Chai Chocolate Oatmeal

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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About Erin Clarke

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  1. I realllly don’t like oatmeal (it’s a texture thing. I’m weird), but adding chocolate could get me to try just about anything! This looks great, girl!

  2. I’m with you on the chocolate. Although most days I demand it. :-) This sounds like a fabulous tasting oatmeal. I must try!

    Happy Wednesday!

  3. I would give up my morning bowl of peanut butter oats for this Chia infused. And where have I been…Starbucks has a Chocolate Chia?! Looks look I will have a chia overload today :) 

  4. I could totally go for a bowl of this in the morning. It would make me forget all about the brownies in my fridge. Mmmm girl, you’ve done it again!

  5. Healthy Chocolate for breakfast? I’m in! What an ingenious recipe, Erin!

  6. OH, this looks so good!!  Loveee!!

  7. I so need help – I could eat chocolate EVERYDAY! Heck I crave it EVERYDAY!!! This scrumptious oatmeal does nothing to help quell my craving – only one thing to do – find me a spoon and head on over!

  8. Ooh that looks really good!! You have a great creative side!!  

  9. I’m with you, I need food immediately after waking up, I cannot thrive throughout the day if I haven’t had a filling breakfast. Although, my breakfast routine is pretty mundane, I need a little of this to spice it up! Looks healthy, yet decadent at the same time which I love! 

  10. Now this is my kind of breakfast! How could anyone say no to chocolate first thing in the morning!

  11. This cereal sounds great.  I already make a black forest oatmeal, so I think I’ll try this using the creamy buckwheat cereal from Bob’s Red Mill.  Chocolate for breakfast on a regular basis is a necessity, in my opinion.  As is good sustenance.

  12. This looks wonderful! I love chai!

  13. See now this would keep me full AND satisfy my chocolate need. Love it!! Pinned!

  14. sounds so great! i make oatmeal all the time & used to buy that 10 grain cereal too. will have to bust it out again :)

  15. I would love waking up to a bowl of this oatmeal! Great way to sneak in chocolate for breakfast!

  16. Chocolate for breakfast = WINNING! :)

  17. Mariah @ Mariah's Pleasing Plates Reply

    I am always in when its chocolate for breakfast! This would make me HAPPY to eat my oatmeal! 

  18. Well, this is pretty awesome. I mean, the brownie is still calling for me. But you’ve given me hope that I can have chocolate for breakfast and be healthy, too!

  19. I love the addition of cocoa in this recipe, that oatmeal just looks amazing! Will definitely be trying this recipe out, thank you! Pinned :)

  20. You know, I’ve been hesitant to try the chocolate chai lattes at Starbucks and I don’t know why! I love chai, I love chocolate…why not together??? I might have to give in and try it now. In oatmeal form ;)

  21. Chocolate and chai are just meant to be together, much like chocolate and breakfast really :)
    I can’t wait to make my colleagues jealous with my awesome breakfast next week!

  22. I’m always down for a bowl of healthy chocolate-swirled oats. This looks absolutely wonderful. Pinned.

  23. Omg I love this! It’s ridiculous in the best way ever!
    Ps. Where is that cool metal measuring cup from?

  24. I am having it right now for the first time! I’m an oatmeal addict! T
    This is very different in the taste and absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing

  25. We don’t have Bob’s Red Mill 10 Grain Hot Cereal where I live, is it just like porridge oats? 

    • Hi Nicole! Yes, it is similar to a hot cereal like porridge oats or steel cut oats (either of which you could substitute, though the cooking time may vary), but it offers a wider variety of grains. It’s also sold online too, if you ever want to check it out :-)

  26. This sounds wonderful, except for 1 thing…the maple syrup. I cannot stand maple. Any thoughts about if it would be okay to omit it or is there a substitution?

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