Fueling for my long run with this bowl of banana cacao oats this morning. There is something so satisfying about a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast. It is so cozy and satisfying and the warm meal gets me ready for the day. This bowl is a chocolately twist on your favorite bowl of oatmeal. Recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan (if you use the option maple syrup instead of honey). It is also full of healthy fats and fiber to keep you feeling full and satisfied for longer.
This recipe uses cacao powder to give the oats a chocolatley flavor. You read that right, cacao powder, not cocoa. Cacao and cocao are not the same. They come from the same place, however, cacao is less processed and is full of minerals and antioxidants. It does taste bitter by itself so the maple syrup or honey is used to balance out the bitter flavor and give it a sweet, chocolately taste.
Flax or chia seeds add both fat and fiber to the oats. This keeps you helps make you feel full and satisfied. These oats are also topped sunflower seed or almond butter. I was super skeptical about adding nut butter to my oats at first, but let me tell you, it not only tastes delicious, but provides the perfect about of healthy fats to make the oatmeal bowl soo satisfying!
Bananas are my go-to fruit. 1) They are relatively cheap in comparison to other fruits. 2) They are soo versatile! Frozen bananas make smoothies taste like ice cream. Bananas in oatmeal literally melt into the bowl and add the perfect amount of sweetness! They are easily my favorite fruit to have in smoothies or oatmeal bowls.
See the rest of the ingredients and the full recipe below!
1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
1 1/2 – 2 cups of almond milk
2 tbs cacao powder
1 tsp flax seeds or chia seeds
1 tbsp maple syrup or honey
1 tsp cinnamon
1 scoop of sunflower seed butter or almond butter
Small handful of cacao nibs
Optional: scoop of collagen
- Place the oats, almond milk, flax seeds or chia seeds, collagen (optional), cinnamon, cacao powder, and maple syrup or honey in a pan and cook on medium heat while mixing the oats for a few minutes or until the oatmeal has formed. Alternatively, you can place this in the microwave for 2-3 minutes.
- Top with sliced banana, sunflower butter or almond butter, and cacao nibs.