Chocolate Almond Oatmeal

If you loved those sweet chocolate cereals as a kid, you’re going to love this grown up version. Adding cocoa, maple syrup and almond butter to oatmeal is a beautiful way to start our day. Top it with some berries or banana slices and you’ve got a fast and easy, nutrient-balanced, weekday breakfast that will be a treat for the entire family.

Chocolate Almond Oatmeal


1 cup old-fashioned oats

2 1/2 cups fat-free milk, soy milk or other plant-based milk

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

3 tablespoons almond butter

1-2 tablespoons maple syrup

Berries, chopped apples or banana slices, optional


  1. In a 10-inche non-stick skillet, add the oats, milk, salt and cocoa. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring frequently until oats are tender and creamy, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. Swirl in almond butter and maple syrup (to taste).
  3. Serve in a bowl topped with berries, apples or banana slices, if desired.

Note: You can double this recipe and store leftover oatmeal in the fridge for several days. You will need a larger skillet or pan so the oatmeal doesn’t boil over. Reheat in the microwave with a splash of milk. Oatmeal can also be frozen.

Recipe adapted from Food52 Genius Recipes.

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