Ever since my friend Macki wrote this post on Swiss Oatmeal, I’ve been obsessed with it. Her super easy and healthy recipe can be altered in a number of ways. I’ve made this oatmeal with coconut milk yogurt, almond milk, and rice milk and I’ve topped it with berries, sliced peaches, almonds, flax seed, etc.
Right now, I’m in need of a chocolate fix and this variation is my cure. Topped with fresh cherries and toasted coconut, this creamy oatmeal is as filling as it is delicious.
Get the recipe and nutritional benefits after the jump.
Black Forrest Swiss Oatmeal
½ c plain greek yogurt
2 t cocoa powder (I used Ghiradelli)
2 scoops pure stevia powder extract (the scoop that came with my Trader Joe’s variety is teeny – about a pinch)
Pinch of salt (optional)
½ c rolled oats
½ almond milk
About ¾ cup fresh pitted cherries or defrosted frozen cherries
2 T unsweetened coconut
Whisk together yogurt, cocoa powder, stevia, and salt until smooth. Stir in oats and almond milk. Refrigerate a minimum of 15 minutes but it’s best made the night before.
Toast the coconut in the toaster oven or under a broiler. Be careful – it toasts quickly. Top your chocolate oatmeal with cherries and coconut. Enjoy!
Oats contain a significant amount of soluble fiber, which has been proven to lower cholesterol. This fiber is also digested slowly, which prevents a spike in blood sugars and insulin levels. This helps you to feel full for a longer period of time, making it excellent for weight loss. Oats can also reduce blood pressure, improve bowel function, and increase athletic performance.
Greek yogurt is strained to remove much of the whey, lactose, and sugar present in regular yogurt. It can contain twice as much protein and half the carbs, again helping you to feel fuller longer and preventing a carb crash.
Cocoa powder contains flavonoids, a powerful anti-oxidant. In fact, cocoa has more of these cancer-fighting components than red wine or green tea. It’s also rich in magnesium which alleviates pre-menstral syndrome symptoms, cuts diabetes risk, and control blood pressure.
Almond milk contains more nutrients than other milk alternatives and it’s very low calorie. One half cup has only 30 calories and 4 g of carbohydrates. An added beauty plus is that almond milk is a good source of vitamin E, which promotes healthy skin.
Cherries contain antioxidants called anthocyanins, beneficial for the reduction of heart disease and cancer. They are one of only a few food sources to contain melatonin, which can encourage healthy sleep patterns. Cherries are also rich in vitamin A, C, E, potassium, folate, magnesium, and fiber.
Stevia is a no carb, no calorie natural sweetener dervived from the sweetleaf plant. Some studies have shown that stevia can help reduce blood pressure and blood sugar levels. It also has antibacterial properties.