Are you totally turkeyed out?
And my body is in desperate need of a flavor change. I don’t know if I could take one more pumpkiny, cranberry, graveyed bite of something. My body is totally ready for Christmas flavors.
You know…chocolate, peppermint, eggnog, cinnamon, gingerbread.
Yes. I’m ready for it.
I’m trying frantically to get myself in to the holiday spirit. Is it just me or does it just not feel like holiday time yet? I tried to divulge in Black Friday shopping by looking around on the internet (because there was no way I was heading out to the mall madness). After ten minutes I closed the laptop and searched on my DirecTV guide for Christmas movies. There were none. So then I thought maybe I’d start decorating for Christmas, but the boxes were up in the attic…and a 5 1/2 month pregnant lady getting on a ladder while home alone = totally bad idea. Christmas baking? Still being sick I didn’t think that I should be putting my hands all over Christmas cookie dough.
So I spent my Black Friday on Pinterest for h-o-u-r-s searching things like *Baby Boy Nursery* *Rustic Nursery* *Nature Nursery* *Boy Baby Shower* *Blue Baby Shower* blah blah blah. Can you tell where my head is?
I think I’m gonna opt for a blue Christmas this year. Red and green are so last year.
Saturday though our house took one step in the Christmas direction. The hubby put up our Christmas lights…but guess what? They’re blue! Isn’t that hilarious! He said that they’re Logan’s lights. Love.
And now I’m taking one more step in the Christmas direction with these Holiday oats. Could you die? Chocolate, peppermint, oats. That’s all the breakfast you’re ever gonna want for the next 28 days. And if this is the most Holiday spirit that I conjure, then so be it.
Chocolate Peppermint Oatmeal
serves one holiday elf
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 cup water
1/2 banana sliced
1 teaspoon maple syrup
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 tablespoons coconut milk
1 egg white
1/8 – 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a small pot bring water to a low boil and add in the oats and banana slices, let this boil on low for two to three minutes, then with your spoon stir the bananas so that they melt in to the oats. This will makes your oats light and fluffy (you’re basically whipping the bananas to blend in the oats). Add in the maple syrup and brown sugar and let cook for another minute.
In a small bowl combine the milk and cocoa powder and microwave for 15 seconds to melt the powder in to the milk. Stir the mixture and then add in to the oats. Turn the heat to low and allow to cook for another minute.
Pour the egg white in to the oat mixture and stir continuously for a minute until the egg white is cooked. Oats will appear very fluffy and full. Then add in the peppermint (according to your taste) and vanilla stirring completely.
Remove oats from heat, pour in to bowl, top with additional chocolate chips if you’re feeling really CHOCOLATEY and get out your spoon. Ho Ho Ho.
Recipe adapted from Pinch of Yum