Banana- Cacao Oatmeal

I woke up this morning craving something healthy and nourishing, yet chocolatey and decadent. To spice up my day, I decided to add turmeric and cacao to my oatmeal.

Lately, I have been adding turmeric to almost everything- there are just so many health benefits! This spice aids in detoxifying the body and decreasing inflammation. It may seem odd since I add this spice to my veggies and chicken, but it has a warm flavor and I added chocolate, bananas, and blueberries to sweeten up my oatmeal.

In addition to turmeric’s benefits, cacao has 40 Times the antioxidants of blueberries (that’s a ton!!), it is considered the highest plant-based source of Iron, cacao is full of Magnesium- which is important for a healthy Heart & Brain, it contains more Calcium than Cow’s Milk, and cacao acts as a natural mood elevator and Anti-Depressant.

This created a delicious flavor combination. Give this combo a try!!

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A detoxifying bowl of oatmeal spiced with turmeric and cacao.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (add more if it is dry!)
  • 1/2 ripe banana (mashed) + add the other half of the banana sliced on top
  • 1/2 cup egg whites (optional: for extra protein)
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 tsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cacao nibs
  • 1 tbsp almond or peanut butter (optional – adds creaminess)

Instructions

To make on a Stove top:

  1. Wash the blueberries.
  2. Add the almond milk or water to a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
  3. Once the water is boiling, add the oats and stir well. Lower heat to a low simmer and continue to stir.
  4. Stir in egg whites.
  5. Add the mashed banana, cacao, and turmeric to the oatmeal – stir well to combine.
  6. Once the oats have absorbed most of the water or almond milk, remove from the stovetop.
  7. Pour the oatmeal into a bowl and top with the banana, berries, chia seeds, cacao nibs,  and optional nut butter.
  8. Enjoy!!

To make with a Microwave:

  1. Wash the blueberries.
  2. Combine oats and almond milk (or water) in a bowl. Microwave for 1 minute.
  3. Add the 1/2 mashed banana, cacao, and turmeric to the oatmeal – stir well to combine.
  4. Stir in egg whites and heat for 1.5 more minutes, stir, and reheat for another 1.5 minutes.
  5. Top oats with the banana, berries, chia seeds, cacao nibs, optional nut butter, and whatever else your heart desires (I included the last chocolate covered strawberry I had left over from Valentine’s day. Delish!)
  6. Enjoy!!

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