Banana and chocolate. Banana and chocolate. Banana and chocolate. This seems to be my daily addiction, and I sometimes have trouble coming up with recipes that go beyond that–not because I lack the imagination, but because banana and chocolate is what I crave, deep down in my heart. Exhibit A:
- Banana & Chocolate Chip Oatcakes
- Black-Bottom Banana Cream Pie Overnight Oatmeal
- Fudgy Banana and PB Oatmeal
- Dark Chocolate Dreams Oatmeal
- Almond Joy Oatmeal 2.0
- Chocolate Banana Overnight Oatmeal
- Dark Chocolate Banana Oatmeal
And soooooo many more!
So this time, I pushed myself (it took a big push) to step outside my banana obsession. It just so happened that I had walked past my neighborhood produce corner store and lusted over their ripe kiwifruit, so that’s what I went with.
I was feeling frugal, so I only used one kiwi for my oatmeal, but two is ideal. You can mix one into the porridge, and use the other for topping…or however else you want to break it up (I also enjoy 1.5 kiwi in the oatmeal, and just half a kiwi on top).
The zucchini in the oatmeal is more or less optional, but if you want a bulkier breakfast, it helps pump it up and make it creamier. Bonus: zucchini provides a lovely dose of potassium, vitamin B6, and vitamin C! Did you know many (most?) people are significantly deficient in potassium?
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What you'll need:
- 1/2 cup milk of choice (coconut recommended)
- 1/4 cup water (or more coconut milk)
- 1/4 cup quick cook steel cut oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
- 1/4-1/3 cup's worth pureed or grated zucchini or yellow squash* (optional)
- 1-2 tsp maple syrup (optional)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 heaping tbsp cocoa powder
- pinch of salt
- 1-2 kiwifruit, diced (I also peel mine)
- shredded coconut for topping (I toasted mine)
How to make it:
- Bring milk and 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.)
- Add pureed or grated zucchini into the oatmeal. Stir occasionally.
- Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add maple syrup, vanilla extract, cocoa powder, and salt. Stir. Add additional sweetener if you think it's necessary.
- When you’re pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, add half of diced kiwifruit and stir into oatmeal.
- Transfer to a bowl. Top with remaining kiwifruit, another splash of your milk of choice, shredded coconut, and any other additional toppings (chocolate chips, chocolate PB2, coconut butter, nuts, fruit, etc.)
Just an FYI:
*I like using yellow squash because zucchini leaves green streaks in your oatmeal (unless you take the time and effort to peel it first).