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Dark Chocolate Oatmeal

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This dark chocolate oatmeal recipe is a healthy hot breakfast that tastes just like a fudge brownie! Healthy, 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 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?

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

Milk being added to the chocolate oatmeal

Kitchen Tools and Equipment You’ll Need to Make This Chocolate Oatmeal Recipe

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 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!
Ingredients to make chocolate oatmeal

How to make Chocolate Brownie Oatmeal – step by step

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.)

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 the honey, 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

What To Serve With This Dark Chocolate Oatmeal

This dish is delicious on it’s own, but you can top with all kinds of ingredients – get creative! Here are some ideas:

  • 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)
Top shot of dark chocolate oatmeal, in a white bowl

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!

Is Oatmeal a Kid-Friendly Breakfast?

Absolutely! Rolled oats, which take just a little bit longer than instant oats to cook, are one of the best breakfasts for toddlers. They’re mild in flavor and most kids love the 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. 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.”

A spoon in a bowl of dark chocolate oatmeal

Top Tips To Make This Dark Chocolate Oatmeal

  • Use rolled 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!
  • Make sure to store the remaining unprepared oats in an airtight container in a cool, dark spot in your pantry for up to 12 months.
  • You can cook in the microwave, or if making a bigger batch you can use the stovetop to cook and keep warm.
  • Be mindful of your water to oats ratio, too much will make the oats too mushy.
  • To make this breakfast vegan, simply swap the milk for a plant based non-dairy milk and omit the honey (or use maple syrup)
  • To make this recipe gluten-free, use gluten-free certified oats
  • 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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Dark Chocolate Oatmeal

This dark chocolate oatmeal recipe is a healthy hot breakfast that tastes just like a fudge brownie! Healthy, easy, gluten-free, 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!

Notes

    Top Tips To Make This Dark Chocolate Oatmeal
    • Use rolled 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!
    • Make sure to store the remaining unprepared oats in an airtight container in a cool, dark spot in your pantry for up to 12 months.
    • You can cook in the microwave, or if making a bigger batch you can use the stovetop to cook and keep warm.
    • Be mindful of your water to oats ratio, too much will make the oats too mushy.
    • To make this breakfast vegan, simply swap the milk for a plant based non-dairy milk and omit the honey (or use maple syrup)
    • To make this recipe gluten-free, use gluten-free certified oats
    • 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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    75 responses to “Dark Chocolate 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! 🙂

    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 sautéing 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! 🙂 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 🙂

      • 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! 🙂

    7. Tried this today 🙂 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!) 🙂

    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! 🙂 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 🙂 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 🙂

      • 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! 🙂

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