Total Time
Prep 1 min
Cook 10 mins

Now that the word is out that chocolate is good for you (BUT only if not mixed with milk) why not have it for breakfast? This makes a nice change of pace from plain oatmeal. Karl did not think this was sweet enough, but when he sprinkled a little brown sugar over he was happy. Serve with ricemilk or soymilk to get the full advantage of those cocoa flavinoids.


  1. Finely chop the dates.
  2. Mix them with the oats, the cocoa and the salt in a 1.2 l microwaveble bowl.
  3. Stir in the water.
  4. Microwave on medium heat, 3 or 4 minutes at a time, stirring between each time.
  5. Towards the end of cooking, cook for only a minute or two at a time.
  6. When all the water has been absorbed and the oatmeal has a good consistency, it is done.
  7. Serve with soymilk or ricemilk, and a little brown sugar if desired.
Most Helpful

I had this for breakfast this morning minus the dates(that would make it really heavy and too much to have in the morning for me). I did not have cocoa powder on hand, so I used Nestle's Nesquik's chocolate powder as a substitute which worked very well. I did not use any brown sugar either at the end as it was sweet enough for me. Served hot this is DELICIOUS! I am so thrilled to have this recipe. Thank you for sharing!

Charishma_Ramchandani December 27, 2003

I love this concept, though I modified it heavily. I used dried apricots (that I chopped and dredged in cocoa powder), added some splenda, and used fast cooking oats (not instant). I also sprinkled some extra splenda on top. It was chocolatey and filling. Nice for a cold winter morning. Thanks!

ladypit February 04, 2004

I often have oatmeal or oat bran with cocoa, but have not tried adding dates. Wonderful morning pick me up

haven't the slightest January 03, 2010