I’d like to introduce you to my latest breakfast obsession. Chocolate + espresso + maple syrup+ rolled oats = mocha oatmeal a.k.a you’re new favorite way to start the day.
And while I’ve loved ending my night with a cappuccino and even made a few espresso martinis on weekends, I’ve been most excited to think of ways to incorporate espresso into food recipes. And naturally, the breakfast lover in me knew espresso in oatmeal needed to happen.
I was super excited about the idea of a caffeinated breakfast option that’s both filling and slightly sweet, but I was over the moon when I actually tasted them. Oh my gosh you guys, you need to make these! Like go online and buy an espresso machine just to make these oats. Okay, okay, you could also just use strongly brewed coffee, but there’s just something so indulgent about the rich, bitter flavor that the espresso lends.
For a sweetener, I went back and forth as to what I wanted to use. Bry suggested banana, but I felt the banana flavor would be too over-powering. Honey seemed too floral and brown sugar just wasn’t right. But then I re-focused on the idea of breakfast. And when I think of an ideal breakfast I think of a hot cup of coffee (or in this case espresso) and pancakes with real maple syrup. So in went 1 tablespoon of maple syrup into my chocolatey, espresso oats and it was perfect. Absolutely my ideal breakfast in a bowl.
If you’re really feeling indulgent, go ahead and top these oats with dark chocolate chocolate chips. Because I have an obsession with tart flavors, I added a dollop of plain Greek yogurt to balance out the sweetness a bit.
So here’s a toast to putting that espresso machine to good use!
- 3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla Almond milk
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 cup espresso (can sub in 1/4 cup strongly brewed coffee)
- 1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- Plain Greek yogurt
- Dark chocolate chips
- Almond butter
- Additional milk
- Place almond milk in medium saucepan and bring to boil.
- Once boiling, stir in oats, espresso, cocoa powder, and maple syrup. Reduce heat to a simmer and continue simmering for about 5 minutes, or until oats reach your desired consistency.
- Pour oats into a bowl and add toppings of choice. Enjoy!