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Chocolate Almond Butter Oatmeal Quinoa Pudding

10.03.13

Recipes

After telling myself I would drink a green juice for breakfast each day this week, I woke up this morning with an intense craving for oatmeal. And not just regular oatmeal – a rich, creamy, chocolatey, almond buttery, protein-packed oatmeal.

Yum… right?

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Right.

I think this craving surfaced because of how a-m-a-z-i-n-g the Pumpkin Almond Butter Oatmeal Bars were that I made earlier this week. Sure, I still have a few bars left in the refrigerator, but I thought it made sense to create something new and entirely breakfasty this morning. (And so I can make those slices of heaven last for as long as possible. Duh.)

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Plus, I was up early and had to fulfill my cooking addiction somehow!

And I’m so glad I did, because this breakfast was so worth it. It also kept me super fueled for yoga this morning, because between the almond butter, the quinoa, and the chia seeds… I was a protein machine!

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And I’ve been dying to try the oatmeal/quinoa combination. I give it an A+. The quinoa adds a really nice nuttiness and crunch to the creamy quality of the oatmeal.

The key to this meal was the small portion – if this was a big ol’ bowl of oatmeal, I would have been rolling into my yoga class this morning. Nice, small and delightful!

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The green juice will happen for lunch… I swear…!

Ingredients:

–       ½ cup oats

–       ¼ cup quinoa

–       ¼ cup almond milk

–       2 T cacao powder

–       1 T almond butter

–       Optional: 3 T pumpkin puree (yeah. I did it. And I omitted it from the title so it wouldn’t get ridiculously long.)

–       Optional: 1 T chia seeds

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Directions:

  1. Boil the oats and quinoa in separate pots. For the best ratio, use double the water to cook. (1/2 cup oats : 1 cup water; ¼ cup quinoa : ½ cup water).
  2. Once they are fully boiled, pour the quinoa into the oats and mix.
  3. Add the cacao powder, almond milk, and optional pumpkin puree into the pot and mix well.
  4. Top with chia seeds and extra almond butter if you so desire.
  5. Dig in!

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P.S. Stay tuned for a special TBV announcement tomorrow regarding ALMOND BUTTER and a special giveaway. Get excited!

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