With Cinco de Mayo less than a week away, here’s another Mexican-themed recipe (this one’s much simpler than the last one though!) I imagine this will be my last Mexican-themed recipe before next Monday’s fiesta, but you never know – maybe I’ll make another one this weekend (er, once I’ve thought of another one).
Mexican hot chocolates are similar to the regular kind, but in true Mexican fashion, they’re spicier! While there are some variations, the most common spices are cinnamon and cayenne pepper. This recipe has plenty of cinnamon, but I’ve left the cayenne pepper as optional – if you’re game, go ahead and add a pinch. But I just couldn’t do it.
It may seem devilish to have chocolate for breakfast, but this oatmeal is sweetened only by an overripe banana! I didn’t notice any strong banana taste, but even if there is a bit of a banana taste (because your banana is particularly pungent or something) then it doesn’t really matter, does it? Banana totally works with chocolate and cinnamon. However, if you are concerned about this oatmeal tasting like bananas then replace the banana with some maple syrup or other sweetener (around 2 – 3 teaspoons should do it).
As it’s that time of year where everyone’s celebrating Mexican culture – as opposed to yelling about building a giant fence on the US border or accusing immigrants of having “anchor babies” (*sigh*) – it makes me think of an interesting (but thankfully non-political) question:
What’s your favorite cuisine?
As much as I love tortillas, beans, corn, avocados and vegetarian enchiladas, I wouldn’t pick Mexican as my favorite. Instead, my favorite cuisine would probably be Italian, since I love the simple (but magical) flavor combinations – and all of those beautiful carbohydrates (which aren’t evil, by the way!) Then again, I’m also a sucker for peanut butter and chocolate, pancakes, waffles, veggie burgers, apple pie and pumpkin pie – which are all American (I think). Hmm… I just thought of something: Very few people refer to American food as a “cuisine”. Have you ever noticed that?
So, do you have a favorite cuisine, or is it too hard to choose?
- 1 cup almond milk
- ½ cup rolled oats
- 1 very ripe banana
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Tiny pinch of salt
- Optional: Pinch of cayenne pepper (if you dare!)
- Optional toppings: Chopped nuts, chocolate chips, extra cinnamon
- In a saucepan, bring the almond milk to a boil, and then turn down the heat to medium-low. Add the rolled oats and stir.
- Meanwhile, mash the banana thoroughly. Add it to the saucepan after adding the oats, and stir well.
- Add the cocoa powder, cinnamon, vanilla extract and salt. If desired, add in a bit of cayenne pepper.
- When you are pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer it to a bowl and top with the toppings of your choice. Enjoy!