Waking up after a super shortened sleep to a super sore back was not a very great start to my day.. but I’m happy say it has certainly turned around! After over a year of attending spin classes between 6 and 10 times a week, I have finally invested in a pair of spin shoes, and I am so very, very excited!! On our way home from our workout this morning, we decided to stop by the cycling store to see what was in stock. A pair of black, lace-up specialized vibram shoes were sitting on the shelf just waiting for me to take them home. So I did. And I am beyond excited. Once I try them out a few times in class I’m also thinking of buying the pedals for my bike to ride with them outside as well, but that’s another day’s project. I will certainly make sure I post some updates about what I like (and dislike) about the shoe, but here is a picture of what they look like.
So when we finally made it home after a long morning, we were just absolutely starving. And after a tough workout, our bodies needed a protein-rich meal. So we made some oatmeal. But I wouldn’t really call it oatmeal because, as you can see in the picture, it’s more toppings than it is oatmeal. Possibly because we couldn’t resist adding everything we could find because it all just looked so good and our tummies were just so empty… But it was still absolutely delicious and definitely loaded with protein! There is certainly more to this simple bowl than what meets the eye, that’s for sure!
This recipe makes quite large servings (again because we were super hungry), so keep that in mind when preparing it. I also used two teaspoons of cinnamon because I really like a whole lot of cinnamon, but if you don’t want as much cinnamon flavour just use one teaspoon. We used oat bran, but really any kind of oatmeal or oats would work. You can also change up the fruit and use fresh instead of frozen, we just used frozen because we had no fresh berries left :'( But I think the juice from the frozen fruit added some wetness and flavour to the dish, as well.
Protein Power Chocolate Coconut Oatmeal with Berries & Mango
Makes one large serving
- 1/3 cup dry oat bran (or other oats)
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
- 1/2 tablespoon shredded coconut
- 2 tablespoons coconut granola
- 1/8 cup low fat vanilla yogurt
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 3/4 cup frozen fruit
1. Boil water in a small pot over the stove. Once boiling, add oat bran, reduce heat, and let simmer for 5-10 minutes, or until water is absorbed.
2. While oat bran is cooking, heat frozen fruit in the microwave to desired meltedness.
3. Once oat bran is cooked, stir in cocoa powder, coconut sugar, shredded coconut, and cinnamon, and pour into a bowl.
4. Pour yogurt and melted fruit on top.
5. Top with coconut granola to serve.