Funfetti Baked Oatmeal

Changing Your Thinking & Funfetti Baked Oats

Philippians 4:8 (msg)

Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious – the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.


In order to live by this verse, sometimes it means forcing ourselves to think about the opposite of what we’re focusing on. I tend to mentally obsess over things. If something is on my heart or my mind, I have a really bad habit of spinning it round and round, flipping it every which way, and viewing it from different perspectives – except for the positive ones.

Before you get upset with me, I know how annoying it is when someone says “change your thoughts.” Like, what does that even mean? They’re my thought; subconscious ideas that aren’t intentional. Or are they?

I’ve been round and round with this; imagine that. But here’s what I’ve come up with: an initial thought isn’t a choice. But an inner dialogue is. One of the topics that pops up in my mind me a lot is about body image. When I cave in and eat that donut that I swore I wouldn’t eat, when I catch a glimpse of my legs jiggling as I walk by the mirror; that negative thought comes in. Okay, that’s unintentional. But the next 5 thoughts about my weight, lack of self control, and flaws with my body are choices.

Instead of choosing to let that thought propel me into a negative spiral, I can choose to think of something different as soon as that thought pops up. God created me in His image. I’m fearfully and wonderfully made. My body is a temple.

It sounds cheesy! I know it does. And I’d love to tell you that it doesn’t feel cheesy, but that would be a lie. Every time I consciously make the choice to switch from the organic thoughts that flow so easily to the “prepared” affirmations, I feel lame. But at some point, something switches in my brain. And I realize that instead of focusing on the ongoing negative conversation in my head, I’ve been laughing at myself and thinking about what God says about me.

Our thoughts become reality, both good and bad. We can choose to continue focusing on what’s negative, or we can choose a different dialogue, one that comes from God. This applies in all cases; when we focus on what God says is good and true, our perspective is no longer our own, it’s His. Our thoughts are human, they’re not always accurate or right or true. But His always are. And if we choose His, they’ll eventually become ours.


What are some of the negative thoughts you find yourself focusing on? What can you replace those thoughts with?


For a mind that’s filled with good, positive, truthful thoughts from the Lord.

& Funfetti Baked Oats

5 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

Serves 4 • 1/4 Baked Oatmeal

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  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cake batter extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sweetener
  • 1 tablespoon sprinkles
  • 1/4 cup greek yogurt


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Spray a bread loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray
  3. In a bowl, combine 1 1/2 bananas and mash until smooth
  4. Add oats, almond milk, extracts, cinnamon, baking powder, sweetener, and sprinkles and mix until combined
  5. Pour batter into pan evenly and bake for 30 minutes
  6. Allow to cool for 5 minutes
  7. Spread greek yogurt across the top of the oats being served immediately (save this step for just before serving any extras!) and top with additional sprinkles if desired

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The nutrition info is calculated using Swerve 0 calorie sweetener. You can also cut this recipe into 1/2 or 1/4 if you don’t want all the leftovers!

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