Mocha Oatmeal (with Variations)

Wednesday morning, I had great plans for a Peppermint Mocha Oatmeal. I planned it while falling asleep the night before, and I woke up eager to try it out.


My dreams came crashing down when I opened my mother’s bottle of mint extract, only to get an awful whiff of spearmint. SPEARMINT!! Ugh. It was a combination of spearmint and peppermint. Unacceptable!

I was not about to have spearmint mocha–gross. Instead, I just went with a simple mocha oatmeal, along with a little bit of vanilla extract to enhance the chocolate flavor.


Like my Thin Mints or Lemon Poppy Seed Oatmeal, I used banana to sweeten it. I swear you won’t taste it. I knew I wouldn’t be able to taste it with peppermint or almond extract, but I was very surprised that I didn’t even taste it with just vanilla extract! The coffee and chocolate flavors are very strong and mask the banana taste well.


The fun thing about this recipe is that the variations are endless! Instead of vanilla extract, you could use PEPPERMINT extract (not spearmint…) for a peppermint mocha, ALMOND extract for an almond mocha, etc. Imagine the possibilities: hazelnut, caramel, coconut, butterscotch, Irish cream, French vanilla….

Mocha Oatmeal (with Variations)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: serves 1

What you'll need:

  • 2/3 cup strong brewed coffee (I used cold press!)
  • 1/3 cup milk of choice, or water
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (I used Country Choice Organic)
  • 1/2 a ripe banana
  • 1 rounded tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt

How to make it:

  1. Bring coffee and milk to a boil, add oats, and reduce heat to medium.
  2. Mash up banana and add to the oatmeal. Stir.
  3. Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add cocoa powder, vanilla extract (or whatever flavor you want to use), and salt.
  4. If you'd like to add any extra ingredients (coconut oil, nuts), do so now.
  5. When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Serve with another splash of your milk of choice (and/or more coffee) and any other additional toppings (shredded coconut, nuts, chocolate chips, etc.).

Easy variations:

White Chocolate Mocha Oatmeal: Add a handful of white chocolate chips toward the end (either let them melt and stir them in, or simply sprinkle them on top when serving).

Almond Mocha Oatmeal: Use 1/4 tsp almond extract instead of vanilla extract.
Peppermint Mocha Oatmeal: Use 1/4 tsp peppermint extract instead of vanilla extract. Top with a sprig of fresh peppermint when serving, if you have it! 🙂
Butterscotch Mocha Oatmeal: Add a handful of butterscotch chips toward the end (either let them melt and stir them in, or simply sprinkle them on top when serving).

Coconut Mocha Oatmeal: Use coconut milk with the coffee for your cooking liquid, and top with shredded coconut at the end. The vanilla extract is optional.

Almond Joy Mocha Oatmeal: Use 1/4 tsp almond extract instead of vanilla extract, and top with shredded coconut at the end.

Of course, you could also use flavored syrups as well. 🙂

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 Mocha Oatmeal (with Variations)

  1. Treble Tart says:

    Oh gosh! This looks so good!! I’m especially partial to anything mocha + coconut, so I’m thinking I may have to try that combo, although the peppermint idea sounds awesome too! (Not spearmint… blech! Haha!)

  2. I am most certainly in love with your recipes and very grateful to have stumbled upon your blog! How did you go about attracting and maintaining followers? I’m starting up as a Health Coach and I’m slightly wary about my effectiveness in attracting a following on my website. There are already so many awesome food blogs out there (yours included) that I’m not too confident in my ability to foster my own little community. Any tips are appreciated!

    • Lauren Smith says:

      First of all, thanks so much! As for “promoting” my blog, I used a few different outlets.
      1. I posted my links on Twitter.
      2. Pinterest. Awesome way to get views.
      3. I used food blog galleries like Tastespotting, HealthyAperture, and FindingVegan. You may be able to find similar galleries for your topic.

      Last but not least, post consistently! People tend to show more interest if they can tell your blog is active and reliable.

    • Thanks for the tips! I’ll have to become a more avid Twitter/Pinterest user. Good luck!

  3. Just made this!!! Soooo good. I went with the Almond Joy variation…almond extract, and then topped with chocolate chips, cinnamon, shredded coconut and a few almonds! Check it out on my Instagram @xtinaluvspink1. Thanks Lauren!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Just found your blog and I can’t wait to try out some of these recipes! Would adding a sweetener (I use Stevia) work in place of the banana? I’m not worried about being able to taste it, I just have no ripe bananas on hand! Also, is there a way to get the peppermint flavor without using an extract?

    • Lauren Smith says:

      Yes, you could replace the banana with a sweetener, but the oatmeal won’t be as creamy. There isn’t really a good way to get the peppermint flavor without the extract. Obviously you could use fresh mint from a plant, but it will take a significant amount to get the right flavor!

  5. Mommy Sarah says:

    oh yum! I know what I’m making in the a.m….White Chocolate Coconut Mocha Oatmeal!

  6. Christine says:

    I’ve tried the Almond Mocha variation of this recipe. It’s good, and I have made it several times. I recommend using a very ripe banana; otherwise the oatmeal won’t taste sweet enough. The almond extract hides the banana flavor well.

  7. Christine says:

    I made the coconut variation of this oatmeal. It tasted great! I appreciate how your Mocha Oatmeal is a simple recipe that has lots of variations. I can make them all the time and not get bored. Other favorite versatile recipes include your Basic Banana Oatmeal, Peanut Butter Oatmeal, and Yogurt Oatmeal.

  8. Christine says:

    PS: I topped my Coconut Mocha Oatmeal with So Delicious Coconut Milk yogurt. Mocha Oatmeal deserves a creamy topping. 🙂

  9. Christine says:

    I made the peppermint variation this morning. I used Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa powder, and topped the oatmeal with a crushed candy cane. The candy cane melted deliciously into the oatmeal. It tasted outstanding!

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