Brownie Baked Oats

Yes – you can eat chocolate for breakfast with these brownie baked oats. A simple (low sugar) make-ahead breakfast that comes together in 10 minutes. It doesn’t require any fancy equipment either – only a mixing bowl and a baking dish!

Are you ready to try a healthy “dessert” to start your day? 

Brownie Baked Oatmeal

This nourishing meal is seriously delicious and easy to put together.  And who wouldn’t want to eat dessert for breakfast?

Why Make Brownie Baked Oats?

  • Easy to make ahead
  • Made with pantry items
  • Great source of fiber
  • Plant-based
  • Will keep you full until lunch
  • Family-friendly recipe – kids and adults both love it!
  • Can be microwaved on demand
  • Tastes like a gooey brownie
  • A balanced meal with carbohydrate, protein, and fat

Are Brownie Batter Oats Heart Healthy?

This recipe offers:

  • 8 grams of protein  
  • 7 grams of fiber  

Oats, flaxseed, and apples are fantastic sources of fiber.  Fiber is an important aspect of chronic disease management like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. It aids in weight management, helps control blood sugar, and keeps us regular. 

Ingredients

These brownie batter oats are full of foods that unclog arteries and foods that lower blood pressure.

  • Oats  – I used rolled oats for a chewy texture. I don’t recommend substituting instant or steel-cut oats.  
  • Soy Milk  – I prefer the creaminess of soy milk and its cholesterol-lowering properties.  But feel free to use what you have in your fridge.
  • Ground Flaxseed  – increases fiber, and helps to bind the ingredients without using eggs.
  • Applesauce  – is used instead of banana for sweetness, and nutrients. It also keeps the end product light and fluffy.
  • Baking Powder – helps the batter rise.
  • Brown Sugar – sweetener of choice.  Use whatever you have.
  • Salt – keeps the final product tender and enhances the flavor.
  • Applesauce – adds vitamins, minerals, fiber, and flavor.
  • Cocoa powder and chocolate – provides the chocolately taste and helps these oats taste like brownies. 

Purchasing Tips

To ensure you are purchasing high-quality cocoa at the supermarket, be sure to purchase a product that is labeled “natural” or “raw.”  Additionally, choose one that has no added sugars by looking for the term “natural unsweetened” when shopping.

How To Make Brownie Baked Oats

This heart healthy brownie baked oatmeal recipe only takes 10 minutes to prepare.

  • Start by mixing the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Add the remaining liquid ingredients to the mixing bowl. 
  • Mix well.
  • Once the mixing is done, place it in a baking dish.
  • Top with chocolate chips of choice.  I prefer dark chocolate ones.
  • Then all you need to do is let the magic happen in the oven.
  • Depending on the oven you may want to cook it for 45-55 minutes until the center is set.
  • Serve warm.  Mmmmm a warm chocolate brownie for breakfast. Sounds delightful, does it?

Can it get any easier? Just mix, put it in the oven and forget about it! This brownie baked oats is perfect for beginner cooks.

What Does Brownie Baked Oatmeal Taste Like?

I know you are thinking, does this recipe actually taste like a brownie? Well kinda. The cocoa and the melted chocolate chips provide the chocolate brownie flavor.                                                                                                     

The final product is nice and moist but a little chewier than a typical brownie. That’s because we used whole oats instead of oat flour.  It’s probably not as sweet as a brownie (because it’s healthier!), but you will definitely taste the resemblance.

Brown brownie baked oats sprinkled with chocolate chips in a white 8x8 dish by a white and blue tea towel.

Make Ahead To Save Time

These brownie baked oats can be made ahead and stored in your fridge overnight to be baked in the morning.  It’s ideal because you can put it in your oven and let it bake while you run around getting ready for the day. Then when you are ready to eat you will have a warm breakfast waiting for you! No thinking or mess in the morning is a win in my books

Or if you don’t have 45 minutes to let it bake in the morning, you can bake it over the weekend or the night before.  It should last in your fridge for 4-5 days after it’s cooked.  I reheat mine in the microwave and add some milk for the best results.

Another idea I’d recommend is baking these brownie baked oats in muffin tins, and freeze them in individual zip lock bags for easy lunches or snacks. They can be frozen for up to 3 months.  

How To Eat

  • A perfect breakfast with tea or coffee
  • A healthy midday treat
  • An after dinner dessert
  • Top with yogurt (or ice cream!)

Variations Of Brownie Batter Oats

  • For more protein – add cooked red lentils, hemp seeds, or walnuts
  • For more fiber – add chia seeds or ground flax seeds
  • For more flavor – add fruit, peanut butter, or shredded coconut  

If you are looking to make a vegan brownie baked oatmeal – be sure to choose chocolate chips that are vegan and dairy free. Or add nuts instead.

Other Oatmeal Recipes

Brownie Baked Oats

Try this super healthy and chocolatey brownie baked oats to lower your cholesterol, manage your blood sugar and keep you full until lunch!

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Brown brownie baked oats sprinkled with chocolate chips in a 8 by 8 white dish on a white counter surrounded by a white and blue tea towel and chocolate chips and rolled oats.

Brownie Baked Oats

Eat chocolate for breakfast with these brownie baked oats. A simple (low sugar) make-ahead breakfast that doesn’t require any fancy equipment.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 242 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Mixing Bowl
  • 1 Baking Dish

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp flaxseed ground
  • 2 cup soy milk unsweetened
  • cup applesauce no sugar added
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate chips

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375°F and prepare an 8×8 baking dish.
  • Grease with olive oil. In a large mixing bowl combine, rolled oats, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, brown sugar and ground flax seeds.
  • Into the bowl of dry ingredients, add soy milk and applesauce until incorporated evenly.
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish and smooth over.
  • Lastly, top the baked oatmeal batter with chocolate chips.
  • Bake for 45-55 minutes or until the middle is set.
  • Allow to cool and set for 5-10 minutes, enjoy warm!

Nutrition

Calories: 242kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 8gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 183mgPotassium: 370mgFiber: 7gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 8IUVitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 172mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Baked Oats, heart healthy, High fiber, Make ahead
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