Add vanilla, cinnamon, chocolate, and salt and heat to just boiling. The chocolate will blend in better once the water heats.
Add oats and stir to combine. For creamier oatmeal, add the oats before heating the water. Lower heat and simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
While the oatmeal is cooking, defrost berries in a ceramic bowl in the microwave for about 1 minute. I like to cut up the strawberries so they defrost more with smaller berries.
When the oatmeal is cooked, add 1/4 of it to each bowl. Top with 1 tablespoon of flax, 1 tablespoon of chia seeds, 1/2 tablespoon of hemp seeds. These can alternatively be mixed into the oatmeal at the end of cooking with about 1/4 cup extra water. Also, add 2 tablespoons of plant yogurt for each bowl.
Add 1/2 cup berries, 1 tablespoon walnuts and a teaspoon of date syrup if you'd like it a little sweeter.
*The recipe calls for 1/4 cup of uncooked oatmeal per person and this makes a large bowl with the addition of the fruit, seeds, nuts, and plant yogurt.*I recommend using Ceylon cinnamon, which has a sweeter, more delicate flavor, because the most common cinnamon, cassia, contains coumarin, a naturally occurring compound that may be toxic to the liver at doses of 1 teaspoon per day for adults and 1/4 teaspoon for children a few times a week. See reference from nutritionfacts.org.Nutrition label includes salt and unsweetened Kite Hill almond yogurt. [nutrition-label]
Super Seed Chocolate Oatmeal
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.