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Happy December! Truthfully, winter is my least favorite season, by a mile and a half, but recipes like this sure do help fight off those winter blues. It’s a mixture of hazelnut, coffee, and cocoa, and because that’s just not enough, it’s topped with a spoonful of silky chocolate hazelnut spread. I mean, look at it.
MARZIPAN. Chocolate-covered marzipan, to be exact. The marzipan flavor of Ritter Sport chocolate is the ONLY vegan one. They have other dark chocolate varieties, but for some reason, only this one is vegan. I don’t get it, but I won’t complain; this chocolate bar is one of my favorite treats.
This chocolate-covered marzipan is joined with some fresh cherries (they’re in season now!!) and sprinkled atop a fudgy, almond-flavored porridge. The almond echoes and enhances the marzipan theme, so even if you only have a bit of the chocolate-covered marzipan on top, each bite will still be reminiscent of this almond confection. (more…)
Here’s winner #4 from the brownie baked oatmeal contest! I had a really hard time narrowing down my favorite submissions. 😛 Special apology to Chandler, who sent me these lovely materials weeks ago, and I was supposed to publish it on Monday, but I forgot! Doh. Forgive me, Chandler!
Hello fellow oatmeal lovers! My name is Chandler, I am 20 years old, and I am a recent graduate with a B.A. in Spanish as well as Teaching English as a Second Language. At this point in my life, I am looking forward to grad school in the fall, working a ton, cooking as much as I can, and eating up several boxes of oatmeal a month.
My love for oatmeal has evolved a lot over the years from the early days of Quaker dinosaur egg oatmeal. I, an aspiring paleontologist, would lick all the oatmeal off the dinosaur eggs and then refuse to actually eat the eggs. (They were pretty nasty!) Now I put oatmeal into just about everything and eat it with just about every topping imaginable- cheese, fruits, hummus, nuts, eggs, and even chicken. When I saw Lauren’s brownie baked oatmeal challenge, I instantly knew what recipe I would submit. I have been reading her blog since the very beginning when I was looking for inspiration for my own blog (www.harpandchanscrafts.blogspot.com), which I have unfortunately neglected for a couple of months.
Anyway, I had made Red Velvet Baked Oatmeal for my blog several years back, and I decided to tinker with the recipe and make it even better. I am visiting my family this weekend, and two of my picky little sisters loved the recipe. What they didn’t know is that it has a hidden vegetable- beets!- that contribute to the “red velvet” color. Can’t picture beets in a sweet oatmeal recipe? Try it for yourself and see. The pickiest of my sisters said the oatmeal tasted like no bake Christmas cookies! (more…)
POSTED IN: baked oatmeal, beets, chocolate, cream cheese, dessert lovers, hidden banana, veggies
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
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.
It has been a while since I put out a lemon recipe. Then I saw this recipe for Lemon Rosemary Shortbread cookies, and considering my recent love for rosemary, I knew this needed to happen.
Lemon pairs well with almost any herb. I’ve already paired it with thyme, but rosemary is my jam right now. This recipe uses the hidden banana trick, and it was adapted closely from my Lemon Blueberry Oatmeal, so if you’re (inexplicably) not into rosemary, you can always just make it sans herb. (more…)
Lately, I have been on the constant prowl for recipes that would work well with persimmon. My philosophy is this: persimmon has a muted but pleasant flavor, and pairs best with bold flavors. That is why I used this delightful fruit atop my Chai-Spiced Pumpkin Oatmeal; it contributed a calm sweetness to an otherwise “loud” oatmeal base.
Next up? Gingerbread.
I have made gingerbread oatmeal a variety of ways: with banana, with sweet potato, and with pumpkin. Truthfully, they all work beautifully, and it all depends on what “background flavor” you want in your life (i.e. just pick your favorite). Alternatively, you could use grated zucchini or yellow squash for a nutritional filler that adds no flavor. (more…)
POSTED IN: bananas, dessert lovers, hidden banana, persimmon, pumpkin, review, sweet potato, veggies, zucchini
Good morning, oatmeal lovers! Today marks my first day back home in NYC (it’s great to be back!), and I have been so appreciative of everyone who has helped me keep the blog active with fantastic recipes while I’ve been traveling. This recipe comes to us from Taigen, the Oatmeal Enthusiast from July. The moment I saw it, I knew I wanted to see the recipe for myself and to share it with my readers. Luckily for all of us, she said yes!
Hi guys! I am so happy to be back! And thank you to Lauren for asking me to share one of my zoat recipes with you – I hope you all like it!
So, I have never been a massive coffee drinker. When I use to have it, it was for that earthy fresh smell, the sweet flavours (vanilla or hazelnut every time) and the sensation of holding warmth. I love the taste of coffee, but that hasn’t ever translated to loving it as a drink.
One morning I woke up craving coffee and a bit of a ‘kick’ to start the day. It then occurred to me that I could put coffee in my daily oats and just eat it instead. So that’s exactly what I did.
This has been one of my favourite coffee-oat creations to date. The use of vanilla protein powder gives it a sweetened edge that I love. (more…)
As I announced on Wednesday’s guest post, Monica from MyPinkRecipeBook.com and I are currently engaging in a recipe swap as we embark on our individual summer traveling. Make sure you check out those Four-Ingredient Fudgy Oat Bars! They’re no-bake!
For my contribution to our recipe swap, I made this baked oatmeal inspired by layer cakes. The baked oatmeal is lemon-flavored, and it’s brought together in the center by sweet and simple raspberry jam. As always, this recipe is vegan, sweetened by fruit (except for the jam), and uses simple pantry ingredients. (more…)
First, thanks to everyone for your outpouring of support on Monday’s post. I decided back in November (three months into the school year) that it would be my last year teaching, and let me tell you, those next seven months were the longest of my life. That last day of school made me cry the happiest of tears.
These were super….but I’ve decided that I simply don’t like pancakes that much. 😛 Even the healthier oatmeal version gives me a bit of a stomach ache and just doesn’t soothe my soul the way a bowl of stovetop oats do. I may still post an oatcake recipe every now and then, but probably like once a year. haha.