Hot chocolate slow cooker oatmeal recipe 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.
Most mornings I eat eggs for breakfast. But every once in a while, usually in the winter, I get in to a kick of eating oatmeal. It lasts for a few weeks and then I go back to my beloved eggs.
One thing I really don't like about oatmeal is how boring it tastes. I mean, really? Bleh. It definitely needs the addition of something to help give it some flavor.
I also was never a fan of the texture of old fashioned oats. I tried steel cut oats a few years ago and really like them. But they take at least a half an hour to cook on the stove top and I usually don't have time to cook it in the morning.
Then I discovered that steel cut oatmeal cooks up perfectly in the slow cooker! I love my Vanilla Cherry Slow Cooker Oatmeal!
My kids, however, are taking some convincing to get on board with eating oatmeal for breakfast. I remember my mom making CoCo Wheats for my sisters and I and we loved them. Who doesn't love chocolate for breakfast?
Hot chocolate slow cooker oatmeal reminds me of that breakfast. The oatmeal has a nice delicate chocolate flavor. 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 and served it in a mug like real hot cocoa.
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.
Hot Chocolate Slow Cooker Oatmeal Recipe
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 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.