Saturday, February 21, 2015

Chocoats {Redux}

I'm now 3 months into motherhood and starting to get into the swing of things. Right now my meal planning, food prep, and blogging have definitely been affected by our new addition. I am even more into leftovers because I don't always have time to start from scratch when she needs me. This month's Recipe Redux theme was: Favorite Chocolate Matches - Does your chocolate need a friend? This month’s posting will be after Valentine’s Day, so you may have a bit of extra chocolate around. What’s your favorite chocolate match? Be it traditional peanut butter or something more exotic like cayenne + chocolate. Show us your favorite healthy chocolate combo recipe.

I kept things fairly traditional and aimed to create a quick breakfast that could be reheated and enjoyed during a busy work week or for a busy parent with little ones (or for whatever else keeps you busy these days!). We know that breakfast is a great way to get energy for the upcoming day and a chance to get in needed nutrients. See below for my Chocoats for a warm way to start your day.

Oats are a great whole grain to start the day with and since it's heart month it's good to remember that they can help with cholesterol and blood pressure. Adding peanut butter and berries adds some fat, protein, and fibre to help get you through the morning. The blueberries add a bit of sweetness and antioxidants which are great this time of year when colds and flus are still going around. With the added cocoa and coconut I feel like this reminds me of the haystack cookies we had when I was growing up.

Serves 4

1/3 cup rolled oats
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp cocoa
2 Tbsp brown sugar
2 Tbsp peanut butter
Toppings optional (blueberries, milk, coconut)
1. Bring 3 cups of salted water to a boil.
2. Stir in oats, return to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 20-25 minutes.
3. Stir in cocoa, brown sugar, and peanut butter.
4. Serve with toppings of your choosing, or cool and refrigerate for leftovers.
Enjoy your weekend and the recipes below!
Steph Langdon, RD