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Double Chocolate Mint Chocolate Chip Oatmeal

Great tips and a delicious recipe to help you navigate a healthy holiday season AND enjoy the festivities, friends, family and food.

According to the National Institute of Health, the average American gains about 1 pound from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day which is contrary to the often stated 5 to 10 pound weight gain. No, 1 pound isn’t a lot to gain, but the added weight can accumulate over the years.

The good news is holiday weight gain isn’t inevitable and healthy holidays are possible. With a little mindfulness and active living you can stay healthy and enjoy the holiday season.

Tips for Staying Healthy AND Enjoying the Holiday Season

  1. Stick to your routine as much as possible and find ways to stay active even if it’s not your typical workout. Go sledding, ice skating, or go on a family walk.
  2. Make moderation your mantra and indulge wisely.
  3. Provide healthy options. Lighten up a holiday favorite and avoid processed and refined ingredients.
  4. Give yourself a little me time. Plan for times when you need a break from the busyness of the season. Schedule a hair appointment, a massage or mani-pedi. Not much time? Read a book, have a cup of hot tea or take a hot bath with essential oils.
  5. Remember. You don’t have to do everything!

Now, I have a breakfast (brunch or brinner) recipe that proves how delicious healthy can taste.

If you’re a chocolate lover you’re going to thank me for this! 

Think about enjoying a healthified version of Girl Scout Thin Mints, Andes Mints, Peppermint Hot Chocolate or Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream. That’s exactly what you get with this recipe for Double Chocolate Mint Chocolate Chip Oatmeal. And, who doesn’t love a warm bowl of oatmeal on a cold day, right?

The fusion of mint and chocolate creates a healthy breakfast that tastes like a yummy minty chocolate treat!

Double Chocolate Mint Chocolate Chip Oatmeal

Yield: 1 serving

Double Chocolate Mint Chocolate Chip Oatmeal

The fusion of mint and chocolate creates a healthy breakfast that tastes like a yummy minty chocolate treat! [Gluten Free, Breakfast]

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup gluten free rolled oats, uncooked
  • 1/2 tablespoon cocoa
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon mint extract
  • 1/2-1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons Chocolate Designer Protein (I used Chocolate Organic Sunshine Protein)
  • 1 tablespoon mini chocolate chips
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt (optional)

Instructions

  1. Microwave the oats and almond milk for about 3 minutes.
  2. Combine the cooked oats, cocoa, vanilla, mint, syrup, chocolate protein and sea salt. Stir. If the oatmeal is too thick add 1/2-1 tablespoon almond milk.
  3. Top with yogurt (optional) and sprinkle with chocolate chips.

 

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48 Comments

  1. oh my gosh this looks so delicious! I eat oatmeal every morning so I’m always interested to try new versions of it!

  2. As a chocolate lover, I salute you for giving this eye candy to look at and willing to try once I get off this diet.

  3. OMG! Who knew that oatmeal could be this tasty and healthy! I will be trying this recipe asap! I’ve been doing well with moderation this holiday season and this would certainly be a treat!

  4. This sounds so yummy and very tasty.. I’m sure that the kids will love this.

  5. Mint chocolate chip is my favorite flavor combo! Can’t wait to try this!

  6. Nicci Randall says:

    YUM! Mint chocolate is EVERYTHING! Cannot wait to try this recipe!

  7. Krystle Cook says:

    This is definitely something that my kids would actually eat. Looks like a great breakfast or even a snack.

  8. This looks so delicious! I normally just buy the boxed flavor packets. I need to try this.

  9. Oatmeal is my happy place. 🙂 This sounds really good with mint chocolate chip in it.

  10. I am a huge fan of chocolate and I really love this twist for oatmeal! Yummy

  11. The mint chocolate oatmeal looks good. My favorite is white chocolate chip or any white milk chocolate!

  12. CourtneyLynne says:

    Omg can we say yum?!?! I must give your oat meal recipe a try!

  13. This sounds like an amazing oatmeal!! I could see myself eating this for breakfast!

  14. My dad would love this as would my mother. I will have to make it for them sometime.

  15. A little time away from everything is key to finding sanity during the holidays. It’s not only about what you eat, but also how much downtime you get. Sometimes it’s tough with family and friends over but you need to do it for yourself… even if it’s 5 minutes 🙂

  16. I have never tried an oatmeal like this before – sounds delicious, especially if you’re having a sweet tooth:)

  17. Once you mentioned mint chocolate chip, I was hooked to the post! WOW! This is one of my favorite combinations and to have it in oatmeal for breakfast??? YES PLEASE!

  18. well this recipe is going to shake up my daily oatmeal at work!! Yumm!!!! cannot wait to try this one tomorrow!

  19. Jenni Petrey says:

    Oh my goodness, that looks amazing!

  20. This looks quite indulgent. I like my oats with some brown sugar and peaches 🙂

  21. Ourfamilyworld says:

    This looks so delicious.. I really love chocolates. I haven’t tried this one but when I saw this I’m starting to crave.

  22. Elizabeth O. says:

    I wouldn’t mind having this for breakfast everyday! I love chocolate and oatmeal is normally my go-to breakfast when I’m busy! It’s a lovely combination!

  23. in general, i try to keep my schedule the same..meanwhile adjusting to the events as it comes to me. i love the combinaiton of mint + chocolate so naturally m loving it.

  24. I’m a complete chocoholic. I need to thank you ten times over for this recipe. I’d want this every morning!

  25. i would get natural whey protein

  26. Nice…Never thought of using protein this way. I love both chocolate and oatmeal, so this looks really good to me.

  27. This looks so good! I think I’d be craving sweets all day after that – like oatmeal for lunch please!

  28. I just love Designer Protein! Great tips. It’s so important to be mindful this time of year. So easy to get caught up.

  29. It’s all so healthy, but sounds so sinful. Of course I’m a chocoholic, so it works for me… lol

  30. I’ve actually always loved the combination of mint and chocolate!! So I’m SURE I’ll love this!!

  31. Certainly a sinful treat for a morning. I would reserve this for special weekend occasions- I am sure my kid would love this every morning though!

  32. Oh sweet Jesus, this looks so amazing! I’m going to share this to spread joy because this looks like cheer in a bowl!

  33. Anytime i make a smoothie, my husband jokes that I’m eating ice cream for breakfast 😉 I know he’d say the same thing about this oatmeal! Looks yummy!

  34. OH WOW! I would shoot out of bed EVERY MORNING extremely quickly for a HUGE bowl of that. Then I would probably want to eat it for lunch and dinner as well, ha ha!

  35. Sonya Kolodziejska says:

    This looks delicious. Not sure i could manage chocolate in the morning, but this would make a yummy evening treat when i can’t stop thinking about chocolate!

  36. this looks like a good way to mix up my normal bowl of oatmeal. And good tips for staying healthy.

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