Chocolate Brownie Baked Oats (without banana)

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These Chocolate Baked Oats are like breakfast brownies with their rich chocolate flavor. Made with oats, protein powder, almond milk and applesauce, this chocolate oatmeal is a filling and easy breakfast to make ahead of time and have for the week.
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Chocolate baked oatmeal with berries on top plated with a fork.

These chocolate oats are simple to make and taste like you’re eating cake or brownies for breakfast, but they’re filling and full of protein and fiber. Loaded with oats, chocolate chips and almond milk, these banana-free chocolate baked oats are the perfect morning pick-me-up or night cap.

This recipe makes 6 servings, which means many mornings (if it lasts that long) of waking up knowing your breakfast is going to be nutritious, filling, and delish. Pair these oats with Blueberry Breakfast Sausage and you’ve got a meal prep you’ll look forward to enjoying each morning.

If you’re looking for next week’s baked oatmeal option be sure to check out my carrot cake baked oats and strawberry baked oatmeal.

Why you’ll love this recipe:

  • Simple ingredients.
  • 12g of protein per serving.
  • Healthy breakfast for the whole family.

Ingredients and Substitutions:

These are the main ingredients and substitutions for these chocolate baked oats. See the recipe card below for the full ingredients list and instructions.

Ingredients for baked oats laid out.
  • Old Fashioned Oats: quick oats also work.
  • Almond Milk: any milk works for this recipe.
  • Protein Powder: You can use your favorite chocolate protein powder but this has only been tested with PEScience. Use code OHSNAP for 10% off. Be sure you love the flavor of yours! To omit protein powder, lower the milk 1/4 cup and adjust sweetness as desired with syrup or honey as the protein adds quite a bit of sweetness to the oats.
  • Applesauce: Substitute applesauce with mashed ripe bananas.
  • Maple Syrup: you can substitute with honey.
  • Coconut Oil: Replace coconut oil with melted butter 1:1.

Variations

  • Add berries for a berry baked oat.
  • Change the protein powder for different flavor variations.

Dietary Modifications

  • To make gluten-free be sure your protein powder and oats are certified gluten-free.
  • To make this recipe dairy-free sure your protein powder and chocolate chips are dairy-free.

How to make chocolate baked oats (a step-by-step guide):

Step 1: preheat and prep

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line an 8×8-inch baking dish with parchment paper.

Step 2: mix dry ingredients

Dry ingredients added to a bowl.

In a large bowl, combine the oats, cocoa powder, protein powder, baking powder, and salt (image 1).

Dry ingredients whisked together.

Whisk together to combine (image 2).

Step 3: mix wet ingredients

Wet ingredients in a bowl.

In another medium bowl, whisk together the almond milk, maple syrup, applesauce, melted coconut oil, egg, syrup, and vanilla extract (image 3).

Wet ingredients whisked together.

Whisk until well combined (image 4). 

Step 4: combine wet and dry

Wet ingredients added to the dry ingredients.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until well combined (image 5).

Chocolate chips added to batter.

Fold in the chocolate chips (image 6).

Step 5: add to baking dish and bake

Batter added to the pan.

Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish, spreading it out evenly (image 7).

Baked oats in the pan.

Bake in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes, or until the center is set and a toothpick inserted comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs (image 8).

Step 6: remove and cool

Allow the baked oatmeal to cool for a few minutes before cutting into 6 equal servings and serving. You can enjoy it warm, at room temperature, or even cold and on the go.

Baked oatmeal square on a dish with sliced strawberries and blueberries.

Expert Tip!

Top with vanilla ice cream for the best dessert at the end of the night!

Recipe FAQs

What is baked oatmeal?

Baked oatmeal takes all the typical stovetop oatmeal ingredients to a new level by baking them. By adding eggs to these chocolate oats you get a brownie-like texture with bits of oatmeal throughout. Try with fruit like strawberry baked oatmeal and veggies like in carrot cake baked oats.

How do I store your baked oatmeal?

Be sure the oatmeal has completely cooled, and then cover the pan with tinfoil or transfer to an airtight container before transferring it to the refrigerator for 5-7 days. Enjoy cold straight out of the fridge if you’re crunched for time or reheated in the microwave, or oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until warmed through.

How can I omit protein powder?

To omit the protein powder lower the milk 1/4 cup. I would suggest adding in 1-2 EXTRA Tbsp. of syrup or honey (taste your batter!) as the protein powder does add a bit of sweetness to these oats.

What do I serve with baked oatmeal?

Serve with a dollop of yogurt, fresh fruit, blueberry breakfast sausage, maple chicken sausage, almond butter, natural peanut butter, an extra drizzle of honey or maple syrup and Greek Yogurt Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips. If you’re on the move, grab and napkin and enjoy it cold, it’s just as good!

Is baked oatmeal good for you?

Oats are full of vitamins, minerals, and complex carbohydrates to help you stay fuller longer. By adding protein powder to these oats we’re also upping our protein intake to again, help us stay fuller longer. Oatmeal is also a great source of fiber.

If you make this recipe, please leave a rating and/or comment! Tag me on Instagram @ohsnapmacros, I love hearing from you!

Chocolate baked oatmeal with berries on top plated with a fork.

Chocolate Baked Oats

Danielle Lima
These Chocolate Baked Oats are like breakfast brownies with their rich chocolate flavor. Made with oats, protein powder, almond milk and applesauce, this chocolate oatmeal is a filling and easy breakfast to make ahead of time and have for the week.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 302 kcal

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Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats 160g use certified gluten free if needed
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder 25g
  • 1/2 cup chocolate protein powder PEScience 60g
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk 360ml
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce 135g
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil 48g
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup lite pancake syrup
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips (dairy-free, if needed) 40g

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line an 8×8-inch baking dish with parchment paper. 
  • In a large bowl, combine the oats, cocoa powder, protein powder, baking powder, and salt. Whisk together to combine.
  • In another medium bowl, whisk together the almond milk, maple syrup, applesauce, melted coconut oil, egg, syrup, vanilla extract. Whisk until well combined. 
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until well combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish, spreading it out evenly and bake in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes, or until the center is set and a toothpick inserted comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs.
  • Allow the baked oatmeal to cool for a few minutes before cutting into 6 equal servings and serving. You can enjoy it warm, at room temperature, or even cold and on the go.

Notes

  • Nutritional information is an estimate and will vary with substitutions. 
  • If you’re using a really great nonstick pan you can skip the parchment paper but it makes cleanup SO much easier if your pan isn’t the best.
  • To omit the protein powder lower the milk by 1/4 cup. I would suggest adding in 1-2 EXTRA Tbsp. of syrup or honey to your desired sweetness as the protein powder does add a bit of sweetness to these oats. 
  • This recipe has only been tested with PEScience Chocolate Truffle. You can substitute with your favorite protein or opt for a whey-casein blend. 

Nutrition

Serving: 145gCalories: 302kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 12gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 132mgPotassium: 422mgFiber: 6gSugar: 9g
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11 Comments

  1. Are these structured enough to eat like a bar while walking? Or are they soft and need to be eaten with a fork as shown in the photo?

  2. 5 stars
    This recipe finally got me out of my breakfast rut. It’s amazing! I am though struggling to find it on macros first. Any tips?

  3. 5 stars
    I have been making this Oat bar recipe since sDanielle came out with it and love it! The true test is that I travel a lot for work and I had work meetings for a week this week and wanted to prep something healthy for my breakfast every morning in my hotel room. I made these l, wrapped in parchment then foil and packed them. Unloaded them in to fridge at hotel after flying and ate one every morning. They stayed perfectly moist in the middle and were so good!! Thank you for making easy healthy and incredibly good recipes!

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