Jun 11, 2014

The Brownie Oatmeal

Apologies for another cooking post but I really haven't been too into shopping this month. I promise that this recipe is worth it!! Onto the post!

As I've said before, breakfast is my safe food. I like the familiarity of oatmeal every morning. It's one less meal I have to think about and plan ahead. But once you get creative with food, you just can't stop yourself from making good, better. This is an indulgent and delicious alternative to the plain old apple-cinnamon/maple-brown sugar oatmeal combos I tend to lean towards. 

We finished the batch of applesauce brownies a couple of days ago. I wasn't about to make another batch, so I had to improvise and introduce everything I love about a good brownie into my plain old oatmeal.

Ingredients -

Almond milk - 1 cup (you can use regular milk)
Steel cut oats - 1/2 cup
Chia seeds - 1 tablespoon
Unsweetened cocoa powder - 1 tablespoon
Walnuts - chopped into small pieces - 2 tablespoons
Dates - 2-3
Maple syrup - 2 tablespoons

Method - 

1. Heat the milk in a saucepan.

2. Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl and pour into the saucepan when the milk is warm. Reserve a few walnuts for the end.

3. Whisk and see that the cocoa is dissolved and there are no lumps.

4. Cook for 3-4 minutes or according to package instructions.

5. Transfer to a bowl and add maple syrup to taste. Sprinkle some more walnuts on top for presentation and serve.

I know how simple this recipe is but I wanted to share it anyway for all you brownie-craving girls and boys. We don't need a panful of them everyday when we can just put it in oatmeal, right?  If you are vegan, this is a great dish to keep in your arsenal. The recipe has everything that a perfect brownie has - rich chocolate taste, a natural sweetness from the dates, crunchy walnuts and did I mention the RICH chocolate taste? YUM! I hope you enjoy this recipe! Thanks for reading!

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