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High Protein Chocolate Steel Cut Oats

    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.

    Healthy High Protein Chocolate Steel Cut Oats

    Now that school is back in session, I’m always looking for easy breakfast recipes that will keep my boys full and satisfied all morning long.

    Steel Cut Oats Bobs Red Mill

    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.

    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.

    Scooping Chocolate Oats

    Slightly nutty and toasted in flavor, I love to stir in all sorts of ingredients including strawberries, maple syrup, and, most recently, cocoa powder.

    High Protein Chocolate Steel Cut Oats

    For added protein, I also add in Bob’s Red Mill protein powder. Whether you use chocolate, vanilla or chai flavored, adding protein powder is a great way to boost the nutritional value of a bowl of oats.

    Liz Sprinkling Chocolate Chips on Oatmeal

    Of course, the best part about eating oatmeal for breakfast is all of the toppings and garnishes you can add to serve! For a special treat I decided to add in mini chocolate chips and raspberries.

    Liz Making Oatmeal

    Peanut butter or toasted coconut flakes would also be super tasty on top of this bowl of high protein chocolate steel-cut oats.

    What are your favorite mix-ins for oatmeal? I’d love to hear from you.

    Your spoon is waiting.

    High Protein Chocolate Steel Cut Oats

    High Protein Chocolate Steel Cut Oats

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    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 mins
    COOK: 15 mins
    TOTAL: 20 mins
    Servings: 4


    • 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)


    • 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.

    Recipe Video


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

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    1. 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.

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