During the week, I normally have my oatmeal with 1/2 a banana, some peanut butter, chia seeds, and lately, pumpkin puree. But weekends are for being decadent, right? So this weekend I decided to surprise MG with oatmeal based on one of his favorite candies: Almond Joy.
Using some great inspiration from Chocolate Covered Katie (check her out!) on how to turn oatmeal into a delicious morning sweet treat, here's what I came up with:
Makes 1 serving
1/2 cup Quaker Old Fashioned Oatmeal
1/2 cup almond or skim milk
1/2 cup water
1 tsp cocoa powder
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract
1/2 banana, cut up
1 tbsp slivered or sliced almonds, toasted
1 tbsp shaved coconut flakes
1/2 tbsp semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tsp chia seeds
sweetener to taste (1 packet of stevia in mine, 2 tsp brown sugar in MGs)
The night before:
Mix the oats, milk, water, cocoa powder, extracts and banana in a bowl. Cover with saran wrap and refrigerate overnight.
When you wake up:
Remove the plastic wrap and microwave the bowls for about 3 - 3.5 minutes (keep an eye on them so the oatmeal doesn't overflow!) Meanwhile, toast the almonds in a small skillet over medium heat. When the oatmeal is hot and thickened, add sweetener, if desired. Finally, top with the almonds, coconut, chocolate chips and chia seeds.
Enjoy a delicious coconutty, chocolately morning!
One satisfied customer.