I woke up last week craving chocolate chip pancakes, but didn’t have all of the ingredients, so instead I came up with this….and have literally eaten it every day for a week. (It’s also husband approved). I love oats because they are super versatile for breakfast and are a powerhouse of nutrients, containing loads of fiber, healthy fats, manganese, selenium, zinc, magnesium, and phosphorus. Once, after telling our old landlord that we eat oatmeal for breakfast, she exclaimed, “wow you are going to live forever!” Slight exaggeration, but hey, maybe it’s time to check out some oats for breakfast.
This breakfast dish is like a Reese’s peanut butter cup, or as my husband said, “it tastes like chocolate pudding!” (win win). Super quick and easy to make, you can even make this ahead of time for a breakfast on the go in the form of overnight oats. Topped with hemp seeds for protein, and fresh fruit for added nutrients and calories, this breakfast will leave you feeling full, happy, and energized.
I want to touch on the amazing benefits of the main star here; cacao powder. Cacao powder is an Amazonian superfood (fancy). This ain’t your Hershey’s cocoa powder we are talking about here (which is refined so you don’t get all of it’s potential benefits). Of course, you could use Hershey’s in this dish, but if you really want to get your health freak on, go for the real deal. Cacao powder boasts a huge amount of antioxidants and flavenols – 40x that of blueberries to be exact. It is also the highest source of plant based iron; adding strawberries or other fruits high in vitamin C helps aid in the absorption of this iron. It is one of the highest sources of magnesium as well. Cacao is also known for being a natural mood booster, and anti-depressant, also helping to aid in energy and mental sharpness. Kinda perfect way to start your day with.
Choco Peanut Butter Oats
Serves 1 (Double ingredients for 2 servings)
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1 cup nut milk
- 2 tablespoons cacao powder (for a post-workout meal, sup 1 of the tablespoons with chocolate protein powder)
- 2 tablespoons natural sugar-free peanut butter
- 1.5 tablespoons coconut sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla bean powder
- Large dash of cinnamon
- Handful hemp seeds
- Handful strawberries, blueberries, or bananas (or all of them)
In a pot over medium heat, add the oats and the nut milk. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat down and let simmer until all of the liquid has been absorbed and the oats are creamy and fluffy. Turn the heat off, and stir in the cacao powder, peanut butter, coconut sugar, and vanilla bean powder. Stir well so the peanut butter mixes in well. Transfer to a bowl, and top with hemp seeds and fruit of your choosing. Top with more coconut sugar if you desire. Eat, and feel well.