If you’re looking for a delicious and nutritious breakfast you can make in minutes, look no further!
This rich chocolate oatmeal is as close to dessert for breakfast as you can get. We created this recipe with you and your little ones in mind. It boasts 7 grams of fibre per serving as well as 9 grams of protein. We love that cocoa provides a source of iron as well.
Enjoy this oatmeal paired with some citrus to increase iron absorption or whatever you desire to complete your breakfast!
HIGH FIBRE CHOCOLATE OATMEAL (FOR MOM & TODDLER)
•1/3 cup quick-cooking oats (can also use large flake oats, see directions for cooking adjustment)
•2/3 cup whole milk*
•2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
•1 tablespoon peanut butter (or other nut/seed butter)
•1 teaspoon vanilla extract
•1 tablespoon + 1 1/2 teaspoons good quality cocoa powder (~1 1/2 tbs)
•1 medium to large banana, mashed
•1 teaspoon maple syrup or other sweetener, optional
•1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut, chopped nuts, or other toppings of choice
*If making for baby (under 1 year), you may want to use breastmilk or formula to boost the nutrition, though whole milk is perfectly fine for babies in cooking/baking (not suggested as main drink until after 1).
Combine oats with milk in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 2 minutes on high. Stir. If using large flake oats, you may need an additional 30 seconds -1 minute of cooking time until oats are soft. You can also cook on the stovetop if you prefer.
Remove from microwave/heat. Stir in additional ingredients, adjusting to taste as needed. Use sweetener like maple syrup, honey, or brown sugar for mom and older toddlers/kids. (Avoid added sugar before 2). You can separate baby’s portion out and add in a tablespoon of iron-fortified infant cereal (we like @lovechildorganics) to boost the iron content.
To your portion, you can add sweetener if desired, a tiny pinch of salt, or stir in collagen powder or protein power to boost the protein for your serving! We love this topped with strawberries, nuts, or unsweetened shredded coconut.
Nutrition Facts per serving:
7 grams fibre
9 grams protein
2 mg iron (5.7 mg with 1 tablespoon iron fortified infant cereal added)