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Double Chocolate Oatmeal

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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.

Oats in a measuring cup.

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.

Melted chocolate in a white bowl.

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.


Double chocolate oatmeal in a white bowl with a spoon.
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chocolate oatmeal

Double Chocolate Oatmeal


This double chocolate oatmeal is healthy enough to be breakfast and decadent enough to be dessert. One of my all-time favorites!


  • 1 cups rolled oats
  • 3-4 cups water
  • 1/4 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 3/4 cup of cooked oats.

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: double chocolate oatmeal, chocolate oatmeal, oatmeal dessert

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. Skillful Cook Logo

    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:-)

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    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!

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    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 🙂

  4. Skillful Cook Logo

    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.

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      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. 🙂

  5. Skillful Cook Logo

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

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        BTW, I made this after my run this morning. This is the first time I have ever enjoyed oatmeal! I’m trying to go vegan for a week, so I left out the egg whites and added a tablespoon of peanut butter. Thanks for sharing a great recipe!

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    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!

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    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!

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    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!