delicious! Good luck on your 5 mile run, I’m sure you’ll be great!

    p.s. I have to tell you, I recently wrote an article about why I don’t read magazines anymore because of the poor body image/health habits they reflect, and specifically discussed your blog as an inspiration for getting healthy, in spite of what Marie Claire says. You can check it out here if you want:
    keep up the great work 🙂

    • Caitlin December 3, 2010, 9:20 am

      Thank you so much for that blog post! And I totally agree – I’m over many aspects of women’s magazines.

  • gabriella @ embracement December 3, 2010, 9:19 am

    Mmm coffee in oatmeal. Good luck on the 5 miles, trying to do 6 today myself, but on the treadmill so we’ll see how bored I get.

  • Erin @ Bishella December 3, 2010, 9:19 am

    It is SO cold now, hello December! I finally gave in and pulled out my winter coat this morning. haha. As much as I dislike living in VA because of the winters….I really love winter fashion. lol.

  • Jillian@ Reshape Your Life December 3, 2010, 9:20 am

    Good luck on your run!!

    That picture of Maggie and James is so cute!

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman December 3, 2010, 9:21 am

    I do love coffee, but for some reason I dislike it in food. I guess, all the more coffee ice cream for the rest of you!

  • Kath December 3, 2010, 9:22 am

    Hope you brushed your teeth before those breath photos! Ahhh! they had me laughin

    • Caitlin December 3, 2010, 9:24 am

      teeth brushing doesn’t occur until 10 AM at least. 😉

  • Kelly December 3, 2010, 9:22 am

    It is FREEZING today, and it’s supposed to be like this into next week!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) December 3, 2010, 9:25 am

    Good luck on the run! It is freezing outside! The oats look so good. I need a double shot of caffeine now!

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit December 3, 2010, 9:29 am

    Looks like a great combo of flavors! I love pecans but don’t eat them that often.

  • kirsty_girl @ Cooking in Japan December 3, 2010, 9:36 am

    Hazelnut syrup in oatmeal? I’m in. Will pick up some tomorrow. This sounds amazing.

  • Amanda (Eating Up) December 3, 2010, 9:38 am

    Good luck on your 5 miler. Just think to yourself “you are epic” every time you feel like stopping!

  • Liz @ Blog is the New Black December 3, 2010, 9:40 am

    Love the pics of you trying to show your breath- ha!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg December 3, 2010, 9:40 am

    Yum!! This looks like the perfect oatmeal for a cold winter’s day!

    Good luck on your run!

  • Robyn @ Frugal 'n' Fit! December 3, 2010, 9:42 am

    Only a blogger would try so hard to capture “cold breath” photos. Love it!

    I was completely anti-instant coffee until Starbucks via entered my life. I haven’t looked back since!

  • Camille December 3, 2010, 9:50 am

    Haha, I have tried to capture cold breath photos too. It is very difficult!

  • Jenn @ LiveWellFitNow December 3, 2010, 9:51 am

    5 glorious miles ahead! 🙂

  • Amy B @ Second City Randomness December 3, 2010, 10:20 am

    I’m still attempting to perfect the art of coffee oatmeal… I’m really picky it seems and there’s a fine line between too much and too little for my liking!

  • janae @ hungryrunnergirl December 3, 2010, 10:22 am

    Good luck on the five miles. Last year in my house our heater broke and we could see our breath inside!!!

  • Lauren December 3, 2010, 10:41 am

    That looks SO good, especially with the pecans and in that bowl!

  • Wei-Wei December 3, 2010, 10:59 am

    Mmm, your oatmeal sounds delicious. Loving the bowl 😉

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape December 3, 2010, 11:00 am

    Oatmeal, hazelnut, and coffee?! Um…basically sounds like heaven in a bowl!!!

  • Ashley December 3, 2010, 11:01 am

    That oatmeal looks really good. Good luck on your run. I’m afraid to go outside right now because of the cold.

  • Kiran December 3, 2010, 11:17 am

    Good luck and go easy 🙂

  • Jess@atasteofconfidence December 3, 2010, 11:19 am

    Good luck on your run!

  • Amber K December 3, 2010, 11:21 am

    I love that you tried to take a picture of your breath. I believe you! 😉

  • monicanelsonfitness December 3, 2010, 11:25 am

    Now that is some oatmeal! Yum.

    You are so great to take photos of your breath, it made me laugh(in a good way!)


  • Kacy December 3, 2010, 11:25 am

    Haha, that’s dedication!

  • Natalia - a side of simple December 3, 2010, 11:30 am

    That oatmeal looks so hearty! Good luck with your 5 mile run!

  • Lauren @ Raw Is Sexy December 3, 2010, 11:43 am

    Love the oatmeal with pecans! Makes it feel like an Autumn breakfast 🙂

  • Lauren December 3, 2010, 11:58 am

    I hate the cold!!!! Ugh, the one drawback of winter.

    Have a wonderful day girl!

  • Denise Michaels - Adventurous Foodie December 3, 2010, 12:08 pm

    Yes, it’s been really cold here in Las Vegas, too. Much colder than normal.

    This oatmeal looks totally yummy. And I even have two of those maple leaf shaped bowls.

  • Lily's Health Pad December 3, 2010, 12:12 pm

    I never knew you wore glasses!

  • Krystina (Basil & Wine) December 3, 2010, 12:36 pm

    Good luck! I’m a French press snob, too.

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing December 3, 2010, 12:44 pm

    Good luck on your run! And that oatmeal sounds SO GOOD!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey December 3, 2010, 12:56 pm

    Yum – these oats look amazing! Do you think it would work with regular old coffee?

    • Caitlin December 3, 2010, 2:08 pm

      Try swapping out the water for coffee!

  • Faith @ lovelyascharged December 3, 2010, 12:59 pm

    I used to cook my oats in coffee when I was in the dorm and had no other ideas how to flavor it…still love the idea but yours looks a lot more elegant than mine did in a little to-go kiddie cup from Chili’s 😉

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) December 3, 2010, 1:40 pm

    bahaha – I love that you posted the pictures of yourself trying to picture yourself sighing breath. hehe
    I rarely have instant coffee hanging around, but have come across a few recipes that call for it lately!

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss December 3, 2010, 1:43 pm

    Whoa, yum!!! I dont much care for hazelnut..but this seems like the perfect way to wake up and wamr up at the same time

  • Ashley December 3, 2010, 2:11 pm

    That caffeinated oatmeal is the best idea EVER! Plus, it sounds delicious!

  • Sara @ OurDogBuffy December 3, 2010, 2:50 pm

    I am getting my first French Press for Christmas! Has to be better than our Keurig machine, right?

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 3, 2010, 3:18 pm

    Ugh I once tried to drink instant coffee and I could not finish it. It was so gross!

    Hope the 5 miles went well! 😀

  • Selena December 6, 2010, 10:29 am

    This sounds like a great way to doctor oatmeal up. I find it hard to eat.

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