Chocolate baked oatmeal is a delicious quick and easy make-ahead breakfast recipe! Hearty oats, rich cocoa, and sweet maple syrup combine to create a decadent chocolate oatmeal recipe that’s good for you, too. Add it to your weekly
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Why You’ll Love Baked Oatmeal
If you’ve never had baked oatmeal before, prepare for your life to be changed. It has all the flavor of traditional oatmeal with an even more satisfying texture. Plus, it’s super versatile and great to prepare in advance, making mornings a breeze. Even better, this version is loaded with rich chocolate, sweet maple syrup, warm spices, and mashed banana for truly decadent banana bread inspired oats! Seriously, breakfast just doesn’t get better than this.
What Is Baked Oatmeal?
If you’ve never had it, think of baked oatmeal almost like a breakfast casserole. You see, it has the standard ingredients you would expect to see in stovetop or microwave oatmeal. However, it also contains binders such as eggs. In addition, as the name suggests, it is baked in the oven. The end result is a thick, fluffy dish that’s soft and spongey to the touch and unbelievably satisfying.
Are Baked Oats Healthy?
Yes! One of the best things about baked oats is how versatile they can be. Starting with a base of oatmeal, milk, and eggs, they’re already loaded with complex carbs, protein, healthy fats, fiber, and even calcium! Then, you can easily add in fruits, veggies like pumpkin or cauliflower, chopped nuts, and more to make them even more nutrients dense. For this recipe, we kept things simple, including antioxidant-rich cocoa powder and bananas for a sweet flavor and boost of potassium.
Ingredients You’ll Need
For this recipe, we stuck to a simple ingredient list with a chocolate touch. It’s indulgent yet full of nutrients so you can start your day off right. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Oats – Old-fashioned rolled oats work best. Steel cut and quick oats won’t yield the thick, fluffy texture we’re looking to achieve.
- Maple Syrup – To sweeten the oats without the need for refined sugar. You can easily swap it out for honey if you prefer.
- Cocoa Powder – Not only does this create a dessert-like flavor, but it also packs in tons of antioxidants!
- Baking Powder – This is crucial to get your oatmeal to rise.
- Cinnamon – Adds extra depth to the flavor for a sweet, warm taste.
- Salt – Used to enhance the rest of the ingredients.
- Milk – This soaks into the oats, helping them cook and expand. Any milk you have on hand can be used.
- Bananas – These make your oatmeal extra tasty and help keep it moist. For the best results, use super ripe bananas like you would with banana bread.
- Egg – Used to bind the rest of the ingredients, helping the finished oatmeal keep its shape.
- Vanilla Extract – For extra flavor.
- Chocolate Chips – We use dark chocolate chips, but any you like best taste great! You could even use gluten-free varieties if needed.
- Butter – This adds extra richness to the oats, making them oh, so delicious.
How to Make the Best Baked Oatmeal
We love to make a big batch of oatmeal for our whole family to eat throughout the week. It’s so much easier than cooking a new batch each day!
- Prepare: Preheat your oven to 350° Fahrenheit, and spray an 11×7 non-stick baking dish with cooking spray.
- Mix: Add all of the ingredients except for the chocolate chips to the baking dish, and stir until they are well combined. Then, sprinkle the chocolate chips on top.
- Bake: Place the dish in the oven until the oatmeal has set and is golden brown on top.
- Serve: Slice the oatmeal into bars, and serve with toppings of choice.
To really treat yourself in the morning, try pairing your baked oatmeal with all your favorite toppings such as toasted nuts, unsweetened coconut flakes, fresh or dried fruit, peanut or almond butter, or even whipped cream!
This chocolate oatmeal is our go-to for breakfasts the whole family will agree on. However, the flavor options for baked oatmeal are endless! Feel free to experiment and find your own favorite variations. For instance, you could omit the cocoa and include:
- Pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice
- Chocolate chips in the oatmeal
- Frozen berries
- Chopped nuts
- Peanut butter
Once baked, let your oatmeal cool completely. Then, cover it with foil, or transfer it to an airtight container, and keep it in the fridge for up to 4 days. Or, wrap each piece in
When you’re ready to eat, warm thawed oatmeal in the microwave in 30-second intervals. Or, place it in the oven at 350°F for 10 minutes or until it is heated through.
More Easy Oatmeal Recipes
Looking for more tasty ways to eat oatmeal? Take a look at more great recipes!
- This One Pot Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal takes the instant oatmeal packs we grew up eating up a notch with bold flavor and fresh ingredients.
- Whether you’re meal prepping for the week or preparing a weekend brunch, this Peach Blueberry Baked Oatmeal is a must-try recipe.
- Full of fall flavors, this Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal is a nutritious breakfast that’s guaranteed to please.
- Simple and budget-friendly, this Healthy Baked Banana Bread Oatmeal is a filling breakfast that tastes like your favorite dessert!
- For great meal-prepping try this creamy Strawberry Cheesecake Overnight Oats recipe.
Chocolate Baked Oatmeal
- 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups milk of choice
- 3 whole bananas, mashed
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
- 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- Preheat the oven to 350° Fahrenheit.
- Spray an 11×7 non-stick baking dish with cooking spray.
- Add all ingredients except the chocolate chips to the prepared baking dish – bananas, oats, maple syrup, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, milk, egg, melted butter, and vanilla extract. Stir together until well combined. Top with dark chocolate chips.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the oatmeal is set and golden brown on top.
- Slice and serve with toppings of choice.
- We recommend using grass-fed organic unsalted butter, but if you don’t have it readily available any butter you have on hand will work. Or, substitute the butter for 1 teaspoon of butter extract.
- Try toasting the walnuts to give them a bit of an extra crunch!
- Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
- Feel free to serve your chocolate baked oatmeal with additional toppings like various nuts, unsweetened coconut flakes, dried fruit, peanut butter, and even whipped cream.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.