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Ok, that was a teaser.
We’re not actually making brownies today. But we are making something that tastes like brownies but is super nutritious and low in calories: Chocolate Brownie Oatmeal!
Don’t believe me? You will after you make this recipe.
So how is it that I turned this:
Into something that tastes like this?
With a little bit of creativity, and one special ingredient.
It’s no secret that I love oatmeal, and I’m always looking for ways to spice it up to make my breakfasts more interesting and fun. I also like using oatmeal as a base to recreate some of my favorite sweet treats like Banana Bread Oatmeal and Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal. The possibilities really are endless.
Here is my recipe for Chocolate Brownie Oatmeal. I promise, you will love it. It has become a regular staple in my breakfast rotation.
- 1/2 cup rolled oats cooked with 1.5 cups of water
- 1 tsp raw, unsweetened cocoa powder (you can find this just about anywhere, I used cocoa powder from Trader Joe’s in this recipe, but I have since found even better raw cocoa powder at Whole Foods that is just delicious)
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup 1% organic milk
- 1 Tbsp walnuts
- 1 Tbsp ground flax seeds
- Honey, Agave, Maple Syrup, or Stevia to taste (I use about 1.5 tsp of honey)
Step 1: Cook the oats with 1.5 cups of water until the oats are fluffy and all the water has disappeared (I do this by cooking it for 2 minutes in the microwave, stirring, and cooking it for 2 more minutes.)
Step 2: Add the cocoa powder and cinnamon to the cooked oats while they are still hot.
Step 3: Stir until everything is fully combined, and your oats have a deep chocolatey color.
Step 4: Add the walnuts, and the milk (you can add as much milk as you like – I use about 1/2 a cup to give the oats a nice creamy consistency)
Step 5: Add the Stevia, and stir to combine until the oats have the consistency you like.
Step 6: Enjoy the chocolatey brownie goodness of the oatmeal.
This recipe only has about 250 calories, 5g fiber, 1-2g sugar, and 7-8g protein. Not bad for a breakfast that tastes as good as dessert!