Hot Chocolate Banana-Nut Oatmeal

I must be honest with you, I have a bit of a sweet tooth. Because of my one-time sugar addiction, I don’t eat a lot of sweets anymore, as I’m sometimes tempted to eat more than I should, which I know is unhealthy. But that doesn’t stop me wanting to eat things like chocolate from time to time.

When I found this recipe on The Food Network, I knew I’d found something special. Sweet, but without lots of added sugar, this fun, dessert-like breakfast tastes like a treat but, really, it’s healthy, filling, and good for you too.

I don’t make this breakfast very often, but when I do, I love every mouthful! It’s also proven to be a big hit with my friends who have kids. Definitely a treat for all the family!

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Number of servings: 4


  • 2 cups unflavored, unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Sea salt
  • 2 cups steel cut oatmeal
  • 2 tablespoons raw cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons stevia, honey, or agave syrup
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts or almonds, or ¼ cup peanut butter
  • Ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons dark chocolate chips


  1. Put the water and the almond milk in a pan. Bring to the boil
  2. Slice the bananas into ½ inch pieces. Add them to the pan
  3. Add the vanilla extract and a sprinkling of sea salt
  4. Add the oats, nuts, cocoa powder, and a tablespoon of your chosen sweetener
  5. Lower the heat and cook for 6-7 minutes, until the oats are soft, and the fluid is absorbed
  6. Spoon the oats into four bowls
  7. Top with the chocolate chips, cinnamon, and remaining sweetener
  8. Eat immediately, or allow to cool to make a perfect mid-morning snack

Picture credit: The Food Network

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