Start your day off with this creamy, cozy hot chocolate oatmeal! Stir everything together the night before and wake up to a delicious, warming breakfast.
This is actually an updated post from way back in the day (2012 to be exact!).
That’s the year I started The Fork. 🙂
This makes a great breakfast if you have hectic mornings like we do.
Jade and Nat are in second grade and kindergarten, respectively, and they are at two different schools. We are up and at ’em by 6:30am most mornings, and out the door about an hour later.
This gives everyone just enough time to groom and eat, so it can be nice to have a meal that’s ready to go.
This recipe fits the bill perfectly! It’s also filling, energizing, and healthy.
A couple of problems I’ve come across with slow cooker oatmeal:
1) Major stickage, and
2) Crusty, overcooked oats.
The remedy for number one, I’ve found, is to oil or butter your crock before adding everything in. You’ll still get some normal oatmeal goo, but a little elbow grease and Dawn takes care of it.
For number two, I’ve found the method outlined below to be the best.
Being the grandma that I am, I head to bed around 9pm, and if I rise at 6am, that leaves nine hours of slow cook time. If the oats are on LOW that entire time, I’ve found they get that crusty top layer indicative of being cooked too long.
My solution is to add the ingredients into the pot around 7pm, leave it on LOW for two hours, and turn it to KEEP WARM before retiring.
We then wake up to a scrumptious breakfast that tastes like hot chocolate in oatmeal form!
Hot Chocolate Oatmeal
- 1 cup steel cut oats
- 4 cups water
- 1/2 cup coconut milk (see Notes)
- 1 Tbsp sweetener (coconut sugar, maple syrup, etc.)
- 1 Tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 8 drops stevia (see Notes)
- Blend or mix the water, milk, cocoa, sweetener, vanilla, salt, and stevia.
- Stir in the oats.
- Oil the inside of your crock pot (this prevents the oatmeal from sticking).
- Pour in the above mixture.
- Set your crock pot to LOW for 1-2 hours before you go to bed, and turn it to KEEP WARM before retiring to bed.
- Top as desired with a few chocolate chips, milk of your choice, and/or a bit more sweetener.
I like to use my Homemade Coconut Milk in this recipe.
This is my favorite stevia (and the most natural brand I have found).
Thiiiiiick and creamy…