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Monday, February 26, 2018

Healthy Chocolate Steel Cut Oatmeal

This chocolate steel cut oatmeal is healthy, creamy and delicious.  There is not refined sugar and so much goodness. It is sure to start your day with a smile!

bowl of chocolate steel cut oatmeal topped with banana, pecans and coconut

       A healthy and hearty breakfast that tastes like chocolate?  I am there every time!  This oatmeal eats like a treat. It's almost like chocolate tapioca.  But it's even better because there's no refined sugar and so much oatmeal goodness.

      I love a little texture in my bowl of oatmeal, so steel cut oatmeal is perfect.  But there is plenty of creamy goodness too!

     It is full of fruit, oatmeal and chocolate goodness.  Really there is fiber, antioxidants and goodness.

     It is great on its own and even better with fun toppings.  We had ours with extra sliced bananas and toasted coconut.

   I put some chopped pecans on mine, but of course I would never dare put any on my husband's.

red dutch oven filled with chocolate steel cut oats

    I was a bit surprised when we took a bowl.  We aren't huge breakfast eaters and he especially isn't if it is sweet.

     He is much more likely to fry himself a few eggs than reach for a bowl of oatmeal.  If he does make himself oatmeal, it is topped with butter, sugar and maple syrup.

 Yes, sugar and syrup.  He eats his french toast that way too and the sugar has to be granulated.

    Who knows?  It's his thing, so I let him have it the one or two times a year we actually eat french toast or plain oatmeal.

    Of course, we almost always eat our oatmeal baked.  I just love baked oatmeal in all of its forms.

  I have two chocolate versions already.  Both the brownie bake oatmeal and hot chocolate baked oatmeal are delicious.

    But sometimes you just want a bowl of hot oatmeal that you can eat with a spoon.

spoonfull of chocolate oatmeal

    On those days there is this chocolate steel cut oatmeal.  Or if you want something different, the apple pie steel cut oatmeal is also amazing and will make your whole house smell amazing while it cooks!  What are you favorite ways to eat oatmeal?

chocolate oatmeal, chocolate banana oatmeal
Yield: 6 Servings
Healthy Chocolate Steel Cut Oatmeal

Healthy Chocolate Steel Cut Oatmeal

This chocolate steel cut oatmeal is healthy, creamy and delicious. There is not refined sugar and so much goodness. It is sure to start your day with a smile!
Prep time: 3 MCook time: 30 MTotal time: 33 M


  • 1 cup steel cut oatmeal
  • 3 cups water
  • 2-3 ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • pinch of salt
  • Optional: honey, banana slices, pecans, toasted coconut, a dollop of vanilla yogurt or strawberries


  1. In a large heavy bottomed pot, bring the water to a boil. Stir in the oats and drop to a simmer.
  2. Simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Meanwhile, mash together the bananas and cocoa powder until smooth. Stir in the milk and a pinch of salt.
  4. Stir the chocolate banana mixture into the oats and continue to cook over low, stirring frequently until the oatmeal is the desired texture. Add a little more milk or water if necessary.
  5. Taste the oatmeal and stir in a Tablespoon or two of honey if you'd like it sweeter. Serve with desired toppings
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This chocolate steel cut oatmeal is healthy, creamy and delicious.  There is not refined sugar and so much goodness. It is sure to start your day with a smile!


  1. I look forward to trying this one! You can make it even healthier if you put a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in there if you soak it overnight or longer (breaks down the phytic acids).

  2. I can taste this warm the soul oatmeal now! Why have I never thought about doing a chocolate version...brilliant! Have a super start to your week!

    1. I'm surprised it took me this long too! Thanks, Andrea!

  3. Hi Carlee, I often cook stove top oats for breakfast, but never thought to add cocoa powder. I'm sure my family would like to start the day with chocolatey oats!


    1. I don't know why it took me this long to do it either! I hope you all enjoy it!

  4. I often make the apple version; also have tried black raspberry as well as wild blueberries tho one has to accept the purple color. Have also added peaches or bananas. Why didn't I think of chocolate!?!

    1. I love the apple version too but now I am hungry for berry oatmeal! YUM!

  5. Chocolate for breakfast?! Heck yes!

  6. You had me at healthy and chocolate. Plus I love steel cut oats. Yummy!

    1. Fruit, whole grains and anti-oxidant loaded cocoa powder. It doesn't get much better than that for breakfast! Thanks!

  7. I love eating oatmeal for breakfast but never try adding the cocoa powder. I normally add nuts and fruits.. Cant wait to try this one soon.
    From: Calleigh

    1. I have made a few versions of chocolate baked oatmeal, but I have no idea why it took me so long to stir it into a bowl of oatmeal! It's definitely a new favorite here!

  8. I love oatmeal on "need to be healthy" days haha! Great idea to add chocolate!

    1. It's fun to have a few recipes that eat like a treat without the guilt!

  9. OK, I think that adding chocolate to your oatmeal may be cheating! What a great idea. I grew up on oatmeal but I have never had it with chocolate in it. I'm anxious to see if my grand kids like this.

    1. I hope they do! We are big oatmeal fans, so this only deepens our love! <3

  10. What a great bowl of oats to wake up to! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday. Have a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  11. Hi Carlee, hope all is well with you. Haven't seen you at Food on Friday lately. The themes this month are Chocolate, Japanese Food, Sauces and Burgers. Would love to see this and other contributions from you. Cheers from Carole's CHatter

  12. Can you use milk instead of water?


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