yesterday morning, I cooked up yummy steel cut oats for breakfast using cocoa powder. I really like this breakfast because the oats, being steel cut, add a tapioca pudding-like texture but the consistency is thick and creamy. The recipe makes one hearty serving.
Almond Butter & Cocoa Steel Cut Oats
1/4 cup steel cut oats
1/2 cup water
1 small banana, mashed or sliced
2 tablespoons almond butter (I use unsalted)
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 teaspoon chia seeds
almonds for garnish, optional
1. In a small saucepan, combine steel cut oats and water. Let soak overnight.
2. (Rise and shine!) Bring the oats and water to a boil and let cook for about a minute, or until desired texture is reached. Reduce heat to medium, adding more water if necessary. Stir in the banana, almond butter, and cocoa powder until well combined.
3. Turn off the heat and add in chia seeds. Stir and transfer oats to a bowl. Sprinkle more chia seeds if desired. Enjoy!
Delicious mud fight, anyone? =)All righty, so because almond butter, cocoa powder, and chia seeds all contain fat (which equals more calories) feel free to change the measurements up to taste. This is simply the way I prepare it. Be mindful though; those fats are considered healthy!
See? I wasn't lying when I said it was hearty. ^_^ If you wish, you can cut this recipe in half. I'm just one of those people who start their days off with higher calories and gradually eat less as the night falls.
Wonder what else I'll use the cocoa powder for...