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Dark Chocolate Oatmeal

Easy Creamy Chocolate Oatmeal (vegan + gluten-free + refined sugar-free)

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  • Author: Elaine Gordon
  • Total Time: 12 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Start your morning with dessert first! Easy Creamy Chocolate Oatmeal has a short, simple, and nutritious ingredient list with so much decadent chocolate flavor. Top it with your favorite fruit or creamy nut butter for a dish that's both indulgent and healthy!


  • 3 cups filtered water
  • 1.5 cups quick cooking gluten free oats
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (or cacao powder)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract (at end with burner off)
  • Optional: 1 small handful Hu Chocolate gems (vegan and refined sugar-free)


  1. Bring water to a rolling boil and add oats. Add maple syrup, cocoa powder and salt. Whisk or stir well until smooth and creamy and water is mostly absorbed (about ten minutes).  Add the Hu Chocolate gems if using and stir them in until them melt from the heat of the oats.
  2. Turn off the burner and add vanilla extract. Serve into four bowls.
  3. Top with creamy nut or seed butter (try my homemade creamy raw almond butter) and fresh or frozen berries.  My kids like to top with hemp and chia “sprinkles” and vegan butter. If it’s too hot they stir in cold almond milk to cool it off fast. My homemade coconut whipped cream and my raspberry chia jam would also be delish for toppings.  More ideas: coconut butter, coconut flakes, mini vegan chocolate chips, banana slices


My favorite brand of cocoa powder for the very best chocolate flavor is Whole Foods 365 brand.  It is a vibrant rich dark brown color which indicates that it has a strong chocolate flavor.  When I have used other brands it has not tasted as good to me and my children even notice if I run out of the one we like!

  • Prep Time: 2
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop