It may be spring but as I see it, oatmeal is an any-time-of-the-year food. It’s super nutritious, filling and delicious. Over the years I’ve made many versions and I never seem to run out of new ways to jazz it up. I like to keep my breakfasts relatively healthy, but I also want to feel that what I’m eating is special so I’m always working on ways to keep the first meal of the day exciting and healthy at the same time.
It’s important to have a good balance of carbs and protein in the morning to help sustain you until your next meal. With that in mind, I try to add things to the oatmeal that will help keep me satisfied. Today I decided to stir a little almond butter into my cooked rolled oats and top it with some whole almonds, a few chocolate chips and a sprinkling of cocoa powder. The flavor combination is delicious and very filling. The addition of the chocolate chips is definitely a “once-in-a-while” treat but it’s the perfect way to stave off any sweet craving I’m having at the moment without going overboard. A teaspoon of semi-sweet chocolate chips is just the right amount of sweet to satisfy and make my breakfast feel decadent without any guilt at all.
Almond Chocolate Chip Oatmeal
1/2 cup rolled oats, cooked in water according to package instructions
1 teaspoon almond butter
1 teaspoon semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 teaspoon cocoa powder or cinnamon
1. Prepare oatmeal with water according to package instructions. While oatmeal is still hot, stir in almond butte. Top with almonds, chocolate chips and a dusting of cocoa powder. Enjoy!