Hot Chocolate Oatmeal


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This hot chocolate oatmeal is a healthy way to have chocolate for breakfast that tastes like everyone’s favorite beverage! Creamy and comforting, it’s made with actual hot cocoa mix in it! 

hot chocolate oatmeal

Hot Cocoa Oatmeal

It’s no secret that I love a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast! If I’m not eating overnight oats or chocolate protein oatmeal, I’m digging into a bowl of hot chocolate oatmeal. 

If your looking for a festive way to enjoy your hot cereal, this hot chocolate oatmeal recipe ticks the boxes. 

Chocolate for breakfast CAN be healthy, especially if it’s secretly packed with nutrients. While this hot chocolate oatmeal is full of chocolate flavor and incredibly thick and creamy, it’s also packed with fiber and protein. 

The secret ingredient to give it the true hot cocoa flavor is using actual hot chocolate mix in the actual oatmeal! Not only does it make it extra creamy, but it gives the oatmeal the extra thickness.

While you can use any hot chocolate mix, I used my own homemade version, which contains NO added sugar or dairy!

Ingredients to make hot chocolate oatmeal

  • Rolled oats– Also known as old fashioned oats. Be sure to use certified gluten free oats if you’d like this recipe to be gluten free. 
  • Salt– Just a pinch, to bring out the sweetness of the oats. 
  • Granulated sweetener of choice– Any sweetener can be used. White or brown sugar works well, as do sugar free substitutes, like monk fruit sweetener or erythritol. 
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder– Sifted to ensure there are no clumps. Use dark cocoa powder for a darker flavor. 
  • Hot chocolate mix– Either store bought mix or a homemade mix.
  • Milk of choice– Use your favorite milk. I love using unsweetened almond milk or vanilla almond milk, to keep it vegan. 

How do you make oatmeal with a hot chocolate mix? 

Stovetop– In a small saucepan, combine your oats, salt, and milk of choice. On medium heat, bring to a boil, and once it begins to bubble, reduce to low. Allow the oats to simmer, while mixing regularly. Once most of the liquid has been absorbed, remove from the heat. Moving quickly, whisk in the sweetener, cocoa powder, and hot chocolate mix, until completely combined. Add extra milk to your desired thickness, before enjoying. 

Microwave– In a microwave safe bowl, combine your oats, salt, and milk of choice. Cook in the microwave until most of the liquid is absorbed. Remove from the microwave and whisk in the rest of your ingredients. If you’d prefer thinner oatmeal, add more milk. 

hot cocoa oatmeal

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use instant oats or oat substitutes? 

If you’d like to use instant oats or steel cut oats, you can use either of those. You’ll just need to adjust the milk ratio. 

As for oat substitutes, any hot cereal can be used. Quinoa flakes and buckwheat flakes are both great alternatives. 

Can I add protein powder? 

Yes, if you’d like to add an extra dose of protein to these oats, you can add some protein powder to it. I recommend using either a chocolate protein powder or neutral tasting protein powder, so it maintains the hot chocolate flavor. 

Is this recipe vegan and gluten free? 

If you use certified gluten free oats and non-dairy milk, this recipe is suitable for a vegan and gluten free diet..

Can I enjoy this cold? 

Yes, if you prefer to enjoy this overnight oats style, skip the cooking process. Instead, reduce the milk by half and mix all the ingredients together. Refrigerate overnight, covered. In the morning, add extra milk and enjoy it. 

oatmeal with hot chocolate mix

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Hot Chocolate Oatmeal

5 from 5 votes
This hot chocolate oatmeal is a smooth and creamy oatmeal with actual hot cocoa mix in it! Packed with fiber, it's a healthy excuse to have chocolate for breakfast!
Servings: 2 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 10 minutes



Stovetop method

  • In a small saucepan, add your oats, salt, and milk and cook until most of the liquid is absorbed.
  • Remove from heat and moving quickly, whisk in the rest of the ingredients. Add extra milk as needed.

Microwave method

  • In a microwave safe bowl, combine your oats, salt, and milk. Microwave until most of the liquid is absorbed. Whisk in the rest of the ingredients and enjoy.


* I used a homemade sugar free hot cocoa mix. Store bought works just as well.
Be sure to add more milk as needed.
If you'd like to enjoy this overnight oat style, reduce the milk by 1/2 cup and combine all the ingredients in a bowl and refrigerate overnight. 


Serving: 1servingCalories: 205kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 8gFat: 7gSodium: 660mgPotassium: 229mgFiber: 7gCalcium: 365mgIron: 2mgNET CARBS: 25g
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman
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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. The only thing I like about John Mayer is that whenever a song of his comes on the radio, everyone starts singing in a really raspy voice together. BONDING. I did not know that about coconut flour! I’ll have to get some when I’m shopping today

  2. OMG how can this be healthy? That looks amazing but I have a feeling there are a few more calories than my normal boring oatmeal with blueberries? Maybe I could just sprinkle in a few chocolate chips, but knowing me, having chocolate chips in the house is a recipe for disaster! 🙂

  3. No waaaaaaaaay! I craved peppermint things in the summer and I still crave pumpkin even though it’s winter! LOL! I’m still really into gingerbread and snickerdoodle foods XD Luckily, chocolate can be enjoyed year-round! Yummy!

  4. LOL. Arman! Your intros always crack me up. I’m sure you hit the nail on the head with what inspired our boy John. This looks amazing as always! The more chocolate, the better. Always.

  5. Aaaahw I’ll have this ridiculous song stuck in my head now!
    This sounds delightful! I’ll save this until I crave something sweet again. Most probably right after Christmas ;-P

  6. Super intrigued in adding an egg after you take it off the heat… WHY DON’T I HAVE COCONUT FLOUR AT MY HOUSE IN PITTSBURGH? Ugh, want to try this for brekkie tomorrow!

  7. Wait. Chocolate cake but in oatmeal form? That means I can eat it for breakfast, right? Sign me up! And turn off that damn John Mayer!

  8. Dear Arman, your posts always bring a smile or a good chuckle. Your chocolate oatmeal is decadent to say the least. You have definitely inspired me to step out of my comfort zone and get a bit more creative with my breakfasts. This would be such a treat in the morning and how could you resist healthy chocolate! Have a very happy holiday my friend and blessed New Year to come.

  9. While I wouldn’t call myself a real fan I have to defend John Mayer. It’s a girl thing, you know? I can overlook your snarking for the delicious idea of this oatmeal. Still wishing you got to try the cocoa I told you about because I’m sure you’d like it.
    Oh, also: I finally went to Hamburg again and got myself vegan sprinkles. Let the sprinkle games begin!