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Chocolate oatmeal is a quick, easy, and delicious breakfast recipe! This thick and creamy oatmeal is made with basic ingredients like rolled oats, cocoa powder, and plant-based milk. The recipe is vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and made in 10 minutes. It tastes like a rich and chocolatey dessert, but it’s healthy enough for breakfast!
You know those times when the cravings hit and you feel like you could pretty much eat an entire chocolate cake? Yeah, me too. But I am proud to say that I have a solution for the both of us: rich, creamy, chocolatey oatmeal!
This chocolate oatmeal recipe is my go-to whenever I’m craving dessert but want to stick to a healthy diet. They’re comforting, satisfying, filling, and delicious. The recipe tastes like an indulgent treat but it’s made with wholesome, guilt-free ingredients. That’s right – you can now enjoy dessert for breakfast with these 10-minute chocolate oats. What better way to guarantee a great day ahead than to start it with a chocolate-filled breakfast?
These chocolate oats are adapted from my foolproof Peanut Butter Oatmeal. It’s a very similar recipe, but cocoa powder is added and peanut butter is subtracted. If you love them, you will adore my Chocolate Banana Baked Oatmeal and Chocolate Overnight Oats too.
This chocolate oatmeal is:
- Vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, and oil-free
- Rich, chocolatey, and naturally sweetened with maple syrup
- A quick and easy breakfast recipe // Made in 10 minutes or less
- A one-pot recipe that’s made with pantry staples
- Healthy enough for breakfast but delicious enough for dessert!
What ingredients are in chocolate oats?
- Oats: There are a few varieties of oatmeal available in grocery stores, including steel cut, rolled, quick, and instant oats. However, this recipes uses rolled oats. They’re packed with fiber, a healthy amount of plant-based protein, and several nutrients.
- Plant-based milk: Use any type of plant-based milk. I suggest almond milk, oat milk, or coconut milk.
- Water: The liquid portion of this recipe includes half plant-based milk and half water. Although some recipes will use all milk or all water, I have found the best results to be half of each ingredient.
- Cocoa powder: Cocoa powder is the key ingredient for the rich chocolate flavor. You can also use cacao powder instead.
- Maple syrup: If you have a sweet tooth, you may want to sweeten the oatmeal. I recommend using a natural sweetener, like real maple syrup.
- Vanilla: A dash of vanilla extract balances the cocoa. It adds a delicious flavor and aroma, too.
- Cinnamon: Cinnamon contributes a nice warm flavor. It’s also an incredibly healthy spice.
- Salt: A pinch of salt makes all the difference. Don’t skip this one.
How to make this chocolate oatmeal recipe
For the full ingredients list and step-by-step instructions, scroll down to view the recipe card below.
When I called this a quick and easy oatmeal recipe, I wasn’t exaggerating. It’s made with a handful of ingredients in under 10 minutes! First, combine all of the ingredients in a small pot. This includes rolled oats, cocoa powder, maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla extract, salt, plant-based milk, and water.
Next, transfer the pot to a stove. Cook the oatmeal on medium heat, stirring frequently, until thick and creamy. This should take 6-8 minutes. Be sure to stir the oatmeal often in order to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pot.
Healthy ways to sweeten oatmeal
Sweetening your oatmeal is an entirely optional step. If you tend to have a sweet tooth, you will most likely want to include a sweetener. The classic way is adding a dash of sugar or brown sugar. As written, the recipe uses maple syrup for a light, healthier, subtly-sweet flavor. However, there are several other ways to sweeten oatmeal.
How to sweeten oatmeal without sugar:
To naturally sweeten your oatmeal, mix in any of the following ingredients. They can be added while the oats are cooking or immediately afterwards.
- Mashed banana (make sure it’s overripe)
- Maple syrup (use real maple syrup)
- Chopped medjool dates
- Coconut nectar
- Agave nectar
- Date syrup
- Honey (if you are not vegan)
- Coconut sugar (this is unrefined)
- Stevia (a safe artificial sweetener)
What are the best toppings?
Once your chocolate oats are cooked, don’t forget to add the toppings! There are countless options to choose from. I’ve listed my favorite ones below.
- Fruit: Add fresh fruit, like sliced banana, blueberries, strawberries, chopped pear, chopped apples, raspberries, or blackberries.
- Coconut: Chocolate and coconut are a popular pairing. Sprinkle coconut flakes or coconut shreds on top for a tropical flavor.
- Chocolate: Toss a handful of dark chocolate chips over the oats for a double chocolate flavor. Alternatively, use stevia-sweetened chocolate chips for a sugar-free option.
- Nut butter: Choose from peanut butter, almond butter, and cashew butter. If you need a nut-free option, use sunflower seed butter or tahini instead.
- Granola: Granola adds a crunchy texture.
- Nuts: Toss a handful of crushed nuts on top, like peanuts, almonds, pecans, walnuts, or cashews.
- Seeds: Choose from hemp seeds, chia seeds, flaxseeds, and pumpkin seeds.
- Dried fruit: If you like dried fruit, add dried blueberries, cranberries, Goji berries, dried mulberries, or raisins on top.
More vegan oatmeal recipes
- Peanut Butter Oatmeal
- Almond Butter Oatmeal
- Banana Oatmeal
- Peanut Butter and Jelly Oatmeal
- Chunky Monkey Baked Oatmeal
- Peanut Butter Banana Baked Oatmeal
- Chocolate Banana Baked Oatmeal
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- Prep Time: 3 minutes
- Cook Time: 7 minutes
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 2 servings 1x
- Category: Breakfast
- Method: Cook
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Vegan
This chocolate oatmeal recipe is healthy, vegan, gluten-free, and easy to make! This stovetop oatmeal recipe is made with pantry staples like rolled oats, cocoa powder, and almond milk. It tastes like dessert for breakfast! #oatmeal #oatmealrecipe #oatmealbowl #chocolateoatmeal #oats #porridge #veganbreakfast #healthybreakfast
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup plant-based milk
- 1 cup water
- 2–3 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1–2 tablespoon maple syrup
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ⅛ tsp salt
- Combine all ingredients in a small pot.
- Transfer the pot to a stove. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until thick and creamy. This should take about 6-8 minutes. Stir the oatmeal often to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pot.
- Transfer oatmeal to bowl(s). Add your favorite toppings. Enjoy!
- Check the full blog post for mix-ins, toppings, and sweetener ideas.
- If you’re following a strict gluten-free diet, check your brand of oatmeal to make sure it is certified gluten-free.
- Serving Size: 1 serving
- Calories: 215
- Sugar: 7g
- Fat: 5g
- Saturated Fat: 0.5g
- Carbohydrates: 39g
- Fiber: 8g
- Protein: 7g
Keywords: chocolate oatmeal, vegan oatmeal recipe
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Great recipe! I used coconut milk as my plant-based milk of choice and it worked nicely. I also love the addition of the cinnamon because it plays nicely with the cocoa. You’re so right about it tasting like a guilty treat because it does taste like something that isn’t healthy. Will put this in my regular rotation.
Thanks so much for sharing, Mary! I’m happy to hear you enjoyed this chocolate oatmeal recipe 🙂
Great recipe. I’ll be using it to add variety to my oatmeal breakfast.
For super quick oatmeal with less mess, microwave 1 heaping ½ cup of oatmeal and a scant 1 cup liquid (water, milk) in the microwave. 2 minutes 22 seconds works in our low powered microwave, probably faster in some newer ones.
I generally add chia seeds. cinnamon, ginger, ground flax seed, dried goji berries (from Amazon) and nuts to increase the nutrition and anti-inflammatory qualities. Thanks for a new flavor combination.
Thanks for sharing! Those are great add-ins. Enjoy! 🙂
Erik the Muffin Man
When using a plant based milk do you recommend a sweetened or unsweetened variety and do you have a personal type you like to use?
Hi, Erik! You can use any type of plant-based milk. I prefer using unsweetened vanilla almond milk for oatmeal!
Thank you very much!
This oatmeal is absolutely delicious! Rich and creamy, and really taste like chocolate! I’ve tried many chocolate oatmeal recipes but this is the best by Far! I topped mine with chocolate chips and it was amazing! Thanks so much!
Thank you so much, CC! I’m excited to hear that this is the best chocolate oatmeal you’ve tried 🙂 I love adding chocolate chips (and peanut butter) on mine too. Enjoy! xo
I made this for breakfast this morning—my first attempt at chocolate oatmeal—it was absolutely divine! The richness of the cocoa really stood out, and the oats were oh so creamy with the milk-water ratio. I topped mine with frozen raspberries! Next I’ll try a trusty spoonful of crunchy peanut butter!
I love breakfast oats, but I’m trying to add in some variety with different flavors and textures. This was a great first step for me. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!
What a great comment! Thank you, Bree! So glad you enjoyed this chocolate oatmeal recipe. 🙂
Does this reheat well in microwave or does it need to all be eaten right away?
Cooked oatmeal should be eaten right away! If you are looking to make oatmeal ahead of time, I recommend creating overnight oats instead 🙂
I cook this and reheat in the microwave with some extra milk. It turns out fine 🙂 Great receipt thanks
Thank you for sharing, Bruce! That is helpful to know reheating works fine for you 🙂 Enjoy!
What’s your reasoning behind having 1c “milk” 1c water instead of 2c “milk” ?
Hi Tibor! I just prefer the texture of using half milk and half water. Some people like to use all water or all milk. You can make it using any of these methods!
Delicious, but I used gluten free oatmeal, as even though regular oatmeal says gluten free it also says may be produced in an area where wheat is used.
Thank you, Linda! Yes, if you have a gluten sensitivity, always double check to make sure the label is certified gluten-free. Enjoy! 🙂
Thanks so much for this recipe! My husband loves all things chocolate so thought I’d give it a try. For those of us who unfortunately have an electric stove the temp needs to be a bit higher than medium. Otherwise it takes forever to get “thick and creamy”. Thanks again!
Thank you so much for sharing, Angel! 🙂
I used less maple syrup , great recipe , but I should look for better quality cocoa powder or maybe melting dark chocolate
Thank you, Mahlatini! I’m glad you enjoyed this chocolate oatmeal recipe 🙂 High quality cocoa powders are definitely best for a rich flavor. I love adding dark chocolate on top as well!
Is it possible to use fresh milk (cow milk) instead of plant based milk?
Also can we use bee honey instead of maple syrup?
Yes! You can use any type of milk. Honey is a great replacement for maple syrup. Enjoy!
Wow, I really love chocolate and I use true elements Dark Chocolate Oatmeal and it’s my favourite, as they don’t have refined sugar. Thanks for sharing this!
Thanks, Riya! 🙂
I just made this since I eat oatmeal for lunch and wanted something quick, it looks like a desert, cant wait to try it.
Thank you, Mehreen! That is one of my favorite things about this chocolate oatmeal recipe 🙂 It helps satisfy dessert cravings, but it is full of fiber and nutrients!
My toddlers were so excited to eat chocolate for breakfast. They loved it !! Will be making this for them often.
That makes me so happy to hear! Thanks, Hanan! 🙂
I tried the recepie…. Looks great!!!
Do u prefer serving it hot or refrigerated??
Thank you, Sahar! You should serve it hot immediately after cooking 🙂
Just made this and I’m loving it! I only used 1 tbsp of maple syrup and added 1 tbsp of light brown sugar and it worked for me. I’ve been following your page on IG and this is the second delicious recipe of yours I’ve made!
Aw thank you so much, Melanie! I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed this chocolate oatmeal 🙂 I hope you get a chance to try many more recipes in the future! xo
This is the best oatmeal I’ve ever eaten. I love the recipe! Thank you!
Yay!! Thank you for your positive feedback, Rochelle! I’m so glad you love this chocolate oatmeal recipe. 🙂 Enjoy!
Omgosh I was craving chocolate oatmeal and this hit the spot!!! I added 1 tbsp ricemilk morsels and it was perfection.
Thanks so much, Drea! 🙂
This was the best oatmeal ever! I never review but it was definitely worthy of a recognition! The perfect healthy breakfast to get me started with my day. Will definitely be recommending this to everyone!
Thank you so much, Hazel! I really appreciate you taking the time to leave this positive review. 🙂 Enjoy!
This was an awesome breakfast! Thanks!
You’re welcome, Luke! Thank you for sharing your positive feedback 🙂
Just made this because I was craving a healthier dessert. It was good with berries in top and I was not shy with adding honey to combat the bitterness of the cocoa powder!
Thank you, Jessica! I always make chocolate oatmeal for a healthy dessert too 🙂 Glad you enjoyed it! xo
I’m gonna try this tomorrow and see how it’s like, hope it’s nice!!!
Sounds great, Pritika! Enjoy! 🙂