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Cocoa Candy Cane PB2

Looking for an ultra easy way to Christmas-ify your favorite oatmeal recipe? This topping needs half of a standard candy cane and can be whipped up in about two minutes!

The toughest part is just deciding what oatmeal to put it on top of. Not all flavors mesh with mint, after all! I put mine on top of glorious Thin Mints Oatmeal, but I could also see it atop Brownie Baked Oatmeal, Sweet Potato Fudge Oatmeal, or Mint Brownie Baked Oatmeal. (more…)


Cantaloupe Date Oatmeal with Mint-Melon Relish

These oats are ~classy AF~ ?

Cantaloupe Date Oatmeal with Mint-Melon Relish by the Oatmeal Artist #Vegan

In North America, the term “relish” can have confusing interpretations. So often, it’s used to describe that slimy, sour, chopped pickle condiment thrown on top of hot dogs at baseball games and summer grill-outs. In case that description was unclear, I am not a fan of that relish. ?

However, relish is actually a far more general term that describes any vegetable or fruit condiment that has been cooked, pickled, and/or chopped. Chutneys, for example, would fall under the relish umbrella, and so would this beautiful medley of diced cantaloupe and blackberries, tossed with some refreshing and summery minced mint leaves. (more…)


Peppermint Fudge PB2

Shout out to my bulk-sized cocoa powder and PB2! The sad part is that I can finish both in less than a month. I buy the cocoa through the subscription program on Amazon, and it’s delivered to me monthly. I often have to supplement with a small Trader Joe’s container of cocoa powder by the end of the month. See also: my hot chocolate addiction.

Peppermint Fudge PB2 #Vegan #OatmealArtist

I’m such a sucker for mint chocolate flavors. There’s a reason Thin Mints were always my favorite Girl Scout cookie. (Coincidentally, they are also the only vegan version. Hizzah!) If you like Thin Mints, or Andes mints, or any sort of chocolate-mint concoction, you will love this Peppermint Fudge PB2 (as well as my Thin Mints Oatmeal or Peppermint Brownie Baked Oatmeal)!
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Shamrock Oatmeal Smoothie

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. Green HeartFour Leaf CloverGreen HeartFour Leaf Clover

Thus, every year on St. Patrick’s Day, nostalgia kicks in and I swoon over all the Irish love.

Shamrock Oatmeal Smoothie #OatmealArtist

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. Smiling Face With Heart-Shaped Eyes No regrets.
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Mojito Overnight Oatmeal

Once upon a time, in my blog’s infancy, I made Strawberry Mojito Oatmeal. Not many are brave enough to try it. After all, it includes a little banana, yet I try to convince you it’s undetectable beneath the lime and mint flavor. I stand by that claim, but this time I took a different approach.

Mojito Overnight Oatmeal #oatmealartist

First of all, this is an overnight recipe, so you enjoy it cold, like you would an actual mojito. Second of all, I went with grated zucchini instead of banana . . . because you guys LOVE zucchini in your oatmeal. Yes, I hear you. You love your #zoats.
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Strawberry Apricot Mint Breakfast Cobbler

Check out this newest addition to my breakfast cobbler family:

Strawberry Apricot Mint Breakfast Cobbler

Before I give you the recipe, let me indulge in some personal reflection.

I’ve had some more time here and there lately. My grad school courses finished for the semester, and I instantly felt a weight lifted. Suddenly, a had a wealth of hours that could be dedicated to whatever I wanted. At first, they were spent lying in bed watching stand-up comedy. I needed to recuperate. Badly. (more…)


Peppermint Brownie Baked Oatmeal

This recipe is SO happy to meet you. I wanted to make it LAST December, but I dropped the ball. I wanted to make it all year, but I knew everyone would appreciate it the most if I delivered it during the holidays.

Peppermint Brownie Baked Oatmeal by Oatmeal Artist

Mint + chocolate is my favorite flavor combination. Most people would guess chocolate + peanut butter, but I’m a little pickier about that. It depends on the type of chocolate, the type of peanut butter, etc. However, mint + chocolate? Yes. Always. Every time.
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Frosted Brownie Baked Oatmeal

You know what’s fun? Eating dessert for breakfast.

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I mean, I could never literally eat dessert for breakfast–at least not what most people consider dessert. Thanks to my IBS, I have the world’s most sensitive stomach. Living in New York City, I enjoy a variety of vegan desserts frequently (shout-out to Wild Ginger and the PERFECTION that is their Peanut Butter Bomb Cake), but it never takes long for the pain to settle in! Thus, when I order desserts while eating out, it’s often a conscious choice with a careful consideration of the consequences.
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Shamrock Oatmeal

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up! I have mixed feelings for St. Patrick’s Day. In a way, I adore it. It reminds me of my beloved Ireland, where I studied abroad during college. On the other hand, the way Americans celebrate it is almost offensive to me. Yes, even in Ireland, binge-eating and drinking is the tradition, but in America, all of it is surrounded by an absurd mockery of the culture. TV and radio ads are taken over by obnoxious fake Irish accents, ridiculous looking leprechauns are plastered everywhere, and everything is dyed fluorescent green. Nooooo. . .

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Last year, I rejected that by making Irish Soda Bread Baked Oatmeal, which turned out surprisingly well (to this day I’m shocked it actually turned out). This year, I decided to embrace the American absurdity and make a Shamrock Oatmeal. Why not, right? Unlike McDonald’s, my porridge contains no dairy and no food coloring. Instead, it’s extraordinarily rich in nutrients (but still packed with flavor).

What’s the secret? Spinach.
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Fruit Salad Oatmeal

I must admit that I enjoy being a vegetarian. In the beginning, I struggled with feeling misplaced or left out, but once it fused into part of my identity, I embraced all of its challenges. Limited options on menus means I’ll be less overwhelmed (I’m very indecisive) and more likely to try something new (like eggplant!). Potlucks become a scavenger hunt and careful investigation to discover the meatless dishes on a long table of bacon and ground beef. Thanksgiving and Easter turn into challenging games I like to call “How to Make a Meal Out of Side Dishes.”

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Potlucks, especially in Small Town, South Dakota, generally offer less than three vegetarian options (one of which is a basket of dinner rolls). The scalloped potatoes will always include diced ham. The quiche will always have bacon.

But there will always be fruit. Sometimes these fruits are in their raw form: a giant bowl of cubed watermelon or clusters of purple grapes. Other times, they’re mixed together in one bowl: berries and melons and grapes! Sometimes, they’re mixed together in a tasting “dressing,” like honey mint or lemon poppy seed or coconut lime.

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