This heart-shaped chocolate oatmeal is a perfect Valentine’s Day breakfast idea for the whole family. Easy to make & garnished with hearts.
It’s been pretty well established on this blog that I like to come up with cute meals for my family when special occasions come around.
And of course, Valentine’s Day is no difference. I’ve already shared my Heart Smash Box for Valentine’s Day! But I also wanted to come up with some Valentine s Day breakfast ideas for the whole family, that would be cute, filling, and mostly healthy.
Say hello to this chocolate oatmeal with heart garnishes, served in a heart shaped bowl, and garnished two different ways…
With DIY red heart garnishes, made with melting wafers and a mini heart mold…
And with adorable jam heart garnishes, piped on using a piping bag!
Both are easy, making this a low stress and cute Valentine’s Day breakfast idea for the whole family!
There’s a Lot to Love About This Valentine’s Day Breakfast
It’s Healthy (and Heart Healthy, in Particular)
One thing I really love about this Valentine’s Day oatmeal breakfast is how healthy oatmeal is.
I speak from personal experience when I say oatmeal is a great start to the day. It’s one of my staples, and I love to cover it with all sorts of treats and toppings that add crunch, flavor, fiber, and nutrients (frozen pomegranate seeds and blueberries, a sprinkle of chia, and a handful of almonds and crushed walnuts is my go to breakfast these days).
Speaking of fiber, that’s one of the best things about this Valentine’s day breakfast. It’s jam packed with fiber.
One cup of dry oatmeal has approximately 9 grams of fiber, which is roughly one-third of the daily recommended 30 grams of fiber for adults.
If you’re serving up this adorable Valentine’s Day breakfast to your kids, you’re in even better shape, fiber wise: kids aged 4 to 8 should eat around 25 grams of fiber per day, for example.
However, Oatmeal also has plenty of other nutrients worth loving: protein, vitamin B1, iron, and more!
Finally, oatmeal is a heart healthy food. Don’t you agree that taking care of your heart on Valentine’s Day is one of the most considerate things you can do for your loved ones?
It’s Also Delicious
Yes, it’s healthy.
But it’s also delicious.
As in, you’ll be able to serve it to your kids and spouse, and no one will complain about how healthy it tastes, delicious.
If you’ve never melted chocolate chips in your oatmeal, you’re missing out on one of life’s great breakfast treats.
The chocolate melts completely, creating ribbons of chocolatey sweetness throughout the warm oatmeal. It’s like a bowl of undercooked, gooey and warm oatmeal chocolate chip cookie.
It’s Right Up There With Cute Valentine s Day Breakfast Ideas
And then, of course, you get to dress it up to get your family excited to enjoy it, and pumped for Valentine’s Day.
I tried two different ways of making this Valentine’s Day oatmeal extra cute:
- Red melting wafers made into hearts.
- Raspberry or strawberry jam hearts.
How to Make this Heart Shaped Chocolate Oatmeal for Valentine s Day
One thing that’s great about this Valentine s day breakfast is how easy it is to make!
Make the Red Candy Hearts Garnish
If you want to top the oatmeal with the red hearts, I suggest making these first. You could even make them the night before (or a few days before), and just store them in an airtight container in the fridge until you’re ready to use them.
Place into the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes to set and – voila – you’re done! Just pop them out and use as a garnish!
How to Make the Oatmeal
For the oatmeal, you’ll need 2 cups of instant oatmeal or quick cook oatmeal, 1 to 1.5 cups of chocolate chips, and 1.5 cups of your milk of choice (i.e. cow milk, almond milk, etc).
(If you plan to make the jam heart version, you’ll also need some raspberry or strawberry jam and a piping bag and tip).
Pour the oatmeal, chocolate chips, and milk into a bowl and microwave on high for 1 minute.
Stir and then place back in the microwave for another 90 seconds.
At this point the chocolate should be melted well and the oatmeal will be cooked. If you prefer thicker oatmeal you can microwave for more time.
I suggest serving the oatmeal in a heart-shaped dish like I’ve done, garnished with the red chocolate hearts!
Substitute With Jam Hearts
If you don’t have time or ingredients to make the chocolate hearts, you could also use raspberry or strawberry jam as a garnish. I just used a piping bag to pipe the jam onto the oatmeal, and it worked perfectly!
Printable Recipe Card for this Valentine’s Day Breakfast Oatmeal
If you want to print out a recipe card for this Valentine’s Day breakfast idea, the card below will work.
Note, the nutritional information is a guesstimate only, and can’t be relied on, especially if you have a special diet. Furthermore, the plugin calculated the nutritional information using both the candy hearts and the jam hearts.
Other than the ingredients, here are the tools you’ll need for this recipe
- Mini heart molds for the melting wafer hearts
- Heart shaped bowls for serving
- Piping bag and tip for the jam hearts
- 2 cups of instant oatmeal (or quick cook oatmeal)
- 1- to 1.5 cups of chocolate chips
- 1.5 cups of your milk of choice (almond, cashew or cows)
- Your choice of:
- ½ cup of red chocolate melting wafters and mini heart mold
- ¼ cup of jam (raspberry or strawberry) and piping bag with tip
For the Red Chocolate Hearts
- Melt the melting chocolate according to package directions
- Pour the melted wafers into your mini heart mold
- Place mold in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes, until the hearts have set
- Pop the hearts out of the mold, and set aside to use as a garnish. You can make several days ahead, just store them in an airtight container in the fridge.
For the Chocolate Oatmeal
- Pour instant oatmeal, chocolate chips, and milk into a bowl and microwave on high for 1 minute.
- Stir and then place back in the microwave for another 90 seconds.
- At this point the chocolate should be melted well and the oatmeal will be cooked. If you prefer thicker oatmeal you can microwave for more time.
- Garnish with hearts.
For Jam Heart Garnishes
If you want to garnish the oatmeal with jam hearts, instead of melting wafer hearts, you can pipe the jam onto the oatmeal.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1196Total Fat: 60gSaturated Fat: 34gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 323mgCarbohydrates: 161gFiber: 15gSugar: 95gProtein: 24g
Note: nutritional information for this recipe was calculated using both jam and melting candies. It's also estimated via a third-party plugin, and I can't attest to its accuracy.