Chocolate Chia Oatmeal (Vegan)

 

I love oatmeal. I really do. But sometimes it just needs a little pizzaz. And that is where chocolate comes into play! Once in awhile, I like to treat myself (and the whole family) by starting the day off with a little chocolate. Raw, chocolate powder that is. Chocolate Oatmeal is my alternative to the processed, chocolate cereal marketed to kids.

Move over fake food (ahem Coco Puffs) and hello REAL food! This breakfast is made up of wholesome oats, pure 100% chocolate and chia seeds. And guess what? It is toddler (and adult) approved!

Oats are a fabulous source of dietary fiber. They are also rich in iron and protein. Cacao powder is loaded with antioxidants, calcium and magnesium. Chia seeds (one of my favorite superfoods by the way) are a great source of Omega 3 fatty acids and dietary fiber.
Ingredients:
2 cups whole grain rolled oats (certified, gluten-free)
4 cups water
1/3 cup cacao powder
1/2 cup coconut sugar (or sweetener of choice)
1/3 cup chia seeds
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. sea salt
Bring 4 cups water and salt to a boil. Add in 2 cups of oats, reduce heat and cook 10 minutes. Next add in cacao powder, sugar and vanilla extract. Stir and cook for 5 minutes. Finally, add in the chia seeds and cook for another 5 minutes. The chia seeds are added in last to preserve their high omega 3 content which can be destroyed when cooked at high temperatures.

Makes 4 servings.


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Comments

  1. Yum! Chocolate oatmeal looks wonderful! You inspired me to make a batch this week!!

  2. I have one just like this, but with raspberry's (great minds think alike!)…you've reminded me to make it again tomorrow….I love me some chia. I also just noticed I was not a follower of your yet…I took care of that!
    http://tessadomesticdiva.blogspot.com/2011/09/chocolate-raspberry-oatmeal.html

  3. Hi Laura,

    Wow – never would have thought to put chocolate in oatmeal. It's like a chocolate oatmeal cookie. Very cleaver! I do, however, put chia seeds in my children's oatmeal (and mix in a bit of honey and applesauce). And I also soak the oatmeal over night (for better digestion and better absorption of minerals). Anyway, they love it, so I'm good with that. My husband, who eats oatmeal every single morning, would think this is pretty awesome, as he's crazy about chocolate. 🙂

    Hugs,
    –Amber

  4. I remember loving chocolate oatmeal as a child, but have never worked out the recipe as an adult. I am so glad you shared this. I will be trying it soon.

  5. Oh my gosh, I have everything I need to make this–I am going to have this for breakfast tomorrow! Or maybe dessert tonight because I don't know if I can wait that long…

  6. chocolate is the only thing that makes me eat oatmeal else no one in my house eats any:) love the chia and bananas with it!

  7. Sounds delicious! The one thing I would change would be that I wouldn't cook the chia at all… rather I would just soak them and stir them into the cooked oatmeal so as to preserve all nutrients. Thanks so much for sharing!

  8. Your recipe sounds lovely Tessa. Yours always are!

    Amber, great reminder about soaking oatmeal. I often soak my oatmeal overnight in 1 Tbsp. of lemon juice or apple cider vinegar to make it easier to digest as well.

    Great suggestion to throw the chia seeds in at the end, if preferred.
    I hope you all enjoy the recipe and treat yourself!

  9. Thanks for linking your great post to FAT TUESDAY. This was very interesting! Hope to see you next week!

    http://realfoodforager.com/fat-tuesday-february-21-2012/

  10. What a lovely way to give your family something wholesome without all the additives in commercial cereals, as well as with a lot more nutrition! Your Chocolate Chia Oatmeal looks seriously yummy.

  11. Yum! Thanks for linking up to the Creative Corner Hop. I hope you will be back again next week!

    Sandy
    Cherished Handmade Treasures

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