Chocolate Oatmeal Recipe (Healthy, Gluten-Free) (2024)

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This chocolate oatmeal recipe is a healthy hot breakfast that tastes just like a fudge brownie! It’s a decadent breakfast that is guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth. Super easy, gluten-free, and ready in just 15 minutes, this is how to start the day right!

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It’s no secret that I love my morning oatmeal, and I’m always looking for ways to spice it up to make mybreakfastsmore interesting and fun. I also like using oatmeal as a base to recreate some of my favorite sweet treats likeBanana Bread OatmealandPumpkin Pie Oatmeal.The possibilities really are endless.

So why not make oatmeal that tastes like you’re eating a delicious, decadent chocolate brownie?

This is one of my favorite recipes to satisfy my chocolate craving in the morning: Dark Chocolate Oatmeal. I promise, it will become your favorite way to eat oatmeal for breakfast!

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How To Make Chocolate Oats

Ingredients

You just need a few basic ingredients to make these heart-healthy oats!

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Gluten-free rolled oats: cooked with 1.5 cups of water. I like using rolled oats better than steel-cut oats or quick-cooking oats because it gives this special breakfast a nice creamy and hearty consistency.

Unsweetened cocoa powder: You can’t make chocolate oats without this!

Milk: I used low fat organic milk, but you can use any milk you like! Dairy-free milk options like light coconut milk, unsweetened almond milk, soy milk, or even oat milk will all taste great in this delicious recipe.

Chopped walnuts: For added texture and to give these chocolate oats that brownie feel.

Ground flax seed: For some healthy fats!

Sweetener – Optional: You don’t have to add sweetener, but you certainly can! Brown sugar, Honey, Coconut Sugar, or Maple Syrup would all give this creamy oatmeal a bit of sweetness.

Spices: A dash of cinnamon and a pinch of salt help bring out the chocolate flavor in this healthy chocolate oatmeal. You could also add a little bit of vanilla extract to bring out the sweetness even more.

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Instructions

Step 1:Cook the oats with 1.5 cups of water until the oats are fluffy and all the water has disappeared. The best way to do this is cook the oats for 2 minutes in the microwave, then stir oats, then cook again for 2 more minutes.

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

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

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 sweetener if using, and stir to combine.

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Step 6:Stir in the flaxseeds, and heat again for 1-2 minutes until the oatmeal is the temperature you like!

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Step 7: Serve this bowl of chocolate oatmeal warm, or with your favorite toppings!

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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 soluble fiber, 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 usegluten-free certified oats!
  • Cocoa Powder:Unsweetened cocoa powderis 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!

Recipe FAQs

Are These Chocolate Oats Kid Friendly?

Absolutely! If your kids like chocolate milk, they likely will enjoy this chocolate oatmeal. If you want to make it more decadent (and like a “dessert for breakfast” treat), you can always top their bowls with just a few dark chocolate chips! When I do that my kids gobble this up!
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,” and omitting the walnuts, sweetener, salt, and reducing the amount of cocoa powder and cinnamon you use.

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.Studieshave shown that people who eat oatmeal have better appetite control than people who eat cereal. There are ahandful of healthy cereals for breakfast that are more comparable to oatmeal, but most of the cereal at the grocery store are definitely less healthy than oatmeal!

What Is The Healthiest Type of Oatmeal?

Honestly, all oats are really healthy for you – they’re a great choice for breakfast. There are 5 different types of oats you can get at the grocery store, and they differ based on how processed they are. The 5 types of oats are: oat groats, oat bran, steel cut oats, rolled oats and instant oats (quick oats).
Rolled oats, which take just a little bit longer than instant oats to cook, are a nice balance between minimal processing and a great texture + a short cooking time. They are also one of the best breakfasts for toddlers and kids.
Rolled oats are mild in flavor and has a 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.
Quick oats are the least “healthy” because they are higher glycemic than the other types of oats listed above. They won’t keep you full as long either.

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Oatmeal Toppings

Oatmeal can be creamy and delicious on it’s own, but you can top it with all kinds of ingredients to make it taste even better. Here are some of my favorite toppings:

  • Nuts (Peanuts, Almonds, Cashews, etc.)
  • Peanut Butter (or anynut butteryou like!)
  • Dark chocolate chips
  • Sea Salt
  • Banana Slices
  • Fresh Blueberries or Strawberries
  • A low-sugar Granola
  • Seeds (hemp seeds, chia seeds, pumpkin or sunflower seeds)

Expert Tips

  • To ensure this chocolate oatmeal is gluten-free friendly: Usegluten-free certified oatsfor 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 theInstant Potbecause they turn out much better that way!
  • Remaining Oats Storage: Store the remaining unprepared oats in an airtight container in a cool, dark spot in your pantry for up to 12 months.
  • Double This Recipe: You can easily cook a double batch of these chocolate oats in the microwave, just be sure to use a larger glass container to cook them in. You can also use the stovetop to cook a large batch!
  • Don’t Over-Water: Be mindful of your water to oats ratio, too much will make the oats too mushy.
  • Make It Vegan: To make this breakfast vegan, use a plant based non-dairy milk and omit the honey (or use maple syrup).
  • Optional toppings include: Nuts (Peanuts, Almonds, Cashews, etc.), Peanut Butter (or anynut butteryou like),Dark chocolate chips, Sea Salt, Banana Slices, Fresh Blueberries or Strawberries, A low-sugar Granola likethis one, Seeds (hemp seeds, chia seeds, pumpkin or sunflower seeds)
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  • Bananas And Cream Oatmeal
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  • Tiramisu Overnight Oats
  • Matcha Overnight Oats
  • Chocolate Chip Baked Oats
  • Oat Flour Pancakes
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  • Spicy Oatmeal Recipe
  • Strawberries and Cream Oatmeal
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Gluten-Free Chocolate Oatmeal

This gluten-free chocolate oatmeal recipe is a healthy hot breakfast that tastes just like a fudge brownie! Healthy, easy, and ready in just 15 minutes, this is how to start the day right!

Prep Time10 minutes mins

Cook Time5 minutes mins

Total Time15 minutes 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

    Expert Tips For Making Chocolate Oatmeal

    • To ensure this chocolate oatmeal is gluten-free friendly: Usegluten-free certified oatsfor 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 theInstant Potbecause they turn out much better that way!
    • Remaining Oats Storage: Store the remaining unprepared oats in an airtight container in a cool, dark spot in your pantry for up to 12 months.
    • Double This Recipe: You can easily cook a double batch of these chocolate oats in the microwave, just be sure to use a larger glass container to cook them in. You can also use the stovetop to cook a large batch!
    • Don’t Over-Water: Be mindful of your water to oats ratio, too much will make the oats too mushy.
    • Make It Vegan: To make this breakfast vegan, use a plant based non-dairy milk and omit the honey (or use maple syrup).
    • Optional toppings include: Nuts (Peanuts, Almonds, Cashews, etc.), Peanut Butter (or anynut butteryou like),Dark chocolate chips, Sea Salt, Banana Slices, Fresh Blueberries or Strawberries, A low-sugar Granola likethis 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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    FAQs

    How to make oats taste like chocolate? ›

    Ingredients
    1. 1 cup (90 g) quick-cooking or rolled oats (I like to do a 50–50 mix)
    2. 2 tablespoons cocoa or cacao powder.
    3. 1/4 teaspoon salt.
    4. 2 cups (475 ml) non-dairy milk.
    5. 1–2 tablespoons grade A maple syrup*
    6. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract.
    7. 1–2 tablespoons chia seeds or ground flax (optional)
    Oct 4, 2022

    How to make the best oatmeal without sugar? ›

    To sweeten oatmeal without going overboard on refined sugar, try these additions:
    1. Fresh fruit: berries, bananas, apples, peaches, mango, or pears.
    2. Spices: cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, or nutmeg.
    3. Natural sweeteners: a dash of maple syrup or honey.
    Apr 19, 2022

    Does oatmeal with chocolate milk taste good? ›

    Baked oats are an easy and hearty breakfast. This version made with chocolate milk is delicious drizzled with warm peanut butter, a dollop of vanilla yogurt and sliced fruit.

    How can I make my oatmeal more satisfying? ›

    How to Make Oatmeal Taste Good (& More Satisfying)
    1. Simple tip #1: Make oatmeal with milk (or a non-dairy alternative) versus water.
    2. Simple tip #2: Use rolled oats or steel cut oats instead of packaged instant oatmeal.
    3. Simple tip #3: Don't make oatmeal too low calorie.
    4. Add some healthy fat.
    Feb 5, 2024

    Are chocolate oats good for health? ›

    As with cocoa powder, studies have shown oats can reduce inflammation, blood sugar levels, bad cholesterol, and risk of heart disease. And because they satisfy hunger for longer periods of time, oats can help with weight loss.

    What are the ingredients in Quaker oats chocolate? ›

    Whole Grain Oats, Semisweet Chocolate Chips (Sugar, Chocolate Liquor, Cocoa Butter, Soy Lecithin, Vanilla Extract), Sugar, Cocoa (Processed With Alkali), Salt, Natural Flavor.

    Can I eat oatmeal on a no sugar diet? ›

    There are a few ways to take oatmeal without any kind of added sugar. One way is to simply buy unsweetened oatmeal and add your own toppings. Another way is to make your own oatmeal at home using unsweetened oatmeal and adding your own toppings such as fresh fruit, nuts, and seeds.

    Is oatmeal good for a diabetic? ›

    A cup of cooked oatmeal (1/2 cup of dried oats) contains approximately 30 grams of carbs, which can fit into a nutritious meal plan for people with diabetes. Oatmeal is high in fiber and nutrients but low in saturated and trans fats and sugar and can help you maintain a healthy blood sugar level.

    Is it okay to eat oatmeal without sugar? ›

    “Whole grains are beneficial and healthy foods, and I can say that oatmeal is definitely beneficial,” Qi Sun, assistant professor of nutrition, said in the same article. As long as it's sugar-free, “eating oatmeal for breakfast is a good choice.

    What milk should I use for oatmeal? ›

    Use your favourite type of milk. Full-fat milk will give the oats the creamiest taste, whereas low-fat milk will give a lighter taste. Nut milk and soy milk also work with this recipe.

    What milk is good for oatmeal? ›

    Milk: I use whole milk but you can use any dairy-free milk as long as it won't disintegrate once you bring it to a boil. Sweeteners & Toppings: Unless I do sweet toppings, I always sweeten oatmeal. Raw cane sugar, coconut sugar, maple syrup, and honey all work great.

    Do you eat oatmeal with hot or cold milk? ›

    Yes, instant rolled oats are edible without cooking and can be enjoyed with cold milk. Instant rolled oats are pre-cooked and then dried, so they are already partially cooked and can be eaten without further cooking. When combined with cold milk, the oats will soften and become easier to eat.

    What not to mix with oatmeal? ›

    High-sugar toppings like chocolate, syrup, and dried fruit

    As Best points out, "some of the worst ingredients that are mistakenly added to healthy overnight oat recipes include chocolate sauce, sugar, syrup, and dried fruit."

    Why don't I feel good after eating oatmeal? ›

    Complex carbs are still carbs, and they can lead to a blood sugar spike if you don't balance them out with other macronutrients. (Think protein and fat.) Plus, certain oat products, like instant oats, contain less fiber and protein than other varieties, and may contribute to an even greater sugar spike.

    Why do I feel hungry after eating a bowl of oatmeal? ›

    However, anyone who is on the oatmeal train knows that even though it's full of great fiber, without any additional fat or protein, oatmeal can often leave you feeling a little hungry and unsatisfied. Figuring out delicious ways to add protein and fat to your oatmeal will have you singing oatmeal's praises once again.

    What can I add to oatmeal to make it taste sweet? ›

    “The banana helps make the oatmeal sweeter and creamier without the use of table sugar or cream,” she says. Use a ripe banana and slice it thinly, then whisk it into the oats as they cook. Beyond making it taste amazing, the banana adds a dose of potassium, which helps lower blood pressure naturally.

    What is oat chocolate? ›

    Chocolate made with oat milk has a rich, creamy texture much like milk chocolate. Since oats typically have a milder flavor than nuts, oat milk imparts very little additional flavor to the chocolate, allowing the cocoa bean flavor to shine. The oats do give a slight malty, cereal flavor to the chocolate.

    How to make oats taste good without sugar reddit? ›

    No sugar added applesauce or fruit butter (apple, pumpkin, etc.). That, plain yogurt, vanilla, and cinnamon is the best way to create pumpkin or apple pie in a bowl. I'm not a big raisin person in general, but I LOVE them in my oatmeal.

    Why do you soak oats in milk? ›

    Soaking oats overnight in milk renders them ready to eat the next morning, however, it is unknown whether oats prepared this way will retain its relatively low glycaemic and insulinaemic impact.

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