Creamy Chocolate Lover’s Oatmeal
Fall in love with breakfast again with this creamy and rich chocolate oatmeal recipe. Cooked on the stovetop for the creamiest results, rolled oats are cooked with cocoa powder, milk of your choice, chia seeds, and a touch of sweetener like maple syrup. These 5 ingredients and 15 minutes is all you need to make this decadent yet healthy breakfast recipe.
Ah, chocolate oats. Where two of this Registered Dietitian’s absolute favourite foods combine to make one of my all-time favourite breakfast recipes.
Thanks to their nutrition profile and versatility, healthy recipes with oats are some of my favourites to make. While I’ve already shared my recipes for Peanut Butter Chocolate Overnight Oats, as well as my Double Chocolate Baked Oats, I can’t believe I haven’t shared my tried and true stovetop chocolate oatmeal recipe yet.
Is Chocolate Oatmeal Actually Healthy?
Being a healthcare professional and nutrition expert, I want to emphasize how important it is to make healthy eating taste good. That’s what makes it sustainable! So this is why we’re taking a nourishing food like oatmeal – which can be bland if you don’t prepare it right – and adding delicious flavour to it. With chocolate!
Adding chocolate to a nutrient-dense food like rolled oats (which differ somewhat from quick oats) doesn’t take away of the nutrition benefits. You’re still getting a source of whole grains, dietary fibre (particularly soluble fibre), B vitamins, magnesium, and more.
We’re also adding highly nutritious chia seeds into the mix here. So not only do we get the benefits of eating oatmeal, we also get a boost of fibre and healthy fats from these. You can also add other seeds like hemp or flax!
The purpose of adding cocoa powder and maple syrup is flavour! Not every single ingredients needs a health benefit in order for a recipe to be healthy. Adding flavour makes a recipe tastes good, which means you’re more likely to keep eating this healthy breakfast and reap the existing nutrition benefits.
Cooking Chocolate Oats on the Stovetop:
While microwave oatmeal has its place (it’s hella convenient and quick), I prefer stovetop oatmeal cooked in a pot for best results. Plus, it still only takes about 10 minutes to cook!
By cooking the chocolate oatmeal on the stove, you have better control over the temperature (which can help prevent spillage and burning the oats). You also have more opportunity to frequently stir the mixture which I find helps create a creamier result.
Here’s how to do it:
Making Oats with Milk vs. Water:
I prefer to cook my oats in milk rather than water, and recommend that you do too! Here’s why:
- First, the nutrition boost. I recommend using a higher protein milk option like dairy or soy milk. This adds 9 grams of protein to your bowl of oatmeal, helping to stabilize blood sugar levels and keep you full for the morning. In addition to protein, you get other nutrients like calcium and vitamin D. If you prefer to use a lower calorie plant-based milk like almond or cashew, look for one that is fortified with these micronutrients.
- And second, using milk is another reason that these oats with chocolate are so creamy in texture! Milk adds a little thickness and fat which both give our oatmeal a thicker, creamier texture and mouthfeel.
You are welcome to substitute milk with water in this recipe, but I do recommend using milk (particularly one with some protein and fat) for a creamier, more nutritious, and more filling result.
Can You Meal Prep Chocolate Oatmeal?
Absolutely! The recipe below makes one serving, but you can easily double, triple, or even quadruple the recipe for the days ahead.
Then, just store it in a sealed airtight container in the fridge and reheat on the stove or in the microwave (adding more milk if needed) before eating! The oatmeal will keep in the fridge for up to 4 days.
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Creamy Chocolate Lover’s Oatmeal
Chocolate Oatmeal Ingredients:
- In a small saucepan, combine rolled oats, chia seeds, and cocoa powder.
- Add milk and maple syrup and stir everything together to combine.
- Over medium-high heat, bring the mixture to a low boil (careful not to burn) and then reduce heat to a simmer.
- Simmer the mixture while stirring frequently for 5-10 minutes until creamy and desired consistency is achieved.
- Add optional toppings (or others) and serve.