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Chocolate Banana Bread Oatmeal

February 26, 2014

Have you ever woken up and wanted something super decadently delicious for breakfast that wasn’t going to set your whole day on the “OMG-I-ate-chocolate-for-breakfast-and-now-I-am-going-to-have-a-fat-day” track?

I know that feeling all too well. Sometimes I wake up, scroll through my Instagram feed and see a fresh baked vegan dessert from one of my favorite food bloggers, shining in all its perfectly-manicured-food-photography glory. Or sometimes I wake up craving the dessert I had from the night before and wonder how I can sneak that yumminess into my breakfast.

Ummm, hello yesterday’s raw vegan panut butter cups:

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I guess the truth is, I’m not a savory breakfast kind of gal anymore. I love a good tofu scramble when I’m in the mood, and of course I can whip up a green smoothie like its nobody’s business, but sweet and simple always does the trick for me. Funny, because before I was vegan I really wasn’t into the whole sweets for breakfast thing. Never liked pancakes, not a big waffle person, hated syrup. But now I love indulging in something sinfully sweet but deceptively super duper clean in the morning.

Maybe I love it because I have finally discovered some fantastic “Dessert for Breakfast” recipes that start my day with a healthy bang rather than an unhealthy one. I am all about the start clean / finish clean mentality, so there’s no way I would risk setting my day off balance for the sake of satisfying my sweet tooth. Especially not when I have six miles to run a few hours after brekky!

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This morning I was craving something decadent, gooey and chocolatey with a hint of banana. I also knew I wanted to incorporate one of the all-natural peanut butter cups I made yesterday (OK, fine, you caught me: two of the PB cups). This Chocolate Banana Bread Oatmeal certainly did the trick.

All I did was blend an overripe banana with my steel cut oats, ½ scoop of Vega One chocolate protein powder, 1 tablespoon of cacao powder, ½ tablespoon of maca powder and a few big drizzles of cinnamon. Holy COW! I could eat this every morning. No joke. It tastes like a healthy version of banana bread pudding.



½ cup gluten-free steel cut oats

1 overripe banana

1 tablespoon cacao powder

½ tablespoon maca powder (optional. If you don’t have maca it will be just as yummy without it)

½ scoop Vega One chocolate protein powder (or any protein powder of your choice)

a few big drizzles of cinnamon


½ cup berries + ½ banana + 2 peanut butter cups, or any topping of choice. Coconut shreds would also be delicious!



1. Boil the oats with 1 cup of water until the water is fully soaked in.

2. Blend banana, protein powder, cacao powder, maca, and cinnamon in a blender.

3. Add oats into blender and blend thoroughly. Don’t blend for too long, because you want your oats to still have their oaty consistency. That’s why we pre-blend the banana and other ingredients.

4. Pour into a bowl, top with toppings. Voila!

Nutrition Info:

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The Nutrition Info is with toppings, minus PB cups. Add about 160 calories per PB cup (and lots of protein and iron, too!)