Healthy Breakfast: “Hot Chocolate” Banana-Nut Oatmeal

Great recipe to get the kids off to a healthy start to their day!
Total Time: 30 min

Yield:4 servings

2 cups plain almond milk
2 fully-ripened large bananas (1 1/2 diced and 1/2 thinly sliced crosswise)
1/4 teaspoon pure almond extract
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Kosher salt
2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons honey or agave nectar
1/3 cup toasted and chopped walnuts
Pinch ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips

Bring the almond milk, 1 3/4 cups water, the diced bananas, almond and vanilla extracts and pinch of salt to a boil in a large saucepan over high heat.

Stir in the oats, cocoa powder and 1 tablespoon of the honey and reduce the heat to medium. Cook, stirring frequently, until the oats are fully cooked to desired consistency, 6 to 7 minutes.

Transfer to 4 bowls, top with the sliced bananas, walnuts, the remaining 1 tablespoon honey, cinnamon and chocolate chips and serve.

Cook’s Note: Soy milk, rice milk, hemp milk or oat milk are also good substitutes.

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