I've begun a new chapter in my life where I go to the gym every day. For those of you that know me, you know that this is a big deal since I hate working out, workout clothes, and sweating. Sweatpants make me feel gross. But not as gross as just eating pizza and laying around, which is how I've spent most of this semester.
The gym has been calling my name...mainly since I can see it from my front porch. I live walking distance from it so there is no excuse. I asked a friend of mine to show me the ropes and he's been training me with weights and the machines. And you know what? I actually love it. I look forward to going every day.
Well as part of my routine I've been drinking protein shakes to help build muscle and what not. But I'm getting pretty sick of having chocolate shakes all he time. Particularly since the powder I bought makes the milk really thick--think liquidy pudding. Kind of gross to have every day.
Thus, the inspiration for my healthy brownie batter oatmeal. The secret is using the chocolate protein powder in the oats, which gives it a really thick and creamy delicious brownie flavor. Not a bad way to start the day!
HEALTHY BROWNIE BATTER OATMEAL
1 c. almond milk
1/4 c. instant oats
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 pinch salt
2 tbs. chocolate protein powder
2 tsp. maple syrup
Bring the almond milk to a boil and then add in the quick cooking oats.
While the milk is absorbing go ahead and add in the maple syrup. You can reduce the amount of syrup if your protein powder is pretty sweet to begin with.
Once the milk is mostly absorbed, add in the salt, vanilla extract and the protein powder.
Let is cook down to the desired consistency and serve. I topped mine with a sprinkle of protein powder and frozen strawberries. If you have bananas, those would be great in this as well.
This turned out delicious, but really rich. I was only able to eat about half of it. But it was definitely a nice way to get my protein without having to drink it all the time! Plus, who doesn't love chocolate for breakfast?
I'm Kirsten. Big time foodie, all around goofball, and freelance marketer.