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December 23, 2011

Chocolate Fudge Brownie Oatmeal

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I've always heard about how healthy oatmeal is and how it can lower your cholesterol, keep you fuller for longer, etc etc etc, but for the life of me I could not get over my first experience with it:  I bought the instant stuff, Quakers I think, and even all the sugar and flavorings didn't help the blandness of the oatmeal.  I ended up adding even more sugar to the bowl and a bunch of unhealthy add-ins which kinda defeated the purpose of a healthy bowl of oatmeal, right?

Well, last month, I decided I was going to have a bowl of oatmeal every day...  I had to make it taste good if that was my goal!  It's been quite some time since my horrible "oatmeal experience," and since then I've learned that the instant stuff isn't oatmeal at all, it's more like 80% filler and 20% broken oat pieces.

My journey began with some old-fashioned, plain oats in a bowl with some milk, microwaved for two minutes.
It smelled pretty...  boring.

I added cinnamon, tasted it, and added some more along with some stevia.  It tasted a little better, but after a few bites I had to struggle to eat my way through the entire bowl.  Nothing I added helped--nutmeg, stevia, extracts--it was torture.  I just wanted a simple microwave oatmeal that I could make every morning.  And that's when I (naturally) started thinking of chocolate!

Not only is this oatmeal sugar-free, but it's 100% healthy, balanced and filling.

Chocolate Fudge Brownie Oatmeal:  [sugar free, low fat, high fiber/protein, GF, vegan]
(serves one)

   1/2 cup Old Fashioned Rolled Oats (GF if you like)
   2 tbs Dark Cocoa Powder (unsweetened)
   3-4 packets Truvia (or dry sweetener of choice)
   1 cup Milk of choice (skim milk, almond milk, soymilk, etc)
   15 drops Stevia Extract (to taste, optional)
   1 scoop Chocolate Protein Powder

1)  Put the oats, cocoa and erythritol into a large, microwave safe bowl.  Pour enough milk (I usually use 3/4 cup) over the mixture and stir until you make a thick sludge (note:  I like to cook the oatmeal into a cookie sort of thing for texture)
2)  Microwave for 2 minutes and 10-30 seconds (I have to stop the microwave after 1 minute and 30 seconds because the oatmeal tends to boil over and I don't feel like cleaning up chocolate sludge all over the microwave!)... add another 20-30 seconds if you like soft oatmeal, or 40-50 seconds longer if you like porridge
3)  Mix the rest of the milk (about 1/4 cup) with the stevia and protein powder (the more the creamier!) in a glass with a spoon, stirring and pressing on the clumps until dissolved.  Pour over the oatmeal and stir until all is incorporated

Did I mention that this oatmeal "challenge" is the easiest challenge ever??  It's basically like a chocolate dessert for breakfast!


  1. Wooow ..... I too had a similar experience with oats the first time I tried it :) Sigh !! But you made this look so gorgeous and delissshhhhhh ....... yumm.

  2. Yum!!! I've got this in my fridge right now as 'over night oats' - minus the protein powder which I'll add in the morning. Hopefully it turns out 'cause I'll be upset if I don't get chocolate for breakfast now that I'm looking forward to it! ;)

  3. This is one of the best breakfast surprises I've seen! Everyone on the breakfast table would surely have a light mood after having one cup. Besides that, the good presentation would also delight everyone. I think dark chocolate would also be perfect!


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