Mocha Oatmeal

I’d like to introduce you to my latest breakfast obsession. Chocolate + espresso + maple syrup+ rolled oats = mocha oatmeal a.k.a you’re new favorite way to start the day. 

This year for Christmas, Bry and I decided to limit our gifts to 2 small and 1 large present for each other. While I like to think I’m easy to buy for, Bry on the other hand is incredibly difficult. If it isn’t useful or practical, then chances are he won’t be impressed. Plus he has an annoying habit of buying what he wants throughout the year, so by the time Christmas comes around there aren’t many gift ideas left. But while I was browsing around on Amazon, I came across a list of the best espresso machines. And it just clicked. Bry loves espresso and we both developed a fondness for an after-dinner cappuccino since our honeymoon to Italy. Without thinking any further I went ahead and purchased an espresso maker. Then panicked for the next two weeks until he opened it. I was so sure he was going to think it a waste of money and would be bummed that his large present this year wasn’t something useful. It’s only been three weeks since he opened his present (we do a mini Christmas just for the two of us earlier in December), but we have used the espresso machine at least 4-5 times/week. So far it seems to be useful 😉

And while I’ve loved ending my night with a cappuccino and even made a few espresso martinis on weekends, I’ve been most excited to think of ways to incorporate espresso into food recipes. And naturally, the breakfast lover in me knew espresso in oatmeal needed to happen.

I was super excited about the idea of a caffeinated breakfast option that’s both filling and slightly sweet, but I was over the moon when I actually tasted them. Oh my gosh you guys, you need to make these! Like go online and buy an espresso machine just to make these oats. Okay, okay, you could also just use strongly brewed coffee, but there’s just something so indulgent about the rich, bitter flavor that the espresso lends.

For a sweetener, I went back and forth as to what I wanted to use. Bry suggested banana, but I felt the banana flavor would be too over-powering. Honey seemed too floral and brown sugar just wasn’t right. But then I re-focused on the idea of breakfast. And when I think of an ideal breakfast I think of a hot cup of coffee (or in this case espresso) and pancakes with real maple syrup. So in went 1 tablespoon of maple syrup into my chocolatey, espresso oats and it was perfect. Absolutely my ideal breakfast in a bowl.

If you’re really feeling indulgent, go ahead and top these oats with dark chocolate chocolate chips. Because I have an obsession with tart flavors, I added a dollop of plain Greek yogurt to balance out the sweetness a bit. 

So here’s a toast to putting that espresso machine to good use!

Mocha Oatmeal
Serves 1
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Total Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
  1. 3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla Almond milk
  2. 1/2 cup rolled oats
  3. 1/4 cup espresso (can sub in 1/4 cup strongly brewed coffee)
  4. 1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  5. 1 tablespoon maple syrup
Optional Toppings
  1. Plain Greek yogurt
  2. Dark chocolate chips
  3. Almond butter
  4. Additional milk
  1. Place almond milk in medium saucepan and bring to boil.
  2. Once boiling, stir in oats, espresso, cocoa powder, and maple syrup. Reduce heat to a simmer and continue simmering for about 5 minutes, or until oats reach your desired consistency.
  3. Pour oats into a bowl and add toppings of choice. Enjoy!
The Healthy Toast
If coffee isn’t your thing, no need to worry – check out my Hot Cocoa Oats instead 😉 

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  • Reply
    January 9, 2017 at 7:44 am

    Love this flavor combo!!

    • Reply
      The Healthy Toast
      January 10, 2017 at 12:28 pm

      Thanks Chelsey!

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    Tara | Treble in the Kitchen
    January 9, 2017 at 8:52 am

    This sounds so tasty! I am a huge espresso (and chocolate) fan. What espresso maker did you get? My husband and I love espresso too, but we haven’t bit the bullet on purchasing one.

    • Reply
      The Healthy Toast
      January 10, 2017 at 8:42 pm

      I bought EspressoWorks 7 Piece All-In-One off of Amazon. It’s great! It came with an espresso bean grinder, 2 adorable espresso cups, and a milk steamer. Definitely took a few tries to get it just right, but we’re finally getting the hang of it! So worth the purchase 😉

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    Nicole @ Fitful Focus
    January 9, 2017 at 11:52 am

    And now I have a breakfast plan for tomorrow! DELISH!

    • Reply
      The Healthy Toast
      January 10, 2017 at 12:29 pm

      Thanks Nicole! Hope you like it 🙂

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    Sonali- The Foodie Physician
    January 10, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    Thanks for introducing me to my new BFF! And for me, there’s nothing “optional” about those dark chocolate chips on toast- that’s a MUST! 🙂

    • Reply
      The Healthy Toast
      January 10, 2017 at 8:42 pm

      So glad you like it! What more of a best friend could a girl ask for 😉

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