Growing up, my parents never told me what the ice cream man was because they didn't want me running into the street every time I saw him. They also probably didn't want me always begging for ice cream. Either way, up until the age of 9 or 10, I always thought the ice cream man was just this guy with a really cool car who liked to play his awesome music really loud. I thought he was maybe one of my neighbors.
One day, my friend Heather and I were playing in the front yard when suddenly we could start to hear who I thought was my neighbor's awesome music. Heather exclaimed "The ice cream man!" I was like "What?! Where?!," thinking she meant a man made entirely of ice cream (perhaps related to the Marshmallow Man in Ghostbusters?). My neighbor came cruising up, and she ran to the fence, saying "Right there!" I squinted my eyes to see if the driver was made of ice cream, but all I saw were pictures of various ice cream treats all over his truck. After a few seconds, I made the connection.
That day, I had my very first treat from the ice cream man. I was so overwhelmed with all of the options that I quickly pointed to the Creamsicle sticker and handed over my 50 cents. Though I developed into more of a chocolate-loving girl, this was my first introduction to the combination of citrus and cream. I've been playing with the combo a lot recently, and this oatmeal has become one of my favorite creations.
Just a note: Recently, Annie, An Unrefined Vegan, sparked my interest in hemp seeds, and I've been playing around with them ever since. I love the taste and texture they add to many dishes, especially this oatmeal, but this could totally be made with just a full tablespoon of flax meal.
- ¼ cup organic rolled oats (heaping)
- ½ T raw hemp hearts (shelled hemp seeds)
- ½ T flax meal
- 1 tsp powdered stevia (or sweetener of choice)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- dash of cinnamon (optional)
- ¾ cup milk
- ½ cup chopped orange or tangerine segments
- 2 T raw sliced almonds
- ½ tsp orange zest
- Combine the first 6 ingredients in a bowl. Add the milk and microwave for 2 minutes. Stir in the remaining ingredients, and microwave for another 30 seconds. Serve warm.
- You can also cook on the stovetop by adding the first 7 ingredients to a small pot, cover and heat on medium heat for a few minutes, until thickened and oats are soft. Stir in the remaining ingredients and remove from heat. Serve warm.
This oatmeal has been a very fun, tasty, and satisfying way to start my mornings. I hope you enjoy it!
A side note, my friend Heather, who introduced me to the concept of the ice cream man, has an Etsy store where she sells all the lovely quilted things she makes. She also makes very eco-friendly and stylish Reusable Sandwich Bags which have been nominated for the Handmade Olympics! I had no idea there was such a thing, but I think it's pretty awesome. To vote for her (please vote for her!), go here and click on her link (she's the 6th one down, with the reusable sandwich bags from Junienone).
What was/is your favorite ice cream truck treat?
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Ha! Oh, so funny and sweet...first that your parents kept the idea of an Ice Cream Man from you and then that there might be a man made out of actual ice cream! I grew up in the country so didn't see an ice cream truck until, gosh, I guess when I moved to Boulder in my mid-20s! Anyway - lovely oatmeal and delicious flavors and ingredients. Appreciate the mention, too ;-)!
Thank you! And thank you for bringing hemp seeds into my life- I love them!
That's so funny that your parents kept the truth about the ice cream man from you. Do you remember having a discussion with them about it when you got home? I bet they had a lot less change after that... We didn't have an ice cream truck in my neighborhood growing up. I always thought they were one of those old timey things like the milk man that didn't really exist anymore. It wasn't until I moved to California that I realized they were still around. I can't tell you how often I had "Pop Goes the Weasel" stuck in my head.
I always think of creamsicle-inspired flavors in cold foods, but I like your idea of mixing it up with oatmeal. It sounds very tasty!
I voted for Heather! What a great product! I hope she wins! 🙂
Thanks! I don't remember an exact conversation but I know there was a "unspoken understanding" after that. I had no idea that the ice cream man wasn't everywhere until after this post. I really thought everybody had them in their neighborhoods!
Thank you so much for voting for Heather- She's so talented! 🙂
Well shoot Kristy, how sweet of you to put such a big plug for me in here! I had no idea that it was little ol' me who introduced you to the ice-cream man. This oatmeal looks awesome - I used to sneak my mom's Weight Watcher's orange creamsicle bars out of the freezer all the time. 🙂
You totally were and I am quite grateful for it (among all the other wonderful memories of growing up together). Good luck in the Handmade Olympics- I'm so proud of you!