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Chocolate oatmeal?!

Chocolate oatmeal?! Oh my goodness, yes! Continue reading:

Oh my goodness, yes! In just 5 minutes, you can make this decadent-yet-good-for-you chocolate oatmeal for one. It’s like dessert for breakfast!

I don’t let chance dictate whether my day gets off to a good start. I’d rather make sure it’ll be a good day… by consuming chocolate first thing. Sometimes, it’s in the form of my Chocolate Brownie Batter Pancakes.

But often, it simply means mixing a spoonful of chocolate peanut butter into my morning oatmeal, or cutting a big hunk off a 100% Dagoba chocolate bar to eat on the side of whatever breakfast I might be having. It’s not possible to eat chocolate and frown at the same time. Really, it’s not. Try it!

(Am I wrong? Can you do it? Well, then at least I got you to eat some chocolate!)

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5 Minute Chocolate Oatmeal

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  • 1/2 cup rolled oats 
  • 3/4 cup milk of choice
  • 1 over-ripe banana
  • 1 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • sweetener of choice, as desired
Total Time: 5m
Yield: Serves 1


Combine all ingredients and cook, uncovered, over medium-high heat for 5-7 minutes. When it starts to bubble, stir occasionally. Sweeten as desired.

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  1. My favourite is in your Deep-Dish Cookie Pie! I’m still dreaming about it! 😀 😀 I’ve been trying steel cut oatmeal recently, but it doesn’t quite sit well with my tummy. Normal oatmeal doesn’t either, but steel cut oatmeal causes more tummy discomfort. But when mixed into some baked good, all’s fine and well! Your photography skills are getting better and better! 😀

    1. April says:

      Try gluten free oats

      1. nevaeh says:

        I avoid gluten in general as it flares IBS symptoms, but I use these oats and feel ok :)

  2. I love simple stove top quick oats. I simple add oats, milk, some water, a banana, and a tad of brown sugar. PERFECT!

  3. Lenna says:

    Chocolate banana oatmeal is probably my fave way of eating oat. When strawberries or raspberries are in season, they also make a nice addition :)

  4. Kendra says:

    I love both steel-cut oats and rolled oats, but I probably eat rolled oats more often because they cook faster:) One of my favorite ways to prepare rolled oats is to cook half a cup of oats with: 1 cup of almond milk and 1 banana mashed with 1 Tbsp of cocoa powder and 1 tsp of cinnamon. Then I swirl in a big spoonful of almond butter and the end and devour:) I also once cooked some oats with pineapple instead of my usual banana, blueberries, or apple, and it was soooo delicious! Who knew that pineapple would be so good in oatmeal?? Shredded pear is also delicious in oatmeal (shredding it helps evenly distribute the sweetness throughout the oatmeal). And in my opinion, no bowl of oatmeal is complete without some nut butter mixed in:)

    1. Pineapple oatmeal sounds so tropical! Add coconut milk and you have a pina colada!

  5. It’s like a chocolate monkey tail oatmeal!!!! Whhhheeeeee 😀

    I haven’t been eating a whole lot of oats lately :( But, I love making all different sorts of flavors! I really don’t like eating the same bowl twice! Why should I have to eat the same bowl twice with so many fun add-ins available? Some Favorites: Chocolate banana (Baker’s Chocolate with Slice Bananas), Chocolate Cherry (cocoa with fresh cherries), Tropical (coconut, oranges, peaches), Nutty Apple Spice (walnuts, cinnamon, apple)

  6. Maya says:

    My favorite is putting a heaping spoon of Dark Chocolate Dreams in it and stirring it until it’s all gooey. MMMmmmmm.

    Today I was just about to make breakfast when I saw your post- and I tried this one out! Delicious :) I love how the only sweetener is the banana. Perfect amount of sweetness.

    1. Oh wow, you’re fast! So excited you tried it!!

  7. Vanessa N says:

    My new favorite oatmeal combo: Put 1/2 C old fashioned oats in a bowl. Pour in enough water to cover. Microwave 1 1/2 min. stir in 1 t maple syrup and 1 T coconut cream/milk (from the can). So quick and so delicious!

    1. You had me at the mention of coconut cream :).

  8. Mmmmm oatmeal+chocolate! Steel cut are my favorite for sure, but sometimes I mix in rolled or oat bran for volume. I’m such a volume eater! And I agree. Impossible not to smile while consuming chocolate.

  9. Gen says:

    Yummy!!! I love oatmeal!!!! Here they actually sell a box of oats w/ cocoa powder already mixed in! It makes me so happy! hahaha

  10. Jen says:

    My favorite bowl of oatmeal is rolled oats, cooked on the stovetop with banana slices, raisins, and cinnamon. Then topped with a spoonful of peanut butter. Glass of milk on the side. 😉

  11. Barb says:

    I lovee rolled oats. I ALWAYS mix mine with fresh fruit, cinnamon, and ground ginger. Chocolate chips look like an excellent addition! yum!

  12. Ooohhh I have such a similar recipe!
    It’s one of my favourite ways to enjoy oats :)

  13. chocolate + oatmeal= there’s a party in my tummy

  14. My perfect bowl of oatmeal would be 1/2 cup of oats, 1/2 cup strawberries, 1/2 cup raspberries, 1/2 cup peaches, and 1/3 cup walnuts sprinkled with coconut flakes, coconut cream, and chocolate chips! MMMMMM!!! Oats are perfection.

  15. That looks delicious!! So chocolaty! YUMMMM

    My favorite way to eat oatmeal is with a lot of sugar and butter, but I haven’t had it that way in years, lol.

  16. Melissa says:

    Always always: rolled oats, coconut milk, cinnamon, vanilla and a sliced banana cooked on the stove top. Then I swirl in scoop of nut butter. It’s my favorite way to have ’em :) Even better if I have an empty nut butter jar. 😉

  17. Megan says:

    Beautiful, chocolaty, and delicious as always! It looks so good….be back in 5 minutes!

  18. I’m on a grain-free diet at the moment and your posts are making it EXTREMELY hard! This looks like my idea of heaven!

  19. CookiePie says:

    Chocolate + oatmeal = Delicious! Two of my favorite foods together!

  20. Perfect! I am on the overnight oats kick because it’s so quick but I always have 5 minutes in the morning. Definitely going to try this one soon!! Yum!!

  21. that looks SO GOOD! im eating oats right now tha ti JUST made.. kinda wish was 20 mins behind to see this!

  22. This sounds great!! I love both versions! I need to try this :)

  23. Chocolate banana oatmeal. Genious! I’m about to make a five minute chocolate banana oatmeal muffin right now! I’m making your oatmela next although I doubt mine will be as pretty as yours. :) Oatmeal makes everything better, right? Why is that?

    1. Hmmm… I’ve always wondered the same thing about chocolate. :)

  24. Jennifer says:

    Now I want chocolate oatmeal. Dinner? After yoga class tonight? A real possibility, a real possibility.

  25. Emma says:

    Oh I love oatmeal. So much. Steel cut is amazing, but I find myself eating rolled oats more often because it’s easier. Whenever I come across a new blog, I always checkout the breakfast section to see how many oatmeal recipes they have before I decide if they’re legit;) Also, this looks delicious! I am so eating this for breakfast tomorrow! (or maybe lunch..if I can’t wait:)

    I don’t know if I could narrow it down to my favorite way to eat oatmeal. I love overnight oats (oats, banana, chia seeds, and almond milk mixed and set in the fridge overnight), but I also love just hot oatmeal with flax, walnuts, bananas, and soy milk. Basically anything with oatmeal and bananas is a win for me.

  26. Moni'sMeals says:

    This is how I eat my oatmeal most of the time!

    I like it this way or adding maca powder,cinnamon, chia seeds, fruit, and almond butter too. :)

  27. yummm i love me some oatmeal so i’ll have to try this one out. a few months ago i was obsessed with a pumpkin oatmeal that i made and i literally had it for breakfast for a month straight :)

    1. Claire says:

      Would you mind passing on that recipe?? :)

  28. who doesn’t like banana’s??? thats just… BANANAS. tee hee.
    i could seriously turn into a banana i eat so many of them.

    and i love making chocolate oats. adding some chocolate protein powder always does the trick too. sometimes i go the unhealthy way and add torani sugar free chocolate syrup, but that does have artificial sweeteners in it, so i know some people don’t like to go that route, but it’s pretty tasty so once in awhile i’ll do it. that aspartame hasn’t killed me off yet 😉

    1. My crazy sister, that’s who! She hates them. I have a theory that it was a survival mechanism when she was little; she HAD to start hating them because I would always eat them all and there’d be none left for her… anyway, it’s just a thought ;).

    2. Katherine says:

      Some of us are allergic to bananas. It’s a sad life. :(

  29. I justtt started liking oatmeal again. I had about a year hiatus because it wouldn’t settle well in my stomach and left me feeling more hungry and jittery. But then I discovered steel cut oats and they work out really well for me! They take longer to make but its worth it for me. I actually made some at night and reheated them in the morning, poured them over some plain kefir in a mason jar and stirred in some butter and maple syrup and had oats on the go as I drove to work.

  30. Chocolate is definitely a great way to start the day!

  31. Ohh chocolate would be an amazing way to start the day!! And thank you for including a version without banana… I”m one of those crazies who just doesn’t like it, but it’s so big in the blog world! And I like oats all different ways but am especially a fan of steel cut oats!

  32. Sarah AJ says:

    This looks perfect for my 6 y/o who has been refusing to eat breakfast before school. There’s no way he’ll shoot down chocolate oatmeal!

    I’m a rolled oats girl, lately with some pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, chia and a drizzle of maple syrup. Autumn in a bowl. Yum.

    1. Haha that was the trick my mom used on me, to get me to drink milk (which I loathed!). I would only drink it if it were chocolate!

      1. Sarah AJ says:

        I do believe chocolate solves all problems. He also bought your chocolate peanut butter babies as a legit dessert and didn’t even call me out on it being a “healthy” one, so thanks for that too!

  33. Jennifer JCD says:

    It’s always a good day when it starts with chocolate, agreed. My husband loves making chocolate oatmeal too, and his recipe is identical to yours, plus some maple syrup or sugar! We’re rolled oats fans, mostly because we haven’t tried steel-cut oats yet. I’ll occasionally make oat bran for breakfast, or ‘boatmeal’ in whatever flavour combination I’m craving at the moment – yummy! All hail oatmeal!

  34. Jennifer JCD says:

    PS – I only just now learnt about the fires in Texas! (Yes, I live under a rock.) Do you live near the affected area? I hope everyone you know is okay.

    1. Luckily (for us), we weren’t too close. But it was really horrible… Texas needs rain so badly, and a few weeks ago my aunt’s school in NY was closed due to flooding. It’s a cruel irony.

  35. My favorite way to eat oats is just quick and easy from the stove. Water+oats+toppings. I let the toppings do the talking 😉

  36. Amber K says:

    I’m very particular about my oatmeal! It has to be SUPER thick. As in I should be able to pick it up with my fingers thick. When I make it overnight I mix everything together and push it off to one side of the bowl so that in the morning I have room for my sides.

  37. I like rolled oats prepared with water, then I add some chopped banana.

    I recently started eating oats with real butter mixed in + cinnamon (ala HEAB) — that is another delicious combo.

  38. Ooh yum!!! I actually have oatmeal most mornings. My regular go-to is crumbling walnuts over the top and then dotting a few DARK chocolate chips (very dark; I don’t want to start my morning off with a sugar rush and I cannot handle sugar!). But other fall favourites include a kind of apple compote on my oatmeal and I MUST try some of these pumpkin and sweet potato oatmeal recipes I’ve seen kicking around. Thanks!

    Oh and I usually make my oats half and half with water and milk because I just don’t like runny oats. The milk makes them so creamy too that I don’t need to add much in the way of creamy toppings :). I guess you can tell I think about oats a lot…

  39. I LOVE oatmeal, and chocolate is definitely the BEST way to start the day!! I can’t remember the last time I DIDN’T have chocolate for breakfast haha! 😛

  40. Katherine says:

    I make a pretty delicious spiced vanilla chai bowl of overnight oats. You combine almond milk, a little chai concentrate, and actual loose-leaf vanilla tea in a bowl and let the oatmeal soak it in overnight! Yum!

    Also, as someone who makes an oatmeal very similar to this, I’d like to suggest adding in unsweetened (or sweetened, if you like that kind of stuff) chocolate almond milk. It takes the chocolate flavors to an even higher level!

    1. Both those ideas sound SO good! I’ll try the chocolate one for sure. Thanks, Katherine :).

  41. Jeska says:

    I eat the Quaker packet stuff because I’m a heathen.

    Say what you will, but they do an absolutely bitchin’ Honey and Almond.


    1. Hahaha!
      Now that you mention it, I do seem to remember liking their raisin-date one when I was little… or maybe it was maple? All I know is, I did NOT like the dinosaur egg one LOL!

        1. Yup! I think they still make it! It’s a Quaker instant oat packet for kids.

  42. Overnight oats are my fave :-)

    The pics with the pouring nondairy milk are so cool. Definitely shows motion and leads the eye to that tasty bowl of goodness.

    Some of your readers don’t like bananas? I can’t imagine not liking bananas.

  43. I do the chocolate thing a lot with oatmeal. Want to take it to the top?!?! ——-then put on a few mini marshmallows & a graham cracker…. INSTANT SMORE!!! Talk about a way to start off the day! :)

  44. Debbie says:

    This is not related to oatmeal, but have you ever posted a recipe for cinammon rolls? And if not, could you at some point?? I know Ikea cinammon rolls are only like a dollar, but I’m guessing they’re cheap money-wise but not at all cheap calorie-wise. Thanks!

    1. The only one I have posted at the moment is my cinnamon roll baked oatmeal:

      I am working on a yeast-free cinnamon roll, though… the only problem is that I am simultaneously working on so many other recipes that it keeps getting pushed back! I’ve done two trials, and the recipe is promising but not yet perfect!

  45. Michaela says:

    LOVE oatmeal!! I love all kinds, honestly. I like it plain, or with some pb/j, fresh blueberries, your banana bread in a bowl… I honestly eat oatmeal every single day!

  46. Lauren says:

    I need to give steel-cut oats a try again. Over the summer, oatmeal started giving me stomach and digestive problems, so I stopped eating it. I’m pretty sure it’s a gluten sensitivity, but I know it’s not celiac/intolerance because I had the blood test. I tried oatmeal again last week, and it caused problems still, but I’ve heard steel cut oats may be better tolerated. Hopefully!

  47. Ashley says:

    This looks so good!! Ive actually added cocoa to my oatmeal before and loved it. My favorite way to eat oatmeal is with cinnamon and sugar!!

  48. M favorite way to eat oatmeal is…cold oatmeal! Or VOO! I just love oats cold-they taste more refreshing than dry

  49. That looks great and I love the action shot with the milk! Action shots (while still getting a clear image) are so tricky (unless you shoot on a tripod?) b/c trying to balance your DSLR with one hand and take the pic AND pour something = way harder than it looks! How do you do it?

    And as I called it, I knew when I saw your recipe from yesterday that it would be on the foodie sites and sure enough, when I was submitting to FG earlier, I saw your recipe up. Congrats :)

    1. LOL nope, no tripod. In retrospect, that would’ve been the smart thing to do. But I just poured with my left and shot away with my right. And obviously made a mess… but had fun!

  50. Yum I might go for that tomorrow :)
    And spooky about the apple bars too :)

  51. Kimberly says:

    I absolutely agree that days should begin and end with chocolate! Definitely trying this for breakfast tomorrow! Or maybe tonight for dinner… :)

  52. Ellen says:

    My oatmeal taste is pretty plain-I like it with some almond milk and sweetener. Although, I recently tried your recipe with chia seeds and it was goooood! I’m now sold on chia.
    The chocolate one looks good too!

  53. My current favourite is carrot cake porridge at the moment, made by cooking grated carrot for a bit, then adding the (jumbo) oats and some ground mixed spice… so good and even my major sweet tooth doesn’t want any extra sweetener :-)

  54. I love making your voluminous oats the night before and then cooking them again on the stove in the morning. I like to add a scoop of vanilla protein powder and then a couple of seasonal toppings. Right now my favorite is a few spoonfuls of pumpkin, raisins, and loads of cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice! :)

  55. Lilly says:

    I love adding canned coconut milk or coconut butter to my oats, makes them so rich :) I don’t think I will ever go back to plane oats with water, I love them creamy, and these look fabulous too!

  56. Amanda says:

    I must know, do you eat the things you picture… like was that bowl of oats eaten after the pictures were taken? It would be fun to see a breakfast you really do eat not just staged, or along side a staged one, for fun :) I love the shots, really nice!

    1. It depends! I really (really!) hate wasting food, so I will try to waste as little as possible. Oftentimes that means the food that is used for the photoshoot is actually a BAD trial from the recipe! (i.e. many recipes have more than one trial before they’re perfected… I save the bad trials and use them for photos!)
      Another thing I often do is photograph in miniatures. So if you look reeeeaally closely and pay attention to the silverware I use, you might be surprised to see how TINY some of the foods really are! That way I waste less.
      Unfortunately, especially with pouring shots, by the time you shoot as fast as you can while pouring, you’re left with a soggy mess! Not to mention how you have to poke and prod the food with your fingers. If at all possible, I’ll eat what I’ve used for photos. But really, it’s usually not edible after withstanding all my creative craziness ;).

  57. Natasha says:

    My favorite way to eat oatmeal is with a banana, cinnamon, and almond milk – i have it for breakfast practically every single morning – yummm

  58. I wish I had seen this this morning because I was craving some chocolate oats! I still got my chocolate oats though by stirring in a TJ’s chocolate bar :) I’ll try your version next time! My fave way to eat oats is the chocolate kind I just told you about or topped with Greek yogurt and pb! Oh and steal cut oats will always come in number one though I love rolled oats too :)

    Oh and random question, but how do you get the little picture to show up when you comment? Thanks!

    Have a fabulous day Katie! 😀 <3

    1. I did mine so long ago… I think you go to If that doesn’t work, let me know!

  59. Courtney says:

    I love steel cut oats. I usually make a batch in the slow cooker once or twice a week. My absolute favorite way to have it is with a banana mushed into it and a spoonful of either Mighty Maple or Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter. AMAZING! :)

  60. I like cinnamon, vanilla almond milk, brown sugar, banana and peanut butter!

  61. Aja says:

    I wish I liked oat meal. It always looks so delish in pictures like these but then I make it and wonder why.

    1. Stephanie says:

      You should try baked oatmeal! I’m not a regular oatmeal fan, but I LOVE baked oatmeal!

  62. those look like a bowl of coco puffs! I’ll have to try it when I’m having a morning chocolate craving! My favorite way is simply with half a banana whipped in and some vanilla. And perhaps a scoop of PB!

  63. Lacey says:

    my mom makes an amazing oatmeal by mixing oats, rice, quinoa, groats, oat bran, etc. (any mixture) and then adding vanilla, orange, and almond extracts and cooking it overnight. in the morning we add banana or blueberries and cinnamon. we also just discovered how anazing it is to put either fig or peach balsalmic vinegar in the oatmeal (plain or with cinamon) and adding fresh peaches, frozen blueberries, or even figs. its crazy but amazing!!!

  64. Megan says:

    I made a batch of this oatmeal and then did another batch that was almost the same except I used Carob powder in it instead of the cocoa powder. I find it tastes great either way ^_^ ! I also decided to toss in some goji berries once everything was all cooked. Tropical fruits taste so good in recipes whether it be mangoes, pineapple, dragon fruit, or star fuit.
    I’m not sure if you’ve ever tried eating a dragon fruit … they’re fun to eat right out of the skin.
    Kudos to all the great work you’ve been doing n_~

    1. I don’t think I have ever tried a dragon fruit!! Honestly, I don’t even know why I haven’t… I mean, I grew up in Asia! Hmmm… maybe the Asian market around here will have some. I’m definitely going to look!

  65. Albizia says:

    A favorite way to eat oatmeal? Just one? I can’t do this! I don’t discriminate, I just love them all :) .

  66. Alyssa says:


    That is all.

  67. Holly says:

    This looks sooo good! Yum!

    I am obsessed with the following version of oats at the moment: Blend firm silken tofu (mori-nu) with frozen banana and peanut butter….THEN, stir the tofu mixture into chilled oats.

    1. Jenny$1983 says:

      Thank you thank you thank you thank you … I’m doing this for my next breakfast and I am very much looking forward to it :)

  68. BroccoliHut says:

    Chocolate oats are pretty life-changing. I love to add coconut butter and some fresh berries to the mix :)

  69. Namaste Gurl says:

    I loveeeeee oatmeal, maybe even more than pancakes (shocker, huh?). As of recently I’ve loved the pumpkin, walnut and fig version :)

  70. YUM! I have been craving oats like mad with weather getting colder!!

  71. Alexis says:

    What I just ate for breakfast this morning -and which was fantastic- was oatmeal with grated apples. I just throw the milk and rolled oats into the pot on the stove, and while they start to heat up, grate half an apple into the pot. The grated apple spreads its juices into the oatmeal, so no additional sweetener necessary. I do shake in some cinnamon at the end though.

  72. Robin says:

    I love making mocha oatmeal: 1/2 cup of oats + 3/4 cup of non-diary milk, + 3/4 cup of water + a tbsp of ground flax + a banana (half sliced in half added on top) + 1 tbsp of cocoa + 1tsp of instant coffee powder. It’s super simple, but awfully delicious, especially with copious nut butter and such on top. Your chocolate oats look good too though, simple and quick (which is essential now that school has started.

  73. Lisa says:

    Katie, I loved your post, had it for dessert tonight!!! I have tried your voluminous oats trick but it does not work well for me. What type of oats do you use (large flake, quick cooking, steel cut?). Thank you for all of the tasty treats! Lisa

    1. Tell me exactly what you did (what oats, how much of everything, how much time cooking, etc) and hopefully then I can figure out why it didn’t work for you.

      1. Anonymous says:

        I used 40g of large flake oats, 400 g of water (maybe I should measure not weight the liquid?)and a pinch of salt. I put it all in the microwave for 4.5 min and then let it sit in the microwave for 5 min. I then put the mixutre into the fridge. After a few hours I thougth the oats did not look cooked enough so I microwaved them again until they wre boiling for about 2 min. I put into the fridge over night and in the morning they were quite runny and pretty raw tasting? Maybe they stay quite raw with this method? Do you have a picture of what the oats look like after being refridgerated? I hope I can get this to work cause I am pretty oat obsessed, love them topped with a mashed banana and almond milk and sprinkled with almonds ground together with fennel seed (weird but oh so so good).

        1. Hmmm… that’s how I do it too :(. I use 400g water too. Did you leabe them uncovered overnight?

  74. Daniela says:

    I love my oatmeal warm with cinnamon and some (non dairy or other) milk as a topping, but thanks to your blog I have been experimenting lately ;o)

    Today I had some fluffy oatmeal I discovered by chance – I loved the texture, like mousse mmmmh.
    Last night I mixed 1/2 cup of oatmeal with the same amount of non-dairy milk and added 2T of flax seeds. Plus the obligatory dash of cinnamon and some vanilla. Then I let it soak over night.
    This morning I threw it in my Vitamix, added 1/4 cup more milk, and then some and ended up getting something resembling and oatmeal soup or smoothie.

    Then I put in in the microwave for 1.5 minutes just because I like it warm and it came out as a really fluffy oatmeal mousse. I crumbled some of your flourless chocolate chip cookies (my favorite cookies by far, I could eat a batch by myself, every day!) on top and served it with a little more milk. I’m sure this would be delicious served cold as well!

    1. I love blending oats in the vitamix, but I’ve never tried it with UNcooked oats! Your recipe sounds delicious!

  75. Ragnhild says:

    Nothing beats chocolate in the morning! NOTHING!
    I usually eat a few pieces with a cup of tea during the morning. Or a piece of raw brownie, that I am hooked on at the moment :)
    And oatmeal is gooood! I like it cooked with water, the cooled a little so its not piping hot, and then topped with nutbutters, berries, flax etc..

  76. Oh my gosh, that looks soooo delicious! <3 I want to eat it NOW, lol! 😛 Your photographs are GORGEOUS! xyx

  77. Liz says:

    I am really looking forward to chocolate oatmeal!!! I got some cocoa nibs at WF yesterday… I think I’ll make it with coconut milk from a can, rolled/steel cut oats(I love both), bluberries, cocoa nibs, and cinnamon!! yummy… might even have to get a bananna for this one 😀

  78. In this case, the more chocolate, the merrier…Wait that’s every case :)

  79. Keiu says:

    Hey Katie!

    I found your blog yesterday. My first thought when I saw “the healthy dessert blog” was: Hmm.. Texas.. I guess that means that the recipes have just reduced butter and sugar to make them “healthy” (American desserts are waaaaay too sweet for my taste). But then I looked at the recipes.. and looked for some more.. and some more :) And they’re fabulous! I have already tried this recipe and Cookie Pie and I love them both. Even my extremely critical husband and two brothers enjoyed them 😀
    Next time I’ll add flax seeds and sweeten with honey. Since I’m not vegan I used the regular milk but I guess the taste is the same :)

    Greetings from Europe :)

    1. Aww chocolate hugs back from Texas!!! :)

  80. Looks. So. Good! Must. Make. Tomorrow :)

  81. oatmeal says:

    I wonder if this recipe would work with water if you didn’t have milk on hand–?
    I had a ton of extra pears from an overactive pear tree and made pear sauce (diced pears, cinnamon & spices). This became a tasty way to make oatmeal; just add equal parts pear sauce for amount of liquid (or add extra water if you like your oatmeal voluminous).

    1. It would definitely work, texture-wise. The taste would be a little different/less creamy, but it will definitely work with water!

  82. Kathy says:

    I LOVE oatmeal, and I’m always thinking of ways to make it, ‘unusual’ (I’m thinking of making mint chocolate oatmeal soon).
    I use to hate oatmeal since once, I ate a Peaches ‘n Cream oatmeal from Quaker (before I decided to eat healthy) and I threw up from that. Had a huge stomach ache then I hated it, but now I love it. I eat it for lunch now too.

  83. Charlie says:

    I never added chocolate to my oats! Must be so good!

  84. Marianne says:

    I’m pretty much all over the map with how I make my oatmeal. I’ll add whatever fruit, nut butter, spice, or even vegetable that moves me at the moment. I do always make it with some sort of milk (dairy, almond, coconut, etc), and I pretty much always add a splash of vanilla because I’m fancy like that. Otherwise, the sky is the limit!

  85. Amelia says:

    Made this for breakfast yesterday with a side of fresh strawberries and blueberries (enjoying them as long as I can until winter comes and I won’t be able to dust up any decent fresh berries!) and I must say it was absolutely yummy. Definitely a breakfast to eat again :)

    1. I’m so happy you tried it! I’m freezing the berries in preparation for winter… haha I’m like a hoarder. The other day I bought twelve cases of organic raspberries. They were $1 each!

  86. Now that sounds like oatmeal I can eat! I’m not a fan of oatmeal, but if it’s chocolate…then I MUST try it! Think I’ll make some for Saturday breakfast. Thanks for the fab idea!!

  87. Zara says:

    Hey katie! I’ve been having this recipe for the past 2 days cos I just love it so much :) I love your website! Thanks for all the great recipes!

    1. Awww thank YOU for such a sweet comment!!

  88. Janiek says:

    I eat chocolate oats all the time! But, to make it even quicker, I use a small tbls of honey instead of a banana and just heat it up in the microwave. A quick bowl of chocolatey comfort!

  89. Melissa says:

    Looks great, but my fave way of making oatmeal now is by baking it instead of cooking it on the stove. I’ve made a few different versions – one with banana, cocoa, peanut butter and agave and another with banana, apple sauce, dried currants, cocoa, spices and a little agave. I bake them in ramikins, so that everyone gets their own freshly-baked serving rather than having to scoop it out of a larger dish. Yum!

  90. A. Non! says:

    This line?

    “I don’t let chance dictate whether or not my day gets off to a good start. I’d rather make sure it’ll be a good day… by consuming chocolate, first thing.”

    … makes me love you. In a platonic, non-stalkerish kind of way.

    I can’t do oats, but I think that chocolate banana “ice cream” is a great breakfast.

    1. LOL! And I agree about the chocolate banana ice cream… especially with peanut butter added in!

  91. Anonymous says:

    I love love love rolled oats for breakfast!

    I have 1/2 C rolled oats, some cinnamon, a little brown sugar, cooked with about 1 C water. When the oats are cooked but haven’t quite fully thickened, add a tablespoon or two of peanut butter.

    So, SO good. Just watch the sugar, slighty too much takes away from the peanutty taste and turns it blah.

  92. Laurel OBrien says:

    I’ve never put a banana in my oatmeal before! Do you just drop it in and it eventually cooks and turns to mush? I don’t really like the texture of bananas, but I don’t mind the taste – for example, I’m fine blending it into smoothies, milkshakes, and popsicles. Would 1/2 a banana be okay?

    1. I mush the banana up as I cook it (or beforehand). Half a banana would be fine… but you might just need to add a little extra sweetener.

      1. Laurel OBrien says:

        My sister actually ate the half banana I was banking on, darn! I made it with 3 sachets of stevia and a half tbsp of natty peanut butter, and it still came out very delicious :-)

        1. Haha you need my sister! She hates bananas, so I don’t ever have to worry about her taking one ;).

  93. Janice says:

    I made this for breakfast this morning and I’m not a fan of chocolate cereal at all and I must say this was very good. I halved the banana to cut the carbs and stirred in some Dark Chocolate Dream for extra protein and a bit of stevia to sweeten it. I think I know what I will be eating for a number of breakfasts to come! Thanks for posting it.

    1. Yum, Dark Chocolate Dreams pb makes anything taste better. Love your idea!

  94. PBnJ Fam says:

    OMG Katie!!! This picture is absolutely gorgeous!! The second I saw it – I HAD to have it!! Unfortunately I am overdo for grocery shopping so I had to figure out a way to make it with what I have on hand… So, I made plain oatmeal, dropped in a broken up square of Ghiradelli bittersweet chocolate, then topped with a dallop of your coconut milk whip cream (made it last night – INSANE delicious!!) I didn’t fully stir it up to blend well, just enough to let the melty chocolate swirl in and left pockets of the yummy coconut deliciousness… HEAVEN in a bowl I tell ya!!!!!! I have been “walking on sunshine” all morning long (eventhough it is raining outside) :0) Thanks for the inspiration!!!

  95. Somebody says:

    Wow, this is actually MY recipe.. Well, looks like you had it first. I only just discovered it for myself several days ago. But, here’s the kicker. I sprinkle a tablespoon of shredded coconut on top. :)

  96. Jess says:

    I had this for breakfast this morning… And boy was it super delicious! 😀 I added a hint of cinnamon to it and sliced up a banana in it too… I used water and had a glass of milk with it which was the absolutely perfect combination! :) Sweet chocolaty warm oatmeal with a cool glass of creamy milk <3

  97. Robin says:

    Tomorrow – chocolate oatmeal.
    But, this morning was hands down the best oatmeal EVER.
    1/3 cup oats
    milk to cover the oats
    2T of fresh pumpkin puree
    a small handful of fresh cranberries
    1T (or so) real maple syrup
    Stick it in the microwave for 1 min 30 sec and voila – oatmeal magic!!

  98. kendra says:

    I love rolledcoats with coconut butter, ghiradelli dark chic chips and almond milk! I seriously look forward to breakfast every morning:)

  99. kendra says:

    Dang. Auto correct haha …..choc. chips

  100. Carissa says:

    I just now found this recipe… oh man why hasn’t this come into my life sooner!!!

  101. Shemeez says:

    Wow.. Breakfast has become my favorite meal!!! Thanx a bunch 4 all the yummy recipes:)
    PS.. I made the 5 minute chocolate oatmeal this morning… by far my favorite thus far… Thank u thank u thank u!!!!

  102. Shade says:

    Soooo…just thought I’d officially tell you that this is my new favorite blog. Thanks!

    In other news…I also thought I’d share with you the phenomenal oatmeal I just had for dinner…yes, oatmeal for dinner. (the joys of being a single gal lol)

    I don’t have exact measurements since I just eyeball everything, but let’s say:

    1/2 cup of canned pumpkin
    1/2 cup of old fashioned oats
    1/2 cup of dried cranberries
    3/4 cup of CHOCOLATE almond milk
    tsp of maple syrup
    generous sprinkles of cinnamon and nutmeg

    I’m literally trying to lick the bowl clean lmao! This is actually my second dose of oatmeal for the day since I tried out your flourless chocolate chip cookies this afternoon…YUM-OH!

    Thanks for all of the fantastic recipes…they will be especially helpful in my mission to subtly convert my boyfriends and besties to my new vegan lifestyle!

    1. Shade says:

      correction: that should be boyfriend…singular! lmao

      1. LOL!

        Thanks for sharing your recipe. It sounds delicious!!

  103. Heather L says:

    I like to make my oatmeal by eyeballing it and mixing a large spoonful of Earth Balance Margarine witha a large spoonful of All Fruit strawberry jam, microwaving it til it melts (doesnt take long) and then mixing in rolled oats until it is crumbly but still wet. Salty, sweet, warm, yummy. Mmm….You can also put it in the oven til its crispy and make granola.

    But due to my chocolate addiction this may be my new oatmeal go-to. 😉

  104. Genevieve says:

    Just made this this morning…absolute heaven! I just wish I had more. Thanks for the easy, delicious recipe.

  105. Dawn says:

    LOVE, Katie, LOVE! I don’t know how I missed this post the first time around but OMG Delish! I made it this morning for the munchkins and we can’t have oats so I subbed with quinoa flakes, added about 2 TB (for a double batch) of honey and threw some raisins after it cooked and, in the words of my 3 year old, it was DEEEEEEEE-WISHOUS! Absolutely perfect for a snowy morning!

  106. Ashley says:

    i am completely addicted to chocolate oatmeal now. I must remind myself that ahahaha it’s healthyyy! amazing. thanks so much x)

  107. Grace says:

    Omigosh!! This oatmeal is sooooo good! It’s so filling though…….. Probably shouldn’t hav eaten the whole bowl :) thanks so much!!!

  108. Grace says:

    By the way…. Can you add nutrition infor for this recipe?

  109. Elizabeth says:

    I just ate this for lunch. It was a great pick-me-up since I am sick today :))

  110. Anna says:

    One word- AMAZING! I absolutely loved this oatmeal! I followed the recipe but skipped the banana (allergic). It turned out great and I’m so inspired now- so many oatmeal possibilities swirling in my mind!

  111. Lis says:

    So I have to say… I found this website and was intrigued… I’m a huge sugar addict, but its been having negative affects on my bite and I can’t stop! plus I’m trying to tone down… I found your site and was super intrigued… I made this recipe this morning and was won over. I just want to thank you for making this wonderful site with all of its beautiful photos, wit humor and great recipes. I’m looking forward to a healthier year now with your blog’s support :) Thank you Thank You xox

    1. Aww thank YOU for such a sweet comment! :)

  112. Alyssa says:

    I’m eating this right now.. it’s delicious! And so easy too. I threw everything in a bowl and popped it in the microwave for 2 minutes… PERFECTION! Thank you so much :)

  113. Anonymous says:

    I just made a basic version of this! I thought I was so clever..I wanted a snack and just bought oatmeal to replace cold cereal…I’ve been eating it plain but I was feeling wild tonight! I added in a spoonful of cocoa and a little sugar…then as I was walking out of the kitchen I passed the bananas, gave it another thought and decided to add half of one… I;m eating it now and I decided to google chocolate oatmeal- sure enough… lol

  114. Ashley Celeste says:

    I LOVE peanut butter oatmeal! My 2 picky toddlers eat it up too! I just prepare quick cooking oatmeal according to package instructions. For each serving of oatmeal, I add 1 serving of natural peanut putter, add a little splenda & some honey. Sometimes I saute some chopped apples in a little water & cinnamon, and add that to my PB oatmeal. And I always top it off with sugar free fruit preserves, whatever flavor ya tasty! AND good for you :)

  115. Marci says:

    Made this for my boys for Valentine’s Day yesterday~ it’s awesome! Loving all the recipes on this blog… have a long list of things to try!

  116. I just took about half of this, put it in a mug along with a well beaten egg. In the microwave for about a minute and a half and I made a super healthy mug cake to satisfy my craving without killing my good eating the rest of the day!!

  117. Ellie says:

    is it okay if I don’t have non-dairy milk on hand (and i’m not vegan), so would it be alright to use low-fat milk?

    1. Yes, you can use whatever milk you wish in this recipe. I’m orry for the confusion; in my more-recent recipes, I’m just writing “milk of choice” because people have different preferences! :)

  118. Ellie says:

    This oatmeal recipe reminds me of my favorite cereal: “Triple Chocolate Cereal” (it even looks like your choco oatmeal!). Im sooo excited to try this oatmeal especially since I just ran out of my favorite cereal… chocolate oatmeal here I come :)
    ps: the “Triple Chocolat Cereal” is made by BOKOMO, and its healthy with whole grains :) (just in case you wanted to try)

  119. This was SOOOO good! I added a spoonful of peanut butter and some chocolate chips (like you have pictured) to my bowl and allowed the chips to just sit there and get all melty for a few minutes. It reminded me of eating a chocolate-chocolate chip oatmeal cookie. Although I had the banana in there, I did end up adding a Tbsp. of xylitol for a bit of sweetness and a heaping pinch of salt. I am out of vanilla extract (which is a travesty in my house!!), but I had unsweetened vanilla almond milk which worked perfectly. YummO!

  120. Connie says:

    Can I substitute soy milk instead of dairy milk???

    1. lol of course. I never use dairy milk :).

  121. MBrando says:

    One question madam :D.
    I do understand what “tsp” stands for, but, God knows, i just can’t figure the “T” out :). Sorry for such a question. So, what does it stand for?
    There are so mannnnny wonderful things on your page that i wanna try, yet i can’t, before i don’t figure out the mysterious T 😉

      1. MBrando says:

        Sooooo, if T is tablespoon what does TSP then stand for?? I always thought that TSP is like tablespoon?!?!?

        1. MBrando says:

          AAAAAAA GOT IT, GOT IT!!! Silly me. T tablespoon, tsp teaspoon 😛 !!!! Sorry for bothering!!! silly silly me

  122. Becca Rarick says:

    Does anyone know the nutrition info on this recipe? It looks fantastic, can’t wait to try it!!

    1. Nicole says:

      I followed the recipe exactly, but used skim milk and stevia. 373 calories, 62 carbs, 5 fat, 16 protein, 8 fibre and 35 calcium.

  123. Shawna says:

    I make chocolate oatmeal with chocolate almond milk instead of cocoa and vanilla. Then I just slice a banana on top… Delish!

    1. MBrando says:

      MMMM, very good idea!! Love it

  124. Kirsty says:

    Mmm, this is so tasty! I did have to add the sugar for extra sweetness though. After cooking, I blended it mostly smooth in the magic bullet, and served with just a tiny splash of milk. It tastes just like eating choc-banana cake batter – and that’s plenty fine with me!

    As I have a gastric band, the one serve of your recipe gives me 3 serves, and you can be sure I will be making this every few days for my breakfast. Tasty, healthy and filling – what more could I ask for?

    On a side note – every time I google for a type of recipe (‘cold oat pudding’ bought me here this time) your blog ends up in the first few results. I love your site, and I’m slowly trying out your recipes :)

  125. Brittney W says:

    This is definitely one of my favorite recipes! I love it! I usually make it at night while I’m studying as a snack and save the rest in the fridge for breakfast. To sweeten it I add 2 stevia packets and stir in a few chocolate chips until they melt. Thanks for the recipe! :)

  126. mithamy says:

    Just had this for breakfast with some fresh strawberries on top. Mmmmm! Thanks Katie! BTW- My daughter’s name is Katie (short for Katerina). Is your name short for anything?

    1. Kathryn… I’ve always LOVED the name Katerina, though. It sounds so beautiful, like a ballerina… or a superhero ;).

  127. Tammy says:

    This oatmeal is sooooo yummy. I made it this weekend and in doing my calculations was a little surprised at the calorie count (I always forget how high of a calorie fruit bananas are). With that said I sat down after my workout with only eating 1/2 of it in mind. OHHHHHH NO! It was so good i devoured it in 5 minutes! Forget 5 minutes to make it :-)

  128. Taylor says:

    This is so good! Eating it right now. It feels too sinful to eat for breakfast..oh well!

  129. Natalia says:

    Talk about making a huge bowl of oatmeal! I normally down a bowl of oatmeal in about 2 minutes but I’m sure struggling to finish this one! The chocolate taste is so rich =D

  130. Sarah says:

    This has become my go-to Friday morning breakfast! It’s such a delicious and fun way to kick off the weekend!

  131. Pattie says:

    Questions: Why do you use spelt flour? Is it interchangeable to any regular flour? Where do you buy spelt flour?

    Also: I am diabetic. I need to know carb value in recipes before I make or eat them. Please add carb value to your recipes.

    Love your site. I have talked to all my family and friends about your site, recipes and your cute personality. Keep up the good work.

    1. It’s usually interchangeable with white flour, but not ANY flour. I always list the options that I’ve tested in each recipe. I buy spelt flour at whole foods, or my local grocery store sells it as well. And all my recipes as of this year do have carb counts listed :).

      1. Pattie says:

        Thank you for responding. Continued Good Luck with your site.

  132. Carrie says:

    I love oatgroats cooked with coconut oil, cinnamon, vanilla and sea salt. When it’s all cooked, I throw a handfull of blueberries, some ground flax seed, almonds, pecans and unsweetened coconut flakes on top.

  133. Josie says:

    Silly question, but I’m wondering if this would work with the overnight recipe that you make in a mason jar? It sounds really yummy!

    1. Sorry, I’ve never tried it so I don’t know!

  134. Crys says:

    So sad but I did something horribly wrong to this and it was not delicious. Luckily, I learn from mistakes (even when I’m not sure what they are), and I vow to try again! Chocolate is always worth a second chance… (and third… and fourth… and..)

  135. Hello Pretty says:

    This is AMAZING. I left out the banana and replaced 1/2 of the milk w/ water (to save a few calories) it was still really good. The flavor reminds me of cocoa pebbles a bit. Thanks for the recipe, I’m hooked. :)

  136. nataly says:

    Can I make this using steel cut oats? It takes much longer to cook steel cut oats so when should I put in all the rest of the ingredients?

    1. Sorry, I haven’t tried it so I don’t know when you’d add everything.

  137. Karen says:

    I’m now scoffing this down for breakfast every morning! It is so scrummy! I also made it by replacing the banana with a juicy pear mmmm delish! Thank you Katie your creativity is priceless and delicious!

  138. April says:

    Hey, I found your site through….I saw your recipe for Brownie Batter Pancakes and I must say, as soon as possible I am running to the grocery store and getting the ingerdients for these. I’d absolutely LOVE to try this recipe but I wasn’t sure, do you know the points plus value for these? I am currently doing weight watchers and oatmeal is one of the power foods, and I can never seem to make it tasty. I want to try your 5 Minute Chocolate Oatmeal so bad!! Thanks. 😀

    1. Hi April!
      I’m just now starting to add the pp values to my recipes, so I don’t have it for this one. But if you can tell me the carbs, fiber, protein, and fat, I can calculate the points. (I use this site now:

  139. Natalie says:

    made this with my 3 year old. we both loved it!

  140. Nicole says:

    I made this for breakfast this morning.. I did add a little natural peanut butter :) mmmm chocolate and peanut butter :) and actually made it until lunch without craving a sweet snack! Thank you! I am trying so hard to be healthy and sweets are my downfall… This satisfies my sweet tooth without being bad for me!

    I love so much on your website… You are awesome!

  141. Destiny says:

    I lovelovelove this recipe :) Throwing in some peanut butter tops it off just right, or some vanilla yogurt, even (which I don’t do often; yay lactose intolerance!)
    I prefer rolled oats just because I’m a college student and I’m usually rushing this way and that in the morning. They cook faster. but maybe I ought to give those steel-cut a shot on my break, huh?

  142. Anonymous says:

    I do something similar to this at least a few times a week. chocolate oats are delicious. I throw in some cayenne and cinnamon to the mix :)

  143. Kerry says:


  144. beta says:

    hi CCK , i’m from Malaysia .absolutely been falling in love with your blog.can i ask you something,instead of using steel cut or old fashion oatmeal, can i use instant oatmeal ? are they going to come out like yours if i use the instant one. i hope you or anyone will answer me .thank you very much !

  145. K-Lee says:

    Oh my gosh, this just made me so happy. It made a nice, quick, delicious supper as I was just cooking for me tonight! I added chocolate chips and raspberries…no extra sweetener needed! I’m not a vegan, but your blog is so great- I get to have chocolate and still eat healthy! Thank you! :)

  146. Emily says:

    My favorite way to eat oatmeal is to combine 1/2 cup of rolled oats, 1 cup of milk, 1 apple peeled and sliced into little cubes, a pinch of cinnamon, a pinch of apple pie spice, and either 1 tbsp of maple syrup or honey. Tastes like apple pie!

  147. This is one of my favorite ways to eat oatmeal. I make mine sans the milk, with 1/2 a banana, a teaspoon or two of cocoa powder and a tablespoon of cashew butter for creamy goodness. Vanilla and cinnamon are great additions as well. :)

  148. kayla says:

    Just wanted to let you know.. this is my most favorite recipe! So simple, so filling, and ALWAYS satisfies my darkest days of chocolate craving lol

  149. Nicole says:

    I have been stalking your blog for a few weeks now and today I finally made something from it. This was so yummy and filling. I can’t wait to make more of your recipes. I’m thinking Snickerdoodle oatmeal for breakfast tomorrow. Love your blog!

  150. Carolyn says:

    Second recipe ever made from your blog- as good as the first! I started making it at 7 and it was ready by 7:10 and gone by 7:15 (leaving behind one empty dish and one very full Carolyn.)
    Maybe my new thing is going to be making breakfast from something on your blog on Saturday mornings- what should be next then??? Hm…

  151. Angela says:

    I am confused. What do you do with the banana? Do you mash it up and mix it in completely or just cut it up in chunks so that you are eating pieces of banana? also, not clear on what 1 serving of oats is. I am not used to using grams as a measurement. If you could clarify these 2 things I would love to make this for breakfast tomorrow.

    1. Mary says:

      I saw in Katie’s earlier comments that she mashes up the banana before cooking it. And 1 serving oats is 1/2 cup! :)

  152. There’s something really nice about old-fashioned oats, cooked on the stovetop with just water and no added salt or sugar. Simple and plain, yet somehow really good.

    I do enjoy trying out new recipes, so if I see an oatmeal recipe that looks interesting I’d try it out (I’ve got my eye on quite a few of yours!), but old-fashioned and plain will always be, in my eyes, the best way to eat oatmeal.

  153. Wow, such a great idea! Believe it or not, I have never thought of making chocolate oatmeal before. My family and I are planning on going to Starbucks tomorrow for breakfast, so I’m going to get their plain oatmeal and put cocoa powder and bananas (and maybe some almond milk) in it. ^_^ Mmmmmmm… delicious.

    Thanks so much for making this blog!! It is one of the reasons I got inspired to make my own blog last week. I am also vegan, and it sure feels so much better and healthier. :)

  154. Elizabeth says:

    Hey Katie!
    A friend of mine sent me a link to one of your recipes a couple months back, and since then I’ve been checking your website regularly for inspiration, but out of laziness/lack of materials, etc, I had yet to make one.
    This morning I finally spurred myself into action and made this oatmeal, and wow! Thank you so much for putting these great recipes out there. I didn’t add sweetener but stirred in some sliced cherries to the warm mixture – Yum.
    Thanks again, I look forward to making some more amazing recipes!

  155. Mary says:

    I just finished eating this delicioussssssssss bowl of oatmeal and WOW!!! 1) I am stuffed!! and 2) It tasted soooooooooooooooo good!

    I cooked it with water instead of skim milk (I’m not a vegan) because last time I cooked oatmeal with milk on the stovetop, I was left with burned milk on the bottom of my saucepan! Does anyone have any tips for preventing scorching on the bottom of the pan?

    I didn’t add the additional sugar – the banana was enough sweetness and left me with a bowl of satisfying, creamy dark chocolate oatmeal!! I cut up the banana into large chunks and partially mashed them while cooking the oatmeal because I didn’t know what you were supposed to do with the oatmeal. But after reading Katie’s comment above, I will mash the banana before cookig the next time I make this. Looking forward to it!!

  156. Laura says:

    Oats are the best! You know, I used to hate eating breakfast because I always felt like there were so few options but now I love oatmeal. I can’t believe I had never tried real rolled oats (not instant) until a year ago. What a difference! I love making different flavors and textures.

    This was delicious, btw. I used a bit less banana because I didn’t want the flavor to be so strong, I used vanilla soy milk and extra water and used your microwaving/volume oatmeal trick. It came out creamy and the perfect sweetness. :)

  157. Rachel says:

    Katie, I’m not a vegan, but I love your recipes! I’m trying to move into eating more whole foods, which is how I stumbled on your blog. I’ve made this chocolate oatmeal three times in the last week and every time I just have to marvel at how amazing it is without any added sugar! Today I added about 1/4 cup of diced strawberries, and that was just incredible.

  158. Rachelle says:

    Made this this AM and loved it! I added some sliced strawberries on top for Chocolate Covered Strawberry Oatmeal. :) Thank you for your recipes. I am new to your blog and love it!

  159. Rachel says:

    I like rolled oats, I soak them over-night in water and supposedly it’s better on your digestive system! I know that the texture is much better and I feel full longer. My new way is to add fresh peaches, cinnamon, nutmeg, a little agave and milk. Seriously, it tastes like a miniature peach cobbler! You must try it:)

  160. Tabitha says:

    This oatmeal sounds DELICIOUS! I tried it today with applesauce instead of a banana. It was pretty tasty ( I mean it had chocolate! of course it was!) But thinking about it with banana’s instead made my version seem so weak.

    I LOVE Banana’s please don’t judge me!!! A horrible thing happened and I found out I have a food allergy to banana’s! NOT COOL.

    So I definitely appreciate the non-banana links when possible! LOVE CCK

  161. amy says:

    This is my new favorite breakfast :) Thanks for all the “healthy junk”

  162. Jaime says:

    I had some gluten free oats that I bought to make cookies with and I saw your pumpkin boatmeal on pinterest and decided to be brave and give it a try. Sadly, I have no pumpkin in the house but I did have everything for this recipe. I grew up hating cooked oatmeal and have never even attempted to make it until today. This was AMAZING! I cannot stop thinking about it or about having it again for breakfast tomorrow!!! I am so excited to say I like oatmeal! Question – I have 4 kiddos and want them to try this (I was bad and made it before they woke up!). Can this recipe be doubled or tripled? I’m telling you, I know squat about cooking oatmeal :)

  163. EmSue says:

    I just made this recipe for my breakfast. It wasn’t quite sweet enough for me (give me time – some things have to be taken slowly) but I didn’t want to dip into the sugar bowl. Instead, I added a small handful of butterscotch chips just before eating. That bit of extra sweetness and the combined chocolate/butterscotch flavor has me hooked! Thank you!

  164. Debi says:

    Oatmeal – ahhhhhh comfort in a bowl. Steel cut oats are my favorite! a little salt and water and cook – simple. BUT THEN… Sugarfree maple syrup. I’m diabetic and the oats are fabulous for diabetics and the sugarfree maple syrup lets me feel like a kid again! BEST breakfast for a fall or winter morning, and easy too!

  165. Beth says:

    I LOVE oatmeal…my favourite is banana oatmeal with carb chips and a giant blob of almond butter in the middle! Yum!

  166. misty says:

    Love Rolled Oats, 1/2 cup Coconut Milk, 1 tsp coconut oil, Fresh Berries, Blackberries, blueberries, Cinnamon, CoCoa, Stevia, Microwave short on time – 2 minutes-

  167. Kathy Rumfelt says:

    Katie, The 5-minute chocolate oatmeal sounds easy and good. I will be trying this recipe. I have never heard of chocolate oatmeal before, but will let you know the outcome.

  168. Anonymous says:

    my gosh so excited to make one for myself :)

  169. Katie says:

    Yummy!! My breakfast-hating 4 year old inhaled your chocolate oatmeal!!! Thanks so much for a great blog!!

  170. Lenore says:

    I’m one who does not like bananas, per se. But since they’re good for me I eat them anyway and I do like them peripherally (smoothies, banana splits, on my frosted flakes). So I thought I might like them in this since I like chocolate banana or strawberry banana milkshakes, but one whole banana gave this overpowering banana flavor for me. Being a Mexican, I added some cinammon because I adore Mexican hot chocolate. That helped and then I read your note about adding other fruits. I happened to have 7 raspberries left in the fridge, so I added 3 just to try it and it was glorious! So I added the rest and it was so much better. Delightful!! Next time I will try half banana.
    It did make a huge serving. I have the opposite of your metabolism, I need very little fuel to live so I have to exercise more and watch my calories. oh well. Chocolate diet is harmless, eh? :)

  171. Micah says:

    Tried this recipe for breakfast this morning, and I gotta say I’m impressed. It tasted great and all the fiber and protein in there made me feel so energetic and full after eating it. :)

    My only complaint is I felt the banana kind of overpowered the chocolate flavor (granted, I used a really large banana). I think the next time I try this recipe I’ll try using only half a banana and some other sweetener.

  172. kathleen says:

    I love this! But instead of the bannana, I always use a bit of coconut oil. I don`t have enough healthy oils in my diet, so I`m always trying to add them in without a gross fat taste! I think it is slightly sweet, so it works in every way!

  173. Gabrielle Vacheresse says:

    WHY have I never thought of this!! SO GOOD!

  174. Krista says:

    How many calories are in one serving of this???

  175. Kelly Dickinson says:

    Just made this this morning for my husband and I.
    So easy! And delicious.
    I used nunaturals which added the best sweetness and we added fresh coconut butter, which I think was crucial to the deliciousness of the whole recipe

  176. Eden says:

    Katie, I just discovered your blog through Pinterest a couple of weeks ago & I have grown addicted to your recipes & energetic blog posts. :)
    I adore oatmeal, but only really knew one way to prepare it. Very simply with brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla & walnuts. I really truly love it, it is so simple & filled with flavors that I love, but it gets boring to eat that every day.
    I recently tried your peanut butter breakfast pudding & I almost cried. It was SO good! And honestly, I was full for hours! But not that sluggish, gross kind of full. Comfortably, protein-filled full. It was wonderful.
    My New Years Resolution (the first in about 6 years) was to start eating healthier & get myself in shape. And I am going to follow a lot of your recipes. I am not vegan & have never had tofu, but some of your pie recipes look so good, I may have to go out & get some. :) I have already added coconut butter to my list. I had never heard of it before, but I can’t wait to get it so I can try some of your other recipes that caught my eye. :)

    Okay, I’m sorry for the really long comment. I just wanted to say thank you so much for all of the amazing recipes. I really can’t believe how healthy they are.
    I am going to be making this one tomorrow. Very excited. :)

  177. Haleigh West says:

    I think I’m going to try this with some coconut milk!!:) chocolate coconut oats!

  178. Cynthia M. says:

    Just ate some of this for my dessert. Oh my goodness… so good, I felt like I was eating warm pudding. I accidentally mismeasured and added more liquid than I needed so I let it sit per your “voluminous oatmeal”… so much, I ate 1/2 and have 1/2 to save.

  179. Tiffany says:

    Hi Katie,

    I made this for breakfast today and it was absolutely delicious and perfect timing as it is Valentine’s day. Perfect day to start the day off with chocolate :)

    I used 1/4c. oats, 1/4c oat bran, .5c almond milk + .5c water, half a large banana (sliced), 1.5T cocoa powder, 1/4t vanilla and 1/8t salt.

    Thank you for a great recipe. Happy Valentine’s day!

  180. Jan says:

    I am so super excited to find your blog! YAY :-)

  181. Ana says:

    Just made this and am eating it right now! It is yummy! Although I haven’t finished it and it seems too sugary for me! [weird enough I did not add any sugar, it’s just from the banana.. then again my taste buds for sugar are very low ..maybe that’s why >< ] Besides this, I like the texture that it ended up having :] Maybe I'll use less banana next time.. a smaller one hahaa or one that's not so ripen? lol idk :p

  182. Davi Todd says:

    This sounds very good. Right now my favorite way to eat oatmeal has been cooking it in applejuice and topping it with fruit both fresh and dried for tons of texture.

  183. morgan says:

    i cant wait to try this!! it will definitely make my early monday mornings a lot better!!

  184. Lynn says:

    Hi Katie, I am a true devoted follower of Skinnytaste, which has helped me lose 15 pounds so far and feel SO much better! I just found your website after my daughter made me brownie batter pancakes for breakfast. I love you recipes and I am so excited about trying some of them out. Just one question….do you have nutritional information/point values/carbs,fats,proteins,fiber/or anything that will help me with tracking your delicious recipes? If not that’s fine of course…this is your website….but if there is a place to see this information that I don’t see it would help me A LOT!!! Thanks.

  185. Lisa says:

    This is the best oatmeal recipe ever! Thank you thank you thank you!

  186. Lily says:

    This is sooo good!!

  187. This is now a favorite breakfast of mine! Using 2% milk, with no extra sweetener and 1 tbsp. of semisweet chocolate chips, the nutrition facts are as follows:

    Calories from Fat: 131.25 Calories: 591

    % Daily Values*
    Total Fat 14.49g 22%
    Saturated Fat 6.54g 32%
    Polyunsaturated Fat 2.23g
    Monounsaturated Fat 3.13g
    Trans Fat 0g
    Cholesterol 16mg 5%
    Sodium 375mg 15%
    Potassium 1155.5mg
    Total Carbohydrate 101.73g 33%
    Dietary Fiber 15.05g 60%
    Sugars 31.96g
    Protein 23.09g

    Vitamin A 2% Vitamin C 17.75%
    Calcium 27.5% Iron 32.5%

    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

  188. Renate says:

    Am eating this right now and I love it! Can’t believe it took me so long to get round to trying it…

  189. Clare says:

    Recently, I’ve also been making oatmeal with chocolate, but mine has been more of an imitation mounds bar. It’s delicious, I don’t even add sweetener! Instead I use unsweetened coconut flakes, semisweet chocolate chips, and a bit of milk. Yum.

  190. Lily says:

    I also made a nut topping and broiled it on top:
    Melt a 1/2 tsp or 1tsp and add cinnamon, brown sugar and walnuts.

  191. Sarah says:

    Hello! I’m new to your site but may or may not have referred to you as a Godsend the other day thanks to your brownie batter pancakes! Could I sub strawberries for bananas and, if so, can I cook them all together like you mention with the banana? Thanks!

  192. Karen w says:

    I just made this and it is delicious! I am not the biggest fan of oatmeal and don’t eat it that much but I like chocolate and decided to try this and it is so good. Also I tryed eating this and frowning at the same time and it did not work!

  193. B says:

    This recipe is like healthy fudge for breakfast. I could die of happy, but I’ll try not to!

  194. Zoe says:

    HI Katie
    Loving your recipes! Im after a recipe for protein bars for my diet. They need to be <10g of carbs and <30g of protein per 100g. Would you have a recipe? :)

  195. Julia says:

    Katie, could you give us the exact nutritional info for this recipe?

  196. Rhea says:

    Could you make this in the evening, and leave it in a jar as “overnight oats”?
    I’d love a recipe for “overnight oats” that includes chocolate milk (or chocolate almond milk) instead of plain milk.

    1. Sorry, I have never tried it so I really don’t know.

  197. Trisha says:

    I usually have cold overnight oatmeals for breakfast! I prepare them the night before though. I combine plain/chocolate full-cream milk/soy milk (the thicker the better for me!), a serving of dry oats (rolled oats, if there is!), slices of banana and/or slices of apple (opt. cinnamon), and I make sure that the oats are soaked in the milk before leaving them overnight in the fridge. By next morning, I’d have a bowl of creamy chocolate oatmeal with fruits ready for breakfast! :)

  198. Judy W says:

    I make this chocolate oatmeal without the milk, but add some shredded coconut or sunflower seeds, chia seeds, cinnamon, and it reminds me of no-bake cookies! I’m not hungry for chocolate the rest of the day either. (Good for the diet!)

  199. Food lover says:

    I love taking my uncooked oat and putting them in a food processor and grind them and cook them in milk and you get “cream of wheat”

  200. Jess says:

    Does this oatmeal have the same calories and nutrition as the basic chocolate oatmeal?

  201. Anna says:

    Can i use water instead of milk?

  202. Ana Eugenia says:

    hello katie! I am in loooove with your blog, I just wanted to know th nutritional info. of this recepie??? :)

  203. Shar. Zallar says:

    Katie, just made your chocolate oatmeal this morning, it was AMAZING!!!!!!

  204. Michelle says:

    I don’t have a website, but my favorite way to make oatmeal is just oats and dark chocolate almond milk. Just cook it like the directions say!

  205. Ashton says:

    I know you posted this forever ago, but I just made it and LOVE it! Great recipe :)

  206. Eryn Dyck says:

    Just made this for breakfast:) mmmmmm so good. I added a swirl of pb on top and that was pretty darn good! Thanks for the recipe! And boy that was really filling.

  207. Megan says:

    I knew I would love this recipe so I doubled it! I used old fashioned oats, fat free milk, and stirred in 1 tbsp. of sugar. I cut the banana into big chunks, and mashed them with a potato masher while the oatmeal cooked. Delicious!!

    Next time I don’t think I’ll add the extra sugar. The sugar in the banana adds the sweetness that I like.

    Thanks Katie!!

  208. Monica says:

    My children and I we all love oatmeal warm in the morning with
    Lots of cinamon and vanilla and also very sweetened…. This
    comes from my mom who eagerly prepared oatmeal for us every
    Morning or so and its was sooooo sweet and cinamony good.
    Its a family tradition we will surely keep for many years. Thanks
    For this chocolaty recipe Im sure gonna try it!!!! Mmmmm

  209. Alexa says:

    I love to have 1/2 cup oats, 1 tbsp cocoa powder, 1 cut up bananna, and 1 tbsp peanut butter! So good! Had it for dinner tonight!

  210. Cindy says:

    Some of us love bananas, but shouldn’t eat them too much due to digestive issues.

  211. Christina says:

    So I made this this morning but couldn’t taste the chocolate because the banana was really over powering. It also stuck to the bottom of my pan due to having an electric stove. I had to continually stir it in order for it to not stick and it still left a mess. Also how long do you cook it after the 5-7 minutes? I cooked it till it looked ready but…yeah. Is there any way to make this less banana more chocolate? Or should I just follow the non-banana recipe? I like banana just not having it over powered.

  212. Janet Phad says:

    Do you ever mix plain greek yogurt and fruit into oatmeal? It’s like eating pie….well, almost. I do use sweetner but never put milk on top. Am going to try your pumpkin as I love pumpkin pie…..but have to shop for the pumpkin first…LOL

  213. Kay Pea says:

    I just tried making some this morning. I used water to cook the oatmeal in, just to be safe. I’m glad I did, because the oatmeal ended up scorching and sticking to the bottom of the pan! Next time, I’ll cook on medium, instead of medium-high. This was pretty good! I would have liked it to be sweeter, but I am trying to be good so I opted out of adding extra sweetener. Maybe I’ll try a riper banana next time. I added 2 tbsp of whole milk at the very end. I am going to be on a strict diet this month, so I have a feeling I will be making this a lot. Thank you for posting!

  214. Ariba Ahmad says:

    I didn’t see nutrition info so I calculated it. 1 Serving

    1 serving
    Amount Per Serving

    Calories 291.8

    Total Fat 6.9 g

    Saturated Fat 0.8 g

    Polyunsaturated Fat 1.1 g

    Monounsaturated Fat 1.4 g

    Cholesterol 0.0 mg

    Sodium 338.2 mg

    Potassium 656.6 mg

    Total Carbohydrate 55.6 g

    Dietary Fiber 10.3 g

    Sugars 13.7 g

    Protein 8.7 g

    Vitamin A 11.6 %

    Vitamin B-12 0.0 %

    Vitamin B-6 29.7 %

    Vitamin C 15.4 %

    Vitamin D 25.0 %

    Vitamin E 51.6 %

    Calcium 46.7 %

    Copper 22.6 %

    Folate 5.4 %

    Iron 22.0 %

    Magnesium 21.5 %

    Manganese 29.4 %

    Niacin 3.6 %

    Pantothenic Acid 2.8 %

    Phosphorus 10.0 %

    Riboflavin 9.2 %

    Selenium 3.2 %

    Thiamin 3.4 %

    Zinc 4.8 %

  215. Rebecca says:

    What are the Nutritional Facts for this recipe?

  216. Jess says:

    I gave a try adding some chia seeds to a combination of this recipe and the mudslide (didn’t have a banana, but added all ingredients at the get-go and used 1/3 more milk). Woah. It became more like chocolate pudding! SO good. If the oats could be pureed I wonder if….

  217. Rachael says:

    Just in case there’s anyone out there who can’t eat oats (gf or otherwise), I’ve made this recipe with brown rice grits an it turns out great. Throw in some PB or nut butter and you’ve got a party! Next up I plan on trying your boatmeal without the oats.

  218. Jen says:

    Sounds fantastic! Can I make this the night before and reheat at work the next morning? I’m not a morning person and am always running late so I need already prepared, grab & go type breakfasts. Thanks!

  219. JacquelineD says:

    This looks great! About how much is 40 grams of oats in cups?

  220. Karen Suchar says:

    This is very good with a couple modifications. I found 1.5 tbsp. cocao way too much and will cut by half next time. I also found the salt taste too overpowering and will cut that to a “pinch”. 40 grams is somewhere between 1/8 C. [28 gms] and 1/4 C. [56 gms] so I tried 3 tbsp. vs. 4 tbsp. I had to boil it for 10-12 minutes so will go to 1/4 C. next time.

  221. Tiffany says:

    Holy crap, this is amazing! I added some sugar-free chocolate protein powder to it, for added nutrition, and 1 tsp. of chia seeds. It’s incredible!

  222. Jo says:

    Stumbled upon your website while looking for frozen banana photo (!) and sooo glad I did!! You totally inspired me and now I have chocolate, almond, apple and ginger oats bubbling away on the stove….can’t wait! Thanks :-)

  223. danielle says:

    Hey, You have the nutritional information for most of your other recipes. Could you enlighten me on this one? I need to know the nutritional information or weight watchers point plus value(new system). Thanks a bunch

  224. Renata says:

    I love this chocolate oatmeal but my favorite is a savory oatmeal. I cook in a pan onion, tomatoes and mushrooms with some spices like turmeric, sea salt, and cumin then add cooked oatmeal and finish with cilantro. Delicious!

  225. Susan Rowald says:

    Love your blog! I was searching for the black bean brownie recipe and found yours. Looks great. I started looking and decided I need to try a lot of these recipes! All these oatmeal recipes caught my eye right away.

    BTW, my favorite oatmeal is quick steel-cut oats with sugar free orange marmalade (about a tablespoon) with sliced bananas on top. I also like to use strawberry jam (sugar free) with sliced strawberries on top. I make a big pot of oatmeal each week, then heat a small bowl of it in the microwave each morning. I add my jams and fruit then. Yum!

  226. Jessica says:

    I have never liked an oatmeal recipe until your Chocolate Oatmeal came to me! I have tried many versions of oatmeal and usually get turned off by the texture. Being a chocolate lover, i was excited to try this recipe. Because of the texture aversion, i used a little less milk, maybe 1/2 C instead of 3/4 C and added some Peanut Butter powder. Wow! i am in heaven! thank you for making oatmeal something I can now enjoy!

  227. Jackie says:

    Best breakfast ever!



  228. Sarah says:

    I keep making this over and over again!