RECIPE: Chocolate Oatmeal


We are at the long slog to the end of the school year. With winter being as brutal as it was, and the weather still being pretty unpredictable, mornings for us seem to be getting crankier and moodier. I know my kid is pretty much over the school thing, and needs a summer break. Can't say I blame her. So she is bored with her lunches, bored with her breakfast choices, bored with everything.
Sound familiar?

So one morning this week, I decided to cheer her up.
Oatmeal simmered in vanilla and cocoa, then sprinkled with chocolate chips?
If that doesn't get a moody 11 year old moving in the morning with a smile on her face, then I might as well turn in my mom club card now.

Chocolate oatmeal, tamer of all tweeners.

Chocolate Oatmeal for One

Ingredients:
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 cup milk (we use 2%)
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 Tbsp. ground cocoa
2 Tbsp. sugar
healthy dash of salt
chocolate chips to sprinkle on top

Directions:

Heat up the milk, salt, sugar, cocoa and vanilla extract over medium heat. Once it gets close to simmer, add the oatmeal and stir. Lower the heat a little and cook the oatmeal. It will thicken up as it cooks. Cook to your desired consistency (thick and gooey or runny? Your choice.)

Pour into a bowl, sprinkle with a handful of chocolate chips and serve. Watch the fleeting smile on your sleepy, cranky, bed-headed kid, and enjoy.


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