Friday, January 15, 2016

coconut cacao nib oatmeal // date sugar + chia

coconut cacao nib oatmeal // date sugar + chia
One look at my instagram feed and it is totally obvious that I am a fan of breakfast. 
Breakfast is just so much fun! Everything from smoothies to tofu scrambles, pancakes and cinnamon rolls always have a place on my breakfast table.

During the winter months I crave a warm hearty breakfast. Oatmeal is one of my many go to winter breakfasts. 

A warm, filling and easy way to start the day on a good note.

coconut cacao nib oatmeal // date sugar + chia
The addition of Chia Seeds makes this oatmeal even more special, cacao nibs are good in just about everything and the coconut is just an extra special bonus.

The beauty in this combination of ingredients is that it can easily be transformed into overnight oats - toss all ingredients in a lidded bowl the night before and on the morning of add a splash of milk and head out the door. I might even add a tablespoon of almond butter to the mix!

coconut cacao nib oatmeal // date sugar + chia
This year I have the opportunity to partner with NOW as a Blogger Influencer. Every month I have the opportunity to select products from NOW to share on the Blog. NOW also wants to share their amazing brand with YOU! Every month I will be hosting a giveaway of NOW Products that are featured in that month's blog post. 

One of the new to me ingredients I am sharing with you this month is Date Sugar! Has anyone else ever tried Date Sugar? Just WOW.  This product is pretty amazing, the Date Sugar is simply finely chopped dates // raw + unprocessed. Pretty cool natural sweetener right!?! And it smells so amazing.

coconut cacao nib oatmeal // date sugar + chia
From start to finish you can have breakfast on the table in less than 10 minutes.

coconut cacao nib oatmeal // date sugar + chia
coconut cacao nib oatmeal // date sugar + chia
I talk about and use NH Pure Maple Syrup quite often on the blog and in my Recipes. I realize that the majority of my readers a) do not live in NH  and b) may not have immediate access to Pure Maple Syrup. I prefer to use Grade B Maple Syrup which can be really hard to come by in a normal grocery store.  NOW carries an amazing Maple Syrup that is ORGANIC and available in Grade B. 

coconut cacao nib oatmeal // date sugar + chia
coconut cacao nib oatmeal // date sugar + chia
coconut cacao nib oatmeal // date sugar + chia
I would love for you to recreate this breakfast in your own home! NOW Real Foods is offering 1 lucky reader a bundle of ingredients to help make this recipe happen in your very own Kitchen!

Enter to Win below!
1lb Package of Date Sugar
32oz Grade B Organic Maple Syrup
10oz Package Organic Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
(open to US Residents only)

coconut cacao nib oatmeal // date sugar + chia
Coconut Cacao Nib Oatmeal // Date Sugar + Chia
serves 1

you will need:
1/2 cup Rolled Oats 
 1 1/2 cups Almond Milk  
1 tbsp chia seeds + more for topping if desired 
1 tbsp Organic Shredded Coconut + more for topping

Drizzle of pure maple syrup // grade B is best
1 tbsp Cacao nibs
1 tbsp chopped Almonds

Place oats, almond milk, date sugar, chia seeds and shredded coconut in a small sauce pan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 2-3 minutes stirring frequently until oatmeal begins to thicken.

Remove from heat and pour into a bowl.

Top with cacao nibs, chopped almonds, shredded coconut and chia seeds.
Drizzle with pure maple syrup just before serving.


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*I was provided this product for review as a participant in the NOW Influencer Program #NOWWellness however all thoughts and opinions are my own


  1. Ooooh I would make vanilla granola!

  2. I would love to make delicious homemade granola bars!! Yummy!!!

  3. I can't internet today apparently. Accidentally deleted my earlier comment. ANYWAY, I love dates and I'm excited to try this. The date sugar sounds so intriguing.

  4. Interneting can be difficult. I am pretty sure I messed up on the data entry for the contest. OOPSIES. Can't wait to try this recipe though!

  5. I'd love to pour some of that maple syrup on pancakes!

  6. I would love to try the date sugar in banana bread or in a flourless chocolate cake.

  7. I would love to try a fruit crisp topped with coconut yogurt (with extra coconut flakes on top).

  8. I love how you can turn this recipe into a warm oatmeal or a cooling overnight oats!

  9. I love having oatmeal for breakfast, too! I've actually been using coconut palm sugar in my oatmeal lately (or some local Grade B maple syrup -- SO GLAD to hear of someone else using real maple syrup for once!!) but that date sugar is super intriguing! I love using dates as sweeteners when I'm baking, but it would be super handy to have them in a dry, measurable form instead of soaking a bunch of dates and then having to blend them up before I can use them. Will have to keep my eye out and see if they have this in stores around here!

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