I think there are two kinds of morning people – the kind that eat breakfast and, well, the rest of us. So, if you’re in my camp, why not make your breakfast memorable and try my healthy, high protein double chocolate oatmeal cups? Make it once and eat it all week long.
And I’m also thinking that you’ll probably want coffee to go with that because coffee is what gets me going in the morning. I was thinking that I should start drinking my morning coffee out of a glass cup…just so everyone knows my tolerance level! Good idea, no?
But seriously, this makes 10 cups so you can freeze the remainder or just keep on eating them to keep yourself fueled!!
I thought about this recipe when I was making my Baked Gingerbread Oatmeal with Bananas Foster that I created for my cookbook! I had a can of pumpkin puree just hangin’ in my fridge and I thought about trying to make something healthy and then I remembered this….
Now, I know that this version (above) is super delicious so if you want to start here, you can absolutely make this version first (and if you don’t have the book and want to order it, you can by clicking here!!).
What You’ll Need to do your Healthy High Protein Double Chocolate Oatmeal Cups:
So, let’s take this awesome dish apart! Here’s what you’re gonna need:
- pumpkin puree
- milk (can be non-dairy)
- cocoa powder
- protein powder
- rolled oats
- baking powder
- dark chocolate
It might seem like a lot of ingredients but you might have many of these in your cupboard already. And if you have to pick them up, they’ll last for a long time in your kitchen and they’ll do double-duty more time than you can imagine!
What To Do With All Your Healthy High Protein Oatmeal Cups:
- You can bake them off and keep them in your fridge for a breakfast treat or a healthy snack
- You can freeze them raw (and well covered) and then bake them whenever you want!
- You can make friends and drive door-to-door and deliver them to all your neighbours!!
Just looks at this chocolatey goodness!!
And, oatmeal is such a great thing for your tummy (info below from www.healthline.com):
Benefits include lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels, protection against skin irritation, and reduced constipation. In addition, they are very filling and have many properties that should make them a food helpful for weight loss. At the end of the day, oats are among the nutrient-dense foods you can eat
Can You Bake These Crazy Healthy High Protein Double Chocolate Oatmeal Cups in a pan?
If you can’t be bothered to fuss with the ramekins (which I love because you can serve individual cups and freeze them individually too!!), you can also throw the whole lot of batter into a greased 9 x 13″ pan and bake for 30-40 minutes. If you like, you can cut the pan of baked oatmeal into large squares, wrap them tightly with plastic wrap, place all the wrapped squares into a larger freezer bag and freeze for up to 4-6 months.
Now, they are ready for you to pop into the microwave at a moments notice (think, epic afterschool snack!!) or even pop a frozen square into your lunch bag in the morning and it will be ready for you to eat as a mid-morning snack at the office!!!
Want a Few More Breakfast Ideas??
- You’re going to want to make my gingerbread smoothie…especially at this time of year!! Click here for all the details!
- There Make-ahead breakfast burritos can be frozen and quickly re-heated before you leave the house! Click here for the recipe!
- And, while you’re at it, you might want to try your hand at homemade Jimmie Dean sausages! The recipe is right here!
High Protein Chocolate Oatmeal
- 1½ cups pumpkin puree (you can sub in sweet potato puree)
- 1½ cups milk dairy or non-dairy
- ¼ cup honey
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1 scoop protein powder about 3 tbsp
- 2 tbsp collagen optional
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts optional
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 6 squares dark chocolate
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly spray 10 small ramekins, 4 to 6 ounces in size, with cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, whisk together pumpkin puree, milk, honey until well combined.
- In a smaller bowl, combine cocoa powder, protein powder, collagen (if using), walnuts (if using), oats and baking powder. Add to wet mixture and stir well.
- Spoon half the oatmeal mixture into the ramekins and place 1 piece of chocolate on top. Top with the remaining oat mixture. Place the ramekins in the oven and bake for 20 to 30 minutes. (or microwave for 2-3 minutes or until it is relatively firm to the touch)
- Serve immediately
- When the oatmeal is baked, let cool for 5 minutes, then enjoy! I like to add a bit more chocolate to the top as it cools to make it extra gooey!!