Cocoa Oatmeal with fruit
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Cocoa Oatmeal Porridge

It’s funny how comforting certain foods can be and how they trigger memories in everyone of us. For me oatmeal was one way for my mother to show her love. Sometimes she would regular oatmeal porridge, supper milky and extra sweet and other times she would change it up with some cocoa. My mother never really said, “I love you,” or hugged me for no reason, but I do remember and cherish, moments like when I was postpartum with my first born and she made me a batch of this oatmeal that kept me going those first few days at home. It is an act of love to go out of your way to make food for some else. It does not need to be fancy or hours of labor… it could just be a cup of milky oats. Thank you Mom.

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Cocoa Oatmeal

Cocoa Oatmeal

This Peruvian styled oatmeal is a great way to change up your oatmeal routines. It has always been called Quaker pronounced (coo-ah-ker) in my family. It can be made with or without cocoa. It's delicious either way. We have always served this in a cup so you can sip it and dip your morning bread, too!
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Prep Time 0 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Breakfast
Servings 4


  • 2 C Water
  • C Milk Okay to substitute with alternative milk.
  • C Old-Fashioned Oats
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • oz Cocoa 100% unsweetened chocolate 3 squares Or use Abuelita Mexican Chocolate for a lighter hot chocolate taste.
  • ¼ C Sugar or to taste Optional. No need to add if using Abuelita Mexican Chocolate


  • In a small pot, bring water and chocolate to a boil. Stir until melted.
    water and cocoa
  • melted cocoa
  • Then add oats and cinnamon. Stir and bring back up to a boil. Once at a light boil, turn down to simmer.
    oats in cocoa
  • Once oats are cooked add milk and let warm, stirring occasionally. This is a good time to add the sugar if you are going the sweet route. Once milk is warmed remove from the heat and serve. If it thickens, you can always add more milk.
    milk pouring into cocoa
Keyword Cocoa, Oatmeal
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My name is Emely Hernandez, I am following my dream to cook and mission to help others. As a home visiting nurse, I saw many first time moms who did not know how to cook and this worried me because if they could not feed themselves nutritious meals, what were they going to feed their baby? I am striving to make an impact in my community, whether by cooking a nourishing meal for the homeless or teaching a new mother how to cook and feed her family. This has led me to finally attend cooking school at the San Francisco Cooking School.

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