Looking for new recipes to add to your breakfast meals? Why not try out this vegan oatmeal recipe. There’s no better way to start the morning than with a delicious Chocolate banana oatmeal breakfast bowl.
Breakfast is my most important meal of the day. If I don’t eat something within a few hours of waking up, I spend the rest of my day hungry and not feeling satisfied by anything I eat. The two key strategies that work for me to make sure I take care of myself in the mornings.
- I like variety! This means that I am constantly on the hunt for new breakfast recipes.
- My breakfast meals must be quick to prepare and easily be taken on the go.
How to meal prep an oatmeal breakfast bowl
The beauty of this vegan oatmeal recipe is that it can easily be eaten hot or cold and it’s super easy to take with you on the go.
My top tips to meal prep
- Prep up the recipe the night before.
- Pack it up the oatmeal in a container for travel.
- Package up the toppings separately so they stay crunchy.
- Eat it hot or cold when you are ready to eat! To reheat simply add a bit of water or milk to thin it out and microwave or heat on the stove.
- Top it with your toppings and enjoy!
EXTRA serving ideas!
Maybe you prefer to eat it cold or are just looking for something different. Here are some ideas for changing this easy vegan breakfast recipe up a bit.
~ Layer it in a jar with yogurt
~ Layer it in a jar with sliced bananas or other fruit. I think strawberries or raspberries would be super yummy!
~ Combine the two and layer the oatmeal with yogurt AND sliced bananas or fruit
~ Use steel cut oats instead of regular oats. They take longer to cook than rolled oats, but simply cook your oats until they are almost done and then add the flavorings
Cacao powder or cocoa powder
You can easily make this vegan oatmeal breakfast bowl with either one. Their flavor profile is definitely similar though the raw, less processed cacao powder may be slightly more bitter. The major difference between the two is that the cacao powder is less processed thus it is likely to be higher in many of the nutrients that cacao contains.
Cacao contains iron which is easily absorbed by the body, unlike other plant-based sources of iron. Check the nutrition label on your packaging to see how much iron it contains. The brand here, Navitas which is one of my favorites uses unroasted beans to make the powder and one serving provides 10% of the RDA for iron.
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Chocolate Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Bowl
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 2 cups almond milk or other plant-based milk
- 2 T cacao powder
- 1 large banana
- 2 T flax meal
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 T cacao nibs
- 1 T shredded unsweetened coconut
- .5 banana chopped
- 1 T maple syrup optional
- Cook 1 cup of oats in milk and water until tender. About 5-6 minutes. While cooking, peel banana and smash with a fork in a small bowl. When oats are ready, stir in banana. flax and cacao powder. Split up into two bowls.
- Top each bowl with coconut, cacao, banana and drizzle with syrup
Did you make and try out this Chocolate banana oatmeal bowl? It’s delish right? Tell me what you thought of this recipe in the comments below. And don’t forget to rate the recipe in the recipe card as well!! Have pictures? Tag @cookeatlivelove so I can see your creations.