Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal

I think it’s incredibly crazy how God uses the most unexpected things to bring your mind back to Him or to His word. For example: Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal is one of my favorite fall and winter foods. I love it for breakfast and I love it late at night when I’m craving something that I shouldn’t be eating like. . . .um. . .a dozen chocolate chip cookies. It satisfies my craving for all things chocolate, and it’s good for me.

So yesterday I was whipping up a double batch, and as I started running the ingredients through my mind, my mind was saying, “Add to the water, milk; and to the milk, cocoa; and to the cocoa, sweetener; and to the sweetener, oats; and to the oats, peanut butter.” Well, you get the idea. (Yes, my mind talks to me, doesn’t yours?)

And the next thing you know my mind had switched from oatmeal ingredients to, “Add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

I knew the verse, but couldn’t remember exactly where it came from, (and I should have because God has been bringing me back to it ever so often these days). But since God put it in my mind, off to Bible Gateway I went.

The Gateway took me to 2 Peter 1:3-8 which reminded me again that God has given me everything I need to live this life He has called me to. I’ve been feeling a little overwhelmed with some circumstances lately, and I just loved how He took these couple of minutes in the morning to remind me that His power is at work in me. I was encouraged to be making every effort to be doin’ the spiritual math word problems. I need to be adding to my faith, and subtracting from my fear. I need to be adding to my self control and subtracting from my desire to eat that dozen chocolate chip cookies or let those unkind thoughts in my brain slip through my lips.

But these verses for me are about more than cookies or oatmeal. These verses are about knowing God and His awesome power at work in me, and in you; and that simple truth makes me smile, and that truth gives me hope, and helps me to persevere; and the reminder of that truth came to me yesterday through my awesome God and a bowl of chocolate peanut butter oatmeal—taste and see that they both are good.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal
Recipe for Two Servings:

2 cups milk or 1 cup milk and 1 cup water
1 TB cocoa pwdr
1 TB sweetener (or to taste)
1 TB peanut butter
1 cup quick oats

Heat these on the stove until the peanut melts and the milk is steaming. Add the oats and continue to cook for one minute. Cover for 5 minutes or so. Then put some in a bowl. I add more cold milk to mine. Enjoy.

**I also usually add some mashed banana to mine while cooking.
**You can use PB2 for fat free peanut butter, but add a little extra water if you do.
It’s good cold too. But not lukewarm. If you eat it lukewarm, you’ll want to spit it out of your mouth. (Not really)

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