Chocolate Banana Swirl Oatmeal

When I came up with the idea for this Saturday’s “This Week in Oatmeal” theme (which is Black & White), I instinctively starting dreaming up my own ideas. Since I happened to be out of the obvious black and white toppings (Oreos, white chocolate chips, coconut butter), this recipe seemed like my best option.

It reminds me a lot of my Neapolitan Baked Oatmeal, but with less work and no strawberry. Sure, it’s not pure white or an obvious black, but I think it does the trick! I sprinkled in some black and white sesame seeds to enhance the theme. 🙂

I’d love to see some black and white porridges on Instagram this week! 🙂 Please upload yours with the hashtag #oatmealartist for a chance to be featured this Saturday.

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Chocolate Banana Swirl Oatmeal

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: serves 1

What you'll need:

  • 1/4 cup quick cook steel cut oats
  • 3/4 cup water or milk of choice
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder (try Hershey's Special Dark cocoa powder)

How to make it:

  1. Bring milk (I use an equal mixture of almond milk and water) to a boil, add oats, and reduce heat to medium.
  2. Mash up a ripe banana and add to the oatmeal. Stir.
  3. Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add vanilla extract and salt. Stir.
  4. When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer HALF to a bowl.
  5. Stir cocoa powder into the remaining half in the saucepan.
  6. Combine the two halves by pouring each on opposite sides of the bowl. Then swirl them together using your spoon.
  7. Serve with another splash of your milk of choice and any other additional toppings (shredded coconut, nuts, etc.).

About Lauren Smith

Lauren is a herbivore, Slytherin, and connoisseur of oats. She is a former teacher who is currently studying to earn a master's degree in curriculum development. You can follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

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