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Mocha Overnight Oats – chocolate & coffee flavored porridge

Just a quick FYI. This is not a paid endorsement/advertisement by any of the companies mentioned. Should I ever be so lucky to be in a position to be paid to test food I’ll be sure to scream it from the highest rooftop 🙂 This is just my way of sharing some knowledge. 

Coffee, Chocolate, Caramel. All great great in their own right, even better paired together.

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Having oats for breakfast have become a staple of my diet recently so I have been tried and tested some different flavors just so I could mix things up from day to day and keep the first meal of the day exciting. These Mocha Overnight Oats are by far a game changer and I urge anyone reading this post to give them a try. Especially if you love the taste of coffee… and chocolate… and caramel…. together!! There’s a choice of hazelnut which has yet to be done but definitely looking forward to that sometime soon.

As can be seen in both pictures the main player is the flavored instant coffee made by Beanies. Aldi had them in stock a few weeks ago for €3 each (side note: props to Aldi recently, they have been killing it (in a good way) with their food options as of lately. Somehow whenever I think about an idea for food I would like to try/create Aldi happen to be selling it the very next week).

I enjoy coffee and usually drink espresso straight. Becoming accustomed to the strong bitterness is a required taste however should you develop a habit over time the bitterness soon becomes a lot milder and in no time tastes like sweet nectar when it meets the lips. The coffee (Beanies) itself is already slightly sweetened which takes away some of the bitterness left in your mouth although its worth playing around with quantities until the right balance is achieved. In saying that the addition of protein powder or flavor drops etc. will  add sweetness too.

Leaving the house at 5:00am to train before work is tough enough without having to prepare meals in advance. Therefore making these the night before and having them ready to go after a shake is a huge time saver. From a flavor perspective leaving the oats to soak up overnight allows the coffee and chocolate to marinade and come through which produces a much deeper flavor more so than if heated up.

Again it is important to mention that the quantities are based on my own requirements and should be adjusted to fit your own lifestyle and needs.

Ingredients 

85g Oats

20g Protein

12g Peanut butter powder

5g Raw cacoa powder

2 tsp Beanies coffee – 1 chocolate & 1 caramel (you decide)

Method

Mix everything and add in some water or milk until just about covered, mix and leave overnight. That’s the simplicity of overnight oats. Hope you enjoy this one. Any tips please feel free to share as I am always on the hunt for new things.

 

Shane.

FFCreations #6 Eating our way around Dublin

As of lately both Carol (my girlfriend) and I have been working a lot weekends. Saturday was the first in many that we had off, and planned on spending it together with not much in mind except going to the cinema later that night. 

We agreed during the week, that the main focus during the day was to go into the city in order to buy new clothes for an event hosted by the company Carol works for.

On this particular day things just played out without any prior plans and we went along without giving a second thought, we came, we saw, we ate and we had fun!!

It all started as a result of not wanting to get out of bed in time for the gym so we decided to make the most of the morning and go for breakfast at Gourmet Food Parlor in Malahide.

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Cinnamon sugar (left) Salted Caramel & Pistachio (right)

Wondering around town for about and hour in need of a coffee when the smell hit our noses. 

Established back in the 70’s The Rolling Donut is located in a small kiosk on O Connell street.

Traditionally their ring donuts are served in paper bags either plain, coated with sugar or dunked in melted chocolate. 

It is only until recently that they have opened a store 5 minutes away on bachelor’s walk. 

In this store the standard of deep fried sugar dough is on a different level compared to the little kiosk and a totally different mouth watering experience.

Donuts are neatly assembled in batches and displayed in the front window that catch the eye as the smell of these fantastic creations draw you in closer.

The dounuts are bigger than the original store, plus they have a wide range of different flavours to choose from. 

There are also a few seats inside and an espresso machine serving very finest Coffee Culture has to offer. 

Not being able to settle on any particular flavour I narrowed them down to a cinnamon sugar and a salted caramel & pistachio while Carol opted for chocolate.

Plain yogurt, hot kinder bueno & berries (left) Chocolate yogurt, hot kinder bueno & flaked chocolate (right)

The adventure continued as our journey took the two of us across the city in the direction of MOOCH. Located on Dawson Street this frozen yogurt cafe is our little go to when visiting that side of town anyway so calling in for froyo was bound to happen.

Order from the menu or create your own small, medium or large tub. My choice of course was the chocolate on chocolate on chocolate!!… Chocolate yogurt and Hot kinder bueno…medium size only… keeping room for the cinema that night.

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Arriving home from the city early that evening we had over an hour until the cinema started. Plenty of time for tea and cake!!

I made these chocolate and peanut cups for our date because I love how they taste when mixed in with the salty buttered popcorn but couldn’t resist having one beforehand. 

The original recipe is NOT my own. Inspiration taken from ‘Natural Born Feeder’ which can be found in the next blog post (FFCreations #7)

To be continued…