This healthy chocolate porridge recipe is perfect for those of you with a sweet tooth but who still like to have a healthy breakfast. Made from oats, cacao powder, milk and sweetened with maple syrup this chocolate porridge is both indulgent and filling as well as being full of nutrients.
Cereal and toast is the easy option of course but I do like it mix things up a bit and try to encourage the children to eat other things at times. Oatmeal is really filling and good for you, oats are full of protein and are a slow release energy. Some of my children are quite fussy with porridge though so I thought I would have a play around and make a breakfast porridge that seemed like a treat but was actually quite healthy.
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So this healthy chocolate oatmeal porridge recipe was born! My eldest has this most mornings for breakfast now. Now she is a teenager it can be a struggle to get her to eat breakfast before school but this recipe never fails because she has a real sweet tooth and is a chocolate lover! It is quite a sweet recipe but the younger kids love it too and you can adjust the sweetness to suit by adjusting the amount of maple syrup that you use. They have a small portion followed by some fruit and I know they are full up for the morning and are fuelled by slow-release energy and are ready for the day because they have had a nutritious breakfast to eat. Strawberries or bananas go perfectly on the side too for some extra nutrition and to count towards their 10 a day.
Oats are a great source of fibre as well as vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They are a slow burning carb so they help you to feel fuller for longer. Milk provides protein and healthy fats as well as nutrients and vitamins. You can substitute this for plant based milk such as oat milk, soya milk, coconut milk or pea milk.
Cacao powder is full of great nutrients, many more than cocoa powder, although it is a bit more bitter. It is a high source of iron, protein, magnesium, potassium and fibre. The slight bitterness of the cacao powder is balanced out in this recipe by the maple syrup which is a more natural sweetener than refined sugar.
How to make chocolate porridge
It really isn't any more difficult to make chocolate porridge than it is to make regular porridge. Put the oats in a saucepan along with the milk and warm through on a medium heat for about 5 minutes until the oats are soft and cooked through and the milk is absorbed. Make sure that you don't boil the milk.
Serve in individual bowls and sprinkle with chocolate chips for an extra treat.
Use porridge oats for a quick cooked breakfast but if you prefer steel cut oats just remember you might need to cook it for a little longer, until the oats are soft.
Healthy Chocolate Porridge Recipe
A tasty chocolate version of your favourite breakfast staple.
- 2 cups porridge oats
- 4 cups milk
- 4 Tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 Tablespoons cacao powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- chocolate chips for sprinkling
Put the oats in a saucepan along with the milk and warm until the porridge is cooked and the milk is absorbed (about 5 minutes)
Stir in the maple syrup, vanilla and cacao powder to taste. Add some more milk if necessary until it is at the required consistency.
Serve in individual bowls and sprinkle with chocolate chips to decorate.
Can I make this chocolate porridge vegan?
This recipe is vegetarian but you can easily make it vegan by using non dairy milk of your choice such as almond milk and use vegan chocolate chips.
Can I use cocoa powder instead of cacao powder?
You can replace the cacao powder with cocoa powder too, but you might want to add a little more than the recipe calls for as cocoa powder has a less strong flavour. Always use the best quality cocoa powder that you can afford.
What can I do with leftover porridge?
I turn all my porridge leftovers into baked porridge bites. Put a ½ inch layer into muffin cases and bake in the oven for 10 minutes or so, or until they are firmed up. These make a great on the go snack.
This porridge also keeps well in the fridge for up to 3 days. Store in an airtight container and re-heat either in the microwave or in a saucepan, adding a bit of extra milk to loosen it up. You can always store leftover porridge in individual portions in mason jars with a bit of extra milk and you have instant overnight oats - easy to grab in the morning for a quick make ahead breakfast on the go!
Substitutions and variations
You can make lots of variations to this recipe to mix it up a little and keep breakfasts from getting boring. Replace one of the cups of milk with a cup of orange juice to make a healthy chocolate orange porridge - add some orange zest for an extra zing too. You can also add mashed banana or banana slices on top to make a healthy chocolate banana porridge. Looking for some added protein? Add a scoop of protein powder and you have a healthy chocolate protein porridge.
Depending upon what you put into it - definitely! If you follow this recipe you will have a nutritious and filling breakfast.
Experiment! I'd recommend (not all at once!) fresh fruit such as chopped banana, sliced strawberries, ground flaxseeds, chia seeds, almond butter, peanut butter, small mixed seeds, fruit coulis, chia seed jam, chocolate drops.
Use standard porridge oats for this recipe. Or if you use the steel cut porridge oats you might need to cook them for a bit longer, and maybe add some more milk.
This chocolate porridge is the perfect weekend breakfast - and your kids will love you as they think it is a real treat! Do you have any breakfast ideas to share? I'd love to hear some as I'm always looking for new things for the children to try.
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