Do you have those memories that are just burned into your brain forever? It was like you saw/heard/felt it yesterday but in reality is has been years? I have a few of those gems from my childhood, and I pray that I never forget them! I truly do hold them close to my heart, because at some point in my life the people/places in those memories will be gone.
One memory I was thinking about yesterday involves my Dad. If you have read any of my previous posts about my family, I simply adore my parents. Every morning while growing up, I would walk upstairs and be greeted by my dad sitting at the kitchen counter with a mug of hot cocoa and 2 slices of my Mom’s buttered homemade toast. I can still hear the “clink, clink, clink” of his spoon on the mug as he would stir the hot cocoa mix into his milk. There is an art of “toast dipping”, just in case you didn’t already know. It’s a technique, really, on what angle to bring the toast into the cocoa, how deep to dip it, and for how long to hold it there before taking a large bite. My Dad can teach you in less than an hour. Lots of toast and cocoa will be consumed.
Yesterday, I must have been feeling a bit homesick and needed some comfort food so decided to put my own spin on this favorite of my dad’s. I used protein powder in my cocoa and coconut oil on my toast. Just as delicious and tastes even better with a memory attached!
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
1 TB cocoa powder
few drops of stevia
1-2 slices Ezekiel bread
1/2 – 1 Tbsp coconut oil
Combine all ingredients in a Coco-motion machine and turn on. Toast the bread then top each slice with coconut oil and cinnamon.
1 cup hot cocoa + 1 slice toast + 1/2 TB coconut oil = 292 calories (based on a 100 calorie per serving protein powder).