Saturday, March 23, 2013

Chocolate Steel Cut Oats

Nothing much beats a bowl full of chocolate first thing in the morning.  Actually...

Correction:  Nothing much beats a bowl full of chocolate that actually keeps you satisfied until lunch.

Cupcakes, cookies and candy bars may taste mighty fine at first, but if you're anything like me, you're tummy will be rumbling my 10 am.  And that sure ain't fun.

You know what would be a much better choice?  Yeah, you guessed it, a bowl of this Chocolate Steel Cut Oatmeal.

Oh, it's chocolatey all right.  Reallllllyyyy chocolatey.  And thick.  And rich.  And I-can't-believe-this-is-actually-a-filling-breakfast delicious.

Basically everything you want in a chocolate breakfast, but know you shouldn't have.  Except for the part where you can actually have it.  That's what makes this oatmeal so great.

Chocolate Steel Cut Oats

  • 1 cup steel cut oats (I used quick cooking)
  • 4 cups water or milk
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup special dark cocoa
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • sweetener such as maple syrup, honey, stevia, etc
Bring liquid of choice to boil in a large saucepan.  Add oats, salt, cocoa, and banana and simmer until most of the liquid has been absorbed.  This amount of time will vary depending on whether you use normal steel cut oats or quick cooking ones.  Taste oatmeal and decide how much sweetner to add.  Mix in desired amount of sweetener and taste to make sure sweetness is correct.  Transfer oatmeal to container and place in fridge until serving time.  Recipe yields for 4 servings.

I recommend making this on the weekend (especially if you don't use quick cooking oats) and then saving it in the fridge for a quick breakfast in the mornings.  You can layer it with yogurt, top normal oatmeal with it, or fix yourself a big ol' bowl.  I think it's great warm or cold, which means if you're in a huge rush you can just throw it into a container straight from the fridge!

Believe me, it is much better than a candy bar!

You know you want some!

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  1. This looks great! ...but when do you add the oats - before the water heats up or after?

    1. Oh my goodness, I forgot to tell you when to add the most important ingredient! You add the oats after the water heats up, with the cocoa, banana, and salt.

      Thanks so much for the reminder (and in such a nice way too), I've updated the post now.

  2. i went gluten-free about 6 mos ago and have been dairy free for many years. i have been looking for things to eat for breakfast and came across this last night. i was never really an oatmeal fan, but i made this and had it this tastes just like chocolate pudding. truly amazing.