German Chocolate Oatmeal Recipe

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This German chocolate oatmeal isΒ  the perfect breakfast for those who love the chocolate and coconut flavor combination of German chocolate.

My love of coconut is a relatively new thing. I’ve only liked it for about a year. Before that, you couldn’t get me to stand within ten feet of a coconut. It was like a bad date I couldn’t wait to get away from.

A white bowl sits on a wooden table filled with this German Chocolate Oatmeal Recipe.

Now, I’m not sure what changed, but I can’t seem to get enough of the stuff these days! I think part of it is that I actually worked up the nerve to try some fresh coconut. Once I did that, the real love affair began and now I even like dried coconut.

If you read this blog with any regularity at all, you know that I’m a die-hard chocolate fanatic as well. I would put chocolate on my pizza if I could get away with it. (Hmmm…. new dessert recipe??!!!)Β So it was only logical that I pair my old love affair with my new tryst to see what I could come up with.

The result? A bowl of oatmeal that even Mini Chef couldn’t get enough of!


The original German Chocolate Cake was actually invented by a man who’s last name was “German”. Samual German, to be exact, and he wasn’t German at all. He was English! So this particular flavor combination is owed entirely to an Englishman. Thanks Mr. German!


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German Chocolate Oatmeal

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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American, English
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 290kcal
Author: Tiffany McCauley


  • 1 cup dry traditional oats (cooked to package directions)
  • 1 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder (or more, if you like a more intense flavor)
  • 2 tbsp. unsweetened dry coconut flakes
  • 4 large egg whites (optional, but good protein - You don't taste them)
  • 2 tbsp. honey (or to taste at serving)


  • Cook your oats according to package directions.
  • Just as the oats are done cooking, stir in the cocoa powder and coconut.
  • Quickly stir in your egg whites, and continue to stir vigorously until they are cooked (you'll see them turn white).
  • Divide into bowls and top with honey or even maple syrup if you prefer.


Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 0.5the recipe | Calories: 290kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 115mg | Potassium: 319mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 19g | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 2mg

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I'm Tiffany, a writer for MSN and the AP Newswire, a cookbook author, digital publisher, food lover, and mom.Β I create healthy, clean eating recipes for everyday living.

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  1. Mmm… I will definitely be trying this recipe for breakfast. I have to say, I adore my oatmeal in the morning and this looks AMAZING. I was never a big fan of coconut either until this year, but now I’m crazy about it!! Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Nicole – Isn’t it funny how that happens? I hated coconut for soooo long. Now, I can’t seem to get enough of it! Enjoy!

  2. sarah, simply cooked says:

    Yes, this sounds delicious. I appreciate that there is not a lot of sugar. I’m new to your blog; I found you through My Little Chickadees, and I’m glad I did! πŸ™‚

    1. Sarah – Fabulous! Welcome to my blog. Happy to have you! Enjoy the oatmeal! πŸ™‚

  3. Can’t wait to try this one!!

    1. Lynn – Wonderul! Let me know how you like it!

  4. I love coconut – unfortunately, my roommate does not! So if I make anything with it in it, I wind up eating all of it….maybe one day things will change? You have given me hope!

    1. Mathew – There is always hope. However, that just means there’s more for you! πŸ˜‰

    1. Clarisse – To add protein.

  5. Sanjeeta kk says:

    I love the addition of cocoa in the oatmeal..a nice and scrumptious change for my son’s porridge. Thanks Tiffany!

    1. Sanjeeta – You’re welcome! Hope he likes it!

  6. This sounds yummy, I can’t wait to get some cocoa powder and try it out. I was also looking through your 365 oatmeal recipes, what a great idea!

    1. Lydia – Thanks! It’s turning out to be a rather long-winded project, but I’ll get it done eventually! I’m sure having fun trying!

  7. Although I found some 40% Reduced Fat dried coconut flakes at Whole Foods recently, I’d prefer the nix the coconut and throw in half a cup (or a whole cup… mmm… fruit) of pitted dark sweet cherries (thawed from frozen). Oatmeal, cocoa powder, cherries and agave… Mmm… I’m saving my new coconut find for some no-bake chocolate, peanut butter and coconut cookies–and, they’re made with oats! πŸ™‚

    BTW, I’m not a fan of eggs at all… so, I’m hoping I can substitute some crumbled or blended soft tofu for the egg whites you suggest. You sure do love that protein source, don’t you? πŸ™‚

    Love your work!

    1. Charlena – Yes! LOL! I do love my eggs! Your substitutes sound great! Enjoy!

  8. Michelle of Chellbellz says:

    its super hard for me to find real coconut flakes in the store….i hate living in this area.

    1. Michelle – Try ordering it on line. You can get just about anything that way these days. πŸ™‚

  9. Any chance I can use two eggs in

  10. Anise Boudreau says:


    I was wondering if I can use two eggs instead of four egg whites so I don’t have to wast the yolk. Also, if two eggs would work, would you still recommend to cook it in the oatmeal and stir until they look cook?

    Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Anise – Yes, you can use 2 whole eggs. Cooke them the same way. Just be sure it’s all cooked. You may want to stir it in a minute or 2 sooner so it has time to cook fully. Enjoy!

  11. AmyMaeJae says:

    Thank-you so much for this wonderful site!! I am new to eating clean and although I am enjoying it it can be overwhelming! Your site helps me to see that I can keep this up and make a lifestyle change for good!

    1. Anonymous says:

      AmyMaeJae – Yes you can! Clean eating isn’t about complications. It’s about basic, whole foods. It might take a little planning, but it’s definitely doable. You CAN do this!!

  12. Tina Borges says:

    Why do you add eggs to the oatmeal? Do you have too?

    1. Anonymous says:

      Tina – No, you don’t have to. I add it because it’s a great way to get that protein/carb balance without affecting the flavor of the oats.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Lindsay – In my humble opinion, not at all. But you have to whisk vigorously to get them well incorporated. If you don’t mix quickly enough, then yes, you’ll end up with clumps of egg. They cook quickly in the hot oats.

  14. Meaghenfillion says:

    Thank you! This was delicious!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Meaghen – Fantastic! Glad you enjoyed it!

  15. Bennyhusband says:

    Is there a definite answer on the coconut oil debate? Heart disease runs in my family, and previously i was overweight, should i use the stuff in place of other oils occassionally, i cook with oil very seldom in the first place, or should i jusy avoid it?

    1. Anonymous says:

      Bennyhusband – I think there will always be a debate over this. Your best bet is to talk to a registered dietitian and follow their qualified medical advice.

  16. Christine says:

    Hi! So happy i found this! Im going to try it for breakfast today. One question though, do you do your oatmeal with water or milk?

    1. You can do it either way. With milk is obviously a little creamier, but it’s also more calories. So it all depends on what your nutritional goals are.

  17. I have a large batch now in the slow cooker that is almost ready. I never knew you can make oatmeal in the slow cooker until I started following your blog. Now eat oatmeal for breakfast every morning. I just change what I put in it everyday. Yesterday was bananas, this morning I am thinking of adding some peanut butter with bananas.

  18. looks & sounds very tasty!

  19. I’ve been oatmeal obsessed for the past few weeks (not to mention a chocoholic for life) so this is beyond perfect. Thanks for your awesome recipes. I can’t wait to try this! I just thought…if I sprinkle some slivered almonds on top, does that make this Almond Joy oatmeal? Double yum!!!

  20. Jolene Ann says:

    I just made this tonight so it would be ready tomorrow πŸ™‚ I cooked the oats in half water and half almond milk. I diced a few chocolate pieces to add with the cocoa. I’d really like to try raw chocolate soon! Until then this is what I had on hand. I also used a bit more coconut than called for. I cook by smell and when it started to smell like German Chocolate then I knew it was ready. I know, I’m weird πŸ˜€

  21. I am not a morning person. So when I get out of bed at 6am its simply to get ready for work, grab the food I made the night before and off I go.

    That being said is it possible to make your oatmeal recipes with the egg whites in them the night before? I typically make oatmeal in a mason jar the night before and then take it to work with me to eat cold or heat up in the microwave.

    1. Nicole – Sure, if you actually cook it. You can’t just put it into a mason jar, but you can certainly cook the oatmeal as the recipe instructs the night before. Enjoy!

  22. So I have been looking at a lot of your recipes this morning, and I’ve noticed that you use egg whites instead of the whole egg…why is that?

    1. Erin – I did that a lot in my earlier recipes because I thought that’s what I was supposed to do as a clean eater (avoid the yolks). I’ve learned a lot over the past few years and now I know better. The whole egg is wonderful! Feel free to sub a whole egg for every 2 egg whites in my recipes. Hope that helps!

  23. This oatmeal sounds wonderful. My husband and I both enjoyed learning about the origin of German chocolate. Question: is it okay to use whole eggs if one doesn’t have issues with eating whole eggs? Thanks.

    1. Susan – I do not recommend it. It would be too much like having scrambled eggs in your oatmeal. With egg whites, they tend to get mixed in much better. I mean, you could certainly do it. But just be prepared for the scrambled eggs in your oatmeal. I can’t say it would tast bad, but it may be a bit off putting by sight for sure.

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