Chocolate-Banana Oatmeal With Almond Butter

Once upon an afternoon, Chocolate Covered Katie posted this Reeses Peanut Butter Cup Baked Oatmeal recipe. And even though it was lunch time, and I had already eaten oatmeal for breakfast that morning, I almost dropped what I was doing and whipped up the recipe on the spot, right there and then. Because, well… just look at it!


[image via CCK]

But for whatever deranged and insane reason, I ended up not making this for lunch that day. And because the next morning, I really wanted this but also really felt like having good old fashioned oatmeal in a bowl (I’m like a stupid, stubborn 2-year-old) I turned Katie’s (Chocolate Covered Katie) Peanut Butter Baked Oatmeal into Katie’s (Hungry Runner Katie) Chocolate-Banana Almond Butter Oatmeal.

And, next time on Pointless Stories About My Obsession with Chocolate Covered Katie Recipes: The time when I finally made the Reeses Peanut Butter Cup Baked Oatmeal.

But for now, without further ado…

Chocolate-Banana Oatmeal with Almond Butter

Ingredients:

1/2 cup quick oats

2 T ground flax seed (optional)

1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

1/4 cup mashed banana + 1/2 of a banana cut into slices

2/3 cup milk of choice (I used unsweetened, vanilla soy)

1 (scant) T cocoa powder (You can use a whole, full tablespoon if you want it to be extra chocolatey!)

1 T almond butter (pre-softened in the microwave so that it mixes easily)

Handful of chocolate chips (Optional..I actually didn’t put any in, but if you want to splurge, go for it!)

Directions:

1. Mix everything except the banana slices together in a microwaveable bowl.

2. Add in the banana slices and mix gently so that they don’t get too mashed up.

3. Microwave for 1:45- 2 minutes.

4. Optional: top with a dash of cinnamon.