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"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.


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15 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • 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.



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.

11/2 starch
1/2 fruit