Saturday, March 24, 2012

Chocolate and cherry steel cut oats


Chocolate for breakfast? Yes, please. I found a bag of cherries in the freezer that needed to be used up... I was thinking about making some sort of dessert with them that contained chocolate. Then, it hit me -- why not combine the chocolate and cherries in some oats for breakfast? Well, I did and it was a good idea. I have only recently discovered steel cut oats and I enjoy them a lot. They have a lot more texture to them than the old fashioned oats (don't get me wrong though, I love those, too). I eat oats in some many ways - bananas, nuts, cinnamon, pumpkin, maple, apples, etc. - they are such a versatile breakfast. Chocolate and cherries are more of a treat than a staple for breakfast, but sometimes you need that in life! Plus, it's probably better for you that some of the other chocolaty breakfast items out there...

This recipe will serve two people. I don't think the oats (or the photos) look as good as it tastes. Top your chocolate and cherry steel cut oats with some milk or cream if you like, or enjoy as is. 

Chocolate and cherry steel cut oats
1/2 cup steel cut oats
1 cup water
1-1/2 to 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
pinch of sea salt
2 tablespoons honey or sugar (preferably unbleached)
1/2 cup frozen pitted cherries, thawed and roughly chopped

In a medium saucepan, heat the steel cut oats and water over medium heat. Stir in the cocoa powder, salt, and honey/sugar. Let the mixture come to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer, cover, and cook until softened, about 13-15 minutes. Taste and adjust cocoa and sweetness if needed.

Stir in the cherries. Remove from heat and serve hot.


What was I cooking one year ago?: tarragon chicken
Two years ago?: fish tacos

11 comments:

  1. A huge YES for chocolate & cherry for breakfast . Sounds like a winner to me & these really looks yummy! And again I'm gonna bookmark this recipe! Have a great weekend ! :)

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  2. I had never even thought of adding chocolate to oatmeal let alone cherries. This looks like a fabulous way to start the day.

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  3. Of course we all want chocolate for breakfast!
    This is such a fun and creative dish! What great ideas. I am now happily following your blog :)

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  4. I love steel cut oats, and your additions sound wonderful! Chocolate & cherries are such a nice combination!

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  5. This sounds so delicious…I would love some for my breakfast! I love steel cut oats.

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  6. Darn! I just had a yogurt, but now I want oatmeal. I will definitely try this tomorrow morning!

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  7. I love the steel cut oats too, I like the texture of these oats. Your recipe sounds delicious.

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  8. You can ALWAYS count me in for chocolate-for-breakfast. Love this!

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  9. What a creative idea! I have plain old oatmeal for breakfast most mornings. Can't wait to change things up with this! :)

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  10. I've definitely added chocolate to my oats but I never thought about cherries- great idea!

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