All I do is think about chocolate, so I figured, why not incorporate chocolate inside my morning oatmeal. My chocolate oatmeal recipe is dairy-free and gluten-free. This recipe may sacrifice gluten and dairy, but it certainly does not sacrifice taste. This post contains affiliate links. Please see my disclosures.
This has been a rough weekend for our family. Our son had some difficulties with friends at school, and I won’t lie, this mama shed a lot of tears.
Parenting is hard work.
Fortunately my son found resolution to his friend crisis, and I’m finally starting to sleep again. When your kid hurts, you hurt. There is just no way around it.
Now, with the all the stress over the past few days, I woke up this morning to a head cold. A lot of my friends are sick. Couple that with the recent episode of family stress and I’m not surprised that I fell victim to illness.
This morning, in order to provide comfort to my congestion and because chocolate makes everything better, I decided to make a warm and delicious gluten-free chocolate oatmeal. That’s right, I said chocolate oatmeal. Don’t judge.
I needed this chocolate oatmeal bowl to get me through the day and quickly satisfy my chocolate craving all while providing a nourishing, fiber-rich and totally gluten-free breakfast.
What You Need
You’ll need a few ingredients to make this chocolate oatmeal recipe shine, although I guarantee if you change a thing here and there, you’ll create something just as wonderful. The recipe is pretty foolproof.
Here’s what I used to make my gluten-free chocolate oatmeal recipe:
Dairy-Free Milk: To keep this chocolate oatmeal recipe vegan, I used Silk Cashewmilk, which is my favorite dairy-free milk alternative. You could also use soy milk, almond milk and gluten-free labeled oat milk brands. If you’re not vegan, you can use regular milk. Water will also work well although you may need to adjust the recipe to taste.
Whatever brand of oats you use, make sure they’re labeled “gluten free” or “certified gluten free.”
As a reminder, oats are naturally gluten free, however, they are grown in rotation with wheat crops and utilize the same harvesting and storage equipment as used for wheat crops. Oats are cross contaminated with wheat, and that is why anyone with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity must only use GF-labeled oats.
Unsweetened Cocoa Powder: Cocoa powder will give this chocolate oatmeal recipe is chocolatey flavor and look, as well as a mega boost of antioxidants. I use Navitas Organic Cacao Powder.
Maple Syrup: As the cocoa powder can add a bit of bitterness to the recipe, I like to counter it with a little sweetness. Maple syrup is vegan, but if you’re not vegan, you can use honey instead. Other sweeteners that work well include date syrup and agave nectar.
Salt: Add a pinch of salt enhance the overall flavor of the recipe. Just a tad will work and won’t make the mixture salty.
How to Make Chocolate Oatmeal
It’s easy to make chocolate oatmeal in minutes. In fact, the entire process takes about 5-7 minutes.
First, bring the dairy-free milk to a gentle boil in a small pot, then add the oats, cocoa powder, flaxseed meal, maple syrup and pinch of salt. Stir everything together.
Lower heat to a gentle, rolling boil, cover, and let the oatmeal simmer for 5 minutes.
Remove from heat and stir mixture. It will continue to form its signature oatmeal texture as it cools.
Add the oatmeal to a bowl and top with toppings of choice. I like to use sliced banana, coconut flakes and mini chocolate chips. You could also use other fresh or dried fruits, nuts or seeds, and even a dollop of warm peanut butter.
Ready to make this delicious recipe full of fiber, healthy fats and antioxidants? It truly is the perfect breakfast indulgence and exactly what the doctor ordered.
Try these wonderful oatmeal recipes too:
- Simple Strawberry Overnight Oats
- Chewy Gluten-Free Oatmeal Cookies
- 5-Ingredient Pumpkin Oatmeal Muffins
- Gluten-Free Banana Oatmeal
- Gluten-Free Apple Pie Oatmeal
Gluten-Free Chocolate Oatmeal
- Small pot with lid
- 1 banana optional
- 1 tsp mini chocolate chips optional
- 1 tsp shredded coconut optional
- Add milk to pot and bring mixture to a gentle boil. Add oats, flaxseed meal, cocoa powder, maple syrup and pinch of salt to milk and stir all ingredients together.
- Reduce heat to low and bring mixture to a low simmer (gentle rolling boil). Cover and let mixture cook for 5 minutes.
- Remove mixture from heat, stir, and allow mixture to rest for 2 minutes.
- Add oatmeal to a bowl and top with toppings of choice or enjoy as is.