Chocolate Raspberry Oatmeal Bliss

Yes, you read that right.  I am posting a chocolate oatmeal recipe… and you will LOVE it!  I have mentioned before that there are flavors that just seem destined to be together.  Chocolate has a few magical combinations: nut butter, mint, caramel and raspberry.  I have always had a weakness for chocolate and raspberry, but I gave it up long ago when I started eating healthier.

Well as you know that dear husband of mine introduced me to the joys of unsweetened cocoa powder and chocolate re-entered my life. I know I have shared with you a smoothie using cocoa powder, but oatmeal is the main way we indulge in a little chocolate love.  It has brought chocolate and raspberry back into my life:-)

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Like many oatmeal’s before this one, I like to add protein powder, a little salt, cinnamon and now cocoa powder to my dry oats and mix everything together.  This will help it mix into the liquids better.  (If you add the protein powder, cinnamon and cocoa after the liquids you will have a lot more chunks to beat out.)

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Now that your dry ingredients are mixed together add in a little water, the vanilla and almond milk.  You don’t have to add water; you can add more milk in its place.  I think it helps with the absorption to have a little water in the mix, but that is my preference.

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I used frozen raspberries, so I added them to the oats when I started cooking them.  If you are using fresh berries, I would hold off a little and add them in the middle or towards the end.  Once your oatmeal is cooked, on the stovetop or in the microwave, add the agave or honey a little at a time until it has balanced out the bitterness of the cocoa and reached the point of chocolate raspberry bliss.

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Chocolate Raspberry Oatmeal Bliss

½ – 1 C oats

2 T protein powder (I prefer soy in my oatmeal)

¼ t salt

1-2 dashes of cinnamon

1-2 T unsweetened cocoa powder

¼ C water

¾-1 C almond milk

1-2 t vanilla

¼- ½ C raspberries, frozen or fresh

Agave to taste

  1. Place oats, protein powder, salt, cinnamon and cocoa powder into your bowl or pot and stir together.  Add water, milk and vanilla to the dry oats.  If you are using frozen raspberries add them into the oatmeal when you begin cooking it.  If they are fresh, add them towards the end.
  2. If you are cooking on a stove, set the heat to medium high until the oats begin to boil.  Immediately reduce heat and simmer for a few minutes or until oats are fully cooked.
  3. If you are using the microwave, cook for one minute and then stir the bowl.  Cook for another minute.  If they still need more time try 20-second intervals.
  4. Add agave a little at a time until your oatmeal is just right.

It’s dessert for breakfast, but still gives you the fuel you need to tackle the day!

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Breathe it in.  Smile.  Partake slowly.  Savor its wonder.  Enjoy the bliss.

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