The Best Chocolate Oatmeal Recipe (gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free)

The Best Chocolate Oatmeal Recipe (gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free)


There’s not much point in trying to be modest with this – because this is literally the best chocolate oatmeal recipe, and I just have to be honest about it!

I have enjoyed this healthy chocolate breakfast recipe too many times to count – I swear that I’ve made it more than 100 times already (it never gets old).

I’m actually pretty surprised that I’ve only decided to share the recipe on the blog now (although I have shared it a few times on Instagram and Facebook in the past).


This is without doubt my favorite breakfast recipe in the entire world (if I have ever said that another recipe is my favorite that is only because I was swayed by its deliciousness for a brief moment – before I went back to my standard “go to” breakfast). I have to have this chocolate oatmeal at least once a week.

I’m not kidding – If I don’t have my amazing chocolate oatmeal at least once a week for breakfast, then how will I ever get my chocolate fix???

I cleverly created this recipe to try and “cure” my chocolate obsession (I am a self-admitted chocaholic), but I soon fell in love with this chocolate oatmeal more than I had ever fallen for a anything chocolatey before.

Now I use this healthy chocolate oatmeal to feed my chocolate cravings – because I’ve learned that it’s actually important to feed your body what it asks for (you can read more about why you should listen to your junk food cravings here).

These days, I will almost always choose a big bowl of this decadent chocolate oatmeal ver anything else chocolatey – unless my chocolate superfood smoothie or my sweet potato brownies are involved, or my classic healthy chocolate recipe – but then I will only be swayed for a moment.



Can you see how chocolate crazed I am?! Lol! Thank goodness this recipe (and the other ones listed above) are totally healthy.

This recipe is actually totally nourishing and free from any nasty processed ingredients (that’s why it’s so perfect for breakfast).

This recipe is also 100% refined sugar-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free and plant based.

I’ve also sneakily added some healthy fats and good plant based protein into the mix. That way, I always feel fantastic after eating my chocolate oats and I have good sustained energy for hours after breakfast.

Hope you love it as much as I do! xo

WATCH: I’ve now also got a video, where I’m showing you how easy it is to make this chocolate oatmeal recipe.




-1/2 cup rolled oats
-1 + 1/2 cups water or unsweetened almond milk (or any unsweetened milk)
-1 flat teaspoon cold-pressed coconut oil
-2 teaspoons cacao powder (raw cocoa)
-pinch ground vanilla powder/ pure vanilla extract (optional)
-1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
-1 to 2 teaspoons 100% pure maple syrup (optional, or to taste)

(serves 1)

Suggested toppings:

-1 flat Tablespoon of nut butter drizzled on top!
-a few chopped nuts (pecan nuts, walnuts and almonds are my favorite)
-fresh blueberries or raspberries or strawberries
-fresh banana slices



-bring the dry oats and water to a boil on the stove and then simmer on a low temperature for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally until fully cooked
-once cooked, remove the oatmeal from the stove and add the coconut oil, cacao powder, vanilla, cinnamon and pure maple syrup to the pot
-stir all ingredients into the oats until well blended
-serve in a bowl and top with 1 Tablespoon nut butter or chopped nuts on top, and fruit (optional)
-eat & enjoy every chocolatey spoonful!

Made with love by Liezl Jayne xo


Photos by Liezl Jayne Strydom for