Chocolate Peanut Putter Oatmeal

I have always loved oatmeal for breakfast. Only when I was younger, it took either of two forms. A) Dino oatmeal. or B) Brown sugar with a side of oats. While both of these options are delicious, neither of them would fit my lifestyle now or fuel me through a day of dance and academics. So something needed to change! I needed delicious oats back in my day-to-day life.

Thus I stumbled upon overnight oats via Angela Liddon and OhSheGlows. But, these oats were cold and where I am it doesn’t get hot until after the sun comes up. And I get up far before then whether I want to or not. So, back to the drawing board. I still wanted delicious oatmeal. So I began my own experimentation.

This oatmeal is the perfect start to any day. As an athlete, I love it because it has protein and potassium for muscle repair. As a choc-o-holic and peanut butter addict I love it because it’s overflowing with aforementioned flavours. And then oh, sweet sweet banana coins and cocoa nibs for a delicious dark chocolate crunch? I’m in heaven, every. single. morning.

Serves: 1

Time: Soak overnight + 5 minutes in the morning

Ingredients:
– 1/2c Rolled Oats
– 1/2tbsp Chia Seeds
– 1c Water
– 1/2c Almond Milk, original, unsweetened
– 2tbsp Peanut flour*Espresso Chocolate Oatmeal

– 1tbsp Cocoa powder
– 1 Very ripe banana, sliced into coins
– 1tbsp Cocoa beans or chocolate chips
– PB syrup: 1tbsp PB flour and 1 scant tbsp water

Directions:

  1. Soak overnight the first three ingredients.
  2. In the morning: Combine soaked oats, peanut flour, cocoa powder, and almond milk in  small sauce pan over medium-high heat and stir well.
  3. Once it begins to bubble and thicken, reduce heat to medium-low and add banana coins.
  4. Meanwhile, prepare the PB syrup by combining PB flour and water in the 1/2 cup measuring cup you used for the almond milk (less dishes!), stir well. Add more liquid until desired consistency.
  5. When the oatmeal reaches thick, and it gets delightfully thick and gooey, remove from heat and pour into bowl. Top with PB drizzle and cocoa beans or chocolate chips and any other additional toppings. Serve immediately.

*I use peanut flour as a thickening agent. Feel free to substitute with other thickeners, PB2, etc. Or use regular nut butter and see how that works!

 

Dear Reader,

Have you ever looked your reflection in the eye, lifted your chin, and said the words, “I don’t care what anyone thinks about me.” I have. In fact, my therapist once had me do it more times than I can count every day until I believed it. Do I believe it? Well, no. But I cared that she thought I did, so I guess it wasn’t a very effective loop. As much as I try not to, I rely on validation from those I love, and others around me.

I take things extraordinarily seriously. Once I commit myself to something, like per-say, a relationship, I’m there until the bitter end. Two years into my first relationship, at the age of fifteen, I asked my (ex)boyfriend what drew his eye to me. He said it was that I didn’t care what people thought of me.

He said this to a corpse.

Now, you might find this harsh phrasing. You may be thinking to yourself how, why is it that this writer, who hasn’t even introduced themselves yet, has the presumptuousness to state they’ve died and come back to life? Well, I’m writing to you to say I’ve spent far too many years dead, and I am in the process of coming back to life. I am starting this blog to document my journey. My path of finding meaning in the inhale and exhale of waking and sleeping.

I could have started this post with a list of labels. A string of reasons I was in that therapy session. I could give you numbers to describe how dead of a corpse I’ve been. Name the hospitals I’ve visited. But we all have different journeys, and if there is one thing I have learned from watching many inspiring people walk the path of recovery from one thing or another before me, it is that we’re all the same. It doesn’t matter who has had how many drinks, or who ate how little. What matters is where we are all going, and that we’re going there together.

In another post later on I will detail my past, and most definitely my present, but for now I’ll let you know this blog will focus mainly on my day-to-day with Anorexia Nervosa, Chronic Migraines & Headaches, Bipolar Disorder, and my pursuit of an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering (with a possible minor in Dance).

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Love,

Rose