December 7, 2014

Skinny Baked Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal (GF, can be made vegan)

Good morning!

I have had the most exhausting week! And it's continuing... I got a second part time job and between that, my internship, and my other job I literally have not had a single day off in a week and am scheduled every single day this upcoming week.

Here's what happens when I don't get a break...

Granted, they look pretty similar and I did have to get dressed in the dark at 5:30am, but still. Too much work.

Anyway, enough complaining!! I have a fabulous healthy recipe for you today! And I was actually waiting on it to finish baking as I put on my mismatched shoes. Maybe I just got so excited for this baked oatmeal with a gooey peanut butter center that I just stopped paying attention to everything else.

How amazing does this look?! And it's around 400 calories. A perfect breakfast portion. Or dessert, but who's checking?

Spray a ramekin with cooking spray or grease with butter. Line the bottom with bananas...

Top the bananas with half the oatmeal mixture (quick cooking oats, cocoa powder, baking powder, applesauce, almond milk, and vanilla). Line with bananas again and put 1 Tbsp peanut butter/nut butter in the center.

Top with the remaining oat mixture and bake for 20-25 minutes at 350F. The bananas help to give the oatmeal its sweetness since there is no added sweetener. So if you want to leave the bananas out, just add some maple syrup or sweetener of your choice.

Now I'm off to do some quick abs and HIIT sprints before I head to work!



Skinny Baked Chocolate Peanut Butter Center Oatmeal
Adapted from Southern-In-Law

1/2 cup quick cooking oats*
1 Tbsp cocoa powder
1/4 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1/4 cup almond milk**
2 Tbsp non-fat Greek yogurt***
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 banana
1 Tbsp peanut butter*****

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Combine dry ingredients. Add in wet ingredients and mix until incorporated.
2. Spray a ramekin with cooking spray or grease with butter. Slice a banana and line bottom with banana slices.
3. Top bananas with half the oat mixture.
4. Add another layer of bananas, but put a dollop of peanut butter in the center. Top with remaining oat mixture.
5. Bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes.

*You may use rolled or old fashioned oats, but will probably need to increase liquids and baking time.
**Use any milk of choice
***You can sub applesauce for the Greek yogurt to make this vegan. I tried both and found I liked the texture of the Greek yogurt oatmeal better. The applesauce made it a little thicker and drier.
****Use any nut butter of choice.

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