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Steel cut oats are incredibly versatile and nutritious. They are a great source of vitamins and minerals including thiamine, iron, and zinc, as well as disease-fighting antioxidants. These Creamy Chocolate Steel Cut Oats deliver delicious chocolatey goodness along with loads of healthy fats, fiber, and protein.

Creamy Chocolate Steel Cut Oats [Vegan]

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  • 1 cup gluten-free steel cut oats (option to pre-soak in cold water overnight then rinse and drain for better digestion and creamier consistency)
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond or nut-free milk
  • 1 1/2 cups organic full-fat coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder
  • 2-4 tablespoons vegan chocolate protein powder
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons monk fruit sweetener or maple syrup (optional, use more if prefer sweeter oats)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
  • optional toppings: berries, granola or trail mix, coconut chips (matcha flavor here),  cacao bar, peanut or nut butter, or toppings of choice


  1. Grease Instant Pot with cooking oil (I like to use coconut oil or spray avocado oil).
  2. Put oats, almond milk, coconut milk, cacao, protein powder, sweetener, vanilla, and salt in Instant Pot and whisk to combine.
  3. Secure the lid and set to pressure cook on high for 4 to 10 minutes, followed by a natural pressure release (see note below).
  4. Remove lid carefully, stir, and allow to cool slightly to thicken.  Serve with your choice of toppings.


Adjust cooking time to desired consistency. Pre-soaked oats will be super creamy after 4 to 5 minutes. Oats that haven't been pre-soaked will be slightly chewy after 5 minutes and soft and creamy after 10 minutes. Creamy Chocolate Steel Cut Oats can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Reheat on the stove over medium heat, adding additional almond or nut-free milk as needed for desired consistency.


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