Baked Almond Chocolate Oatmeal
- 2 cups oats
- 3 cups almond milk
- 1/2 cup almonds
- 2 tbsp almond butter
- 2 tbsp chocolate mini chips, add more for increased chocolate flavor
- Preheat oven to 350° F.
- Mix all of the ingredients in large bowl until combined.
- Transfer the ingredients into a large baking dish and bake for 60 minutes until fully set and golden brown on top.
Chocolate Oatmeal is one of our favorite go to breakfast foods (check out our peanut butter banana overnight oats if you are craving something cold rather than warm on a hot summer day) because they have such great nutritional value and require pretty minimal preparation. Oats are a great source of fiber which help with increasing feelings of fullness that can assist in weight loss, improved blood sugar control, and lowering cholesterol levels.
Also, oats are an awesome prebiotic that work with probiotics to improve gut health. Gut health is beneficial to our physical health because it promotes digestion, absorption of nutrients, increased energy and weight loss. Next let’s look at almonds.
If you are lactose intolerant, following a vegan-lifestyle, or just not a huge fan of the taste of dairy milk, you may already be familiar with the comparison of dairy milk to almond milk. Almond milk is lower in protein and calcium than dairy milk, but, it does provide the recommended amount of Vitamins B, D, and E.
Vitamin B is important for increasing energy, while Vitamin D can reduce risk of arthritis and osteoporosis, and Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant to protect the cells from damage. Due to the lower protein content compared to dairy milk – as well as lower phosphorus and potassium compared to soy milk - almond milk is an excellent option for those with kidney damage as it puts less stress on our them.
Another question we hear all the time asks which nut butter is the healthiest? The truth is they are just different. Peanut butter is a little higher in protein but almond butter has slightly higher content of calcium and iron – two nutrients that are important for the growth and development at all ages. So our final answer: there’s no such thing as a bad, or even a better, nut butter – we love them all.