These chocolate protein oats with banana & cinnamon are my absolute go-to for breakfast. I have this oatmeal at least a couple times per week. It is so ridiculously easy to make. With a recipe like this, there really is no excuse to not eat healthy.
CHOCOLATE PROTEIN OATS
I love adding protein powder to my oatmeal because I find that it helps to keep you full for longer. The protein also slows down the digestion of the carbohydrates which gives you a more sustained release of energy throughout the day. My favourite protein powder to mix with oats is Kaizen’s Chocolate Whey Isolate Protein powder. You can definitely use a plant based protein powder as well. This is just what I prefer.
In addition to having protein in this oatmeal, you also get a hint of chocolate flavour which spices up your traditional oatmeal recipe.
There are so many wonderful toppings for oatmeal. For this particular oatmeal recipe, I used the following toppings:
Bananas add a natural sweetness to your oatmeal without having to add any artificial sugars. You will also get the benefits of some extra fibre from the bananas. I generally like to use half of a banana in my oatmeal since I don’t like it to be overly sweet. However, if I am having a sweet tooth, I will do half of a banana mixed in with the oatmeal and then top it off with some extra banana slices!
I love adding blueberries to my protein oatmeal recipes! Blueberries are an excellent source of antioxidants and fibre. They are also a great low sugar fruit option.
Chia seeds are an excellent source of plant based protein and are a rich source of fibre. These hardly have any taste, so you can literally add as many or as little as you’d like to your oatmeal. I usually like to add 1-2 tablespoons.
Bee pollen is a complete protein that is rich in amino acids, vitamins, minerals and enzymes. Similarly to chia seeds, bee pollen does not have much of a flavour. I like to add about 1 tbsp to my oats!
Greek yogurt is one of my favourite toppings to add to oatmeal recipes. It gives your oatmeal a delicious creaminess. I typically use an unflavoured Greek yogurt with no added sugar because the bananas will usually be enough sweetness for me. The Greek yogurt also provides some extra protein. I have been enjoying Icelandic yogurt which is a cultured dairy product, richer in protein than regular yogurt and significantly less sugar content.
HOW TO COOK OATMEAL
For this recipe, I used the microwave to make this oatmeal. I generally prefer using the stovetop. However, when you are in a pinch, the microwave does come in handy. With gluten-free rolled oats, you only need to cook the oats for about a minute.
If you are using the stove top, it will probably take around 5 minutes to cook.
Cooking times vary depending on how you prefer your oats. I am not a fan of overly liquidy oats. I prefer a thicker consistency, which is why I try to ensure that my water to oat ratio is the same.
SHARING IS CARING
As always, if you make this chocolate protein oats recipe, please remember to share it on social media and tag me @seasonshealings. I want to see your lovely creations!
MORE BREAKFAST RECIPES
Chocolate Protein Oats with Cinnamon & Banana
- 1/2 cup gluten-free rolled oats
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 scoop Chocolate Whey Protein Isolate powder, (I use Kaizen protein)
- 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 whole banana, sliced
- 1/4 cup blueberries
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp bee pollen
- 2 tbsp plain yogurt, (I use Skyr Icelandic yogurt)
- rose petals, for garnish
- Add the oats & water to a bowl.
- Add half of the sliced banana to the bowl with the cinnamon and stir until combined.
- Place in microwave for 1 minute until cooked.
- Add the yogurt, blueberries, extra banana, chia seeds, bee pollen and rose petals. Serve!