High Protein Chocolate Steel Cut Oats

Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes

These high protein chocolate steel cut oats are thick and hearty, easy to make, rich in fiber, and packed with 15 grams of protein.

Pouring milk over high protein chocolate steel cut oats.

Steel-cut oats will always remind me of my childhood because my mom preferred them over old fashioned oats. Since they’re larger in size than old fashioned oats, the end result is chewier and heartier than traditional oatmeal. This High Protein Chocolate Steel Cut Oats recipe is a favorite in my home for breakfast lately, because it keeps my boys full before heading to school, and gives me plenty of energy to last until lunch!

Ingredients

Ingredients for chocolate steel cut oats.
  • Milk: I use low-fat milk, but almond milk, coconut milk, or oat milk all work great with this recipe. Oatmeal tastes just as great dairy-free, making it a great vegan breakfast option!
  • Water: You can also make the entire dish with just milk, but I like to use water as well to cut the fat and calories. Alternatively, you can also just use water and no milk! It’ll be less creamy though.
  • Salt: Salt is a flavor enhancer and brings balance to the flavors of the dish as well.
  • Vanilla: Enhances and sweetens the oatmeal and compliments the chocolate taste.
  • Cocoa powder: Brings the rich, chocolate flavor to the steel cut oats.
  • Protein powder: Whether whey or plant based, adding protein powder increases how filling the dish is. Use your favorite flavor, whether chocolate, vanilla, or something else!
  • Flax seed meal: Tasteless, but adds additional fiber and nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Steel cut oats: The hearty star of the dish that cooks to be chewy and filling.

How to Make High Protein Chocolate Steel Cut Oats

Stirring chocolate and milk

Start your chocolate steel cut oats by heating your milk and water in a medium sauce pot over medium-high heat. Whisk in vanilla, salt, cocoa powder, protein powder, and flax seed meal. Heat until bubbles start to form, but not to a boil.

Oats added to chocolate steel cut oats

Stir in the steel cut oats and heat until bubbles begin to form again. Then reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until desired consistency is reached.

High protein chocolate steel cut oats.

Serve topped with chocolate chips, more milk, and fresh berries. Enjoy your high protein chocolate steel cut oats!

Shake Things Up

  • Change some toppings. Peanut butter, toasted coconut flakes, pecans, or any kind of nuts would also be great on top of this oatmeal.
  • Add some fruit. Raspberries are a favorite of mine with chocolate, but bananas and strawberries are also delicious.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between steel cut and old fashioned oats?

Old fashioned oats are simply steel-cut oats that have been hammered flat for quicker cooking. Both are healthy and nutritious.

What can I sweeten oatmeal with?

If you like things sweeter, but don’t want to add processed sugar to your diet, try using honey, maple syrup, fresh fruit, or agave nectar.

Is oatmeal good for weight loss?

Oatmeal is high in fiber and protein, which helps to keep you feeling full for longer. In this way, it can help you to lose weight by cutting calories!

Milk on high protein chocolate Steel Cut Oats

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High protein chocolate Steel Cut Oats

High Protein Chocolate Steel Cut Oats

4.85 stars average
These thick and hearty whole grain steel cut oats are not only easy to make but rich in fiber, chocolately and packed with 15 grams of protein.
PREP: 5 minutes
COOK: 15 minutes
TOTAL: 20 minutes
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Servings4

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Ingredients
 

  • 1 cup low fat milk (or any type of milk you wish)
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • cup Chocolate Protein Powder
  • 2 tablespoons Bob's Red Mill Flax Seed Meal
  • 1 cup Bob's Red Mill Steel Cut Oats
  • mini chocolate chips, raspberries, milk (optional to serve)

Instructions
 

  • In a medium sauce pot, whisk together milk, water, vanilla, salt, cocoa powder, protein powder and flax seed meal over medium-high heat. Heat until bubbles start to form around the edges of the pan, whisking occasionally, being careful not to bring to a roaring boil.
  • Once bubbles start to form around the edges, add in the steel cut oats. Bring back to a low boil then reduce heat to low. Simmer 15 minutes or until oats reach desired consistency. Serve with mini chocolatee chips, raspberries and milk if you wish.

Nutrition

Calories: 243kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 15gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 360mgPotassium: 218mgFiber: 8gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 60IUCalcium: 164mgIron: 2mg

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5 responses to “High Protein Chocolate Steel Cut Oats”

  1. Toni Avatar
    Toni

    This is such an amazing way to start my day!

  2. Lindsay Cotter Avatar
    Lindsay Cotter

    The perfect way to start the day! So easy and delicious!

  3. Dorothy Reinhold Avatar
    Dorothy Reinhold

    This reminds me of no bake cookies! I can’t wait to make a batch and add a little peanut butter!

  4. Kim Avatar
    Kim

    I think my favorite mix-in would be some peanut butter. Then it would be just like those no-bake cookies. Thanks for another great recipe.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it Kim!

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Hey there, I’m Liz Della Croce and I’m thrilled to have you here! My aim is to motivate and ignite your passion for cooking amazing meals for your loved ones.