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One-Serving Dark Chocolate Microwave Oatmeal

I posted this recipe in an Instagram Reel about a year ago, but that’s not even faintly helpful for those of you who are not on Instagram. So, I’m giving this its own post so I can easily link to it in the future.

chocolate oatmeal with bananas.

It’s basically the same thing as the one-serving microwave oats I’ve posted before, just with a few tweaks.

First up, you mix 1/2 cup of old-fashioned oats, a pinch of salt, 1/2 tablespoon of sugar, and a tablespoon of cocoa powder together.

Use a bowl big enough to allow for the oats to bubble up while they cook; otherwise you will have boil-over.

oatmeal dry ingredients.

I always use dark chocolate cocoa powder because it has such a wonderfully rich chocolate flavor. I use dark chocolate cocoa powder in everything I possibly can, actually.

(It made my list of favorite flavor enhancers, after all!)

Then you’ll need 3/4 cup of liquid; I like to use 1/2 cup milk and 1/4 cup of leftover coffee.

liquid for oatmeal in a measuring cup.

But you could use non-dairy milk, you could use water, you could use nothing but coffee…it’s really up to you!

I also add a splash of imitation vanilla (it’s SO much cheaper and you cannot tell the difference in an application like this).

milk pouring out of a measuring cup.

Once you add the liquid to the dry ingredients, whisk it all up. Incidentally: a good mini whisk will make your kitchen life 73% better.

tiny whisk in oatmeal.Then I microwave mine for 2 minutes, give it a stir, and microwave it for one more minute.

Microwaves vary like crazy, so you’re gonna have to experiment with yours to figure out the sweet spot.

I like to top my oatmeal with bananas.

chocolate oatmeal with bananas.

And heavy cream, if I have it. On this day I only had half and half. 😉

chocolate oatmeal topped with half and half.

I just make these from memory, but if you’d like a printable, just scroll down!

chocolate oatmeal with bananas.

One-Serving Dark Chocolate Microwave Oatmeal

Yield: 1 serving
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes

These oats take just a few minutes to throw together, and they can be made dairy-free!


  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar (more or less as desired)
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup cold coffee
  • 1/4 teaspoon imitation vanilla


  1. Combine oats, salt, sugar, and cocoa powder in a microwave-safe bowl.
  2. Combine milk, coffee, and vanilla, and whisk into the oats.
  3. Microwave 2 minutes, stir, microwave one minute more, then serve, topped with fruit and cream.


The liquids are customizable; sub water or non-dairy milk for some or all of the coffee/milk in the recipe.

These oats are not super sweet; just add more sugar for a sweeter experience!

Make sure you use a bowl large enough to allow the oats to bubble up while cooking.

Microwaves vary, so adjust the cooking time as necessary.

Nutrition Information
Yield 1 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 263Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 10mgSodium 315mgCarbohydrates 43gFiber 5gSugar 13gProtein 10g

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Thursday 22nd of June 2023

It is very easy to make your own vanilla with a relatively small outlay of money & time. All you need is a small bottle of inexpensive vodka and some vanilla beans, which can be ordered from Amazon. The ratio is 3 - 4 vanilla beans to 8 oz. vodka and let steep for about 6 months (or longer if you want). I usually buy a pint of vodka and add 8 or 10 vanilla beans directly into the bottle and store in a cabinet, shaking every so often. When the bottle gets low, you can just add more vodka.


Saturday 18th of March 2023

Makes for a great dessert! Having some right now.


Thursday 1st of December 2022

Kristen, my favorite part of this post is that "a good mini whisk will make your kitchen life 73% better." Where did you come up with 73%? Thanks for the laugh today. Incidentally, dark chocolate makes almost anything better.


Saturday 17th of December 2022

I don't think I ever responded to this...umm, 73% just seemed like the right number. Ha.


Thursday 1st of December 2022

What kind of cream should I pour in my oatmeal


Thursday 1st of December 2022

Whatever you like! Milk, half and half, or heavy cream all work, but I like heavy cream the best. ;)

Kim from Philadelphia

Thursday 1st of December 2022

Yum! I do something very similiar, except I omit the sugar and mix in a ripe, mashed banana ☺️

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