Chocolate + Banana Oatmeal

No added sugar here - all the sugary work is done by a ripe banana.  So don't throw out those heavily spotted bananas - they're super sweet and perfect for smashing into this breakfast.  

I've mentioned once or twice on here of my struggle to have breakfast every morning but I've been eating this one (tho sometimes minus the cocoa) for the last couple weeks.  I like it.  Not too sweet and the oats keep me feeling satisfied until lunch time.  It's also really quick:  about a minute to throw it together and another 2 in the microwave.  Hope you enjoy it!

serves 1. 

Chocolate + Banana Oatmeal

1 ripe medium banana

1/3 cup rolled oats

2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder

dash cinnamon

pinch salt

2/3 cup water (or your preferred milk)

Peel and mash banana.  Combine with oats, cocoa powder, cinnamon, salt and water.  Microwave for 2 minutes.  (And that's it!  I love you, oatmeal.)

 

 

Easy Oatmeal

My quest for an easy and delicious breakfast continues.  I really like oatmeal but require many toppings and really don't like rummaging about my kitchen cupboards for said toppings. Yesterday, I was still buzzing mid afternoon from my mid morning coffee and itching for something to do in the kitchen.  It was too early to make dinner so I decided to work on breakfast.  

I like this oatmeal because I can take it to work or the studio in the morning, fill it with hot, boiling water, put the lid on and within a few minutes have breakfast.  And oatmeal fills me up for hours, which makes for a less hangry me later on in the day. 

Easy Oatmeal

1/3 cup quick oats

1/4 teaspoon chia seeds (or flax, hemp hearts...)

1 teaspoon light brown sugar

1 tablespoon chopped pecans 

2 teaspoons dried cranberries

dash cinnamon

pinch salt

2/3 cups boiling water

Place oats, seeds, sugar, nuts, cranberries, cinnamon and salt in jar.  Add boiling water, let sit for 2 minutes.  Or add room temperature water and microwave for 1 1/2 minutes.  

Pineapple Coconut Chia Seed Overnight Oats

I like the convenience of overnight oats.  I stir everything into a cup before bed and wake up to a nutritious breakfast.  I rarely eat breakfast at all - a habit I'm trying to break starting with this easy one.  

Makes 1.

Pineapple Coconut Chia Seed Oats

1/4 cup old fashioned oats

1 1/2 teaspoons chia seeds

1/4 cup coconut milk (like silk or so delicious brands)

1/2 teaspoon brown sugar

2 tablespoons crushed pineapple

small splash vanilla extract

about one tablespoon toasted coconut flakes 

Mix all ingredients together except the coconut flakes.  Cover and refrigerate overnight (8 hours).  Top with toasted coconut flakes and enjoy.