Cocoa & Date Oats

This is a bit of a naughty combo for the morning but it looks and sounds a lot more unhealthy than it actually is. I often make it for weekend mornings when I fancy giving us all a bit of a sweet treat. As with all my overnight oat recipes you can use whichever milk works of you and your family - for this combo I often use a nut milk if I have it in the fridge as the flavour works fantastically with the cocoa but all milks work or even coconut water. 

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Makes 1 small adult bowl or enough for two small children- increase as appetite(s) permit!

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base:

1/4 cup oats

1 tsp chia seeds

1 tsp flaxmeal

1 tsp maple syrup or honey

100ml milk (of your choice)

+ plus:

2 tsp cocoa powder

1/2 tsp maple syrup [optional]

for topping:

1-2 dates, finely sliced or chopped

1 tbsp toasted pistachios, chopped

1 tsp nutella [optional]

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Mix together the base ingredients along with the cocoa and extra maple syrup (if using). Cover and place in the fridge overnight. Remove from the fridge 10 minutes before serving and either serve as is or heat until to warm. Top with dates, pistachio and some nutella if you want an extra chocolate hit. Serve.