Friday, February 26, 2016

Healthy Sunday Breakfast Treat- Chocolate Brownie Baked Oatmeal

Breakfast is probably my favourite meal-time, particularly weekend breakfasts when I have the time to make something a bit more special. From pancakes to eggs benedict, breakfast foods, in my opinion, are just fantastic in general. I particularly like to make breakfasts when I have guests over. I definitely have the type of personality where I like to take care of people, and closely tied in with this is feeding people. As a result, I am always on the lookout for great recipes, in particular great breakfast recipes.

This recipe is one that I posted a few years ago on my old blog, but it still remains a favourite of mine. The beauty of the recipe is that the base recipe is an individual serving, so you can treat yourself, or you can scale up the recipe to feed a crowd.

It may sound like this recipe is full of sugar and therefore, doesn't really contribute to a well-balanced diet (although who wouldn't love being able to eat chocolate brownie for breakfast anyway). However, the good news is that this recipe is actually full of fibre, protein and healthy fats, without any refined sugars. What's not to love about that?

So if you wake up on a Sunday morning with a hankering for chocolate, but don't want to blow out on sugar, hop on out of bed, get into the kitchen, and immediately receive some happy vibes from knowing that you are soon to be eating something delicious that is also nutritious.

Ingredients (For one big serving)
2/3 banana
40g dates, soaked in boiling water for 5 minutes the drained
10g cocoa powder (or 15 if you want it extra chocolatey)
25g peanut butter or other nut butter
1/2 cup milk of choice
35g rolled oats

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease a small oven-proof dish (or large one if making for a crowd) with a little butter or coconut oil.

Place the banana, soaked dates, cocoa powder, peanut butter and milk in a blender and blend until mixed. You can also use a stick blender for this.

Stir the dates through the blended mixture until well mixed, then transfer to the oven proof dish.

Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes. I like to under-bake it a little so it has a nice fudgy centre.

Enjoy served with a little greek yoghurt.

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