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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