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This Creamy and rich Hot Chocolate Oatmeal Breakfast Bowl is going to be your new favorite breakfast that will feel like having dessert for breakfast. It is easy to make, tasty, and ready in just 20 minutes.

top view bowl of creamy chocolate oatmeal with brown wooden spoon in the bowl, topped with melted chocolate
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We are in love with the oatmeal breakfast recipe. It is unbelievably rich and delicious. Made with a handful of simple pantry staple ingredients like rolled oats, cocoa powder, and maple syrup. Cooked with milk as its base, and then topped with some melted chocolate. To give it that last perfect touch, add a few mini marshmallows especially if you want to convince those kids to finish their hot cocoa oatmeal breakfast! We promise that they will love it too!

If you love having oatmeal for breakfast, then look no further and make this no-bake, easy, stunning, super creamy, and most amazing chocolate oatmeal breakfast bowl recipe.

Recipe highlights

  • Quick and easy: Made with a handful of ingredients and takes just about 20 minutes to make.
  • So tasty: Imagine you can have dessert for breakfast. Rich Creamy chocolatey oatmeal with eat bite.
  • Good for you: Packed with fiber and good carbs that will keep you full and satisfied all morning.
top view of 2 bowls of chocolate oatmeal  with wooden spoon in one of the bowls and a bowl of fresh strawberries

Ingredients you will need

  • Oatmeal: We used old-fashioned rolled oats. You can use quick oats but keep in mind that you won’t need as much milk, and it will take less time to cook if you are using quick oats.
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder: there are two types out there. If you use the special dark cocoa powder it’s fine but it will look much darker than what you see in our mages.
  • Milk of choice: We used 1% low fat Milk, but you may use any other milk
  • Fine kosher salt: Gives it a bit of a salt sweet flavor, but you can skip this ingredient if you like.
  • Vanilla extract: Gives it a special vanilla-flavored taste.
  • Maple syrup: any sweetener of your choice will work. Try honey or agave.
  • Dark chocolate, chopped: this is used to garnish as a topping so it is optional.
ingredients to make hot cocoa chocolate oatmeal breakfast bowl laid out

How to make this breakfast oatmeal

  • To a medium saucepan add oats, cocoa, milk, salt and vanilla.
  • Place the saucepan over low heat and cook for 12-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Once creamy, remove from heat and stir in the maple syrup.
  • Divide among 4 serving bowls and garnish with chopped chocolate while still warm.

Tips and Recommendations

  • To make this vegan-friendly: you can make this healthy oatmeal breakfast vegan-friendly by using dairy-free milk and topping it with dairy-free chocolate. Make sure you are also using maple syrup as your sweetener or agave.
  • If you must use quick oats, then use only 4 cups of milk, and cook for about 8-10 minutes until you reach the thickness you prefer.
  • Toppings: you can add different toppings to this creamy chocolate oatmeal bowl. Our top pic was some dark chocolate, but you may add strawberries, slivered almonds, shredded coconut, mini marshmallows, bananas, and so on.
  • Any sweetener will work. We loved using maple syrup but honestly, any sweetener will work. You may use less than the 1/2 cup we used.
top view of a white bowl with chocolate cooked oatmeal topped with melted dark chocolate

Frequently asked questions

How to make oatmeal sweet?

There are several ways you can add sweetness to your oatmeal. Adding a sweetener like honey, maple syrup, or agave is one way to do it. Other options would be to use a sweetened milk like sweetened almond milk, or simply add some protein powder which not only adds a healthy amount of protein to your breakfast bowl, but it will also add some sweetness since a lot of protein powders have sweeteners. Some natural ways to add sweetness to your oatmeal is to top it with some fresh fruits like sliced bananas, strawberries, or your fruit of choice.

Is oatmeal good for you for breakfast?

Yes. Oatmeal is a good choice to have for breakfast. They are rich in fiber and thus keep you full longer and promote good gut health. Oatmeal is also a great source of vitamins B and E, and minerals such as magnesium. Here is an article we like about the health benefits of oatmeal.

How can I make morning oatmeal better?

Your oatmeal breakfast doesn’t have to be boring. There are a million different ways to make oatmeal and using different liquid bases and toppings to keep it fun, tasty, and interesing. First thing we recommend is using milk instead of water. Then think of how to sweeten it. Either use a sweetner or use some natural fruits as your topping to sweeten it up a bit. Use cocoa powder or chocolate protein powder to make a rich chocolate base, and experiment with different toppings like nuts, nut butters, and fruits. Get creative!

top view of a white bowl with creamy chocolate oatmeal topped with melted chocolate and fresh strawberries

Storing and Reheating your oatmeal

  • To Store: Save leftovers in a sealed container and store it in the fridge for up to 5 days. We do not recommend freezing this chocolate oatmeal.
  • Reheating: Place the leftover oatmeal bowl in the microwave and reheat it for 60-90 seconds until it is heated through and then add your toppings.

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5 from 5 votes

Hot Chocolate Oatmeal Breakfast Bowl

By: Rena
Servings: 4
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
top view of a white bowl with chocolate cooked oatmeal topped with melted dark chocolate
Easy-to-make oatmeal breakfast bowl with rolled oats, cocoa powder, milk, and maple syrup. Perfect as a breakfast or dessert option. Ready in just 20 minutes



  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats, use gluten-free if needed
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 6 cup milk of choice, dairy-free milk works
  • 1/2 tsp fine kosher salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup, or honey
  • 6 oz dark chocolate, chopped, or sugar-free


  • Add oats, cocoa, milk, salt, and vanilla to a medium saucepan.
  • Place the saucepan over low heat and cook for 12-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Once creamy, remove from heat and stir in the maple syrup.
  • Divide the oatmeal among 4 serving bowls.
  • Garnish with chopped chocolate while still warm.


  • you may make this less sweet and add 1/4 cup of maple syrup.
  • use gluten-free rolled oats if needed. Quick oats work too but you will need 2 cups less milk and it will cook much quicker than rolled oats.
  • you can cut down on the calories by using sugar-free chocolate and dairy-free milk. Consider using unsweetened almond milk.


Calories: 691kcalCarbohydrates: 97gProtein: 22gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 13gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 445mgPotassium: 1216mgFiber: 11gSugar: 53gVitamin A: 710IUCalcium: 552mgIron: 8mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
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    1. 5 stars
      Thanks will try oats/cocoa recipe. Will use oat milk as calcium numbers are very low. (have cancer,was told to keep calcium number low). E