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Vegan Mocha Steel-Cut Oats


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