I have a great recipe to share with you today – a caffeinated twist on my baked oatmeal!
But first…let’s talk about coffee!! Whether you’re like me and lean towards decaf or you love that buzz, buzz, buzz, we all have our coffee rituals and favorite beans. I got hooked on afternoon decaf cappuccinos last winter while taking Mazen out for walks downtown. ‘Tis the season.
What’s the best coffee you’ve ever tasted? I remember hunting down Blue Bottle in the Ferry Building of San Francisco during my first visit and then waiting in a line for a realllly long time. The reward was amazing –>
There is a cool hot new way to get the boutique coffee shop experience in your own home. Perfect Coffee, who is sponsoring this post, partners with specialty coffee roasters to bring delicious coffee from the best specialty cafés directly to you. Perfect Coffee’s subscription service starts at $15 a month and allows you to choose the amount, brew style and roasters you covet.
Just like you might have a house wine and a special stash that you crack open for company, this coffee is best saved for morning when you have time to sip and savor (although if you can afford it, it would make a delicious everyday cup!) If you buy a coffee at a shop everyday on your way to work, their monthly plans offer coffee at $1.88 or less per cup, which would be a great way for coffee-lovers to save some money while discovering new types of coffee in a perfect cup made at home.
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Here’s a list of the roasters they currently work with (lucky you if you live near one!!) Blue Bottle Coffee Co, Chromatic Coffee Co, De La Paz Coffee, Four Barrel Coffee, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Philz Coffee, Ruby Roasters, and Equator Coffees and Teas. (I think Shenandoah Joe needs to join in, as I’m lucky to have really good coffee here too!) I savored the decafs (the Blue Bottle Decaf Noir was my fav!), and I had the regulars before my soccer games! This would make such a great gift for a coffee lover – especially since you can try new kinds every month.
Perfect Coffee is also big on proper brewing techniques and sent me an AeroPress to try. I LOVE it – it’s like the French press meets a single-cup brewer! You put in a tiny filter, add 2 scoops of grounds, pour 4 ounces of hot water on top, stir for 10 to 25 seconds and then press through into your mug. It’s also super easy to clean – just rinse the bottom.
It makes a concentrate and then you either add water or milk. Adding frothed milk made an amazing latte!
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Inspired by all of my delicious coffee, I added a half cup of to my oatmeal bake recipe – minus banana and plus almonds for a nice crunchy topping!
The result was a delicious breakfast or snack. You know what would take it over the top? Chocolate chips and coconut! I added a dollop of chocolate peanut butter “frosting” (Buddy’s brand!) to make up for my lapse in judgment not adding any chocolate chips to the recipe : ) What is it about chocolate and coffee together…
Here’s the super easy recipe!
Coffee Almond Baked Oatmeal
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 egg beat
- 1/2 cup strong brewed coffee
- 1 cup milk
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds
- Preheat oven to 375*.
- Combine dry ingredients.
- Combine wet ingredients.
- Mix both well.
- Grease a baking dish with butter or cooking spray. A pie dish works or a small casserole dish.
- Pour oat mixture in.
- Top with almonds.
- Bake for 26 minutes, until center is set and top begins to brown.
Now pour yourself a mug!
This post was sponsored by Perfect Coffee.