Chocolate Almond Banana Oatmeal

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Chocolate Almond Banana Oatmeal is a healthy breakfast that tastes like dessert!

Chocolate Almond Banana Oatmeal

Chocolate Almond Banana Oatmeal - a healthy breakfast that tastes like dessert! | | gluten free, vegan

So I had planned a completely different post to go up today – a nice, healthy snack/breakfast for you or your kids, no measuring involved. Well, that will go up tomorrow. I just had to share what I had for breakfast today. If you have been following the March Foodie Photo a Day on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, started by The Purple Carrot, then you may have already seen a preview. But here it is in all of it’s chocolaty, nutty goodness.

Chocolate Almond Banana Oatmeal - a healthy breakfast that tastes like dessert! | | gluten free, vegan

My new bloggie friend, Nescett, at Bananaoats eats oatmeal with bananas cooked into it pretty much everyday (hence, the name of her blog). Before even finding her blog, I tried this, just with bananas in plain oatmeal. I was not a fan. Typically I like my oatmeal plain, cooked with a little milk, a pinch of salt, and some sort of sweetener – used to be Splenda, but I am trying to get away from artificial sweeteners, so now it is usually agave nectar. But I also do like occasionally treating myself to a nice chocolaty breakfast by stirring in some cocoa powder. But then yesterday I saw this Nutella Banana Oatmeal. Sumptuous Spoonfuls has been inspiring a few of my meals lately, and when I saw this, I knew I had to try it.

The problem. No, it wasn’t that I don’t have Nutella. It’s that Nutella is like a gateway drug for my. I open the jar to take out a tablespoon, and somehow the jar would magically be empty, and I would be curled in the corner with chocolate all of my fingers, denying any involvement. And then I would be moving on to the bag of Ghirardelli chocolate chips in the pantry. So I thought I would go with a version that utilizes jars that are already open, and won’t lead me down a  path of consumption followed by self-loathing. Plus, she uses quick oats, and I typically only have regular Quaker Old-Fashioned Oats in the cabinet. And I am obsessed lately with Blue Diamond Almond Breezes Unsweetened Almond Coconut Milk. But, you could definitely use plain almond milk, or regular milk (maybe with a little almond extract added). And I am sure it would be equally as good with any other nut butter of your choosing.

Chocolate Almond Banana Oatmeal - a healthy breakfast that tastes like dessert! | | gluten free, vegan

You really should try this. It’s like dessert… at breakfast… but with no guilt in the form of added sugars or artificial sweeteners. Or an empty jar of Nutella.

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A close-up of a bowl of chocolate oatmeal with banana, chocolate, nuts and nut butter for toppings.

Almond Butter Chocolate Oatmeal

With its rich chocolate flavor, this Almond Butter Chocolate Oatmeal is the closest you can get to your childhood dreams of dessert for breakfast without sacrificing the vitamins and minerals that get you through the day. Balancing nutty flavor, fruity sweetness and rich chocolate, it's sure to satisfy the cravings of your sweet tooth.
Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 15 mins


  • Stove


  • 1 cup Old-Fashioned Oats
  • 2 Bananas mashed up a bit
  • 2 cups Almond Milk I used Blue Diamond Almond Breezes Unsweetened Almond Coconut Milk, but you could use any almond milk, or even regular milk, but you may want to add a little almond extract
  • 1/4 Cup Almond Butter or other nut butter of your choice
  • 2 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder
  • For Toppings Slices of bananas and/or almonds, chopped chocolate, melted almond butter if desired


  • Cook the oats in the soymilk until all milk is mostly absorbed, about 5-10 minutes.
  • Add the mashed banana and cocoa powder and stir well.
  • Stir in the almond butter.
  • Serve and top, adding sliced banana to each bowl, adding half the almonds and chocolate chunks to each bowl, and drizzling the extra almond butter on top.


Adapted from Sumptuous Spoonful’s “Quick & Easy Banana Nutella Oatmeal.”
  • To Store: Cover with an airtight layer of plastic wrap or place in an airtight container and keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • To Freeze: Freeze up to 6 months in a freezer-safe container. Keep in the fridge overnight to defrost, or microwave with a splash of milk for a few minutes.
  • To Reheat: Microwave in 30 second intervals until warmed through completely. 
Nutrition Facts
Almond Butter Chocolate Oatmeal
Amount Per Serving
Calories 497 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Polyunsaturated Fat 7g
Monounsaturated Fat 13g
Sodium 332mg14%
Potassium 879mg25%
Carbohydrates 64g21%
Fiber 13g52%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 76IU2%
Vitamin C 10mg12%
Calcium 442mg44%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



Chocolate Almond Banana Oatmeal - a healthy breakfast that tastes like dessert! | | gluten free, vegan
  1. I completely get the ‘gateway food’. I have a few myself. Staying away is key.

    My daughter and I eat banana oatmeal a few times a week. Going for simplicity, I pretty much smash an overripe banana into oatmeal. I love the idea of adding chocolate. I am going to have to think about this.

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  6. bananaoats

    I don’t get the whole Nutella craze (lisa-marie on bodyrock is nutz for the stuff) but i do understand not keeping certain things in the house. Like graham crackers. Or Ritz crackers, or Oreos. Oh my goodness there are so many things that if they’re there i will not stop eating them until they’re gone.

  7. Ann from Sumptuous Spoonfuls

    That’s so awesome! I am so excited you tried this and love how you made it your own and steered clear of the guilt trip.

    1. I hope you don’t think I am just pilfering all of your recipes 🙂 I’ve just seen those two in the past week, and knew it was stuff I had to have. I almost didn’t post this, because I didn’t want you to think I didn’t have my own ideas 🙂

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