You'll Dream About This Chocolate and Cashew Butter Oatmeal All Night Long

You'll Dream About This Chocolate and Cashew Butter Oatmeal All Night Long

Without some fun add-ins and toppings, oatmeal makes for a pretty boring way to start the day. But a bowl of warm and creamy rolled oats serves as the perfect blank canvas for nutritious and delicious additions, from fresh or frozen fruit to shredded coconut, chopped nuts, nut butters, and even chocolate.

This healthy oatmeal recipe, created by Chef and Food Stylist Megan Mitchell, combines two classic flavors: chocolate (in the form of cacao nibs) and nuts (in the form of cashew butter). The chocolate and cashew butter oatmeal offers 50 grams of energizing carbohydrates, 32 grams of muscle-building protein, and 9 grams of filling fiber.

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Chocolate and Cashew Butter Oatmeal Ingredients

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Oats make up the bulk of this healthy dish, which is tasty as a breakfast, snack, or dessert. In a ½ cup serving of oats, you’ll get 7 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber. Add a scoop of Ladder Chocolate Plant Protein — made from peas and pumpkin — and you bump up the protein content of this oatmeal by 21 grams.

Cashew butter adds rich, creaminess to the mix. One tablespoon has just shy of 2 grams of protein, roughly 8 grams of healthy unsaturated fat, and is an excellent source of copper. For the healthiest cashew butter, look for just one ingredient: cashews. (Some versions add in sugar or other sweeteners, salt, oils, and flavors.)

Rather than refined white sugar — the kind of sweetener you’ll find in many instant oat packets — our recipe calls for one date and a teaspoon of cacao nibs, or crushed up pieces of the cacao bean.

One tablespoon of chia seeds adds 5 grams of fiber plus some iron, calcium, zinc, and magnesium. And since they absorb up to 12 times their weight in liquid, chia seeds help thicken up the chocolate and cashew butter oatmeal.

  • 5 cashews, unsalted
  • 1 Deglet Noor date, pitted
  • 1¾ cups unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ cup dry rolled oats
  • 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 scoop Ladder Chocolate Plant Protein
  • 1 Tbsp. cashew butter
  • 1 tsp. cacao nibs
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Chocolate and Cashew Butter Oatmeal

Say goodbye to plain ol' oatmeal in the morning. Level up the taste and nutritional content of your breakfast with this nutty, chocolatey, and filling oatmeal recipe!

Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 486 kcal

Ingredients

  • 5 cashews, unsalted (approx. 1 Tbsp.)
  • 1 Deglet Noor date, pitted
  • cups unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ cup dry rolled oats
  • 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 scoop Ladder Chocolate Plant Protein
  • 1 Tbsp. cashew butter
  • 1 tsp. cacao nibs

Instructions

  1. Roughly chop cashews and date; set aside.

  2. Add almond milk, oats, and chia seeds to a small saucepot over medium heat; whisk to combine. Bring to a gentle boil; gently boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat.

  3. Add Ladder Plant Protein to saucepot; whisk to combine.

  4. Pour oat mixture into a shallow serving bowl; swirl cashew butter over top. Sprinkle with cashews, date, and cacao nibs. Serve warm.

Recipe Notes

The Nutrition Facts box below provides estimated nutritional information for this recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate and Cashew Butter Oatmeal
Amount Per Serving
Calories 486 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Sodium 839mg36%
Carbohydrates 50g17%
Fiber 9g38%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 32g64%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Photography by Anguel Dimov, AB Creative

Recipe by Megan Mitchell

Nicole McDermott

About

After graduating from Syracuse where Nicole studied magazine journalism and nutrition, she moved to New York City to write for the health and fitness site Greatist. She currently edits full time for Ghergich & Co. Nicole's work has appeared on TIME Healthland, Shape, USA Today, Men's Fitness, The Huffington Post, Refinery29 and Lifehacker, among others. Follow her on LinkedIn.

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