After months (literally, months) of having homemade hot chocolate virtually every single day*, I finally figured out how to transfer that love to my morning oatmeal.
*It’s an addiction at this point, TBH.
You see, I have a few versions of my European-style (i.e. THICK AS PUDDING) hot chocolate. One is peppermint. Another is Mexican. Another is almond. And the final version is my personal favorite: cardamom.
Add cardamom to your hot chocolate. You won’t regret it.
I have considered sharing my hot chocolate recipe many a time on here, but it seemed so irrelevant; there are no oats involved, after all. Alternatively, I tried finding a similar recipe on the internet for me to include in my “Random Recommendations” section, but that has been unsuccessful as well. It looks like my hot chocolate recipe will remain a well-kept secret. For now.
Instead, I have this oatmeal recipe for you. One day for dinner, I wasn’t in the mood to make anything interesting for dinner. I try to avoid doing this, but I decided to be lazy and make oatmeal. As always, I wanted to make my Fudgy Banana & Peanut Butter Oatmeal, but I felt dumb for making that the second time in one day. To make it more interesting, I grabbed my jar of cardamom.
My reaction: !!!
Cardamom. Cardamom with chocolate. Always.
You can make this with either banana or sweet potato. Ask yourself whether you like Fudgy Banana or Sweet Potato Fudge better, and that will probably get you the result you like better for this recipe. I like using banana because it doesn’t need extra sweetener.
I also like to eat mine Berry Blackout-style: topped with chocolate peanut butter and strawberries. ??
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What you'll need:
- 3/4 cup milk of choice, or water
- 1/4 cup quick cooking steel-cut oats (I used BetterOats Classic Instant Oatmeal with Flax)
- 1 ripe or overripe banana, OR 1/3 cup mashed sweet potato
- 1 heaping tbsp cocoa powder (about 4 tsp)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp ground cardamom
- pinch of salt
How to make it:
- Bring milk (I use 1/2 c almond milk and 1/4 c water) to a boil, add oats, and reduce heat to medium. (If you'd like to add a teaspoon of flax or chia seeds, do so now.)
- Mash banana thoroughly and add to the oatmeal.
- Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add vanilla extract, cocoa powder, cardamom, and salt. Stir.
- When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Top with another splash of your milk of choice and any other desired toppings. I topped mine with chocolate peanut butter and strawberries, a la Berry Blackout Oatmeal.
Just an FYI: