Healthy Chocolate Oatmeal (Vegan, Gluten Free)

healthy chocolate oatmeal

Can two such words co-exist? Healthy and chocolate? Surely they’re a contradiction? Not so, my friends. Not so. In fact, they combine wonderfully with the third: oatmeal. Or porridge, which might be more familiar. Healthy chocolate oatmeal: it exists, and it is wonderful.

healthy chocolate oatmeal

I like to eat this on the weekends, when I feel like something sweet and indulgent but also something healthy; when pancakes are too much effort, and the chewy texture of cooked oats is calling to me.

healthy chocolate oatmeal
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Of course, there is nothing stopping you from eating this every day of every week for all of time! That’s the great thing about this recipe! There’s no saturated fats, there’s no dairy, there’s nothing really that could trip you up. Simply cocoa powder (for chocoate goodness), ground flaxseed (to get a dose of healthy omega-3’s), some sweetener, and some non-dairy milk (for creaminess).

As you can see, at it’s heart, it’s simple. There’s nothing complex or sophisticated needed to bring healthy chocolate oatmeal to your breakfast table. I like to go nuts on the toppings, as you can see, but you can also have your oats ‘naked’, with peanut butter, strawberries, granola, coconut flakes.. the list is endless!

healthy chocolate oatmeal

A note about measurements

I like to make my chocolate oatmeal with jumbo oats: they give more texture. As such, 40g is equal to about half a cup, but if you’re using rolled oats, I tend to find that 1/2 cup weighs more around the 50g mark.

More vegan porridge recipes to try:

Healthy Chocolate Oatmeal Recipe

Healthy and chocolate. Can they co-exist? Of course they can. And they do so devilishly in my favourite simple, healthy chocolate oatmeal recipe.

  • Prep: 1 minute
  • Cook: 5 minutes
  • Total: 6 minutes
  • Author Luci Rebecca, Made by Luci
  • Serves 1
  • Calories 249


  • 40g jumbo oats (~1/2 cup with jumbo oats)
  • 2 tsp ground flaxseed (~5g)
  • 2 tsp coco powder (~5g)
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 60ml non-dairy milk (~1/4 cup, I used cashew)
  • 180ml water (3/4 cup)


  1. Add all the ingredients to a saucepan over a medium heat.
  2. Bring to a simmer and stir often until desired consistency is reached. Add more water if needed - it depends on your oats/flaxseed - I'll add up to another 60ml (1/4 cup).
  3. Top as desired! Some ideas include: fruit, nuts, coconut flakes, dairy free yogurt, peanut butter! Go wild.


To ensure recipe is gluten free, use certified gluten free oats.

Calculated with real maple syrup. If using sugar free, zero calorie maple syrup it's about 50 calories, 12g sugar less.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 bowl
Servings Per Container 1

Amount Per Serving
Calories 249 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 13%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 14g
Protein 6g 12%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

All nutritional information is approximate - any exact calories will depend on which exact ingredients you use.

Who says a healthy breakfast has to be tasteless? Make this healthy chocolate oatmeal instead! Vegan and gluten free (just use gluten free oats).

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