Thick and creamy Vegan Fudge Brownie Oatmeal made with just 4 ingredients and no sugar – is it a brownie or is it breakfast?
I wasn’t even going for brownie when I made this oatmeal, it just happened.
Sometimes I set out to make dessert-inspired-breakfast recipes. But even better is when I set out just to make breakfast and the dessert part sneaks up and surprises me. I would’ve been perfectly happy with just chocolatey oatmeal in my little heart-shaped bowl, but the remarkable fudge brownie resemblance in both taste and texture had to be addressed.
And shared, of course!
The main element of this oatmeal that earns it the title of Fudge Brownie Oatmeal is the texture. Because the words fudge and brownie are both delicious terms that are not to be used lightly. There is one special ingredient in this recipe that makes the texture so uniquely brownie-like, and if you saw yesterday’s post you can probably guess what that ingredient is. Dates!
Adding dates or date paste to oatmeal is my new obsession, because it imparts the most amazing texture. And the fact that it negates the need for any other added sweetener is kinda nice too.
Refined sugar free, thick and creamy texture, super fudgy chocolate flavor, only 4 ingredients–why are we still talking!?!Print
Fudge Brownie Oatmeal
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 1 serving 1x
Thick and creamy Vegan Fudge Brownie Oatmealmade with just 4 ingredients and no sugar – is it a brownie or is it breakfast?
- 1 cup non-dairy milk
- 4 pitted Medjool dates (or 1/4 cup date paste)
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 2 tbsp cacao or cocoa powder
- Toppings: chocolate chips (shredded coconut, sliced almonds, berries, caramel sauce, etc.)
- Blend the nondairy milk, dates, and cacao powder in a high speed blender until smooth.
- Pour into a medium saucepan and add the rolled oats. Or if you are using the date paste, simply combine all the ingredients in a saucepan.
- Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook for about 5-7 minutes stirring frequently until most of the liquid is gone and the texture is very thick.
- Pour into a bowl, top with chocolate chips and shredded coconut (or any toppings you like) and enjoy!
After all this brownie-in-breakfast-form talk, I have to give a shoutout to my favorite non-breakfast brownies THESE! For dessert…or second breakfast, I won’t judge.
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You need to make an ebook or a cookbook, just sayin!
Ah thank you! Ebook(s) are definitely on my list of goals for the year 🙂
Sarah | Well and Full says
Looking at these photos at first, I actually though this WAS A brownie!! It looks so gooey and delicious like a regular brownie!! 😀
Hahaha yes my plan worked!! 😀 Thanks Sarah!
Oatmeal is my favorite breakfast! This looks so good! I can’t wait to try it!
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It’s so yummy and versatile, one of my favorites too when it’s hilly out! Thanks for stopping by Alexa 🙂
The Vegan 8 says
Omg woman, this looks INSANE! So rich, so decadent and so chocolatey! Also, can we just talk about how beautiful that heart bowl is too?! Love it and sooo perfect for Valentine’s Day coming up soon. I love it when recipe ideas weren’t really ideas at first, but turned into something amazing like this. It does look super fudgy, almost like a baked brownie or microwave mug cake kind of thing. It looks amazing! And the fact that it is healthy, oh man, that is such a bonus. I totally need to make this for Olivia. She loves oatmeal and loves it even more when I throw in some chocolate chips, which with this, it wouldn’t even need them. I’ll just add some flax for fat for her. I always slip the flax in and she hasn’t picked up on it yet, LOL.
This is just too good and too easy!
Valentines day–I haven’t even thought about that yet but wow it’s soon isn’t it!! I should’ve saved this recipe till then…oh well. Gives me an excuse to reuse this little bowl again soon haha. I love the recipes that just happen too, so much easier and sometimes better than the ones you really have to try for. I’m not sure what this recipe is, like oatmeal and a mug cake and baked oatmeal and a brownie all at the same time. Who cares what’s it’s called, right!? You must make a mean bowl of oats to hide that sneaky flax in, because it can have quite a strong flavor. But of course chocolate/chocolate chips certainly help with hiding any and everything 😀
Fudge Brownie Oatmeal!! Genius! I love it Natalie. Super simple recipe, I bet it tastes so delicious. I made oatmeal today but just plain boring oatmeal, no Fudge Brownie Oatmeal, lol. PS: I also love that bowl so much! Enjoy your evening xoxo
Thanks Ela! Plain old non-brownie oatmeal is delish too though, it’s hard to mess up oats especially when there are fruity toppings involved 😀 I love that little bowl too, especially for overhead shots. Happy Wednesday <3
Anjali @ Vegetarian Gastronomy says
Ok…I know I say that I’m going to make all of your recipes, and I have a LONG list to still go through…BUT…here goes again, I AM GOING TO MAKE THIS! It’s perfect and so easy for the kids. They love a dessert-like breakfast over the weekend and they usually ask for my chocolate overnight oats, pancakes, bagels, or waffles =) this is definitely one for the making over the weekend…I’m thinking saturday morning. Super easy too and I love using dates. Love the heart shaped bowls! I’ll let you know when i try it out!
Hehe I do the same thing all the time–make plans to try all the yummy things I see online and then somehow time foils those great plans 😀 That’s why the super easy ones like this are the ones I usually actually maybe get around too! But weekend breakfasts at your place sound delish as is, I want to come over for that! Well if you do break out the dates and try it, I would love to hear the verdict(s) 🙂
Excellent recipe! It reminds me of chocolate pudding. I put some in the frig to see if it was good reheated the next day and it is. I had it in a bowl and when I put it on a plate it retained the bowl shape so it looked like steamed pudding. Will definitely make again. Thanks!
Hahaha what a fun discovery!! Pour some sort of fancy sauce on top and oatmeal suddenly becomes an elegant dessert 🙂 So happy you liked it Bex, thanks for the feedback!
Anjali @ Vegetarian Gastronomy says
Natalie! We FINALLY made this today! I’m so so sad i could not photograph and share! My husband actually made it for us for breakfast while i was packing for the kids. It was SO rich, chocolaty, fudgy just as you said! Kids and I loved it!! I think it’ll be made in the form of dessert next time =)
YAY!!!!! Oh so cafes about a photo when there is fudginess to be devoured, I am so so happy to hear that everyone liked it? Thanks for trying it Anjali and for the feedback. I know, I can’t decide what meal it should be–breakfast or dessert!
Omg I loved it. That is sich a genius idea 🙂 really enjoyed a bowl of fudge brownie oats for breakfast. Yummy. Thank you!!! It felt so naughty but it isn’t 🙂
I am so happy you liked it Jas 🙂 Yes it does feel almost too indulgent for breakfast, but it’s not woohoo!!
Just made this and it tastes AMAZING 💖 Topped it with banana pieces & I was in heaven 🙊 Thank you so much for this recipe!
YAY!! What a wonderful way to start the weekend too, I am so happy you liked it 🙂 Thanks for the feedback Nathalie!
This was soooo good !
I was worried it wouldn’t be enough for me because I usually use way more oats in my breakfast but this was rich and chocolatey… more would’ve been too much haha
PS I used date paste and two tbsp actually made it sweet enough for me. Also added ground coffee and sea salt 😉
Oooh I love the coffee + salt additions, I need to try that now! I am so happy you liked it, and yes surprisingly rich for being still healthy, right? Thanks for the feedback and I hope it finds it’s way into your breakfast lineup again soon 🙂
Another super easy, rich and decadent treat. Even hubby is down for another FOF recipe! 🙂
YES!! That is always a good sign, so happy you both are enjoying them🤗🤗
Loved this recipe with half the dates and zucchini added, like in your matcha zucchini oatmeal recipe. Sooo rich and chocolatey and filling! Thank you for the great ideas! Everyone in my house loved it!
Oh that’s such a good idea to add zucchini to this one too, I have to try that! So happy you guys are enjoying it April😊