February 28, 2013

Let's Cook: Chocolate & Peanut Butter Oatmeal

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Oatmeal with Almonds

by Aaron Hutcherson of TheHungryHutch

Fact: We’re all busy people. As lawyers, doctors, entrepreneurs, students, writers, parents, accountants, chefs, and just overall active people, it is imperative for us to provide fuel for our bodies to function productively throughout the day. They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but most mornings we don’t have five seconds to grab a breakfast bar on the way out the door, let alone five or more extra minutes to actually make breakfast. I’m serial offender numero uno for choosing to hit the snooze button one more time before work instead of grabbing a bite to eat, but I know that whenever I choose breakfast then I will be better prepared for the day ahead.

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A childhood favorite breakfast of mine that I have carried with me into adulthood is oatmeal. I’m sure everyone is well acquainted with the little packets of instant oatmeal that come in the variety box with flavors such as “Apples and Cinnamon” or “Peaches and Cream.” Instead of letting some old man with a big white wig dictate the taste of this age-old morning cereal, why not have you take control of your breakfast? Oatmeal makes a great canvas for all sorts of mix-ins, but in this recipe I highlight a combination of chocolate, peanut butter, and almonds.

Ingredients (Serves 1):
• 1 3/4 cups water
• pinch of salt
• 1 cup quick cooking oats
• 2 Tbsps. peanut butter (I prefer smooth)
• 2 Tbsps. chocolate chips
• dash of allspice
• ¼ cup almonds

1. Bring water and salt to a boil in a saucepan.
2. Stir in oats, reduce to medium heat and cook 1 minute, stirring occasionally.
3. Cover, remove from heat, and let set 2-3 minutes.
4. Stir in peanut butter, chocolate, and allspice. Pour into bowl and top with almonds.

How do you like to eat your oatmeal? 

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