Look at this fun idea for Hot Cocoa Oatmeal!
My 7-year-old daughter found this idea in a magazine and we decided to try it at home. Whoa, but let me just pause for one moment to say: I never knew I’d be able to use “my” and “daughter” in the same sentence. And now I have four beautiful daughters plus two daughters-in-law!! Pictures to come as soon as our little girls’ adoptions are final!
So back to my 7-year-old daughter. :) She found a Hot Cocoa Oatmeal recipe in a Highlights magazine and wanted to try it. I don’t usually keep mini marshmallows on hand, but for this, I picked some up to surprise her. You can certainly make this breakfast or snack without them. I let my kids have four each instead of letting them fill their mugs. :)
This recipe is fun because you can make it ahead of time, then make a mug full whenever you need it. Beyond the marshmallows, this really is a healthy breakfast or snack option. My kids LOVED the chocolate flavor of this!
Hot Cocoa Oatmeal
- 10 cup whole oats (divided)
- 2 cups brown sugar or sucanat
- 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons sea salt
- Mini marshmallows (optional)
- Measure 7 cups of oats into a large mixing bowl.
- Blend the remaining 3 cups (1/2 cup at a time) until powdery and stir into the mixing bowl.
- Add brown sugar, cocoa powder, and sea salt.
- Mix well.
- Store in a large, airtight container.
- When ready to serve the oatmeal, scoop ½ cup of mix into a mug.
- Add ¾ cup boiling water.
- Allow the oatmeal and water to sit for about 5 minutes.
- Stir, add marshmallows if you like, and eat.
As you can see, this is a big-batch recipe. I love making recipes like this for my family so I can use my time and energy well. Having a large container of this on hand means I can boil water in the morning, scoop oatmeal mixture into mugs, and have a very quick and fun breakfast ready in just a few minutes with very little effort.