Naturally sweetened and super nutritious, this delicious Chocolaty Banana Oatmeal Breakfast recipe is perfect for babies over 1 years old and for parents. One recipe for the whole family.
Rolled oats must be my favorite grain. And not only because I can use them in various different healthy baked desserts, but also because they are often the answer to my question: "How can I make a quick and easy breakfast?".
We already have a number of oatmeal recipes but you can never have enough breakfast recipes, right? Especially with rolled oats.
The fact that you can combine different milks (dairy and non-dairy), fruit, nuts (or nut butters) and additions such as cinnamon or cocoa powder must make oatmeal the most frequent breakfast served to babies and toddlers. At least in our house.
This Chocolaty Banana Oatmeal is the ideal recipe for a morning where you are in a rush but still need to whip up something wholesome and filling for your little one. And the fact that you only need to use one pot doesn't hurt either.
Chocolaty Banana Oatmeal Ingredients & Nutrition
To make this Chocolaty Banana Oatmeal you will need the following ingredients:
- A ripe banana is the preferred option here as it will be easier to mash (and sweeter). If you don't have a ripe one but do have a blender you can always mash it like that.
- Primarily made of carbohydrates so they keep your child full and give them lots of energy. Also high in potassium.
- We tend to use the tiny rolled oats as I find they cook more easily and are easier for babies to eat but really any kind will do.
- Great source of complex carbs and fiber but also the minerals manganese and potassium.
- For babies under 2 who can tolerate dairy, I would recommend using whole milk. For the older ones, skimmed milk should be fine. You can also substitute a non-dairy alternative if you prefer – I often use oat milk in mine.
- An excellent source of fat, protein and calcium.
- Not suitable for babies under 1 years old.
- You can do without these (or simply substitute them with other seeds) but I find they give this oatmeal the perfect consistency. Especially since we like our oatmeal on the thicker side.
- Good source of fiber and the "healthy" fats.
- This is what gives the oatmeal its chocolaty taste. Just make sure you use the raw unsweetened version to get the maximum health benefits.
- Contains great phytonutrients that have a strong antioxidants and therefore can support heart health.
- Not suitable for babies under 1.
How To Make Chocolaty Banana Oatmeal
Prepare the ingredients. Mash the banana with a fork.
Cook the oatmeal. Put the oats and milk into a pot and bring to a boil over medium heat. Lower the heat and add the mashed banana, chia seeds and cocoa powder. Move the pot from the heat once your oatmeal has reached the desired consistency.
Cool and serve. Allow to cool before serving. We love to serve it with a teaspoon of peanut or hazelnut butter and some raspberries or strawberries but when we don't have any at home we just skip it.
Possible Recipe Variations
Mix the seeds. You don't need to use only chia seeds in this oatmeal. Flaxseed is an excellent substitute since it also has the ability to thicken the oatmeal but any other seeds (or nuts) of choice can be a great alternative.
Mix the grains. It doesn't have to contain oatmeal. You can use amaranth, buckwheat, millet or even white rice to make this delicious breakfast.
Give it your own touch. Experiment with spices such as cinnamon, vanilla or nutmeg and give this Chocolaty Banana Oatmeal your own touch.
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Chocolaty Banana Oatmeal for Mom and Baby
- 1 banana
- ½ cup rolled oats
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp raw cocoa powder
- Mash the banana with a fork.
- Put the oats and milk into a pot and bring to a boil over medium heat.
- Lower the heat and add the mashed banana, chia seeds and cocoa powder.
- Move the pot from the heat once your oatmeal has reached the desired consistency.
- Allow to cool before serving. Serve with nut butter and/or fruit.