"I was inspired by the news that chocolate can be good for you," wrote reader Jennifer Sanders of Cambridge, Ontario. "Why not eat it for breakfast?" She shared her recipe for this heart-warming chocolaty hot cereal. If you are looking for a way to get your kids to start their day with a bowl of oatmeal, this is it. The microwave is convenient, but you can also cook the oatmeal on the stovetop following package directions. Top the cereal with milk or soymilk and sweeten with brown sugar or no-calorie sweetener, if desired.

Jennifer Sanders
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Ingredients

Directions

  • Combine dates, oats, cocoa and salt in a 1-quart microwavable container. Slowly stir in the water. Partially cover with plastic wrap. Microwave on Medium for 4 or 5 minutes, then stir. Microwave on Medium again for 3 or 4 minutes, then stir. Continue cooking and stirring until the cereal is creamy.

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Tips

Note: The cooking times will vary considerably depending on the power of your microwave. New microwaves tend to cook much faster than older models.

People with celiac disease or gluten-sensitivity should use oats that are labeled “gluten-free,” as oats are often cross-contaminated with wheat and barley.

Nutrition Facts

261 calories; 3.6 g total fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 83 mg sodium. 57 g carbohydrates; 7.4 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (25)

25 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 0
  • 4 star values: 24
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I tried this and found it very good. I like oatmeal and it can get boring with just milk and sugar--I like brown sugar. So I'm very eager to try this and the dates are a change from raisins. YumO LaRue Charleston WV
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
microwaves do change the structure of your food and destroy the nutrients. Please read this article: http://www.mercola.com/article/microwave/hazards.htm I never use microwaves anymore. bb NY NJ
Rating: 4 stars
07/10/2017
I made this exactly like the recipe using Hershey's cocoa and found it too bitter for my taste. So I added almond milk more oatmeal vanilla and sugar to taste. Topped it with sliced bananas and more almond milk. Delicious! Tastes like hot cocoa.
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Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
This recipe was very good and I have been eating oatmeal for years now. Adding dates was something new. Using an "unprocessed" cocoa powder is the healthiest product to use as its important health beneficial nutrients are not comprmised. I also stir in 1 tbls. fresh ground organic golden flax seed into my oatmeal AFTER it has cooked. This adds a very good amount of Omega 3 and gives it a little nutty flavor. A little brown sugar will help if you still need it to be sweeter. Tepstill CA
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
Great recipe but one cautionary note: NEVER use plastic wrap (or any type of plastic container) in your microwave. The heat leeches out toxins that end up in your food! Use a microwave safe cover or wax paper to cover your food. Stephanie New York NY
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
This was very good. It was like eating warm pudding. It would be a great snack in the afternoons if you want something chocolate. Summer L. Beaumont TX
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Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
Where did you hear that microwaves destroy the nutrients in foods??? Anonymous
Rating: 4 stars
05/15/2017
The dates make the oatmeal sweet but the oatmeal didn't taste like dates so use a sweetener of choice. Still with the cocoa it tasted great (and I added milk) so I'll be making it again. Good recipe!
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
We are used to eating things sweetened without sugar. This tasted wonderful to us and is something we enjoy having for breakfast on a regular basis!