Slow Cooker Chocolate Oatmeal

For Valentine’s day I wasn’t sure what to get for my other half. We are off of sugar, so no chocolate hearts for us this year.  So I got creative and made us bowls of chocolate oatmeal. Trust me it tastes way better than it sounds!

Slow Cooker Chocolate Oatmeal (*gluten-free) serves 2 – 3
Use a 1 – 1.5 quart slow cooker for this

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 6 – 8  hours

  • 1/2 cup steel cut oats (*get oats marked gluten-free )
  • 2 cups filtered water
  • 2 Tb cocoa
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/8 – 1/4 tsp stevia
  • 1 Tb agave nectar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

The night before: Put everything in the slow cooker except for the almond milk. If you haven’t used stevia before you may want to start with 1/8 of a tsp and add more later. Stevia gets bitter as soon as you add too much. Cook on low 8 hours.

In the morning:  Stir the oatmeal and add the almond milk. Now you’re ready to have some chocolate for breakfast!

Try topping with coaco nibs, slivered almonds, coconut, etc.

Comments

  1. I was totally thinking of having some chocolate oats this weekend but didn’t get around to it. I bet it was extra heavenly with the almond milk!

  2. I am loving all of your recipes! My hubby and I are trying to shape up our eating habits and I’m so glad to see all of these healthy recipes! I now have you bookmarked and can’t wait to get started on these recipes! :)

  3. Jenni Sheffield says:

    So is agave nectar not a sugar? How does it compare with regular granulated white sugar? I noticed that white sugar has less calories than the agave nectar I have, and that puzzled me. How does agave affect your weight versus white sugar? If you happen to have any insights on this subject, I’d love to know! Thanks for all your great recipes!

  4. Kathy Hester (geekypoet) says:

    I don’t know alot of numbers for all the sugars. What I do know is that agave is really sweet and I use just a small amount of it – much less than with regular sugar. I only use less than 1 tablespoon of agave nectar in a pitcher of smoothies if it’s a little bitter.

    I was on a program where I could have no white or brown sugar, but agave and stevia were ok. Splenda was allowed but it kinda creeps me out. I’m still only eating whole grains.

    Sorry I don’t have more concrete facts for you.

  5. Jenni Sheffield says:

    Thanks for your thoughts. I admit I was disappointed to find out Agave has more calories than sugar (especially because I am trying to lose weight and I’ve been substituting it in like crazy for sugar). However, in some of the reading I have found that it does have fiber in it (which sugar doesn’t), and it has a low glycemic level (which I don’t totally understand), but I do know it helps you not have “sugar headaches and mood swings,” and that is way valuable for any treat! I guess I should just learn to have more moderation in my sweet intake! I do really like the taste and texture of Agave though, so that is another benefit. Well, thanks for your great ideas and recipes.

  6. This looks so yummy (but who can go wrong with chocolate ;) )

    I would like to invite you to share your crock pot breakfast recipe at Slow Cooking Saturdays Recipe Swap. You can link up by going here http://crockpotrecipeexchange.blogspot.com/2010/10/slow-cooking-saturdays-recipe-swap.html

    Thanks in advance for taking the time to share your wonderful recipes.

    BTW: loved the “Beyond Easy Pumpkin Puree”…. it truly is beyond easy :)

  7. Such a great idea! Steel cut oats are wonderful made any way, of course, but cooking them in the slow cooker must make them even more delectable. Thanks so much for entering this submission in the SOS Challenge! :)

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