"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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Recipe Summary

total:
15 mins
Servings:
4
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • 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; protein 7.4g; carbohydrates 57g; dietary fiber 8.6g; sugars 23.1g; fat 3.6g; saturated fat 0.9g; vitamin a iu 3.5IU; vitamin c 0.1mg; folate 21.3mcg; calcium 46.7mg; iron 3mg; magnesium 152.5mg; potassium 460.4mg; sodium 82.8mg; thiamin 0.2mg.
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Reviews (25)

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25 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 0
  • 4 star values: 24
  • 3 star values: 1
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Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
Yeah please make a stove top version joe Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I have not made this recipe but I want to know if it is made with unsweetened or sweetened cocoa powder. Anonymous Sebstopol CA Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
A microwave does not destroy the nutrients any more than it cooks from the inside out. Assuming it's used properly. That is nuts if you think about it. If you're still worried tho you can cook it on the stovetop about the same way. Make the oatmeal according to package directions for stovetop and add dates and cocoa. Cocoa=unsweetened powdered baking cocoa. The sweetened stuff is called something else. Cleveland OH please! You're oh-so- creative aren't you? Everyone knows there are a million different ways to make oatmeal but if you leave out the cocoa and the dates then it's no longer cocoa-date oatmeal is it? We all know you can add cinnamon blueberries raspberries peaches bananas and they will make the oatmeal different each time and tastes great. The point is did you make THIS recipe using cocoa and dates and how was it? There's always one and one like me too.:) Debbie Topeka KS Read More
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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! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
try this in the slow cooker on low for 5 hours - excellent for those of us who don't have time to make breakfast in the morning. Thelma Brandon MB Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
Really intersesting wow who would of thought Coco and dates?! Maybe a new favorate for my date loving sister and coco loving baby brother!!! Thank you! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I have added 1/4 cup of blueberries to my oatmeal and am loving it...but in looking for something more I added 1/4 cup of Vanilla Coffee Creamer found in the dairy case sweetened with Splenda and its just great. Added just enough sweetener and sweet taste to make it great! Lynn Kernersville NC Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
Take a pill Debbie from Topeka KS. This is a recipe-sharing site and people can give other suggestions if they want to. Nancy Dallas TX Read More
Rating: 3 stars
06/22/2017
If you like to make oatmeal the alternate way by letting it soak in the fridge overnight in the liquid instead of cooking it the liquid to oatmeal ratio is closer to 1:1 so you will want to reduce the amount of water called for int his recipe. Soaking the oats and dates in water or the alternate milk overnight does just as well and the "cold" version is a nice change for summertime breakfast. Read More
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