Chocolate Strawberry Oatmeal (Gluten Free + Vegan)
This Chocolate Strawberry Oatmeal tastes like dessert for breakfast, but you can enjoy it guilt-free! This oatmeal is sweetened with just a ripe banana, no added sugar needed. It’s gluten-free, refined sugar free, and vegan.
**2017 Update** Hey guys, I was making this Chocolate Strawberry Oatmeal for breakfast the other day, and realized the photos deserved a little update so that this post gets all the love it deserves. This is a recipe I make myself for breakfast ALL the time, I just switch in whichever berries or fruit is seasonal at the time. It’s healthy, super filling, and irresistible! I hope it’s one you’ll try yourself too. Read on for the original post and recipe below –>
Let’s talk about breakfast. Specifically, let’s talk about that fact that the chocolatey bowl of deliciousness you’re seeing below this sentence? Yeah, you can eat that FOR BREAKFAST. Who’s in?
I made this for breakfast for the first time on Monday, again on Tuesday, photographed it (and subsequently devoured) on Wednesday, make it again on Thursday, and then was exceedingly sad on Friday when I was all out of bananas and strawberries. You can say I’m a little obsessed.
Typically, I eat yogurt, homemade granola, and berries for breakfast pretty much every single day, but occasionally I switch it up with some oatmeal. I don’t like eggs for breakfast (*gasp* I know), so my options tend to be more limited and skew towards the sweeter side…shocker, right?
This recipe is a twist on my favorite dessert-for-breakfast oatmeal – chocolate peanut butter oatmeal! I always sweeten my oatmeal with a ripe banana. I can’t bear the thought of putting sugar directly on my breakfast, and the banana always makes it plenty sweet. Not adding any sugar makes this oatmeal refined sugar free!
Of course, the chocolate also adds a bit of sweetness, as do the berries, but it’s definitely on the healthier side. Using GF oats and dairy-free milk also makes the recipe totally gluten-free and vegan.
When I have them in the house, I sprinkle my paleo chocolate chunks over the top. If I don’t have those around, I sprinkle on a couple mini chocolate chips instead. Makes breakfast taste a little more decadent :D this would still be super chocolatey and delicious even without the extra chocolate on top though – the cocoa adds all the chocolate flavor you need.
I’m all about chocolate strawberry everything right now – I think these chocolate covered strawberry chocolate chip cookies started a new obsession! The flavors taste so decadent in oatmeal form and they’re so fun and festive for Valentine’s Day. This would be such a romantic breakfast in bed surprise…wink wink nudge nudge. Your honey would love you for it!
Just be sure to make enough for yourself – you won’t want to share! Enjoy :)
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Chocolate Strawberry Oatmeal
- Prep Time: 2 minutes
- Cook Time: 8 minutes
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 1 serving 1x
- Category: Breakfast
- Cuisine: American
This Chocolate Strawberry Oatmeal tastes like dessert for breakfast! This oatmeal is sweetened with a banana and cocoa powder + chocolate chips make it super chocolatey. It’s gluten-free, refined sugar free, and vegan.
- ⅓ cup (30g) gluten-free rolled oats
- 1 medium banana, mashed
- ½ cup (113g) non-dairy milk, I used almond milk
- 1 tablespoon (7g) cocoa powder
- ¼ cup (32g) diced strawberries
- 1 tablespoon dark chocolate, chopped, or use mini chocolate chips
- In a small saucepan, combine oats, mashed banana, almond milk and cocoa powder. Simmer until milk has absorbed into the oats, about 5-8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Place into a bowl and top with chocolate chips and strawberries. Enjoy immediately!
Wow this oatmeal looks SO good, Rachel! I wish I could reach through my screen and grab a bowl. I love the chocolate and strawberry combo. This would definitely get me out of bed in the morning!
Oh.my.gawsh. You are telling me that that bowl of chocolate-y berry goodness can be all mine before even 8am?? Lord help me, because I’m definitely taking you up on that offer. LOL. Seriously though, this is the ULTIMATE and maybe even the only way to eat oatmeal. :D
YES you need to try it, Sarah!! Thanks so much, girl.
Whoa….chocolate for breakfast! I’m coming to your house! I hope you have a bowl ready for me!
Dessert for breakfast is always a win, Rachel! Especially a chocolaty-strawberry bowl of oatmeal! I can totally see why you ate this all week for breakfast! Now THIS is how you start the day! Cheers, doll!
Thanks so much, Cheyanne! Happy Monday!
I love sweetening my oatmeal with a ripe banana — it’s just perfect! This oatmeal looks seriously delicious and I love that it’s healthy!
This is the prettiest oatmeal! I love that I can have this for breakfast every day and not feel guilty! Sweetening oatmeal with banana is the best and you can’t beat the chocolate and strawberry combo!
Sometimes when I’m feeling super lazy and I’m craving something sweet I will have oatmeal for supper. Seriously. That’s how obsessed I am. :) This looks like the perfect oatmeal for that. I am totally digging the banana for sweetness. And who doesn’t love chocolate and strawberries? Perfect!
Oh my goodness what are you doing to me Rachel?! I think my mouth was half open the whole way through that post. I literally can’t believe that a breakfast that good is actually pretty nutritious too! I’m totally with you on the sweet breakfast and also tend to have granola, yoghurt and fruit most mornings. If it ain’t broke… I bought some raw cacao powder recently so I think this is the perfect way to put it to good use! Thanks for sharing :)
You have GOT to try it Erika! I definitely just finished a bowl for lunch…haha. Put that cocoa powder to use :) Thanks girl!
Did somebody say dessert for breakfast? This is insane Rachel! It looks absolutely beautiful. This would sure make me spring out of bed – pinned!
This looks so insanely good! How have I never put chocolate in my oatmeal?! Trying this immediately!
Chocolate oatmeal?!?!? Oh no you didn’t! I’m coming to your house for breakfast!
Chocolate for breakfast? I’m in! This looks mouthwatering! I love how you were able to squeeze the chocolate in my still keeping this meal healthy!
Chocolate oatmeal? Such a good idea! Oatmeal is my very favorite breakfast these days. Can’t wait to try this version : )
Oh man, chocolate strawberry goodness for breakfast?! Sign me up! LOVE.
Thank you for making chocolate for breakfast acceptable….and beautiful….and delicious… I saw this on IG and it stopped me in my tracks! Wonderful recipe, my friend!
Thanks so much, Annie!
Oh lord, look at all that chocolate! I feel like I would probably be more of a morning person if I knew I going to have this for breakfast haha. Love those gorgeous strawberries on top! :)
Haha it’s definitely good motivation to wake up :) thanks, Beth!
I love you for adding chocolate to a bowl of oatmeal, and topping it with strawberries. It will make these long cold mornings worth getting up for.
Anytime I can have chocolate for breakfast it is a good day!! This oatmeal sounds and looks fantastic!!
This is amazing…chocolate for breakfast!?!?! Yes please!!
LOVE having chocolate at breakfast!!
So excited that this is a real breakfast, at first site I thought it was a dessert! I have been needing a new pick me up in the AM and I think I found it! Take care.
This looks absolutely delicious and I can’t wait to try it!
Wow… this oatmeal bowl looks divine, Rachel! I wish I could grab a bowl like this right now ;-) I love the chocolate and strawberry combo. Great way to start a day! !
Can it be made the night before and reheated in the morning?
I’ve never had much success reheating oatmeal, but you could try combining the ingredients the night before and making them overnight oats – just put it all in a jar or bowl and refrigerate overnight. I haven’t tried it with this recipe specifically, but it should work! You can warm them up in the morning – you may want to add some extra milk when you reheat them. Hope this helps!
Love this recipe. Question though – since it seems you are health-conscious when you eat oatmeal like this for breakfast do you worry about getting some protein in there too? I only ever eat it with protein powder (as a way to sweeten it + get protein in my breakfast) but I feel I would have to eat some sausage on the side of this or something. I’d love to find a high-protein way to eat oats without powder because I go through it too fast and it’s expensive!
Hi Ashley! So glad you love this recipe. A lot of times I’ll have an apple sausage on the side for protein, or stir in some Vital Proteins collagen powder for protein. You can also drizzle on nut butters for a protein boost!
Ah apple sausage! My boyfriend and I love our local grocery store’s maple apple chicken sausage (fresh from the meat counter) – we buy it regularly!
I actually made a protein powderless oatmeal recipe for us Friday morning – just used mashed banana to sweeten and we had bacon and scrambled eggs on the side. My boyfriend actually thought it was too much food…as if there is such a thing at breakfast time…
Oooh that sounds so good – wish I could try the kind from your grocery store! Sounds like a delicious breakfast :)
This oatmeal is absolutely GORGEOUS, Rachel! I’m dying over how luscious those berries look in all that chocolate goodness! I need to start every Monday with a bowl of this. :)
Have you ever tried this in a slow cooker? With a famoly of 5 to feed, that would be a nice way to start the morning, with breakfast ready when you wake up. Mornings can get hectic!
Hi Malissa, I haven’t ever tried making these in the slow cooker. I imagine you could find a different slow cooker recipe and just use these ingredients with that method though. You could also make these as a big batch of overnight oats and then just heat in the morning when you’re ready to eat!
Absolutely love this recipe (it’s on my need-to-try-list) and your beautiful pictures!!
Thanks so much Katja, hope you love it!
I have been on such an oatmeal kick this winter. This one’s going to the top of my list!
I hope you love it Lisa!
Does it change something to do it the night before?
Yes, you wouldn’t want to cook the oats – just combine the mashed banana, oats, almond milk (and probably add an extra 1/4-1/3 cup), and cocoa powder and let it stand in the fridge overnight. Enjoy!
This recipe is insanely good! I skipped the chocolate chips and added unsweetened coconut flakes and blueberries!! Yummy!
This looks so delicious! Please could you reply with the measurements in grams instead of cups?
Sorry I’m struggling
Hi Poppy, just added grams to the recipe for you! Enjoy.
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