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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 Ann Arbor, MI!); 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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Cocoa Brownie Oatmeal

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This is a sponsored post brought to you by The Quaker Oats Company, but all opinions are completely my own.

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?

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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!

Cocoa Brownie Oatmeal

Makes 1 serving. Nutritional Info Per Serving: 268 Calories, 10.2g Fat (1.3g Saturated), 53.8mg Sodium, 35.9g Carbs, 6.4g Fiber, 7.5g Sugar, 11.5g Protein

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 (Optional – not included in nutritional info)

Instructions

  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.)
  2. Add the cocoa powder and cinnamon to the cooked oats while they are still hot.
  3. Stir until everything is fully combined, and your oats have a deep chocolatey color.
  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)
  5. Add the honey/agave/maple syrup if using, and stir to combine until the oats have the consistency you like.
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90 responses to “Cocoa Brownie Oatmeal”

  1. My fave way is to soak them overnight in lactose free milk, mix in some nuts too so they soak as well along with a dash of salt that’s healthy for you. In the morning, no cooking required, just dig in.

    • Overnight oats are the best Cathy! And soaking nuts is wonderful – by soaking you are breaking down the phytic acid so your body can absorb the nutrients from the nuts even more efficiently! Nice job!

  2. I eat Quaker Old Fashioned Oats every morning for breakfast. I cook them in almond milk with a splash of boiled apple cider. I add cinnamon, nutmeg, raisins, diced apples, candied pecans and pure maple syrup. Its a great way to start the day!

    • That sounds absolutely delicious Jeffrey! To make it even healthier (much lower in sugar), try substituting regular pecans or walnuts instead of the candied pecans, fresh pear instead of raisins, and try it without the maple syrup (or use 1 tsp or less of it)! I promise it will still taste great but will be much healthier for you!

  3. I have oatmeal every day – favorite way is to cook it on the stovetop until almost all the liquid is gone, then add some liquid egg whites and mix until fluffy (pretty flavorless and adds some protein). Take off the heat, add a mashed banana and top with your skinny maple granola (I always have a batch made). Yummy!

    • Hi Natalie! I have heard that egg whites in oatmeal is absolutely delicious — I’ll definitely have to try it sometime!

  4. Sounds delicious! Do you know if I could bake it somehow into a breakfast bar/cookie of some kind to make ahead for breakfasts on the go? Would I need to make any edits to the recipe?

    • Hi Amanda! If you wanted to make this into a breakfast bar you’d have to significantly modify this recipe – since the milk/oatmeal combo would be way too runny and wouldn’t bake well at all! To make this into a breakfast bar I’d do 1 cup of rolled oats, 1/2 cup oat flour, 2 tsp cocoa powder, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp vanilla, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 3 tbsp chopped walnuts, 1 flax egg, 1/2 cup milk (and 1/4 cup powdered peanut butter if you want a peanut butter chocolate bar). Bake at 350 degrees for 20 min. I haven’t tested this recipe though, this is just what I’d start with if I was going to make oatmeal breakfast bars 🙂 So feel free to tweak it as needed! Let me know how it turns out!

    • Homemade granola is the best! 🙂 I love that you can control the ingredients and amount of sugar in it too!

  5. I’m kind of boring, I eat Quaker Oats every morning, cook on the stovetop, add almond milk and cinnamon, that’s eat, very satisfying to me.

    • Hi Tammy! I wouldn’t say that’s boring at all! 🙂 I think that’s a very healthy well balanced breakfast! Just make sure the almond milk you’re using is unsweetened (no sugar added). Almond milk can sometimes have up to 12g sugar per serving which is the same as a small candy bar!

  6. As a life long chocoholic, this recipe will definitely add some variety to my morning Quaker oats mix of craisins and walnuts.

    • Yay!! I can’t hear how you like it Julie – as a fellow chocoholic this definitely satisfies my chocolate craving for the day!

    • That’s great! Just be careful not to use too much agave – I’d recommend about 1 tsp for 1 bowl of oats! Banana is a great natural sweetener so if you can use that instead of the agave that’s even better! 🙂

    • That’s great! Try it without the brown sugar if you can next time, and substitute either fruit or a spice to replace the sugar – it’ll be healthier for you and will still taste great!

  7. Looks yummy! I used to do something like this when I was a kid, except I used powdered Nestlé Quik – not quite so healthy!

    • Haha! That’s true – that probably wasn’t as healthy – but this recipe will taste just as good as your childhood version I promise! 🙂

    • Oatmeal cookies are a great treat!! The next time you need a healthy breakfast option though, you have to try this recipe!

  8. I like oatmeal chocolate chip cookies the best, but also enjoy morning oatmeal with brown sugar and cinnamon.

    • Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are my favorite treat too! The next time you make oatmeal, try this recipe which has less sugar than using brown sugar in your oats (so it’s a bit healthier) – I’d love to hear what you think!

  9. My favorite way is to eat them for breakfast with nuts, banana, cinnamon, flax seed, and sometimes, peanut butter. I really want to try this cocoa brownie oatmeal, though!

    • That sounds so delicious Lisa!! I can’t wait to hear what you think of this recipe when you try it!

  10. I like oatmeal as breakfast items, in cookies or breads and other baked goods. I also like it in trail mix; there are nearly an endless combination of uses for oatmeal.

  11. I have Quaker oatmeal for breakfast every morning. I love the maple and brown sugar instant oatmeal. Unfortunately, I’m always in a hurry.

    • That’s great Tonya! The flavored instant oatmeals are more of a treat than a healthy breakfast because of the high sugar content, but what you can do is make this recipe the night before and just heat it up in the morning – it’ll take just as much time as instant oats so it’ll be a great quick breakfast for you!

    • That sounds quite decadent and delicious Nancy! For a healthier option, try this recipe – I’m sure you will love it!

  12. This looks awesome and I might finally be able to get my daughter to eat oatmeal! I love making soft, chewy oatmeal cookies!

  13. I have actually made this before but not with Flax Seeds. WOW, I will so be doing this. My daughter LOVES Flax. Thank you!

    • That’s so true! Oats are so versatile – you can mix them with just about anything and they will taste great!

  14. my favorite way to eat Quaker Oats, is oatmeal dark choc chip cookies, or homemade peaches n cream hot cereal

    • Hi Jennifer! Those both sound delicious, but are more of a treat than a healthy breakfast because of the sugar content! If you do try this recipe, I’d love to hear what you think!

  15. I love oatmeal.. it’s my favorite breakfast cereal. Lately, I ‘ve been adding cocoa, stevia sweetner, an egg and some cinammon to an instant pack of oatmeal and zapping it in the wave.. Wow.. a great little cake for a snack or breakfast..

    • What a cool idea! To make it even healthier, try it with rolled oats instead of quick oats (rolled oats are lower on the glycemic index so they won’t spike your blood sugar the way quick oats will!)

  16. This sounds really good. My favorite way to eat oatmeal is with brown sugar, evap milk and raisins! The evap milk gives it such a good flavor!

  17. Ooo! This sounds yummy! I normally just cook the oatmeal in water until fairly thick, add butter, a pinch of fresh ground pink Himalayan sea salt, toasted chopped pecans, a sprinkle of cinnamon, a drizzle of maple syrup and just a bit of chunky applesauce. So yummmm!

    • That sounds delicious Angela!! If you can, try sticking to less than 1 tsp maple syrup in your oatmeal to cut down on the sugar content, otherwise the rest of it sounds great! 🙂

  18. I love this recipe. My favorite go-to recipe has been Chocolate Strawberry Overnight, which includes strawberries, cocoa, oats, and a little brown sugar or pur maple syrup!

  19. 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!

  20. 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!

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

    • 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! 🙂

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