Thursday, January 8, 2015

Cold days, hot breakfasts

Good morning! While most of you are in school/at work I am sitting here making a lovely hot breakfast – yay homeschooling!I don't know about where you live, but here it has been cold, cold, COLD. There's no solution for that other than a hot meal (or put on two more coats).
So without further ado, your cold morning solution!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal

Serves four. Approximate time: 15 minutes

3½ cups water, your milk of choice (coconut, almond, cow, etc), or a combination
1¾ cup oatmeal
4 tablespoons chocolate chips (If you wanted it to be healthier, you could leave this out, or use cocoa powder instead, or even add apples)
1 tablespoon maple syrup
⅓ cup almond milk
½ cup peanut butter

Bring the water (or milk) to boil in a saucepan. Add in the oats (and apples, if using) and turn down to a medium-low simmer (really, if you want it to cook faster, you can turn it up as high as you dare, but don't let it boil over!). Simmer until the oats have absorbed all the liquid, around 10-15 minutes. Don't forget to stir! Especially towards the end, the oats will want to stick to the bottom of the pan.

While the oats are simmering...
In a small bowl, combine maple syrup, ⅓ cup almond milk and peanut butter using a hand mixer (or a whisk).  Be careful, because it will probably splash a little (it's best to remember to close your measuring spoons drawer so you don't have to stop and clean almond milk off your teaspoons… not that I'd have any experience with that).
Divide the oatmeal into four portions and serve each one with 1 tablespoon of chocolate chips and ¼ of the peanut butter mixture. Enjoy!
If you like your oatmeal to crunch (I don't), my sister recommends cashews or peanuts. "It depends on what flavor you want," she said. "The peanuts make it more peanuty, but the cashews complement the flavor well."
If you're planning on reheating it, store the chocolate chips and the peanut butter separately. Oatmeal does reheat well.

Well, that's about all I have to say.
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