When You Can’t Have Chocolate…

High and low, far and wide, I’ve searched but the one on the left does not exist in Alaskan stores…

 

Have you heard of this tasty hot cereal called Malt-o-Meal? It’s been a staple at my house since before I was born. When I was little we ate so much of the chocolate kind with sugar on top. It was like the dessert Mom let me eat for lunch! These days I wouldn’t be so liberal with the refined sweetness, but I say keep the chocolate coming! Sadly, though, I’ve searched all over for this variety and only came up with the “Original” flavor. It’s just not the same when you want a chocolatey fix for breakfast (or lunch or even dinner!)…
Yesterday I came up with a recipe to turn boring original into a tasty vanilla! It was so exciting that I wanted to share this revelation with everyone. So here it is:

3 Tablespoons of Malt-o-Meal dry cereal
~3/4 cups water, depending on how thick you want it…1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
~2 Tablespoons of organic coconut palm sugar
1-2 Tablespoons ground flax seed (just because you can!)
*cold processed vanilla whey protein powder
*directions on box call for optional salt, I didn’t add it because I don’t like to increase sodium content…but it’s up to you!

Cook according to directions (it’s easy, just boil water and add slowly while stirring). While your water boils add palm sugar, flax seed, protein powder, and vanilla to your bowl. When your plain Malt-o-Meal is done cooking and is the thickness you want, add it to the bowl and combine. Enjoy hot, but don’t forget about your utensils and pot you used, let them soak while you eat, or it will be forever cemented to them.

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It doesn’t look like much, but it tastes great and is free of refined sugars and natural flavors (whatever those may be) and is full of essential nutrients and protein! Just make sure your protein powder is not an isolate variety with artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, acesulfame K, sucralose, etc. More on protein powders and a helpful guide here; I use this one.

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Spoonful of Sugar Vol. 4. Christmas Edition.

I was going to post a sugary and delicious cookie recipe for this week’s installment of A Spoonful of Sugar, but I couldn’t stand to make and add more sweets around me this time of year to show y’all pictures, but isn’t it sweet enough that tomorrow is Christmas? Since this series allows me to highlight awesome things done by awesome people to help others, I think it’s only fair to dedicate this post to the real reason for the season.
While it’s nice to give and receive Christmas presents, it is important to remember why we do this. It’s much like a communion in remembrance of the birth (instead of death, like the actual communion) of Jesus that we observe once a year. This time of year, about 2000 years ago God as Jesus humbled himself and came down to earth as a man. Fully God and fully man. Inconceivable, but true. He was born in a little town of no importance to a young girl and her also young, carpenter fiancé in the middle of a cold winter night. Even with this humble arrival, it was known that Jesus was the King to save us all. So we celebrate his birthday by giving gifts much like the wise men who came bearing those strange gifts of frankincense, gold, and myrrh. I probably personally would have brought blankets, diapers, and tiny socks, him being a baby and all, but that wouldn’t have made such a profound statement and probably wouldn’t have been bible-worthy news…
Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you all find peace and togetherness this holiday and remember why we do this as you enjoy giving and getting your presents!

Spoonful of Sugar Vol. 3

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There are few Christmas songs out there that I want to listen to and I almost dread listening to the mundacity (I’m pretty sure that’s not a word, but using the same words as everyone else is mundane too, right?) of the same upbeat or creepy holiday songs playing over and over. BUT, Danielle Ate the Sandwich just released a homemade Christmas album with Christmas covers and new holiday-themed originals tonight! So get your digitally downloadable copy right here! This spoonful of sugar will help the remainder of your Monday and holiday season go down in the most delightful way!

Happy Monday and happy holiday season!