Summer Goals: Buy cherries when they are cheap!
I swear, one day, they’ll be at Westside Market for $3.99 a pound, then, in the blink of an eye, they are $9.99 a pound.
I’ve got rent and student loans to pay. I’ve gotta buy those cherries when they’re on the low-low.
I’m purposely giving myself slow plan-less weekends; as I’ll be moving from Inwood down to the Upper West Side in the end of August, I’m taking the time to slowly pack up what I need, pitch what I don’t, and use up what’s left in my kitchen! Luckily, I’ll take any excuse to create and cook, so the latter is obviously not an issue for me.
I’ve recently discovered dairy-free Nocciolata Organic Hazelnut Spread. Being free of palm oil, I feel a bit better about indulging in this sweet treat from both a health and ethics perspective. Mixed with some summer-ripened cherries and healthy oats, this breakfast is a win-win! I don’t even care that it’s approximately 110 degrees in my kitchen right now. I’ll move to my air-conditioned bedroom to eat this goodness! Ha!
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Cherry Chocolate Hazelnut Oatmeal
(Makes three cups)
– 2 cups water or milk of choice
– 1 cup rolled oats, uncooked
– 1/2 cup cherries, pits removed and quartered
– 1 tablespoon dairy-free Nocciolata Organic Hazelnut Spread (or comparable hazelnut spread)
– 1 scoop collagen peptides (optional)
1.) Cook rolled oats according to directions on package. While oats are cooking, mix in cherries and cook for five minutes. Stir in hazelnut spread until melted and incorporated. Serve immediately!