Sweet Potato Fudge Oatmeal

If you like Brownie Batter Oatmeal (and it appears that most of you do), then you will love this. Bonus: NO BANANA. To me, that’s a downer, but to some of you, it will seal the deal.


Now let’s be real. Have I ever steered you wrong with any recipe that contained the word “fudge”? Let’s look at the evidence: Raspberry Fudge Oatmeal. Fudgy Banana and Peanut Butter Oatmeal. Ummm, CASE CLOSED.


This doesn’t taste like sweet potatoes. It tastes like warm, creamy fudge. Or…dare I say it…brownie batter? Could it be possible that this recipe is more brownie batter-ish than my actual Brownie Batter Oatmeal? Uh oh.


Sweet Potato 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 cook steel-cut oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
  • 1 smallish sweet potato, peeled and mashed
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder (or at least 1 and a half)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp maple syrup (adjust to your preferences)
  • 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 sweet potato well. Once more of the liquid has absorbed, stir it into the oatmeal.
  3. Add cocoa powder, vanilla extract, maple syrup and salt. Stir. If the oatmeal is getting too dry, add another splash of milk or water and stir to make it creamy again.
  4. When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Add a splash of your milk of choice and any other additional toppings (shredded coconut, nuts, etc.).


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.

26 Responses to Sweet Potato Fudge Oatmeal

  1. Lyndsey says:

    Yum! Looks delish(:

    Would you mind taking a look at my new blog, Crohn’s Princess? http://crohnsprincess.wordpress.com It features my daily struggles with Crohn’s Disease and what food, medicines, and treatment options are helpful to me. I will definitely show some of your recipes on my blog, as they are very helpful to my stomach and eating plan. Thank you for the support!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Looks delicious! Just wondering, how does TJ’s unsweetened cocoa powder compare to Hershey’s?

  3. teenager ;) says:

    When I saw this oatmeal I said: “I have to buy sweet potato and eat this, it’s great! ” 🙂 It looks very delicious 🙂

  4. Anonymous says:

    I just made this and topped it with almond butter. Tasted indulgent and delicious but it was also very hearty and filling. I think it’s become my new favorite! I want to thank you for posting such amazing recipes. I’m recovering from an eating disorder, so I’m trying to build a positive relationship with food by making fun, healthy, and comforting recipes. Your oatmeal is perfect! Seriously, thank you. I am happy to say that I now look forward to my (huge) bowl of oatmeal every single morning.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Silly question, but does the sweet potato have to be cooked first?

  6. Your blog is the best discovery I have made all day! I am oatmeal OBSESSED! Seriously can’t go a day without my morning bowl of oatmeal. Lately I’ve been doing a lot of lucuma in my oats but I think I am ready to switch it up and try adding sweet potato with your recipe!

  7. Oh. My. God. This IS delicious! I made an overnight version rather than stovetop. I wasn’t sure I’d like it, to be honest. But I am now devouring it, and very happy that I made two servings, for tomorrow! Thank you!!!

  8. Maria Sisci says:

    i just love all your oatmeal recipes, i love your blog xx

  9. Could I use rolled oats instead of steal cut? What would I have to change?

  10. Linda Schreiber says:

    Hi Lauren,

    I’m having this perfect oatmeal right now for breakfast in Germany. I love your blog and all the recipes I have tried so far, but this is the one I absolutely love the most. The Fudgy Banana and Peanut Butter comes a close second, though. 🙂

    Have a great day in the greatest city in the world!

  11. alli says:

    I’m thrilled to know that the Trader Joe’s cocoa powder is vegan! I love it so much, and thanks for the recipe, will definitely try.

    • Lauren Smith says:

      I’m fairly certain all cocoa powder is vegan as it should contain only cacao! You might be thinking of “chocolate drink mixes” like Nesquik that you mix into milk to make chocolate milk. That’s different than cocoa powder.

  12. Kelsey says:

    So glad I finally tried this! I thought the sweet potato gave a very similar texture to when you stir nut butter into oatmeal, which is amazing! I think I might like this better than the fudgy banana oatmeal…

  13. Kristin says:

    I made a steel cut version of this. Oh my God, so good! And so filling! With a dallop of peanut butter on top, which makes everything better, that was one of the best ones yet. I love taking my leftovers (like baked sweet potatoes) or whatever random fruit I have that’s about to turn on me and knowing I can always find a recipe on the site.

  14. Christine says:

    I made this for breakfast this morning. OMG, it was phenomenal! I agree that it was fudgier than your Brownie Batter Oatmeal. I love the texture that the sweet potato provided. The cereal does get extremely thick after you add the cocoa powder and sweet potato. I had to keep adding milk in order to thin it out. Next time, I would try adding the sweet potato and cocoa powder earlier in the cooking process. I also used 1 tablespoon maple syrup, which provided the perfect amount of sweetness for me. Thank you for another all-star recipe!

  15. Giselle says:

    Hi there, I tried this oatmeal, and the taste and texture were ok. But the fudginess factor was SPOT ON. So I’ll definitely try this again in the future.

    • Lauren Smith says:

      It’s crucial that you mash the sweet potato thoroughly, and that you sweeten the oatmeal to your tastes! 🙂 I’ve had varying results making this depending on how well I cooked the sweet potato beforehand (it doesn’t mash as well if it’s undercooked).

      • Christine says:

        I also had to keep adding liquid, stirring, and reheating to get the cereal to the right consistency. Otherwise, it gets too dry — especially after you add the sweet potato and cocoa powder.

  16. Christine says:

    I made this again this morning, but stirred in a blob of almond butter at the end. Mmmmm! I highly recommend trying it that way.

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