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When I came up with the idea for this Saturday’s “This Week in Oatmeal” theme (which is Black & White), I instinctively starting dreaming up my own ideas. Since I happened to be out of the obvious black and white toppings (Oreos, white chocolate chips, coconut butter), this recipe seemed like my best option.
In case you missed it, I am taking a mini-break to get my life together. Major love to Christina (and Kelsey) for volunteering to share some recipes with everyone this week.
❤️ 💛 💙 💜
Hello again! For those of you who don’t ‘know’ me (at least virtually), my name is Christina and I was the Oatmeal Enthusiast in May and December 2015. Lauren’s blog has brought me so much joy and inspiration that when I saw she would be taking a break, I wanted to pay it forward with guest recipes.
Like many of you, my first experience with oatmeal was with the Quaker Instant Oatmeal packets. After I started making my own oatmeal, I gradually – but not entirely – stopped buying those packets. Whenever I see a new and interesting flavor, I can’t help but buy a box. (more…)
POSTED IN: 5 ingredients or less, bananas, guest post, not porridge, pancakes and waffles, tips and tricks
Now that I’ve experimented with matcha powder a few times in my oats, I have established a few rules:
- It has to be an overnight recipe, or at least some type of recipe that will allow it to “rest” before being eaten. In my experience, adding matcha to stovetop oats and eating it right away always results in bitter and excessively earthy flavors.
- It has to be combined with ingredients that will cut that bitterness. I thought citrus would do this, but it seems that yogurt, cashew cream, and banana do a better job of this. This became especially true when I tried a grapefruit-matcha drink after my 5K last weekend. (Ew, ew, ew.)
- Don’t skimp on sweetener. No matter how much you think you like bitter things.
With these rules in mind, here is my latest take on matcha.
Truthfully, the base of this oatmeal is good enough on its own, and it can be made with just a handful of ingredients. However, given my fundamental need to have nut butter in my stomach on a daily basis, I added the chocolate nut butter. I have no regrets. Obviously, Dark Chocolate Dreams or Nutella or my Faux-reo Cookie PB2 would work great, but I had almond butter on hand, so that’s what I used.
You can make any (nonflavored) nut butter chocolatey by following the instructions from my Mango & Chocolate PB Oatmeal.
I never expected cherries and bananas to complement each other so well, but they really do. The sweetness from the bananas brings out the flavor of the cherries, and that cherry infusion adds enough wow-factor that no cinnamon is necessary–and I rarely make a banana oatmeal with just fruit and vanilla extract! (more…)
POSTED IN: 5 ingredients or less, bananas, cherries, chocolate, nut butter, peanut butter
I’m also trying hard to get back into smoothies. Now that it’s too hot in New York for my hot chocolate (it suddenly jumped to 90 degrees last week), I have had to find an alternative snack. I keep going through my frozen banana supply too fast making nice cream, so now I’ve ventured into other fruits. And just like that, I’m back into making smoothies. (more…)
I actually made this recipe once before, but with pecans. It didn’t get posted. You know why it didn’t get posted? Because my cat jumped on top of the table and knocked down all my props for the photoshoot, as well as the oatmeal itself, shattering the mason jar and spilling gooey oatmeal all over the floor. #ThanksTipsy
I guess I was super bitter about it because I had no desire to remake it and do it all over again. Until now! (more…)
This is recipe #1 from the brownie baked oatmeal contest!!! This winning submission comes to us courtesy of Katarzyna.
My Cherry Chili Brownie Baked Oatmeal was inspired by chocolate my Mom gave me. It was cherry & chili dark chocolate and I absolutely loved it. The only thing it was lacking was . . . the chili flavor. (more…)
POSTED IN: baked oatmeal, bananas, cherries, chocolate, dessert lovers, guest post, hidden banana, spicy
As I said last week, Ireland has a special place in my heart. During my time in Ireland, I fell in love with the Irish flag, which is called the Irish Tricolor, according to Wikipedia. How original. 😉🇮🇪
POSTED IN: avocado, bananas, citrus, coconut, greens, kiwi, not porridge, pineapple, smoothies, tropical
St. Patrick’s Day is eight days away! Regular readers of the blog will know that Ireland has a special place in my heart. I have only left North America once, and that was a study abroad program in Ireland. You could say it was love at first sight.
Thus, every year on St. Patrick’s Day, nostalgia kicks in and I swoon over all the Irish love.
This recipe is, obviously, a spin off McDonald’s shamrock milkshake. But better–there is no added sugar! Just bananas. I adore the use of oats in my smoothies because the soluble fiber slows down the digestion, so it’s not just one quick, massive hit of sugar. I find oat smoothies to be much easier on my sensitive stomach.
But in addition to being nutritious, it’s minty and delicious! It tastes a bit like mint ice cream, which is what inspired me to add the chocolate chips on top. No regrets.