Hot chocolate slow cooker oatmeal will warm your belly and delight your taste buds! Let the oatmeal cook over night in the slow cooker and wake up to a delicious and filling chocolate breakfast.
I don’t normally go on a healthy eating kick in January, but this year, I am! I’m trying to get back to eating healthier and being more active. I am a huge believer in eating a good, hearty breakfast, but I didn’t do that much in 2013 and I could really tell a difference. So this year, I’m trying to do better and one way I’m doing that is by eating more oatmeal. I have come to really enjoy steel cut oatmeal, but it does take a while to cook. I’ve found that it cooks up perfectly in the slow cooker, though! I love my Vanilla Cherry Slow Cooker Oatmeal!
When I was a kid my mom used to make us Cocoa Wheats for breakfast on cold winter mornings. Hot chocolate slow cooker oatmeal reminds me of that breakfast. The oatmeal has a nice delicate chocolate flavor and you could definitely add more cocoa powder if you want a more intense flavor. My kids were absolutely fascinated with the oatmeal – especially when I added the marshmallows.
I had my doubts that the oatmeal would cook on the warm setting overnight, but it was just perfect. It did have some kind of crust on top when I checked it in the morning. Scrape those off before stirring it up. I stirred them in but they are quite chewy. You can leave out the whole milk and use 4 cups of water. I just think the milk adds extra creaminess to the oatmeal.
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups whole milk
- ½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1½ Tablespoons cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1½ Tablespoons raw honey
- 1 cup steel cut oatmeal
- Chocolate syrup, mini-marshmallows, & whipped cream for garnish
- In a large bowl whisk together water, milk, almond milk, cocoa, vanilla, salt and honey. Don’t worry if the honey doesn’t completely dissolve.
- Stir in oatmeal.
- Grease the crock of 4 quart slow cooker. Pour oatmeal mixture in to the slow cooker.
- Cook on low for 1-2 hours then turn to warm and cook overnight.
Recipe adapted from skinnyms.