This triple chocolate protein oatmeal is a satisfying morning meal that will fill you up and satisfy your chocolate cravings in a healthy way. With more than 20 grams of protein per bowl and a rich, chocolate flavor, it’s a breakfast that will make you want to get out of bed even on the coldest mornings!
I’m not sure why, but sometimes I completely overlook sharing some of my go-to recipes on the blog. I think it’s because sometimes the recipes I make most regularly seem almost TOO easy to qualify as a real recipe. But, then again, if the simplest recipes are the recipes I make with the most frequency in my day-to-day life, maybe they’re the MOST shareworthy since they are “real life recipes” that don’t require a bazillion ingredients or a bazillion hours to make. Hopefully today’s breakfast recipe will appeal to those of you who tend to want to join me in the The Easier The Recipe, The Better camp!
And if the fact that this recipe is one that can be made in less than 10 minutes doesn’t intrigue you (less than five minutes if you do the microwave version!), maybe the fact that chocolate is involved will. And when I say chocolate, I mean TRIPLE chocolate: Chocolate from three sources, and all of them low in sugar, healthy and completely delicious.
I’ve been making this recipe for triple chocolate protein oatmeal for years. YEARS. It involves protein powder but if that’s not your thing, check out my egg white oatmeal for another high-protein oatmeal option.
The key ingredient in this recipe is the cocoa powder. It really helps the oats take on that rich, chocolaty flavor but since it’s naturally almost entirely sugar-free, it’s doesn’t make the oats a compete sugar bomb. If you prefer a lighter chocolate flavor, slightly reduce the cocoa powder but if you prefer a richer, dark chocolate flavor (like me!), please proceed with this triple chocolate oatmeal as is!
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Triple Chocolate Protein Oatmeal
- Prep Time: 2 mins
- Cook Time: 8 mins
- Total Time: 10 mins
- Yield: 1 bowl 1x
- Category: Breakfast, Oatmeal
This triple chocolate protein oatmeal is a satisfying morning meal that will fill you up and satisfy your chocolate cravings in a healthy way.
- 1 cup unsweetened chocolate almond milk
- 2 1/2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder (approximately 30 grams)
- 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
- Optional toppings: Nut butter, coconut, cacao nibs, hemp seeds, fresh berries, sliced banana
- Whisk together the almond milk, cocoa powder and protein powder in a small stove top pot. Bring to a low boil over medium heat.
- Stir the oatmeal into the chocolate mixture and continue stirring regularly for an additional three to four minutes, until the oats soften and the oatmeal thickens.
- Pour into a bowl, allow to cool briefly (this will also allow the oats to continue to thicken), top with desired toppings and enjoy!
For a super-fast microwavable version of this recipe, you may combine all of the ingredients in a deep, microwave safe bowl. Stir together so the powdered ingredients are moistened by the almond milk. Microwave for approximately 2-3 minutes but DO NOT WALK AWAY. Stop the microwave and stir every 30-45 seconds. If you do not stir at regular intervals, the oats will overflow. Allow the oats to rest for a few minutes before eating. (This will help them cool and thicken.) You may wish to reduce the almond milk in the microwavable version for a thicker bowl of oats. I personally prefer old fashioned oatmeal in both versions of this recipe, but I like a more textured bowl of oatmeal. For a smoother bowl of oats, I recommend using instant oatmeal.
Additional Recipe Notes
Slightly increase the almond milk and add 2 tablespoons of collagen for additional protein. (Check out this post to learn more about why I love collagen: Collagen Benefits.) I love Great Lakes Collagen Hydrolysate which easily dissolves into liquid and is completely undetectable in this recipe. I buy mine on Thrive Market – the cheapest I’ve found it for sale anywhere!
Any other milk (non-dairy or dairy) or even water may be used in this recipe in place of the unsweetened chocolate almond milk.
It is so important to use a chocolate protein powder you love in this recipe. If you haven’t found one that appeals to you, some of my current favorites include SFH Chocolate and Burn Boot Camp’s AfterBurn Chocolate. For plant-based options, check out ALOHA Organic Chocolate, Orgain Organic Creamy Chocolate Fudge and Pure Protein SuperFood Dark Chocolate.
Question of the Day
What is your favorite way to prepare a bowl of oatmeal?
Nicole @ Bento Momentos says
Yum! In college, I would whip up half a banana in my oats as they cooked on the stove top. Makes them sweet and fluffy!
i love doing that as well! so creamy and fluffy!
Well this looks absolutely delicious – I am still laying in bed reading your post, but I am going to try to make this for breakfast this morning! Thanks for sharing 🙂 Usually when I make oatmeal I just make the oats plain in the microwave and add a sliced up apple or pear, peanut butter, and cinnamon, so this will be a very nice way to mix it up.
i hope you like them, allison!! <3
YES! I was so hoping you would post this recipe when you posted about it the other day. I can’t wait to make this. Can you omit the protein powder and just use collagen instead?
honestly, i wouldn’t omit it because the protein powder gives the oats their sweetness. if you’re looking for a chocolate protein oatmeal without protein powder, i’d add cocoa powder to my egg white oatmeal! -> https://www.pbfingers.com/three-minute-egg-white-oatmeal/ i’ve done that before as well and it was great!!
I haven’t had oatmeal in ages! I’m not sure how I feel about chocolate in oatmeal but I’ll try anything at least once!
I love reading your blog so I hope this comes across as a discussion point and not a criticism. Here goes: I DO NOT understand the collagen trend!! Especially as a protein supplement since almost no one in the United States suffers from a protein deficiency and there are so many real food protein options. But collagen seems like a senseless use of ground up animal parts in the name of a “health” promoting product. It comes across as snake oil to me. I’m sure this is an unpopular opinion, but I just cringe whenever I see it pop up on a blog post (and it pops up across many different blogs so, again, this is not meant as a criticism to you). With that said, I respect everyone’s right to choose products they like and don’t wish to start any arguments. Just needed to get that off my chest.
Alexis deZayas says
I only like oatmeal with something sweet in it so this is right up my alley!!
Diana Jochums says
This is too funny.. I made triple chocolate oatmeal last night since I had seen it on your story Saturday! I used the protein powder and cocoa powder, but my third chocolate with a piece of dark chocolate stirred in. You should definitely try “Coach’s Oats” since you prefer a more textured oatmeal.
love that! i’ve added a sprinkle of chocolate chips to this one as well and it was SO tasty! almost dessert-like!
Emily F. says
Chocolate + oatmeal = LOVE! Will have to try this extra chocolate breakfast soon! 🙂
Patricia @Sweet and Strong says
Yum! I’ve actually never added cocoa powder to my oatmeal, such a good idea. Usually I do at least some egg whites, almond butter, and cinnamon. Love love love started my day with a warm bowl of oats though!
Hi, do you mean 1/2 C oats? You wrote it as oatmeal in the recipe. If it is oatmeal, do we make the oatmeal first and then add the other ingredients?
yes!! i’ll update that right now! i’m so sorry for the confusion! definitely raw oats. 🙂
Thank you! Love your site, btw. : )
Heather @ Polyglot Jot says
Yum! Chocolate in the morning is necessary for me! Lately I’ve been loving oat, flaxseed, cinnamon, & vanilla topped with nut butter and dairy free choc chips! I can’t stop eating it!
Yum! This looks so good! Lately my favorite way to do oatmeal has been of the “overnight” variety!
overnight oats are a staple for me, too! i’ve been on a hot oatmeal kick for a while since it’s been so cold outside but you can’t beat the convenience of overnight oats. love them!
Amanda Cherry says
I have been making my oatmeal with my Chai protein powder (plant based) and its soo good. I add nuts to it, berries, cinnamon.
do you mind me asking what brand of protein powder you use? i love chai!!
Amanda Cherry says
I use Arbonne. Are you familiar? They just came out with a Chai flavor and I am obsessed. 20 grams of plant based protein. I have made Chai lattes with my coffee, I make pancakes (which my 2.5 year old loves)…If you want to try it I will send you some to try. They don’t carry it in individual packets so I would just send you some in a baggie or container.
There’s also a Garden for Life Raw Organic Protein in Vanilla Chai that I absolutely LOVE! I get mine at Whole Foods but I think it’s on Amazon too 🙂
Omg YUM! Do you happen to have the nutritional info for this recipe?
Liz L. says
This looks delicious, Julie – I am looking for some new healthy breakfast ideas. Can anyone recommend their favorite brand of protein powder? Thanks!
NuZest and Philosophie are THE BEST!!!!
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Katie Keatley says
Oh my goodness…don’t you just love how versatile oatmeal is?! This chocolate combo sounds phenomenal! Definitely going on my list of oatmeal recipes to try 🙂
Sara Giboney says
This looks delicious! Sometimes you just need a little chocolate for breakfast ; )
You had me at chocolate! Thanks! BTW, what is your favorite chocolate (or any) protein powder? Thanks!
Laura Johnson says
Not sure if someone asked yet… can I make it OVERNIGHT??
Looks great! I would suggest adding the protein after cooking though in the microwave… I have found that if you add it in before letting the oats cool slightly the protein curdles and tastes funky! At least for whey protein powder.
Love the recipe note DO NOT WALK AWAY. The number of times I’ve done that an had the oats spill over is unreal. Excited to try out this recipe!
Mary Beth R. says
This past weekend I was CRAVING chocolate peanut butter oatmeal, but I have NEVER made it on my own! My attempt was ….meh, okay. I will try your’s! 🙂 Exciting!!!
Hope you like it, Mary Beth!!
I’ve never tried the UNsweetened chocolate almond milk. Does it taste chocolatey at all? Sometimes I think the unsweetened stuff is just like water.
Jenna Sargent says
I love the simpler recipes. I’m lazy with cooking, but I love to eat! The less effort I have to put in, the better. Can you taste the protein powder? I’ve never tried chocolate protein powder, but I have vanilla protein powder and it tastes gross in the shakes I make.
Sandeep Kumar says
Hey Julie, Thank you so much for the recipe. I have been reading your blogs from the new year but this one is stupendous. tasty as well as health and I just want to know, can I eat it regularly?
Hi Julie! In your Instagram story I saw you had Aloha protein (I’ve seen that at Target) and another protein out in addition to the collagen. I figured collagen was okay. Just curious if you know anything about what kinds of protein powders are safe during pregnancy? Asking for a friend 😉
The Aloha powder was actually their chocolate supergreens powder! It’s not a protein powder and I use 1/2 serving on occasion in my oats. 🙂 I’d definitely check with your doctor, but my doctor is okay with me using both collagen and grass-fed whey protein powders during pregnancy. 🙂
You recently posted on IG a recipe that was a baked rolled oats with bananas and chocolate chips and I can’t find it but I would like to make it. Could you please point me in the right direction to find this recipe? Thank you so much!