I think that we can all agree that oatmeal can be a bit boring, especially when it's on repeat for breakfast. The interesting thing about oats is that they're incredibly versatile and can take on endless flavors. I wanted to create an oatmeal recipe outside of my comfort zone and my usual bowl of breakfast oatmeal. A few weeks ago, my crazy, genius roommate played around in the kitchen and made an apple dessert influenced by Mexican hot chocolate. Our minds were blown away. I could talk for hours about our kitchen discoveries, but I'll keep that for another time. Anyways, give these oats a try and spice up your morning breakfast... see what I did there?? Spice up your breakfast with Mexican HOT Chocolate Oatmeal... you get the point HAHA!
Serves 2 people
2 cups milk (non-dairy or dairy milk works perfectly)
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1 banana, mashed
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup chocolate chips
Cooked Mexican Hot Chocolate Apples:
1 tablespoon butter
1 apple, cored and chopped
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 pinch ground cayenne pepper
Oatmeal Toppings: Cooked Mexican Hot Chocolate Apples
Chopped Nuts (I used pumpkin)
Honey or agave
Oatmeal: Place a medium pot onto the stove over medium heat and add in almond milk. Stir in oats, reduce heat to low. Simmer uncovered over low heat, occasionally stirring, for 25-30 minutes or until oats are of desired texture. Stir the mashed bananas, honey, and chocolate chips, then remove from the heat.
Cooked Mexican Hot Chocolate Apples: Place a medium pan onto the stove over medium heat and melt butter. Add in the chopped apples, cinnamon, ginger, and cayenne pepper. Cook the apples for 5-8 minutes or until the apples become tender.
Assembly: Serve the oatmeal in individual bowls, top with the cooked Mexican Hot Chocolate Apples, granola, nuts, honey, and chocolate chips. Serve immediately.