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Cocoa Brownie Oatmeal

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Ok so we’re not actually making brownies today. But we are making something that tastes like brownies but is also nutritious: Chocolate Brownie Oatmeal!

Don’t believe me? You will after you make this recipe

So how is it that I turned this:

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Into something that tastes like this?

cocoa brownie oatmeal. quick easy recipes, healthy food for picky kids, healthy food for picky husband, healthy tasty food, healthy food on a budget

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 that you can find on my site.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 Cocoa Brownie Oatmeal. I promise, you will love it. It has become a regular staple in my breakfast rotation.

The Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Quaker® Rolled Oats cooked with 1.5 cups of water
  • 1 tsp raw, unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup 1% organic milk
  • 1 Tbsp walnuts
  • 1 Tbsp ground flax seeds
  • Honey, Agave, Maple Syrup to taste (I use about 1 tsp of honey)

The raw cocoa powder is another one of the nutritious components of this dish. While normally, adding chocolate would add additional sugar and fat to the dish, adding raw unsweetened cocoa powder is completely different. It comes straight from the cacao bean, so it adds all the chocolate flavor without any of the extra ingredients found in chocolate chips.

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.)

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​Source: Quaker Oats

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

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cocoa brownie oatmeal. quick easy recipes, healthy food for picky kids, healthy food for picky husband, healthy tasty food, healthy food on a budget

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

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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)

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Step 5: Add honey/maple syrup if using, and stir to combine until the oats have the consistency you like.

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

This recipe only has about 270 calories, 6g fiber, 7.5g sugar (0g added sugar), and 11g protein. Not bad for a breakfast that tastes as good as dessert!

A bowl of cocoa brownie oatmeal
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Cocoa Brownie Oatmeal

Why not make oatmeal that tastes like you’re eating a delicious, decadent chocolate brownie? This gives you all your favorite flavors but retaining the health benefits of oatmeal.
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time7 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 268kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Quaker® Rolled Oats cooked with 1.5 cups of water
  • 1 tsp raw unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup 1% organic milk
  • 1 Tbsp chopped walnuts
  • 1 Tbsp ground flax seed
  • Honey, Agave, Maple Syrup to taste Optional – not included in nutritional info

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 – I use about 1/2 a cup to give the oats a nice creamy consistency)
  • Add the honey/agave/maple syrup if using, and stir to combine until the oats have the consistency you like.

Nutrition

Calories: 268kcal | Carbohydrates: 35.9g | Protein: 11.5g | Fat: 10.2g | Saturated Fat: 1.3g | Sodium: 53.8mg | Fiber: 6.4g | Sugar: 7.5g
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90 responses to “Cocoa Brownie Oatmeal”

    • I love hot oatmeal! The next time you make it – try this recipe – you won’t miss the sugar at all and it will be better for you! 🙂

    • Blueberries are great in oatmeal! And actually, if you like chocolate and berries together, blueberries would be a perfect addition to this recipe too!

  1. Oooo, I love the look of this recipe! I already have a canister of Quaker oats, a bag of walnuts, & a bag of ground flax seeds! Have been meaning to pick up more cocoa powder, & now I will in order to try this out! 😀 I love eating Quaker oats in the form of warm cooked oatmeal, overnight oats, baked oatmeal, and oatmeal cookies. Those are all my favorites, yummm.

    • Yay!! I can’t wait for you to try this recipe Linsday!! And you could actually make this the night before the same way you’d make overnight oats and it would be perfect warmed up in the morning!

  2. I cook them old way….i cook it in coconut milk, adding with some fresh strawberries or raspberries – yum! Mostly I eat oatmeal for breakfast before heading to the gym.

    • Oatmeal is a perfect pre-workout breakfast! Love the idea of using coconut milk and berries – that sounds delicious! You can actually substitute coconut milk for the milk in this recipe, and add berries into this recipe too – I’m sure it would taste great!

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