Chocolate Campfire Oatmeal with Graham Crackers

Okay, the title might give it away: This is S’mores Oatmeal 2.0. The original version was great, but I wanted to take another stab at it. It’s not often I have vegan marshmallows in my kitchen (by ‘not often,’ I mean ‘pretty much never’), so I wanted to create a s’mores-themed porridge that could be done with no marshmallows at all.

I know, I’m a rebel.

You might think, “How could you create s’mores without marshmallows?” Or worse, “I don’t want s’mores without marshmallows!”

However, I promise you, this oatmeal is actually better than my original s’mores recipe, in my opinion. I can’t explain it, but I found this one way more enjoyable.

So what’s my secret?

Liquid smoke.

Just a drop of this potent ingredient added the campfire feel that s’mores invoke. Then, topped with chopped dark chocolate that got all melty and luscious, this oatmeal felt even more like a real s’mores than the version that actually had marshmallows.

For graham crackers, I used my Nairn graham crackers that I reviewed last month. I specifically saved some of them to make this recipe, and it worked beautifully. Obviously, any graham cracker will work, but this was a great choice because they’re vegan!

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Chocolate Campfire Oatmeal with Graham Crackers

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: serves 1

What you'll need:

  • 3/4 cup milk of choice or water
  • 1/4 cup quick cook steel cut oats
  • 1/3 cup grated zucchini + 2 tsp maple syrup OR 1 mashed banana*
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • scant 1/8 tsp liquid smoke (honestly, like 1-2 drops)
  • pinch of salt
  • graham cracker crumbles, for topping (~2 tbsp)
  • chopped semi-sweet or dark chocolate, for topping (~1 tbsp)
  • chocolate nut butter, for topping (optional, 1 or 2 tbsp)

How to make it:

  1. Bring milk (I use an equal mixture of almond milk and water) to a boil, add oats, and reduce heat to medium.
  2. Add zucchini and maple syrup, or one mashed banana, to the oatmeal. Stir.
  3. Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add vanilla extract, liquid smoke, and salt. Stir.
  4. When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Top with graham cracker, chocolate, and chocolate nut butter, if using.

Just an FYI:

* Using a banana definitely gives a banana flavor but I kind of liked that.

About Lauren Smith

Lauren is a herbivore, Slytherin, and connoisseur of oats. She is a former teacher who is currently studying to earn a master’s degree in curriculum development. You can follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

4 Responses to Chocolate Campfire Oatmeal with Graham Crackers

  1. Liquid smoke. I never would have thought of that! Makes sense though. I’ll definitely try it!

  2. No worries girl, I NEVER have vegan marshmallows either! I have heard that whisking aquafaba vigorously helps create a marshmallow-like sauce that tastes sweet if you add sugar to it! Regardless, I bet this campfire oatmeal still tastes amazing. Graham crackers would add the best crunch as well!

  3. Christine says:

    This post had perfect timing because I just bought some liquid smoke for another recipe, and was wondering how else to use it. I rarely have marshmallows on hand either, so I look forward to trying this recipe!

  4. Christine says:

    I made this for breakfast this morning. It turned out great! The original S’Mores Oatmeal is one of my favorites, so I thought it would be hard to top that. The addition of liquid smoke gave this recipe a very different flavor. I think they’re both fantastic in their own way. Thanks for the recipe!

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