There are very few things that can top chocolate. Ask my girls and they will back me up on this. The boys prefer pizza, meat and… well. Actually that’s pretty much as far as their list goes.
But the girls; we like chocolate. We like chocolate. A lot.
Considering our obsession, it’s pretty surprising that chocolate oatmeal is a fairly recent addition to our breakfast menu. Don’t know why we never thought of it. I mean, it makes sense.
So simple. So yum.
It only takes 5 minutes to whip up in the morning.
And it means we can have chocolate for breakfast without anyone (you know who you are) giving us funny looks.
Um. Seriously, what’s not to love?
We have had chocolate oatmeal three mornings in a row. Thinking it will be #4 tomorrow. That is; if I get to the store to top up on oatmeal. It’s not looking good though. We have had a serious amount of rain and I don’t know how I feel about changing out of my really comfy, not so pretty, leggings and heading to the supermarket. Oh the turmoil is real….
To make this recipe, these are the real food ingredients you will need:
Whole milk (or Almond milk)
Maple Syrup (or raw cane sugar)
Cocoa / Cacao
A little note on sweeteners: Oatmeal tastes better when it has been slightly sweetened. I have tried it countless ways, but to get my children to eat it happily – I sweeten it with banana before adding a little extra sugar.
Sweeteners are one of the most controversial of all ingredients in a Real food diet. If you have been following my blog for a while you will know that our family eats sugar. You can read more on this here. We try to eat sugars as close to their natural state as possible. Honey, maple syrup and raw cane sugar are our most preferred options. But no matter which sweetener you decide on, remember that moderation is important. Added sugar is added sugar. It has minimal nutritional value, so if your family likes sweeter foods (as most kids do) then try to sweeten the food naturally first using banana or apple puree.
- 1 Cup Raw Oats
- 2 Cups Whole milk (or almond milk)
- 1 Cup water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
- 2 tablespoons organic cocoa
- 2 banana (1 mashed, 1 sliced)
- Heat oats, milk, water, vanilla and cocoa in a pot. Bring to the boil. Stir continuously until oats are well combined and starts to thicken. Turn down temperature and simmer for 3 - 4 minutes.
- Remove from stove and stir in mashed banana.
- Serve. Add sweetener if needed.