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Brownie Oats

Vegan Brownie Oats – a healthy high protein stovetop oatmeal recipe that tastes like brownie batter and we are eating it for breakfast. All you need are a few easy ingredients that you likely have on hand already. Have it for breakfast, or make it as a healthy dessert or snack!

a bowl of vegan brownie oats in a white bowl topped with a dollop of peanut butter

If I can find an excuse to eat chocolate for breakfast, you better believe I’m going for it! Who can relate?  For all you fellow chocoholics out there here’s another chocolate oats recipe you will love.

These Brownie Oats!I have a feeling you guys are going to go crazy for this recipe. They are a decadent yet secretly healthy breakfast for lovers of all things chocolate, brownie and brownie batter. 

Cooked on the stovetop, this Brownie Oatmeal is rich and chocolaty and I like it best topped with a big old dollop of peanut butter and chocolate chips. It’s naturally sweetened with maple syrup, vegan, and gluten-free.

side view of a plate of brownie batter oatmeal topped with a spoonful of peanut butter

Different from my brownie baked oatmeal or my Overnight Oats this is a stovetop oatmeal recipe. I love it because it’s warm and comforting. Ideal for a rainy morning. 


  • oats: I recommend old-fashioned rolled oats. They need a little more cooking time than quick oats but have a better texture.
  • I cook my oats in a mix of almond milk and water for the perfect creamy texture
  • cocoa powder – unsweetened 
  • protein powder – this is an optional ingredient if you want to turn these into protein brownie batter oats. I like adding  Chocolate Cupcake Protein Powder for this recipe to really make it taste like dessert. You can order it from PEScience. Use code BAILEY to save $$ at checkout.
  • a pinch of sea salt is important to enhance the nutty oat flavour 
  • maple syrup adds a touch of natural sweetness, you can adjust the amount 
  • vanilla helps bring out the flavour of the chocolate.

peanut butter being stirred into a bowl of vegan brownie batter oats

How to make the perfect stovetop oatmeal? 

Wondering how to cook the perfect oatmeal? Making a bowl of delicious oatmeal is pretty easy if you follow a simple rule.

When cooking oats, the liquid moves to the periphery of the pot, exposing a dry spot in the center. This is where the pan overheats and the dry oats will stick to the pan. To prevent this, turn the heat to a minimum after the liquid boils and stir the oats once in a while as they boil, making sure to scrape the center of the pot.

Shall I Cook My Oats In Water Or Milk?

You can cook oatmeal with water or milk or a mix of both. The ratio of liquid to oatmeal is 2:1. The usual serving size is ½ cup oats to 1 cup of water, milk, or a combination of both.

I like my brownie oatmeal rich and creamy so I went with a mix of water and almond milk. Using milk only will not make your oats creamier. Quite the opposite. Cooking oatmeal in just milk tends to make sticky, thick oatmeal.

My Oatmeal Is Not Thick Enough

If oats haven’t thickened enough after the cooking time don’t worry. We want to let them rest a bit for that perfect texture. Just remove the pan from heat and cover. Allow the oats to sit for 2-3 minutes, and you’ll see that the oats will continue to thicken.

a spoonful of vegan brownie batter oats


I like chocolate peanut butter oatmeal so a drizzle of peanut butter on top of my brownie batter oats is a must for me. To get a nice drizzle with your nut butter just heat a tablespoon in the microwave for 10 seconds. This will give it a smooth, pourable texture perfect for drizzling.

Other great toppings would be coconut shavings, almond butter, chopped nuts, chia seeds, or sliced banana!

Yield: 1 serving

Brownie Oats

Brownie Oats

Vegan Brownie Oats - a healthy stovetop oatmeal that tastes like brownie batter and we are eating it for breakfast. All you need are a few easy ingredients that you likely have on hand already. Have it for breakfast, or make it as a healthy dessert or snack!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 1/2 cup certified gluten free oats
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2-3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 scoop protein powder , I used PEScience Chocolate Cupcake - use code BAILEY at checkout to save $$. Protein is optional
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla


  1. In a small pot combine all ingredients.
  2. Cook over medium-low heat for 10 minutes until the oatmeal thickens. Make sure you continue to stir occasionally as it can burn and stick to bottom.
  3. Once fully cooked let sit for 2-3 minutes then dish into a bowl or two. Add favourite toppings if you desire. I added chocolate chips, course sea salt and a big scoop of peanut butter.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 210Unsaturated Fat: 0g

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  1. Shivani Kpl says:

    Tried this a few weeks ago and it was so nice and decadent! Deffs smashed my late night cravings.