I am a firm believer in chocolate for breakfast. I think it’s one of the perks of being an adult. You can do things like this.
But honestly, this chocolate oatmeal is something I would serve to my kids. (It would make a really special birthday breakfast or treat on a big day!) It uses all real food ingredients, so it’s wholesome and it’s homemade. I can feel good about that.
The chocolate in this recipe is just cocoa powder, which is actually healthy because it’s got antioxidants and good stuff like that. None of the added sugar that you see in prepared chocolate. Just add oats, milk, cinnamon and honey and you come up with this amazing chocolate oatmeal breakfast. All natural, clean foods.
Cause I want to start the day with something that fuels my body and gives me energy to power through work and keep up with my little ones. And some days that means a little something special. Especially when it only takes a few minutes to make.
See? It’s totally OK. Go on, have yourself a chocolate breakfast! And if you’re feeling extra decadent, see some of my ideas for other variations in the notes below. Peanut butter and chocolate oatmeal? Now that’s a way to start the day!
- 1/2 cup oats (I use old fashioned oats)
- 1 cup milk, plus 2-3 tablespoons milk, divided (see notes)
- 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1-2 teaspoons honey (or you can sub maple syrup or agave)
- mini chocolate chips, to sprinkle (optional)
- Combine oats and 1 cup milk in a medium microwaveable bowl. (Make sure it's big enough so the oats don't bubble over.) Microwave for 2 1/2 minutes.
- Remove and add cocoa powder and cinnamon, stirring well to combine.
- Add 2-3 tablespoons of milk (adjust to get your desired consistency) and vanilla and stir to combine.
- Drizzle with honey and serve warm!
I start with 2 tablespoons of milk added after the oats have cooked and sometimes add an extra splash. Adjust to get your desired consistency.
Also, I use soy milk for the milk here but regular milk (skim, 2% or whole) is great, too.
Other variations: Stir in 1 tablespoon peanut butter. Or top with banana slices. Or top with chopped walnuts. So many delicious options!