Sometimes you just crave chocolate…at 8am. Unfortunately, cookies and brownies do not qualify as healthy breakfast options, and, much to my disappointment, neither does a chocolate chip “muffin” (read: cupcake, no frosting. I’m a frosting gal, so, really, what’s the point?) When the early morning craving for sweets strikes, I think it’s a good idea to give in. Otherwise, I’ll end up with a dessert course at lunch. Never a good idea. In the summer, protein shakes are a perfect solution. I love a good chocolate peanut butter banana protein shake, but in the winter, especially when the temperature is the age of an elementary school child, I really prefer a hot breakfast. I’ve developed a solution that hits the sweet spot and doesn’t break the calorie bank at breakfast. This chocolate peanut butter banana oatmeal has all of the flavors of a delicious peanut butter cup, the warmth of a brownie and enough protein and filling fiber to hold me over until lunch.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal
- 1 serving oatmeal or hot breakfast cereal (I actually used Bob’s Red Mill 10 Grain Hot Cereal)
- 1/2 banana, sliced (I used 1/2 of a banana that I had peeled, chopped and frozen, but a ripe, fresh one would work too)
- 1 tbsp peanut butter
- 2 tsp cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp agave nectar (optional)
Cook hot cereal to package directions, adding the banana when you add the cereal to the hot water.Once the cereal is cooked, stir in peanut butter.Add cocoa powder and mix well. Taste for sweetness. Add agave nectar if desired.