For breakfast this week we tried Slow Cooker Chocolate Oatmeal. The original recipe was found here. I made a few modifications to suit our taste and food preferences and to increase the serving size. My recipe is found below.
Thoughts on this recipe:
1. It was very chocolatey, but not at all sweet. In fact it was quite bitter from the cocoa powder. This could be from the fact that I left out Stevia (not using artificial sweeteners right now), but I increased the honey to account for this.
2. Next time I will increase the extract to add a bit more flavor to the oats and a bit less liquid.
3. Cooking time was MUCH longer than expected (other slow cooker oats I have tried took 4 hours max). This ended up needing a full 8 hours which will make it a great overnight oats recipe yippee!!
All in all, this was a realy yummy breakfast, after a few toppings. To counteract the bitterness of the cocoa powder, I topped it with a teaspoon of nut butter and 10 dark chocolate chips and it became a truly decadent chocolate delight! With the changes and additions this is going to become a definite regular in our breakfast rotation.
Happy Eating! :)
Image Credit: scrumptousspoonfuls.wordpress.comSlow Cooker Chocolate Oatmeal
2 cups steel cut oats
5 cups water
2 cups fat free milk
2tsp peanut butter extract
8T cocoa powder
Insert slow cooker liner or spray liberally with cooking spray.
Mix all ingredients in the slow cooker.
Cook on low for ~8 hours (or overnight to wake up to a super yummy chocolatey treat!)
Top with peanut butter, chocolate chips, nuts, dried fruit, etc...