Chocolate Hazelnut Oats

Chocolate Hazelnut Oats

These oats are one of my favorite morning treats. It’s like being bad for breakfast without being bad. A little bit of cacao powder goes a long way, but the secret to this kind of decadence is nothing more than a little hazelnut extract. Like nutella? Well then, dig in.

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Ingredients:

The Oats:

  • 1/4 cup plain oats
  • 2 tbsp quinoa flakes
  • water
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened flaxmilk (or milk of choice)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 1 tsp raw agave
  • 1 tsp hazelnut extract
  • cinnamon to taste

The Toppings:

  • 1/2 cup kashi go lean crunch cereal (or 1/4 cup granola)
  • 1 small banana
  • 1 tbsp Spectrum’s Decadent Blend

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Instructions:

Cook the oats and quinoa flakes in water

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The reason I use quinoa flakes too? They pack more protein than oats and I like the creamier texture they add to a good bowl of oatmeal. Quinoa flakes, unlike regular quinoa, look just like tiny oatmeal, cook like it, act like it, and taste like it.

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Once the oatmeal is cooked, I like to add 1/4 cup unsweetened flaxmilk and give it a stir. Then, I put if back in the microwave for 45 secs-1 min. This makes the oatmeal creamier, fluffier and keeps it puffed up and dense. Sometimes oatmeal just deflates, you know?

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Then, add your ingredients and stir well.

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And lastly, don’t forget your hazelnut extract. It’s the reason this recipe is oh so good.

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Now, I always say feel free to customize your own toppings, but this combo is sure to make your oatmeal even more heavenly if you choose.

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I like kashi go lean crunch instead of granola because it packs an extra protein punch, and an amazing crunch. I like the balance of the creamy oats and the crunchy cereal. Perfect every time. Sometimes, I’ll make my oats and forget that I don’t have any Kashi at home, and I get very sad.

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A small banana is the perfect topping for this oatmeal. Have you ever smothered nutella on a banana? If you haven’t I suggest you get a banana right now and try it with my chocolate hazelnut spread.

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To top this breakfast off, I couldn’t resist this stuff from Spectrum. It’s good for you, AND is chocolatey. My favorite way to eat it is actually sprinkled on homemade almond butter smothered on some cinnamon raisin ezekiel bread. But this topping is really the icing on the cake for these oats.

Nutritional Facts:

With toppings:

Calories: 454

Carbs: 79g

Protein:14g

Fat: 11g

Without toppings:

Calories: 229

Carbs: 34g

Protein: 7g

Fat: 7g

Adding the banana packs this breakfast with protein, and the chia seeds + decadent blend gives an amazing dose of omega-3 healthy fats. It is also high in Calcium, Iron and of course, antioxidants from the cacao.

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