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Steel cut oats simmer overnight in a crockpot with antioxidant-rich cocoa powder, coconut milk, and just a touch of sugar for a healthy (but indulgent tasting) sweet treat to start your day off right. Kate, Recipe Hunter

Kate Swanson, NoshOnIt Recipe Hunter

THE RECIPE

Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate Oatmeal

Chocolate for breakfast? Yes, please.

If you’re one of those people who loves something sweet in the morning but always feels bad about it afterwards, now you don’t have to! Oatmeal is one of the healthiest starts that you can have to your day. It’s filling, packed with nutrients, and contains plenty of fiber to keep you going through a busy morning. Lauren uses steel cut oats in this recipe, which hold their shape while still turning creamy after cooking overnight in the slow cooker. By using a high-quality, antioxidant-rich unsweetened cocoa powder, you can control the sugar level in this recipe and still enjoy a rich, chocolatey flavor. Our favorite part is that by starting the oatmeal after dinner the night before, you’ll wake up to a hot, heart-healthy breakfast that will start your day off right.

THE CHEF

Lauren Goslin from Oatmeal with a Fork

I create and photograph recipes for the food blog, Oatmeal With A Fork. I work to make the healthiest recipes possible, without sacrificing taste. From omni dinners to vegan desserts, there’s something here for every taste!

From her home in Tuscon, AZ, Lauren shares healthy recipes and lifestyle tips to help us live just a little bit better each and every day. What we especially love about her approach to cooking is that she proves that we can eat healthy without sacrificing flavor or taste. With unique, boldly-spiced twists on traditional favorites, Oatmeal with a Fork is a must-visit if you want to put unique, delicious, and healthful meals on the table every night of the week.

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THE TIP

What are Steel Cut Oats?

Steel cut oats are a less-processed, heartier variety of oat cereal that are made by cutting groats into chunks resulting in a chewier, nuttier oatmeal.

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  • Liz DellaCroce

    Love this recipe – never thought to add coconut milk! Huge steel cut oats fan.