Vegan Mocha Steel-Cut Oats

Vegan Mocha Steel-Cut Oats by An Unrefined Vegan

I’ve unashamedly pilfered a recipe for Creamy Cocoa Oatmeal from an issue of Runner’s World magazine and I’m also going to nick what they had to say about the recipe:

Stick-to-your-ribs steel-cut oats are packed with betaglucan.  According to a 2011 Nutrition Journal study, this soluble fiber can help slash LDL (or so-called “bad” cholesterol) levels.  Research shows cocoa anti-oxidants help relax blood vessels, ease blood pressure, and improve circulation.  Ground flaxseed is rich in omega-3s, which reduce inflammation in arteries.

Of course I made some modifications: I soaked the oats overnight to reduce the cooking time; subbed almond milk for dairy milk; added herbal coffee substitute (Dandy Blend) for rich flavor; used applesauce instead of a mashed banana and ignored the addition of nutmeg (which I’ve never liked). I call it mine.


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Vegan Mocha Steel-Cut Oats

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The best way to begin your day: fiber rich and flavorful steel-cut oats jazzed up with cocoa and herbal coffee substitute.


  • 1 1/2 cups steel-cut oats
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup nut milk
  • 4 ounces unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. cacao powder (or cocoa powder)
  • 1 Tbsp. Dandy Blend, optional (or use some fresh-brewed coffee for some of the water or milk)
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp. pure maple syrup (or your favorite sweetener, to taste)
  • dried tart cherries
  • sliced bananas
  • chopped walnuts
  • cacao nibs, optional


  1. Place the steel cut oats in a medium-sized bowl and cover with water. Let sit overnight.
  2. In the morning, drain the oats then place in a medium-sized saucepan and add 2 cups water and 1 cup nut milk. Bring to a boil then simmer gently for 10-15 minutes. Stir in the cacao powder, Dandy Blend, cinnamon, applesauce and maple syrup. Continue to cook until the oats are soft and creamy, adding more liquid as necessary.
  3. To serve, top with cherries, bananas, walnuts and cacao nibs.


  • Serving Size: 4
  • Calories: 491
  • Sugar: 10
  • Sodium: 12
  • Fat: 22
  • Saturated Fat: 3
  • Unsaturated Fat: 17
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 63
  • Protein: 17
  • Cholesterol: 0


Mocha Steel-Cut Oats An Unrefined Vegan

Mocha Steel-Cut Oats An Unrefined Vegan


47 thoughts on “Vegan Mocha Steel-Cut Oats

  1. Kinenchen

    I have a canister of steel cut oats, a tub of raisins and a jar of rice nectar at my desk at work… I can vouch for the awesome stomach filling properties of a breakfast including whole oats. I need more ingredients though. 😉

  2. Somer

    Good riff babe! I love the runner’s world recipes! Some of the best part of the magazine for sure. I’m still in shock about Oscar Pistorious. He’s one of my favorite running heroes. WTH?!?

      1. Somer

        Unfathomable. Totally rocked by the news. My subscription just makes me feel guilty at the moment. I’ve been tucking it away so I don’t have to look at it until I’m literally up and running again.

      2. An Unrefined Vegan

        I figured I needed a little break from RW – it’s kind of the same info over and over, (how many shoe guides to I really need?) but I really like their deeper stories. You’ll get back after it – once you HEAL UP!

  3. Bridge

    ah I still need to try that dandy blend! I’ve been drinking dandelion root tea infusions lately, super yum/cleansing. Your mocha oats sound like a treat.

    1. An Unrefined Vegan

      It works! When I make steel oats in the slow cooker I use 1 1/2 cups oats and 6 cups liquid (I usually use some water, some nut milk). Throw in dried fruit, crystallized ginger – if you add cinnamon, my advice is to hold off until the morning (and stir in before serving) as it tends to form a crust otherwise.

  4. narf77

    Now THAT is what a wholesome breakfast should look like! The only problem that I have with this recipe is that I have been totally unable to find a source of steel cut oats here in Tasmania! I can’t even buy whole groats! What kind of place IS THIS!!! I used them repeatedly in Western Australia to make oat milk and propper Scottish porridge but here, I have to roll with “rolled” (sorry about the pun…it makes it more bearable 🙁 ). The craziest thing is that we actually have a town here in Tasmania called “Oatlands”…the name derives from its entire purpose and oats are grown around this area and STILL I can’t find steel cut oats! It would be prohibitive to import them from the mainland (cost wise) and so I might just have to grow my own to avail myself of this wonderful wholesome foodstuff. I live in the backwaters! Consider me Australia’s Florida 🙁

    1. An Unrefined Vegan

      I always look forward to your comments, dear Fran! This one made me smile. To be without steel cut oats?! Why, it’s inhumane!! Does Oatlands (love that) export all of their goods or simply roll the heck out of everything ;-)?

      1. narf77

        Tasmanian’s are a numpty lot Annie…Oatlands is defunct but they have an amazing grain mill (windmill) there that supports a small sourdough bakery that has amazing product. Its a pity they don’t produce steel cut oats. You can buy bags of their flour, just no oats :(. The locals tend to be VERY literal with names… one local area that I haven’t yet quite come to terms with it’s name is “Chicken Fat Flats”…er…NO! 😉 Seriously, they named an area “Chicken Fat Flats”…I rest my case Tasmania! 🙂

  5. Sophie33

    Now, this is the sort of breakfast that i love yto make at home too! Great in this colder winter! 🙂 Yum!

    Thanks so much for your hand-painted card: it was beautiful!! I received it today with the mail! 🙂 xxx

  6. ellalunda

    I’ve been trying to hunt down a recipe for steel cut oats recently, as I’ve got no clue on how to eat them and want to try some out as opposed to my regular rolled kind. Was also cool to read about the betagluten, didn’t know that before! Thank you so much, I’ll be trying this recipe out asap! 🙂

  7. Herbivore Triathlete

    Oh yum! I love steel cut oats and have been making them in the crockpot on Sunday nights. This way I have breakfast all week long and just add whatever toppings I feel like in the morning. I love this mocha version.


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