Chia Oatmeal Breakfast Bowl

  • Chia Oatmeal Breakfast Bowl

    Breakfast is a daily struggle. Do I eat the cheesecake I made the night before? How about a ham and cheesy bread bowl? Or should I do the sensible thing and have some oatmeal?

    Today, I chose oatmeal. I can only live off of cake, cookies, and ice cream for so long before my body seeks nutrients. This chia oatmeal breakfast bowl is packed with all sorts of good stuff to keep me full and energized.

    Chia Oatmeal Breakfast Bowl

    Rolled oats, chia seeds, and cacao nibs make up the base of this breakfast bowl. Although chia seeds don’t provide any flavor, when soaked in liquids, it adds a great deal of texture. When chia seeds absorb moisture, it turns jelly-like, similar to pudding. The longer you let it sit, the more the chia seed will plump up.

    While I used soy milk, you can substitute any kind of milk you prefer. For a touch of sweetness, I added maple syrup. Honey or agave syrup work just as well.

    Oatmeal is something I can never tire of. There are endless variations when it comes to toppings. The fun part comes with the variety of toppings and mix-ins. Today’s chia oatmeal breakfast bowl is topped with granola, blackberries, and blood orange segments. Perhaps tomorrow I’ll load my oatmeal with toasted almonds, sliced banana, and a handful of chocolate chunks. If I’m feeling tropical, maybe some shredded coconut, pineapple slices, and chopped macadamia nuts will do the trick.

    Chia Oatmeal Breakfast Bowl

    Yield: serves 2


    • 1/2 cup rolled oats (old-fashioned oats)
    • 3 Tbsp chia seeds
    • 2 Tbsp cocao nibs
    • 1 1/3 cup soy milk
    • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
    • toppings: granola, berries, citrus, nuts


    1. In a medium bowl, combine rolled oats, chia seeds, soy milk, and maple syrup. Fold to combine until ingredients are evenly distributed. Cover and let rest at least 1 hour in the fridge (overnight is best).
    2. Divide chia oatmeal between two serving bowls. Add additional soy milk, if desired. Add toppings and serve immediately.

    Note: The chia oatmeal will be fairly thick if allowed to sit in the fridge overnight. Stir contents together and add additional milk until consistency is to your liking. 

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    This was way healthier than my usual white toast and butter. I also like that I can dress it up any way I want to.

    Kelly @ Foodie Fiasco

    This is beautiful. I eat low carb, so I’m excited to try subbing the oats for flaked coconut. Will report back. xo

    Bethany @ athletic avocado

    This oatmeal looks amazing! I heave yet to try chia seeds in my oatmeal, IDK what Im waiting for!


    Hahaha Maryanne I am totally with you on the breakfast dilemma, yesterdays cake or dessert is always very tempting standing on the counter watching me as I decide what to eat for breakfast. This Chia Breakfast bowl looks absolutely amazing, I think tomorrow I will definitely rather give this a try, instead of cake ;)

      Maryanne Cabrera

      Seriously! I need to become better friends with my neighbors so I can drop off all my cakes and desserts with them. Having cakes around the house in the morning is dangerous! :)


    What are the nutritional values of this as a whole? & what would you recommend as a substitution of the soy milk?

      Maryanne Cabrera

      Sorry, I don’t have the nutritional values for my recipes. In place of soy milk, you can use regular cow’s milk, almond milk, coconut milk, etc.