Saturday, July 13, 2019

Gooey chocolate oats for breakfast

It's been an eventful few months but I'll get to that later. For now, here's a rich, chocolate oatmeal recipe for all cocoa lovers out there! 

Gooey chocolate oats with toppings

This recipe makes enough for one person. And, these are my standard measurements because Len prefers plain oats. Umm. Yes. He is weird that way!

What you need

1 cup milk
1 tsp cocoa powder, heaped
1/2 cup rolled oats, or plain instant oats
2 dates, pitted and chopped
1 tsp honey
1 pinch of salt

Choice of toppings:
For this variant I used chewy apricots, raisins, and cranberries, along with pumpkin seeds for some crunch. 

You can use any nut of your choice - almonds and walnuts are great. Along with fresh fruit. Mangoes and berries work very well with chocolate. 

How to

Heat milk and dates in a pan. 

Add cocoa powder and stir until well incorporated. Add the oats. Rolled oats take about 10-12 mins of cooking. Instant is done in just five. Sometimes I add some extra milk if it begins to look too dry. Remember it will thicken as it cools. 

Add the salt and stir. Like all chocolate desserts, salt does something magical to elevate the taste.

I like it slightly cooled or even refrigerated. Add toppings and honey. And if you really want to indulge, add a dollop of peanut butter. You will remember to thank me. I know! 😍

Enjoy your bowl of goodness.

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