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Hello! Iโ€™m Anjali. Iโ€™m a board certified health coach, author, wife, mom and food lover from the SF Bay area (now living in Seattle, WA!); with a passion for delicious food and a desire to make healthy eating easy, tasty and fun! Learn more about me here and stay for a while!

Chocolate Brownie Oatmeal

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Ok, that was a teaser.

We’re not actually making brownies today. But we are making something that tastes like brownies but is super nutritious and low in calories: Chocolate Brownie Oatmeal!

Don’t believe me? You will after you make this recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

So how is it that I turned this:

Into something that tastes like this?

With a little bit of creativity, and one special ingredient.

It’s no secret that I love oatmeal, and I’m always looking for ways to spice it up to make my breakfasts more interesting and fun. I also like using oatmeal as a base to recreate some of my favorite sweet treats like Banana Bread Oatmeal and Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal.ย The possibilities really are endless.

So why not make oatmeal that tastes like you’re eating a delicious, decadent chocolate brownie?

Here is my recipe for Chocolate Brownie Oatmeal. I promise, you will love it. It has become a regular staple in my breakfast rotation.

The Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats cooked with 1.5 cups of water
  • 1 tsp raw, unsweetened cocoa powder (you can find this just about anywhere, I used cocoa powder from Trader Joe’s in this recipe, but I have since found even better raw cocoa powder at Whole Foods that is just delicious)
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup 1% organic milk
  • 1 Tbsp walnuts
  • 1 Tbsp ground flax seeds
  • Honey, Agave, Maple Syrup, or Stevia to taste (I use about 1.5 tsp of honey)
The raw cocoa powder is actually one of the healthiest parts of this dish. While normally, adding chocolate would make the dish unhealthy, adding raw unsweetened cocoa powder is completely different. It comes straight from the cacao bean, so it contains tons of antioxidants, polyphenols, a bit of fiber and some protein too! So you really can’t go wrong with this superfood ingredient. And it tastes just like chocolate when sweetened with stevia, so it’s absolutely perfect!
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The Directions

Step 1: Cook the oats with 1.5 cups of water until the oats are fluffy and all the water has disappeared (I do this by cooking it for 2 minutes in the microwave, stirring, and cooking it for 2 more minutes.)

Step 2: Add the cocoa powder and cinnamon to the cooked oats while they are still hot.

Step 3: Stir until everything is fully combined, and your oats have a deep chocolatey color.

Step 4: Add the walnuts, and the milk (you can add as much milk as you like – I use about 1/2 a cup to give the oats a nice creamy consistency)

Step 5: Add the Stevia, and stir to combine until the oats have the consistency you like.

chocolate brownie oatmeal

Step 6: Enjoy the chocolatey brownie goodness of the oatmeal.

This recipe only has about 250 calories, 5g fiber, 1-2g sugar, and 7-8g protein. Not bad for a breakfast that tastes as good as dessert!

A bowl of cocoa brownie oatmeal
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Chocolate Brownie Oatmeal

Nutritional Info Per Serving: 250 Calories, 5g Fiber, 1-6g Sugar, 7-8g Protein
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 250kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Cook the oats with 1.5 cups of water until the oats are fluffy and all the water has disappeared (I do this by cooking it for 2 minutes in the microwave, stirring, and cooking it for 2 more minutes.)
  • Add the cocoa powder and cinnamon to the cooked oats while they are still hot.
  • Stir until everything is fully combined, and your oats have a deep chocolatey color.
  • Add the walnuts, and the milk (you can add as much milk as you like โ€“ I use about 1/2 a cup to give the oats a nice creamy consistency)
  • Add the honey/agave/stevia/maple syrup, and stir to combine until the oats have the consistency you like.

Nutrition

Calories: 250kcal | Protein: 7g | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 1g
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75 responses to “Chocolate Brownie Oatmeal”

  1. Thank you for sharing this great recipe! I made it this morning with a few modifications: pecans instead of walnuts, almond milk instead of milk, added almond butter and hemp hearts with a tiny drop of honey. It was sweet enough for me but next time I’ll increase the cocoa powder for a stronger chocolate flavor.

    (Lastly, I ended up with almost 2 cups total of this oatmeal so I split it into two servings instead of one. So the 1 serving I ate clocked in at about 230 calories, 6g fiber, 2.5g sugar, 8g protein)

    • That’s great Esther! So glad you liked this recipe and love your modifications for it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I love chocolate oatmeal! I make a similar one with pecans and also add half a finely grated zucchini, which gets my veggie count started for the day. All that cocoa means you can’t even taste the zucchini.

    • Omg LOVE the idea of grating zucchini into your oatmeal! I’ve also heard that sautรฉing veggies and stirring them into oatmeal with a bit of cheese makes for a great savory breakfast – I haven’t tried it yet but it’s on my list!

  3. I JUST CAME ACROSS YOUR PAGE TODAY AND AM SO GLAD I DID. I CAN’T WAIT TO MAKE BROWNIE OATMEAL TOMORROW FOR BREAKFAST. i HAVE TRIED DIFFERENT IDEAS BUT THIS HAS ME DROOLING. AND I AM LOOKING AT OTHER RECIPES AND EXCITED TO EAT HEALTHY …

    • Oh great! Thanks for commenting Patti, it’s so nice to “meet” you! Let me know how you like this recipe when you try it at home!

  4. Tried it this morning and I loved it!
    The unsweetened cocoa I powder gave it a chocolatey taste, and I could actually taste cinnamon, yumm

  5. This looks great- can’t wait to try it! If anyone else out there has a child like mine who refuses all forms of milk, I make my daughter oatmeal using only milk as the liquid without any water and she actually loves it. Also, anyone with thoughts on substituting the walnuts for something else that would add texture and nutty-ish ness? My daughter is allergic to walnuts (and peanuts, and pecans, and we’re figuring out the rest of the tree nuts right now with an allergist). Thoughts on a seed or something like that that would work?

    • Thanks Abby! That’s a great tip about the milk btw! ๐Ÿ™‚ Regarding a non-nut walnut substitution — you could try sunflower seeds! Or even whole flax seeds. I’m not sure how the sunflower seeds would taste with the chocolate flavor but it’s worth a shot. Hope that helps!

  6. Oh my! I was so sick of my daily morning oats routine that I was ready to give it up until I decided to look for something to make taste different. This is simply fantastic. I fell in love with oats again ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Awwww that is so great to hear Senna!! I love oats but I definitely need to mix things up every now and then. So happy this recipe did the trick for you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Tried this today ๐Ÿ™‚ It was delicious!!! I didn’t have stevia on hand so I used organic sugar. Not the healthiest option but ya use what ya got lol.

    • Yaay! I’m so glad you liked it! And you know, organic sugar isn’t the worst thing – as long as you use it in moderation (e.g. 1-2 tsp is totally fine!) ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Thanks Anjali for a great recipe!
    I made it for my husband and I last Saturday morning and he enjoyed it so much that we had it again for breakfast on Sunday! I used almond milk and a little maple syrup rather than stevia. Really like the walnuts in it. I have only just started reading your blog and find it very interesting and inspiring and it is great to find someone else with a passion for healthy eating and a desire to encourage other people in that too. I have just started my own blog on this subject too (five star fuel).

    • Hi Carol!! Thank you so much – it’s so nice to “meet” you! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m so glad you and your husband loved this recipe – I seriously eat it all the time – I can’t get enough of it! Love your substitutions too – thanks again!

  9. This recipe is both healthy and delicious and includes some of my favorite foods: cocoa(chocolate) and oatmeal, it is very good with honey added also.Thank you for giving me some ideas for a breakfast :).

    Have a nice day,
    Adon.

    • Thanks Adon!! I’m sure you will love this recipe – and yes!! It tastes great with honey added as well ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you have a great day too!

  10. This is seriously the most delicious-sounding oatmeal I’ve ever heard of!! I am also an oatmeal lover and I love, love, love your ideas for different flavors that sound so yummy and still healthy. I cannot wait to give this a try. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you so much!! I cannot wait to hear how you like this recipe – given your love for oatmeal – I am sure you will love it! ๐Ÿ™‚

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