Dark Chocolate Blackberry Oatmeal

Dark Chocolate Blackberry Oatmeal

Blackberries were on sale this week! I know that some people will frown on me for having bought them because seasonal/local yadda yadda, but if we eat tomatoes from Mexico during the winter (boo winter tomatoes 😫), then why not blackberries? Besides, blackberries are still in season down there, brudder. Er…..hermano.

I was excited and purchased plenty, with plans for salad and baking and all kinds of wonderful things, but then ended up eating most of them by the handful. Guess I’ll have to go get more, oh darn. One of my favorite things ways to eat them is with salted almonds and chocolate chips.  While this combination makes a wonderful snack, it does not make a very good breakfast. I had some of it before class and was rather hangry by 11. So  this good little snack needed a hearty upgrade,  which is where the oatmeal comes in.

In the past few years, fancy oatmeals have become suuuuupper popular. Um, I’m not sure this falls into the category of fancy, but it’s not your powdery-apples-in-a-paper-package oatmeal. Not that there’s anything wrong with powdery apple oatmeal, but I just like this a lot better. I hesitate to even introduce the word fancy because this oatmeal actually comes together rather quickly. You can even microwave the oats and save yourself a pot scrub, if you wish.

Dark Chocolate Blackberry Oatmeal

If you don’t finish all of it (I might have overshot on the hearty part just a little), you can put in in the fridge and the chocolate-maple sauce turns to fudge. Fudge, I tell you. Speaking of fudge, how many times are y’all planning on watching A Christmas Story? We run Roku instead of cable, which means no TBS. However, Netflix holds a wealth of terrible-wonderful-terrible Christmas movies. The Mistletones, anyone?

My mamabear came to see me and she brought me a huge bundle of fresh herbs. My aunt works on a little New Jersey farm and sent them over to me.  I put a little sage in with the almonds, it gives it just a little bit of a Christmas note. I think I like the holidays best this way: start with subtle notes, and then build to to a song, and then the whole show.

 

Dark Chocolate Blackberry Oatmeal

Serving Size: 1 hearty bowl

Ingredients

    for the topping
  • 5 medium-large fresh sage leaves
  • 2 tbsp slivered almonds
  • 2/3 cup blackberries, divided
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 1/2 tbsp chocolate chips
  • for the oatmeal
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup water or almond milk
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Chop up the sage. You should end up with a scant teaspoon. Bring a small skillet to medium heat, and add the slivered almonds and the sage. Toast for about 4 -4.5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until almonds darken.
  2. Move the almonds and sage onto a plate, give the skillet a quick wipe-down, and then return it to the stovetop without ever turning off the heat.
  3. Add 1/3 cup of the blackberries to the skillet with the 2 tbsp water. Cover the skillet and allow the berries to turn scarlet, about 1.5 - 2 minutes. Add the maple syrup, cover again for 1.5 - 2 min. Smash the berries if they haven't already liquefied, and then stir for another 30 seconds. Mixture will start to thicken. Remove from heat and immediately stir in the chocolate chips.
  4. Bring the water to a boil, stir in the oatmeal, cinnamon, and vanilla, and allow oats to cook over medium heat, about 5 minutes. You can also do this in the microwave.
  5. Top the oats with the blackberry chocolate sauce, the almond-sage mix, and the remaining blackberries. Enjoy.
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P.S. it’s finals week (ugh what the crab) and I have a project that needs some finishing touches. I might be out for a few days while I focus on, ugh, priorities. Please cook up a lot of goodies so I can daydream about them on my study breaks. ❤️

 

 

Five Simple & Healthy Breakfasts

 

1. Blueberries, kasha, almond milk, brown sugar

Combine kasha, blueberries, and almond milk in a bowl. Sprinkle lightly with brown sugar.

 

2. Pineapple beet juice, avocado, egg, Sriracha

For the juice, combine 3 medium beets and half a pineapple in a blender. Puree and strain through a flour sack cloth.

 

3. Overnight Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Oats

I know overnight oats are so last year, but that doesn’t stop them from being delicious. Combine 1/3 cup of oats, 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk, pinch of cinnamon, 1/4 tsp vanilla, 5 chopped dates, and 1 tbsp chia. Allow to sit in the fridge overnight. In the morning, add in a banana and a small handful of chocolate chips. Enjoy.

 

3. Raspberry Kale Mini Smoothie

Combine 3/4 cup frozen raspberries, handful of kale, 1/2 cup almond milk, and honey to taste in a blender. You can make it heartier by adding a banana or peanut butter, but it tastes really wonderful and refreshing as is.

 

5. Popped amaranth, strawberries, honey

Tips for popping amaranth:

1.No matter how much amaranth you’re popping, it will go all over the stove. Save yourself the cleanup time by using a large pot with a glass lid. 2. Don’t use any lubricants such as oil or non stick spray.  3. Instead of stirring, shake the pot back and forth vigorously….just like if you were making popcorn 4. Amaranth can be finicky. Start of by testing a spoonful in the pot. If it doesn’t burn, you’re good. 5. Let the pot get really hot before you put the amaranth in 6. Let a little over half of the amaranth pop, remove from heat, and continue to shake. It will continue to pop and you won’t get as many burned bits.