Updated: Aug 18, 2020
A chocolate heaven! This sweet and gooey chocolate oatmeal recipe is just as rich in flavors as it is in nutrients! This dish will go above and beyond to satisfy your chocolatey desires and is sure to start your day off with a bang!
Get creative with this recipe! Mix and match your favorite toppings! You could add frozen or fresh berries and fruit, chopped nuts, or nut butter!
A Chocolate Lover's Dream Breakfast
Chocolate oatmeal is one of my all-time favorites! And I know you'll love it just as much!
Who doesn't love chocolate? And who wouldn't love a way to fulfill that chocolate addiction with something healthy, but still just as tasty? Well, this recipe has got you covered! This thick, velvety, dessert-like dish has everything you could ever want in one bowl! The star of the show is one of Earth's most nutrient-dense superfoods, packed with antioxidants and minerals like calcium, zinc, and copper: cacao.
Dairy-free, refined sugar-free, oil-free, gluten-free
Yield: approx. 3-4 servings
Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 5-10 min
Total Time: 10-20 min
1 ½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1 mashed overripe banana*
2 tablespoons chia, flax, or hemp seeds
3-4 tablespoons unsweetened cacao powder
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2-3 tablespoons date or maple syrup
A pinch of salt to taste (optional)**
2 tablespoons chopped dried figs, goji berries, raisins, or any other dried berry or fruit
1-2 tablespoons nut butter (I used peanut butter***)
½ cup frozen or fresh berries
Chopped dairy-free dark chocolate
Sprinkle of pumpkin seeds
In a saucepan, cook the oats with 3 cups of water, over medium heat for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Once the oatmeal begins to boil, reduce the heat to low, and stir in the mashed banana, chia seeds, cacao powder, cinnamon, vanilla extract, date syrup, and dried figs.
Once the oatmeal is creamy and soft or cooked to your desired texture, remove from the heat and stir in a pinch of salt (if using).
Let the oatmeal cool for 2-3 minutes. To serve, spoon the oatmeal into bowls and top with your choice of toppings such as nut butter, date/maple syrup, your choice of fruit, etc.
Enjoy your delicious creation!
*Why add banana? - I have discovered adding banana to my oatmeal to be life-changing. Or should I say...taste-changing? With any oatmeal recipe that you cook, bananas are always a definite must to making your creation extra sweet, extra creamy, and extra fluffy!
**Why add salt? - This ingredient, believe it or not, was actually the result of a spur of the moment mistake that I made one day when I was testing new recipes. I had accidentally used a spoon covered in salt to stir my oatmeal! Little did I know, that simple mistake would inspire this ingredient to make a regular appearance in my chocolate oatmeal. I am a huge fan of salted dark chocolate! And this ingredient adds traces of saltiness into the oatmeal that are so, so reminiscent of my favorite guilty pleasure!
Oatmeal is very fiber-dense and thick, so make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day to aid your body in digesting it. If the oats are too thick for you, just add more water or milk.
This applies to all oatmeals.
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