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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Hot Cocoa Baked Oatmeal -Made by Jax



 Jax's daycare closed for the week so his daycare providers could take a well earned vacation.  So, the little guy have been getting some extra quality time.  We have played lots of trains, tractors and blocks.  We have been working on potty training (fingers crossed) and he has been helping my with some recipe development.  He loves to help and is an excellent stirrer and dumper!



   We had a really good time making this.  We had an even better time eating it.  Jax kept wanting me to take pictures of his bowl.  I guess that is the life of a food blogger's kid.  He knows there need to be plenty of pictures of the food we eat.  Of course I snuck in a few of him too.  He doesn't like me taking his picture, but he loves to see pictures of himself once they are taken!  He is so funny.

    This oatmeal will bowl you over.  The best part is that even though it tastes really decadent, it is really pretty healthy.  It really puffs up as you bake it and you end up with a consistency more like pudding than the dense baked oatmeal you might be thinking of.  It is puffy, chocolaty, gooey and delicious. It is magnificent while still warm, but it is also really tasty at room temperature.  If you really want to kick it up a notch, a dollop of whipped cream would be great.  While you are at it, how about some chocolate shavings too?  We had ours plain, but now I am thinking we missed a real opportunity!

Hot Cocoa Baked Oatmeal
Makes 4 servings


Ingredients:

1 cup milk
1/2 cup cocoa
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup maple syrup
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup plain low fat yogurt
1 tsp almond extract
1 tsp baking powder

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. Grease 4 6 oz ramekins and place on a baking sheet.
  3. Mix together all ingredients and pour into greased ramekins.
  4. Bake for 25 minutes or until puffed and set.
Some more recipes Jax likes to help make:






42 comments:

  1. I love that he enjoys helping in the kitchen. After the maple bacon ice cream served on a waffle you posted yesterday I'm thinking we could come up with the perfect topper for this and take it from breakfast to dessert too. Don't worry. You could top that with whipped cream and chocolate shavings too. We don't have to wait a whole year to make it for the Foofie Extravaganza do we? Oh, my wheels are turning.

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  2. Your little boy is adorable! My kids are the same way, it is a battle to get a pic of them but once I get it they are sneaking my phone all day to look at all the pictures :) We love oatmeal at our house and this looks like a delicious way of eating it!

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    1. Thank you! His picture is the wallpaper on my phone, so he loves to look at that too. He is already asking for more oatmeal, so I think this is going to be a fixture at our house for a while!

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  3. Your little boy is beyond cute. It's so sweet that he enjoys helping cook in the kitchen. This really is a great recipe for young children and looks delicious for all ages. Thanks so much for sharing at Inspiration Thursday! See you next week!

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    1. Thank you! He is a big helper, that is for sure. Thanks for stopping by, see you next week!

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  4. What a great idea! I'd gotten a little tired of oatmeal lately, but this will help liven things up a bit! It's so great that you can share your love of cooking with your son and let him participate in an important way. Just beautiful. I miss those toddler days...

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    1. He really likes to be a big helper. It is nice to have these few days off so that we can slow down and do more stuff like this together. We have had a really good time. I hope you enjoy the oatmeal as much as we did!

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  5. Hi Carlee. I hadn't visited your blog yet today, but this thumbnail photo of this post was the first one that I clicked upon at the Fantastic Friday linkup. This looks so yummy, it is taking a lot of my willpower to not rush to the kitchen and make some for myself!

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  6. This sounds so good! I need to make this! :D

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    1. Thank you! We really enjoyed it and hope you do too!

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  7. Officially on my list to try! Can't wait! I'd love for you to share it with us over at Country Fair Blog Party, a once a month link up, we'd be thrilled to have you join us!
    Jan @ Tip Garden
    http://www.thetipgarden.com/2015/07/country-fair-blog-hop-july-15.html

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    1. Thanks for inviting me, I just stopped by!

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  8. Looks easy and delicious. I like your little helpers. Thanks for sharing with us at #WednesdaysWisdom

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    1. I do have a very good helper! We both enjoyed what he made too!

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    1. Thanks! It didn't last long. The little guy was looking for more oatmeal when he woke up from his nap. I have a feeling it will now be a regular part of his cooking arsenal ;-)

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  10. How cute!! and Delish!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday - Link Party!! Hope to see you again tomorrow!! Pinned!

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    1. Thank you! We have so much fun making stuff together (and eating it!)

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  11. I've never heard of cocoa oatmeal, but it would for sure be a big hit around my house! Thanks for linking up and sharing with us at Funtastic Friday. Please join us again this week:-)

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    1. It is so good and it feels like a treat even though it is really healthy! Thanks for hosting!

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  12. This recipe sounds so yummy! And for it to have almond flavoring -- that will make it extra wonderful. (I love almond flavoring!) Thanks for sharing at my link party -- and good luck with potty training!

    Nina

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    1. Thanks! I thought the almond would go nice with the cocoa and maple! Thanks for hosting, so far so good on potty training. We have been really lucky!

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  13. Congratulations Jax, your Oatmeal looks wonderful and you make it very special! Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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    1. We had so much fun making it together and he was quite proud to be such a helper! Thank you so much for hosting, have a great weekend!

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  14. This looks amazing! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! This post has been pinned on the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! I love having you and can't wait to see you next week!

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  15. These look great and your little helper is too cute!

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    1. Thank you! We will definitely make them again soon. We like baked oatmeal, and this is by far our favorite version.

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  16. This looks like the tastiest oatmeal ever! Your little helper is quite the chef! Thank you for sharing at the Talented Tuesday Link Party!

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    1. I am lucky to have such a big helper who makes tasty treats! This really was very delicious!

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  17. Yum! I love hot chocolate. This would give me a better excuse to have it more. :)

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    1. Oh my, these were so good. Now my little guy keeps asking for oatmeal. I have a hard time saying no to such a request!

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  18. I'm a oatmeal fanatic and can't wait to try this! Your little helper is adorable!

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    1. Me too! We have been loving making new baked oatmeal recipes this year. This one if one of my favorites!

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  19. What a great recipe and he is so cute. You should enter it in Quaker's oatmeal contest they have going on right know.Thanks for sharing with us at Throwback Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you bring this week!

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    1. Thanks, Quinn! We really enjoy working in the kitchen together and he especially loves making oatmeal. It is something he can really help with each step along the way.

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  20. This sounds so good, but I wish I had a couple little helpers like that around!! :)

    Thanks for linking up with us on Throwback Thursday - we appreciate it, and are always looking forward to next week's posts, too!! :) Be sure to follow our pinterest board, too! :)

    Mollie

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    1. He is a pretty good little helper, that is for sure! We have a lot of fun in the kitchen. Thank you so much for hosting!

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    1. Thanks, Mollie! This is one of my favorite recipes that I developed completely!

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