February is National Chocolate Lover’s Month
It’s no secret that I LOVE nut butter. I like nut butter with bananas. I like nut butter with oatmeal. I like nut butter with pretzels. I like nut butter with carrots. And I really like nut butter with chocolate.
This month would be wasted if I did not include at least one recipe for oatmeal in its truest form, cooked on the stove and served warm in a bowl.
But you better believe that this is NOT a recipe for brown goop!
On the contrary, I serve to you a warm winter version of rocky road ice cream. Rich chocolate, gooey marshmallows, and smooth almonds meld together and form a decadent, protein-rich breakfast. Rather than inducing brain-freeze, this steaming bowl of chocolate will thaw your heart.
Grab a spoon and dig in!
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup oatmeal
- 1 tbs cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 tbs vanilla protein powder OR 1/2 tbs sweetener (honey, sugar, stevia, etc.) plus 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- small handful marshmallows
- sliced almonds or other nut of choice (as much as you would like)
- In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil.
- Stir in oatmeal and return to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, and cook 2 minutes. Add cocoa powder and protein powder (or sweetener and vanilla). Cook 3-5 minutes (until oatmeal is desired consistency).
- Turn off the burner, and stir in the marshmallows and almonds.
- Transfer to a bowl, and let cool for a few minutes (you don’t want to burn your tongue!).
- Eat and enjoy!
I am linking up with Angie for Fiesta Friday!
Every Saturday I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week. These posts may grow or evolve as time passes. Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section!
1. A change in the weather
In August 2015, I started working at my school’s on-campus coffee shop, The Brewin’ Den. I loved that job. From behind the counter, I met so many students that I otherwise would have never talked to. I loved brightening each student’s morning by making coffee for them.
As a barista, I could be creative with flavors. The statement, “make me anything with an extra shot” made my day.
I got free food, and trust me — day-old scones are SO edible!
And I got paid. Yes, even minimum wage (plus tips) looks good as a college student!
It was an all-around great job.
Perhaps one of the biggest results of the job was that I slowly grew to like coffee. As I played around with flavors, I realized that black coffee is simply a canvas for flavorful artwork.
So step into my studio…
- 2/3 cup milk
- 1 tablespoon Blind Spot Peanut Butter Brownie
- 1/2 tablespoon honey, or more (depending on desired sweetness)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup fresh hot espresso or strong coffee
- In a small saucepan set over medium heat, combine the milk, peanut butter, honey, and vanilla, stirring until smooth.
- When mixture is steaming, whisk in cocoa powder. Continue whisking until mixture is frothy.
- Pour the hot coffee into a mug.
- Add the frothy milk mixture and serve immediately.
Recipe adapted from I Love Peanut Butter.
Looks like today will be full of apologies.
1. I am sorry that I have posted so little this month. Although I spend all of my spare time writing, I doubt that y’all want to read a month’s worth of 5th-grade lesson plans.
2. I am sorry that it is the end of National Oatmeal Month, and I am just now sharing an oatmeal recipe. I actually planned this recipe before Christmas, but I didn’t make it until Saturday.
3. I am sorry that there are so few pictures (and that the pictures are so bad). I made this recipe at home, but my camera was at school. In my rush to eat the oatmeal, I didn’t realize that the white balance on my phone-camera was really off. These are the only two photos that were somewhat salvageable.
Now that all of those issues are out of the way, let’s eat some oatmeal!
- 1/3 cup oatmeal
- 2/3 cup water
- 1/3 cup marshmallows
- 1 graham cracker sheet
- 1 fun size Hershey bar
- Combine oatmeal and water in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high 45 seconds.
- Stir in 1/2 of the marshmallows. Microwave an additional 30 seconds.
- Top with remaining marshmallows, crushed graham cracker, and chocolate bar.