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/
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.
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.
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.
• 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.
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
• 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.