Okay, the title might give it away: This is S’mores Oatmeal 2.0. The original version was great, but I wanted to take another stab at it. It’s not often I have vegan marshmallows in my kitchen (by ‘not often,’ I mean ‘pretty much never’), so I wanted to create a s’mores-themed porridge that could be done with no marshmallows at all.
I know, I’m a rebel.
You might think, “How could you create s’mores without marshmallows?” Or worse, “I don’t want s’mores without marshmallows!”
However, I promise you, this oatmeal is actually better than my original s’mores recipe, in my opinion. I can’t explain it, but I found this one way more enjoyable.
So what’s my secret?
Just a drop of this potent ingredient added the campfire feel that s’mores invoke. Then, topped with chopped dark chocolate that got all melty and luscious, this oatmeal felt even more like a real s’mores than the version that actually had marshmallows.
For graham crackers, I used my Nairn graham crackers that I reviewed last month. I specifically saved some of them to make this recipe, and it worked beautifully. Obviously, any graham cracker will work, but this was a great choice because they’re vegan!
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What you'll need:
- 3/4 cup milk of choice or water
- 1/4 cup quick cook steel cut oats
- 1/3 cup grated zucchini + 2 tsp maple syrup OR 1 mashed banana*
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- scant 1/8 tsp liquid smoke (honestly, like 1-2 drops)
- pinch of salt
- graham cracker crumbles, for topping (~2 tbsp)
- chopped semi-sweet or dark chocolate, for topping (~1 tbsp)
- chocolate nut butter, for topping (optional, 1 or 2 tbsp)
How to make it:
- Bring milk (I use an equal mixture of almond milk and water) to a boil, add oats, and reduce heat to medium.
- Add zucchini and maple syrup, or one mashed banana, to the oatmeal. Stir.
- Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add vanilla extract, liquid smoke, and salt. Stir.
- When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Top with graham cracker, chocolate, and chocolate nut butter, if using.
Just an FYI:
* Using a banana definitely gives a banana flavor but I kind of liked that.