If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been missing a former lover of mine. A couple former lovers, actually.
Peanut butter. And cocoa powder. 🙁
I finished my PB2 and cocoa powder before the move to Brooklyn, and at my new apartment, I decided not to buy more. Why?
Because it’s all I wanted to eat. Every day. My blog was begging for new recipes, but all I ever wanted to eat was Fudgy Banana & Peanut Butter Oatmeal or Berry Blackout Oatmeal or Mocha Brownie Batter Oatmeal with Almond Butter.
And my blog would die if I only ate those three. 🙂 So I’m challenging myself to not keep those two ingredients in the apartment for a couple weeks to see what I can create in the morning without them calling my name.
The idea for this recipe actually came from my banana soft serve. I usually flavor my banana soft serve with cocoa powder and top it with PB2 (shocking, right?). Since I couldn’t do that, I had to get creative. I added frozen mango and a dash of cardamom, and I was stunned by the results. Immediately, I thought: oatmeal.
Do you have any ingredients that you couldn’t live without? I’m eager to get some PB2 and cocoa powder back in my cupboards . . .
- [tunes] Can you watch the music video for “Love on Top” by Beyonce and not feel happy?
- [people] @foodbabyny on Instagram. Just do it. Food + baby. Seriously. Just do it. I think I may have already recommended this in a previous post, but I don’t care. It’s worth recommending twice.
What you'll need:
- 3/4 cup milk of choice, or water
- 1/4 cup quick cook steel-cut oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
- 1 ripe banana
- 1/2 cup (or more) diced mango (I used frozen)
- 1/8 tsp cardamom
- 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste (or extract)
- pinch of salt
How to make it:
- Bring milk (I use an equal mixture of almond milk and water) to a boil, add oats, and reduce heat to medium. (If you’d like to add flax or chia seeds, do so now. I recommend flax.)
- Mash up 2/3 of the banana and add to the oatmeal. Set the remaining third aside for topping.
- Add diced mango. Stir mashed banana and mango into the oatmeal.
- Once more of the liquid has dissolved, add vanilla extract, a tiny pinch of salt, and cardamom. Stir.
- When you’re pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Add another splash of your milk of choice, remaining banana (sliced), and any other additional toppings (shredded coconut, nuts, etc.). I added pomegranate arils.