I'm the oatmeal Doctor. I just might hang a sign on my front door and start charging a hundred bucks a pop for an office visit. I love doctoring up my oatmeal, which sometimes makes it slightly (only slightly!) less healthy. But, it is still much healthier than the typical eggs and bacon American breakfast (Big Daddy!!).
So, I was craving carrot cake. Not just any carrot cake. My mother-in-laws homemade-from-scratch-weighs-at least-2-pounds carrot cake. It is the best carrot cake to ever grace my lips, and I could totally eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. But, I think it would make a great breakfast, coupled with some hot java.
I got a great idea to "doctor" my oatmeal to mimic the flavor of this delicious cake. It could only mimic it, since nothing could really come very close to the wonderful taste and texture, and I just don't think it's acceptable to put a half cup of cream cheese icing atop my morning oatmeal... but I can at least give it a shot.
So, this morning, I made my bowl of oatmeal and added to it:
One shredded carrot (added to the boiling water with the oatmeal)
A few tbsp coconut
a few tbsp walnuts
a dab of smart balance buttery spread
a tbsp or 2 of brown sugar
2 tsp of blackstrap molasses
It was divine! It tasted similar to carrot cake, but it was really great oatmeal. As I ate it, I came up with some other add-ins I may use next time, including pineapple and raisins.
P.S. I have become acutely aware of my lack of skill in the food photography area. I will work on it!
Do you dress up your oatmeal? If so, tell me about it by posting here!