It’s Girl Scout Cookie season! Back in the day, I spent a couple awkward years sporting a badge-clad green vest and selling cookies in my neighborhood. Cookie-selling teaches young girls important lessons like money management, goal-setting and people skills.
I loved being a Girl Scout, and I was so disappointed when my troop disbanded. Once a year, I’m reminded of those happy days whenever I see cookie stands around town. It takes all the willpower in the world to walk by these little ladies and not buy all the cookies. I was glad to find a slightly healthier solution — breakfast oatmeal that tastes like Samoas! (Or Caramel deLites, depending on the baker that delivers to your area). I also love the Thin Mints, Lemonades and Tagalongs. Everyone has a favorite — what’s yours? // susannah
GIRL SCOUT OATMEAL
Bring a little cookie flavor to a healthy breakfast by adding some crunch and a bit of coconut, chocolate and butterscotch.
- 1/4 cup quick oats
- 1/2 cup almond milk, water or milk
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- 1 heaping tablespoon creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup muesli , such as Kashi’s Honey Almond Flax cereal
- Cacao nibs, chocolate chips or chocolate-covered espresso beans, to taste (optional)
- Butterscotch chips, to taste (optional)
- Combine oats and almond milk, water or milk in a bowl. Cook in the microwave for 1 minute, or to the oatmeal package’s instructions. Stir.
- Stir in cinnamon, peanut butter and coconut until well blended, then mix in muesli. Sprinkle cacao nibs and butterscotch chips on top. Let cool before eating.