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10-Minute Creamy Decadent Chocolate Oatmeal (Vegan)

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If you’re a chocolate lover, you are going to love this vegan oatmeal recipe. It’s like having dessert for breakfast! This simple stovetop oatmeal combines a handful of wholesome ingredients like rolled oats, cocoa powder, oat milk, chia seeds, and coconut sugar (or maple syrup). Ready within 10 minutes!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
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Mar 20, 2019 (Last updated Mar 19, 2024) by Hannah Sunderani

10-Minute Creamy Decadent Chocolate Oatmeal (Vegan)

Upgrade your morning oatmeal with this creamy and decadent Chocolate Oatmeal recipe. It’s ultra lush, chocolatey and so very decadent that you’d think you’re eating dessert for breakfast! It’s also a vegan and gluten-free oatmeal breakfast recipe that takes just 10 minutes and 5 ingredients to make. Certainly, if you’re a chocolate lover, this is one of those must-make oatmeal recipes! 

If you’re a lover of Healthy Vegan Breakfast Recipes like my Quinoa PorridgeBanana Oatmeal Pancakes, or my Best Baked Oatmeal Recipes, then I think you’re going to have this simple recipe in your morning rotation as well! It tastes like a chocolate dessert, yet is made without refined sugars and is as wholesome as a whole foods plant-based breakfast gets. So, let me tell you exactly how to make it so that you can enjoy it pronto. 

A bowl of chocolate oatmeal topped with blueberries, chocolate chips and drizzled with peanut butter. The chocolate oatmeal is in a white bowl on a white backdrop.
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Why You’ll Love My Recipe

This chocolate oatmeal recipe is vegan, gluten-free and healthy, using 5 simple whole-food ingredients: oats, oat milk, cocoa powder, coconut sugar, and chia seeds. Despite it’s healthy ingredient make-up, it’s ultra chocolately in flavour and so decadent; it’s like having dessert for breakfast!

The recipe holds luxurious chocolate flavour from the combination of cocoa powder and coconut sugar, which in my opinion results in a deep and delicious chocolate flavour. Add more chocolate flavouring with a sprinkling of chocolate chips to finish!

The recipe takes just 10 minutes to make. Certainly, if you’re a chocolate lover, this is one of those must-make oatmeal recipes!

Hannah xx

This Chocolate Oatmeal is….

  • Vegan 
  • Gluten-Free
  • Decadent
  • Rich with chocolate flavour
  • Warm and comforting 
  • Made with 5 simple whole-food ingredients
  • Takes 10 minutes to make! 
  • Newbie Cook Approved

Ingredient Notes

  • Oats: Any brand of old-fashioned or rolled oats will work well in this oatmeal recipe. If you are gluten-free, opt for a brand that is gluten-free certified! I love the brand One Degree Organic Foods’ Sprouted Rolled Oats
  • Plant milk: For this oatmeal recipe, I like to use Oat Milk, but any type of milk works well. You might like my creamy Homemade Almond Milk, or opt for another plant-based milk such as soy milk or coconut milk. 
  • Cocoa powder: Adds a rich chocolate flavour without any added sweeteners. If you find cocoa powder to be bitter, use alkalized Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • Coconut sugar: Lightly sweetens these oats without any refined sugars. Alternatively, you can also use pure maple syrup, agave, or brown sugar, if desired. (Personally, I love the flavour profile coconut sugar offers when combined with cocoa powder).
  • Chia seedsIn addition to adding omega-3s and healthy fats, chia seeds help to thicken chocolate oats into a thick and luxurious texture. If desired, you can also swap in ground flaxseeds or hemp hearts for a runnier consistency. (This is a great addition of fibre to the diet for those with IBS like me!)

How to Make Chocolate Oatmeal

In a nutshell, this chocolate oatmeal recipe is made by combing old fashioned oats, chia seeds, oat milk, cocoa powder, and coconut sugar for a bit of sweetness in a saucepan on the stovetop. 

Whisk the ingredients together to combine and bring to a boil on high heat. Then, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the chocolate oats are your desired consistency, about 5 to 10 minutes. 

Scoop the oatmeal into serving bowls, then top with your favourite oatmeal toppings. Enjoy!

How to Serve Chocolate Oatmeal 

I like to serve this oatmeal recipe topped with fresh blueberries, a dollop of creamy peanut butter, and dark chocolate chips, chocolate chunks, or cocoa nibs. It’s perfect for breakfast or a healthy dessert any night of the week! Here are a few of my other favourite oatmeal toppings: 

  • Coconut yogurt
  • Other fresh fruit such as chopped strawberries, raspberries, sliced banana, cherries, or fresh coconut meat
  • Alternate nut butters like almond butter, tahini or sunflower butter
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Toasted coconut flakes
  • Drizzle of real maple syrup
  • Pinch of salt (added sea salt will help to balance the sweet chocolate flavours!)

Storage Instructions 

Leftover chocolate oatmeal will keep in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Before covering, let the chocolate oats cool to room temperature. Oatmeal can be frozen, but I’d recommend making it fresh, as it is so quick to make and is more creamy when fresh! 

Top down image of chocolate oatmeal that's been swirled and eaten a little bit. There is a silver spoon in the bowl that's being used for eating and there are some blueberries and chocolate chips in the bowl as well as drizzles of peanut butter. The white bowl is sitting on a white countertop.

Recipe FAQs

What type of oats should I use?

If you’re new to making oatmeal, or using oats in general, knowing what type of oats to use for each recipe can be a little tedious. When making a classic oatmeal recipe, like these stovetop oats, I typically use old-fashioned rolled oats. They cook quickly (just 5 to 10 minutes), yet remain pleasantly chewy (unlike instant oats that are very soft and can get a little gloopy!). 

Can I make chocolate oatmeal for meal prep?

Absolutely! Although overnight oats and chia pudding are the more popular meal prep choices, you can always meal prep a warm oatmeal recipe to reheat throughout the week. Just keep in mind that oatmeal thickens as it cools, so when you reheat each morning, you’ll likely want to add an additional splash of milk until warmed through and a creamy consistency again. 

Little Tip! If you are making this decadent chocolate oatmeal bowl for meal prep, scoop the creamy oatmeal into individual mason jars. Then, when ready to reheat, pour in a splash of milk and microwave until heated through. 

How do I reheat oatmeal?

Refrigerated oatmeal will reheat best in the microwave in 30 second bursts until warmed through. Add additional milk as needed to thin out to desired consistency. Alternatively, transfer the oatmeal to a saucepan on the stove and heat over medium-low, until warmed through. Again, add additional non-dairy milk as needed. 

Can I add chocolate protein powder to these oats?

I haven’t personally tested this addition, but it may work if you add additional splashes of milk to compensate for the added dry ingredients. Additionally, if your chocolate protein powder contains any added sweeteners, you may want to reduce or omit the coconut sugar altogether. 

More Recipes with Oatmeal You Might Like:

Top down image of chocolate oatmeal that's been swirled and eaten a little bit. There is a silver spoon in the bowl that's being used for eating and there are some blueberries and chocolate chips in the bowl as well as drizzles of peanut butter. The white bowl is sitting on a white countertop. There is another bowl of chocolate oats peaking in from the top right hand corner.

I hope you love this Chocolate Oatmeal as much as I do! If you do make this recipe, please let me know in the comments below what you think and check out The Two Spoons App for more wholesome vegan recipes like this! I truly love hearing from you, and I’m always here to answer any questions you might have. 

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10-Minute Creamy Decadent Chocolate Oatmeal (Vegan)

5 from 3 votes
If you’re a chocolate lover, you are going to love this vegan oatmeal recipe. It’s like having dessert for breakfast! This simple stovetop oatmeal combines a handful of wholesome ingredients like rolled oats, cocoa powder, oat milk, chia seeds, and coconut sugar (or maple syrup). Ready within 10 minutes!
A bowl of chocolate oatmeal topped with blueberries, chocolate chips and drizzled with peanut butter. The chocolate oatmeal is in a white bowl on a white backdrop.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Serves 2 people

Ingredients

Chocolate Oatmeal

Toppings (optional)

Instructions

  • In a saucepan combine the oats, oat milk, cocoa powder, coconut sugar and chia. Whisk to combine and bring to a boil on high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until oats are desired consistency, 5 to 10 minutes. (They will thicken slightly as they cool).
  • Divide chocolate oatmeal between two bowls and top with your favourite toppings. I used peanut butter, blueberries, and chocolate chips.

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Notes

Oat milk is naturally more sweet than almond milk. If using almond milk, add more coconut sugar (or maple syrup) to taste.
 

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  1. This was amazing!! I am dairy free. I didn’t intentionally look for dairy free options but this hits alllll the spots! Thank you!

  2. Hi Hannah!
    I need this recipe so much! Do you suggest to cut the recipe in half for one or the other serving reheat well the next day? Thanks!
    Have a great day:)

    • Hi there! You could definitely make this recipe in advance and then reheat the day of serving. Simply place back in your saucepan to heat, and add a few splashes of oat milk (or almond milk) to thin as you warm.:)

  3. I made this and loved how chocolatey it is! Almost like a dessert for breakfast!

    • So happy to hear this. I love making this too when I’m craving something desserty.