I've been wanting to share this healthy breakfast recipe with you for so long now that I'm super excited to be finally publishing it! I eat this dish literally at least once a week, or even more so in winter when the only thing that makes me complete my early morning run is knowing that I get to enjoy a great big bowl of steaming hot double chocolate oatmeal when I get in. If that isn't enough motivation to make me run as fast as I can, nothing is going to get me moving!
There are two hits of banana in this gorgeous oatmeal - one in the form of the rounds of banana you can see on the top and one in the form of mashed banana which is mixed into the oatmeal itself. Before this recipe I didn't really like cooked banana, but after I tried it for the first time, I've never looked back.
Adding mashed banana to oatmeal makes it super-fudgy, thick and more like pudding than breakfast. If you're happier with something savoury like a piece of toast for breakfast, maybe this recipe isn't quite right for you. But if you've got no problem eating an ice cream sundae for breakfast, you'll love it!
It wasn't until I was creating the little nutritional fact table that you can find at the bottom of this page that I realised how healthy this oatmeal actually is. It's absolutely packed full of vitamins and minerals, with 17% of your RDA vitamin C, 24% RDA calcium, 24% RDA iron, 47% RDA dietary fiber and 29% RDA potassium. All that in just one small (okay, maybe not that small!) bowl of oatmeal. Amazing right?!
By the time this blog post is published, I'll actually be on holiday! Yay! And you know how pathetic I am? Every time we go away on holiday, there's always a small part of me that's sad because I know I'm not going to get oatmeal for a couple of weeks - that's how much I love this stuff!
Although the chia seeds in this recipe aren't totally necessary, I definitely recommend you splash out on a bag and sprinkle them on top. Chia seeds are loaded with vitamins, minerals and other nutrients and they really do make you feel great! Of course, you'll know all about this because you totally read my post Why Chia Seeds are Amazing and How to Eat Them for Every Meal I published last month, right?
Gluten-free - fat-free - sugar-free - high in fiber - high in potassium - high in calcium
Healthy Double Chocolate Chia Banana Oatmeal
- 1 small banana
- ½ cup oats
- ½ cup skimmed milk
- ½ cup water
- 1 tablespoon zero calorie sweetener
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons chia seeds
- 6 g /0.2oz high quality dark chocolate chopped into small pieces
- Chop the banana in half. Slice one half into small rounds (these are what you'll use to top the oatmeal) and place the other half in a small saucepan. Mash the banana in the saucepan with a potato masher until it's completely soft and broken down.
- Stir the oats, skimmed milk, water, zero-calorie sweetener and cocoa powder into the saucepan with the banana.
- Place the pan over a medium-high heat and bring the mixture to a boil.
- When boiling, reduce the heat down to medium-low and leave to simmer for about 5 minutes, until thick. You'll have to stir the oatmeal non-stop to make sure it doesn't stick to the bottom of the saucepan and burn.
- When the oatmeal is soft and thick, pour it into a serving bowl. Layer the sliced banana in a line in the middle of the bowl. Sprinkle the chia seed on one side of the bananas and sprinkle the chopped chocolate pieces on the other side.