For work I try and compile recipes that meet our patients needs that are a little out of the box. Many of them have been receiving dialysis for years and have tried a lot of the options out there. I wanted to offer some high protein alternatives to meat and eggs, which can get tiring. So I took to the food blogs, looking for high protein baked goods!
While there, I kept seeing coconut butter and I really wanted to try it out. Basically it is like coconut oil but has some of the meat of the coconut mixed in so the consistency is thicker. It is solid at room temperature, while coconut oil is liquid. It has a nice creamy texture and is very rich so when you use it, you don’t need much.
I decided to buy some and give it a try! It was about $11 so a bit of a grocery splurge, but you don’t need much so it will last. I have been into oatmeal lately and decided to incorporate it into my breakfast
Hot Chocolate Coconut Oatmeal
- 1/2 cup of oatmeal
- 1 cup of milk or milk alternative
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp or packet of hot chocolate mix
- 1 tbsp coconut butter
- Coconut flakes for garnish
- Cook oatmeal to package instructions either stovetop or in a microwave.
- Warm up the coconut butter by putting the jar in a pot or bowl of hot water. Let it sit and stir until liquid.
- Mix hot chocolate into oatmeal.
- Sprinkle chia seeds on oatmeal.
- Drizzle coconut butter and then sprinkle with coconut flakes.
If you want a lower sugar option, you can use regular cocoa powder but I find oatmeal needs a little sweetness for me. The end result is super creamy, luxurious and satisfying breakfast. The coconut butter adds some fat so it so it makes it a little heartier and it sticks with you pretty well.
Oatmeal – This whole grain is a great source of fiber with some additional protein. It has also been shown to protect against heart disease, help manage blood sugar, and lower cholesterol.
Chia Seeds – Another great source of fiber and protein with some added calcium. They also aid in digestion, make you feel full and act as a prebiotic.
Coconut Butter – Creamy texture with fat to help with satiety.
This definitely sticks with you during the day and its a bit decadent without being totally indulgent.