Banana, almonds, and cocoa powder turn plain quick oats into a tasty breakfast.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
5 mins
total:
15 mins
Servings:
2
Yield:
2 servings
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Ingredients

2
Original recipe yields 2 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Whisk the milk, cocoa powder, turbinado sugar, and almond extract together in a saucepan over medium-low heat until the sugar has dissolved; bring the mixture to a simmer.

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  • Stir the mashed banana and oatmeal into the milk mixture; cook at a simmer until the oatmeal is thickened and the banana has broken up slightly, about 5 minutes. Fold the slivered almonds into the oatmeal to serve.

Cook's Note:

The size and sweetness of the fruit will effect the banana flavor, so taste and adjust accordingly.

Nutrition Facts

366 calories; protein 12.4g; carbohydrates 58.4g; fat 12.3g; cholesterol 9.8mg; sodium 61.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
03/27/2012
Instead of turbanado sugar I used honey in it's place. I also used old fashioned oats only because that was what I had on hand. I shared this with my oldest son--we both thought this was very good. My banana was quite ripe so the honey might not even be necessary next time I make this. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/23/2012
I would make a few changes to this recipe as I found it quite rich and sweet. The almond flavoring also put it a bit over the top. I'd replace that with vanilla extract and reduce the sugar (how much you use depends on the ripeness of your banana) and cocoa. I would also use toasted almonds. This could possibly be a good way to get oatmeal into my kids so I'll try it out on them. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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22 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
03/27/2012
Instead of turbanado sugar I used honey in it's place. I also used old fashioned oats only because that was what I had on hand. I shared this with my oldest son--we both thought this was very good. My banana was quite ripe so the honey might not even be necessary next time I make this. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/24/2012
Chocolate for breakfast - what could be better? This not only tastes delicious but happens to be good for you too! Since I didn't have any almonds on hand I subbed walnuts and vanilla extract which proved to be a nice flavor combination. I cut back on the sugar a bit (personal preference). I topped this with a little sliced banana toasted walnuts and coconut. Thanks for a great recipe Lissa! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/23/2012
I would make a few changes to this recipe as I found it quite rich and sweet. The almond flavoring also put it a bit over the top. I'd replace that with vanilla extract and reduce the sugar (how much you use depends on the ripeness of your banana) and cocoa. I would also use toasted almonds. This could possibly be a good way to get oatmeal into my kids so I'll try it out on them. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/22/2012
Loved the combination of flavors. I used steel cut oats so I had to modify the cooking times slightly but it came out great. Hubby stirred in some peanut butter in his bowl. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/15/2012
I enjoyed this. I've been trying to eat breakfast more often and I'm a fan of the hot cereal. Was looking for a new idea when I came across this one. Mmm chocolate and bananas in oatmeal? Fantastic idea. I used old fashioned oat because that is what I prefer and made mine a little thicker since I like to pour a little cold cream over my hot oatmeal real healthy right? I will make this again! Thanks for the recipe Lissa! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/24/2012
This was an awesome recipe but my mom thought it was too rich. I'm 11 and I would have given it 5 stars. We didn't have turbinado sugar so we used white sugar instead. We also didn't have almonds so we used pecans. I'm guessing you could use any nut. This was the best oatmeal I've ever had. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/24/2012
I am a chocolholic and this recipie is FANTASTIC!!!! I made it for my kids for a special SUnday breakfast and even my picky son ate a whole bowl of this. It IS really rich but if you like rich then it is perfect! Tastes like warm chocolate pudding. Would even be a good dessert. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/07/2014
I gave this 3 stars because I think a recipe should be rated AS IT IS and as it is it's too sweet and rich for most people. I tweaked it a bit and thought it was great and if you want to make it healthier you can make these changes: reduce the sugar to 1 T as it is really way too sweet otherwise and sub the sugar for artificial stevia-based sweetener; reduce cocoa to 1 teaspoon and add a scoop of chocolate whey protein. That will give you the right macronutrient balance between carbs and protein in case you are like me and oatmeal without more protein will leave you with low blood-sugar or hungry within an hour or two. Use skim milk or almond milk ---- it works just as well. In sum here is what worked for me: old-fashioned rolled oats: 1/2 cup with 1 cup skim milk mixed with 1 teaspoon cocoa the almond extract and 1 T Truvia (Krisda is the same thing if that's what you have in your area). Mixed together and microwaved on medium for five minutes. Stirred in 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder and the banana afterwards along with the almonds. If the oats seem watery add a bit more whey protein. Ate with 1/4 cup almond milk and it was soooo good. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/14/2012
This is a really good recipe but I also found it rather rich for breakfast. I do love all the flavors but I think I'd cut back on the sugar and use less almond extract (or maybe just use vanilla instead). The cocoa powder is also a bit too much for me in the morning so I'll cut back on that as well. This is definitely a great recipe I'll just tweak it for my personal tastes. Thanks a lot for sharing! Read More
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