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Chocolate-Strawberry Hugs

I am speechless.

And that doesn’t happen often.

I can’t believe the response to the post on My Big Decision.

Over 300 of the sweetest, most heartfelt comments (and facebook messages, emails, and tweets), and each one made me smile more than the one before it. No wait, that’s not true. They all made me smile the same: a ton! I thought about the kindness involved for someone to take time out of his or her day in order to make someone else’s day brighter. We all lead such busy lives, yet so many of you stopped to wish me well. Reading your comments, I actually started to cry. (I feel silly admitting this, but it’s true!) Thank you all so much, from the bottom of my heart.

Today’s breakfast mirrored my bright and happy mood:

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And it tasted absolutely delicious:

Chocolate-Strawberry Hugs Oatmeal

  • 1 serving raw oats (40g)
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries (100g)
  • salt (I used very scant 1/4 tsp)
  • about 1 cup water or milk of choice (240g)
  • 1-3 tbsp creamer (I used 15g Silk)
  • chocolate chips
  • sweetener: I didn’t use any, but most people will want some.*

*In place of sugar, you can use the Melted Banana Trick.

Procedure: The night before, I microwave the oats, salt, and water in a large pyrex measuring cup for 3 minutes (2 minutes if using quick oats). Then I leave it in the microwave for 5 more minutes before transferring—uncovered—to the fridge. Next day, I add the other ingredients, stir, and microwave again until the berries melt into the oats. You can even blend it all together if you wish! The Magic Bullet is great for this. As for the chocolate… well, everyone knows that strawberries and chocolate go great together, right? So add some chips, nibs, powder, whatever!

I feel so classy eating oatmeal from a pretty glass.

Classy is the new weird.

melted banana

After breakfast, I lounged around in my pjs sweaty running gear (sorry, tmi?) and read incredible comment after incredible comment.

Seriously, I could not get over all the incredible comments!!

This guy caught up on some reading, too:

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And then he took a nap.

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For tomorrow’s recipe post, how about “readers’ choice”?

Your Choice:

  • PB&J Blondies
  • Rice Crispy Treat Babies
  • Banana Bon Bons
  • Flourless Chocolate-Chip Cookies

Or a surprise? Tomorrow’s post will be for whichever recipe gets the most votes.

And thank you all again!!!

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Published on August 3, 2011

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  1. Ms Journalist says

    I am so happy I to have been led to your website. I saw the link from Gina on skinnytaste.com. I don’t really like oatmeal because I have found it boring, but you have some great recipes that I am dying to try!!! And the fact that your recipes are vegan is an extra bonus.

  2. Amal says

    Confused. Are the cherries in addition to the strawberries or instead of the strawberries. Cherries are not in the list of ingredients.

  3. Alanna says

    This. Was. AWESOME!!! I bought strawberries at the store last night since they were on sale, and after searching your blog for strawberry recipes, I settled on this one (making the shake in a bit, hehe). I took it for lunch today, and oh man, was it ever good. I felt like I was eating dessert for my meal, but it was good for me! I may have to make this again tomorrow, and now I have an excuse to buy strawberries more often. 😀

  4. carolyn says

    This looks good, but I’m allergic to strawberries (it’s a very unfortunate life…)
    What could I substitute for the strawberries, any recommendations?

  5. Jennifer says

    I live in a small town where non-dairy creamer is very expensive and hard to find. Is there another nondairy option for this recipe?

  6. Kiki valle says

    Hey katie!
    I’m in DESPERATE need of knowing what brand or kind of chocolate chips you use! Please help!
    Thank you :))

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