Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal

chocolate peanut butter oatmeal

I was watching the Dr. Oz show with my hubby, Ken, recently when the doc suggested putting a serving of peanut butter in your morning oatmeal. http://www.doctoroz.com/recipes I said to Ken, “He forgot the chocolate.”
Chocolate peanut butter oatmeal is my daughter Rose’s invention. It started with her love of no bake chocolate peanut butter cookies, which I made all the time when the kids were growing up. http://www.nanaclareskitchen.com/2011/11/15/no-bake-chocolate-cookies/

1 TBS cocoa to 1/2 cup oats


However, the love for chocolate and peanut butter goes back a few more decades. When I was really young my parents owned a drive-in restaurant at the corner of Hiawatha and Minnehaha in Minneapolis. My Dad also had a wicked sweet tooth – and still does at 88 yrs old.

add 3/4 cup hot water


Dad combined his hot fudge sauce with a peanut butter sauce and created Hot Fudge Peanut Butter Sauce for ice cream. He kept it in huge containers and scooped out a portion or each day’s sales. The drive-in shut down each winter, not because people in Minneapolis thought it was too cold to eat ice cream, but because it was too cold to serve hamburgers in your car. He brought the sauce home and we got to enjoy it for a treat sometimes on Friday family nights. Other Fridays we had root beer floats. Great memories of games, food and family fun.

cook in microwave one minute

But back to oatmeal. Rose is very health conscious, and chocolate is her happy food. She found a way to combine this and create a high protein, breakfast she can enjoy after her morning run. She says, “It’s basically no bake cookies without all the butter and much less sugar.” Her 12 year old son Liam is also crazy about this oatmeal, as I am.

add 2 TBS peanut butter


Notes:
• Hershey’s unsweetened baking powder only adds 10 calories! Not a bad price to pay for some feel-good food!
• I eat oatmeal so often; I just keep a ½ cup measuring scoop in the container.
• 2 TBS is equal to 1/8 cup, which is the size of a coffee scoop.
• Peanut butter is hard to clean out of a tiny scoop – unless you have a willing puppy, like Zoe. Then, yes, put it in the dishwasher to finish the job – the scoop that is.

Ingredients
¾ cup hot water
½ cup old fashioned oats
1 TBS sweetener of choice: Stevia, sugar, brown sugar, honey, agave nectar
1 TBS cocoa powder, unsweetened
2 TBS peanut butter of choice

let zoe help you clean measuring cup

Directions
• Heat the water in the microwave for one minute.
• Meanwhile measure the oats, cocoa and sweetener in a bowl.
• Pour water over oat mixture and stir.
• Microwave for one more minute.
• Add peanut butter and stir.

This is a breakfast for champions – chocolate, oats and peanut butter. Go gettum!
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6 thoughts on “Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal

  1. When I tried making my own paneut butter, it was the most grueling process ever. Not physically, but the patience involved is crazy. I think you just need to keep processing until you can’t process any more. The PB will be dryer than that you’d buy, but I think that’s how it goes. I have made the same mistake of adding wet ingredients too. Good luck!

  2. I think it’s time Dad coughed up the super secret recipe for his chicken or shrimp batter! I remember it had catsup and paprika in it.

    • An easy, inexpensive and llopmetecy satisfying afternoon snack:Sliced Apples with Creamy (not cream) CheeseSlice up an apple (I love Gala or other sweet red apples) and smear a layer on Laughing Cow Swiss Cheese on top. Sprinkle with some cinnamon for extra spice or drizzle with a tiny bit of honey for some extra sweet. The combination of a crispy sweet apple with smooth savory cheese, this is a great pick me up in the afternoon.

  3. We made true sodas at the drive in. It was chocolate sauce in a glass and then soda water added with vanilla ice cream added.
    We made peanut butter shakes with that peanut butter sauce. I like to order them at culvers!

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