Written by Megan Rivenburg
I am addicted to chocolate. I can’t go a day without it, and try to sneak it in to as many foods as I can. If you’re anything like me, you find yourself wondering what time of day it becomes socially acceptable to eat chocolate. You try to convince yourself that chocolate is healthy, and justify your actions with the motto “treat yo self.”
When I found this recipe, the answers to all my questions and concerns came to me. It’s never too early to enjoy chocolate- in fact, this recipe allowed me to eat chocolate right when I woke up! On top of that, this recipe is HEALTHY. Brownie batter oatmeal from the Oatmeal Artist is a dream come true for chocolate addicts like me.
Try it out for yourself!
Brownie Batter Oatmeal
by The Oatmeal Artist
Prep Time: 2 min
Cook Time: 5 min
Ingredients (serves 1)
1 cup milk of choice, or water
1/4 cup quick-cooking steel-cut oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
1 banana, mashed thoroughly
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp cocoa powder
pinch of salt
Bring milk (I use 1/2 c almond milk and 1/2 c water) to a boil, add oats, and reduce heat to medium. (If you’d like to add flax or chia seeds, do so now.)
Add mashed banana and stir into the cooking oats.
Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add vanilla extract, cocoa powder, and salt. Stir.
If you’d like to add any extra ingredients (coconut oil, almond or peppermint extract, dried fruit, nuts, sunflower seeds), do so now.
When you’re pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Add a splash of your milk of choice and any other additional toppings (chocolate chips, shredded coconut, nuts, etc.).
Let’s take a look at the health benefits of this dish. First of all, steel cut oats are not processed very much, which is always a plus. They are full of soluble fiber, so they’re good for your heart, aid in digestion, help control blood pressure, and keep you full all morning! If you choose to use milk, that adds some protein and calcium for strong bones and nerve efficiency. The banana provides potassium, which many people are deficient in.
The most surprising health benefits from this brownie batter oatmeal, though, comes from the chocolate aspect of it. Unsweetened cocoa powder contains iron, manganese, zinc, and magnesium. These each help with different vital functions like carrying oxygen and building new cells. Cocoa powder is also a great source of antioxidants! Who says chocolate isn’t healthy?
Do yourself a favor and start off your next morning with this bowl of dreams- I know I will be.