Cardamom Fudge Oatmeal


After months (literally, months) of having homemade hot chocolate virtually every single day*, I finally figured out how to transfer that love to my morning oatmeal.

*It’s an addiction at this point, TBH.

You see, I have a few versions of my European-style (i.e. THICK AS PUDDING) hot chocolate. One is peppermint. Another is Mexican. Another is almond. And the final version is my personal favorite: cardamom.

Add cardamom to your hot chocolate. You won’t regret it.

Cardamom Fudge Oatmeal by the #OatmealArtist #Vegan

I have considered sharing my hot chocolate recipe many a time on here, but it seemed so irrelevant; there are no oats involved, after all. Alternatively, I tried finding a similar recipe on the internet for me to include in my “Random Recommendations” section, but that has been unsuccessful as well. It looks like my hot chocolate recipe will remain a well-kept secret. For now.

Instead, I have this oatmeal recipe for you. One day for dinner, I wasn’t in the mood to make anything interesting for dinner. I try to avoid doing this, but I decided to be lazy and make oatmeal. As always, I wanted to make my Fudgy Banana & Peanut Butter Oatmeal, but I felt dumb for making that the second time in one day. To make it more interesting, I grabbed my jar of cardamom.

Cardamom Fudge Oatmeal by the #OatmealArtist

My reaction: !!!

Cardamom. Cardamom with chocolate. Always.


You can make this with either banana or sweet potato. Ask yourself whether you like Fudgy Banana or Sweet Potato Fudge better, and that will probably get you the result you like better for this recipe. I like using banana because it doesn’t need extra sweetener.

Cardamom Fudge Oatmeal #Vegan #OatmealArtist

I also like to eat mine Berry Blackout-style: topped with chocolate peanut butter and strawberries. ??

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Cardamom Fudge Oatmeal

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: serves 1

What you'll need:

  • 3/4 cup milk of choice, or water
  • 1/4 cup quick cooking steel-cut oats (I used BetterOats Classic Instant Oatmeal with Flax)
  • 1 ripe or overripe banana, OR 1/3 cup mashed sweet potato
  • 1 heaping tbsp cocoa powder (about 4 tsp)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp ground cardamom
  • pinch of salt

How to make it:

  1. Bring milk (I use 1/2 c almond milk and 1/4 c water) to a boil, add oats, and reduce heat to medium. (If you'd like to add a teaspoon of flax or chia seeds, do so now.)
  2. Mash banana thoroughly and add to the oatmeal.
  3. Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add vanilla extract, cocoa powder, cardamom, and salt. Stir.
  4. When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Top with another splash of your milk of choice and any other desired toppings. I topped mine with chocolate peanut butter and strawberries, a la Berry Blackout Oatmeal.

Just an FYI:

About Lauren Smith

Lauren is a herbivore, Slytherin, and connoisseur of oats. She is a former teacher who is currently studying to earn a master’s degree in curriculum development. You can follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

15 Responses to Cardamom Fudge Oatmeal

  1. Cassie says:

    YOU think you have an addiction to chocolate?! GIRL, we need to talk. LOL! You should see ME and chocolate–I’m constantly annihilating my semisweet chocolate chip bag as well as finding the best recipes that include chocolate–if there’s no chocolate, it’s a no go! XD This cardamom fudge oatmeal looks to die for and it’s perfect for chocolate cravings!

  2. Dana says:

    I can honestly say I have an addiction to pudding! I would love to hear your hot chocolate recipe.

  3. Annelise says:

    I need the recipe for your hot chocolate! All you had to say was thick as pudding. NEED. 🙂

  4. Christine says:

    Yes, please share your hot chocolate recipe! It doesn’t matter if it’s oatmeal or not. I’m sure your readers would be interested.

  5. Please share the hot chocolate recipe!!! The cold pre-spring weather and this post is really making me crave a comforting mug of hot chocolate. For it is my favorite drink, next to coffee. How about an oatmeal and hot chocolate pairing post? It can be like a wine and cheese pairing guide. And is the discussion of hot chocolate count as your Weekend Musing post?

  6. Damn that looks so delicious! I also have a hot chocolate addiction (but I love having mine late at night), so I’d love to know your secret recipe 🙂
    As luck would have it, I accidentally bought cardamom instead of cinnamon the other day, so I’ll have to give this a try very soon!

  7. Queena says:

    Hi, Lauren! May I ask for a favor? I think it was last year when you posted on your random recommendations a link to a homemade soyrizo recipe. I made that, and not only I but my whole family enjoyed it! Unfortunately, I don’t think I was able to bookmark it, and now, I cannot find it. I’m pretty sure Google isn’t giving me the right results either. Could you pretty please give me the link to it, or your recipe that has it for a recommendation?

    By the way, this “fudge” oatmeal looks delicious! Will make it once I crave for chocolate again. I think I’m gonna have the pineapple chai-spiced oats for dinner. Thank you so much!

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  9. Christine says:

    If you use sweet potato instead of banana, would you recommend adding sweetener? I usually add 1 T maple syrup when I make your Sweet Potato Fudge oatmeal. I finally got some cardamom, and look forward to trying this recipe!

  10. Christine says:

    I made this Berry Blackout style this morning. It was my first time trying cardamom (at least that I’m aware of, since I may have had it in a chai latte from Starbucks). The cardamom took some getting used to….I still want to try some of your other recipes using cardamom, to see if it’s an acquired taste.

  11. Christine says:

    You’re right that cardamom is an acquired taste! I made this again, Berry Blackout style, this morning. It was delicious! Next time, I’ll have to try this recipe Sweet Potato Fudge style.

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