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Hello! I’m Anjali. I’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!

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Chocolate Oatmeal Recipe (Healthy, Gluten-Free)

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This chocolate oatmeal recipe is a healthy hot breakfast that tastes just like a fudge brownie! It’s a decadent breakfast that is guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth. Super easy, gluten-free, and ready in just 15 minutes, this is how to start the day right!

Dark chocolate oatmeal served in a white bowl, with a spoon

It’s no secret that I love my morning 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. The possibilities really are endless.

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

This is one of my favorite recipes to satisfy my chocolate craving in the morning: Dark Chocolate Oatmeal. I promise, it will become your favorite way to eat oatmeal for breakfast!

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How To Make Chocolate Oats

Ingredients

You just need a few basic ingredients to make these heart-healthy oats!

chocolate oats ingredients

Gluten-free rolled oats: cooked with 1.5 cups of water. I like using rolled oats better than steel-cut oats or quick-cooking oats because it gives this special breakfast a nice creamy and hearty consistency.

Unsweetened cocoa powder: You can’t make chocolate oats without this!

Milk: I used low fat organic milk, but you can use any milk you like! Dairy-free milk options like light coconut milk, unsweetened almond milk, soy milk, or even oat milk will all taste great in this delicious recipe.

Chopped walnuts: For added texture and to give these chocolate oats that brownie feel.

Ground flax seed: For some healthy fats!

Sweetener – Optional: You don’t have to add sweetener, but you certainly can! Brown sugar, Honey, Coconut Sugar, or Maple Syrup would all give this creamy oatmeal a bit of sweetness.

Spices: A dash of cinnamon and a pinch of salt help bring out the chocolate flavor in this healthy chocolate oatmeal. You could also add a little bit of vanilla extract to bring out the sweetness even more.

Equipment Needed

Instructions

Step 1: Cook the oats with 1.5 cups of water until the oats are fluffy and all the water has disappeared. The best way to do this is cook the oats for 2 minutes in the microwave, then stir oats, then cook again for 2 more minutes.

Cooked oats in a bowl

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

Spices added to the oats

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

Spices and oats stirred together

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)

Walnuts being added to the chocolate oatmeal

Step 5: Add sweetener if using, and stir to combine.

Honey being added to the chocolate oatmeal

Step 6: Stir in the flaxseeds, and heat again for 1-2 minutes until the oatmeal is the temperature you like!

Flax seeds added to the chocolate oatmeal

Step 7: Serve this bowl of chocolate oatmeal warm, or with your favorite toppings!

Top shot of dark chocolate oatmeal, in a white bowl

What Makes This Chocolate Oatmeal Recipe Healthy?

This recipe only has about 300 calories, and 3g added sugar (0g added sugar if you choose not to use honey!) It also has 7g fiber and 12g protein per serving, which is guaranteed to keep you full. This is the kind of breakfast that will keep you feeling satisfied, so those mid morning snacks won’t be as much of a temptation! This recipe also has:

  • Whole Grains: The oats in this recipe are rich in soluble fiber, B vitamins, iron and magnesium. They are also low-glycemic so can improve blood sugar control, and are heart-healthy too! And to make this recipe gluten-free, all you need to do is use gluten-free certified oats!
  • Cocoa Powder: Unsweetened cocoa powder is the secret ingredient in this recipe. Rich in polyphenols and antioxidants, it’s amazing that such a nutritious ingredient can make this recipe taste like dessert!
  • Healthy Fats: The walnuts in this recipe provide fiber, protein and healthy omega 3 fats!

Recipe FAQs

Are These Chocolate Oats Kid Friendly?

Absolutely! If your kids like chocolate milk, they likely will enjoy this chocolate oatmeal. If you want to make it more decadent (and like a “dessert for breakfast” treat), you can always top their bowls with just a few dark chocolate chips! When I do that my kids gobble this up!
For babies aged 6-12 months, I recommend grinding up rolled oats in the food processor and cooking it the same way you’d cook whole oats – just to make it easier for little ones to “chew,” and omitting the walnuts, sweetener, salt, and reducing the amount of cocoa powder and cinnamon you use.

Is Oatmeal Healthier Than Cereal?

Generally, yes, oatmeal is much healthier than cereal because it’s lower-glycemic, rich in fiber and protein and keeps you fuller longer. Studies have shown that people who eat oatmeal have better appetite control than people who eat cereal. There are a handful of healthy breakfast cereals that are more comparable to oatmeal, but most of the cereal at the grocery store are definitely less healthy than oatmeal!

What Is The Healthiest Type of Oatmeal?

Honestly, all oats are really healthy for you – they’re a great choice for breakfast. There are 5 different types of oats you can get at the grocery store, and they differ based on how processed they are. The 5 types of oats are: oat groats, oat bran, steel cut oats, rolled oats and instant oats (quick oats).
Rolled oats, which take just a little bit longer than instant oats to cook, are a nice balance between minimal processing and a great texture + a short cooking time. They are also one of the best breakfasts for toddlers and kids.
Rolled oats are mild in flavor and has a creamy consistency when mixed with milk and fruit. They digest slowly, which means they provide long-lasting energy, but they still cook up soft without much time.
Quick oats are the least “healthy” because they are higher glycemic than the other types of oats listed above. They won’t keep you full as long either.

A spoon in a bowl of dark chocolate oatmeal

Oatmeal Toppings

Oatmeal can be creamy and delicious on it’s own, but you can top it with all kinds of ingredients to make it taste even better. Here are some of my favorite toppings:

  • Nuts (Peanuts, Almonds, Cashews, etc.)
  • Peanut Butter (or any nut butter you like!)
  • Dark chocolate chips
  • Sea Salt
  • Banana Slices
  • Fresh Blueberries or Strawberries
  • A low-sugar Granola like this one
  • Seeds (hemp seeds, chia seeds, pumpkin or sunflower seeds)

Expert Tips

  • To ensure this chocolate oatmeal is gluten-free friendly: Use gluten-free certified oats for this oatmeal recipe. Avoid instant oatmeal, since it’s higher glycemic and most instant oatmeals in packets have added sugars. You can use steel cut oats, but if you do I recommend cooking them on the stovetop or the Instant Pot because they turn out much better that way!
  • Remaining Oats Storage: Store the remaining unprepared oats in an airtight container in a cool, dark spot in your pantry for up to 12 months.
  • Double This Recipe: You can easily cook a double batch of these chocolate oats in the microwave, just be sure to use a larger glass container to cook them in. You can also use the stovetop to cook a large batch!
  • Don’t Over-Water: Be mindful of your water to oats ratio, too much will make the oats too mushy.
  • Make It Vegan: To make this breakfast vegan, use a plant based non-dairy milk and omit the honey (or use maple syrup).
  • Optional toppings include: Nuts (Peanuts, Almonds, Cashews, etc.), Peanut Butter (or any nut butter you like), Dark chocolate chips, Sea Salt, Banana Slices, Fresh Blueberries or Strawberries, A low-sugar Granola like this one, Seeds (hemp seeds, chia seeds, pumpkin or sunflower seeds)
Dark chocolate oatmeal served in a white bowl, with a spoon

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Gluten-Free Chocolate Oatmeal

This gluten-free chocolate oatmeal recipe is a healthy hot breakfast that tastes just like a fudge brownie! Healthy, easy, and ready in just 15 minutes, this is how to start the day right!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 293.5kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Cook the oats with 1.5 cups of water and the pinch of salt 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, and then letting it sit for another 5 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 – I use about 1/2 a cup to give the oats a nice creamy consistency)
  • Add the honey and stir to combine.
  • Stir in the flaxseeds, and heat again for 1-2 minutes until the oatmeal is the temperature you like!

Video

https://youtu.be/9x3poTG79hY

Notes

    Expert Tips For Making Chocolate Oatmeal
    • To ensure this chocolate oatmeal is gluten-free friendly: Use gluten-free certified oats for this oatmeal recipe. Avoid instant oatmeal, since it’s higher glycemic and most instant oatmeals in packets have added sugars. You can use steel cut oats, but if you do I recommend cooking them on the stovetop or the Instant Pot because they turn out much better that way!
    • Remaining Oats Storage: Store the remaining unprepared oats in an airtight container in a cool, dark spot in your pantry for up to 12 months.
    • Double This Recipe: You can easily cook a double batch of these chocolate oats in the microwave, just be sure to use a larger glass container to cook them in. You can also use the stovetop to cook a large batch!
    • Don’t Over-Water: Be mindful of your water to oats ratio, too much will make the oats too mushy.
    • Make It Vegan: To make this breakfast vegan, use a plant based non-dairy milk and omit the honey (or use maple syrup).
    • Optional toppings include: Nuts (Peanuts, Almonds, Cashews, etc.), Peanut Butter (or any nut butter you like), Dark chocolate chips, Sea Salt, Banana Slices, Fresh Blueberries or Strawberries, A low-sugar Granola like this one, Seeds (hemp seeds, chia seeds, pumpkin or sunflower seeds)
    Note: Nutritional info includes 1/2 tsp honey. Contains only 3g added sugar per serving

    Nutrition

    Calories: 293.5kcal | Protein: 12.1g | Fat: 11.6g | Saturated Fat: 1.6g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 209mg | Potassium: 242mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 10g

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    96 responses to “Chocolate Oatmeal Recipe (Healthy, Gluten-Free)”

    1. Porridge (oatmeal) is a big thing in Scotland. My dad always ate his the Scottish way made with water in salt but my son and I prefer porridge with cinnamon, banana and maple syrup. We will have to try your version.5 stars

    2. This oatmeal looks so healthy and delicious, I love it! Also love the simple ingredients and that you can make it vegan!5 stars

    3. Yummy! Can’t wait to try out this delicious oatmeal recipe. I’m an oatmeal fan and your idea to create distinct flavours is one that makes my mouth water in anticipation. Thank you from my heart for sharing these amazing recipes.5 stars

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