Double Chocolate Oatmeal

Double Chocolate Oatmeal

I’ve always been a dessert fan. Lover. Adorer. Obsesser. And by the way, spell check wants me to write that as Observer. Not a chance, spell check. Not.a.chance.

It is a really bad and really good day when I wake up and see those chocolate cookies that I made yesterday sitting on the counter and POOF, just like that, three are gone. And it’s 6am. It all happens so fast.

I am definitely not a dessert observer, spell check. Sheesh.


There’s just that one problem with my dessert habit. That one need-to-eat-healthier problem, and also the hungry-by-9am problem. The bliss of the breakfast cookie doesn’t last long.

So once upon a sad day when I could find no dessert anywhere in the house, I made chocolate oatmeal.

And while oatmeal is not usually the first thing that people think of when they think chocolate dessert, I’ve been in the oats-after-dinner club for many a year. And that’s not just a blog joke – I’m totally serious. One of my favorite ways to round out a meal is with a few bites of sweet, creamy oatmeal. And my favorite thing of all is sitting by the crackling fire under a blanket and holding a little warm mug filled with cinnamon sugar oatmeal. Yes, mug. And yes, fire.

Bleh. I can NOT handle that kind of heat right now but in another life, I do like that sort of thing.


This is what I eat when I want to eat dessert but I actually need to eat something that’s not 50,000 calories. Which is my whole life.

Cocoa powder makes this rich and chocolatey without tons of sugar. A dash of cinnamon warms up the flavor. And the egg whites make it fluffy, protein-packed, and filling. Oh, the chocolate chips? Yeah. Ummmm. For decoration.

It’s a dessert lover’s dream for less than 300 calories.


Double Chocolate Oatmeal

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Double Chocolate Oatmeal
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Serves: 2
  • 1 cups rolled oats
  • 3-4 cups water
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxmeal
  • a dash of cinnamon
  • 2 egg whites
  • powdered sugar and chocolate chips for topping
  1. In a saucepan over high heat, place the rolled oats and salt. Cover with 3 cups water. Bring to a boil and cook for 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, adding ½ cup water as necessary as the mixture thickens.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk 4 tablespoons water into the 4 tablespoons cocoa powder to form a smooth sauce. Add the cocoa sauce and the vanilla to the pan and stir until well combined.
  3. Turn the heat down to low. Add the egg whites and whisk immediately and vigorously to get them fully incorporated. (If you go too slow or don’t whisk right away, you’ll get little chunks of egg whites in your oatmeal). The entire mixture should slowly take on a lighter color and fluff up a bit as the egg whites become incorporated and cook.
  4. Add the sugar, flaxmeal, and cinnamon. Stir to combine. Remove from heat and serve immediately, topping with powdered sugar or chocolate chips if you want.
Other serving suggestions: cold milk, a small pat of melted butter, sliced bananas, a spoonful of peanut butter.Nutrition information would be per serving for 2 total servings, not including toppings, which ends up being about ¾ cup of cooked oats.

Nutrition information for Double Chocolate Oatmeal

How do you guys feel about brownie batter? Because what this really reminds me of is brownie batter. A big ol’ bowl of the warm, fudgy, gooey stuff.

Wait, is brownie batter warm? Hmm.

It tastes like yummy chocolate, end of story.

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  1. Great minds think alike;-) I JUST made chocolate oatmeal 2 nights ago! Except ….I just stirred a handful of chocolate chips and a spoonful of peanut butter into a hot bowl of oatmeal…yum:-)

  2. I am ALL ABOUT chocolate oatmeal! In fact I do make it regularly for bfast and throw in 1/2 a mashed banana, cinnamon, raisins and walnuts for good measure. WHY am I not adding decorative chocolate chips? Probably b/c I like to pretend it’s bfast, not dessert. How silly!

  3. Well I’m a big fan of brownie batter so I know I’d love this!

  4. Im a huge oatmeal have I never thought to make chocolate oatmeal!? So smart!

  5. You know I’ve only been a big fan of oatmeal in my cookies. This has me wanting to give it a second chance.

  6. Ha breakfast cookie turns into a PLATE of breakfast cookie(s) for me. I need staying power for my healthy breakfasts! And ones that taste like dessert, thank you very much! What else will motivate me to eat oatmeal other than chocolate?!?!?! Love the photos Lindsay! I just spent time rereading your eBook (I bought it last may) and absorbed so much more information since I know what I’m doing now. lol :)

  7. Chocolate for breakfast?! Heck yes!

  8. Talk about eating chocolate for breakfast and loving it :)

    Saw your choc cake mix cookies on the top row of FG the day you submitted them, too – nice going! :)

  9. LOVE me some brownie batter, that look delish!

  10. I’m not much of a dessert observer either so I’m right there with you. So glad you made a dessert-type breakfast. YOU ROCK! :)

  11. Woooooow. I want all of this.

  12. Okay, we can be friends again.

  13. Hey Lindsey, love your post ( always do :)), but only first 2 images are appearing, I think some prob with rest of the images, please check.

    • Thanks for letting me know. They seem to be working fine for me, but I’ve had some other tech troubles lately that could be affecting things. I’ll see what I can do. :)

  14. Erin {Lemon Sugar} says:

    That looks fantastic! Only you could make oatmeal look this delicious!

  15. I have been trying to find a way to make myself eat oatmeal, and I think this is it! Can’t wait to make this for breakfast. (I can only see the first 2 images as well, BTW)

  16. I absolutely never would have thought of this! I love how your mind works! :)

  17. This looks really good. The hubs and I’ve been looking for delicious recipes for breakfast – we’ve gotten into the rut of pancakes and waffles!

  18. Everything about this is amazing. This, with a cup of coffee, would give me super powers. :)

  19. My kind of oatmeal! Mmmmm.

  20. OMG this is just what i need to help me adjust from my smoothie breakfasts to a more cold weather appropriate dish. Def trying this soon. thanks!

  21. OMG!! This looks so yummy! My only problem is I would want this for breakfast every day! Great idea :)

  22. Strange I´ve never thought of that combination! I mean, being the dessert and oatmeal lover that I am! But I guess it has to do with the fact that oatmeal = breakfast, and chocolate = not breakfast, in my world – but if you say this resembles brownie batter? I´m forever sold!

  23. This one was an instant win… I love the pics, and when I know it must’ve tasted heavenly. I adapted this to be egg-less, and used melted dark chocolate. One spoonful, and I felt like I landed in heaven!
    Thanks for this!

  24. Are you still in the Philippines? Because chocolate oatmeal is pretty popular there…try the chocolate champorado…a Filipino breakfast staple…

  25. I wish we lived closer to each other! No one in my fam likes cauliflower soup except me so I’d love to come over and share this soup with you and your cauliflower-loving clan!

  26. YOU ARE MY HERO ,THANK YOU FOR EXISTING! chocolate oats this week, here I come. I wonder how it’d be with 5 baby marshmallows mixed in… :)

  27. I am so glad that I found this website! I have an 8 year old chocolate lover that despises oatmeal. It’s hard to get her to eat eat any breakfast, so we do smoothies. Just tried this recipe…Success!! Her little sisters who happen to love oatmeal loves this one too! Three full HAPPY girls = happy Mom. Thank you!

  28. chelsey says:

    this sounds amazing!! definately wanna try it but i dont often have time in the mornings nad usually do overnight oats, could this be made overnight do you think? obviously it wouldnt have the same hot gooey-ness but still chocolate and oats yum!!

  29. This was excellent. It tasted just like brownie batter. I only made half the recipe as I only wanted the one serving. It definitely is rich! You have to be a true chocolate lover eat just one serving!

  30. This is like a healthier champorado!

  31. My husband requested “brownie oatmeal” when he came inside after 3 hours of shoveling. I had been saving your recipe for just the right time, so mixed it right up. Not only was the presentation nice, topped with the powdered sugar and chocolate chips, but it was delicious and comforting! Thanks!

  32. Very yummy and you’re right – reminiscent of brownie batter. No matter how fast I whisk the eggs white in though, can’t seem to escape the egg white pieces. :( Any tips?

  33. Needed a little something. Maybe some fat? Cream? Has potential!

  34. Alexandria says:

    So I’m breastfeeding my 3&1/2 week old baby girl and after a nasty bout of mastitis my production is down. All the sites say to eat oatmeal for breakfast to increase my supply, but they don’t say how to make it palatable! Thanks for this recipe! I actually enjoyed my oatmeal this morning. I saw it already had flax seed meal (an ingredient of lactation cookies) so I added a Tbsp of brewer’s yeast just to kill 2 birds with one stone. Hope all this wasn’t TMI, but seriously, I can’t thank you enough for this recipe!!!!!

    • Alexandria – I had the unfortunate experience of mastitis as well, and I’m so glad you’ve found a yummy way to increase your milk supply! Trust me – once this infection passes, your supply will be back to normal in no time. :) In the meantime, enjoy your chocolate oatmeal!

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