Chocolate and banana make morning oatmeal a treat

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Have your fruit and a little luxury, too, with this kid-friendly healthy chocolate and banana oatmeal recipe. Short on time in the morning? Try our overnight oatmeal variation.

Chocolate Banana Oatmeal

1 cup water

Pinch of salt

1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats

1/2 small banana, sliced

1 tablespoon chocolate-hazelnut spread

Pinch of flaky sea salt

Bring water and a pinch of regular salt to a boil in a small saucepan. Stir in oats, reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid is absorbed, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and let stand 2 to 3 minutes. Top with banana, chocolate spread and flaky salt.

Recipe notes: Overnight oats variation: Combine 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats with 1/2 cup water and a pinch of salt in a jar or bowl. Cover and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, add toppings. Eat cold or heat up. Makes about 1 cup.

Steel-cut oats variation: Bring 1 cup water and a pinch of salt to a boil in a small saucepan. Add 1/3 cup steel-cut oats, reduce heat to a bare simmer, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid is absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, 2 to 3 minutes. Add toppings. Makes about 1 cup.

Per serving: 295 calories; 9 g fat (6 g saturated fat; 27 percent calories from fat); 50 g carbohydrates; 9 g sugar; 0 mg cholesterol; 231 mg sodium; 7 g protein; 6 g fiber.