Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Chocolate Oatmeal

Oatmeal is an extremely versatile food, and can be completely transformed and customized to your liking, and let's not forget how many health benefits it provides. It can be topped with any number of things, from chocolate chips, to nut butter, to different kinds of fruit, the options are endless. Heck, you could top it with worms if you wanted to. But I think I'm going to stay away from that option for quite a while...

So I've decided to start off this blog with a simple, but still very yummy, form of oatmeal. Chocolate Oatmeal! Who says you can't have chocolate for breakfast?!

Chocolate Oatmeal (using cacao powder) topped with raspberries, blueberries, mulberries, cacao nibs, and a drizzle of cashew coconut nut butter.

Chocolate Oatmeal
-1/2 c oats (I use rolled oats)
-1 c milk of choice (I use almond milk)
-1-2 tbsp unsweetened cacao powder or cocoa powder
-1 banana
-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
-1 tsp maple syrup (optional, use if you want it sweeter. If not, omit)

In a small pot, bring your milk to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium low. Add your oats, and let the oatmeal thicken up for a couple of minutes. Once the oats have absorbed some of the liquid, mash your banana and add to the oats. Add the cocoa powder and vanilla in too. Stir until everything has been combined, then let the oats finish cooking. Do a quick taste test to make sure it is sweet enough for your taste. If not, add the tsp of maple syrup and stir it in. Once the oatmeal has reached your desired consistency, spoon it into a bowl and top with anything you might want (chocolate chips, fruit, nut butter, etc.). Then dig in!

Chocolate Oatmeal (using cocoa powder) topped with banana slices, goji berries, pepitas, and cookie dough nut butter.

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