Why is oatmeal so all-encompassing like that?
I spent many childhood mornings, oatmeal in hand while Bobby's World played on the tv. It was the best. But back then, oatmeal had just two ingredients: brown sugar and maple syrup. Oh, and buttered toast on the side. Easy peasy.
I like to think I've gotten a little more creative since then, while still sticking with simple and wholesome ingredients.
This recipe is so easy and delicious, I just had to share.
Very Cherry Berry Chocolate Baked Oatmeal
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 ripe banana
1 tbsp ground flaxseed
1/2-1 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup & 1 tbsp almond milk (or other non-dairy milk. Creamer or coconut milk would make this even more decadent)
1 Tbsp cacao or cocoa powder
1/2 tbsp cacao nibs or dark chocolate chips
Optional: 2 tbsp chopped berries
Preheat oven to 350
Lightly oil a ramekin dish or another single-serving baking pan (I used a round 6-inch ramekin) In a medium bowl, mix ingredients until just combined. Pour mixture evenly into dish. Cook for about 20 minutes.
1/4 cup chopped strawberries
1/4 cup chopped frozen cherries
1-2 tsp liquid sweetener (I used monk fruit)
1 tbsp water
In a small saucepan, add strawberries, frozen cherries, sweetener and water together. Heat until cherries and berries start to soften and frozen cherries start to melt, about 5-7 minutes. Once they've combined into a sauce, spoon topping onto your baked oatmeal.
Sometimes the simplest breakfasts are also the absolute best.