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Cocoa Brownie Oatmeal

This is a sponsored post brought to you by The Quaker Oats Company, but all opinions are completely my own.

Ok so we’re not actually making brownies today. But we are making something that tastes like brownies but is also nutritious: Chocolate Brownie Oatmeal!

Don’t believe me? You will after you make this recipe

So how is it that I turned this:

Into something that tastes like this?

With a little bit of creativity, and one special ingredient.

It’s no secret that I love oatmeal, and I’m always looking for ways to spice it up to make my breakfasts more interesting and fun. I also like using oatmeal as a base to recreate some of my favorite sweet treats that you can find on my site.The possibilities really are endless.

So why not make oatmeal that tastes like you’re eating a delicious, decadent chocolate brownie?

Here is my recipe for Cocoa Brownie Oatmeal. I promise, you will love it. It has become a regular staple in my breakfast rotation.

The Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Quaker® Rolled Oats cooked with 1.5 cups of water
  • 1 tsp raw, unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup 1% organic milk
  • 1 Tbsp walnuts
  • 1 Tbsp ground flax seeds
  • Honey, Agave, Maple Syrup to taste (I use about 1 tsp of honey)

The raw cocoa powder is another one of the nutritious components of this dish. While normally, adding chocolate would add additional sugar and fat to the dish, adding raw unsweetened cocoa powder is completely different. It comes straight from the cacao bean, so it adds all the chocolate flavor without any of the extra ingredients found in chocolate chips.

The Directions

Step 1: Cook the oats with 1.5 cups of water until the oats are fluffy and all the water has disappeared (I do this by cooking it for 2 minutes in the microwave, stirring, and cooking it for 2 more minutes.)

​Source: Quaker Oats

Step 2: Add the cocoa powder and cinnamon to the cooked oats while they are still hot.

Step 3: Stir until everything is fully combined, and your oats have a deep chocolatey color.

Step 4: Add the walnuts, and the milk (you can add as much milk as you like – I use about 1/2 a cup to give the oats a nice creamy consistency)

Step 5: Add honey/maple syrup if using, and stir to combine until the oats have the consistency you like.

Step 6: Enjoy the chocolatey brownie goodness of the oatmeal.

This recipe only has about 270 calories, 6g fiber, 7.5g sugar (0g added sugar), and 11g protein. Not bad for a breakfast that tastes as good as dessert!

Cocoa Brownie Oatmeal

Makes 1 serving. Nutritional Info Per Serving: 268 Calories, 10.2g Fat (1.3g Saturated), 53.8mg Sodium, 35.9g Carbs, 6.4g Fiber, 7.5g Sugar, 11.5g Protein

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Quaker® Rolled Oats cooked with 1.5 cups of water
  • 1 tsp raw, unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup 1% organic milk
  • 1 Tbsp walnuts
  • 1 Tbsp ground flax seeds
  • Honey, Agave, Maple Syrup to taste (Optional – not included in nutritional info)

Instructions

  1. Cook the oats with 1.5 cups of water until the oats are fluffy and all the water has disappeared (I do this by cooking it for 2 minutes in the microwave, stirring, and cooking it for 2 more minutes.)
  2. Add the cocoa powder and cinnamon to the cooked oats while they are still hot.
  3. Stir until everything is fully combined, and your oats have a deep chocolatey color.
  4. Add the walnuts, and the milk (you can add as much milk as you like – I use about 1/2 a cup to give the oats a nice creamy consistency)
  5. Add the honey/agave/maple syrup if using, and stir to combine until the oats have the consistency you like.
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20 responses to “Cocoa Brownie Oatmeal”

  1. My fave way is to soak them overnight in lactose free milk, mix in some nuts too so they soak as well along with a dash of salt that’s healthy for you. In the morning, no cooking required, just dig in.

    • Overnight oats are the best Cathy! And soaking nuts is wonderful – by soaking you are breaking down the phytic acid so your body can absorb the nutrients from the nuts even more efficiently! Nice job!

  2. I eat Quaker Old Fashioned Oats every morning for breakfast. I cook them in almond milk with a splash of boiled apple cider. I add cinnamon, nutmeg, raisins, diced apples, candied pecans and pure maple syrup. Its a great way to start the day!

    • That sounds absolutely delicious Jeffrey! To make it even healthier (much lower in sugar), try substituting regular pecans or walnuts instead of the candied pecans, fresh pear instead of raisins, and try it without the maple syrup (or use 1 tsp or less of it)! I promise it will still taste great but will be much healthier for you!

  3. I have oatmeal every day – favorite way is to cook it on the stovetop until almost all the liquid is gone, then add some liquid egg whites and mix until fluffy (pretty flavorless and adds some protein). Take off the heat, add a mashed banana and top with your skinny maple granola (I always have a batch made). Yummy!

    • Hi Natalie! I have heard that egg whites in oatmeal is absolutely delicious — I’ll definitely have to try it sometime!

  4. Sounds delicious! Do you know if I could bake it somehow into a breakfast bar/cookie of some kind to make ahead for breakfasts on the go? Would I need to make any edits to the recipe?

    • Hi Amanda! If you wanted to make this into a breakfast bar you’d have to significantly modify this recipe – since the milk/oatmeal combo would be way too runny and wouldn’t bake well at all! To make this into a breakfast bar I’d do 1 cup of rolled oats, 1/2 cup oat flour, 2 tsp cocoa powder, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp vanilla, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 3 tbsp chopped walnuts, 1 flax egg, 1/2 cup milk (and 1/4 cup powdered peanut butter if you want a peanut butter chocolate bar). Bake at 350 degrees for 20 min. I haven’t tested this recipe though, this is just what I’d start with if I was going to make oatmeal breakfast bars 🙂 So feel free to tweak it as needed! Let me know how it turns out!

    • Homemade granola is the best! 🙂 I love that you can control the ingredients and amount of sugar in it too!

  5. I’m kind of boring, I eat Quaker Oats every morning, cook on the stovetop, add almond milk and cinnamon, that’s eat, very satisfying to me.

    • Hi Tammy! I wouldn’t say that’s boring at all! 🙂 I think that’s a very healthy well balanced breakfast! Just make sure the almond milk you’re using is unsweetened (no sugar added). Almond milk can sometimes have up to 12g sugar per serving which is the same as a small candy bar!

  6. As a life long chocoholic, this recipe will definitely add some variety to my morning Quaker oats mix of craisins and walnuts.

    • Yay!! I can’t hear how you like it Julie – as a fellow chocoholic this definitely satisfies my chocolate craving for the day!

    • That’s great! Just be careful not to use too much agave – I’d recommend about 1 tsp for 1 bowl of oats! Banana is a great natural sweetener so if you can use that instead of the agave that’s even better! 🙂

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