The photos in this recipe were updated 6/18/2015 as part of the #ThrowbackThursday photography project. Pictures were shot in natural light using a Canon 40D with either a 50mm/1.8 lens or a 100mm macro. Original photo was taken on a phone… scroll down to the bottom of the post see the totally embarrassing original photo.
I just realized that I have only shared one sweet recipe on this blog! It’s only been in existence a short time, but the oversight seems almost inexcusable given how much I joke that I’m up to my elbows in sugar all the time. No matter though… we can fix this! And we can justify that this is really not even bad for you (because it isn’t) and it makes the house smell heavenly, like waking up in a chocolate shop.
Steel cut oatmeal is easily found in the bulk section or health food section of most grocery stores. I love that it doesn’t turn to mush when cooked and has a light nutty flavor. The Godfather and I first experimented with it after watching an Alton Brown Good Eats episode on oatmeal a few years ago and have been in love with it since. After discovering that it could be made in a small crock pot overnight, it became a staple for our pantry! In fact, the little green crock pot you see pictured was originally purchased just for making oatmeal as our larger one would burn a small portion for two. I am also a bit of a softie when it comes to buying cute and yet justifiably functional kitchen items, but I digress…
The chocolate oatmeal recipe serves 2, but can be multiplied for your desired number of servings, no scaling of ingredients required.
Overnight Chocolate Oatmeal
Use your slow cooker for this steel-cut oats recipe and wake up to a house that smells like chocolate!
- ½ cup steel cut oatmeal
- 1 ¼ cups almond milk (or coconut milk, or cow’s milk)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 stick cinnamon
- 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp agave, sugar, maple syrup, honey or other sweetener
- Pinch of salt
- 2 tbsp chia or flax seeds
- Spray your slow cooker with nonstick spray (you will thank me come cleanup).
- Combine all ingredients except sweetener and chia or flax seeds in the slow cooker, set to low and cook 6-7 hours.
- Sprinkle with chia or flax seeds, add sweetener to taste if desired, and enjoy!
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Tuesday 11th of April 2017
I can't wait to make this recipe today! I have a question though. Is there a reason to not put the flax or sweetener in the crock pot? I have made Alton's recipe as well as another Weight Watchers recipe for overnight oatmeal and no such note was made. Thanks!
Mary (The Goodie Godmother)
Tuesday 11th of April 2017
You can totally add the flax and sweetener in the crock pot. I used to leave them out because I often use chia seeds and I find I have to add more liquid if I add chia to the crock pot. The Godfather and I had different preferences for sweetness levels. ;) I hope you enjoy!!! :)