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Chocolate Oatmeal

Can’t decide if you want breakfast or dessert? Why not have both? Thick and creamy, chocolate oatmeal is packed with protein and chocolate goodness!

Oatmeal is one of my favorite breakfasts; it is easy, delicious, and versatile, and never feels repetitive! I am one of the most indecisive people I know. Yet after discovering that I could combine two of my favorite things–chocolate AND oatmeal–this recipe became my go-to breakfast treat!

Last summer, I nannied for my neighbors every day. Before I left in the early morning, I would whip up a variation of an oatmeal recipe to fuel myself for a long day of playing tag or princesses with the two girls I watched. These were busy and full days, but I loved them.

Each morning, I would make breakfast for the girls. At the beginning of the summer, I would  usually just make a bowl of cereal or frozen breakfast sandwiches that their parents left out for them. However, as the weeks went on, they were tired of eating the same things, so I decided to change it up by flipping pancakes or scrambling eggs.  

Yet when I got the chocolate oatmeal down to a science, I thought, “AHA! Why don’t I share my new creation with them!?” After eating it for the first time, they were hooked. It became an everyday request. After all, who wouldn’t love this combo?  And what better way to start the morning than with some oatmeal!  When I discovered chocolate oatmeal and found that the proportions in this recipe were perfect, it became a keeper. 

So simple yet yummy, I promise this recipe will not disappoint. It makes 1-2 servings, depending on how hungry you are.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups and 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • a dash of cinnamon
  • 1 egg white

Toppings:

  • chocolate chips
  • strawberries 
  • any of your choice!

Instructions:

First, place the oats and salt into a saucepan on high heat. Add 1 ½ cups water, and bring to a boil. 

Cook the oats for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the water is fully absorbed, or your desired consistency is reached. Continue stirring for a thicker texture, or remove from heat, if you prefer it to be more liquid-based. 

Next, in a small bowl, whisk 2 tablespoons of water into the 2 tablespoons  cocoa powder, forming a smooth sauce. 

Add the cocoa sauce and vanilla to the pan and stir. Turn the heat down to low. Add the egg white and whisk immediately so that is completely  incorporated into the oatmeal. The egg white not only adds some protein but also creates a fluffy and whipped-up texture! 

Add the sugar, cinnamon, and stir until well combined. Remove from heat and serve with your choice of toppings!

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