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Chocolate Oatmeal

Chocolate Oatmeal – a quick and easy breakfast you can make in minutes. It tastes like you are having dessert, but it is really loaded with protein, filling, and a healthy way to start the day.

Oatmeal is a great way to start the day. There are so many variations out there, and instant packets you can buy to make in just minutes for a quick breakfast. The only problem with the packets is all the extra “stuff” that they put in them.

With this chocolate oatmeal, you 6 ingredients (one of which is water!), no refined sugar, and you can have it ready in less than 10 minutes! Plus it will keep you full until lunch time.

chocolate oatmeal topped with peanut butter and chocolate chips in white bowl


If you like your breakfast on the sweet side, this oatmeal is definitely calling your name. It is rich and delicious and tastes like you are eating brownie batter for breakfast. But it is secretly healthy and loaded with protein to keep you full.

What You’ll Need

  • Old Fashioned Oats – these are sometimes called rolled oats. You just want to make sure to not use quick cooking oats when following the instructions or you will end up with a mushy mess.
  • Milk – you can use any milk you want here. If you want to make this vegan you can use nut milk. If you use cows milk that works great too.
  • Water – you can use more milk if you want to add more protein to the oatmeal
  • Protein Powder – use whatever your favorite protein powder is. I like to use chocolate to help up the chocolate flavor.
  • Cocoa Powder – any unsweetened cocoa powder will work. If you skip the protein powder, I would add an extra tablespoon to the recipe to get that rich chocolate flavor.
  • Maple Syrup – you can also use honey in this recipe if you don’t have or enjoy maple syrup. Protein powder often helps sweeten things, so you don’t need a lot. Taste and adjust the amount to your taste.
chocolate oatmeal ingredients

How To Make Chocolate Oatmeal

  1. In a saucepan bring the water and milk to a simmer over medium high heat.
  2. Add in the oats and stir until well combined. Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook for 7-8 minutes. Stir the mixture occasionally, once it starts to thicken it is done cooking.
  3. Remove from the heat and mix in the cocoa powder, protein powder, and maple syrup. Taste and adjust the syrup as necessary to your desired sweetness.
  4. Pour into a bowl and top with your desired toppings.
looking down on a bowl of chocolate oatmeal with a drizzle of peanut butter on top

What Are The Best Toppings

You can get really creative with how you want to top your oatmeal. It is delicious as is, but it is a great way to add more flavor and nutrition to your breakfast.

  • Berries – strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries all go well with chocolate
  • Sliced Bananas
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Peanut Butter or any other nut butter
  • Shredded Coconut
  • Chopped Nuts
  • Yogurt
  • Granola
chocolate oatmeal in a white bowl

Is Chocolate Oatmeal Good For Weight Loss

Oatmeal is a delicious superfood that you can really doctor up a million different ways to make it your own. It is loaded with fiber, vitamins, protein and antioxidants. Is has been shown to help lower cholesterol and studies show it is linked to weight loss. Oatmeal helps keep you fuller longer, which leads to eating less and your calorie intake being lower.


You can double or triple this recipe and have breakfast waiting for you for another day. Store leftover oatmeal in an airtight container in the fridge for 4 days. You can then microwave to reheat. You may need to add a splash of milk to loosen up the oatmeal and make it creamy again.

close up bowl of chocolate oatmeal

More Healthy Breakfast Recipes

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal

cropped close up of chocolate and peanut butter oatmeal

Chocolate Oatmeal - a quick and easy breakfast you can make in minutes. It tastes like you are having dessert, but it is really loaded with protein, filling, and a healthy way to start the day.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1/2 cup Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 Tablespoon maple syrup


  1. Heat liquid in a sauce pan over medium heat. Once simmering, add oats and stir until well combined. Cover, reduce heat to low and cook for 7-8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Remove from heat, stir in remaining ingredients until well blended. Taste and adjust the sweetness level to your liking.
  3. Pour into a bowl and top with your desired toppings.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1 Servings

Amount Per Serving Calories 380Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 8mgSodium 111mgCarbohydrates 52gFiber 6gSugar 19gProtein 35g

Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on should only be used as a general guideline.

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Allyson Zea

Monday 21st of March 2022

My kids ate every bite of this breakfast! Thank you!


Friday 18th of March 2022

I made this for breakfast last weekend, and it was so good! I've made it a few times since then, too.


Thursday 29th of March 2012

Sometimes I add 1/2 a ripe banana after it's cooked - no sweetener needed! Also, a scoop of peanut butter is a lovely addition!


Thursday 8th of March 2012

I could have sworn I commented on this but Im not seeing one - This looks killer! I am falling in love with oatmeal in the morning and I love the sound of the flavors in this one.

Kim Bee

Friday 2nd of March 2012

I have to try making this for the fam! Brilliant!

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