Creamy Chocolate Oatmeal (Banana Sweetened)

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Upgrade your morning oatmeal with chocolate! This banana sweetened chocolate oatmeal made on the stovetop is an easy, comforting breakfast treat that's perfect for cold mornings. (gluten-free, vegan option)


  • 2 cups milk of choice
  • 2 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 2 tbsp chocolate chips (optional)


  1. In a medium saucepan, whisk milk, cocoa powder and salt until well combined. Bring to a boil over medium-low heat.
  2. Stir in oats, flaxseed and banana. Lower heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until oats have absorbed the liquid and are thickened, about 3-5 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in chocolate chips (if using). Serve hot with any toppings you'd like.


  • Don't get the heat too high when bringing the milk to a boil. You don't want to scorch or curdle it.
  • Stir the oatmeal every minute or so while cooking to prevent sticking.
  • For more protein, stir in a scoop of your favorite protein powder at the end. I like unflavored collagen. For a creamier, no protein powder way to add protein, stir in a little bit of plain Greek yogurt.
  • The flaxseed is optional, but I always add it to oatmeal for a nutrition boost.
  • For the most protein, use dairy milk or soy milk to make the oatmeal. Other plant-based milks don't have as much protein.
  • For vegan option, use your favorite plant-based milk (see note above) and dairy-free chocolate chips.

Keywords: chocolate oatmeal, banana chocolate oatmeal, no added sugar chocolate oatmeal