Rocky Road Oatmeal Recipe 

 Last Update May 16, 2024

By Jenny Zhang

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Upgrade your boring oatmeal with delicious and irresistible rocky road oatmeal. This delightful twist on a classic ice cream flavor combines the comforting goodness of oatmeal with the indulgent richness of rocky road. Whether the rocky road is your favorite ice cream flavor or you are looking to explore delicious recipes, this nutritious breakfast twist won't disappoint. 

In just a few easy steps, you'll create a scrumptious bowl of oatmeal that will satisfy your sweet tooth and leave you craving more. With a handful of simple ingredients and a short cooking time, you'll enjoy the heavenly combination of chocolatey, creamy, and gooey flavors in no time. Please note that this recipe is vegan-friendly and can be easily customized to accommodate various dietary preferences.

Rocky Road Oatmeal Recipe

Prep Time
5 minutes

Cook Time
5 minutes

Rest Time
0 minutes

Total Time
10 minutes

  • Cooking Method: Boiling, Simmering
  • Cuisine: American
  • Servings: 2
  • Calories: 341
  • Courses: Breakfast
  • Best Season: Any


  • 1 cup of rolled oats
  • 2 cups of oat milk
  • 1 Tablespoon of chopped pecans (or your preferred nuts)
  • 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
  • 10 pieces of mini marshmallows
  • 1 teaspoon of maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon dark chocolate chips


1. In a saucepan, bring together the rolled oats, plant-based milk, cocoa powder, and maple syrup. Thoroughly stir the mixture to ensure the cocoa powder is completely blended.

2. Set the saucepan over medium heat and allow the mixture to simmer gently. Once simmering, lower the heat to a gentle low and let it cook for approximately 5-7 minutes, or until the oats reach a tender consistency and the mixture thickens to your preferred thickness. Remember to stir occasionally to prevent any sticking.

3. After cooking the oats, take the saucepan off the heat. Add the chopped pecans, chocolate chips, and mini marshmallows to the mixture. The residual heat will slightly melt the marshmallows, creating a gooey texture.

4. Transfer the Rocky Road Oatmeal to serving bowls. Now comes the fun part—topping your oatmeal! Sprinkle additional chopped nuts or chocolate chips over the top for added decadence.

5. Grab a spoon and indulge in the warm, chocolatey goodness of your homemade Rocky Road Oatmeal. Indulge in this delightful creation as a comforting breakfast or a blissful dessert.

Tips & Notes

Texture matters: If you prefer creamier oatmeal, you can use a combination of plant-based milk and water. Modify the ratio to attain the desired consistency. Additionally, add more chopped nuts or marshmallows to the oatmeal if you want a chunkier texture.

Toast the nuts: Consider toasting the chopped pecans, chopped walnuts, or other nuts before adding them to the oatmeal. This straightforward step elevates their flavor profile and introduces a delightful crunch to the dish. Just be careful not to over-toast them, as they can quickly burn.

Serve warm: Enjoy your Rocky Road Oatmeal while it's freshly prepared. Oatmeal tends to thicken as it cools, so it's best to serve and enjoy it immediately.

Nutritional Facts

Nutrition Facts

Servings: 2



% Daily Value*

Total Fat 10.6g


Saturated Fat 1.9g


Cholesterol 0mg


Sodium 116mg


Total Carbohydrate 54g


Dietary Fiber 7.5g


Total Sugars 5.9g

Protein 9.2g

Vitamin D 2mcg


Calcium 442mg


Iron 2mg


Potassium 238mg


*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

What Ingredients You Will Need

Rolled oats

Rolled oats, known as old-fashioned oats, are the star of this recipe. They are whole oats steamed and flattened, resulting in a quicker cooking time than steel-cut oats. Rolled oats boast a high fiber content, offering sustained energy and supporting healthy digestion.

If rolled oats are unavailable, you can opt for instant or quick oats. Instant oats undergo a higher level of processing than rolled oats. They are pre-cooked and subsequently dried, leading to a finer texture and a shorter cooking time. Instant oats are often more convenient for those who prefer a quicker preparation method, as they cook in just a few minutes. However, the finer texture may lead to a softer consistency in the final dish. For those who are gluten-free, you can opt for gluten-free oats.

Oat milk

Oat, cashew, or almond milk, among other plant-based milk alternatives, serve as the liquid foundation for the oatmeal recipe. Plant-based milk adds creaminess and helps cook the oats to a soft and tender texture. It offers a dairy-free alternative, making it suitable for individuals following a vegan diet or those with lactose intolerance.

Cocoa powder

Cocoa powder adds a rich chocolate flavor to oatmeal. It is made from roasted and ground cocoa beans and is commonly used in baking and dessert recipes. Cocoa powder is renowned for its antioxidant properties and has the potential to uplift mood.

Consider using cacao powder instead as a healthier alternative. Made from crushed cacao beans that undergo fermentation, drying, and grinding, cacao powder offers a more wholesome choice. It is minimally processed and often considered the raw form of chocolate. Cacao powder retains more of the natural nutrients in the cacao beans, making it a slightly healthier option than cocoa powder.

Maple syrup

Maple syrup, a natural sweetener, is obtained from the sap of maple trees. It adds a pleasant sweetness to the oatmeal, enhancing the overall flavor. Maple syrup serves as a healthier substitute for refined sugar, as it contains beneficial minerals like manganese and zinc.

Chopped pecans (or preferred nuts)

Pecans are a type of tree nut that adds a delightful crunch and a buttery, slightly sweet flavor to the oatmeal. Pecans (or any nuts you choose) are an excellent source of healthy fats, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. However, based on your taste preferences, feel free to personalize the recipe by using your preferred nuts, such as almonds, walnuts, or hazelnuts.

Mini marshmallows

Mini marshmallows are a key ingredient in replicating the classic rocky road flavor. They add a chewy and gooey texture reminiscent of the marshmallows found in traditional rocky road ice cream. Vegan marshmallows are a suitable choice for individuals following a plant-based diet, as they are typically crafted without gelatin.

Chocolate Chip

Chocolate chips in your rocky road oatmeal recipe can add rich and melty chocolate throughout the dish. When the hot oatmeal comes into contact with the chocolate chips, they soften and create pockets of gooey chocolate goodness.

When selecting chocolate chips, you have a variety of options. Some options include milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and semi-sweet chocolate chips. Your choice between different types of chocolate chips can be based on your personal preference for the desired level of sweetness and intensity of chocolate flavor.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Can I add protein powder?

Yes, you can add protein powder or a vegan protein blend. Incorporating protein powder is a great way to increase the meal's protein content, making it more filling and nutritious.

How can I store and reheat leftover Rocky Road oatmeal?

Leftover rocky road oatmeal can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. When reheating, add some milk or water to help loosen the oatmeal and restore its creamy texture. Warm it in the microwave or on the stove, stirring occasionally, and then add the marshmallows and nuts after heating to avoid them becoming too soggy or overly toasted.

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Jenny passionately advocates a holistic and natural approach to health and well-being. She has a Bachelor of Science degree and years of working in food sciences, specializing in organic & natural products. She is committed to helping others embrace a balanced, natural lifestyle that fosters well-being. Jenny believes that a harmonious balance between nutrition, fitness, and mindfulness is the key to unlocking the full potential of one’s well-being.