Blackberry Chocolate Sage Oats

So chocolateley…

Blackberries + herbs + chocolate = deliciousness. That’s what I have figured out. Just when I thought blackberry oats couldn’t get any better…

These oats are so decadent and flavorful, and yet all you need are a few garden staples to make this refined breakfast. For toppings, you can go as fancy as you want–anything you feel like putting on them, go for it. I had a blackberry sage chocolate bar that was the inspiration for these oats, so I topped mine with that, hemp seeds, PB & Co’s dark chocolate peanut butter (yup, it’s as good as it sounds!), and cacao nibs–oh, and blackberries, of course 🙂 I am working on a base post for oats to talk about how to cook them, how to top them, and how to start experimenting with your own flavors. As for now, enjoy this magical flavor combination! Fresh herbs make all the differences in these recipes. The Appalachians are not only a berry haven, but perfect for growing herbs as well, as I discovered this summer when I tried to plant mint and thyme together…that poor thyme was smothered! My sage was one of the lucky ones, and it exploded just as the mint did, so I had no guilt for lopping off half of the plant for a little bowl of oatmeal. You could add more or less sage than I did, as everyone’s taste is different, but I went for a hint of sage without overpowering it and around four did the trick (I cut a lot more than that, but if you could see my sage, you wouldn’t even notice I touched it). Enjoy this late-summer porridge, use up all your sage, and stay tuned for more oatmeal- and blackberry-themed posts!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup milk of choice
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • handful of blackberries
  • 2-5 small to medium sage leaves
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 or 2 squares of dark chocolate
  • topping ideas: more blackberries, chocolate nut butter, hemp seeds, cacao nibs, almond butter, toasted almonds, honey, toasted walnuts

Directions

  1. In a small saucepan, heat milk over high heat until it begins to simmer, and then add oats. Stir in half the blackberries and the sage leaves (start with less and add more to taste)
  2. When the oats start to absorb the liquid, stir in vanilla and salt
  3. Once the oats reach your desired consistency, remove from the heat and top with the rest of the blackberries, dark chocolate, and your toppings of choice

One Comment Add yours

  1. Katie Lineback says:

    Thank you Appalachian Artisan!!!

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