Happy Wednesday! The sun has finally come out again in New York City, and the forecast shows sun for the next week. ☀️ ☀️ ☀️ That means I’ll finally be able to get back to blogging.
You see, because I live in a Brooklyn apartment, it’s not feasible for me to take pictures outside (much to my displeasure). I have to take all my pictures right next to my bedroom window to get some natural light, and to get enough light, I need it to be MEGA sunny. Cloudy days work great for outside pictures, but not indoors. The past two weeks have been endlessly cloudy, resulting in me running out of recipes to post. My apologies.
For those of you unfamiliar with dirt pie (and that could very well be many of you), it’s a dessert with chocolate pudding topped with crushed Oreos and gummy worms. It’s a popular dessert to serve kids, especially around Halloween.
To oatmealize this recipe, I made a fudgy overnight oatmeal using sweet potatoes (no bananas in this recipe!!). I also stepped away from my usual use of maple syrup and tried sweetening with dates, which I haven’t done for months. It’s a sweetening method that works especially well with overnight recipes because it has all night to soak in the oatmeal batter and saturate it with its natural sugars. ?
The top layer is, indeed, crushed Oreo. ? Yes, your fussy, darling Lauren put an Oreo on top of her breakfast. I bet you didn’t see that coming! Well, to be specific, it’s actually a Newman’s Organic Chocolate Crème Filled Cookie. But it’s the same thing. Just check the label because I did accidentally purchase a dollar store version that I later realized contained milk. But 90% of Oreo-like cookies are vegan!
I will always advocate for unprocessed foods, but every once in a while, you just gotta throw an Oreo on top of your oatmeal. ? I skipped the gummy worms, though. I decided my dirt pie would be more like a garden than a worm condo.
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What you'll need:
- 1/4 cup quick cook steel cut oats
- 1/3 - 1/2 cup thoroughly mashed sweet potato
- 1/2 cup milk of choice
- 2 tsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder (I used half regular, half dark)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 chopped dates, or 2-4 tsp maple syrup
- 1 crushed Oreo or Oreo-like cookie
How to make it:
- Combine all ingredients except Oreo in a container with a lid and mix thoroughly.
- Refrigerate overnight or for several hours.
- When ready to serve, do a quick taste-test of your oatmeal. Add a sweetener like maple syrup if you find it too bitter.
- To serve, top with Oreo. Depending on the size of your container, you may need more (or less!) than one. If you want to recreate my strawberry look, stick the strawberries into the oatmeal before adding the Oreo.