Chocolate Coconut Steel Cut Oats

5 Apr

The calendar says it’s officially spring, but I think Wisconsin doesn’t understand quite what that means. One morning it’s 28 degrees out, 5 hours later it’s pushing 70, and that same night it drops back below freezing. I mean, come on! Makes quite the challenge when dressing for the day, or worse yet: dressing for a run outdoors. What it does allow, though, is a hot, comforting breakfast, no matter what the temps will be like at noon!

Chocolate Coconut Steel Cut Oats |

Steel cut oats are obviously the best choice when it comes to oats. They’re the least processed, contain the most amount of nutrients, and are incredibly cost-effective. ¼ cup of dried oats is one serving, and you know how big those canisters are! The downside: they DO take longer to cook. Which makes them a difficult choice on busy mornings. That’s where the weekend, or the crockpot, come into play. Make a pot of oats on Sunday to enjoy, and another pot to see you through that week’s breakfasts! Portion out the cooked oats into single-serving bowls, and all you need to do is add a dash of milk, microwave for a few minutes, and you’re good to head out the door with a hot meal to start your day off right.

Even better: this oatmeal is vegan (if you use maple syrup), gluten free (check that your oats are certified gluten-free) and soy free. They’re naturally sweetened with applesauce and just a bit of honey or syrup to round it out. Cocoa powder, cinnamon, flax and coconut all lend amazing nutrition that pair together so nicely. And anything topped with cacao nibs and coconut butter is bound to make you smile, especially at 8am! Whether you need this to fuel before or after a workout, or to get a balanced meal on a hectic day, these oats are calling your name 🙂 

Chocolate Coconut Steel Cut Oats

Serves 4

  • 4 C water
  • 1 C steel cut oats
  • 1 C unsweetened applesauce
  • ¼ C cocoa powder
  • ¼ C shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1 tbsp honey or maple syrup (if strictly vegan)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 3 tbsp flaxseed meal or chia seeds
  • ½ tsp coconut extract
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • Cacao nibs and coconut butter, to top

In a medium saucepan, bring water to boil with the steel cut oats, with the lid on. Reduce heat to medium and cook for 30 minutes, covered.

In the last five minutes, stir in the applesauce, cocoa powder, shredded coconut, honey or maple syrup, cinnamon, salt, flaxseed, and extracts. Stir well and finish cooking until oatmeal reaches the consistency and thickness you prefer. Taste and add additional sweetener as needed.

Serve into four bowls and garnish with cacao nibs and coconut butter, as desired. If you have leftovers, let cool completely before storing in the fridge, up to 5 days. These oats reheat wonderfully with a bit of added milk in the microwave. Just stir in milk and zap for 3 minutes.

Chocolate Coconut Steel Cut Oats |


18 Responses to “Chocolate Coconut Steel Cut Oats”

  1. Diana April 5, 2016 at 8:16 am #

    WOW! This looks like its full of GET-UP-&-GO-GET-‘EM!

  2. Michelle April 5, 2016 at 8:19 am #

    Wow this looks good! I usually eat some chia pudding/overnight oat combination for breakfast but need to try this recipe asap!

  3. Old Things R New April 5, 2016 at 8:21 am #

    This recipe sounds amazing!

  4. GiGi Eats Celebrities April 5, 2016 at 8:41 am #

    I don’t even like chocolate but this looks like some serious TASTINESS!

  5. Meal Makeover Mom Janice April 5, 2016 at 9:55 am #

    I love everything chocolate! Steel cut oats in my pantry and it’s freezing in Boston so this will be my breakfast tomorrow!

    • xtinaluvspink April 5, 2016 at 9:57 am #

      Woohoo! Ok, not so happy about the freezing (currently 33 in Milwaukee) but at least warm food is still enjoyable!

  6. Strength and Sunshine April 5, 2016 at 3:00 pm #

    Steel cut are worth it though for that hearty bite!

  7. Rachel @ Delicious Balance April 5, 2016 at 4:12 pm #

    These are right up my alley!!! YUM!!!!!!

  8. Anne April 6, 2016 at 4:52 am #

    I’ve recently started eating oatmeal for breakfast again, it’s such a great start of the day!

  9. Sandra Laflamme April 6, 2016 at 1:10 pm #

    I definitely know what you mean about the weather. We are having a yoyo weather winter/spring and it is driving me crazy! Love the sounds of these steel cut oats, they remind me of my favorite granola which has dark chocolate and coconut!

  10. Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner April 6, 2016 at 4:57 pm #

    I’ve been trying to eat oatmeal for breakfast a few times a week and adding chocolate sounds like a win

  11. wendyistakingthelongwayhome April 6, 2016 at 9:14 pm #

    This might be the one recipe that will get my son to eat oatmeal!

  12. taramdeal April 7, 2016 at 8:19 am #

    These sound and look fantastic! Love chocolate and coconut!

  13. Julie @ Running in a Skirt April 10, 2016 at 8:22 am #

    Steel cut oats are so tasty! This look amazing. Love the additions.

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