Add a little magic to your breakfast with this recipe for Hot Chocolate Oatmeal! Creamy, rich, and satisfying, this chocolate oatmeal recipe will make both the big and little kids happy!
If you are looking for a way to get kids out of bed and excited for breakfast even on early school mornings, this recipe for Hot Chocolate Oatmeal is sure to do the trick.
While not as decadent as my recipe for Homemade Hot Chocolate, this Hot Chocolate Oatmeal still feels like an indulgent way to start the day!
This oatmeal is rich and decadent and filled with chocolate, but yet is also packed full of fiber, calcium, whole grains, and antioxidants.
Chocolate oatmeal is seriously a win-win. Healthy and Decadent!
Notes On Ingredients
- Oats: This recipe for chocolate oatmeal works using quick-cooking and old-fashioned oats, but do not use steel-cut oats. Also, be sure your oats are gluten-free if needed.
- Milk: Use any milk you like for this chocolate oatmeal. I have used regular milk, coconut milk, and almond milk with great success.
- Cocoa Powder: Use pure cocoa powder, not hot chocolate powder.
- Sweetener: You can opt to use sugar, maple syrup, or honey to sweeten this recipe for oatmeal. Personally, I find that this oatmeal recipe does not need much sugar added at all, especially when topped with marshmallows, but of course, you can adjust the sweetness to the level your family prefers.
- Marshmallows (optional): Hot chocolate and marshmallows are a match made in heaven and certainly make breakfast a bit more fun.
How to Make Chocolate Oatmeal
- In order to help the cocoa powder fully dissolve into the oatmeal, mix the cocoa powder with a bit of water until smooth. This will keep your oatmeal smooth.
- Mix the chocolate mixture, oats, milk, and maple syrup (or sugar) together in a medium saucepan.
- Bring the mixture to a low boil, then immediately reduce the heat to a simmer. When making chocolate oatmeal, you need to be careful to not scorch the milk while cooking. To avoid this pitfall, cook over low heat and stir frequently.
- Once the oatmeal has thickened and the oats are softened, turn off the heat. Stir in the vanilla and dish out and top with marshmallows.
More Oatmeal Recipes
- Baked Sweet Potato Oatmeal
- Instant Pot Oatmeal
- Peanut Butter & Jelly Baked Oatmeal Cups
- Baked Banana Oatmeal
- Baked Carrot Cake Oatmeal
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Hot Chocolate Oatmeal
- Mix together the cocoa powder in ½ cup water until the cocoa powder is dissolved and smooth.
- Add the cocoa powder mixture to a medium saucepan, along with the milk, remaining ½ cup of water, and maple syrup. Bring the mixture to a boil, while whisking frequently, to not scorch the milk.
- Stir in the oats and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook for 1 minute if using quick-cooking oats, and 5 minutes for old-fashioned oats, or until the oats are thickened and creamy.
- Turn off the and stir in the vanilla and a dash of salt. Top with marshmallows if desired.