Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Thin Mints Oatmeal

I have a love-hate relationship with bananas. In general, I kind of hate them. I rarely eat them plain; their taste and texture make me gag a little if I'm not in the right mood. On the other hand, they are just wonderful. They are a natural sweetener, super cheap, and versatile. I can put them in sandwiches, smoothies, oatmeal, or baked goods, which is why--despite my on-and-off hatred of them--I almost always have some on the counter.

The fruit I have available typically dictates what kind of oatmeal I'll make for breakfast. For the most part, I mainly switch back and forth between apple cinnamon oatmeal and banana bread oatmeal, but sometimes I get creative. This was one of those mornings.

I had one banana left on the counter, and it was looking pretty sad and close to death. I was much more in the mood for apple cinnamon, but that banana demanded my attention, and soon. Begrudgingly, I began cooking the oats and mashing the banana.

But then I had the idea: mint chocolate chip. Why not? It's not just an ice cream flavor, after all. The Girl Scouts proved that mint chocolate chip makes an excellent cookie as well, and anything that makes a good cookie will also make a good oatmeal. That's my theory, anyway.

How does a banana fit into the equation? Just like I used it for my lemon poppy seed oatmeal, the banana sweetens the oatmeal, and it also bulks it up both literally and nutritionally! Because of the strength of peppermint oil, you most definitely will not taste the banana. Which is exactly what I wanted that day. No banana.

I was surprised by how much I liked this oatmeal. It was somehow refreshing and hearty at the same time!

Mint Chocolate Chip Oatmeal (or, "Thin Mints Oatmeal")
  • 1 c of milk, water, or a combination (I use half water and half almond milk)
  • 1/2 c Old-Fashioned Oats
  • 1 tbsp. milled flax (optional)
  • 1 mashed ripe banana
  • 2 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp. peppermint oil or extract
  • 1 tbsp. dark or semisweet chocolate or carob chips
1. Bring your water/milk mixture to a slight boil. Add the oats and flax and reduce heat to medium.

2. Mash up your banana so no chunks are left. If you don't mash it enough, you'll end up getting tastes of banana during your mint chocolate chip experience, which is not ideal. Once it's all perfectly mashed, add to the pot.

3. Wait until the oatmeal has thickened up, and then stir in the cocoa powder. Stir, and watch your oatmeal transform into fudgy goodness. Next, add the peppermint oil and stir again.

4. Serve the oatmeal with another splash of milk, and then sprinkle some chocolate chips on top.

You could also top it off with other mix-ins, like nuts or shredded coconut. I left mine plain.

Aaaaand now I really need to do some homework. :)

**You can check out my other oatmeal recipes here, or by clicking the oatmeal tag. You can also find dozens of other oatmeal recipes on my Pinterest board (along with tons of other meatless recipes!). Thanks!


  1. I never thought about using banana to sweeten the oatmeal! I usually use honey. I add cocoa powder to my kids oatmeal and if I have any, some mint chocolate chips. The love it!

    1. Num! When I make this recipe now, I always use cocoa powder. And I love using banana to sweeten oatmeal because it also gives it a creamier texture!

  2. I love your site! Great recipes!!! I tried banana oatmeal and it was amazing! I have never known when exactly to add mix ins before. Thank you, Lauren!

  3. I was trying to follow you on Pinterest, but the link you provided took me to a different Lauren:(

    1. Woops! Pinterest recently made me change my username (apparently the "_" symbol is not allowed??), so you can find me at lauren015. :) Thanks so much!

  4. Peppermint oil is a great idea. I usually add a couple of tablespoons of chocolate chips and raisins to my morning oatmeal, but mint choc chip never would've occurred to me. Old Fashioned Oats are the way to go. You can make so many great combos with them, and they're much better for you than the sugar-packed over-priced instant oatmeal. Thanks, Johnny