Chocolate Brownie Oatmeal

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on January 4, 2012

Ok, that was a teaser.

We’re not actually making brownies today. But we are making something that tastes like brownies but is super nutritious and low in calories: Chocolate Brownie Oatmeal!

Don’t believe me? You will after you make this recipe :)

So how is it that I turned this:

Into something that tastes like this?

With a little bit of creativity, and one special ingredient.

It’s no secret that I love oatmeal, and I’m always looking for ways to spice it up to make my breakfasts more interesting and fun. I also like using oatmeal as a base to recreate some of my favorite sweet treats like Banana Bread Oatmeal and Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal. The possibilities really are endless.

So why not make oatmeal that tastes like you’re eating a delicious, decadent chocolate brownie?

Here is my recipe for Chocolate Brownie Oatmeal. I promise, you will love it. It has become a regular staple in my breakfast rotation.

The Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats cooked with 1.5 cups of water
  • 1 tsp raw, unsweetened cocoa powder (you can find this just about anywhere, I used cocoa powder from Trader Joe’s in this recipe, but I have since found even better raw cocoa powder at Whole Foods that is just delicious)
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup 1% organic milk
  • 1 Tbsp walnuts
  • 1 Tbsp ground flax seeds
  • Honey, Agave, Maple Syrup, or Stevia to taste (I use about 1.5 tsp of honey)
The raw cocoa powder is actually one of the healthiest parts of this dish. While normally, adding chocolate would make the dish unhealthy, adding raw unsweetened cocoa powder is completely different. It comes straight from the cacao bean, so it contains tons of antioxidants, polyphenols, a bit of fiber and some protein too! So you really can’t go wrong with this superfood ingredient. And it tastes just like chocolate when sweetened with stevia, so it’s absolutely perfect!
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The Directions

Step 1: Cook the oats with 1.5 cups of water until the oats are fluffy and all the water has disappeared (I do this by cooking it for 2 minutes in the microwave, stirring, and cooking it for 2 more minutes.)

Step 2: Add the cocoa powder and cinnamon to the cooked oats while they are still hot.

Step 3: Stir until everything is fully combined, and your oats have a deep chocolatey color.

Step 4: Add the walnuts, and the milk (you can add as much milk as you like – I use about 1/2 a cup to give the oats a nice creamy consistency)

Step 5: Add the Stevia, and stir to combine until the oats have the consistency you like.

Step 6: Enjoy the chocolatey brownie goodness of the oatmeal.

This recipe only has about 250 calories, 5g fiber, 1-2g sugar, and 7-8g protein. Not bad for a breakfast that tastes as good as dessert!

Chocolate Brownie Oatmeal

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 1 serving

Calories per serving: 250

Nutritional Info Per Serving: 250 Calories, 5g Fiber, 1-6g Sugar, 7-8g Protein

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats cooked with 1.5 cups of water
  • 1 tsp raw, unsweetened cocoa powder (you can find this just about anywhere, I used cocoa powder from Trader Joe’s in this recipe, but I have since found even better raw cocoa powder at Whole Foods that is just delicious)
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup 1% organic milk
  • 1 Tbsp walnuts
  • 1 Tbsp ground flax seeds
  • Honey, Agave, Maple Syrup, or Stevia to taste (I use about 1.5 tsp of honey)

Directions

  1. Cook the oats with 1.5 cups of water until the oats are fluffy and all the water has disappeared (I do this by cooking it for 2 minutes in the microwave, stirring, and cooking it for 2 more minutes.)
  2. Add the cocoa powder and cinnamon to the cooked oats while they are still hot.
  3. Stir until everything is fully combined, and your oats have a deep chocolatey color.
  4. Add the walnuts, and the milk (you can add as much milk as you like – I use about 1/2 a cup to give the oats a nice creamy consistency)
  5. Add the honey/agave/stevia/maple syrup, and stir to combine until the oats have the consistency you like.
http://pickyeaterblog.com/chocolate-brownie-oatmeal/

{ 70 comments… read them below or add one }

lynn @ the actor's diet January 4, 2012 at 5:19 pm

yum! i wanna try!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 5, 2012 at 9:15 am

hehe it is seriously an addicting breakfast treat :) let me know how you like it!

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jenn aka the picky girl January 4, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Yum yum yum! Oh my goodness this looks amazing. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 5, 2012 at 9:14 am

No problem! I’m sure you will love it!

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Jeralyn January 4, 2012 at 6:11 pm

If you want more protein I’ve also used a scoop of chocolate protein powder…DELICIOUS!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 5, 2012 at 9:14 am

Oh what a great idea!! I’ll have to try that next time. I bet it makes it even more chocolatey and delicious :)

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Allie July 20, 2013 at 3:41 pm

Jeralyn, did you use the protein powered instead of the cocoa or just as an added ingredient?

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Amy's Cooking Adventures January 5, 2012 at 9:19 am

I’m not usually a fan of oatmeal, but this looks pretty good!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 5, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Thanks! If you do end up trying the recipe, I’d love to know if it converted you to enjoy oatmeal!

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Yummy Inspirations January 5, 2012 at 2:31 pm

From a Non-Oatmeal Eater it looks too good not to give it a try!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 5, 2012 at 3:17 pm

hehe glad you think so! My husband said the same thing :)

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Emily @LivingLongfellow January 5, 2012 at 6:50 pm

Now that’s smart adding cocoa powder to the oatmeal. I might try this with my crockpot oatmeal.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 6, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Crockpot oatmeal is the best! I love that you can just leave it for hours cooking away. Hope you enjoy this!

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Beth Michelle January 6, 2012 at 12:34 am

Now this is a breakfast I can get behind! So delicious and creative!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 6, 2012 at 1:30 pm

It definitely gives you something to look forward to in the morning! :)

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Be January 10, 2012 at 8:58 pm

Wow… My mom was a beast then! She’s been making me and my bro chocolate oatmeal and chocolate grits since 1992. lol. Word.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 10, 2012 at 9:53 pm

Haha wow! That is awesome. Your mom was totally a pioneer – go her! :)

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Sarah January 11, 2012 at 3:17 pm

What a fantastic dessert for breakfast! I might have to make this for tomorrow morning :)

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 11, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Yay! Let me know how you like it!

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Robert C. March 1, 2012 at 2:30 pm

That looks delicious to me!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 1, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Thanks!! I’m sure you’ll love it when you try it!

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Kelly S. March 2, 2012 at 8:12 am

I just used leftover crockpot steel cut oatmeal to make this, and it worked great! I did add some almond butter for extra creaminess…and some cacao nibs. (Why not, right?) Thanks for the recipe!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 2, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Oooh I love steel cut oats – they are awesome! Seriously – why not use almond butter + cacao nibs!! What great additions! So glad you liked the recipe :)

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Ivana April 28, 2012 at 3:54 pm

mine did not come out this way, btw am I missing a step or it your instructions did not specify if this needs to be baked or refrigirated?

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater April 28, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Hi Ivana! In the directions in the post, I mentioned that I microwave the oatmeal to cook it. But you can also cook it on a stovetop over low heat, in a slow cooker, or even just by putting the oats in a bowl, pouring 1.5 cups of boiling water over them, and letting it sit until the oats have soaked up all of the water. Then you just mix in the toppings, add the milk and reheat in the microwave if needed. Hope that helps!

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Ivana April 28, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Hi, I did that but it just did not turn out right. Will try again. Cheers

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater April 29, 2012 at 9:22 am

Oh weird! If you want you can email me the exact steps you followed (at pickyeats@gmail.com) – and I can help you “troubleshoot” the recipe over email :) I definitely want to help make sure it turns out right the next time you make it, because it is so delicious!!

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Jane April 30, 2012 at 5:12 am

Nice recipe. I love a simple brownie recipe which is easy for the kids :)
I also like the below traditional brownie recipe.
http://www.wascene.com/food-drink/perfect-chocolate-brownie-recipe/
Thanks for sharing,
Jane

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Fiona June 8, 2012 at 1:18 am

I love oatmeal and I love chocolate so I’m going to give this a go!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater June 9, 2012 at 7:52 pm

Woohoo! Glad to hear it Fiona! Can’t wait to hear what you think!

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Lauren June 12, 2012 at 9:03 am

Hi Anjali,
This looks great! I just found you through Oh She Glows and am so glad I did! I can’t wait to explore your recipes more. By the way, which cocoa powder did you find at Whole Foods that you thought tasted so good?

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater June 12, 2012 at 11:22 am

Hi Lauren! Thanks so much – it’s so nice to meet you! :) For the cocoa powder, I don’t remember the exact name, but it was the organic, raw, unsweetened cocoa powder in a clear upright ziploc bag that was next to the other raw foods products near the produce section. I just ran out of it, so the next time I do groceries I’ll take a picture and will Tweet it :) I hope that helps!!

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Dom June 30, 2012 at 8:46 am

Hi Anjali,

Oh no – I was totally fooled by the teaser all the way to the end!…but can’t you add extra steps to really make a healthier oatmeal based brownie substitute? e.g. bake the oatmeal (maybe with a bit of flour and egg or something) to make a healthier real brownie substitute? Do you think this could work?

Worth a try I reckon!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater July 11, 2012 at 8:16 am

Haha! Oh no – I’m sorry :) But yes – you can totally create a healthier brownie recipe if you grind up oatmeal into a flour and use that for half of the white flour used in brownies. You can also totally makeover brownies using my recipe (scroll all the way to the bottom of this list: http://pickyeaterblog.com/five-healthy-valentines-day-desserts/) – let me know if you end up trying it and how it turns out!

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Brock October 18, 2012 at 11:04 am

OMG! Going to try this now!!! You had me at chocolate brownies and I have been looking for a way to add fun flavor to oatmeal without the unnecessary calories and fat. Luckily I have cocoa powder and truvia. No nuts (I ate my almonds last night as a snack) and instead of cow’s milk, I’ll be using almond milk. . . .
excited to try this!

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brock October 23, 2012 at 2:34 pm

So I tired this, with truvia, no nuts, and almond milk. It was pretty good! Definitely better than my usual oatmeal!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater October 24, 2012 at 10:45 pm

Woohoo! I’m so glad to hear that Brock!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater October 24, 2012 at 10:23 pm

Haha – that’s awesome – and I promise this will taste just like a chocolate brownie! Almond milk will be delicious in this as well – let me know how you ended up liking it! :)

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priti January 10, 2013 at 6:35 pm

LOVED ur falafel recipe :)
quick question why do you use organic and not regular milk?

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 11, 2013 at 5:57 pm

Thanks Priti! To your question – I like using organic milk vs. regular milk for a few reasons. 1) I think it tastes better :) 2) non-organic milk often comes from cows who have received a genetically-engineered hormone called Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH), and the milk from those cows likely contains hormones and other things you probably don’t want in your milk and 3) I believe cows on organic farms are treated better than regular dairy farm cows (but I don’t have any facts to back this up, it’s just what I’ve heard). So for all of those reasons, I prefer to buy organic (it’s basically the same rationale that I use when I buy organic produce – it is grown naturally, isn’t genetically modified, and doesn’t have pesticides or chemicals on it). Hope that helps!

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Trina January 11, 2013 at 4:49 pm

OMG yummy!!!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 11, 2013 at 5:50 pm

Thanks Trina!! I’m sure you’ll love this recipe!

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terri January 15, 2013 at 5:36 am

I just made this for breakfast–yum! I’d never used Stevia before–where has that been all my life? I actually think next time I’d back off to one packet. And I think I will try adding some instant espresso powder, too, just to see what happens. What a great way to get all of the goodness of chocolate without all the badness of chocolate.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 17, 2013 at 10:17 pm

Yay! I’m so glad you liked this recipe Terri! And yeah – I love stevia – it’s the only sweetener I’ll use because it’s natural. Love the idea of adding instant espresso powder – I will have to try that next time!

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coffeediva February 6, 2013 at 8:22 pm

This is seriously the most delicious-sounding oatmeal I’ve ever heard of!! I am also an oatmeal lover and I love, love, love your ideas for different flavors that sound so yummy and still healthy. I cannot wait to give this a try. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe :-)

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater February 6, 2013 at 9:28 pm

Thank you so much!! I cannot wait to hear how you like this recipe – given your love for oatmeal – I am sure you will love it! :)

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Adon March 7, 2013 at 5:26 am

This recipe is both healthy and delicious and includes some of my favorite foods: cocoa(chocolate) and oatmeal, it is very good with honey added also.Thank you for giving me some ideas for a breakfast :).

Have a nice day,
Adon.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 9, 2013 at 12:16 am

Thanks Adon!! I’m sure you will love this recipe – and yes!! It tastes great with honey added as well :) Hope you have a great day too!

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Carol March 9, 2013 at 6:25 am

Thanks Anjali for a great recipe!
I made it for my husband and I last Saturday morning and he enjoyed it so much that we had it again for breakfast on Sunday! I used almond milk and a little maple syrup rather than stevia. Really like the walnuts in it. I have only just started reading your blog and find it very interesting and inspiring and it is great to find someone else with a passion for healthy eating and a desire to encourage other people in that too. I have just started my own blog on this subject too (five star fuel).

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 13, 2013 at 7:22 am

Hi Carol!! Thank you so much – it’s so nice to “meet” you! :) I’m so glad you and your husband loved this recipe – I seriously eat it all the time – I can’t get enough of it! Love your substitutions too – thanks again!

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USN Products March 19, 2013 at 6:59 am

This looks absolutely delicious! Can’t wait to try it!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 21, 2013 at 8:53 am

Thank you so much! :) I’m sure you will love it!

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Megan J April 3, 2013 at 5:59 am

Tried this today :) It was delicious!!! I didn’t have stevia on hand so I used organic sugar. Not the healthiest option but ya use what ya got lol.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater April 4, 2013 at 5:25 pm

Yaay! I’m so glad you liked it! And you know, organic sugar isn’t the worst thing – as long as you use it in moderation (e.g. 1-2 tsp is totally fine!) :)

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Senna July 28, 2013 at 11:50 pm

Oh my! I was so sick of my daily morning oats routine that I was ready to give it up until I decided to look for something to make taste different. This is simply fantastic. I fell in love with oats again :-)

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater August 1, 2013 at 8:20 pm

Awwww that is so great to hear Senna!! I love oats but I definitely need to mix things up every now and then. So happy this recipe did the trick for you! :)

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Abby Levine November 16, 2013 at 6:14 pm

This looks great- can’t wait to try it! If anyone else out there has a child like mine who refuses all forms of milk, I make my daughter oatmeal using only milk as the liquid without any water and she actually loves it. Also, anyone with thoughts on substituting the walnuts for something else that would add texture and nutty-ish ness? My daughter is allergic to walnuts (and peanuts, and pecans, and we’re figuring out the rest of the tree nuts right now with an allergist). Thoughts on a seed or something like that that would work?

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater November 17, 2013 at 9:31 pm

Thanks Abby! That’s a great tip about the milk btw! :) Regarding a non-nut walnut substitution — you could try sunflower seeds! Or even whole flax seeds. I’m not sure how the sunflower seeds would taste with the chocolate flavor but it’s worth a shot. Hope that helps!

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Reine March 7, 2014 at 12:00 am

Tried it this morning and I loved it!
The unsweetened cocoa I powder gave it a chocolatey taste, and I could actually taste cinnamon, yumm

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 8, 2014 at 11:33 pm

Woohoo! I’m so glad you liked this recipe! This is one of my morning staples too :)

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Dragana @abouthealthyfood March 11, 2014 at 7:02 am

That’s great! I’m not really a good cook, but I try my best for my family. Whenever I see such recipes, I’m thrilled :) Thank you for helpful Nutritional Info

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 12, 2014 at 10:07 pm

That’s wonderful Dragana! Hope you and your family like this recipe!

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PATTI May 7, 2014 at 10:33 am

I JUST CAME ACROSS YOUR PAGE TODAY AND AM SO GLAD I DID. I CAN’T WAIT TO MAKE BROWNIE OATMEAL TOMORROW FOR BREAKFAST. i HAVE TRIED DIFFERENT IDEAS BUT THIS HAS ME DROOLING. AND I AM LOOKING AT OTHER RECIPES AND EXCITED TO EAT HEALTHY …

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater May 9, 2014 at 3:59 pm

Oh great! Thanks for commenting Patti, it’s so nice to “meet” you! Let me know how you like this recipe when you try it at home!

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Karina May 24, 2014 at 8:36 am

Looks delicious. Tomorrow’s breakfast menu is decided! :)

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater May 24, 2014 at 9:48 pm

Woohoo!! Enjoy Karina! :)

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Cabbage Recipes July 31, 2014 at 5:03 am

Looks really yummy. I think kids would love it. Thanks for sharing!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater August 8, 2014 at 11:41 am

Thanks! Enjoy!

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inayeth August 26, 2014 at 1:45 pm

Hey can I substitue cinnamon with something else? I dont have cinnamon at home.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater August 29, 2014 at 12:20 pm

Hi! You can use nutmeg or any sweet spice. Hope that helps!

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