I love chocolate.
Dark chocolate mostly. I used to love any kind of caramel chocolate, and milk chocolate, but not anymore. I can't stomach the thought of white chocolate. I don't really eat chocolate by itself though, its got to be some kind of chocolate food - brownies, cake, oatmeal. Mostly brownies though.
Other than chocolate, I can pretty much pinpoint the very few foods I eat every week. Potato, bread, pasta, yoghurt, oats, honey, bananas, strawberries and spinach. I know, there are a lot of carbs in that list. I used to have the most amazing ability to eat carbs. I would eat three pieces of toast with nutella for breakfast, followed by two in the afternoon after school and probably two more after dinner. I ate pasta at least twice a week and only ever ate fruit or veggies as a necessity. Potato was pretty much the only vegetable I ate. It's so weird to think I used to be able to eat whatever the hell I wanted, whenever I wanted.
Over the next week I have three chocolate recipes I plan to share with you all. I was obviously craving it a few weeks ago when these recipes were developed. The first of these, today's chocolate oatmeal, is simple, easy to make and does not even require a stove. You can use a microwave and have this delicious, slightly wicked, breakfast ready in an instant. And the beauty of oats is that you can add any further ingredients you crave.
Level of Difficulty: Microwavable easy.
Average Cost: $
Main Ingredients: cocoa powder, oats, almond milk
Menu Options: This is one of those completely interchangeable recipes. You can serve the oats with any fruit you like – banana would be lovely with this. You can serve it with or without the chocolate chips and coconut – though I love the slight tang from the coconut and the chocolate chips melt delightfully in the hot oats. Can also serve with nuts, dried fruit or granola.
What you need:
- ¾ cup oats
- ½ cup almond milk
- ¾ cup water
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- Strawberries, to serve
- Dark chocolate chips, to serve
- Desiccated coconut, to serve
What to do:
In a microwavable bowl, combine the first four ingredients, stirring well to ensure the cocoa powder covers the entire bowl of oats.
Microwave the oats for 1 minute. Stir well, to ensure the liquid covers the oats. Microwave for a further 30 seconds.
Serve warm. If you like, serve with strawberries without their tops, a handful of chocolate chips and desiccated coconut.
Note that these oats are not very mushy, for lack of a better word. I like my oats to be slightly hard still, so microwave the oats for longer if you prefer ‘mushier’ oats.