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Quick and Healthy Mocha Oatmeal


  • 1 serving of your favorite kind of oats cooked
  • 1 banana
  • 1/4-1/3 cup frozen or fresh strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder or slightly less depending on how sweet your banana is
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee
  • a small splash of vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons your favorite milk I use almond


  • What I usually do at some point is cook up a big pot of oats. I love steel cut oats, but they take a fairly long time to cook, and I am not a morning person usually.  So I cook a big pot and then put it in the fridge for the following mornings.  I believe it works out to about 1/4 cup of dry steel cut oats that I use in the morning if you want to make it all in the morning before assembling the rest of the ingredients. Or you can use one serving of regular old fashioned rolled oats or whatever kind you like best.
  • I put the banana in the bowl and mash it up well.  This time I reserved a couple slices for the top, you can do that if you like.  It looks nice, why not? :D  To the well mashed banana I add the cocoa, coffee, vanilla and milk and mix it well.  Then you can either mix in the hot oatmeal(if you've just cooked it) or mix in the cold oatmeal that's been refrigerated.  You can put it in a pot and heat it on the stove for a couple minutes or you can put it in the microwave for a minute or two.  Serve with strawberries on top.  We used frozen which was really nice with the hot oatmeal, but it really doesn't matter.