I woke up before my alarm today due to voices coming from the driveway. (No worries, just my housemates randomly awake at 6am… I am not sure if they ever went to sleep.) With my extra time, I decided to make something new for breakfast. This has no doubt been done before, but it was new to me and one of the best bowls of oatmeal I’ve had. I know I say that too often… but I mean it!
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Salted Chocolate Peanut Butter Oats
Recipe: Serves 1
1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup water
2 tsp cocoa powder (quality is key!)
a few drops vanilla extract
1-2 tbsp peanut butter [Y’all! Please be sure to by peanut butter that has not had any oils added to it! Look for a jar that only has peanuts (and salt, if you want) on the ingredients list. It is very common for companies to add plant oils that aren’t nearly as good for you and hydrogenated oils which are downright bad for you in order to reduce the need for stirring! For more info, see my fats post!]
Directions – Combine all the ingredients except the PB in a bowl. Microwave for 90 seconds. Top with PB and savor every last delicious bite until you are swiping the bowl clean with your index finger. Repeat?
Option: You could totally sub out the peanut butter for coconut butter and coconut shreds. I have. Tis’ amazing.
Peanut butter Β * a cheap and ‘licious source of healthy unsaturated fats!
Cocoa powder * a potent source of antioxidants
Oats * A slow digesting carbohydrate that will keep you full for longer and not spike your blood sugar because of its high fiber content! Also contains potassium, phosphorous, pantothenic acid, and magnesium.
Cinnamon *Β In one study, after taking 1/4 β 1 tsp cinnamon daily for 40 days, all participants benefitted from a reduction of fasting blood sugar levels, blood triglycerides, and LDL (bad) cholesterol! It is very high in antioxidants and can help stabilize blood sugar levels, which will help prevent an insulin spike, and thus the storage of fat.