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Who doesn't love starting their day with a bowl of chocolatey goodness? This Brownie Batter Chocolate Oatmeal is the perfect way to start your day. Creamy, rich, and sweet, you'll be sure to love this breakfast recipe.
(Because, who doesn't want to eat chocolate for breakfast?)
This recipe is low fat, healthy carb, sugar-free, dairy-free, and a Trim Healthy Mama E Fuel.
This recipe is so easy to make – it takes less than 10 minutes! And it is made with just a few simple ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry.
Oats, milk (I use almond milk), cocoa powder, sweetener, salt, and vanilla extract. That's it!
If you want a little extra punch, you can add a scoop of protein powder or a handful of sugar-free chocolate chips. But even without those additions, this oatmeal is rich, creamy, and satisfying.
As for the comfort factor, this oatmeal will definitely hit the spot. It is warm and cozy and perfect for chilly mornings.
It also has a bit of a brownie batter flavor – thanks to the cocoa powder – which makes it feel indulgent and special.
But don't worry, there is no sugar crash after eating this oatmeal. It is a lower-glycemic recipe that uses healthy carbs to give you sustained energy all morning long.
Additional Favorite Toppings:
- Sweetened Greek Yogurt
- Fresh Berries
- 1/2 Banana, sliced (for additional natural sweetness)
- Sugar-Free Lily's Chocolate Chips (keep to a teaspoon or two)
- Grated 85% Dark Chocolate (keep to a minimal amount to avoid a Crossover)
- Sugar-Free Maple Syrup
- Peanut Butter Drizzle (made with peanut flour and water mixed together)
- Nut Butter like Almond Butter (keep to a teaspoon to keep it in THM:E mode)
- Sugar-Free Brown Sugar
- 2 Teaspoons of Cacao Nibs
- Chopped Nuts (keep to a teaspoon to stay in THM:E mode)
What kind of oats should I use for Brownie Oatmeal?
I used old-fashioned rolled oats, but you could also use quick oats (you may not need to cook them quite as long).
You could even use steel-cut oats, although the cooking time will be much longer. (You could also soak them overnight to reduce the cooking time.)
If you have a gluten allergy or intolerance, be sure to look for certified gluten-free oats.
What kind of milk should I use for Brownie Oatmeal?
I used unsweetened almond milk in this recipe, but you could also use any unsweetened non-dairy milk you like.
Unsweetened cashew milk, coconut milk (the kind in the carton), or even sugar-free oat milk would all work great.
How do I sweeten Brownie Oatmeal?
I used Gentle Sweet, which is a powdered blend of xylitol, erythritol, and stevia. (You could also use my Homemade Gentle Sweet recipe!)
I know 2.5 Tablespoons of Gentle Sweet sounds like a lot – and yes, it probably is.
But I like my oatmeal sweeeeet, and if it supposed to taste like brownie batter it does need to be sweet.
If you don't like your oatmeal quite as sweet, feel free to decrease the sweetener. However, the bitterness of the cocoa powder does require a little extra sweetener.
You could also use my Sugar-Free Brown Sugar to sweeten the oatmeal with that perfect caramel brown sugar flavor!
If you prefer your brownie oatmeal naturally sweetened with fruit, you could add a little unsweetened applesauce or use half a mashed banana.
What type of cocoa powder do you use in Brownie Oatmeal?
I used regular unsweetened cocoa powder, but you could also use Dutch-processed cocoa powder.
Dutch-processed cocoa powder has been treated with an alkalizing agent, which gives it a darker color and a smoother flavor.
For an intense chocolate flavor, you could use Black Cocoa Powder (I think black cocoa powder makes things taste remarkably like Oreo's)!
Or if you want some additional health benefits, you could use cacao powder in place of cocoa powder!
Any type of cocoa powder will work great in this recipe!
Can I make Brownie Oatmeal as overnight oats?
Yes! This recipe would make great overnight oats - perfect for meal prep, too!
Simply combine all of the ingredients in a jar or container and store in the fridge overnight.
In the morning, give it a good stir and add your favorite toppings for a tasty breakfast with so much flavor you may think you're enjoying a fudgy brownie!
You could reheat it to serve warm or enjoy it cold straight out of the fridge!
The overnight oat jars should keep fresh for up to a week in the fridge.
Can I make Brownie Oatmeal as baked oatmeal?
Yes, I think you could make Brownie Baked Oatmeal, though I have not personally tried it yet!
To make baked oatmeal, I would suggest simply combining all of the ingredients in a small bowl, then pouring batter into a ramekin or baking dish and baking at 350 degrees F until cooked through - about 15-18 minutes.
You may want to add 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder to help it rise a bit.
Serve with your favorite toppings for a fun and tasty baked oats breakfast that everyone will love!
**Please note that as written this is a single-serve recipe, so you will need to bake it in a very small dish. Also, I have not personally tried baking it - I've only made it on the stovetop.
More Delicious Breakfast Oatmeal Recipes:
Instant Pot Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal
My friend Jacinda has this awesome recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Oatmeal! Be sure to check out her recipe, too!
Have you seen my new Paperback cookbook, "15 Healthy Carb Recipes?" It is available on Amazon!
Brownie Batter Chocolate Oatmeal
- ½ Cup Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
- ½ Cup Water
- ½ Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
- 2 ½ Tablespoons Gentle Sweet
- 2 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder
- 2 Teaspoons Vanilla
- Dash Salt
- Add all the ingredients to a medium saucepan over medium heat.
- Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 1-2 minutes, or until oatmeal begins to thicken.
- Remove from heat and enjoy!
Would it be ok to add a tablespoon of Baobab or would the tangy taste ruin the chocolate flavor? Can’t wait to try this recipe on the morning!
You could add a bit - I probably wouldn't add more than a teaspoon or two.
Wow. Amazing!! I didn’t have gentle sweet so I subbed 1/2 Tbs of super sweet and a packet of stevia from Aldi. Sending the hubs to Aldi for more baking cocoa- pretty sure this will be a breakfast staple around here - had to scarf it down bc it was awesome and my 3 year old wanted some! (And screaming baby 😬) Do you eat anything else with this for more protein?
I usually have collagen coffee with mine, and sometimes I will add some 0% Greek Yogurt as well. I am so pleased that you enjoyed it!
Can't wait to try this tomorrow morning. Thanks!
Would this work as an overnight oatmeal instead of cooking the same day?
Yes, I believe so!
Tried this for the first time this morning...wow!! I used Hershey's Special Dark cocoa powder (it's what we keep around) and added a spoonful of nonfat Greek yogurt and a sprinkle of cinnamon at the end. Hard to believe this is on plan, it's so delicious!
I added a scoop of protein powder.
Yes, that is a great idea!
Wanda F McNeese
Ok to use steel cut oatmeal? I prefer the texture
Absolutely, but you will likely need to cook it longer.
Okay, best oatmeal I’ve ever had. But can someone tell me, if I cook a big batch up right now (a Monday morning) and put in the fridge, will it still be good on Friday/Saturday?
I would think it would be fine!
Could you add some protein powder or collagen? Is this enough protein on its own for THM?
I usually drink a collagen coffee with it, or top it with some 0% Greek Yogurt for extra protein. 🙂
Loved this recipe! Thanks!
I'm still trying to figure out when to use one sweetener over the other,. With SS being 3x as sweet at GS, it is much less expensive. So, when do you choose GS over SS like in this recipe?
I personally like Gentle Sweet the best, but if you want to use Super Sweet instead, just use 1/2 the amount.
I might be doing it wrong, but in 2.5 Tbls of GS it says it's 30 carbs...so how does the whole recipe have 34carbs? I'm hoping for someone to set me straight! Thank you!
You subtract the sugar alcohols from the xylitol and erythritol. 🙂
Is there a “soaking” beforehand or a “sitting” afterward that this recipe needs? The oats were still extremely chewy at the end of the recipe time. However it was delightfully chocolatey! 🙂 To make it even more cost-efficient, I have used only a quarter to an eighth of the vanilla called for, (1 tsp. for four recipes today) but add it at the *end* of cooking which preserves its vanilla flavor Also I was personally happy with half the gentle sweet – and the kids just added a little more stevia to theirs afterwards.
I have NEVER reviewed a recipe on a blog before! THIS is worthy of a review!!! I can not stress enough how DELICIOUS this was. I wasn't sure about the dollop of greek yogurt but even that was delicious. I can see this becoming an evening snack when I need chocolate! THANK YOU SO MUCH
I just tried this and it was so good! I swapped out the gentle sweat for agave and it tasted great. I would definitely recommend!
I'm glad you enjoyed it!
Love, love, love this oatmeal! It’s so good!