Happy Hallow’s Eve!
I know this is such a ~basic~ thing, but I really do love Halloween. Not so much for the candy anymore, but I adore seeing other people’s creativity expressed through incredible makeup and costumes. I love the cold, chilly night Halloween always seems to fall upon, the crunchy leaves on the ground, and of course, all the Halloween episodes of my fave shows. You can’t deny they’re always the best, am I right?? J and I just finished American Horror Story Hotel, and I loooooved the Halloween episode. So spooky. Yes, I know I’m a year behind everyone else. Also, I hate PLL, but the Halloween episodes? THE BEST!
How are you celebrating this year? J and I are going to hang out with my family and pass out candy. I’m going to be wearing the fantastic cat onesie one of my coworkers bought me because “I need it” (love her for that) so I’ll be cozy and warm while hanging out in the cold outside. J is going to dress up as a gorilla, which was mostly a hit a couple years ago, but a few kids were terrified of him. Oops. At least I get to be the cute one. I mean, nobody’s afraid of cats.
Anyway, if I haven’t lost you with my Halloween rambles, let’s move onto this delicious oatmeal. First off, it’s been 10 months (!!!) since I’ve had oatmeal, and yes it was just as good as I remember. I like to go for the extra thick rolled oats, for a creamy but still chewy oatmeal. I like a lil bit of texture instead of a bowl of insta-much, you know? Second, this bowl is jam-packed with all the best flavors of Fall: oatmeal infused with chai latte flavor (the superior Fall latte, sorry pumpkin spice), sprinkled with cinnamon, and topped with sweet roasted grapes. If you haven’t had roasted grapes, you’re really missing out. Roasting the grapes brings out the sweetness even more, while browning the outside gives them a little bit of crunch and just mmmm they are amazing. It’s also a great solution for the sad, slightly mushy grapes you don’t know what to do with; toss those grapes you forgot about in the fridge into the oven for 25 minutes and -boom- they come back to life in an incredibly flavorful way.
I topped my bowl with pomegranate aerils for a little bit of crunch and tartness, shredded coconut for texture, and cashew butter because every bowl of oatmeal needs a little bit of nut butter. Feel free to add any other toppings you might desire: more maple syrup, hemp or chia seeds, edible flowers, whatever you want!
- 1 bunch red grapes
- ½ teaspoon avocado oil (or sub coconut)
- ½ teaspoon maple syrup
- 2 bags chai tea
- ½ cup boiling water
- 1 cup almond milk
- ½ cup rolled oats (certified gf if needed)
- 2 teaspoons maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- Toppings: pomegranate aerils, nut butter of choice (I used cashew), shredded coconut, etc
- Preheat oven to 425°F.
- Prepare sheet pan with foil. Put grapes on prepared sheet pan and drizzle with oil and maple syrup. Bake 25 minutes, turning once halfway through.
- Remove from oven, set aside.
- Pour ½ cup boiling water over 2 bags chai tea. Let sit 5 minutes.
- Bring tea, 1 cup almond milk, and 2 teaspoons maple syrup to boil. Stir in oats, reduce heat to low, and simmer 15 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cinnamon.
- Pour oatmeal into bowl. Top with roasted grapes, pomegranate aerils, shredded coconut, nut butter, and anything else you desire! I drizzled some extra almond milk on my oatmeal as I like it really creamy. You could also drizzle more maple syrup, or add some hemp or chia seeds.
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