“If chocolate granola, then why not chocolate oatmeal?” I asked myself a couple of weeks ago. And the response to that question to self, was this spiced chocolate oatmeal porridge. While my kid is quite a non-fussy eater, he has no love for porridge, but he does love chocolate (a lot). And lets just say my culinary experiment was a success and we plan to include this in our breakfast menu a lot more regularly and not just during Christmas.
The cinnamon sticks add some warmth and holiday flavour to what could just be chocolate porridge. A smidgen of fresh orange zest would make it even better, but I did not have oranges in my fruit basket that day.
It’s fairly child’s play – this spiced chocolate oatmeal. In a pan, take instant oats, add required quantity of water along with the cinnamon sticks. Feel free to add 3-4 cloves and some orange zest too. I avoid the former because I don’t have the patience to fish for the cloves when the porridge is ready. I like to use a pinch of ground cloves instead, along with some vanilla and nutmeg for the added festive touch.
Simmer, simmer, simmer. I’m saying that thrice, once for each minute 🙂 Dissolve some cocoa powder or a square of chocolate per person in hot milk, and add the milk to the nearly cooked oats. Sweeten it up as you like. Ladle into bowls and top with a dash of ground cinnamon and some honey.
It sure made a delicious twist to a plain bowl of oatmeal porridge.
If your kid loves anything chocolate, then do give this a try 🙂 As a special treat, you can sprinkle a few chocolate chips on the top.
So here comes, the recipe of a simple spiced chocolate oatmeal.
Spiced Chocolate Oatmeal
- 1/3 cup oats instant
- 3/4 cup water
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup milk whole
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon ground
- 1/4 tsp cloves ground (optional)
- Pinch nutmeg of grated
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsps brown sugar
- In a saucepan, combine oats, cinnamon sticks and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce flame and simmer for 3-4 minutes until oats are cooked.
- Whisk the cocoa powder into 2 tbsp milk along with ground cinnamon, ground cloves, grated nutmeg, vanilla and sugar.
- Add this to the cooked oats in the pan along with the remaining milk and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 2 minutes.
- Divide into 2 bowls or cups.
- Garnish with a drizzle of honey and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon.