An unexpected, warm, hearty sipping experience.

This recipe is not for everyone. But, it is well suited for:

1. Those who like to drink their breakfast.
2. Those who love oatmeal.
3. Those who may have had a bit too much to drink the night before.

I am always a #2. I invented this recipe a few months ago when I was also a #3. Oatmeal is one of my favorite breakfasts and I usually like it in a bowl with varied toppings. This drinkable version was schemed up when (the morning after this wine tasting) I need a little something warm and soothing to sip.

A coffee shop in my neighborhood that has since closed used to feature an oatmeal latte. I never ordered one but I liked the idea. I saw the barista steaming the milk with oatmeal right in the pitcher resulting in a foamy, thick drink. Because we eat a lot of oatmeal for breakfast, I usually have leftover cooked cereal in the fridge. I first blended the cold cereal and milk together, added flavorings and then microwaved it in a mug. What happened when it heated was a surprise.  A thick layer of foam formed on top of the mug. I adorned the oatmeal froth with a bit more cinnamon, grasped the warm mug and sipped away, filling my stomach with comfort.

This may seem obvious but because there is oatmeal inside, though blended, you can expect some chunkier sips. Play around and flavor your oatmeal cappuccino with the same things you stir into your bowl of oatmeal. Try making one for your kids – my toddler loves sipping oatmeal cappuccinos (without espresso, of course!).

If this concoction doesn’t sound good to you now, bookmark this page. There may be a Sunday morning in your future when it will come in handy.

Oatmeal Cappuccino

1/2 cup cooked oatmeal (I usually use cold, leftover oatmeal)
1 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 shot of espresso (optional)
sprinkle  of cinnamon

Blend all ingredients together in a blender for a minute or so. Pour into a mug but be sure it is not full a the mixture “grows” as it is heated. Warm in the microwave for a minute or until hot. If you are adding espresso, pour in a shot. Top with an extra sprinkling of cinnamon if you like.