Take your morning oatmeal up a notch with this dairy-free and protein-filled banana chocolate chip recipe!
I very rarely eat chocolate for breakfast. It’s just not something I typically crave in the morning. But I woke up one Sunday morning, and all I could think about was having chocolate.
I was most likely having sugar cravings because I was at the end of the luteal phase of my cycle, and needed to add more foods rich in B vitamins to my diet. Luckily, chia seeds, peanut butter, oats, and bananas all contain B vitamins. So my oatmeal gave me a boost of B vitamins and satisfied my chocolate craving with dark chocolate made with minimal ingredients, which is more nourishing for the body.
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In this recipe, I used my favorite plant protein powder to give it a boost of nourishing protein. I love this protein because it’s made with minimal ingredients and high-quality proteins including pea, chia, pumpkin, hemp and quinoa. It’s also incredibly delicious and blends really well with oatmeal, baked goods, and smoothies.
I also used Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Morsels, which are made with just a few ingredients and are dairy-free. I use these a lot for baking!
Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 scoop vanilla plant protein powder
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. almond extract or pure vanilla extract
1 tbsp. pure maple syrup
1 tbsp. chia seeds (optional)
1 tbsp. dairy-free dark chocolate chips
Optional toppings: almond butter, peanut butter, cashew butter, hemp seeds, etc.
In a small saucepan, combine the almond milk, oats, plant protein powder, cinnamon, almond or vanilla extract and pure maple syrup. Cook over medium/low heat. Cook until oats are cooked to your desired consistency.
Stir in chia seeds. Pour into a bowl. Top with banana slices and chocolate chips.
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