Though I usually have a big smoothie for brekky, sometimes it’s a bit too cold for an icy drink first thing in the morning. When the temperatures outside drop, I like to cook up a big warm bowl of comforting oats for breakfast! I love the versatility of oats – there are so many different ways you can make them. Today, I decided to have a warm, chocolate banana oatmeal bowl.
This is my first recipe of Plastic Free July – in this recipe, no plastic packaging was used.
Chocolate Banana Oatmeal
This recipe turned out even better than I expected – it’s so delicious! The flavors of the healthy supplements like flax meal and chia seeds are hidden underneath the overtones of rich chocolate and banana. Though it seems that this chocolatey bowl would be too good to be good for you, I healthified it in the following ways:
- Cacao: this is the unprocessed, raw version of chocolate. It has no sugar in it, but has a deep chocolatey taste. Cacao has 40 times the antioxidants of blueberries, it’s a good source of iron, it’s full of magnesium, and is a natural mood elevator
- Flax meal: flax is full of heart-healthy omega-3’s, and can help reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes. Flax has insoluble and soluble fiber, which will kick start your digestive system and keep your guts clean!
- Chia seeds: A great source of fiber, chia seeds are a fabulous plant-based source of protein, iron, anti-oxidants, potassium, magnesium, and calcium. Chia seeds are great for the skin, and they’ll boost your metabolism.
I’m not sure we could make a healthier bowl of oats if we tried. So let’s get into the recipe!
Chocolate Banana Oatmeal Ingredients
For this recipe, you’ll need:
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp flax meal
- One heaping tsp cacao
- 1 banana
- Maple syrup, to taste
Cook the oats according to package directions. I cook mine with water, but if you usually use milk, sub in your favorite plant based milk. When the oats have absorbed most of the water and are nearly completely cooked, stir in the flax, chia seeds, and cacao. Stir until fully mixed, and then pour into your bowl.
Slice your banana and place it on top of the oats. Top with maple syrup to taste.
Viola! Let me know in the comments if you are going to try this out.