It was Wednesday or Thursday morning last week and I really just wanted chocolate for breakfast.
You know those days slash times of the month.
Miraculously there weren’t any ready to grab bars, candy, or semi-sweet chocolate chips.
So I made the responsible choice to have oatmeal.
Oatmeal doesn’t have to mean rigid, restrictive, or boring.
I couldn’t have demonstrated un-boring any better if I tried.
Almond Joy oatmeal.
Disclosure, I never liked Almond Joy candy bars growing up and had serious resentment issues towards the sadists that passed them out at Halloween. Who does that?? It wasn’t until I was in my early 20s that I could admit to liking coconut flavored things. I’ve made up for lost time since then.
This beautiful bowl of oatmeal is cooked with unsweetened shredded coconut and a smidge of sunflower seeds then topped with sliced almonds, banana, and a drizzle of chocolate syrup.
A lovely thing I’ve been mulling on lately is that fiber helps slow the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream. So while chocolate for breakfast maybe isn’t an everyday thing (or is it?) you certainly don’t need to have any second thoughts about having a little with your oatmeal, which is completely whole-grain and full of fiber. As well as protein.
It all makes sense if you think about how nature packages food. All fruits have fiber and just the right amount to balance the sugar they wield.
Sustained energy without the crash.
Almond Joy Oatmeal
Nutritional Information || Calories: 493 • Fat: 15 g • Fiber: 10 g (42%) • Protein: 12 g (24%) • Iron: 20% • Calcium: 6% • Potassium: 13% • Vitamin E: 20% • B6: 23% • B1: 9% • B2: 10% • Folate: 9%
- 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 1/4 cups water
- 1 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
- 2 teaspoons sunflower seeds
- 1 tablespoon sliced almonds
- 1 small banana, sliced
- 1/2 tablespoon organic chocolate syrup
- Place oats, water, coconut, and sunflower seeds in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil on medium heat. Cook for another 3-5 minutes until oats are fluffed. Add additional water if needed, 1-2 tablespoons at a time.
- Remove from heat and garnish with banana, sliced almonds, and chocolate syrup.
- Breakfast that contains almost half of your recommended daily fiber intake [super hero status]
- A solid dose of B vitamins thanks to variety from the oats, almonds, sunflower seeds and coconut
- Packed with iron, about 20% of your recommended daily intake
- Happy factor, a breakfast that tastes great (hello chocolate!) is just as important to our sustained health as the nutrients within it
Let us know in the comments, what other candy bar oatmeal would you like to see? xo