These Chocolate Baked Oats are soft, fluffy and easy to make with rolled oats, milk, cocoa powder and chocolate chips of choice. If you’re a fan of having breakfasts that taste like cake, you’ll love these easy gluten-free and dairy-free oats.
Cookie dough Oatmeal Recipe
Want to enjoy some chocolate cake for breakfast? These Chocolate Baked Oats are the perfect recipe for you. They’re made with hearty oats, cacao powder and sweetened with banana. We like to throw in some dairy-free chocolate chips as well!
Baked oats are a popular TikTok trend right now – and for good reason! They’re so quick and simple, and they’re full of healthy ingredients. It’s also easy to customize baked oats with whatever flavors you’re in the mood for.
We’ve tried a ton of TikTok recipes like Tortilla Wraps, Nature’s Cereal, Baked Feta Pasta, Dalgona Coffee, Pancake Cereal and more. This easy peanut butter oatmeal recipe is definitely a front runner!
These healthy, wholesome baked oats are gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan without any refined sugars used. If you’re looking for a nutritious, versatile breakfast that comes together in a snap, this recipe couldn’t have come at a better time!
What is Baked Oatmeal? Is it Healthy?
Let’s dive into the nutritional benefits of baked oats. Gluten-free oat flour is high in protein and fiber. If you opt for rolled oats instead, the same is true! The grain-free version uses almond flour, which is also low in carbs and rich in nutrients.
With the use of ground flaxseeds or a plant-based powder, even more protein is packed into this breakfast. It’ll give you long-lasting energy with every bite!
All you need are a few main ingredients for the oatmeal base – no eggs, dairy or banana required!
- Gluten-Free Rolled Oats: We like Bob’s Red Mills.
- Banana: Use your favorite brand either unflavored or vanilla, we like this one. If you’re not a fan of protein powder, sub with ground flaxseeds. This omits the need for an egg or bananas, but you can add half a small mashed banana or 1/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce if you’d like.
- Flax Egg: (for the flax egg combine 1 tbsp ground flaxseeds and whisk with 2.5 tablespoons of water. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes, or until thick and gel-like.) You can also use 1 large egg if not plant-based or egg substitute of choice.
- Vanilla Extract: For flavor and sweetness.
- Baking soda: This helps the oats rise.
- Unsweetened Almond milk: Any plant-based milk will work.
- Fine Sea Salt: Optional, to balance out the sweetness.
- Cacao Powder: Or unsweetened cocoa powder:
- Plant-based protein powder: Use unflavored or vanilla. Optional for added protein.
For the optional topping:
- Dairy-free chocolate chips: We like Hu’s Kitchen or Lily’s Sweets
How to Make Cookie Dough Baked Oats
You’ll love how quickly and easily baked oatmeal comes together. Each version has the same base (except the grain-free one) with its own yummy twist. These oats can be cooked in the oven or the microwave!
- FOR OVEN METHOD: Preheat your oven to 350 F. Lightly grease an oven-safe ramekin (or two if needed).
- Combine Ingredients: Add all the ingredients (minus the chocolate chips) to a personal-sized or small blender. Blend until smooth and fully combined. Stir in chocolate chips.
- Transfer to Baking Pan: Pour the batter evenly into the ramekin(s). Top with additional chocolate chips.
Bake in the preheated oven for 18-20 minutes, or until set. Allow the cake to cool for at least 2-3 minutes before enjoying. Top with a little bit of flakey sea salt (optional) and with a drizzle of some drippy cashew butter or nut butter of choice and enjoy.
MICROWAVE METHOD: Microwave on high for 3 minutes, or until set.
- Add additional toppings and serve: Drizzle with some dairy-free yogurt or nut butter, if desired and enjoy.
Tips for Success
To guarantee your satisfaction, check out these simple suggestions for making vegan oatmeal.
- Don’t Use Instant Oats: If you choose to blend your own oats, be sure to use old-fashioned rolled oats. Instant oats will dry out quicker during the baking process.
- Allow to Cool: As tempting as it is to dive in the second your oatmeal is done cooking, I recommend letting your baked oats sit for 10 minutes before cutting and serving.
- Adjust Batter Consistency: If you feel that your batter is too thick, go ahead and add another splash of milk. You can also add more milk if you want a softer consistency.
Baked Oat Variation Ideas
These are the baked oatmeal variations my family loves. You can also improvise and create a flavor of your own!
- Churro Vegan Baked Oats: Some date butter, coconut sugar and a little extra cinnamon goes a long way in your oatmeal. This flavor tastes just like a sweet cinnamon churro. Yum!
- Blueberry Muffin: Want to enjoy the flavors of a fresh-baked blueberry muffin for breakfast? This healthy Blueberry Baked Oats variation is the perfect recipe for you. It’s made with fresh blueberries, chopped pecans, cinnamon and coconut sugar.
- Grain Free: Made with almond flour instead of oat flour, this variation is a healthy and delicious grain-free alternative to classic baked oatmeal.
Can I Make Baked Oats In Advance?
Baked oats are great for making ahead of time, but I recommend cooking them before storing. Otherwise, the flour will soak up too much liquid and ruin the batter. Once baked, this oatmeal can be stored in the fridge and served for breakfast all week long!
How To Store and Reheat Leftovers
To store leftovers, place them in an airtight container in the fridge. Baked oatmeal lasts for up to 5 days in the refrigerator!
You can reheat your oatmeal in the microwave or toaster oven. To warm it up in the microwave, heat it for 30 seconds at a time. To reheat your oatmeal in a toaster oven, cook it at 300°F until warm.
Can I Freeze Baked Oats?
Yes, leftover oatmeal can be stored in a freezer-safe container and frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw out frozen oatmeal in the fridge before you reheat it. I like to transfer it to the fridge at night for a quick-fix breakfast the next morning!
More healthy breakfasts you will love!
These Chocolate Baked Oats are soft, fluffy and easy to make with rolled oats, milk, cocoa powder and chocolate chips of choice. If you're a fan of having breakfasts that taste like cake, you'll love these easy gluten-free and dairy-free oats.
- 1/3 cup rolled oats gluten-free as needed
- 1/2 ripe banana (the spottier the banana the more sweeter your baked oats will be)
- 1 flax egg (for the flax egg combine 1 tbsp ground flaxseeds and whisk with 2.5 tablespoons of water. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes, or until thick and gel-like.) You can also use 1 large egg if not plant-based or egg substitute of choice.
- 1/4 cup unsweetened plant-based milk of choice
- 1 tablespoon cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/3 tsp baking soda
- 1 tbsp unflavored or vanilla plant-based protein powder , we like Sprout Living. Optional for added protein - omit if preferred.
- Small pinch fine sea salt
- Dairy-free or regular chocolate gems / chips
- 1 square / rectangle piece of a dairy-free or regular chocolate bar (such as Hu Kitchen, Eating Evolved, Pascha’s Chocolate, Enjoy Life, Lily’s Sweets, Lindt, Guitard etc.), for the center
- Dairy-free or regular chocolate gems / chips
- Large flaked sea salt Maldon, for garnish
- Preheat the oven to 350 F. Lightly grease an oven-safe ramekin.
- Add all the ingredients (minus the chocolate square and chocolate chips) to a personal-sized or small blender. Blend until smooth and fully combined. Pour half the batter evenly into the ramekin. Press the chocolate square / rectangle into the center. Pour the remaining batter over the square. Top evenly with some chocolate chips.
- Bake in a preheated oven for about 13-15 minutes. Allow the cake to cool for at least 2-3 minutes before enjoying. Sprinkle with flakey sea salt (optional) and enjoy.
- Nutrition facts are for the gluten-free version with oat flour. The grain-free version would be 647 calories, 26g protein, 57g carbs, 39g fat, 9g fiber, 36g sugar
- The protein powder/ground flaxseed omits the need for an egg or banana. Feel free to add half a small mashed banana or 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce, if desired.