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One of my all time favorite breakfasts is oatmeal. Which makes me laugh because if it weren’t for Chaundra’s convincing me to try oatmeal, I don’t know if I would have discovered all the wonders oatmeal has to offer. I had it stuck in my head that oatmeal was a bad food and it tasted horrible (that comes from having the Quaker Oatmeal packets when I was younger…bleh). When Chaundra and I first began working together she wanted me to try different breakfasts; for the last 2 years I ate the same “safe” breakfast so it was time to mix it up. I was super hesitant to have oatmeal, even though she named it as a healthy breakfast option several times. Finally, as I was searching blogs I had an idea: Banana Bread Oatmeal (I love banana bread!!)…and I was hooked. Before I recovered I was so restrictive and rigid with food; I had no choices. Anamia (my eating disorder) had so many lame rules for me; it was a prison. It is so amazing being able to wake up in the morning and CHOOSE what I want for breakfast (something I will never take for granted).
This recipe is one of my favorite, favorite, favorite oatmeal recipes. It’s delicious and healthy and tastes like a Reese’s, no joke. Even I was surprised! Colin loved it so much he asked for it three consecutive mornings after the first trial morning (and for several days the next week).
1 cup rolled oats
1 large banana, mashed
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup almond milk
3-8 drops liquid stevia (depending on how sweet you want it…I like sweet…)
1/8 tsp sea salt
2 Tbs cocoa powder
2 Tbs all natural creamy peanut butter
1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Prepare two small (1-2 cup size) ramekins by lightly oiling each one.
2. Whisk together all of the ingredients above until thoroughly mixed (make sure the cocoa powder is mixed in nicely). Pour equal amounts of oatmeal batter into each ramekin.
3. Bake for 10 minutes, then stir the contents in each ramekin. Bake for another 10-15 minutes, checking on them periodically so they don’t burn. The middle won’t fully cook like the edges but that’s okay! Remove each ramekin from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Serve in the ramekins and top with cacao nibs, chocolate chips, or extra peanut butter!