while i’m still in new orleans playing away, i thought i’d leave you with one of my rekindled flames of last week: cocoa powder.
i go in small spurts with it. there were weeks when i was simmering up homemade hot cocoa like it was going out of style. and then it always sort of went out of style for me. i never really think about it much.
and then i pull it out, and my eating can be altered for weeks to come.
my absolute favorite this week–cocoa oatmeal.
i just remembered that tragically, there are no photos of my first effort. shucks. i guess i’ll have to make it again soon.
it was beautiful. very dark chocolate in color, because i had a slip with the cocoa container. best slip ever. i think it was approximately the following —
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- 0.5 tsp stevia powder
- 0.5 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup water
cooked up together until thick, gooey, and sort of like a candy bar masquerading as a healthy bowl of oatmeal. 🙂
my second bowl of chocolatey, delicious oatmeal this week was a different take. we’ll call it —
Black & White Oatmeal
the black (chocolate) and white (vanilla) were actually the same part. i microwaved a serving of rolled oats in a cup of water with a packet of splenda. i did it the wonderful way, which really only calls for an extra minute, and which i happily spent reading eat, pray, love. i think i cooked it for about 4.5 minutes this morning, but at 50% power. it gives them more time to cook before they explode everywhere. creamy and delicious.
while they were cooking, i mixed up a scoop of my new vanilla spirutein with about 2 tsp of cocoa powder in some hot water. i mixed it together, and it sort of got to the consistency of warm pudding.
why would i not have topped it with a scoop of skippy natural peanut butter? i don’t know, either.