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Brownie Baked Oatmeal makes a delicious and easy breakfast that tastes like fudgey brownies. Made refined sugar free and is healthy for you! Kids and adults will love this nutrient packed breakfast!
brownie baked oatmeal
Brownies for breakfast? YES! An Oatmeal Brownie Bake is the perfect way to start the day especially because it’s loaded with healthy ingredients and can be made in the beginning of the week to last through busy mornings. Each bite of this chocolatey brownie oatmeal and will satisfy your sweet tooth.
Brownie Baked Oatmeal will be a new favorite because this healthy treat tastes like brownies and you can feel good about eating it. Made with wholesome ingredients, healthy fats, and natural sweeteners, like pure maple syrup and mashed bananas and of course cocoa powder and chocolate chips.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Old-fashioned rolled oats: You could also use plain instant oats. Steel cut oats won’t work for this recipe because they need a lot more moisture so the recipe will have to be altered.
- Baking powder: This will make the oats rise a bit.
- Milk of choice: Any type of milk will work perfectly. Regular milk, almond milk, oat milk, soy milk and coconut milk can also be used.
- Eggs: Makes this oatmeal bakes fluffy and used to bind the ingredients together.
- Syrup: Used as a sweetener, you could also use honey or agave syrup instead.
- Banana: Adds a natural sweet flavor. You’ll need about 1 medium banana or 2 small bananas or 1/2 cup of banana mash. It’s always best if you use ripe bananas so it’s sweeter.
- Unsweetened cocoa powder: Gives the oatmeal a chocolatey brownie flavor.
- Chocolate chips: Adds to the taste of brownies. I use milk chocolate chips but you could also use semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips. Add extra chocolate chips if you want more chocolate.
how to make brownie baked oatmeal
Prep pan and oats: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray a 9 x 13 inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Add 1 1/2 cups of oats in a food processor and blend until the oats turn into fine pieces- it will look like sand. This is an optional step but it helps make the oatmeal resemble a brownie.
Mix dry ingredients together: Add all of the oats, baking powder, and cocoa powder to a large bowl and whisk together.
Mix wet ingredients together: In a medium bowl, whisk together the almond milk, banana mash, eggs, syrup, sugar, and vanilla extract.
Combine wet and dry ingredients: Add the wet ingredients to the dry oat mixture and stir together until combined then add in the chocolate chips.
Rest brownie batter oats: Let the oatmeal batter sit to absorb all of the ingredients for 10 minutes.
Bake: Spread the batter evenly into the greased baking pan, then sprinkle the top with more chocolate chips. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the center is set.
- Make into Oatmeal Cups: Bake the oatmeal in muffin pans instead of a baking dish. Make sure to grease the muffin pans generously or line them with paper or silicone liners.
- Serve as dessert: You can easily make this into a dessert by serving it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. Yummm!
- Serve this oatmeal by cutting it into squares, rectangles, or by scooping it into a bowl.
- If you want to make this oatmeal more like traditional oatmeal, simply pour warmed milk or almond milk over it.
- Add protein: If you want to add even more protein, add 1/2 cup of plain flavored or chocolate protein powder to step two of the recipe instructions.
- Peanut Butter Brownie Baked Oatmeal: Add a few tablespoons of peanut butter or your favorite nut butter such as cashew butter, almond butter or any favorite nut butter to the oatmeal mixture. You can also swirl the nut butter on top.
- Berry Baked Oatmeal: Add fresh or frozen berries to the oatmeal mixture and on top.
- Birthday Baked Oatmeal: Add sprinkles to the top of the oats if you are wanting to make this for a fun occasion or birthday.
- Different mix-ins and toppings: Shredded coconut, dried fruit, chia seeds, flax seeds, collagen powder, or chopped nuts such as almonds, peanuts, walnuts, pecans, or hazelnuts.
- Gluten-free: Make this recipe gluten-free by using gluten-free oats instead of regular oats.
- Toppings: I love topping my baked oats with fresh berries but other ideas are powdered sugar, melted chocolate, peanut butter, ice cream, maple syrup, butter, sea salt, whipped cream, or enjoy plain.
HOW TO SERVE BAKED OATMEAL
My favorite way is warmed and fresh out of the oven so the chocolate chips are melted. I love to top my baked oatmeal with fresh berries and flaky sea salt, but you can enjoy this any way you prefer. Other ideas are:
- Cut the baked oatmeal into bars, squares or spoon into bowls and with more fresh fruit.
- Serve cold- this is the way my husband likes to eat it!
- Add a pat of butter and warm drizzle of maple syrup.
- Top with powdered sugar, vanilla yogurt, or whipped cream.
- Make this into a dessert by adding a scoop or vanilla ice cream on top.
- Enjoy plain, it’s just as delicious since it tastes like a brownie 🙂
leftovers & storage
To store: Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days. When ready to reheat, place in the microwave and heat for 15-45 seconds depending on your microwave.
To freeze: Make sure the oatmeal is completely cool, then cut into squares and wrap into individual portions with plastic wrap or foil, then place into a large ziplock bag. When you’re ready to eat it, thaw overnight then microwave for 30 seconds- 1 minute.
You can also defrost the oatmeal in the microwave for a few minutes until thawed and warmed.
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Brownie Baked Oatmeal
- 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 1/4 cups milk I used unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 cup medium banana about 1 medium sized banana
- 2 whole eggs
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 cup milk chocolate chips plus more to sprinkle on top
- 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray a 9 x 13 inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Add 1 1/2 cups of oats in a food processor and blend until the oats turn into fine pieces- it will look like sand. This is an optional step but it helps make the oatmeal resemble a brownie.
- Add all of the oats, baking powder, and cocoa powder to a large bowl and whisk together.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the almond milk, banana mash, eggs, syrup, sugar, and vanilla extract.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry oat mixture and stir together until combined then add in the chocolate chips.
- Let the oatmeal batter sit to absorb all of the ingredients for 10 minutes.
- Spread the batter evenly into the greased baking pan, then sprinkle the top with more chocolate chips. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the center is set.