Okay so the truth is that this recipe is actually comprised of oatmeal, which may be a shocking disappointment to you. Oats are actually one of the most filling, fiber rich foods that are actually a superior "blank canvas" to build off of. In this particular case, we are building a wonderful chocolate masterpiece, which I think most cannot deny.
This recipe is so low maintenance, it may become a household staple. It can be made in large batches, because it keeps well and tastes even better cold than it does warm (in my opinion). Use whatever nuts or seeds you prefer to add a complex crunch. Seasonal fruits also contribute a contrast in flavor with some bright acidity. Pictured above, I added raspberries as they are in season, but bananas are my usual go to no matter what month it is!
Peanut butter can be substituted for the almond butter, but I prefer the neutral flavor and superior nutrition of almonds.
Lastly, the cinnamon can be omitted, however, I always promote the substantial health benefits of cinnamon and honey together. When they harmonize, their healing properties are magnified- ranging from bacteria inhibition to heart disease prevention.
prep time: 15 minutes
- 1 cup rolled oats (not instant oats)
- 2 cups water
- 2 tablespoons almond butter
- 2 tablespoons cacao or cocoa powder
- 1/8-1/4 cup honey or maple syrup for vegans (based on preference of sweetness)
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- pinch sea salt
- (toppings of choice)
Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a small saucepan and add oats, allowing them to cook for 10 minutes. While the oats are cooking, prepare your toppings. Banana brulee is one of my personal favorites and is easily made by slicing a banana in half and coating it lightly with honey or maple syrup and placing it under the broiler, on high, for 3-5 minutes. Other fruits may be washed or diced at this time as well.
When the oats are done cooking, add all other ingredients and stir until an even consistency. At this time, the oats will be slightly more liquid. I recommend allowing them to cool for at least 5 minutes, which makes them a more fudgy consistency. Always allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before storing in the refrigerator. Top with desired nuts, seeds and fruits for added nutrition and texture.