Holy chocolate cravings, this has been an intense week. Usually I don’t crave chocolate suuuuper bad. My husband would laugh out loud at that statement. Let me amend…I don’t crave chocolate every day, but when I do it gets IINNN-tense. Read: THIS WEEK. Man oh man. There is this superfood shake you drink in the morning throughout the 21 Day Fix, and I drink the chocolate version. This shake has, for the most part, totally kicked any chocolate craving (or any cravings for that matter), but this week my body has basically forgotten that I drank it by about six pm.
Anyway, that is why this recipe has come into existence. I really
wanted needed chocolate and was determined to find a way to indulge healthily. Let’s not talk about the five mini snickers I just ate at my desk twenty minutes ago. Let’s just pretend I made this oatmeal several days ago and have only indulged in that. Okay? Okay, cool.
This oatmeal is extra special because it is not only chocolatey and delicious, it also has almond butter ? (which tastes like peanut butter once it’s all stirred in). So what you end up with is a delicious bowl of soft, comforting oatmeal that tastes like a melted Reese’s Cup.
So…yeah. What else is there to say? Must I give any other explanation of this oatmeal’s deliciousness apart from the fact that it tastes like Reese’s Cups? I didn’t think so…I didn’t think so.
I’ve not met many people who don’t love the combination of chocolate and peanut butter. If you are one that does dislike this combination, I apologize. You can pop over and read my other 21 Day Fix recipes instead ?.
There are a few extra elements here that make this oatmeal super, extra, awesomely delicious.
- You cook the oatmeal in almond milk rather than just water. This makes it a little creamier and ???.
- You add honey. Since we aren’t throwing a block of processed, sugar packed milk chocolate in here, you need to add something to sweeten up that cocoa powder. Honey, honey, honey. Mmm. Does the trick quite nicely.
- A pinch of salt! Just a pinch. Brings out the flavor of the almond butter and chocolate. Side note…the first time I made this, I thought I had the lid of my salt container on the little “sprinkler” setting, but I had it turned to where it’s totally open so you can scoop the salt out. The result? A tablespoon of salt went into my small bowl of oatmeal. Cooooolll. I scooped most of it out and ate it anyway, but it was pretttttttty salty – not gunna lie.
Throw some almond butter and cocoa powder in on top of these little tricks, and you’ve got yourself a bowl of healthy decadence.
Healthy decadence….that should be its own cookbook. Don’t you think?? I think.
For the last few days, I have been in hardcore plan mode for Seth and I’s two year anniversary + home from deployment trip in July. Initially we were thinking we would go to a Sandals resort like we did for our honeymoon. All inclusive, gorgeous hotel, super fancy room, most relaxing week ever.
So I was looking more deeply into all of this throughout the last few days and ironing out some details, and it is looking like we would end up wayyyyy over budget if we went the Sandals route – at least for the locations that looked really awesome with a fancy shmancy room. So I started looking into some other options, still keeping Sandals on our radar.
Then I looked into heading to Orlando for a week, staying in a really fancy hotel/resort, and hitting a bunch of the theme parks. This definitely is the cheeaappperr (by a lot) option, and it would give us a hefty chunk of money left over each day to spend on fun restaurants and other fun things around Orlando.
So now we basically have two main options: go to a Sandals resort, but make it one of the cheaper, closer ones and stay in one of their basic rooms, ooorrrr head to Orlando for a week and hit most of the theme parks and have an extra chunk of money left over each day for extra Orlando festivities.
What do you think? Any other ideas?
I will contemplate over another bowl of this oatmeal.
For you 21 Day Fix people, here are your container amounts:
- 1 1/2 yellow containers (oatmeal)
- 2 teaspoons (almond butter)
*The almond milk, honey, and cocoa powder are “free”*
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- 1½ cups almond milk
- ¼ cup water
- 1 cup oatmeal
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 4 teaspoons almond butter
- 3 teaspoons cocoa powder
- 1 pinch salt
- Bring the almond milk and water to a boil in a medium pot
- When boiling, add the oatmeal
- Reduce the heat to medium, cover, and let cook for 5 minutes, turn off the heat, and let the oatmeal sit - covered - for another 3 minutes (or follow your package instructions if they are different)
- Place the cooked oatmeal in a bowl, and stir in the honey, almond butter, cocoa powder, and salt
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