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Baked Chocolate Oats

Chocolate baked oatmeal takes chocolate for breakfast to a whole new level! Enjoy these baked chocolate oats for breakfast, snack or even a healthy dessert.

chocolate baked oats in white baking pan with serving size in white bowl topped with peanut butter and raspberries


I don’t know about you, but including chocolate in my breakfast is a major pleasure point. Usually, it’s chocolate chips on my cooked oatmeal or in leftover oatmeal cookies or better yet, these baked chocolate oats.

It never dawned on me to include chocolate in a baked oatmeal recipe until recently. All of my favorite baked oatmeal recipes (baked oatmeal with strawberries, pumpkin pie oatmeal and even peach oatmeal) taste great with chocolate alongside or on top…but chocolate in it?

I don’t regret this at all. These chocolate chip baked oats encompass everything you need in a healthy breakfast – energizing carbs, antioxidants, satiating protein (utilize the topping suggestions!) and healthy fats.

baked oats with chocolate and bananas in white casserole dish after baking

Ingredients For Baked Chocolate Oats

Chocolate baked oats only require 11 total ingredients, and not counting the spices, it’s really only 7. It sounds simple and it is. You’ll need:

  • coconut oil or butter
  • old fashioned oats
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • cinnamon
  • cocoa powder
  • milk
  • eggs
  • maple syrup
  • vanilla extract
  • chocolate chips or chunks
  • banana, optional for topping
ingredients in small bowls to make chocolate baked oats

How To Make Baked Oats with Chocolate

One reason I love this chocolate baked oatmeal so much is because you only need to dirty one mixing bowl. If you do plan on making this in advance or the night before, I may suggest mixing the dry and wet ingredients separately and combining them in the morning before baking.

Otherwise, after preheating your oven, you’ll coat your baking dish. Mix your dry ingredients and beat in the remaining ingredients.

Transfer to your baking pan and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the oats look perfectly tender and all liquid has been absorbed.

My toddler also loves helping me in the kitchen, so you can involve your kids by letting them mix the ingredients or add the toppings.

mixing bowl with chocolate oats

Chocolate Baked Oatmeal Recipe Tips and Modifications

  • I prefer to top mine with the tiniest bit of sea salt to bring out the chocolate flavor. Chocolate + sea salt = a match made in heaven.
  • You could use a flax egg(s) to make this a vegan chocolate oatmeal.
  • Don’t have coconut oil? You can use butter or a neutral oil, like canola or avocado oil.
  • Other add-in’s and topping ideas: chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds, raisins, dried cherries, blueberries, yogurt. Raspberries and strawberries also go really well as a topping, as well as sliced bananas.
  • I prefer to use a 9×9 baking dish. It seems to be a great size for optimizing surface area and getting thick but not overly thick slices.

FAQ

Can you freeze baked oatmeal?

Yes, baked oatmeal is a great freezer friendly meal, and one of my favorite healthy freezer meals for new moms. Freeze for up to 3 months. Make sure to free in smaller, single serving portions for easier reheating.

Reheating baked oatmeal

If you chose to freeze your baked oatmeal, to reheat, just throw in the microwave in a microwaveable bowl or you can reheat larger pieces or a whole baked oatmeal in the oven. Consider adding a little milk or liquid if it’s super dry, and cook at 400 for 15-20 minutes, until cooked through.

Can you make it the night before?

Yes! I would recommend mixing the dry ingredients in one bowl, and the wet in another covered and refrigerated. In the morning, just mix both together and bake.

How to store baked oatmeal

Store it covered in a tupperware or glass container in the fridge for up to 5 days. You can also freeze it, as mentioned above.

chocolate baked oatmeal in white bowl topped with peanut butter and raspberries

Serving Suggestions

  • Berries! I prefer strawberries and raspberries because they go so well with chocolate. Serve this on Valentine’s Day and it’s perfect.
  • Bananas – sliced or even sauteed. Have you ever sauteed bananas in butter or coconut oil? Game changer!
  • Nuts/seeds – I love chopped peanuts, hemp seeds, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds.
  • Dried fruit – You could even bake some dried fruit in these chocolate baked oats, or layer them on top. Delicious!
  • For a sweet and savory brunch spread, I love pairing this with an asparagus mushroom quiche or sweet potato breakfast casserole – the sweet and savory go so nicely together.
baked oats with chocolate and bananas in white casserole dish after baking

Baked Chocolate Oats

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Chocolate baked oatmeal takes chocolate for breakfast to a whole new level! Enjoy these baked chocolate oats for breakfast, snack or even a healthy dessert. 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups uncooked rolled or old fashioned oats
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 cups milk (I used 1%)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp coconut oil or butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup chopped chocolate or chocolate chips, optional

Instructions

    1.   Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

    2. Coat the inside of a 9x9 baking dish with butter, oil or non-stick spray.

    3. Mix dry ingredients (oats, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, cocoa powder).

    4. Beat in milk, eggs, coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. It may look a little watery.

    5. Add in chocolate chips last, reserving some for topping the mixture.

    6. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until oats are tender and moisture has been absorbed.

    7. Drizzle with a little maple syrup, to taste.


Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 199Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 55mgSodium: 219mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 2gSugar: 17gProtein: 5g

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