Caramel-Chocolate Energizing Steel Cut Oats

January 16, 2018homemade
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Cook time: 5 minutes

Serves: 1

Welcome to your new winter breakfast staple!  These morning oats are unlike your usual ‘run of the mill oatmeal’ – because they’re made with steel cut oats, giving them a creamy and chewy flavor which is so delicious & satisfying. The addition of raw cacao and coconut sugar gives a decadent Caramel-Chocolate flavor, while providing antioxidants and important minerals – with only 4g of sugar per serve (compared to around 20g of sugar for most ‘healthy’ breakfast cereals and many protein bars!)

Plus one serve of this nourishing breakfast will give you tons of slow release energy and more than 5 grams of fiber (or around 20% of your daily requirement). That fiber is your best friend when it comes to reaching a healthy weight without dieting – because you feel naturally full and satisfied (and you’ll eliminate bloating and constipation too).

Now, if you’re trying to watch your blood sugars, or lower your blood cholesterol or blood pressure, consider this: Oats, including steel cut oats, are high in a special type of soluble fiber which has been proven to help with reducing those blood numbers.  And if you’re suffering from IBS or food allergies, then oats also contain a special type of resistant starch that feeds the GOOD bacteria in your stomach.

Best of all: You can prepare this in bulk for the week in under 10 minutes of prep time!  Enjoy!

Print Recipe

  • Cook time: 5 minutes
  • Serves: 1


  • 1/2 cup Steel cut oats, soaked overnight
  • 1 cup Water, or more as needed
  • ½ cup Milk of your choice
  • 1 tbs Flax seeds, ground
  • 1 tsp Cacao powder
  • 1 tsp Coconut sugar or honey

Optional / To Taste

  • pinch Sea salt
  • to taste Top with seasonal fruits or yoghurt


  • 1)

    Soak your steel cut oats overnight (or during the day) – preferably for around 6-8 hours.  This massively decreases the cooking time!

  • 2)

    Add your steel cut oats, water, milk and flax seeds (with a pinch of salt) to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring.

  • 3)

    Heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally once the mixture starts to simmer. Cook until the steel cut oats are soft and creamy, around 5 minutes.  Add more water or milk for desired consistency. TIP: Leave them more runny than expected as the mixture will thicken upon cooling, especially if you are cooking in bulk for the week!

  • 4)

    When your oats are cooked all the way through and achieved a creamy porridge-like consistency, serve in a bowl and top with cacao powder & coconut sugar, which will melt and have a caramel like flavor.  You can also spoon into jars or plastic containers so you have delicious meals ready to go for the week!


  • Louella

    March 26, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    I have been using steel cut oats for some time & sweetening only with dried fruits, but the tip of soaking overnight is a new & great tip for me to lessen the cooking time in the morning !

    1. homemade

      March 26, 2018 at 5:17 pm

      Great to hear Louella! I often soak several days worth of steel cut oats at a time and then just cook the amount I want to use in the morning. Enjoy! warmly Anna

  • Tina Peterson

    April 16, 2018 at 11:41 pm

    Wow there are some yummy sounding recipes in the guest section. I make the best oatmeal in my pressure cooker and am looking for new recipies. Will have to try this one. I can’t stand the chewiness of steel cut oats – is there a fix for that? I like my oats soft and creamy so use rolled oats.

    1. homemade

      April 17, 2018 at 12:37 am

      Hi Tina The good news is that most research I’ve looked at says the health properties of whole rolled oats are pretty much the same as steel cut oats- so you’re welcome to substitute rolled oats in this recipe! Enjoy & let me know how it turns? warmly Anna

  • Lori

    June 5, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    Is there a place where the nutritional facts for the recipes can be found? I am mainly looking at carbs as I am trying to stay under a certain amount each day? All the recipes look so good, and I would like to try them soon!

    1. homemade

      June 5, 2018 at 8:48 pm

      Hi Lori,
      Thanks so much for the great question! We specifically choose not to provide the nutritional breakdown of our recipes, because our proven philosophy is that if you cook most of what you eat, using mainly whole, natural, plant based meals and listen to your body – then you will naturally achieve your ideal weight & health over time. Our Members have lot tens of thousands of pounds without dieting or counting anything (they say it’s very liberating!) Many of our Members are diabetic and pre-diabetic and we’ve been able to help them reverse high blood numbers and go off meds using this approach too. Most importantly the number of carbs says NOTHING about the QUALITY of what you eat – which is the number 1 MOST important thing for your health & weight. 50g of carbs from a pack of cheetos or a snickers bar doesn’t compare to 50g of carbs from whole rolled oats or steel cut oats, because your body processes those carbs in a completely different manner due to the differing amounts of fibre they contain. Humans only became obsessed with dieting, counting calories, points and carbs in the last few decades- and look where it got us: An obesity epidemic and lifestyle diseases epidemic never before seen in human history. Over 99.5% of people fail on their diets or don’t keep the weight off for more than a year. Not to mention all that counting creates a bad relationship with food and our bodies, endless cycles of deprivation followed by overeating and guilt. What does work in the long term is cooking & eating whole natural foods, and listening to your body. Hope this helps! Let me know if you have a follow up question 🙂 warmly Anna ps. If you still want to count the carbs on or recipes, then just google one of the many counting tools out there 🙂

  • Christina Cattane

    June 23, 2018 at 4:30 am

    Can you use white or brown sugar, or coconut flakes in place of the coconut sugar?

    1. homemade

      June 24, 2018 at 9:38 pm

      Hi Christina Absolutely! You can use the sweetener of your choice, including honey. If you are trying to watch your blood sugars, I would recommend leaning towards a lower-GI sweetener like coconut sugar, or even honey over white sugar. But if your blood sugars are fine, the small amount of added sugar shouldn’t cause any issue. Enjoy!

  • Kalpana Mehta

    July 3, 2018 at 3:06 am

    I soak in almond milk with , 4-5 Medjool dates,1-2 sticks of cinnamon, 2-3 whole cloves and 4-5 whole black paper. next day I cook it for 5 mts .then after it cools down I add little pomegranate juice , chia seeds, hemp seeds ,and seasonal fruit , with some almond slices or granola.

    1. homemade

      July 4, 2018 at 6:57 pm

      This is wonderful Kalpana – thanks for sharing! warmly Anna

  • Mary Ann

    July 15, 2018 at 4:31 pm

    When your recipe says to soak the 1/2 cup oats are you saying to soak them with the 1 cup of water? Then combine the soaked oats (with 1 cup water), milk and flax seeds, etc.

    1. homemade

      July 22, 2018 at 2:54 am

      Hi Mary Ann Thanks for the great question! You can soak the steel cut oats in as much water as you like overnight, and then drain some off – I recommend having it just submerged completely in the water. and then yes cook by adding the 1 cup of water in the recipe. Enjoy – and let me know how you enjoy this? warmly Anna

  • ruth

    August 6, 2018 at 12:07 am

    Can you successfully add chia seeds to this recipe? If so, how much?

    1. homemade

      August 8, 2018 at 7:29 pm

      Hi Ruth Great question! Yes you can absolutely add chia seeds to this recipe and I would even recommend soaking them overnight with the steel cut oats for maximum absorption of the beneficial omega 3 & 6 fatty acids. I would recommend you add around 1 Tbs, but you’re welcome to experiment with more or change the ratios of oats : chia seeds. Hope this helps – let us know how it goes for you! warmly Anna

  • Janet

    August 18, 2018 at 9:34 am

    Can I use my Instant Pot to cook this?

    1. Maddy Kuhn

      August 21, 2018 at 6:26 pm

      Hi Janet,

      Great question 🙂 We don’t personally have an instant pot but think it would work just fine. Good luck and enjoy!


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