Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Colds, oats and the simplest of meals

First of all, I have a question for all the Australian readers out there:
Have you ever been to the Cheesecake Shop and have you ever bought the Jamaican chocolate cheesecake?

The Jamaican Chocolate Cheesecake used to be my sisters birthday cake of choice (with perhaps a little nagging from me) and each year I would savour that thin slither I was given (way to rich for a big chunk) and lock the memory of the rich taste in my mind.

Now I'm guessing not many of you have tried this particular cheesecake, but if you have just take a minute to recall the taste of that extremely rich, decadent and intensely chocolatey, smooth, baked cheesecake.

Got the flavour in your head mouth? Good, because for breakfast this morning I created something that tasted almost exactly the same! (except for the smooth, baked cheesecake texture)

Yes, for breakfast.

Yes, it was super rich.

Yes, it was actually healthy.
This may look like a simple bowl of oats but once that spoon hits your tongue (filled with the oats, preferably) then you will understand my fascination.
 Topped off with some melted coconut butter.... ahhhhhh my tummy is literally singing.

So, if you're feeling something extremely decadent, delicious, healthy and filling for brekky- give this one a whirl!

1/3 cup (heaped) steal cut oats
1 scoop choc protein powder
2 teaspoons raw cacao powder
A couple of dashes of ground cinnamon
A sprinkle of chia seeds
1 cup milk of choice (I used almond milk)
1 cup water
1/3 cup greek yoghurt
Optional- small handful of cacao nibs
Optional- coconut butter

1. Place the oats, protein powder, cacao powder, cinnamon and chia seeds in a medium saucepan
2. Pour in the milk and water and stir to combine
3. Place over medium heat and stir occasionally for around 15 minutes (it should bubble away consistently) I added some coconut butter at this stage just to give it some coconutty flavour.
4. If it looks a bit dry and sticky that's fine because now you add in the yoghurt and give it a nice stir together. Again I added a touch more (teaspoon) coconut butter here.
5. Pour into bowl and top with coconut butter.
6. Et voila!

Pretty simple right? And no nasties hiding in there!
 I must say, this was quite rich and I was definitely satisfied after this bowl (I could not eat any more at all!) so my chocolate cravings have been sufficiently silenced.
And that blissful memory of my first spoonful will be with me forever (see how emotional and deep I get with food ;)

For some other news:
My party yesterday went great- lot's of laughter, fun, swimming, games and FOOD!

Also- I have developed a cold. Yay. Which is why I was a bit surprised when I made my delicious cheesecake breakfast because I've been sticking to simple, no fuss meals lately that I always crave when sick. Like last nights dinner:
A baked bean, avocado and hommus jaffle on rye bread, side of peas and corn and two fried eggs on top of some spinach, sliced tomato, avocado and baked beans.
Seriously, this dinner was perfect. It was exactly what I wanted and is without a doubt one of my favourite meals.
 Best part of the meal is always the jaffle!
 Second best= fried eggs. Yum!
Aaaand some soy milk, as I felt like I needed some more protein yesterday after a 90 minute run, a party and a ginormous appetite (yep, even when I'm sick)!
See, when I get sick I only really get sick in my head, my body is still full of beans and felt great running! (trust me I wouldn't have been running for that long if I was dying of the flu!)

So, I think you're all caught up on the life of me and my tummy! :D

Your turn:
Favourite type of cheesecake (flavour etc.)? I must say this was my favourite dessert before my healthy shift.
Favourite type of oats (flavour)?
Favourite meal when sick?

And I'm really just Thinking Out Loud, so head on over to Spoons to see what everyone else is thinking about! :)
See ya later friends! Have a great day! :D


  1. I never really lose my appetite when I'm sick either... unless it's something to do with my stomach, then all I want is dry toast and cereal. But I think I'd go with either an oatmeal or rice bowl as being my favourite sick time meal. Always sweet. There's just something so crazy comforting about it :)

  2. Amanda,
    Yeh, I don't really understand how people only eat like a slice of toast when sick for the whole day... I still eat a lot. I would probably sway more towards savoury though- interesting!
    Steph 2 chef xx

  3. Never have I ever heard of jaffle and I love learning about new foods and trying new foods! Is it an Australian dish? What is it exactly?

  4. Kaylin,
    I never actually realised but jaffle irons are Australian! It's pretty much a toasted sandwich just made in a jaffle maker which sort of seals/ presses down the edges and the middle sort of puffs up a bit. I love using my jaffle maker when making toasties with beans so the beans don't fall out!
    Good question, by the way- I'm sure lots of people were asking what the heck a jaffle was too! :D
    Steph 2 chef x


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