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Sunday
Jan222012

Dark Chocolate Oatmeal

Dark Chocolate Oatmeal

Oatmeal is on my short list of comfort foods. While meat and potatoes or thick hearty stews are perfect for cold winter nights, I look to oatmeal to warm my body and keep me snug on frost covered mornings. The stick-to-your-ribs goodness makes me feel as if I'm wearing a wool sweater (without the inevitable "itch"). Oatmeal has an ease and grace that stands out among the breakfast cereals. It's warm and friendly, soft and approachable (and it's good for you too). It's always pleasant to know that an honest breakfast is just five minutes away.

If only all of my comfort foods were just five minutes away...

On second thought, that would actually be a terrible idea.

Dark Chocolate Oatmeal

I typically sweeten my morning oatmeal with a sprinkling of brown sugar, a spoonful of maple syrup, or a handful of fruit. Occasionally, when I have the urge to become a little more adventurous, I cook up a batch of pumpkin spice or banana bread oatmeal. Despite the rare bowl of bold oats, I tend to stick with the classic hits in the oatmeal world.

While wandering the aisles of my local grocery store recently, I spotted something dangerous, something so utterly corrupting to my healthy New Year's resolutions I had to take a closer look. It was, for all intents and purposes, a mix for chocolate oatmeal. Chocolate Oatmeal. No wonder it stopped me in my tracks.

The four dollar price tag, however, kept my feet moving.

Dark Chocolate Oatmeal

Nevertheless, the idea had been planted.

As I contemplated the best way to make this oatmeal happen, I looked to my cabinets for the right ingredients. I used cocoa powder to supply a chocolate base, a dash of sugar to offset the bitterness the cocoa powder lends, and a small handful of chocolate chips to give it that chocolate punch I was craving. I call this recipe an easy success—easy to make (and even easier to make disappear).

This dark chocolate oatmeal is so sinful it tastes like a rich full-fat chocolate pudding. You'll want to eat this for breakfast, but you really, really shouldn't. However, if you do indulge (like me), you can count on me to keep that information under lock and key.

Your secret is safe with me.

Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Oatmeal

This Dark Chocolate Oatmeal is the perfect snack to zap your chocolate cravings and keep you full until the next meal. Made with milk, cocoa powder, and dark chocolate chips, this oatmeal tastes more like a chocolate pudding than a breakfast staple (and trust me, that's a very good thing). This recipe serves two comfortably. If cooking for one, halve the recipe accordingly—it will be enough. Serve hot, with a splash of milk and a few extra chocolate chips scattered on top.

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Dark Chocolate Oatmeal

Yields 2 servings

3/4 cup old fashioned oats
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
2 tablespoons dark chocolate chips

In a heavy saucepan,combine oats, milk, sugar, and cocoa powder. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, stirring frequently. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, or until milk has been absorbed and the oats have softened.

Stir in dark chocolate chips until melted. Divide oatmeal equally between two bowls, splash with milk, and sprinkle on a few extra chocolate chips (just because).

Reader Comments (22)

oh man! chocolate oatmeal? i'm totally going to have to try this! i'm definitely an oatmeal girl... it always makes me feel warm & cozy. thanks for sharing this & i can't wait to try it :)
The first thing I did when I read this was proclaim. "OOOOOH YES!" (very emphatically and out loud, I might add). I will be making this very, very soon.
01.22.2012 | Unregistered CommenterSnow White
This looks so tempting that I might just try it out in the next few days. Not today because it looks way too indulging for a Monday morning and I'm afraid if I start with this, there will be no stopping from here ;)
01.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterCsilla
I'm a big oatmeal lover and your chocolately version looks like the ultimate bowl of morning comfort! I sometimes add a mix for hot chocolate to my oats and you're right: chocolate is the way to go!;)
01.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDenise
I love your blog and this is something I defiantly have to try!
01.23.2012 | Unregistered Commentervanja
I hate you for showing me this. I love my Quaker maple brown sugar oatmeal in the morning. Oatmeal is just so delicious, but I've never made it from scratch and now that I've seen this I may have to make it and eat the entire batch.
Nicole-- I'm an oatmeal girl too. From one to another, you'll want to try this. Maybe even for dessert.

Snow White-- I love it!

Csilla-- Haha, good plan. This really is indulgent oatmeal.

Denise-- Hot chocolate oatmeal sounds amazing! Do you add mini marshmallows too?

Becca-- Once you know it exists, chocolate oatmeal is very hard to ignore. :)
01.23.2012 | Registered CommenterKristin Rosenau
yuuummm.
Replace chocolate milk for regular milk on top?
01.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather
I can't stop coming back to this post - I cannot WAIT to make this for breakfast tomorrow morning! I showed it to my chocoholic husband who won't eat oatmeal - his response: "I can get behind that. Let's make it happen."
01.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJessica
Aaaaaaw yeeeah! It's business time! I used to get Costco's oatmeal combo box, which included a delectable chocolate oatmeal. Used to prepare mine with almond milk and throw a few cranberries in before nuking it in the microwave. Thanks for posting this. NOw i don't have to chew threw thirty packets of "other" flavored oatmeal to get my cocoa oat fix :-)
01.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJackie
Just made this with quick oats,,had to ,,there was a visit by an unwanted critter in the steel cut oats...it turns out a bit more mushy,,but really good,,I will go buy the proper oats tomorrow though. thanks for the chcoco fix.....
01.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKellyMC
This is pretty much the best idea ever. I am making this ASAP. Beautiful photos, to boot!
01.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKasey
This looks so dark and delicious. And I love the idea of a winter jumper without the itch :-)
01.24.2012 | Unregistered Commenterthelittleloaf
This looks so rich and yummy! I have used frozen cherries and 1/2 TBS. mini chips in my oatmeal before but never cocoa powder AND chips! I am afraid to try it LOL
01.24.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnne
this is everything i hoped it would be. i'm doomed.
01.29.2012 | Unregistered Commenterjenn
Ok , So you know I just HAD to try this. I did. You were correct on your blog that you really shouldn't have this for breakfast. (You really shouldn't) Can I just say though that this was WAY BETTER than any CoCo Puffs that I ever had as a kid! (I'm just say'n) I think this is actually a great dessert. Just a little in a dessert cup will do ye good aye!
01.31.2012 | Unregistered CommenterFawn
Oh man, I LOVE your recipes! I can't wait to try this! I am totally addicted to your pumpkin chocolate granola bars, and the spicy pumpkin taco dip. Oh, and don't let me forget the chocolate peppermint popcorn that I am seriously tempted to make every day!! You're amazing- and I love the way you write your posts too! So fun to read and SO fun to make your recipes!! Thanks a TON!! :)
02.1.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmber :)
will add this to my bkft arsanal...my little one loves chocolate cream of wheat so I know he would love this!!!
02.16.2012 | Unregistered Commentersarahliann
This was so yummy! I just made some for breakfast and absolutely loved it. I had bought some brand new chocolate chips and hadn't figured out what to use them in yet, so this recipe came along at just the right time. :D
06.14.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKocinera
You make chocolate oats too!!! My husband cringes each time I have the need to make it (for breakfast too hehe) but it's just SO GOOD. I'm so stoked to see it here I'll have to share it around! Lovely, lovely blog too. x
08.29.2013 | Unregistered CommenterZoe
As soon as I saw it I had to make it... for lunch, but what does it matter? I could eat chocolate oatmeal every day all day xD
12.5.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatyldakr

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