I guess oatmeal is alright. My wife and kids eat it, but I don’t have it very often. I don’t have anything against oatmeal, but I’m just not passionate about oatmeal like I am about brownies. Now brownies are something that get me excited! So when I was doing my Saturday scroll through Pinterest looking for something to make for Sunday breakfast, you can probably imagine my excitement when I came across a recipe for Brownie Batter Oatmeal.
You’re probably thinking right now “Oh great, just another really unhealthy breakfast.” “Why don’t I just feed my kids brownie batter for breakfast?” No, this is a pretty healthy recipe. It’s made with milk, banana, oats, and some vanilla and cocoa powder to give it the rich chocolate flavor. Of course if you wanted you could add a bunch of sugar and chocolate chips, but without all that I think it’s pretty healthy.
What we did was sprinkle some chopped up Oreo Cookies on top. I can’t even remember why I have a container of crushed Oreo Cookies in my refrigerator, but they seemed like a good idea. The oatmeal does taste and have the consistency of brownie batter, but not as sweet. It is oatmeal, so you can always add some sugar to it if you would like.
It was time for me to get busy making the oatmeal. This is a very quick recipe, only taking me about ten minutes. I needed some mashed banana for the oatmeal, and fortunately I had some extra bananas on hand. I used one banana for each serving of oatmeal. The first thing I did was use my potato masher to mash up four bananas in a small bowl then set it aside. They don’t have to be really brown bananas like you would use in banana bread, but just some bananas that are a little soft. The softer the banana the sweeter the oatmeal will be.
My next step was putting milk in a small saucepan over a medium to high heat. As soon as the milk started to boil I stirred in some oats and the mashed banana, then lowered the heat to a low to medium heat. I let it cook for a few minutes while stirring often, just until the milk was absorbed. Next I stirred in some vanilla extract, cocoa powder and a decent pinch of salt.
That’s it, breakfast was served! Like I said before I garnished the oatmeal with some Oreo Cookie crumbs we had on hand. Chopped walnuts or chocolate chips would also be nice to.
Adapted from The Oatmeal Artist