Ok, so we all know I like to make my oats pretty.
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.
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.
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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.
I’m going to make it a recipe just because it was seriously amazing.
Hot Chocolate Steel Cut Oats
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.
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.
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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.