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Okay - this one was hard for me. For no apparent reason. It was just.... hard.
So I resulted to my parents. I asked them what they thought that the weirdest food combo I ate was.
Then realized just how bad an idea this was. Because- to them - well.... to be honest... practically every food I eat is weird. From the milk I drink.... to the bean burgers.... to the chickpea omelette's..... to the date bars...... to the miso stir fry...... to the 'nooch'...
Apparently even to the oatmeal.
Because that's what they came up with as the weirdest food combination I eat.
It was how I (sometimes) eat my oatmeal.
Seriously - oatmeal? The weirdest thing that I eat? REALLY?
But apparently the fact that I will put grated carrot or grated zucchini in my oatmeal is the weirdest food combination (my Dad said zucchini at the same time my mom said carrot). Is that really the weirdest food combination that I eat?
Because that is so...... normal.
I mean - look on Instagram- everyone is eating zucchini in oats- or even zucchini oats (zoats- it sounds so cute).
So.... these are apparently the weirdest food combinations that I love to eat. As you may have noticed- this was not what I was expecting to right about.
Carrot Cake Oatmeal
- 1/3 cup of oats
- 1 cup of plant milk
- 1 smallish carrot
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (alternately you could use a mixed spice blend- or add a pinch of nutmeg and ginger)
- 1/4 cup pineapple pieces (canned is fine)
- 1 Tablespoon of chopped walnut pieces
- 1 Tablespoon desiccated (unsweetened) coconut
- 1 Tablespoon raisins
- Wash and cut off the ends of the carrot. If you want you can peel it. Grate the carrot using a coarse grater (the one that you would normally use for cheese)
- Place the oats, milk, carrot, spice and raisins in a small saucepan, and place over a low heat.
- Stir often as the oatmeal cooks. Be warned- it will turn a weird peachy-orange color. This seems to alarm my parents.
- As the oatmeal approaches a normal oatmeal consistency (this will take longer than it does for oatmeal without the carrot) add the rest of the ingredients. Alternatively - you could reserve them to top the oatmeal with.
- The final consistency of the oatmeal should be similar to how 'normal' oatmeal is- but the carrot doesn't break down and remains as the grated carrot.
- Transfer to a bowl and top with the remaining ingredients if not already mixed in.
- Enjoy. To do this- you'll have to try not to treat it as some sort of martian food. It really isn't that bad. To be honest- it's kind of normal. Seriously.