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Bee Pollen, Berry & Broccoli Rabe Smoothie by Lindsey | Dolly and Oatmeal

the first few weeks of my pregnancy i was all, i'm going to eat kale salads, drink all the green juice, and give this babe every nutrient i can find. turns out that life and pregnancy had a different plan (as they often do!).  while i wasn't most nauseous in the morning, afternoon and dinner time was somewhat tortured moments of the day where i felt completely disconnected and couldn't get my stomach and my brain on the same page - it actually wasn't until a few weeks ago where i was able to eat like a functioning adult.  i had been living off of every breakfast food that was palatable and sneaking in some random stuff on the side (one night it was granola topped with banana, and potato salad - balance. right?). i felt super guilty and totally thought this tiny human was getting gypped of all the wholesome foods i initially was pumped to be able to give him.  when the nausea finally decreased i started getting back to a better eating routine and incorporating some green stuff here and there.  i began with straight up fruity acai bowls and now i've been progressively adding greens to my mid-morning smoothie routine with zero queasy vibes!  

i love a kale smoothie, but i've been adding whatever i have on hand: baby spinach, leftover beet greens, and to my surprise broccoli rabe leaves actually taste super awesome all whipped up with some berries, and frozen, creamy banana :)  their slightly peppery leaves give this smoothie an extra kick i never thought would be worth trying.  but this smoothie is chock full of spring and summer faves, too.  if you follow me over on snapchat (username: dollyoatmeal) then you saw that i just picked up a couple of baskets of fresh strawberries at the market this past sunday - they were odd shaped, full of stems, vibrant, super juicy, and sweet! it'll be a while before raspberries make their debut, so for the time being i'm sticking to the frozen variety.  it's also got some bee pollen because: allergy season.  whenever frank's partaking in smoothie drinking i always add some bee pollen for his allergies, because oddly enough it actually reduces histamine (which is the result of an allergic reaction).  so this is a great way to relieve some of your allergies while also getting a good amount of nutrients in the process - win/win!

love + smoothies! xo

* this post was created in partnership with Andy Boy Broccoli Rabe.  all opinions, as always, are my own.  thank you so much for supporting the sponsors that help dolly and oatmeal going!

bee pollen, berry, and broccoli rabe smoothie | vegan

any berries would be great here, and i could imagine using all frozen berries if that's what you prefer/have on-hand (just nix the ice cubes).  i also imagine that using unsweetened coconut yogurt in place of the almond milk would be super as well

| makes 2 small servings |

  • 1 cup broccoli rabe leaves
  • 1 small frozen banana
  • 1 cup fresh strwberries
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
  • 1 teaspoon bee pollen
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • ice


  1. place all ingredients in an upright blender (preferably high-speed) and blend for 1 minute, until completely smooth.
  2. pour into 2 glasses, top with bee pollen, and serve immediately. 

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pancakes in a pinch by Lindsey | Dolly and Oatmeal

first of all, it feels great to be back.  the last few weeks have been the some of the most memorable and cherished times i have ever had.  we had an incredible wedding, and a very relaxing, yet adventurous honeymoon.  however, as dorothy gayle once so eloquently said, "There's no place like home."  and that is exactly how i am feeling.  frank and i are back as husband and wife in our little space we call our home, surrounded by the things we've collected, bought, and shared memories with, and nothing feels better.  home is truly a wonderful thing.  

i'm a little ashamed of this "recipe" if you will.  it was thought up and conceived out of fear and anxiety.  not of whether making instant oats into pancakes would work, but out of wedding nerves.  my normal go-to breakfast is boring by most standards: a pack of instant oatmeal, with a half spoonful of honey, some cinnamon, and berries.  as our wedding approached i began craving things i normally don't eat but once in a blue (take pancakes for instance).  this one particular morning i couldn't fathom the thought of gumming oats, and chewing berries that were lodged inside the pasty oatmeal, and for whatever reason i thought: i must have PANCAKES!  these random ideas usually do run through my mind, and when they're food ideas i often latch onto them until i make them as good as i think they can be.  much to my surprise, this particular idea worked the first time.  because we were in a rental house, i didn't have my usual flours i work with, so my options were limited to the oatmeal pack.  i substituted the 1/2 cup of water i usually use, for almond milk and an egg (in the recipe below i used ground flax with the same results), and added some salt that was on hand. i added my usual amount of honey, cinnamon and berries, and cooked one large pancake in a skillet.  i smothered some extra honey on top, dug in, and shared it with my dad.  it was a good morning.

i decided to share this "recipe"  because if you've been living out of a suitcase for almost a month like i have, and you're not in your home kitchen with everything that is familiar to you, this is a great little recipe to have and whip up in a pinch.  whether you're using sugar in lieu of honey, or dairy milk instead of almond milk, it's all good.  similarly, add different spices, or make it a savory pancake for dinner - options have no end.


instant oatmeal pancakes

| makes 1 very large pancake, or 2 medium pancakes |


  • 1 packet instant oatmeal (i use Whole Foods brand)
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt (adjust the salt if your instant oatmeal contains sodium)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax + 3 tablespoons water (or 1 egg) 
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey, plus more for serving
  • cinnamon to taste
  • a handful of blueberries
  • a nub of coconut oil, for cooking


  • in a small bowl prepare your flax.  combine the ground flax with water, stir to combine - let rest for 5 minutes or until the consistency is that of an egg
  • in a medium bowl, combine the instant oats with the salt and a few sprinkles of cinnamon - mix.  add the milk, flax mixture, honey, and berries - stir to combine
  • heat a small skillet on medium, when the skillet is hot, add the coconut oil.  either use entire batter to make 1 large pancake, or split the batter to make 2 pancakes.  use the back of a spoon or a spatula to flatten the pancake/s
  • cook for roughly 2-4 minutes on each side, depending on the size of your pancake/s
  • remove from heat and slather with honey