My knight in shining armor
Personally, I go through extreme periods of either motivation and productivity or sheer laziness. Unfortunately, lately I’ve been lost in a haze where motivation is nowhere to be found.
I feel like some handsome stranger should present himself to me in ‘knight in shining armor’ form to rescue me from this trench where I’m drowning in unmotivated filth. Then he can wipe the grime of laziness from my cheek and take my hand, looking deep into my eyes as he sings with lingering vibrato. Together we can then ride atop his valiant steed and gallop away into the amazingly orange sunset as my hair flows in the wind. You know.
I digress. I need to get myself back on track but that may be easier said than done. Maybe I should start slow. I think I’ll start with breakfast.
Having a breakfast that is the warm, gooey equivalent of a Mounds Bar just might do the trick. Maybe we should conduct a little experiment…where I eat this breakfast for a week and we record the results. I think my motivation might return and stronger than ever – I might even start getting straight A’s and everyone will trade their cars for bikes, the ozone will patch up its little holes, and everyone can frolic in daisy fields, making daisy chains, and candy for breakfast will become a source of essential vitamins and minerals.
I mean, this is essentially candy for breakfast. Only it actually fills you up, makes you feel good, and is good for you (chalked full of good stuff like fiber, protein, the good fats also called unsaturated fats, antioxidants, B vitamins, and carbs for increased energy). I think I’m ready for a permanent oatmeal breakfast.
Yes, I’m ready for it.
As you may or may not know, I have an intimate relationship with old-fashioned rolled oats. Like, a doting devotion to them in all forms, be it cooked oatmeal, soaked oatmeal, raw muesli, cookies, flour, smoothies, granola, pancakes, waffles, quick breads, and as bread crumbs. I mean…they’re delicious.
If you have never had baked oatmeal before, then you should start now. Have it for breakfast tomorrow and it’ll rock your world. Make your whole day great. Clear up your complexion. Make your breath smell minty fresh for the entire day. Do your homework. Pick up the kids after school. It’s magical.
For serious, baked oatmeal is one of my favorite things ever. It takes minutes to prepare, costs about $0.75 a serving, fills me up until lunch time, and needs just a dash of cinnamon to taste amazing. But if you threw in a mashed banana, some coconut oil, coconut milk, and unsweetened shredded coconut, and some shards of a dark chocolate-coconut bar, well then you just made something awesome.
And this my friends, is what breakfast should look like.
This is what’s going to save me from myself.
Mounds bar baked oatmeal
adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie
A quick note about my temperamental oven: I have yet to understand the dang thing! It seems to want to cook things at too high of a temperature and I haven’t quite figured out where 350F should be. This being said, I cook almost everything at 25F lower than the intended recipe. This recipe says to cook at 380F for 20 minutes but…I did not. Maybe you should though.
Preheat the oven to 350F and grease a small ramekin with coconut oil. In a small bowl, mash 1 ripe banana and stir in 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil and 1/4 cup soy milk. Add 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats , a pinch of salt, 1/2 tablespoon ground flaxseed, and 1/8 cup shredded coconut. Take 1 square Lindt Excellence Dark Chocolate Bar with Coconut and cut into small pieces, adding half of the pieces to the batter. Stir everything to combine and add to the greased ramekin. Cook for about 20 minutes or until the oats have completely set. Top with remaining chocolate pieces and as much additional coconut milk as you please. Devour (but try not to burn your face off).