Vegan Chocolate Orange Oatmeal
This vegan chocolate orange oatmeal recipe is an easy, healthy, and delicious breakfast idea. It tastes like a comforting bowl of warm chocolate with a burst of orange flavour. Enjoy it hot off the stove or include it in your weekly meal prep for a simple, nutritious breakfast!
There’s nothing quite like a warm, cozy bowl of chocolatey oatmeal to start off the day! I don’t know about you, but I’ve been a long-time fan of chocolate oatmeal and also of all things chocolate orange flavour (like this Dark Chocolate Orange Bark).
It was time to bring those two loves together to make this delicious Vegan Chocolate Orange Oatmeal recipe!
If you’ve been wondering what to add to oatmeal, or if you’ve been searching for a new oatmeal flavour combo – you’re in luck! I promise you there are no bland oatmeal recipes around here 🙂
Even better? The ingredients in this recipe provide good sources of fibre, protein, healthy fats, and complex carbohydrates. This combination of nutrients provides you with a balanced, steady state of energy to fuel you all morning long!
While this breakfast may taste decadent, it’s made with simple ingredients that pack a nutritious punch.
The base of this recipe is made with:
After cooking, the oats are topped with:
- orange slices and zest
- your choice of nuts, seeds, or nut butter
- pomegranates (optional)
- maple syrup or other sweetener (as desired)
How To Make Vegan Chocolate Orange Oatmeal
This chocolate orange oatmeal comes together on the stovetop so quickly!
Simply mix rolled oats with chia seeds, raw cacao powder, and cinnamon in a saucepan and give the ingredients a stir. Then, pour in your almond milk or other unsweetened milk of choice.
Bring the oatmeal to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Continue to cook and stir for about 10 minutes, or until the liquid has been absorbed. If you prefer your oats a little more runny, feel free to add a bit more milk as desired.
Remove the chocolatey oatmeal from the heat and serve it into bowls. Top with orange slices, orange zest, and other toppings as desired.
I added pomegranates, almond butter, hemp seeds, and cacao nibs, but feel free to get creative here.
Meal Prep Breakfast Option
While you can enjoy this chocolate oatmeal straight off the stove, you can also make a large batch to include in your weekly breakfast meal prep. It makes a super balanced breakfast that can easily be doubled or tripled and made ahead of time.
Cooked oatmeal can last about 4-6 days in an airtight container in the fridge.
There are a couple ways you could store the leftovers:
- If you prefer your oatmeal hot. Store the chocolate oats on their own, then reheat portions in the microwave or stovetop as needed. Add fresh toppings before eating.
- If you don’t mind eating cold oatmeal. Portion out the oatmeal into glass jars and add toppings right away. This version can be grabbed straight from the fridge and brought with you to work. Because the oranges are peeled, you should eat these within 4 days.
Oatmeal Nutrition Benefits
Oats are best known for being a source of whole grains and dietary fibre. Just a half cup of dry oatmeal provides 4 grams of dietary fibre, which helps to keep you feeling full and satisfied.
Fibre also helps to promote healthy digestion, lower cholesterol, and improve glycemic control.
Oatmeal is also a great source of different micronutrients, including:
- B-vitamins, like folate, thiamin, and pantothenic acid
- vitamin E
If you want to learn more about the different types of oatmeal, it’s nutrition benefits, and my favourite brands of oatmeal to purchase, be sure to check out this post all about oatmeal!
Orange Nutrition Benefits
Oranges are rich in micronutrients, including vitamin C, folate, potassium, calcium, and magnesium.
They’re also an excellent source of antioxidants and dietary fibre (one large orange provides about 5 grams of fibre).
Raw Cacao Nutrition Benefits
Yes! Even chocolate can have nutrition benefits.
Raw cacao powder is simply the powdered form of cacao beans. I love adding it to oatmeal, smoothies, and homemade energy balls whenever I want the flavour of chocolate.
Raw cacao powder is rich in polyphenols (antioxidants), which helps to reduce inflammation and improve health overall.
It’s also a source of dietary fibre as well as minerals, like magnesium, selenium, and manganese.
More Healthy Oatmeal Recipes
- Ginger Cinnamon Baked Pear Oatmeal
- Quick, Healthy Sautéed Apple Oatmeal
- Healthy Zucchini Bread Steel Cut Oatmeal
- Pineapple Baked Oatmeal
- Blueberry Banana Baked Oatmeal
- Easy Grated Apple Bircher Muesli
- Vegan Blueberry Steel Cut Oatmeal
- Strawberry Vanilla Overnight Steel Cut Oatmeal
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Get the Recipe: Vegan Chocolate Orange Oatmeal
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 2 Tbsp chia seeds
- 2 Tbsp raw cacao powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 cups unsweetened almond milk (or milk of choice)
- 1 large mandarin orange, zest + fruit
- Toppings: pomegranate arils, nut butter, hemp seeds, cacao nibs, etc.
- Mix rolled oats with chia seeds, raw cacao powder, and cinnamon in a saucepan and stir ingredients to evenly disperse them. Pour in almond milk or other unsweetened milk of choice and stir again.
- Bring the oatmeal to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Continue to cook and stir for about 10 minutes, or until the liquid has been absorbed. If you prefer your oats a little more runny, feel free to add a bit more milk as desired, or serve with a splash of milk.
- Remove the cooked oatmeal from heat and serve it into bowls. Top with orange slices, orange zest, and other toppings as desired. I added pomegranates, almond butter, hemp seeds, and cacao nibs. Enjoy!
- Store the chocolate oats on their own, then reheat portions in the microwave or stovetop as needed. Add toppings before eating (best if you want your leftovers warm).
- If you don’t mind eating cold oatmeal, portion out the oatmeal into glass jars and add toppings right away. This version can be grabbed straight from the fridge and brought with you to work/school. Because the oranges are peeled, you should eat these within 4 days.