Chocolate-Cinnamon Oatmeal with Fresh Fruit

27 Apr

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Until recently, if I was looking for a filling breakfast, I would have taken an egg sandwich over oatmeal any day. In my mind, all oatmeal was like the package of over-flavored, over-sugared cinnamon-apple instant stuff you hydrate with hot water from the office water cooler. Fine in a pinch, but not very satisfying.

Enter: actual oatmeal. Healthy, filling, flavored to your liking. And chocolate? I’m in. This healthy breakfast takes three minutes to make, and holds me until lunch on a work day – can’t beat that! I have a little oatmeal station set up by my coffee maker so I am not rummaging for the same ingredients every morning. If you have never enjoyed oatmeal, try this for a few days and see if you don’t change your mind as well. We will talk egg sandwiches another day!

Ingredients:

– 1/2 c quick oats
– 1 c skim milk
– 1/2 t cinnamon
– 1/4 t unsweetened cocoa powder
– 1/2 t brown sugar or turbinado sugar (a little more if you are new to oatmeal)
– 1/4 c chopped fresh fruit (like mixed berries and pineapple)

How do I make it?

  • Scoop the quick oats and pour the milk into a microwave-safe bowl with at least 4 cup capacity. Place the bowl on a plate in the microwave in case it bubbles over (happens on occasion).
  • Microwave for two minutes.
  • After the two minutes, stir the oatmeal. If it is too runny, microwave it for another 30 seconds.
  • Stir in the cinnamon and cocoa powder, making sure to break up any clumps, then stir in the sugar. Finally, add the fruit.
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2 Responses to “Chocolate-Cinnamon Oatmeal with Fresh Fruit”

  1. Josie M April 28, 2013 at 1:38 pm #

    ok, I’m sold. That looks like a great breakfast. I’ve been on a smoothie kick for bfast but that would be great on days I want something different. Seems like a lot of milk but I guess not?

    • my utensil crock April 28, 2013 at 8:23 pm #

      That is the ratio – 1:2. If, once you try it, the serving is too big and you want a smaller amount, just keep that ratio in mind (like 1/3 c quick oats to 2/3 c milk). This breakfast is a great way to sneak in your calcium, either way!

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