Holiday Series

#ChristmasOats: Vanilla Peppermint Oats!

Vanilla Peppermint Oats

Eggnog Oats were going to my third dish in this series, but after making them the first time I didn't actually like it enough to share yet. I did think of another way to try making the eggnog oats but I also was thinking about the vanilla peppermint oats I made one morning before work and how delicious they were. I this one is definitely one of my favorites! They are so simple too!

To make the oats: add 1/2 cup of oats to your pot, add a dash of salt, about 1 tsp of peppermint crumbles, and 1/4 tsp of peppermint extract. Then, measure out your 1 cup of unsweetened coconut milk and pour 1 tsp of vanilla extract to the milk. Pour the milk into the pot and bring to a boil.

Once boiling turn down heat and stir occasionally while oats simmer for a 2-4 minutes (until desired consistency is reached).

Serve into your favorite bowl and top with a handful more peppermint crumbles and some hazelnuts. ENJOY!

Check out the rest of my photo series below.

The Final Product!

#ChristmasSeries: Chocolate Peppermint Oats!

I tend to go back and forth on whether or not I like peppermint, but how could I do a Christmas Oats series without including peppermint. It is after all one of the core holiday flavors along with gingerbread and eggnog! Hot chocolate is also a key winter drink and this is why I decided on a chocolate peppermint oatmeal with a few marshmallows.

Unfortunately I forgot about the mashmallows while shopping for ingredients, but even without the marshmallows this is a very tasty breakfast (or dessert). You can certainly top with a handful of mini mashmallows on your own and I'm sure it'd be good. This oatmeal dish was delicious without them though! My photo series and recipe are below!

Put 1/2 cup of Quaker Oats in a pot on the stove. Add a small handful of peppermint crumbles to the pot along with 2 squares of dark chocolate (I used 85%), a dash of salt, 1/2 tsp of peppermint extract, 1 tsp of sugar and 1 cup of coconut milk. Bring to a boil.

Once boiling, turn down heat to 2 or 3 and stir the oats occasionally as you let them simmer for 3-4 minutes. When the oatmeal is at your desired consistency remove from heat and serve into your favorite breakfast bowl.

Sprinkle some more peppermint crumbles and a bit of shredded coconut on top (to taste) and ENJOY!

Check out the rest of my photo series below.

The Final Product!

#ChristmasSeries: Gingerbread Oats!

It's Christmas Eve morning and the snow is falling. The weather is cold outside and you have a full day of Christmas parties and last minute preparations. There's a plate of cookies on the counter but you know they weren't to be eaten yet :( So you open the cabinet and see a box of Quaker Oats and that's when you realize that a bowl of hot oatmeal would be perfect for the cold morning! The only question left is toppings you use...

Well, what if you could turn traditional gingerbread cookies into a nice hot bowl of breakfast to that will keep you warm and full during your morning errands? Sounds good, right!

I actually am not a huge fan of gingerbread, mostly because of the molasses. But this gingerbread oatmeal I thought tasted delicious!

 Ingredients (minus the oats and coconut milk)

Ingredients (minus the oats and coconut milk)

Start by putting 1/2 cup of oats in a pot. Then add... 1/4 tsp of allspice and nutmeg, 1/4 tsp of cloves, 1/2 tsp of cinnamon, 1/2 tsp of ground ginger, 2 1/2 tsp of molasses, 3 tbsp of brown sugar, 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract, and a handful of raisins (to taste).

**Note: The amounts of all the spices can be adjusted to satisfy your personal taste buds. Using a lot of ginger will make it spicy so cut back if you don't want it too spicy tasting!

Add 1 cup of unsweetened coconut milk (or your milk of choice) to the pot and bring to a boil.

Once boiling, turn down the heat to 2 or 3 and give it a stir. Let the oats simmer for a few minutes, stirring occasionally based on how creamy or non-creamy your prefer.

 Cooking Phase.

Cooking Phase.

Once oats are at your preferred consistency, remove from heat and serve into your favorite breakfast bowl. Top with pecans and enjoy!

Check out my full photo series below.

The Finished Product!