Jan 15

Flu Fighting + Oatmeal Cookie Shake

This was going to be an “easier” week leading up to my big race Saturday.


I just didn’t realize how easy…

About 1:30am on Sunday I got sick.  Stomach flu sick.  Hence the super-late post today.

At 4am I was a little worried I was going to pass out and texted to see if my mom was awake.  The woman never sleeps, I swear.  She was at my door in 30 mins.  Yup, I’m almost 30 and I call my mom when I’m sick.

I actually feel really lucky that I didn’t get it worse.  My little sister had it last week and she was in the ER getting fluids!  When I felt like I could make it in the car, Mom took me back to her house where she nursed me back to health.

Flu remedy


Ginger Kombucha with bananas.  And a flamingo.  Sure to make the sickest patient smile.  I  my mom.


Enough unpleasantry!  Let’s drink cookie shakes!

You may remember this creation from last year… it is on my “sick craving” list today.  Thankfully, it’s one that would actually be good on my tummy since it uses Silk Pure Almond Unsweetened Vanilla and bananas (bananas are good on an upset tummy, FYI).

Appropriate for breakfast or dessert, this is one tasty batter. The mix of oats, banana, flax, and coconut flour give it a fabulously doughy texture. I almost wanted to put the mix in the oven once I blended it.

Nutritional yeast may seem like a weird addition, but it has a rich, nutty taste that compliments the sweet flavors in this dough. The vanilla and cinnamon add to the cookie flavor, and – if you have it – the butter extract just adds a hint of “fresh from the oven.”


Oatmeal Cookie Protein Shake

Oatmeal Cookie Shake

  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1/4 C rolled oats (use gluten-free for a GF shake)
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1.5 tsp ground flax
  • 1 T coconut flour
  • 1.5 tsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp butter extract
  • 7-8 drops liquid stevia
  • 1/2 C Silk Pure Almond Unsweetened Vanilla
  • Ice, to taste
  • 1/8 tsp Guar Gum (optional, but this addition will make your smoothie thicker)
  • Toppings: crushed walnuts, raisins, cacao nibs (optional)


Combine all ingredients in a high-seed blender and blend until smooth.

Add toppings and drink your dough!


  • Nutrition will vary based on the protein powder you use.
  • You may leave out the protein powder; however, I like the addition because protein is good for muscle building/recovery and it makes this even more filling.
  • Using Silk Pure Almond Unsweetened Vanilla rather than skim milk saves you 25 calories in this recipe


Oatmeal Shake Nutrition


Be sure to check out Silk Pure Almond website and Facebook page to see more delicious, creative recipes!

This post is part of a sponsored campaign with Silk and FitFluential, LLC. All opinions are my own. Learn more about Silk Pure Almond Unsweetened on Facebook and Twitter.


The endurance cram-session post is coming.  I swear… unforseen circumstances.  Ugh.

Do you have a stomach bug miracle cure?  I have to be 100% by Saturday!

What is your favorite milk?  I will never go back to regular again.



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  1. Amanda Fraijo-Tobin (@FraijoManda)

    That sounds tasty! I love eating smoothies out of a bowl lately, and this seems perfect. The little flamingo is too cute. Feel better!

  2. lindsay

    i think the flu is spreading through the blog world. We must really be close. haha. Feel better and LOVE that recipe. but then again, i knew i would

    1. Laura

      I know! We need to get together and develop “The Cure” recipe.

  3. Heather (Where's the Beach)

    Oh so sorry to hear you’re sick. The stomach bug is no joke. Hope you feel better soon. And that smoothie looks fantastic!

  4. Alex @ therunwithin

    mm silk is the only brand I buy for almond milk, love them

  5. maria @ lift love life

    Your recipe for Silk looks amazing! I can actually imagine what it tastes like right now haha!

  6. Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen

    No miracle cure! I wish I had one though. I am sorry you are sick. :(

    However, I am NOT sorry that you are craving that smoothie, because for some reason this addition of coconut flour is blowing my mind. What is, shockingly, NOT blowing my mind is the nutritional yeast addition. In fact, I am teaching a granola-making cooking class tonight and my favorite of the two I am demo-ing involves the addition of, yes, nutritional yeast. I swear it turns granola into crack. [And I might be using it for my Strange But Good on Friday...]

    Also, I feel like a bit of a stalker, but I was super concerned when you didn’t have a post for me to read over my breakfast this morning at my desk.

    1. Laura

      I thought you would tell me to slathermyself in Nutty Butter and take a steamy shower… or was that a dream? ;)

      Thanks for your concern! I heart you.

  7. Michelle @ Eat Move Balance

    I think it’s so cute that you called your mom…I’ve done the same thing. :) The shake idea sounds awesome! Now that I’ve switched to almond milk, I’ll never go back to regular cows milk. Love it!

    1. Laura

      I was scared I would pass out! And she has pink flamingos. ;)

  8. Jody - Fit at 55

    LOOKS DELISH! Now for a blender! ;) Feel better – this flu is BAD!!!!!

  9. Melissa @ Treats With a Twist

    Oh girl, I hope you feel better soon. The only cure is time, soup, crackers, and mommy’s love :) (I only say this because I know you’re with your mom and that always helps me!).
    But I seriously love cookie shakes and just recently made a shake with coconut flour (recipe coming sometime soon to my blog) and love it too!

    My favorite milk? Definitely Silk unsweetened vanilla almond milk. I can never go back to regular, simply because I never liked it as a kid (I used to strain my cereal from it just so I wouldn’t be drinking it) and now it wrecks my gut. I use almond milk for everything and love it!

    Feel better soon. I demand it.

    1. Laura

      I can’t wait to see your smoothie recipe!

      Trying to follow your demand. Thank you. ;)

  10. Lisa

    Aw, get better soon my friend!! Mom’s are the best at healing us back to help!! I don’t blame you for calling your Mom, I totally do that too. I’m such a wimp when I get sick. It doesn’t help that when I get sick I get super sick and almost always end up in the hospital. Fun. I LOVE coconut flour in smoothies! Need to try this one.

  11. Heather @ Better With Veggies

    Look at all those fun extracts! I saw a coffee one yesterday and thought of you. :) I love smoothies and this one sounds delicious. Almond milk is my favorite too, although I do try other ones sometimes too. I have no idea what cow milk tastes like really, since I’ve been lactose intolerant as a kid and always had something different!

    1. Laura

      I am an extract whore. :)

  12. Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning

    This sounds SO delicious! And it’s pretty!
    Here’s the difference between people like you and me and those who don’t “get it.” I see nutritional yeast in a smoothie and think “intriguing! i have to try that!” And I would bet that the rest of them would think “yeast? Gross!”
    I like us.

    I hope you feel better soon, love.

    1. Laura

      I like us too! Like our happy moment while hiking. :)

  13. Amanda @ .running with spoons.

    I still go running to my momma when I’m not feeling well. No shame! Mom’s just have a way of making everything feel better. And speaking of which, I hope you feel better soon! And I wish I had a miracle cure for those nasty bugs, but other than resting and drinking lots of fluids, I just wait ‘em out.

  14. Katie @ Talk Less, Say More

    I hope you’re feeling better now! But in other news, this looks freaking AMAZING!

    1. Laura

      Thanks! I’m getting there…

  15. Olivia Hill

    I honestly believe it doesn’t matter how old you are– you’lll never stop wanting your mom when you’re sick/hurt. They have magical healing powers and I’m not one to argue with that. Hope you feel better!

    1. Laura

      They really do!!

  16. Danielle

    Love that smoothie recipe. Sounds delicious. Feel better girl. Mom’s are the best!

  17. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets

    Having the flu sucks. Plain and simple; it just sucks, and I’m sorry you have to go through it, but I’m also pretty impressed with your moms sick people coping skills. My mom never gave me a neon bird, and now I feel shafted. You already know ginger is good for stomach ailments (although I learned about bananas today too…thank you very much). Just keep putting down the fluids. The hardest thing to recover from is the dehydration, so hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. I’ll also wave my magic wand and crinkle my nose, like in Bewitched, and you’ll be all better in no time. Oh wait, I don’t have a wand, and that shit only works in tv shows, but if I did have one, I’d wave it in your honor.

    1. Laura

      If it makes you feel better, she still wouldn’t touch me for fear of getting sick herself. She’s going to Mexico Friday… can’t blame her! ;)

      Dude. Find a wand and transport us into a TV show will Wonka-style.

      1. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets

        Yeah but then’d we end up in the Housewives of Atlanta or Honey Boo, and it would get real awkward, fast.

  18. Calee

    Hey — I hate to be the one to say this, but seriously don’t do your race on Saturday. It sucks and blows and all that jazz, but the stomach bug is not to be fucked with (and yes, I am saying fuck on your blog again and I had to point it out so I could say it an extra time). You’ll need a few days after the pukeage/poopage (yup I said that too) to recover and get back up to even 50%. And when you’re not at your best, that’s when injury tends to occur.

    I know you know these things, but it’s tricky when there’s a big event coming up. I got the worst stomach flu of my life the week after I ran a marathon in 2008. I lost 11 lbs overnight (I was 15 lbs lighter than now to begin with … that put me in the double digits) and I was still hell-bent on wanting to go to the gym after the puking had stopped. Wrong-o. I was winded after about 1 minute of light activity. So lord knows my body was eating up all my muscles that were left after pukeageddon.

    Anyway … I swear I’m a mom-in-training or something because I’m always the one to say “DON’T DO THAT” when people are sick, fatigued, or hurt (maybe it’s my string of random injuries … the latest being a minor groin pull that I got the fun way, or by running hills if Mark’s mom asks).

    Oh and I totally called my mom when I had that nasty-ass stomach flu 4 years ago. It was that, or go to the hospital, because I couldn’t even get up to get a glass of water, and the guy that I was dating (who I’m no longer dating, obviously, partially thanks to this incident) would not come help me. My mom drove 3 hours to stay with me that week. Granted, I was only 25, but close enough. :)

    Feel better, sickie mcgee.

    And it’s okay if you rolled your eyes whilst saying “yes mom” while reading my comment.

    1. Laura

      I’ve already delt with you. ;) But I’ll let you be the first to say “I told you so” if I crash and burn. :)

  19. Calee

    PS I hope I didn’t get sick from reading this post. I avoid ppl who have stomach bugs LIKE THE PLAGUE. (You have no idea how long it takes somebody w/ existing GI issues to get back to healthy and “normal”)

    1. Laura

      P.S. I do the same. I blame those nasty gym people.

      1. Calee

        Yikes. Also, I’m completely freaked out now because I work in a building on campus that has one of the most-frequented lecture halls, and we have ONE BATHROOM right now because of construction. I almost want to go one building over …

  20. Calee

    OH and one more thing (seriously you should just have a chat program on your blog just for me).

    I’ve been channeling you now that I realized my immersion blender rocks for smoothies, and that I’ve changed my taste buds a lil bit after juicing/mostly quitting sugar. I’ve been adding the leftover juice pulp (mostly carrot and beet) to everything, and I’m pulling random veggies (celery, peppers, etc) to put in my smoothies now. YUM.

  21. Nadiya

    Hope you feel better :) My sick food is ground apples+carrots, my grandma used to make it for me as a kid and I still request it. Just rest up and drink a ton of fluids, there’s really no other way against the flu :(

    1. Laura

      Apples are great for a sick tummy! They are part of the BRAT diet. :)

  22. Meg

    Wow babe :( I am sorry your so sick :( That heavens for our Mommys <3

    Love you

  23. GiGi Eats Celebrities

    AWWW MOMMY TO THE RESCUE!!! This makes me miss my mommy!!! I am glad your mom never sleeps so she can nurse you back to health, lol!

    So I have struggled with stomach issues my ENTIRE LIFE… To the point where I needed emergency surgery because my colon was about to burst – Yes, I have no large intestine anymore – What helps calm my stomach: Probiotics, Digestive Enzymes, Chamomile & HCL (to reduce bloating and help break down food)!! I used to think FENNEL SEEDS helped, because I always read that fennel was/is a great stomach soother, but those bad boys, EMPHASIS ON THE BAD… Are what cause FEROCIOUS stomach pains… To the point where I think I have to go back to the hospital. Obviously everyone is different, but lets just say, NO MORE FENNEL SEEDS FOR ME!! lol.

    I am glad you’re feeling a little better??

    1. Laura

      Good lord, woman… stay away from the fennel!!! And Indian food.

  24. janet @ the taste space

    I still call my Mom when I am sick, too… but that is just for moral support since she lives over 500km away. I am terrible at being sick. Btw, loving the iron in the smoothie!! :)

    1. Laura

      I didn’t even pay attention to the iron! Thanks for pointing that out!

  25. Hannah

    Oh!! The beginning of your post makes my heart soar. Not because you were sick (that sucks) but because mothers are the best, the best, and I love that she took you home and nursed you.

    I miss my ma.

  26. Lindsay's List

    thinking about you!! Are you feeling any better now?

    1. Laura

      A little… still low energy but not puking! Always a positive.

  27. Sam @ Better With Sprinkles

    I absolutely still go to my mom when I’m sick – there’s no one better!

  28. purelytwins

    flamingo too cute! wish my mom did that ;)
    hope you are starting to feel better, for us drinking lemon water helps and anything with ginger.
    Sending hugs!

    1. Laura

      I read this and went to get some lemon water – thanks!

  29. Kierston

    Oh I hope you feel better soon! NO fun at all!

  30. Julie

    Almond milk is definitely my favorite especially for hot chocolate!

    1. Laura

      Ohhhh… now I want that!

  31. Choc Chip Uru

    Awww my poor friend feel so much better soon!!!
    Hope this deliciousness makes you feel better :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  32. Carol @ Lucky Zucca

    This sounds absolutely divine. I want to make it asap! How are you feeling???

    1. Laura

      Thank you! A little better… annoyed at myself fer getting sick!

  33. janet @ the taste space

    Hey Laura, I just made this with a frozen banana, omitting ice and the guar gum. I didn’t have the butter extract but I bet that would make this even more delicious!

    1. Laura

      I’m so glad you liked it! Did you use the nooch too? I am addicted to putting it in everything. :)

  34. ta

    i’m slowly working my way through a bunch of these recipes! i was just wondering if i could substitute coconut flour for regular flour, or perhaps even omit it? thanks :)

    1. Laura

      Thank you! I hope you’re enjoying them. In this recipe, I’d just leave out the coconut flour. Regualr flour is a lot differnet. :)

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