Chocolate Oatmeal is a simple recipe that combines oatmeal, cocoa powder, and almond butter to create a delicious and energizing breakfast that is naturally vegan and packed with fibre and protein.

Chocolate oatmeal topped with chocolate chips, almond butter and sliced bananas

Healthy Chocolate Oatmeal

Raise your hand if you’re a lover of all things chocolate!

I’m a big chocolate fan and truthfully there is no better way to start the day than with a big bowl of Chocolate Oatmeal packed with nourishing cocoa powder and topped off with dark chocolate chips.

Baked oats have become super trendy lately, where you blend up oats and bake them in the oven. Don’t get me wrong, baked oats are totally delicious, (and you can even make chocolate baked oats that taste like a chocolate brownie) but sometimes there’s nothing better than a classic nourishing bowl of oatmeal.

Besides being DELICIOUS, Chocolate Oatmeal is high in protein and fibre so it will keep you full all morning long. Plus you’ll get a little natural energy boost from the caffeine in the cocoa, making this the perfect well-rounded breakfast.

Why you’ll love this Chocolate Porridge

  • Ready in less than 10 minutes
  • Naturally vegan, dairy-free, refined sugar-free and gluten-free (just make sure to use those gluten-free oats!)
  • Easy to customize
  • Can be made into overnight oats (so you can take em’ on the go in the morning!)
  • 10 grams of fiber and 12 grams of protein per serving
  • Packed with chocolatey flavour

Ingredients you’ll need

Ingredients for chocolate oats

  • Oats: I use quick oats for this recipe, but you can also use rolled oats. If you want to use steel cut oats you’ll need to adjust the recipe since steel cut oats take much longer to cook. In this case, read the directions on the package of the steel cut oats and make sure to use the right amount of liquid for 1 cup of steel cut oats and adjust the cooking time accordingly.
  • Cocoa powder: You can use regular or dutch cocoa powder. I personally prefer dutch cocoa powder with has a smoother taste that is less acidic.
  • Coconut sugar: Coconut sugar has a delicious caramel-like flavour, similar to brown sugar and is delicious in this oatmeal. You can always substitute with brown sugar, regular sugar or maple syrup.
  • Almond butter: Adding some nut butter to the oatmeal helps to give it a smooth and creamy texture while adding some healthy fats and protein to the Chocolat Oatmeal. You can use any type of nut butter you love.
  • Salt: A pinch of salt helps to enhance the chocolate flavour in the oatmeal so don’t skip out on this!
  • Almond milk: You can use any type of plant-based milk you love. For a creamier oatmeal you can also use cocont milk.

How to make Chocolate Oatmeal

Chocolate Oatmeal is really simple to make directly in a pot or saucepan on the stove. Depending on the type of oats you use, you may need to adjust the cooking time slightly. (Quick oats will cook the fastest, rolled oats may take a bit longer.)

Step 1

Add the oats, cocoa powder, coconut sugar, salt and almond butter to a pot. Pour in the almond milk and stir everything together.

Step 2

Cook the oats on medium heat for 4-5 minutes, string every couple of minutes until the oats are cooked. You’ll know the oatmeal is ready when it becomes thick and the oats are creamy.

Tip: everyone has a different preferred texture when it comes to oatmeal and porridge. Some people like it a little more liquidy, while others like it to be thicker. The longer you cook the oats the thicker this porridge will become. If you find it becomes too thick, you can always mix in some more almond milk.

Chocolate Oatmeal topping ideas

There are so many different ways you can top off this Chocolate Oatmeal. If there’s anything you love to combine with chocolate, it can go on this oatmeal. Here are a few fun ideas to get you started.

  • Nut butters
  • Fruit jams
  • Yogurt
  • Hazelnut spread
  • Dark chocolate chips
  • Chopped hazelnuts
  • Toasted almonds
  • Walnuts
  • Puffed quinoa
  • Sliced Bananas
  • Fresh berries
  • Chopped mint leaves
  • Orange zest
  • Cinnamon
  • Maple syrup
  • Sea salt
a bowl of chocolate oatmeal topped with banana and nut butter

(I topped this recipe with bananas, almond butter, 70% dark chocolate chips, puffed quinoa and a splash of almond milk.)

What can you sweeten oatmeal with?

The most common way to sweeten oatmeal is with sugar or brown sugar. If you want to make oatmeal without sugar, you can also get creative by adding or mixing in some natural ingredients like fruits (which are naturally sweet!) Here are some ways you can sweeten your oats.

  • Maple syrup
  • Honey
  • Agave nectar
  • Date nectar
  • Chopped dates
  • Coconut nectar
  • Mashed banana
  • Applesauce
  • Stevia
  • Erythritol

How to store

Store leftover oatmeal in a container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave. It’s best to add an extra splash of almond milk before reheating as the oats will absorb more of the liquid after being kept in the fridge.

Can I make this recipe into chocolate overnight oats?

Absolutely! If you want to make this recipe into overnight oats just mix everything together in a large jar and place it in the fridge overnight. You can also mix in 1/3 cup of yogurt and one tablespoon of chia seeds. This will help make the overnight oats creamier.

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a bowl of chocolate oatmeal topped with bananas with a spoon in it

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a bowl of chocolate oatmeal topped with bananas with a spoon in it

Chocolate Oatmeal

  • Author: Jessica Hoffman
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Cook
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


Chocolate Oatmeal is made with 6 simple ingredients for a deliciously chocolatey breakfast!


Units Scale
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 23 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 2 tbsp almond butter (can sub any nut butter)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups almond milk


  1. Add the oats, cocoa powder, coconut sugar, almond butter, salt and almond milk to a small saucepan.
  2. Stir together on medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes until the oats are cooked.
  3. Serve immediately and top with your favourite toppings.


  • Serving Size: 1/2 of the recipe
  • Calories: 352
  • Sugar: 13g
  • Fat: 10g
  • Carbohydrates: 45g
  • Fiber: 10g
  • Protein: 12g

Keywords: oatmeal with chocolate, chocolate oats, vegan chocolate oatmeal, chocolate porridge