This healthy chocolate porridge is so delicious that you might think that you are eating dessert at breakfast time! Yet it's just a nutritious combination of oatmeal with antioxidant rich cocoa and a teaspoon of honey.
What you'll love about the recipe
- Healthy chocolate porridge is a filling and satisfying breakfast that is good for you.
- High in vitamins, minerals and heart-healthy soluble fibre. Oats are a slow release wholegrain carbohydrate, and there's plenty of protein in the recipe.
- Easy to make with just a few simple everyday ingredients.
- Chocolate oatmeal is ready to eat in 10 minutes.
Oats. You'll need porridge or rolled oats for this chocolate oatmeal recipe. Avoid steel cut oats as they take much longer to cook. If you want gluten free porridge, make sure that the oats are labelled gluten free which means that they have been processed separately to other grains.
If you like, you could also add the combination of cocoa and honey to this oat bran porridge recipe. Oat bran is even quicker to cook, and naturally very creamy.
Milk. I used skimmed dairy milk. Use whole milk if you prefer, or you can also use non dairy milk (see this dairy free porridge recipe). I use half milk, half water for this recipe, but you can vary that to suit your taste.
Cocoa - this should be unsweetened cocoa powder, not drinking chocolate. You can also make cacao porridge if you prefer - use just 3 teaspoons of cacao powder as it's a little stronger and more bitter than cocoa powder.
Honey - you'll just need a teaspoon of honey per serving for a subtle sweetness. You could also use maple syrup or another sweetener if you prefer.
Salt - this is optional, but a small pinch of salt enhances the chocolate flavour.
Cinnamon and chocolate go together very well, so why not try a pinch of ground cinnamon in your chocolate oatmeal? You could also make chocolate orange porridge by adding the grated zest of a clementine.
How to make healthy chocolate porridge
Add the oats, milk, water, cocoa, honey and a pinch of salt if using to a pan and whisk well until mixed.
Place the pan on a medium heat and bring the mixture up to the boil whilst stirring. Simmer for 4-5 minutes, stirring regularly until thickened. If you want your porridge slightly thinner, add a splash more milk.
Serve your healthy chocolate porridge hot.
I like to add some berries - not only are they colourful, but they also add extra goodness. I often use frozen fruit as it helps to cool the oatmeal when I'm in a rush!
You could also add extra crunch with some nuts or seeds.
Frequently asked questions
A generous sized bowl of this healthy chocolate porridge has 262 calories. It's satisfying and delicious and will keep you feeling full for the morning.
Porridge is a very healthy choice for breakfast, provided that you don't add a lot of sugar or saturated fat to the recipe. Many chocolate flavoured instant oats are high in sugar. This healthy chocolate porridge recipe has just 1 teaspoon of honey per serving, and it's flavoured with antioxidant rich cocoa.
Cacao powder is made from un-roasted beans, and as it's less processed it's also slightly higher in nutrients. You can use this recipe to make cacao porridge, but it will taste a little more bitter than if you use cocoa.
Other healthy breakfasts you might like
All the recipes below are low in added sugar and made without flour. They are all a nutritious way to start your day.
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Healthy Chocolate Porridge
- 100 g porridge oats
- 240 ml milk skimmed, whole milk or oat milk
- 240 ml water
- 4 teaspoon cocoa powder
- 2 tsp honey
- pinch salt optional
- Add the oats, milk, water, cocoa, honey and salt if using to a pan and whisk to mix.
- Place the pan on a medium heat and bring up to the boil. Simmer gently for 4-5 minutes until thickened. Stir regularly.
Please note nutritional information is per serving and is provided for guidance only.