Have you ever made a bowl of oatmeal and wanted something different than the usual? Oh, don’t get me wrong, adding fruit, Cinnamon, other frequently used things can dress up the flavor of your bowl of oats, but sometimes you want something different than the norm. 

One day while prepping for my own morning meal, I decided that I wanted different. What I would have settled for while making my bowl of oatmeal, would have been to use milk instead of the water the package called for, but we were out of milk. It wasn’t more than a minute or two before I had a brilliant idea! I could use hot Coco as my liquid base! We had some hot chocolate Keurig cups left over from the Christmas holidays and I could always say ‘yes’ to Chocolate, so I thought “why not?” And I went for it. I was quite pleased with the end result, and it became my new favorite breakfast until the hot chocolate Keurig cups were gone!

I shared the idea with my mother-in-law, who was visiting at the time, and she tried a serving herself. That all happened early this year. Now, with the holidays just around the corner, hot Coco has again made it back into our home, and this yummy breakfast has been reclaimed!

If you are hungry for hot Coco Oatmeal yourself now or just want to try a holiday spin, here are some simple instructions to follow:
1. Hot Coco Oatmeal – Make your cup of hot Coco (strong is best). Using this as your liquid base, follow the instructions on the package for cooking of the oats, starting with the shortest preparation time, and increasing as needed. (Optional additions: marshmallows, peppermint flakes, or other favorite additives to your hot Coco ) Cool to preferred temperature and serve! 

2. Pumpkin Oatmeal – Make your serving(s) of Oatmeal as instructed in package (optional: substitute milk for water.) Add to taste, 1 Tablespoon – 1/2 cup (per serving) of canned pumpkin; add sugar, pumpkin pie spice, Cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg to taste. 

3. Chocolate pumpkin Oatmeal – if you’ve ever had a chocolate pumpkin pie, you aren’t shocked at all for this suggestion! Make your cup of hot Coco, add preferred amount of pumpkin after cookng the oats; add spices above to taste. No additional sugar required.
I hope you can find one of these holiday spins enjoyable for your own breakfast sometime this winter. I’m willing to bet that even a person who is not an oatmeal fan would enjoy at least one of these, inlet they happen to hate both chocolate and pumpkin – in which case there just isn’t hope for them. 

Though there are probably others who’ve gone before me and figured out actual recipes with real measurements, I’ve still had fun ‘creating’ these in my own mind. And sharing my creations is an added bonus of fun.  Let me know if you are interested strong me share actual recipe creations (set measurements and all). And please share some ideas you have, or holiday spins of your own you’ve already created for that good ol’ bowl of oats! 

Thanks for reading, and until next time, blessings!!


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