This brownie batter baked oatmeal is a breakfast dream come true. It’s loaded with chocolate, nutrients, and will give you energy to start the day! The best part is that it tastes like dessert. I can’t believe I haven’t created this baked oatmeal flavor yet, but it’s never too late. This one is a winner and who doesn’t love chocolate for breakfast? Hope you love this one as much as I do!
What is baked oatmeal?
Baked oatmeal is oatmeal baked in a pan making breakfast incredibly easy. You can make it ahead so that all you have to do is warm it in the morning or eat it straight from the fridge (which I often do)! It’s a great simple breakfast or snack option. It tastes like dessert and it’s just so delicious!
What you need to make brownie batter baked oatmeal + substitutions:
- Quick or rolled oats- I love using quick oats, because it gives it the best texture! This is my absolute favorite way to make baked oatmeal, it gives it a dense brownie-like texture. You can also use rolled oats, which will make it a little more chewy/ crumbly, and is what I used this time because it’s what I had. Still fabulous! Steel cut oats won’t work for this one.
- Cocoa powder- I used Hershey’s unsweetened 100% cocoa powder. You could also use cacao powder if you prefer.
- Almond milk- You can definitely substitute with cashew milk, soy milk, dairy milk, whatever milk. Doesn’t make a difference!
- Maple syrup– Maple syrup is my preferred sweetener but you can also use honey or brown sugar.
- Greek yogurt- I prefer using plain greek yogurt, like Fage 5% or 2%, but you can also substitute with dairy-free if needed. You could also try substituting with melted coconut oil or neutral oil. I haven’t tested it myself, but it should still work if you need dairy-free!
- Eggs- The eggs helps bind the recipe. You could substitute with flax or chia eggs for this brownie batter baked oatmeal.
- Baking powder- Baking powder helps the oatmeal to rise.
- Vanilla extract- A key to any baked good in my opinion!
- Sea salt- I don’t bake anything without salt. It’s what helps bring the flavor out in a recipe.
- Chocolate chips- I used semi-sweet chocolate chips in this recipe. Feel free to use dark chocolate, milk chocolate, chunks, chips, chopped chocolate, you name it!
Tips for making it:
- Quick oats vs rolled oats- Like I said above, quick oats will give it a denser, more brownie-like texture and is what I prefer, but rolled oats work just fine too!
- For the best texture- You want to make sure the oatmeal is still soft in the center but cooked through. That way it comes out soft rather than a hard!
- You can make this recipe in a single pan or into 12 regular sized muffin cups. I’d use either a size like 9×9, 11×7 but nothing much bigger! Just adjust your cook time!
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Alright, let’s get to making the recipe! Enjoy!
Brownie Batter Baked Oatmeal
- 9×9 baking pan OR regular muffin tin
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup plain greek yogurt
- ½ cup maple syrup
- 1¾ cups almond milk or any dairy or dairy-free milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 cups rolled or quick oats
- ⅓ cup cocoa powder
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp sea salt
- ¼-⅓ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs together. Add in maple syrup, yogurt, almond milk, and vanilla extract.
- Once combined, pour in the oats, cocoa powder, baking powder & sea salt. Mix until well combined. Mix in your chocolate chips and reserve some for topping if you'd like!
- Pour into a greased 9×9 baking pan. You can also use another size baking dish, just adjust cooking times if needed. A regular 12 cup muffin tin works great too!
- Bake for about 30-35 minutes until the center is set but still soft.
- Cut into 6-9 slices depending on your preference. I love serving mine with yogurt, fruit, and peanut butter! Enjoy!