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!
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!
*Cooked oatmeal can last about 4-6 days in an airtight container in the fridge. If you want to make this recipe ahead of time, you have a few storage options. Either,
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.
*If you follow a gluten-free diet, make sure that you are using certified gluten-free oats.