Breakfast/Brunch, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian

Chocolatey Cinnamon Heaven in a Bowl

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For all you chocolate lovers out there, this Chocolate Chai Oatmeal tastes like chocolatey cinnamon heaven. I added the chia seeds for some extra fiber, protein, antioxidants and omega-3’s. I honestly forgot I added them to the oatmeal at all because they blended in so well. The chocolate chips melt into the oatmeal, creating a luxuriously decadent flavor. The end product doesn’t appear too dark or chocolatey because I reduced the amount of cocoa powder since I added chocolate chips as well. Trust me — all the flavor is there. The cinnamon in the chai tea compliments the chocolate, and the fresh raspberries contribute a tartness to the oatmeal’s sweetness. Sometimes you just need a little chocolate for breakfast.

Ingredients (serves 1).

Oatmeal:

  • 1 c unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or milk or choice)
  • 1-2 chai tea bags
  • 1/2 c old-fashioned oats
  • 2 t chia seeds (optional)
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 t vanilla extract
  • 1/2 t cocoa powder
  • Sweetener options (all to taste)

Toppings: all optional!

  • Cinnamon sugar
  • About 8-10 milk chocolate chips -OR- carob chips, dark chocolate mini chips
  • Dried fruit, like golden raisins
  • Fresh fruit, like raspberries
  • Nuts
  • Small scoop of peanut butter or nut butter

Directions.

  1. Heat unsweetened vanilla almond milk or milk of choice. Once hot, add 1 chai tea bag and let sit for 5-10 min. (You can use 2 for a much stronger, more vibrant chai flavor.)
  2. In a small food processor or Magic Bullet, pulverize oats, chia seeds (optional), cocoa powder and salt.
  3. Once ready, squeeze all of the liquid out of the chai tea bag to ensure all flavor enters the milk. Combine chai almond milk and vanilla extract with the pulverized oat mixture in the Magic Bullet. Mix well.
  4. Transfer to a microwavable bowl. Microwave for 1 min and 30 sec at power-60. Remove and stir. If not fully cooked, continue cooking for an additional 30 sec on high. Fluff oatmeal with a fork (optional).
  5. Drizzle with agave nectar, sweetener of choice or with caramelized banana for a natural sweetener. Lightly top with cinnamon sugar, fresh fruit, dried fruit, nuts and/or chocolate chips (I prefer mini dark chocolate, but I just had milk chocolate on hand). If you want a “thinner” consistency, add more almond milk, milk of choice or even water.
  6. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Adapted from Chocolate-Covered Katie‘s Chocolate Chai Oatmeal.

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Chocolate Chai Oatmeal pictured with fresh raspberries, golden raisins & milk chocolate chips. Drizzled with agave nectar & lightly dusted with cinnamon sugar.

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