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An Edible-Medical Nose

I’ve been making my rendition* of Chunky Monkey Oatmeal nearly every morning for the past two weeks. Somehow, it’s fueling me until lunchtime. After consulting the original recipe, I realized I should eat half, not a whole, banana. (I’ve been eating a whole banana since sitting in a baggie for a day isn’t as good.) Yesterday, it occurred to me that Ari would happily take the other half of the banana off of my hands.

Ari has told me what he’d like for breakfast for the past two days. (Shocker, considering how adamant he was to make it himself for the past few weeks!) He ordered, “An English muffin with cream cheese and chocolate milk.”

I began his breakfast while my oatmeal simmered in the pot. Once the English muffins popped up, I spread cream cheese over them. Next, I placed half of a banana on the plate. The English muffin halves looked like eyes, and the banana resembled a frown. I made an accidental foodie face! I decided to make it come to life by adding two chocolate chips out as a Chunky Monkey Oatmeal topping to the eyes to give the face pupils.

Of course, Ari was not thrilled when he discovered the nose was missing again. Unsure of what to add, he grabbed his allergy pill from the plastic container and declared he could use it as a nose.

I don’t think medicine appeared anywhere in Wurtzels’ Foodie Faces book. We’re ridiculous, aren’t we?

*= Here’s my rendition of Chunky Monkey Oatmeal:


1 cup of water (+ pinch of salt)
½ cup rolled oats
1 tbsp maple syrup 
1 tbsp peanut butter, separated
1 tbsp chocolate chips
½ banana, chopped

Follow the package instructions to make the oatmeal. Stir in the maple syrup, peanut butter, chocolate chips, and banana slices.

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16 thoughts on “An Edible-Medical Nose

  1. Your chunky monkey oatmeal recipe sounds delicious! I love bananas but they have a lot of sugar. Green ones are actually best. I applaud your attempt and Ari’s to make a work of art out of a breakfast dish!

    1. He requested the same breakfast this morning. I had already seen your comment, so I was just waiting for him to demand a chocolate chip nose. Thankfully, he didn’t. (I’m sure that’s coming.)

  2. I like how unexpectedly you create some art as you prepared Ari’s breakfast plate. My go-to is to snap a photo and upload it to my blog post. And I also add hyperlinks. Creating a video hasn’t been on my list. Thanks for modeling this option, too!

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