Chocolate-Peanut Butter Oatmeal

>> Thursday, April 8, 2010

I'm so bad at getting myself around in the morning. I get up too late. I shower and primp myself for too long. I spend a great deal of time changing outfits. And then editing photos and posting. By the time I get around to preparing my lunch and making breakfast, I have -- seriously -- ten minutes. No joke. Ten minutes. Oatmeal has been my morning savior for this reason. However, I quickly grew tired of the cinnamon-sugar (or honey) variety. So, I got a little crazy.

My first experiment of sorts was with some Nutella. May not be the healthiest choice, but with all the other efforts I'm making toward better eating, I allowed it Monday morning. Amazing. But not quite what I want to eat for breakfast every day. Then, I decided to use peanut butter. A few chocolate chips. And my new favorite breakfast was born. Best part: It takes maybe 30 seconds to make.


This recipe is easily adapted for vegans. Just use vegan chocolate chips. I would have, but I only have a bag of Ghirardelli bittersweet chips in my cupboard. You can use natural peanut butter, too. But I'd advise adding a bit of sugar or agave. The oats can be prepared in advance . . . but it's best to eat them the same day, I think.

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Oats
(Makes one gigantic serving or two modest servings)

What you'll need . . .
  • 2/3 cup dry rolled oats
  • 1 heaping tablespoon peanut butter (I used Skippy Natural)
  • 1 light handful bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1 handful of chopped walnuts
  • Hot water

Method . . .
  1. Pour your oats, peanut butter, chocolate chips, and walnuts into a container. Shake (so the peanut butter doesn't just stick to the side). Get your butt to work!
  2. Use some hot water from you water cooler. Make some in the microwave. Or, if you're like me, grab some from your office pot and pour. 
  3. Mix. Pour more to reach desired consistency. Keep stirring for about a minute.
  4. Then enjoy. Add slices banana for extra points. Pat yourself on the back because you're now the coolest person in the office. You're also full for several hours.
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