It’s probably become pretty obvious that I’m a number one fan of that oft misunderstood breakfast of champions: oatmeal. Yes, oatmeal. A lot of people think oatmeal is boring. It’s a chore. It’s a way to get yourself full and that’s about it. I’m reaching the end of the Outlander book series. In it oatmeal is a staple of people who don’t have any teeth left.
Maybe this is part of the problem. Oatmeal needs a better agent. It needs some good press. It needs a little somethin somethin done to remind people how fabulous is. Well, chocolate is somethin somethin to me, and so is peanut butter. :).
This oatmeal is a variation of one I brought to you not long ago. And if you’re worried that I’ve turned breakfast into candy with the chocolate, never fear dear blog readers. This is unsweetened cocoa powder we’re dealing with. So the oatmeal is going to have a dark chocolate, not quite as sweet taste. But the banana helps balance it out. I’m an uber fan of dark chocolate and the way it isn’t too sickeningly sweet. But if you like your chocolate super sweet, feel free to mess around with this and let me know how it goes!
Speaking of being a fan of dark chocolate, if you wanted to finish off this oatmeal by shaving a little dark chocolate on top, we could definitely be friends. 🙂
Now let’s talk about peanut butter. There are a couple ways you can go. You can plop a couple of tablespoons on top and let it melt into everything like a puddle of awesomeness, or you can stir it into the oatmeal after it comes off the heat. I’m not gonna manage your peanut butter experience. That’s all up to you.
Personally I think this oatmeal would also be lovely with almond butter. And some cinnamon. Mmm. Can we have breakfast now?
Until next time, happy eats!
- ½ cup old fashioned oats
- 1½ cups water
- ⅔ cup almond milk or milk of choice
- ½ of a banana, mashed
- 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1-2 tbsp. nut butter of choice (peanut, almond, cashew, etc.)
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- In a sauce pan, mix oats, water, milk, banana, and cocoa powder, and bring to medium heat on the stove.
- Cook for 13-15 minutes, until oatmeal is tender and is the thickness you desire.
- Remove from heat and add the vanilla and nut butter (or wait to plop the nut butter on top when it's in the bowl).
- Sprinkle with some dark chocolate or cinnamon.