S’more Inspiration

I had the fam over for dinner last weekend and thought I’d try this Hot Chocolate Popover recipe. I don’t know much about popovers; I’ve only had them once at the Popover Café in the Upper West Side with their delicious strawberry butter. Despite my limited popover experience, I would like to think mine came out pretty good. I was a little skeptical about how liquid-y my batter looked at first, but sure enough, they popped over! My only difficulty was toasting the marshmallows without burning the pastry a little. I liked the fact that they were light and airy–a nice change from the dense desserts I tend to eat.

So, I had a ton of marshmallows and chocolate chips leftover the next day. I didn’t feel like making popovers again, but wanted to treat myself to a small single serving sweet treat. Using what I had in my cupboard and inspired by the marshmallows and chocolate, I created some S’More Oatmeal.

First, I combined quick-cooking oats (’cause I’m lazy), water, and unsweetened cocoa powder in a little bowl, and cooked it in the microwave.

Then I took a heaped (heap as much as possible) tablespoon of dark chocolate chips…

…then I mixed the chips in the hot oatmeal with a small splash of milk.

Finally, I topped my chocolate oatmeal with a big fluffy marshmallow and stuck it under the broiler for a minute. There you go. An almost guilt-free dessert! Or a really bad breakfast, depending on how you look at it. It’s super simple to make. The hard part is only eating one bowl. I already want s’more S’more Oatmeal.

S’More Oatmeal
Makes 1 serving
Aboout 340 calories per serving

1/4 cup quick-cooking oats
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 teaspoon ground flax seed (optional)
1 (heaped) tablespoon dark chocolate chips
1 tablespoon milk
1 honey graham cracker (optional)
1 large marshmallow

Set your broiler on high and move an oven rack to within 5-6 inches of the broiler flame.

Combine oats, water, and cocoa powder (and ground flax seed if you want a small nutritional boost) in a ramekin or small oven-safe bowl. Microwave for one minute.

Add chocolate chips and milk to the oatmeal, and stir until chocolate has melted and is mixed in. It should look like one big, delicious chocolate mess. Top with crumbled or chopped graham cracker, if you wish.

Put the marshmallow on top of your oatmeal and put the bowl under the broiler for about a minute until toasted to your liking. Dig in immediately.


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