Ok, so we all know I like to make my oats pretty.

call it an obsession. call it what you want.

This mornings breakfast was a perfect example of how things that aren’t pretty, are some of the best tasting dishes.

Take my smoothie.  When I first blended it up, it was this beautiful peach/pink color. I was happy and excited to photograph it.  Then I remembered I wanted to throw a handful of spinach in.  I haven’t been eating as many salads lately so I wanted to make sure I was still getting my greens it.  Sadly (is this sad or a sign I’m becoming a true food blogger) I thought to myself, “man, this is going to make my smoothie really ugly, should I still put it in?) Maybe I should have taken a photo before, and then mixed in the spinach later, but the spinach won in this round and in it went.  And now it looks like this.

kind of looks like baby food. but this thing was absolutely delish.

In the mix:

1/2 frozen banana

1/2 cup frozen strawberries

1/2 cup frozen peaches

1 handful baby spinach

1 tsp chia seeds

1/2 cup almond milk (or water)

It was pretty much amazing.

a little pink bendy straw action and we're good to go.

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But as amazing as this little guy was, it is nothing compared to the breakfast I had. I have made a lot of oatmeal in my day, but I have to say, this was BY FAR, and I really mean that, the best batch of oats I have made to date.  And I almost don’t want to admit how I made them because there is one bit that is kind of embarrassing.

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The idea came to me yesterday. I was at an appointment and was making a cup of chai tea on the Keurig machine they have. And then I thought. I should cook my oats in chai tea! I love the spiciness of it, so it can really only improve the taste of the oats right?  So (sshh don’t tell) I snagged an extra cup. Another amazing thing had happened a few days ago; Matt finished his peanut butter! I was going to be able to make my very first OIAJ with peanut butter.   I had made one before, but it was a jam jar. Now, it was delicious, but I knew peanut butter would top it without question. Let’s just say I was pretty excited about breakfast.

Now, I know this is getting wordy, but bear with me. Morning time comes. Smoothie = Demolished. Ready for oats. I go to my purse to retrieve the goods and to my surprise…I grabbed a hot chocolate cup by mistake. (I’m not very sneaky or good at being a thief, I think its my conscience that really gets to me, pssh morals, just get in the way of things) So I think to myself, well…might as well use what I have. Hot chocolate oats sound pretty good to me.

Now I know you’re thinking you’re really going to put a Keurig cup into your oats? Yes, yes I am.  I had found out they actually dissolve like instant coffee so no grinds. And let me tell you, it was one of the best decisions/ideas/mistakes that I have made in the food world.

steel cut HOT CHOCOLATE oats topped with half a chopped banana in a peanut butter jar.

I’m going to make it a recipe just because it was seriously amazing.

Hot Chocolate Steel Cut Oats

Serves 1

1/4 cup steel cut oats

1 cup water/almond milk/tea

1 hot chocolate Keurig cup dissolved in hot water (or your liquid of choice)

1 tbsp chia seeds

toppings of your choice

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This is another example of how something that looks ugly and definitely does not photograph well, still tastes amazing.

And I mean amazing.

look at that peanut butter chocolate just oh so happy to be united.

For my first nut butter OIAJ I am so glad it was this one, but I really don’t know how others will even try to compare.

a little spoonage action. i might be a little too excited over this oatmeal. just a bit.

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Have you ever had OIAJ?

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve added to your oatmeal?

Do you think I’m weird now? Too obsessed? A little it crazy? Yea. I think so too.