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Everyone should know how to make basic chocolate oatmeal.

chocolate oatmeal

Why? Because it’s chocolate. That’s why.

And yes, I just started a pseudo sentence with because. I’m out of college, and nobody can stop me. :) Besides, if a picture of chocolate oatmeal is staring you in the face and all you can think about is grammar rules, something’s wrong. The beauty of the following recipe is its simplicity, which allows for thousands of variations:

  • Mexican Hot Chocolate Oatmeal: add a pinch of chili powder and cinnamon.
  • Almond Joy Oatmeal: use coconut milk as the liquid and add almond extract and shredded coconut.
  • Peppermint Patty Oats: add pure peppermint extract (and maybe some spinach, if you’re brave).
  • Reeses Peanut Butter Oatmeal: just add peanut butter!

chocolate oats

Or stir in cherries, raspberries, strawberries… the possibilities are endless, as almost anything pairs well with chocolate!

Basic Chocolate Oatmeal

Adapted from: 5-Minute Chocolate Oatmeal.

(One can never have too many chocolate oatmeal recipes!)

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (or 1/4 cup steel-cut oats) (45g)
  • 1 1/2 cups milk of choice or water (360g)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder, dutch cocoa, or hot cocoa mix (5g)
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • sweetener of choice (stevia, maple syrup, sugar, etc.)
  • optional: nondairy creamer or canned coconut milk for the top
  • optional: chocolate chips

Combine oats, liquid, and salt in a large pyrex-type measuring cup (or saucepan, if cooking on the stovetop). Heat on the stove until most—but not all—of the liquid is absorbed. Or, if using the microwave, heat 3 minutes, then heat 1 more minute, watching so it doesn’t spill over. (Microwave times will vary depending on wattage.) Leave in the microwave 5 minutes, then transfer (uncovered!) to the fridge overnight. The next morning, the oats will have soaked up all the excess liquid. (If you want to eat it right away, just heat longer or use less liquid. I always use the overnight method because I want breakfast ready in the morning.) Now add your vanilla, sweetener, cocoa, (and optional creamer or coconut milk if desired). Reheat, unless you prefer cold oatmeal like I do.

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What’s your current favorite breakfast?

Lately I’ve been eating a lot of overnight oatmeal, and also cold cereal with fruit. Cold cereal’s never been my favorite, but I like that it’s quick to prepare.  I’m doing a ton of cooking every day (both for the blog and the book), which unfortunately can sometimes leave me pressed for time to make my actual meals. So I have to cut corners whenever I can… A girl can’t live on chocolate alone! 

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Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. Sarah says:

    My favorite breakfast is this: 3/4 bowl of Trader Joe’s High Fiber Oats with 1/4 bowl Honey Nut Cheerios and Trader Joe’s Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk (the blue refrigerated carton) topped with sliced banana.

    I’ve eaten this everyday for about 2 years and have no plans to change since this is my favorite part of the day when I get to eat this. Every night before bed I think “I get to eat my cereal tomorrow morning!” and get really excited. I’m lame, I know.

    1. Annie says:

      Lol … A bit lame, but still pretty funny.

  2. Tricia says:

    Chocolate oatmeal is always a good choice for the morning (or afternoon… or evening)– I’m definitely going to have to try the almond joy oatmeal very soon! :)

    1. That’s the one that caught my eye, too! I love chocolate and coconut together.

  3. this looks so much better than how my chocolatey oats look like!

  4. Omg looks so good!! Will definitely make this soon!

  5. Lauriene says:

    I’ve been eating oats as cereal lately! Just pouring some oats into a bowl, tossing some cut up banana, raisins and berries on it, and pouring almond milk over the whole thing and eating it right there. Sometimes I’ll add some flaxseed or granola. It’s really good!

  6. Sarah the official CCK drooler says:

    Actually, this is how I’ve been making chocolate oatmeal (with twists) for years. For sweetener, I use a banana (thanks, Kath!). Sometimes… okay okay… a LOT of the time, I skip the cocoa powder and just dump in a cup of chocolate chips. Heck, why not?
    Right now… smoothies and oats. A lot of hot oatmeal. So what if it’s 100 degrees outside? I say fugghedaboudit :) points to whoever can tell me where that’s from. hint: it’s where I’m from- i know SO helpful.

    1. Dawn Laughlin says:

      NEW YORK for sure!!

      1. Honeybird says:

        Donnie Brasco! 😛 (in NY)

        1. Sarah the official CCK drooler says:

          WOOP WOOP!!! ding ding ding :)

  7. amy says:

    I eat organic oatmeal 5 days out of the week. Try adding a protein powder like Beverly International cookies and cream (with or w/out the chocolate chips) and chilling instead of microwaving. OMG. So good on a hot summer day.

  8. Rebecca says:

    My favorite breakfast at the moment is a homemade sourdough whole wheat English muffin toasted and topped with flax seed peanut butter and strawberry slices or blackberries. I might have to break this trend to try that chocolate oatmeal though!

  9. Sabrina says:

    Love today’s post. I smiled when I saw it. Sometimes back to basics is exactly what you need.

  10. Looks delicious! I have tried to make chocolate oatmeal in the past and was never thrilled with the results, I may have to try again!!!

  11. When I start my day with exercise, I’m okay with a heavier, more hefty breakfast. But if I “sleep in” & don’t exercise, I’m not excited to eat anything. Something light like fruit to start, followed by oatmeal. I never tire of oatmeal & all it’s wondrous variations!

    Isn’t it funny how when you have a blog about food (& you’re doing a cookbook on top of that) that you don’t always have time to cook for yourself? I find the same thing happen to me (although I’m NOT creating a cookbook, like you).

  12. Moni Meals says:

    Katie, you knocked the recipe out of the park! It is the oatmeal headquarters! Great tips darling. 😉

  13. Saraquill says:

    Oatmeal makes a wonderful canvas, doesn’t it? In my last years in college I took to piling mine with Mandarin oranges, coconut shreds, and walnuts.

    The overnight oatmeal recipe is reminiscent of the porridge recipes in the Vegan Slow Cooker cookbook. The main difference is that since hers are sitting in a slow cooker overnight, it emerges already warm.

  14. your oatmeal looks so good! My current favorite is my apple pie oatmeal!

    1. tiffany says:

      oh i love apple pie oatmeal. i make it slightly different from yours by adding a spoon full of unsweetened apple sauce, i find it really ups the apple flavour. Im loving your other oatmeal ideas though, i think ill try one tomorrow 😀

  15. Kit-Kat says:

    Cold cereal (barbaras brand and Kashi) and oatmeals are my go-to breakfasts. :-)

  16. Allison says:

    I LOVE oatmeal. Okay, well I love breakfast foods as a general rule, but lately I am attracted to peanut butter banana quesadillas with a little honey drizzle. Also fruit smoothies are always a favorite.

  17. Destinie says:

    Oh wow! Yummy! I have got to try this. Yay me for picking up oatmeal when I went to the store earlier this week. ;p

  18. Nikki says:

    Right now, my favorite breakfast is savory oatmeal. I know it sounds strange, but oatmeal is a grain just like rice or quinoa or barley, right? :)
    I prepare it by drizzling some olive oil, cracked pepper, and salt on top, then topping it with some steamed spinach. YUM!

    1. Linsey says:

      I’m totally with you about the savory oatmeal. I eat it everyday in the winter. Straight up with sea salt and smoked paprika.

  19. Violet says:

    totally had chocolate oatmeal for breakfast this morning. it’s definitely one of the best ways to wake up!

  20. That looks so heavenly :) Lately I’ve been loving green smoothies with Birthday Cake protein powder. It’s SO good!!

  21. I so agree with you….everyone does need to know how to make chocolate oatmeal! My favorite breakfast is probably a few different kinds of cereal with unsweetend vanilla almond mild, sliced banana, strawberry and blueberry. Lately, I’m trying to add more protein in my diet, so I’ve been eating lots of egg variations.

  22. Madelin says:

    That’s not one bit lame, Sarah! 😀 My favorite part of the day is also my go-to breakfast: 3/4 cup plain nonfat yogurt, two tbsp peanut butter and a 1/3 cup blueberries, all mixed together with some Splenda and a TON of cinnamon. High in protein, fiber, good carbs… the perfect morning work-out fuel!

  23. ok WOW that looks incredible! can’t beat starting a day with CHOCOLATE! and ps. i always hate the “can’t start a sentence with ‘because’ ” rule too:)

  24. Dawn Laughlin says:

    I make mine with melted banana, cocoa powder and all natural p.b. It is my favorite thing to eat!! Not just for breakfast either!.

  25. Barb says:

    My favorite breakfast has got to be pancakes. I make huge batches and freeze them in sets of 3, so all I have to do in the morning is pop them in the microwave. I love blueberry or raspberry, or banana nut. Chocolate chip. The possibilities are endless, as you say :)

  26. taylor says:

    Just made chocolate oatmeal yesterday! Need to swirl in some pb or peppermint extract soon :) lately I love greek yogurt topped with cheerios or almond slices and blueberries, or a simple bowl of oatmeal with cinnamon, fruit, and milk!

  27. I always feel the need to mix up my breakfasts – I barely ever have the same thing twice in a row! Sometimes oatmeal, protein pancakes, eggs, high protein muffin cakes, greek yogurt…I have a long list of things I rotate. :-)

  28. Mary says:

    My current favorite breakfast is YOUR 5 minute chocolate oatmeal of course! The banana just makes it so —– yum!!!! I just have a question: I am not vegan, and I am trying to eat more calcium, and I would like to do that by cooking by oatmeal with skim milk. However, last time I tried, it ended up burning on the bottom of the pan! :( Does anyone know how to prevent burns on the bottom of a pan cooking oatmeal? Thanks!

    1. Kendra says:

      To prevent the oatmeal from scorching, make sure when you simmer the oatmeal that the burner is on a VERY low heat–if it is too high, it will burn. I have found that gas burners tend to be more reliable than electric ones. I always seem to burn food when I use electric burners… Also, stir the oatmeal frequently as you cook it; don’t let it simmer for minutes on end without checking to make sure if it is sticking. I hope this helps!!

      1. Mary says:

        Thanks for the tip! Unfortunately, all I have is an electric burner but I’ll definetly try a low heat & stirring often.

        1. Alanna says:

          Silly question, but why not just use the microwave? If you use a container that is wide/deep enough to cook you shouldn’t get boil-over, and no risk of scorching your milk!

    2. Barbara says:

      Skim milk tends to burn. I am not sure why. If you use full-fat milk it is less likely to burn. I used 1 cup water and 1/2 cup milk for this recipe and it is outrageously delicious. You could always try mixing in a whey protein powder at the end, too. Just look for a high-calcium one :)

  29. Kendra says:

    My current favorite breakfast is pancakes made with chickpea flour (weird, I know!), cinnamon, and cocoa powder, and topped with your delicious banana butter:) I love adding cocoa powder to my oatmeal and pancakes–not only does it taste delicious, but it also adds a ton of healthy antioxidants!

  30. Yummy, I love chocolate oatmeal. Currently, my favorite go to breakfast is chocolate overnight oats! Tasty and great for a hot summer. I’ve been adding berries to it all summer. I guess as we move towards fall I’ll have to find new fruit or move to warm chocolate oats :)

  31. Jasmin says:

    Katie! I love having an excuse to eat chocolate at breakfast (but– you should never even need an excuse to eat chocolate!). My current favourite breakfast is vegan overnight oats which have been floating around the blogworld for a while. I love eating it with banana soft serve. It feels so guilty, yet it isn’t!

  32. I’ve been doing a lot of smoothies recently, with frozen banana, chocolate milk, peanut butter, chia seeds, and lots of spinach. Tasty and very healthy! :)

    1. LP says:

      Can you taste the spinach at all? I make a similar smoothie with raspberries, pb, chocolate milk and banana and I was thinking of throwing in some spinach for an extra veggie serving.

      1. I can’t taste the spinach at all in Green Monster smoothies, and the main ingredient is spinach, so I bet you wouldn’t taste it, it just gives it a pretty green color :)

  33. I used to love Coco Wheats, but due to that fact that I can’t tolerate gluten anymore, I don’t like them as much. I prefer pancakes made of almond flour dripping with fluffy insides, maple syrup, and topped with whipped cream. Omigosh, that sounds delicious. Nothing can beat a good pancake.

  34. Lia says:

    This might be a dumb question, but bear with me because I never make oatmeal. Can you use quick oats for this?

    1. Yes, but the amount of milk/water might need to be lowered. Same with the cooking time.

  35. Embarrassing enough, I have never tried chocolate oatmeal before.
    I’m still obsessed with banana and cinnamon blend. I will now add chocolate with the banana for tomorrows meal :)

    1. I’ve never tried it either! In fact, I usually toast my oats and make homemade granola for a cold cereal. This looks too good not to try though!

  36. Alaine says:

    No better way than to start the day off with some chocolate! Your oatmeal dishes always look so pretty. Your pictures are amazing, just like your recipes!

  37. Kayla says:

    This looks DIVINE!

    My current favorite breakfast is anything involving Noosa yogurt, but more specifically the honey flavor. It’s Australian culture yogurt and is thick and creamy like greek yogurt but doesn’t have that weird aftertaste of some other yogurts. I cut it into quarters, and put a quarter of it in a bowl with half a cup of Archer’s Farms Vanilla Almond Granola, a peach, and half a cup of strawberries. SO. STINKIN. DELICIOUS. I recommend it for anyone with a sweet tooth. :) Makes a great afternoon snack, too!

  38. Lula says:

    Omg what a coincidence! I just made my own chocolate oatmeal via the microwave for the first time this morning, only I didn’t think of adding chocolate chips! I used chocolate almond milk though and I think it will be nice to add cacao nibs.So yummy.

  39. LP says:

    This is my breakfast tomorrow morning!!! I will think about it all through my run :)

  40. Ashley says:

    Lately I have been making fruit and yogurt parfaits for breakfast. I layer Silk vanilla yogurt with homemade granola, chia seeds, and fruit (today I had cherries!) I’m definitely trying this chocolate oatmeal tomorrow morning though!

  41. Awwwwhhhhhh! Chocolate doesn’t have to be in any fancy form for me to enjoy it. 😉

  42. Lissa says:

    Thank you! Whenever I make chocolate oats I tend to throw in whatever catches my fancy. Sometimes it’s good, and sometimes… not. Having a recipe will give me a more solid base to experiment on.

    I like chocolate oats for a snack or dessert, but I don’t really care for chocolate first thing in the morning—too rich for my tastes. For breakfast I like to rotate a big bowl of oatmeal topped with peanut butter and fruit with spinach, peach salsa, nutritional yeast and (I’m not vegan) scrambled eggs in a wrap.

  43. This may be the best looking bowl of oats I have ever seen!! My fave breakfast right now is probably overnight oats in an almost empty nut butter jar. I especially like it because it isn’t something I get to eat everyday so when I do have it, it feels like such a treat!!

  44. Jackie says:

    You might have just inspired me to make chocolate overnight oats for my day-after-my-birthday breakfast tomorrow. They might even be as good as the margarita I just enjoyed!

  45. Monica says:

    Omg so yummy! Love chocolate oatmeal! Did you top it with your no bake mocha cookies?! Even if you didn’t, that’d be an awesome combo!!

  46. Love love LOVE overnight oats-ESPECIALLY if they have chocolate! I like to add PB2 and jelly to make mine. Oh boy…perfection!

  47. MiaM says:

    Chocolate oatmeal is one of the best ways to eat oats!! Yours looks especially tempting, Katie. It’s always fun to pretend that you’re eating a big bowl of dessert for breakfast, when in fact it’s healthy when sweetened only with banana or stevia. And what about….birthday cake oatmeal??

  48. Yes, please and thank you. This looks amazing… my husband may even eat it. That’s a good thing. I promise. :)

  49. Zeddy says:

    “A girl can’t live on chocolate alone!”

    Who are you, and what have you done to our CCK? 😉

  50. Oh man, I just finished a bowl of oatmeal and then read this. Yours definitely looks WAY better and more exciting than mine. I wish I read this an hour earlier! :)

    I’ve been travelling for the past week, so my breakfasts have been boring old toast. I’m excited to be back home and able to have some of my favourites to hand again!

  51. Lauren says:

    What is on the top of the oatmeal other than chocolate chips?

  52. Cassie says:

    Wow, I’ve never liked the idea of oatmeal, but this chocolatey recipe does look delicious so I might have to try it now! :)

  53. Kate C says:

    I had this for breakfast today with caramelized banana and coconut milk – yum yum yum!!! My favourite breakfasts include croissants with jam, and banana pancakes! So I’m glad I found your healthy banana pancakes recipe – now I can eat them all the time!
    When is your book coming out? Or do you not know yet? I hope I can buy it over here in the UK!!!!!

    1. Thanks, Kate :).
      I still don’t know yet. It’ll be awhile, but I’ll definitely let you know when it comes out.

  54. Love it! Great recipe! Have a wonderful weekend!!

  55. Rachel says:

    LOVE Chocolate oats :) I’ve been having lots of smoothies and yogurt for breakfast lately… kinda can’t wait for fall so I can have hot breakfasts :)

  56. I usually eat fresh fruit or cold cereal during the week and save oatmeal for the weekends. I like to get creative with my oatmeal too so I have no time during the week :)

  57. Sjondi says:

    I am soooo printing this out! In our house we have “cold oatmeal” where we soak it overnight sans cooking it first. The oats absorb all the liquid and they have a nice al dente texture to them. (Heehee, look at me and my multi-lingual self!) These recipes will make a nice addition to wake up to! Many thanks!!

  58. peachtopie says:

    I love oatmeal! I don’t know if I could do chocolate first thing in the morning, but I would love to have this for a snack! Yum!

  59. Erin says:

    Hi Katie!

    I LOVE chocolate oatmeal. It’s something I’ve actually been doing for a while, so it was fun reading your post and finding a fellow-chocolate lover working cocoa powder into her oats also. Almond Joys are one of my fave candies, so I’m going to have to try that version.

    Here’s one of my favorite chocolate oatmeal combos. Wanted to share!
    CHOCOLATE DATE OATMEAL: Add a few chopped, pitted dates and walnuts. Tastes great w/ 1/2 a ripe banana mixed in too!

    have a great day :-)

  60. Jeri Wendzel says:

    My favorites lately are oatmeal variations. I make oatmeal like normal and then add in strawberries and dark chocolate bits, or blueberries with this lemon sprinkle stuff from Pampered Chef, or peaches with a caramel sprinkle from PC, or apples with the caramel sprinkle, mangoes…just mangoes (no need to cover up the mango flavor..mmmmm mango).
    BTW, i think you could live on chocolate.

  61. Yum this sounds great! Do you use a specific recipe for overnight oats?

    1. Mary says:

      I agree! I would love to have CCK’s version of overnight oats!!

      1. Alanna says:

        Just follow the voluminous oatmeal trick to prepare the oats and add all other ingredients in the a.m.! :)

      2. I think ALL (or at least most) of my oatmeal recipes already are overnight oats. :)

  62. Your oatmeal looks divine!!! And…oatmeal is my favorite breakfast….or french toast!

  63. Catherine says:

    I tried making this this morning, but it tasted really off. I used sweetened almond milk and put chia seeds in the pot while cooking, could either of these have significantly messed it up?

  64. Liz says:

    This was breakfast this morning. SO so good! It felt like eating brownie batter for breakfast!
    Thanks, CCK!

  65. vogelstar says:

    If I’m rushed, the stand by is fruit and yogurt but if I can sit down, it’s usually cereal or my favourite – pancakes!

  66. Rosie says:

    Oatmeal is supposed to be good for breastmilk production. I have tried almost all of your oatmeal recipes since my baby was born 6 months ago!

  67. Ha, my boyfriend and I just had this conversation yesterday about starting sentences with “because”! Apparently it’s totally okay to start a sentence like that! Who knew?! Not me! I hate being wrong. I guess yours still wouldn’t count since it’s technically not a complete sentence. Whatever. Most of the things I say are not grammatically correct anyway, so why should my typing be any different? :)

    Fave breakfast = chocolate peanut butter banana smoothie! (I like to confuse breakfast with dessert).

  68. Yum! I’ve been making oatmeal every day recently and I didn’t realize what I had been missing…Chocolate.

    My ultimate favorite breakfast: Swiss Chard Frittata

  69. HI! My mom and I LOVE your blog. Your recipes are so clever and amazing! You are such an inspiration! We’ve tried many of your recipes and all of them have tasted great! Thanks for the chocolate oatmeal recipe- it tasted awesome :)

  70. Andreanne says:

    I would’ve never thought to cook the oatmeal the night before! I’ll do that from now on, especially since I’ve just bought a bunch of steel cut oat!

  71. Wow Katie! You never cease to amaze me with your oatmeal creativity! You rock my oatmeal! :)

    Check out my latest recipe, review & giveaway @ Baking Blissful

  72. Mckenna says:

    For breakfast every day, I have your basic oats mixed with vanilla protein powder and water. I pop that in the microwave and have some greek yogurt on the side.

  73. Ashleigh says:

    Do you use regular semi-sweet chocolate chips in your recipes? Thank you!

    1. Yes, regular ole chocolate chips :).

  74. Tamalyn says:

    Mmmm! This is definitely breakfast. I’m going to go make it right now!

  75. Tamalyn says:


    I just made this (sorry–couldn’t wait for breakfast :) ) and it is SO good. I probably messed up a bit, but it turned out like peanut butter-chocolate pudding. It’s amazing. I almost ate half the pot while I was finishing working in the kitchen, so I had to make myself put it in the fridge. SO GOOD. I say it’s a winner, Katie!

    1. Sarah says:

      I just made it for dinner, too! My sister and I agree that it’s our new favorite way to make oatmeal. We did the plain way this time, but I am so wanting to try mint chocolate chip next time!
      There’ll definitely be a next time :).

  76. Amy Tong says:

    This looks wonderful. It certainly takes healthy food to a whole new level.

  77. Can’t wait to try this Katie! It looks so YUM!
    I’m glad we can all agree that chocolate is a perfectly acceptable way to start off our mornings! ..and afternoons…and, well, all day! :) My favorite breakfast right now is actually on my blog site as chocolate banana breakfast pudding. It’s your classic frozen banana with greek yogurt, cocoa, and stevia. SO GOOD! Plus, It can serve as breakfast, a mid-afternoon snack, or late night dessert!

  78. Lisa @bitesforbabies says:

    I did an “Ode to Oatmeal” post on my blog a while back…I can’t believe I forgot to make chocolate oatmeal!! Looks delicious 😉

  79. Lisa says:

    Is 1/4 tsp of salt only if the oatmeal is going to be put in the fridge? I made this last night but the amount of salt made it completely inedible – and I like salty foods! I didn’t deviate from the recipe too much; I used quick oats and reduced the milk to 1 cup then microwaved for approximately 3 minutes. Any suggestions on what went wrong or what I should try next time? Thanks!

    1. Maye because you reduced the liquid? More liquid = more diluted so the salty taste isn’t as apparent. Sorry it didn’t turn out well, but it really may have been fue to the liquid. :(
      Also, be sure to add the salt in the beginning, not afterwards. Next time… well, if you really want to use less liquid you can always use less salt too ;).

      1. Lisa says:

        Thanks! I hadn’t thought about how the reduction in liquid would effect the saltiness. I made it again last night; I reduced the milk to about 3/4 and added only a pinch of salt. It turned out absolutely delicious! I felt like I was eating a bowl of chocolate! :)

  80. Anna says:

    Hey there Katie! Wonderful ideas you sabres with is! I eat a bowl of oatmeal nearly every morning before my workout and I usually add coconut oil, water, skim milk and raisins to mine. You can bet that I will be adding cocoa powder tomorrow! Yum!! P.s. I am new to the blogging world and would like to share mine with ya! Please feel free to check it out Thanks! :-)

    1. Anna says:

      Excuse the type-o’s, please! It was suppose to say “wonderful ideas you’ve shared with us”! :-)

  81. Can you create a chocolately yummy overnight oats recipe pleaaase?
    I love overnight oats recently. Friday i had green monster overnight oats for bf. yes, it was green! but yummy and healthy.

  82. First of all, I love your introduction to this blog! Second, made this for breakfast and it was fabulous.

  83. Jacqui says:

    Hi CCK! I made this for breakfast today and it was delicious!! However, mine turned out to be very liquidy. I followed the directions exactly (microwave method) and used 1/2 cup of oats and 1 1/2 cups of almond milk. Any ideas why this may have happened? Thanks!

    1. Sounds like you need to cook it longer. Microwaves come with different wattages, so cook times will vary.

  84. Luu says:

    I really love your pictures Katie :) They look so good, that I just want to run in the kitchen and make or bake something immediately 😀
    I really love Chocolate Oatmeal!! I tryed different kind of it and simple chocolate oatmeal is my favourite! I often eaat it with soy yoghurt and blueberries or caramel syrup + mashed banana.
    and I also love eating pancakes for breakfast! :)
    Therefore I write a blog about recipes and photography, too :)

  85. alyson says:

    this looks amazing; i just started a gluten free diet so need to work through that however must share this over the weekend on my round up of links. YUM! And, have to share: my girlfriends recently had a party and one of your chocolate pies made with chick peas was no joke, the entire conversation that night. :) Thank you!

  86. Annie says:

    I ran out of cocoa powder so I used melted dark chocolate instead. For sweetener I used 1 tbsp xylitol and 1/2 tsp stevia (my favorite combo!). It was delicious!! I love simple, versatile recipes like this. :)

  87. Renee Allen says:

    Does this still taste yummy without the chocolate chips? The chocolate chips would be my optimal way, but I’m trying to lose a bit of weight that crept on this past year *sigh!*

  88. Lia says:

    After eating this several times, I’ve determined that it tastes like a combination of Cocoa Krispies and the pudding you make on the stove – delicious!

  89. Amy says:

    I made this last night-
    1/2 cup Old Fashioned Oats
    1 tsp chia seeds
    1 tbsp Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa Powder
    1/4 scoop (6g) chocolate protein powder
    vanilla extract
    2 packets Truvia

    And made the CCK way… sat overnight and this morning it was creamy, chocolatey and DELICIOUS!! only about 210 calories. tasted like a big bowl of chocolate. 😀

  90. Kathy says:

    I’ve been experimenting with flavored coffee, regular and instant, to replace part/all of water/milk in the oatmeal. The flavors are endless!!! Sometimes I add a splash of flavored liquid creamer too . . . delish!!!

  91. Cassie says:

    I made the almond joy variation on this recipe this morning. I did not have almond extract so I used almond milk and added some unsalted chopped almonds to the top. Delicious!! I had to force myself to save some for the rest of my family!

  92. Deb says:

    I made this last night for today’s breakfast. OMG….it was AMAZING!!!! I think it is my new favorite breakfast!

  93. Yohanna says:

    So, being a fitness instructor,staying in shape is kind of my job but being a hormonal teenager,chocolate used to be a daily dose of much needed comfort! When I started “eatin heathy ” chocolate was the first to go! But thanks to you and your brilliant mind, I now have chocolate 3-4 times a week! You completely changed my perspective of healthy desserts (son e most of them either taste like cardboard or sweetner) I’m writing this with a tummy full of chocolate oatmeal and a satisfied craving. I also feed your fudgesicles to all the little children I volunteer with. I am so in love with this blog,you have no idea! Thank you for changing my view and reuniting me with my long lost lover……chocolate!!!!

  94. Noah says:

    Hi I tried to make this oatmeal and I think that I might have done it wrong (don’t judge- I’m cookingly-challenged!). When I took the oats out the next morning to add the ingredients, it was extremely chunky and would not mix well with the chocolate powder. I tried adding some melted banana like you mentioned in another post, but its strange texture would not go away! I think that it might have been because I forgot to stir the oats after taking them out of the microwave and putting them in the refrigerator. Would that make a difference? The recipe was wonderful otherwise!

  95. Erica says:

    😀 i WANT to try this NOOOWWWW

  96. Pearl says:

    I made this for breakfast and it was absolutely delicious! However, I used quick oats and made it all at once. I combined all of the ingredients in a bowl, microwaved for 1 minute 30 seconds, and topped with sliced strawberries. I could eat this for every meal for the rest of time!

  97. coco b says:

    I bet you could skip the cocoa powder and sweetener and instead add chocolate protein powder! As for the question my go to breakfast is fruit and some sort of grain like toast or cereal, I like yogurt too.

  98. Macy says:

    I’m not a fan of slimy oatmeal, but I’m willing to give this a try. My fridge has been acting funky, and I don’t want to heat it up with hot oats. Can I leave it at room temperature?

    P.S. I’ve been loving your boatmeal recipes!

    1. Unofficial CCK Helper says:

      Probably don’t leave it at room temp. Oatmeal is perishable.

      1. Macy says:

        Good point! I’ll let it cool for a few minutes before fridging!

  99. Susan says:

    Wow! You mean I have to decide about my favorite breakfast? Not sure I can. My current favorites are açai bowl, smoothies, overnight oats, and black forest oatmeal (chocolate with cherries & almond flavor). I love the idea of these chocolate overnight oats – they combine the best of hot and cold oatmeal.

  100. Imogen says:

    Katie, is this really 160 cals? I’m in disbelief that anything so delicious can be so low cal! Made it just now with a small banana (so around 260 cals), yummy!

  101. Alysa says:

    Just made this! It was heavenly! The coconut milk makes a huge difference in taste! MM!

  102. Li says:

    Really awesome! I call it my healthy coco pops.

  103. Heather says:

    This recipe inspired me to make a Gluten-Free Chocolate Malt-O-Meal! Well, this recipe and the fact that I had a box of GF Brown Rice Hot Cereal that would have been otherwise totally inedible if I hadn’t found a way to doctor it up, lol. :)

  104. Paloma says:

    This was delicious! I made mine peanut butter chocolate flavored by adding some Pb2! It wasnt until i served it though that i realized i forgot sweetener! But it was an easy fix :)

  105. Christine says:

    Hi Katie! I cannot say enough good things about you and your incredible recipes. I’m currently on a very restrictive anti-candida diet and have been able to enjoy some of your delicious desserts! Thank you so much! I’ll be buying your book for everyone I know. Keep up the excellent work!…especially if it involves zucchini bread. :)

  106. Kyla says:

    Mmm! I’m eating this right now. This is amazing! I also melted some frozen strawberries and slapped them with a spatula, then dumped them into the oatmeal. It tasted like chocolate strawberries.

  107. Veronica says:

    I’m super routine oriented, so I’ve had the same thing for breakfast every morning for like 6 months. It was time for a change so I decided to try this. Just found my new routine. YUM!

  108. Brandi K says:

    I’ve been eating this for breakfast a lot lately. Love it! I get my chocolate fix in the morning and keep forgetting I have Valentine chocolate hidden in my cabinet, lol.

    Anyway, my kids love pb&j, but we’re out of bread today….So, I got this idea–pb&j oatmeal! First, I looked to see if you already have a recipe on here. I’m not a huge fan of trial and error and I don’t like pb&j myself, so I knew I wouldn’t be able to stomach an “error.” I’m sure there’s a recipe somewhere on the Internet, but I only looked here and didn’t find one, so I decided to wing it–how hard could it be? Well, my son loved it and says he wants it everyday; my daughter didn’t, but she might have just filled her tummy with frozen raspberries, lol. I used 2-3 Tb peanut butter, about 1 Tb raspberry preserves (that was all that was left in the jar), 1/2-3/4 C frozen raspberries and a sprinkling of sugar.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  109. Nikki says:

    Chocolate oatmeal canNOT be beat. My absolute favorite way to do chocolate oats (We all know there are at least a thousand different ways to add chocolate to our oatmeal) is to cook the oats simply by pouring boiled water over them until just covered. When they soak up all the water, they become a really dense chewy clump with a brownie like texture. (I mix the cocoa powder with the oats before adding the water) and then mash a banana and gently stir it in (I don’t mix it thoroughly because I like having the chunks of oatmeal rather than smoothing it all out). If you like chewy rather than gooey oatmeal, THIS is the best way to cook them! The ONLY downside is that they are not voluminous. I tend to use closer to 2/3 cup oats when I cook this way (therefore, it is fairly high calorie, so I only eat them like this once in a while as I prefer volume with my calories even though I don’t have to worry about weight right now). I find this is my favorite way to cook when I am doing the blended oats thing too, as it makes things much more creamy. I love blending a couple spoonfuls of these cooked oats with some homemade applesauce, cinnamon, and soaked raisins, prunes, or figs, and psyllium husks, and then pouring this over the remaining oats, and stirring in more applesauce, and soaked dried fruit. Or I blend part of the oats cooked this way with some almond milk, and frozen fruit and bananas, and then mix in with the remaining oats.

  110. Lilly says:

    I also add some instant coffee or espresso to the chocolate oatmeal! Tastes great!! :)

  111. Hey Katie! I just found this recipe and it is a-maz-ing. So amazing, in fact, that I featured it on my blog:

    I had already made a post earlier this month about overnight oatmeal, but I like the way you do it better. I then found out that I can make my flavors using your method and it works great! Thank so much for all the hard work you put into this blog; it’s very inspiring and I wish you the best.


  112. Kevina says:

    I just found your blog….I CAN’T BELIEVE J JUST FOUND YOU BLOG!!!!
    I love dessert so much that I can’t live without them a day….but I am also afraid of being fat 😛
    Just made the hot version and I LOVE the way the chocolate chips melting on it!!! SO DELICIOUS!!! LOVE YOU:))
    Kevina x

  113. Anna says:

    Hi Katie!!

    I was just wondering how much the flavor changed if I did it with water rather than with milk.

    Thank you!! Love the blog

  114. CutePi says:

    So I just made this for the first time to bring to work for breakfast. Holy. Chocolate. Cow. It took me two days to finish it because it’s so rich! I’m now picturing all the delicious possibilities. Let’s say I wanted to make an apple pudding-type overnight oatmeal. Do you think using apple juice as the liquid would work, or too runny? I’m picturing this with loads of apple flavor, a scoop of applesauce mixed in with tons of cinnamon and some maple syrup as the sweetner, and maybe some chopped walnuts and/or almond butter to top it off…

  115. Alex says:

    Katie, I just recently found your site and I am IN LOVE! I’m recovering from an eating disorder and it’s been really helpful to see that I can treat myself in a healthier way. I ~sort of~ made this for myself this morning by just adding a tablespoon of cocoa and a bit of vanilla extract to my usual banana and strawberry oatmeal, and it was incredible. And only an extra 30 calories! Will definitely try the full recipe later when I’m feeling up to it, and I can’t wait to be fully better so I can try every single one of your recipes (seriously, I have spent hours on this blog looking through every single one multiple times)! I just wanted to say thanks for putting so much effort into sharing your healthy secrets with the rest of the world, I’m sure you’ve helped a lot of people just like me <3

  116. Vanitha says:

    So it was a bit of chocolate indulgence for me this Friday morning. I guess ‘a bit’ is understating it. I used coconut milk and substituted a tablespoon of chocolate protein powder for cocoa. And because I didn’t have chocolate chips, I used Lindt cooking chocolate. Looking at your sprinkling of chocolate chips in the picture above, I probably went over the top, thinking that four ‘little’ cubes weren’t going to make a big deal. But this will keep me well and truly filled up till lunch. Eagerly awaiting for your book.

  117. Lucy says:

    This is my birthday breakfast tomorrow 😀
    Will xylitol work as the sweetener?

  118. Fionna says:

    Whohoo! Chocolate Oatmeal! =D I tried it this morning and it was delicious, particularly since I put in some half-mashed strawberries and my favourite raw cacao nibs (and lots of chocolate chips of course!). Super yummy, thank you so much for the recipe!!!

  119. Rebecca says:

    KATIE, your chocolate oatmeal changed my life. I am a breakfast obsessed nerd who eats this oatmeal all the time. I love your blog so much ♡ thanks for making my mornings great ☻

  120. ace says:

    I LOVE this oatmeal! Nice and easy to make in the morning before work. The only thing I do differently is that I add an extra tablespoon of cocoa powder to make it more chocolate-y. :)

  121. Mary Pat says:

    Made for the Food, Friends & Fun “What’s on the Menu?” tag game & this is a great way to start a day! I used rolled oats, milk, a super-sized amt of hot cocoa mix for a hefty chocolate fix, granulated sugar & a drizzle of hazelnut coffee creamer on top. It was yummy & I’m sure there’d be a lot more oatmeal lovers in our world if they knew about your recipes for it. I expect to try some of the others soon. Thx for this recipe. :-)