I was making an “oatmeal face” for lunch yesterday — a recreation of something I’d eaten in bits and pieces a few days earlier — when Colleen and I noticed that with its shaggy mop of coconut hair, my oatmeal man looked a bit like Einstein.
“Hey, you should add another strawberry for the tongue! Then it would really look like Einstein,” she said.
This was fun to make, even more fun to eat, and I think it filled me up more, too, because it wasn’t just mindless grazing but the ritualistic construction and deconstruction of a specific thing — in this case, Einstein’s face.
I used a cup of cooked oats for the face, strawberries for the nose and tongue, dates for the eyes, and for the mouth, a banana that had been halved and “stuffed” with 2 T. of PB2 and a tablespoon of chocolate chips.
If the banana mouth seems excessive, that’s because that was my original breakfast Sunday before I decided I was still hungry and kept on munching. (Afterward, writing down everything I’d grazed, I couldn’t help thinking how much more satisfying it would’ve been to assemble the same ingredients on a single plate, which is what led to the “oatmeal face” concept.)
Everything you see here comes out to 8 Weight Watchers points, but it would be easier to make it for less:
— Cut 2 points by using half a cup of oatmeal.
— Cut 2 points by skipping the PB2 and the chocolate chips. (But if you use regular peanut butter, you’d have to add 2 points!)
— Cut 2 points by subbing something else in place of the coconut — shredded carrot, maybe? — or 1 point by using 1 tablespoon instead of 2.
On the other hand, there was no sugar, animal products or gluten used in the preparation of this breakfast. So yeah. Yum!