Cocoa Oatmeal with Dates
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.
- Ready In:
- 10 -12 dates, finely chopped
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 pinch salt
- 2 cups water
- Finely chop the dates.
- Mix them with the oats, the cocoa and the salt in a 1.2 l microwaveble bowl.
- Stir in the water.
- Microwave on medium heat, 3 or 4 minutes at a time, stirring between each time.
- Towards the end of cooking, cook for only a minute or two at a time.
- When all the water has been absorbed and the oatmeal has a good consistency, it is done.
- Serve with soymilk or ricemilk, and a little brown sugar if desired.
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I really wanted to like this... really... but it was just kind of weird. I found that the dates didn't really dissolve very much, and I kept biting into bits of date skin which was just...weird. The dates did make this a bit more gooey than normal oatmeal, which I didn't really care for. I found that this was really, really not sweet. I added 6 dates for a half recipe, hoping that would sweeten this up, but it didn't really. I added a tsp of sucanat when serving, but it still tasted strange to me. I just wasn't keen on the flavor of this (I guess maybe I don't like the combination of the flavor of dates with chocolate?) nor the texture. Sorry, Jenny... but this one just wasn't for me.Reply
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!1Reply
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!2Reply