Invigorating Latte Oatmeal

Invigorating Latte Oatmeal

 

I think one of my greatest weaknesses in life may be my intolerance for coffee. I love the way it tastes, and there are definitely times when I would appreciate the caffeine buzz, but unfortunately coffee just makes me feel jittery and slightly nauseous.

Even though I know I don’t like how coffee makes me feel, I continue to order lattes or cold brew once in a while, always promising myself “this time will be different.”

The other day I went out for coffee with a friend before school and ordered a chai flavored cold brew. It was delicious and I felt very trendy, but before I even finished my drink I could feel the effects. For the entire class I had to fight the urge to laugh hysterically as I frantically googled whether coffee could kill me (yeaahhh I may be a bit of a hypochondriac). The jumpy feeling passed quickly, but the experience was uncomfortable enough to keep me away from coffee for a while.

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This recipe is the perfect middle ground in my love-hate relationship with coffee. The small quantity of coffee imparts all the flavor I love without the discomfort I experience from caffeine, and the heartiness of the oats cures my usual coffee-induced queasiness and packs a nutritional punch. Anyone else have a star-crossed coffee love story? What are your solutions?

Latte Oatmeal

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup quick cook oats
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 tbs freshly brewed coffee
  • 1/2 tbs maple syrup

Directions:

  1. Cook oatmeal on the stovetop according to package instructions.
  2. While oatmeal cooks, pour milk into a glass jar and microwave for 45 seconds.
  3. Remove jar from microwave, screw on lid, and shake vigorously for  about 60 seconds. (If jar is too hot to hold, wrap in dish towel before shaking)
  4. Once milk becomes frothy, pour into oats (which should remain on the stove) , and stir gently.
  5. Stir freshly brewed coffee into oats and allow to cook for another minute before serving.
  6. Drizzle with maple syrup and enjoy.

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