WIAW 8: Best Fall Soup + PB Pumpkin Spice Muffin


I’m glad that you all enjoyed yesterday’s weirdo food combinations- PLEASE let me know if you try any of them out (especially mustard on pizza!). I also loved reading about some of your own favorite “weird” combos- but I can’t believe that I forgot this one! This is probably my second favorite “weird” combo (after mustard on pizza):

Look to the right of that photo. You’d never guess what’s on the English muffin… thanks to Sara for the idea!

Anyway. Onto today’s installment of WIAW- which features my eats from last Sunday!

 I grabbed a standard mini-snack (corn thin w/Peanut Wonder + Jelly), water and fitmixer aminos before teaching spin class…

And when I got home, I made a bowl of perfect oatmeal.

This was not actually the bowl that I made. I was doing about 100 things at once and forgot to take a picture. But it looked kinda like this.

Since Greg and I were heading over to Baltimore to see the Orioles/Red Sox game, I wanted to throw something in the Crockpot for dinner later. To me, there is really nothing better than coming home to dinner already cooked, and waiting for you in the slow cooker. I chopped up a bunch of vegetables and threw them (along with some other ingredients) into the Crockpot and we headed out the door.

When we got the to the game, the first order of business was BEER.

I got a Goose Island Harvest Ale and IPA, and Greg and I shared both of them (because both were equally delicious!)

To go along with that beer, I got the infamous Boog’s BBQ (mine was pulled turkey) and loaded it up with BBQ sauce, spicy mustard, lettuce and onions.

Boog’s is legendary at Camden Yards- and you really can smell it when you walk into the park.

A little later, I ripped into a Honecrisp apple that I had bought from the Farmers’ market on Saturday.

I pretty much always bring an apple or some kind of other little snack with me to ball game. And that was the best apple I’ve had so far this season.

The game was super short (like 2 1/2 hours?) and we were home a little after 5:00! By that time, Greg and I were hungry- and as luck would have it- dinner was waiting for us!

I used this recipe from last year, and threw some kale on top for the last few minutes. SUCH a good addition.

Oh man… this soup is SO good- probably my favorite “fall flavor” soup ever.

The house smelled like butternut squash, rosemary and sage for the next day… which wasn’t a bad thing!

The soup filled me up really fast- but then I was hungry again in about two hours. I made a super-easy-quick-delicious PB Pumpkin Spice muffin, topped with chocolate sauce.

Heather and I must be sharing a brain with this combination, because we’ve both been making similar versions for the last week! You can check out her recipe too, which also sounds great!

Here’s my version:

PB Pumpkin Spice Muffin w/Chocolate Sauce

2 T peanut flour

1 T vanilla protein powder (I used Sunwarrior)

3 T pumpkin puree

about 2-3 T egg whites

about 1-2 T milk (I used almond milk)

1/2 T peanut butter

1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1/2 tsp baking powder

tiny pinch of salt

sweetener of choice, if desired (if using protein powder, you don’t really need it)

Chocolate or carob chips, if desired (I used carob)

Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl.  Microwave for 2 1/2 – 3 minutes.

Chocolate Sauce

2 T unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 T peanut butter

2 T almond milk (more or less, depending on desired consistency)

sweetener of choice, to taste

Stir ingredients together gently in a small bowl until the desired consistency is reached. Pour over top of the muffin!


What a delicious day!

What’s your favorite ballpark food? Do you break out your slow cooker in cooler weather?


  1. Your ballpark sandwich looks delicious!!! Love getting pretzels @ games.. & of course beer! Can’t ever attend any sporting event without one, or two :)

  2. I want to use my slow cooker more. Recipe ideas are always appreciated! :) Thanks!

  3. Alright, so who else scrolled down first just to read that recipe? Lol. I love microwave-baking! :D

  4. The slow cooker freaks me out sometimes. I ‘m always afraid I’m going to burn the house down.

  5. That muffin seriously looks amazing!!! Love the chocolate drizzle on top :)

  6. umm I am craving that muffin right now! looks great

  7. I love my slow cooker year round, haha. Easiest way to have lots of hot food ready to go with almost no work involved!

  8. That soup looks amazing, so does the oatmeal and the pumpkin muffin (and the beer ;))! I am definitely in a cooking rut and the idea of having dinner ready after I get home from work is incredibly appealing! Looking forward to trying the recipe!

  9. yum. thanks for sharing! currently looking for more low fat options (so of course I’m going to go back to stalking Laura’s blog). trying the “making the cut” diet for what supposedly is my metabolism type based on Jillian’s quiz, so I shall see. I had super success when I used to just do the low fat diet and not pay attention to anything else, so maybe it’s actually true? Otherwise, I’m going to go back to consuming nut butters at a high rate.

  10. Oh is that the programable slow cooker? Do you like it? I’ve been thinking about buying one. I have a normal one but realized that I work longer than most of my crockpot recipes. I like the idea that it switches to warm once it’s done cooking.

  11. I always bring apples to places too-like movie theatres, concerts, and games or shopping. It’s a MUST have to have around on hand.

    LOVE the idea of that soup. Mmmm!

  12. All of your food looks delicious, but especially that muffin. I love that you added chocolate on top. :) Yum!!

  13. Hello my fellow oatmeal buddy! You know what stood out to me in this post…yup, that thick, hearty oatmeal!….and your chocolate sauce, which is a great little combo! I love when I can sneak something protein-related into my sweets. I’m off to check out the oats! Happy Wednesday Lauren!

  14. Heather @ Better With Veggies says:

    The muffins you guys are sharing look amazing – I’m planning to try out a vegan version at some point this week, just need to go grocery shopping! And aren’t fall soups awesome?! I didn’t really do soups last year for some reason, but I’m loving them now!

  15. Mmmm, Saturday morning breakfast! I will definitely be making that soup sometime soon too, though I might make it on the stove top because my crock pot and I don’t get along (its low setting is hot, and its hot setting is nuclear).

  16. I must try that muffin! It looks so good!

  17. Is that the blender bottle from FitBloggin? That was one of my fav pieces of sway! I love the pumpkin muffin but I would love to smash some of that oatmeal. These pictures are making me hungry!

  18. There isn’t anything better than throwing stuff in the crockpot and coming home to a hot meal!! That muffin looks amazing!!!!

  19. PB Pumpkin Spice Muffin? Sounds tasty but I need to find a way to eliminate the pb and gluten to make it paleo friendly. I have been looking for something to do with the mini pumpkin I bought at the grocery store today.

  20. I’ve been using the slow cooker lately as well. That looks delicious!

  21. Hey hey! Great minds think alike! I love that you used peanut flour AND protein powder! I’m definitely going to be making this soon…as in for breakfast after I get off in two hours soon! ;) Eeee, can’t wait!

    I’m SO jealous of your Honeycrisp! They haven’t started stocking them in the stores around here yet and it is my ALL TIME FAVORITE apple! Luckily, the farmer’s market has been supplying me with a new-to-me variety (I may or may not have gotten a bit carried away last weekend and bought like 12! Lol) that I can’t recall the name of right now to save my life…it has a green skin and is mildly sweet with just a hint of tartness…but still, it’s no Honeycrisp!

    Ham, cheese, apple, and peanut butter…now THAT’S a good one! I’m not much on ham, but I may have to pick some up JUST so I can test this one out!

    Love the stew! Crock pot meals are the BEST!! I love it when you come home and the house smells like you’ve been slaving away in the kitchen all day! ;)

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