This is one of my go-to hot smoothies.  Its my Oaty Chocolate Hot Smoothie. 

Oaty Chocolate hot smoothie - a quick and healthy hot smoothie for a cold day*This image is available to buy from Stockfood

Did I ever tell you how much I love chocolate for breakfast? If I didn’t, you may have worked it out already based on those pancakes with white chocolate, or maybe those Nutella Sweet rolls . Unlike the zillion calories and liberal sprinkling of sugar in those examples, today I’m presenting you with a healthy chocolate recipe.

It can be done.

Taking a break from the fruity smoothies in weeks one and two of my Hot Smoothie series, I went for something creamy, oaty, filling and delicious. Six simple ingredients (ok, 7 if you include the splash of water, but really? I’m ignoring that one) and you’ll be enjoying a warm healthy breakfast at just a little over 300 calories.

So here’s what we’ve got in the Oaty Chocolate Hot Smoothie:

Dark chocolate – the naughtiest ingredient of the recipe, but there’s only a bit, and think of all those flavonoids (?!)

Rolled Oats – no you won’t be chewing these down, they’ll be blended in, to add thickness and flavour

½ a banana – almost went without this, but I found the smoothies needed a tiny bit of sweetness, and this was just enough

Almond milk and Almonds – hmmmm creaminess (and more nutrients!)

Chia seeds – I sprinkle a spoonful of these into most smoothies. I can’t taste them, but I’m told they’re packed with antioxidants, minerals and other goodies.

That’s it. It’s creamy without being cloying, it’s just a tiny bit sweet and it’s filling enough to satisfy the hunger after a long run (read: 2 mile walk/jog – but I’m trying!!)

Just before I carry on with the Oaty Chocolate Hot Smoothie recipe, a reminder of the words of warning from my previous hot smoothie posts.

Don’t fill your smoothie maker up with boiling liquid.  It’s either going to shatter the glass (if you have a glass jug) or it’s going to come wushing out with a tonne of pressure when you open the lid after whizzing things up.  Check your smoothie maker or blender can take warm or hot liquids.  This recipe calls for a little of the warm almond milk to be mixed with cold water before blending.  Then add the rest of the hot almond milk at the end.

Also, check out the links below the recipe for the tools I used.

The Oaty Chocolate Hot Smoothie Recipe:

5 from 1 vote

Oaty Chocolate Hot Smoothie

Oaty Chocolate hot smoothie - a quick and healthy hot smoothie for a cold day
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 Serving
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: British


  • 15 g (1 1/2 tbsp) dark chocolate chopped (check the brand for gluten free if required)
  • 200 ml (3/4 cups + 1 tbsp) unsweetened almond milk
  • 20 g (4 tbsp) rolled oats check the brand for gluten free if required
  • ½ a ripe medium-sized banana
  • 6 almonds
  • 5 g (1 tsp) chia seeds
  • 20 ml (1 tbsp + 1 tsp) cold water
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  • Add the dark chocolate to a jug and pour in the almond milk. Microwave until the mixture is warm and the chocolate has melted (you can do this in a pan if you prefer).
    15 g (1 1/2 tbsp) dark chocolate, 200 ml (3/4 cups + 1 tbsp) unsweetened almond milk
  • Add the oats, banana, almonds, chia seeds, the water and approx. a fifth of the almond milk to your smoothie maker or blender. Add in an extra splash of cold water if you think the liquid is too warm (see warning above about hot liquids and smoothie makers).
    20 g (4 tbsp) rolled oats, 1/2 a ripe medium-sized banana, 6 almonds, 5 g (1 tsp) chia seeds, 20 ml (1 tbsp + 1 tsp) cold water
  • Blend on high for a minute until the oats and chia seeds have been completely incorporated.
  • Whilst it's blending, further heat the rest of the almond/chocolate mix until hot, but not boiling.
  • Pour the blended oat mix into your cup, stir in the almond/chocolate mix and serve.


You can reserve a few of the oats and a little of the chocolate to grate over the top if you wish (it looks pretty, but is harder to drink through a straw!!)


Serving: 458g | Calories: 304kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 265mg | Potassium: 433mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin C: 5.1mg | Calcium: 309mg | Iron: 3.2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.


Tools used (fyi these are affiliate links – which means if you buy the product I get a small commission (at no extra cost to you). If you do buy, then thank you! That’s what helps me to keep Kitchen Sanctuary running x)

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  1. carina garcia says:

    Great flavour but not really a smoothie – just oatmeal in a glass.

  2. Kamisha Westmoreland says:

    Has anyone tried the warm smoothies in the NutriBullet RX Souper Blast? It warms as it blends. There are recipes for soups but I’m assuming it will work for warm smoothies.

  3. KC says:

    5 stars
    Just discovered hot smoothies, perfect for this time of year. Loving the idea of chocolate for breakfast too. Trying this in the morning.

  4. Sam (Samantha) says:

    Hi Nicky, only found you this evening. This sounded so good and as I didn’t fancy dinner tonight I went and made one. No chocolate (boo) but had some lovely Dutch cocoa so put a good teaspoon of that in with about 1/8 tsp coffee to bring out the chocolate taste and no Chai seeds but hey no-one is perfect. Has done the trick, feel happy, warm and satisfied.

    1. Nicky Corbishley says:

      Sounds fab! I’ll have to try it with coffee 🙂

  5. A Jones says:

    What are chai seeds? Did you mean chia?

    1. Nicky Corbishley says:

      Thanks for spotting this! I actually meant chia seeds – which are tiny little black seeds that you can get from health shops and most supermarkets now.

  6. Joshua Hampton says:

    I love chocolate any time of the day. And chocolate in a smoothie for breakfast? Yes, definitely. Thanks for this recipe.

    1. Nicky Corbishley says:

      Thanks Joshua, glad you like it 🙂

  7. mira says:

    I love chocolate smoothies! Full of healthy ingredients looks amazing! Great pictures!

    1. Nicky Corbishley says:

      Thanks Mira 🙂

  8. breakfastdramaqueen says:

    This looks amazing! And a hot smoothie? You’re a genius! 😀

    1. Nicky Corbishley says:

      Ha Ha, thanks Claudia, I do like being called a genius 😀

  9. Thalia @ butter and brioche says:

    This chocolate smoothie looks SO delicious.. love how healthy the recipe is especially. Wish I had one to devour right now, pinned!

    1. Nicky Corbishley says:

      Thanks for pinning Thalia 🙂

  10. Kate @ says:

    Hot smoothies are such a great idea! Why didn’t I think of that? This one looks particularly delicious (chocolate, duh), and I love oats in my smoothies, they feel more satisfying that way. Thanks for the tips for how to not get burned with exploding hot smoothie, great idea to blend a bit and then heat the rest of the liquid.

    I’m checking out your hot green smoothie now too! Will there be more in this series?