Chocolate Banana Oatmeal

chocolate banana oatmeal

It’s a New Year and everyone, including (especially?) me,  feels compelled to eat a little better. So it’s especially nice to do so when it doesn’t *taste* healthy.

This recipe is adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie’s Five-Minute Chocolate Oatmeal. You won’t believe how rich and decadent oatmeal (of all things!) tastes — it’s like warm pudding.  And it really satisfies a chocolate craving. But, it’s full of whole grains, anti-oxidants, and potassium; plus, a serving will keep you full to lunchtime.

Use the ripest bananas you can find, as they’ll mash down nicely into your oatmeal.  I’m in the habit of freezing overripe bananas  which, after thawing in the microwave, work beautifully.

I’ve been making a couple of batches of oatmeal on a Sunday afternoon, so I have  quick breakfast ready to go for the rest of the week.  I splash in a little milk into a serving before heating it up in the microwave. If you want to stir in a few chocolate chips into your hot oatmeal, I won’t tell.

Chocolate Banana Oatmeal (adapted)

Serves 2-4 (depending on how hungry you are)

1 cup rolled oats
1 3/4 cup milk or water (or a combination of both)
2 bananas
2 Tbsp dutch-processed cocoa powder
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Combine all ingredients and cook, uncovered, over medium-heat for 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently. When it starts to bubble, stir occasionally. Add sugar if desired.

Categories: Breakfasts, Grade Range: A- to A+, Lighter Fare


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2 Comments on “Chocolate Banana Oatmeal”

  1. January 7, 2012 at 6:07 pm #

    I had a chocolate craving this afternoon, and satisfied it with this oatmeal.
    I can’t believe I typed that sentence, either. But it’s true!

  2. February 11, 2012 at 2:49 am #

    This may sound sweet and not too good, but believe me it’s great! Delicious and very easy to make.

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