I was on a bit of a chocolate kick late last night (you should see Mr. Chocolate Almond Bunny now….I forgot to take a picture but large chunks of my chocolate almond bunny were stuffed into dates and apricots in my snacky post dinner state yesterday! So good though!) and thought it might be interesting to try some mocha oats.
I always read and admire Jess at Healthy Exposures amazing oat creations and instead of using half water half milk in her oats, she uses brewed coffee. I think this is genius, and gives the oats LOTS of favor, especially when you allow them to soak in the coffee. I made my oats overnight style and added: 1/2 mashed banana, 1/3 cup oat bran, 2 TBS rolled oats, 1/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1/3 cup brewed coffee (while still hot!), 1/2 TBS chia seeds, 1 TBS Hershey’s Natural Cacao, cinnamon and vanilla extract to my bowl and let it sit in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning I added: 2 large sliced strawberries, Chobani Greek Yogurt and 1 TBS almond butter.
Traditionally overnight oats are made with a half milk, half yogurt mixture, but I opted to omit the yogurt last night and use it as a garnish in the morning. Last time I made overnight oats they were too thick and slightly chalky. I find that chia seeds generate so much volume in the bowl that it ends up being the perfect consistency without other thickening methods.
The mashed banana and strawberries added sweetness and when the bitter cacao and coffee oats were blended with the Greek yogurt, my bowl had a true rich mocha taste! Recently I have been LOVING oat bran. I think it is the perfect creamy base for fresh berries and fruit. I wasn’t sure if it would hold up as well as regular oats over night, but it was thick and delicious in the morning.
I am continuing my chocolate addiction mid-morning with a chocolate protein shake:I used 1 scoop chocolate whey protein powder and 1 cup vanilla soy milk. I have to admit, that I am a bit skeptical of protein mixes, as they tend to have LONG ingredient lists, and I do not know THAT much about them. I use an organic whey protein mix that is my grocery store brand and selected whey for the muscle repair and building qualities. I have been trying to gain upper body strength, and decided with guidance that post-lifting sessions (2-3 times a week) I would drink a protein shake. This is only day 2 of my lifting sequence so the true benefits are to be determined.
I’m so glad that it is finally Wednesday, but as each week nears it’s end, I grow more weary of my post-college future. I have expressed my desire to work in the food/wine industry before, and am continuing my search for possible career paths. It is so hard to find a career that you are passionate about and inspired by, especially in the state of our current economy. I can only hope that whatever I find is something that I can wholly dedicate myself to and love.
Happy Hump Day,
What is the best job you have ever had (includes internships, voulenteer work etc)?
What career path you hope to follow, or currently have?