Oatmeal is a go-to breakfast staple for young and old. Thanks to Instant Oatmeal, we can go from oats to breakfast in less than two minutes in the microwave. The health benefits of oatmeal stick with you long after the dishes are done. The satisfied feeling of a nice warm breakfast also stick with you up until lunch time so you can avoid unnecessary snacking (unless of course you want a snack – then go for it, but since you are probably still full from breakfast, you won’t need the snack)!
Baked Oatmeal is an amazing way to get all of the health benefits of Oatmeal without the texture that some people don’t like from a bowl of oatmeal. In addition to getting a totally different mouth-feel by baking your oatmeal, you can also add in whatever amazing flavors you want to baked oatmeal. Seriously – I love Oatmeal, it is such a blank canvas for whatever you want to add to it!!!
This Baked Oatmeal tastes like a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, but it is BREAKFAST APPROVED, and for only about 400 calories!
SO lets review this again:
- 400 calories
- tastes like a Reese’s Cup
- full till lunchtime
- AND it has a healthy chocolate sauce
… yup – this is a total winner in my book, I’m sold!
- ¼ cup mashed banana (about ½ a banana)
- ¼ cup milk (regular, almond, or whatever you like)
- 2 Tbsp peanut butter
- ¼ tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 tsp sugar
- ⅛ tsp salt
- 1 Tbsp cocoa powder
- ½ cup rolled (old fashioned) oats
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Combine all ingredients and mix well. To mix... start by mashing peanut butter, banana and milk - once that is desired consistency, mix in your other ingredients.
- Pour into a greased 1-cup ramekin (or two ½-cup ramekins, or even a mini-loaf pan). Cook for about 20-25 minutes until it gets firm. After firmed up - broil for about 2 minutes until it gets a super nice crisp on top (or just bake for up to 5 minutes more)
- Serve right out of ramekins OR turn out onto a plate. Optionally (and highly suggested) top with the Chocolate Peanut Butter sauce for a still healthy but slightly decadent breakfast treat.
Recipe as originally found on Chocolate Covered Katie
- ½ cup Milk
- 2 Tbsp Peanut Butter
- 1 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
- 1 Tbsp Maple Sugar
- Optional: up to 1 tsp sugar (white or brown)
- Place all ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave all ingredients for about 30 seconds to a minute to warm up. Carefully mix. Warm up more in microwave if you so desire, but sauce will thicken a bit for you as it sets. Pour finished sauce over the oatmeal (or pour over fruit!)
Sauce inspired by: Green Leaves and Jam
And I leave you with this, Today’s Question of the Day… What is your favorite adaptable breakfast (and does it have the staying power to get you through to lunch)?