Chocolate hazelnut oatmeal recipe Vegan chocolate hazelnut oatmeal

Chocolate Hazelnut Stovetop Oatmeal Recipe

by Analiese Trimber

Outline of two people

2 servings


10 Minutes



  • Saucepan



  • ¼ cup Hazelnut butter
  • 1 cup Quick cooking oats
  • 2 tbsp Cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp Maple syrup
  • 1 cup Plant-based milk
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 1 cup Water
  • 2 tbsp Chopped hazelnuts (optional)
  • 2 tbsp Vegan chocolate chunks (optional)


  • 1
    Whisk together all ingredients besides oats in a saucepan. Bring to a boil.
  • 2
    Add oats, stir, and turn heat down. Simmer for 2-3 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.
    Optional: top with hazelnuts and dark chocolate and serve!

Say Goodbye To Instant Oatmeal Forever

When I was younger, my favorite weekday breakfast was oatmeal. In retrospect, this was probably because eating oatmeal back then was essentially like eating dessert. There were multiple sugar-laden flavors I came to adore like apples and cinnamon, maple and brown sugar, and especially the kind with the little dinosaur eggs that would hatch when you added hot water.

I’m a bit more protective these days when it comes to the amount and type of sugar I eat, but when there’s an abundance of shady ingredients to go along with those refined sugars in something we eat to kickstart our day, it’s worth another look to find an alternative. Although there’s no denying the convenience of instant oatmeal, I really enjoy making it on the stove. Not only is it extremely easy to do, it’s also very easy to customize and create fun flavors.

If you think about it, oats are the perfect blank canvas. They’re fairly bland on their own, but extremely absorbent, so they can mimic pretty much any flavor. For this recipe, I was inspired by Nutella because dark chocolate and hazelnuts is seriously one of the best combinations of all time! With just six ingredients, this oatmeal is the perfect simple and easy breakfast to make when you’re craving something on the sweeter side, but aren’t interested in processed sugars and artificial flavors. If you’re interested in more vegan breakfast recipes, check out our vegan oat banana muffin recipe!

Please note, this chocolate hazelnut stovetop oatmeal recipe calls for quick-cooking oats, so make sure you purchase the right kind! You could technically make this dish with rolled oats, but the cook time would increase by a few minutes. Also, pro tip: you can make this recipe with any nut butter you’d like! Just note it will be less like Nutella if you don’t use hazelnut butter.

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