I came up with the recipe for this healthy chocolate gingerbread oatmeal after wanting to have a new way to eat oatmeal. If you follow me on Instagram, then you know that I love gingerbread oatmeal. On SweetByShayla, I published my old recipe for it. The old recipe had maple syrup. Since I am trying to make this recipe a little bit healthier, I substituted the maple syrup for date nectar! It still tastes the same, it’s just not as sweet.
Growing up, I didn’t really enjoy oatmeal because it was so bland. My mother would only top the oatmeal with apples and cinnamon. I found that so boring and always just decided to make some eggs instead. This healthy chocolate gingerbread oatmeal recipe is perfect for children! I can only imagine how happy I would have been growing up having this for breakfast.
What makes this healthy chocolate gingerbread oatmeal healthy?
The best thing about this healthy chocolate gingerbread oatmeal recipe is that it is healthy! It’s loaded with protein powder, some healthy fats, and it checks off all the boxes for a healthy morning breakfast. Well, there’s been a few days that I have had this healthy chocolate gingerbread oatmeal for dinner. Haha.
How to make oatmeal taste better:
First off, you do not have to add lots of sugar to your oatmeal for it to taste better. When I first started eating oatmeal, I was under the impression that since oatmeal was so bland, it needed lots of sugar. You can sweetened your oats with natural sweeteners like dates if you’re watching your sugar intake. I am amazed at how amazing dates are when it comes to sweetening dishes. Want an even healthier way to make oat
I know you’re wondering, how can I sweeten my oatmeal with dates? Well blend 3 medjool dates with 1 cup of almond milk, some collagen peptides, ground flax, 1/4 cup frozen cauliflower, and protein powder. Add this mixture to your oats on the stove and allow to boil. This is a natural way to sweeten the oats!
Next, you should probably add some fruit to your oats. A lot of people are watching their sugar intake due to trying to be as healthy as possible. It is a myth that you shouldn’t eat fruit due to it’s sugar content. Fruit is good for you! Although, I may not eat my oats with raspberries often, I enjoy oats with frozen raspberries.
Most noteworthy: Do not buy those disgusting pre-made oats with artificial flavoring. And besides, it takes little to no time to create your own flavor for your oatmeal.
In conclusion, remember that you should add ingredients to your oatmeal that will fill you up and load you up with energy. You don’t want to add ingredients that will cause you to have a mid morning crash. You should probably listen to your body and pay attention to the signs you get after eating certain meals for breakfast.
- 1/2 cup Trader Joe’s Old Fashioned Oats
- 1 tbsp Blackstrap Molasses
- 1 tsp Date Nectar
- 1 tsp Cashew Butter
- 1 tsp Raw Cashews
- 1 Banana
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1 tbsp Ground Flax
- 1 scoop Trader Joe’s Chocolate Supergreen Drink Powder (or Trader Joe’s Hemp Chocolate Protein Powder)
- 1/2 tsp Ground Ginger
- 1/4 tsp Ground Cinnamon
- Add your oats to a microwave safe bowl (or pot on the stove) and add blackstrap molasses, date nectar, ground flax, vanilla extract, ground ginger, protein powder, and ground cinnamon. Stir the mixture. Cover with clingwrap and microwave for 3 minutes.
- After 3 minutes, remove from microwave. Top with banana, cashew butter, and cashews.
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