I wake up every morning with a voracious need for sustenance. Some days, I crave it in commendable, well-behaved forms—wholesome grains, lean yogurts, produce-packed smoothies. Other days, I just need chocolate.

Chai Chocolate Oatmeal. A healthy way to eat chocolate for breakfast!

Since I’ve yet to find a reliable method to deter myself from employing the same knife used to spread my peanut butter crunch toast to cut myself a sliver of Mississippi Mud Bars, I’m embracing my need for a 7 a.m. chocolate fix with Chai Chocolate Oatmeal.

Chai Spice Chocolate Oatmeal. Decadent AND healthy. The best of both worlds!

Impulsive Discerning breakfast eater that I am, I knew my dream chocolate oatmeal could be not a mediocre attempt. Stir a handful of chips into a pack of instant oatmeal? Certainly this method is tasty and will do in a chocolate breakfast emergency, but it certainly won’t prevent me from devouring the entire chocolate section of my recipe index before the coffee’s finished brewing. We need and deserve more from our chocolate oatmeal.

Chai Chocolate Oatmeal is the best of both breakfast universes. It is chocolaty and complexly flavored enough to satisfy even the most demanding of chocoholics and healthy enough to be a breakfast we can feel saintly inhaling.

Healthy Chocolate Oatmeal with Chai Spices

The key to this chocolate oatmeal’s rich flavor is unsweetened cocoa powder, and the addition of warm chai spices—cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, and cloves—makes it especially cozy. I’ve been infatuated with the combination of chocolate + chai since Starbucks seduced me with its chocolate chai latte two years ago. These chocolate chai cinnamon rolls furthered the relationship, and now that chocolate and chai have joined forces with my nourishing bowl of morning oatmeal, I’m calling the combo a breakfast partner for life.

While we could stir the cocoa and spices into any old oats, Bob’s Red Mill 10 Grain Hot Cereal makes this chocolate oatmeal unique and especially healthy. This super food cereal cooks on the stovetop or in the microwave just like standard oatmeal, but it is packed with a wider variety of wholesome grains, which provides a wider range of nutrients, plus extra fiber and protein. SUSTENANCE.

Healthy chocolate oatmeal made with Bob's Red Mill 10 grain cereal mix

While I love the flavor of this Chai Chocolate Oatmeal unadorned, it’s excessively fantastic with a dollop of vanilla yogurt, sliced bananas, and even an extra sprinkle of chocolate chips (for insurance purposes).

Chai Chocolate Oatmeal. A healthy way to have chocolate for breakfast!

Sorry leftover brownies. It’s been fun, but Chai Chocolate Oatmeal is my true chocolate breakfast partner for life.

Chai Chocolate Oatmeal

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time:
2 mins
Cook Time:
8 mins
Total Time:
10 mins
Spiced chocolate oatmeal rich enough to satisfy chocolate lovers, but healthy enough to be a breakfast you can feel great eating. The best of both worlds!


  • 1/2 cup Bob’s Red Mill 10 Grain Hot Cereal
  • 3/4 cup milk — of choice, I use unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup, — plus additional as desired
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • Optional toppings: — chocolate chips, yogurt, milk


  1. Combine the hot cereal, milk, water, and salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Stir well, then cover and let cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 8 minutes.
  2. Stir in the cocoa powder, maple syrup, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, and cloves. Taste and adjust sweetener as desired. Serve with desired toppings.
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chai Chocolate Oatmeal, Easy Oatmeal Recipe

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