There is lot you can do with a humble oats! They are filling, work great as a base for many flavours and are very cheap to buy. They make the perfect budget breakfast!
I often run out of ideas what to eat by the afternoon and happily return back to porridge oats or my blueberry oats crumble or overnight chocolate and strawberry oats for a mid afternoon snack. I suppose that’s what working from home does to you!
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Best chocolate for this recipe
This brownie batter oatmeal recipe is all about chocolate, which might or might not surprise you depending on how well you know me.
I’ve been working with chocolate on a professional level for more than a decade now and over the years I started to look at chocolate more as a medium to work with than food I would actually eat.
I suppose having a chocolate workshop with kilos of chocolate somehow leaves you craving for steaks and savoury foods!
This all changed recently because I had to take an unplanned break from my workshops (thanks to a mean virus that was everywhere) and suddenly realised that the chocolate I had in my storage room needed to be eaten or it will go off.
I have to say, it was really nice to re-discover the different types of chocolates and eat more than just a few pieces of chocolate to taste for chocolate pairing.
This brings me neatly to today’s recipe! It’s the most basic, yet delicious chocolate oatmeal you can imagine eating on a cold autumn morning. Or in the afternoon if you are feeling peckish.
Ingredients & substitutions
- porridge breakfast oats
- vanilla extract
- cocoa powder
You can easily make this recipe gluten-free – just buy gluten-free oats
Turn this recipe into a dairy-free version by using water or plant-based milk. I find that coconut milk, oat milk, almond or even soya milk works well with this recipe. You could even make this recipe with water, although the taste would be slightly different.
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Don’t leave out the pinch of salt. The salt brings all the flavours together, otherwise, you’ll end up with just sweet bland oatmeal.
Low sugar recipe
This recipe doesn’t include sugar. The banana and milk already contains sugar, but if you really feel like you need an extra sweetness with your oatmeal, add a teaspoon or two of brown sugar.
I’ve used cocoa powder to make this recipe, but you can easily use chopped up chocolate (about the same amount 1-2 tablespoons or more depending on your taste)
You can use milk or dark chocolate (if you are using a chocolate bar) – milk chocolate will, of course, make the oatmeal sweeter.
How to make breakfast brownie batter oatmeal porridge
Measure the milk with oats and place them in a medium-size saucepan.
Bring everything to a slow boil, reduce the heat and then add the mashed bananas. You can use ripened or slightly bruised bananas for this, as they will be mashed anyway and it adds extra sweetness to the porridge.
Carry on stirring carefully for 5 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed into the oats.
Add the cocoa powder, vanilla extract and pinch of salt.
Adjust the amount of cocoa powder by tasting your oatmeal and check that the oats have been softened enough.
Serve straight away, topped with leftover bananas or toppings of your choice (pineapple chunks, dried fruit, extra chocolate chunks or raspberries)
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Tips on making the brownie batter oatmeal recipe
This recipe is enough for two people and you can easily double the recipe (or halve it) depending on the number of people you are cooking for.
You can make this recipe in the microwave, just be careful as the oats have a habit of overflowing in the microwave.
You can use any type of oats you have. If they are rolled or roughly cut, you might need to boil them for longer. Taste them at the end to check when they are done. I wouldn’t normally use instant oats for this recipe, but that’s probably because we don’t buy them anyway.
You can eat it as it is, but if you have any bananas leftover, chop them on the top.
Other toppings that work really well with this recipe are: pineapple chunks, raspberries, extra chocolate chunks (grated chocolate or chocolate pieces), dried fruit, seeds or walnuts.
Brownie Batter Oatmeal – No Added Sugar
- 1/2 cup porridge breakfast oats
- 1 1/2 cup milk any type of milk is fine (or water)
- 1 large banana or 2 small ones (leave some for topping)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2-3 tbsp cocoa powder the amount depends on the quality of cocoa powder and your preference
- tiny pinch of salt
- Measure the milk with oats and place them in a medium-size saucepan.
- Bring everything to a slow boil, reduce the heat and then add the mashed bananas.
- Carry on stirring carefully for 5 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed into the oats.
- Add the cocoa powder, vanilla extract and pinch of salt.
- Adjust the amount of cocoa powder by tasting your oatmeal and check that the oats have been softened enough.
- Serve straight away, topped with leftover bananas or toppings of your choice (pineapple chunks, dried fruit, extra chocolate chunks or raspberries)