I came across a recipe on Pinterest for Almond Joy oatmeal and just had to try it. There is no added sugar (brown sugar, honey, or maple syrup), only the sugar from the sweetened coconut flakes and chocolate chips. The ratio of chocolate:oatmeal is just right. Bailey loves it (I think because of the chocolate chips) which is why it has become a staple for us.
The original from Cookin' Cowgirl is made with almond milk and unsweetened coconut and serves one. I adapted it to serve two and went with the skim milk I had on hand and some sweetened coconut leftover from a Christmas baking project. I'm sure it's lovely either way, but it turns out I do need the sweetened coconut because I'm too much of a sugar junkie.
If you've grown bored with your normal oatmeal routine, try this version. It's sure to get you out of your rut.
Almond Joy Oatmeal
Source: Adapted from Cookin' Cowgirl
3/4 cup water
1 cup milk (I used skim)
1 cup rolled oats (I don't like the quick oats)
dash of salt
1/4 cup sweetened coconut flakes (sometimes toasted, sometimes not)
1/4 cup almonds (sliced, slivered, or whole but not salted)
2 Tbsp semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
In a small sauce pan bring the milk and water to a boil. Add the oats and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until almost all of the liquid has been absorbed and the oats are done.
Remove from heat and add the salt, coconut, and almonds. Stir to combine. Divide the oatmeal into two separate bowls.
Top with about 1 Tbsp of chocolate chips each and serve warm. You could stir the melting chocolate chips into the oatmeal or you can eat it like it is. It will be delicious either way. I think stirring them in makes it taste more like the candy bar but it's prettier to serve without stirring.