This Baked Brownie Oatmeal is a creamy chocolate baked oatmeal recipe packed with 7 grams of protein per serving for a fulfilling, healthy breakfast.
Plus, this easy oatmeal recipe has allergy-friendly options to be gluten-free and nut-free if desired.
If you’re adept at meal-prepping breakfasts for your kids and family, baked oatmeal has to be your favorite option.
The recipe takes under 15 minutes to whip up and end up with 6 healthy breakfasts.
Plus, kids love warm chocolate oatmeal, and this recipe really tastes like brownies and feels like having a dessert for breakfast.
Let me share how to make the most delicious healthy breakfast for chocolate lovers.
How To Make Brownie Baked Oatmeal
Baked brownie oatmeal is a one-pan oatmeal baked in 40 minutes in the oven with the most delicious brownie flavors.
To make brownie oatmeal, you need:
- Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats or quick oats
- Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- Baking Powder
- Maple Syrup or any liquid sweetener you love, like honey or sugar-free monk fruit syrup, to cut on sugar.
- Mashed Banana or unsweetened apple sauce
- Plant-Based Greek Yogurt – or any plant-based yogurt you love, like soy, coconut, or oat yogurt.
- Almond Milk or any plant-based milk you love, like coconut milk or soy milk, to boost the proteins in the recipe.
- Vanilla Extract
- Dark Chocolate Chips – I am using sugar-free dark chocolate chips or 85% cocoa chocolate chips. Feel free to use your favorite. Milk chocolate chips also taste amazing.
- Melted Coconut Oil
- Pecans or unsweetened shredded coconut.
Like other baked oatmeal recipes, start by stirring the dry ingredients into a large bowl: oats, cocoa powder, and salt.
Then, stir in the remaining ingredients: mashed banana, plant-based milk, vegan yogurt, and vanilla extract, and whisk them very well to create a smooth runny mixture.
Fold in the chocolate chips and pecans or coconut and stir to evenly combine.
Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Spray an 8-inch x 8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray.
Pour the baked oatmeal batter into the pan and sprinkle some extra chocolate chips on top if you like.
Bake it in the center of the oven until the top is set and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or almost.
Depending on how you love your oatmeal, you may want to stop baking the oatmeal from 30 minutes to 45 minutes.
For creamy oatmeal, stop earlier and keep baking for a drier texture.
Remove from the oven and let it cool down for at least 20 minutes to avoid burning yourself.
Baked oatmeal gets all its texture as it cools, so it’s better to give it some time to set before serving.
You can serve brownie-baked oatmeal cold or warm. It’s up to you.
Feel free to serve one portion just after baking the whole batch. Let it cool down in the dish for at least 20 minutes
If you store the recipe in the fridge, you can rewarm one serving in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for one minute or a bit more, until warm in the center.
The best toppings with chocolate baked oatmeal are:
- More chocolate chips
- A drizzle of peanut butter
- Pinch of sea salt flakes
- Shredded coconut
- Dollop of Greek yogurt
- Some milk – any kind of plant-based milk you love.
Before you store this brownie-baked oatmeal, let it cool down completely to room temperature, then film the dish with plastic wrap and pop it in the refrigerator.
This brownie oat recipe can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days. You can also freeze portions or the whole recipe and thaw it in the refrigerator the day before.
If you are allergic to some of the ingredients, I’ve listed below some allergy swap options:
- Nut-free – use oat milk or soy milk and swap pecan for sunflower seeds or shredded coconut.
- Sugar-Free – Use sugar-free stevia-sweetened chocolate chips and monk fruit syrup.
- Gluten-Free – Pick a gluten-free certified oat brand.
- Oil-Free – You can swap the coconut oil for more Greek yogurt or unsweetened applesauce.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are my answers to your most common questions about this breakfast recipe.
Yes, you can skip the sweetener and add a bit more almond milk to keep the baked oatmeal moist and creamy.
Some of the best fruits to add in chocolate oatmeal are frozen raspberries, frozen strawberries, or banana slices.
Stir up to 1/2 cup of them in the batter and a few extra on top of the dish just before baking.
You can boost the proteins in these chocolate baked oats by stirring 1/4 cup of nut butter like peanut butter or almond butter.
Another option is to add protein powder, you can add 2 to 3 tablespoons of your favorite chocolate protein powder and add an extra 1/4 cup of almond milk to keep the texture creamy.
Then, swap the almond milk for soy milk. They are higher in protein.
Next, swap the pecans for high-protein seeds like hemp seeds.
Finally, serve the recipe with a dollop of high-protein yogurt and extra hemp seeds on top.
More Healthy Breakfast Recipes
Baked oatmeal is a great easy breakfast for busy families with kids. But I have some more healthy breakfast recipes for you to try.
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Brownie Baked Oatmeal
- 2 cups Old-Fashioned Oats
- ¼ cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- ½ teaspoon Baking Powder
- ½ teaspoon Salt
- ⅓ cup Maple Syrup
- 1 ¾ cup Almond Milk
- 3 tablespoons Greek Yogurt
- ½ cup Mashed Banana - or unsweetened applesauce
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 2 tablespoons Melted Coconut Oil
- ½ cup Dark Chocolate Chips
- ⅓ cup Pecans - chopped
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Spray oil in an 8-inch x 8-inch square baking dish. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, stir dry ingredients: oats, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt.
- Whisk in wet ingredients: mashed banana, milk, yogurt, coconut oil, vanilla extract, and maple syrup.
- Fold in the chocolate chips and chopped pecan or coconut, and stir to combine evenly.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish and add a few more chocolate chips on top, if desired.
- Bake on the center rack of the oven until the baked oatmeal is set, not jiggly in the center, and golden brown on top.
- After 30-35 minutes, it is a soft, moist baked oatmeal. That's my favorite way, and remove the pan from the oven at this time.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes for a dry and firm texture.
- Let it cool down completely or for at least 20 minutes before serving. Then, cool completely before storing in the fridge, in its baking dish covered with a piece of foil for up to 4-5 days.
- Serve cold or lukewarm with a dollop of Greek yogurt or extra almond milk.