Chocolate Raspberry Oatmeal

Guys, I am a bit of a chocoholic. 

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I love it pretty much all forms and spent the longest time denying myself chocolate because I thought it was unhealthy. Of course, I was thinking of commercially prepared chocolate candy and fudge that is loaded with refined sugar. Those are definitely unhealthy for you. However, as I learned more about ingredients and became more creative in the kitchen, I found ways to enjoy chocolate that wasn't unhealthy. In fact, when prepared correctly, it can be good for your body! Espeically your heart. I have heard for years that dark chocolate was good for your heart, but never knew why exactly. Cocoa expands the blood vessels in the heart and helps all that lovely blood of yours flow through with ease. A relaxed and properly working heart is something we all need, so I'm encouraging you to dive into healthy chocolate recipes with your mouth and mind wide open.

Chocolate and raspberry is a flavor combination that is a personal favorite of mine. Raspberries are hands down my favorite fruit and combining them with chocolate makes it utterly irresistible for me. I could eat this oatmeal recipe for every meal for the rest of my life...but this blog (and my family) would be pretty boring.

Makes 3 servings

1 cup steel cut oats

3 cups liquid of choice (water is fine to use. For a creamier texture, you can use almond milk or coconut milk. Or half water and half milk if you like)

1 cup raspberries ( fresh or thawed frozen) 

1/4 cup unsweeted cocoa powder

1/4 cup honey or maple syrup

1.  In a medium sauce pan, bring the milk or water to a boil over medium high heat. Stir in the oatmeal and turn down the heat to low. Simmer the oatmeal uncovered for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. 

2. stir in cocoa powder, raspberries, and honey/maple syrup. Continue to cook for 10 more minutes, again stirring occasionally

3.Once done cooking, garnish with nuts, sliced fruit of choice, shredded coconut, or chia seeds