If I had to choose only one favorite food combination, I think it would have to be chocolate and peanut butter. Although I could be (and often am) very happy eating the combination off of a spoon, I also enjoy incorporating it into simple and nutritious recipes. I believe that the key to a nourishing meal with sustanence is incorporating a balanced amount of each macronutrient (carbs, protein, and healthy fats). When it comes to breakfast, protein oatmeal is the perfect easy meal to whip up to fuel a long day at work, replenish after a workout, or just cozy up with on the couch.Here’s what makes this cozy meal so protein-rich:
Peanut butter- My love. I often use chocolate peanut butter in this recipe, but regular is just as delicious. Even just a small amount delivers plenty of protein, heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, antioxidant vitamin E, magnesium, potassium, vitamin B6, and benefits such as decreased overall and cardiovascular disease mortality. I’ll take multiple spoonfuls please!
Protein powder– My family and I love the cacao or vanilla bean protein powder from Livwell Nutrition, which tastes delicious and is super smooth unlike so many other protein powders we have tried. I really love that this particular protein is so highly digestible as it is sourced from bioavailable ingredients such as sprouted brown rice, peas, and hemp, and is additionally a great source of iron, calcium, fiber, and amino acids. If you’d like to try this protein, you may use the code christinabedetta10 to get a 10% discount!
Hemp seeds– An easily digestible source of protein, they are also packed with all of the essential amino acids, iron, magnesium, zinc, vitamin E, the essential fatty acids, and immune-protective phytonutrients.
Oats- Even without the addition of the other protein-rich foods, oats themselves provide about 5 grams of protein per 1/2 cup serving, along with an abundance of other nutrients such as fiber and phytonutrients that have been shown to have multiple health benefits including anticancer and cholesterol-lowering properties.The health benefits and protein content are a huge plus, but what really makes this recipe stand out is the flavor. As far as I’m concerned, this meal is the definition of dessert for breakfast, so I hope that you try it out for yourself and enjoy!
- 1 cup water or non-dairy milk of choice
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1 tbsp ground flaxseed
- 1 tbsp coconut sugar or sweetener of choice, optional
- 1 scoop vanilla or chocolate protein powder
- A pinch of sea salt
- 1 tbsp semisweet or dark chocolate chips
- 1-2 tbsp natural peanut butter
- 1 ripe banana, sliced
- 1 tbsp hemp seeds
- Heat water/milk, oats, and a pinch of salt in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer on low for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until creamy and almost all liquid has been absorbed. Stir in the flaxseed, sweetener, protein powder, pinch of salt, and chocolate.
- Remove from heat and transfer oats to a serving bowl. Top with peanut butter, banana, hemp seeds, and any other toppings that you love.
- I often like to use chocolate peanut butter in this recipe (as pictured), but regular peanut butter is just as delicious!