I always liked the idea of an oatmeal dedicated to chocolate-covered strawberries, but I figured I basically already had one with my Chocolate Strawberry Oatmeal. However, I’ve recently been making a thin chocolate PB2 concoction and using it as a sauce over my banana soft serve, and that gave me inspiration for this recipe.
I don’t cook strawberries in the oatmeal often, as I love the juicy freshness they provide as a topping (uncooked). But every now and then, a recipe idea comes along in which cooked-down berries are the most fitting. Not every recipe can be fudge-based, and pink porridge is delightful. ?
I didn’t include a recipe for actual chocolate-covered strawberries in the recipe, but FYI, you melt down chocolate, dip in a fresh strawberry, and set on wax paper to cool and harden. Melting chocolate is kind of a betch, so I suggest reading some tips if you’ve never done it before. I used white chocolate because it’s what I had on hand, but semisweet chocolate chips are ideal.
- [reads] I may have gotten published in the NY Times . . .
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What you'll need:
- 3/4 cup milk of choice, or water
- 1/4 cup quick cook steel-cut oats
- 6 (or more) strawberries, hulled and quartered
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- 1 tbsp PB2 or powdered peanut butter
- 1/2 tsp cocoa powder
- 1 and 1/2 tbsp water
- 1/2 tsp maple syrup (optional)
How to make it:
- Bring milk to a boil, add oats and strawberries, and reduce heat to medium. (If you'd like to add a teaspoon of flax or chia seeds, do so now.)
- While oats are cooking, make Chocolate PB2 Sauce by mixing together all four ingredients thoroughly. If it's too thick, add more water. If it's too thin, add more PB2.
- Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add vanilla extract and salt to the oatmeal. Stir.
- When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Drizzle Chocolate PB2 Sauce over the oats and add any other additional toppings (shredded coconut, nuts, etc.).