In my childhood days, breakfast was such a struggle…I remember gagging at the thought of eating before school, especially when my mom would suggest something “protein-packed” such as cottage cheese. Well, thanks mom. Because now I’m a breakfast fanatic and cannot imagine ever skipping this precious meal. Though I’ll still take a pass on the cottage cheese (never had it in my life) I do incorporate a wide variety of both savory and sweet breakfast options into my morning routine. Among my very favorites…oatmeal. Any. Kind. Of. Oatmeal. Early mornings call for overnight oats, busy weeks call for make-ahead baked oats, but there’s nothing more tried and true than warm, freshly made oatmeal. I’ve played around with hundreds (I don’t think I’m exaggerating) of variations on this classic breakfast choice, using egg-whites, nut butters, adding on this topping and that…I’ll be honest, I have many favorites, but today I’m catering to the chocolate lovers out there with a Chocolate Almond Oatmeal. Although it sounds too sweet to be healthy, this hearty breakfast has only 5 grams of added sugar (from the dark chocolate chip morsels). Beyond that, the sweetness comes from a ripe banana.
Here’s what you need:
(makes 1 serving)
• ½ cup rolled oats (I use Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Rolled Oats)
• 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
• 1 banana (preferably ripe to give the oats sweetness)
• 1 tsp almond extract
• 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
• 1 tbsp Enjoy Life’s Dark Chocolate Morsels (or any dark chocolate chips)
• 2 tsp. Almond butter
• 1 tbsp chopped almonds
• Shredded coconut (optional)
- Pour almond milk into sauce pan and bring to a boil.
- Add in the ripe banana (sliced) and oats. Reduce heat to low and allow oat mixture to simmer.
- After about 5 minutes (or while there’s still some liquid in the oats) add in the almond extract and cocoa powder and stir.
- When liquid is almost all absorbed, add in 1 tsp. almond butter and half of the chocolate chips.
- When oats are ready, transfer to a bowl, add in the last tsp. of almond butter and the remaining chocolate chips.
- Top with shredded coconut if desired.
*Note: your oatmeal instructions may be different. Adapt to your oats’ directions.
- Use vanilla extract if you don’t have almond.
- Use peanut butter in lieu of almond butter.
- Use a tbsp. of chocolate protein powder instead of cocoa powder.
- Add in a bit of honey if you like it extra sweet!
Here’s to happier, chocolate-ier mornings!