Cookie Dough Baked Oats

If you’re looking for a new way to enjoy your morning oats, why not try making this cookie dough baked oats recipe?

These ooey gooey chocolate chip cookie baked oats are easy to make, customizable, and delicious! This cookie baked oatmeal recipe is perfect for those who love the classic flavors of a chocolate chip cookie but want them in a granola bar form.

A top down picture of cookie dough baked oats in a casserole dish. split into 4 squares.
Photo by Marissa Frodsham, Nutrition Student.

Nutrition

This cookie dough baked oatmeal recipe has:

  • 10 grams of protein from the eggs, soy milk, almond butter and oats
  • 6 grams of fiber from the oats and banana

It is also a great source of potassium, calcium and magnesium, important ingredients in the DASH diet.  

Oat Nutrition

I’ve spoken about including oats in your diet to help your heart before, and I will again.

Oats are heart-healthy because they contain a type of soluble fiber called beta-glucan. This fiber has been shown to lower cholesterol levels by reducing the absorption of cholesterol into the bloodstream. By lowering cholesterol levels, beta-glucan may also reduce the risk of heart disease or treat high cholesterol.

They are also a good source of antioxidants and other nutrients that are important for heart health, such as magnesium and potassium. These nutrients can help lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of developing heart disease.

Are Baked Oats Are Still Healthy?

The answer is yes! Baked oats are healthy because they are a great source of fiber, protein, and healthy fats, and can be a more satisfying and filling breakfast than traditional oatmeal. Plus, they can be naturally sweetened and be made gluten-free and dairy-free.

Are Baked Oats Healthier Than Regular Oatmeal?

Whether baked oats or regular oatmeal is healthier depends on the specific recipe and ingredients used. It’s important to choose recipes that are low in added sugar (like jam, honey and maple syrup) and high in nutrient-dense ingredients (like fruit, nuts and seeds) to ensure that you’re getting the most nutritional benefit from your breakfast.

Oatmeal Recipes

This cookie dough baked oats recipe is different than overnight oats like pecan pie overnight oats, blueberry cheesecake, and oat bran overnight oats

This chocolate chip cookie baked oatmeal is more like brownie baked oats, baked oats without banana, and high protein baked oats.

Other ways you can add oats to your eating routine are with this list of oatmeal recipes and oat bran recipes which will help lower your cholesterol.

Ingredients

Ingredients in a cookie dough baked oats which includes milk, oats, banana, vanilla, eggs, peanut butter, cinnamon and chocolate chip.
Photo by Marissa Frodsham, Nutrition Student.
  • old fashioned oats – don’t substitute steel cut oats (too chewy) or instant oats (will become too dry)
  • eggs – bind everything in the chocolate chip oatmeal together
  • chocolate chips – make it taste like a treat
  • banana – natural sweetness and blood pressure lowering potassium 
  • almond butter – healthy fats, and plant protein
  • soy milk – more plant protein, and blood pressure lowering  calcium
  • baking powder – to help it rise
  • vanilla, cinnamon and maple syrup – for that cookie baked oatmeal flavor

 To make chocolate chip cookie baked oats, simply mix the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients and bake them in the oven until they’re set and not mushy or gooey in the middle.  

Serve them with some high protein Greek yogurt, and some fruit on the side to make it a balanced meal. Or pour milk over the chocolate chip cookie baked oatmeal and slice a banana for a more classic bowl of oatmeal feel.

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Blended vs Non Blended Oats?

You may have seen recipes blend oats when making cookie-baked oatmeal, but I decided to keep the oats whole in this recipe.

It keeps the consistency chewy and mimics a granola bar which can be a grab and go option, while still keeping the classic chocolate chip cookie flavor.

Why Are My Baked Oats Soggy?

Your baked oats may be soggy because they were not cooked long enough in the oven. To avoid this, make sure to bake them until they’re fully set and not mushy in the middle.

Make Ahead To Save Time

This cookie dough oatmeal can be made ahead and stored in your fridge overnight to be baked in the morning.  It’s ideal because you can put the cookie baked oatmeal recipe 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 55 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.

Storage

This cookie baked oatmeal recipe can be stored in the fridge for up to five days in an airtight container, making them a great grab-and-go snack or breakfast.

You can even freeze them for longer storage. To freeze, cool them completely and wrap each piece in plastic wrap. When you’re ready to eat them, simply thaw them in the refrigerator overnight.

A stack of 4 cookie dough baked oat squares on parchment paper.
Photo by Marissa Frodsham, Nutrition Student.
  • bake these cookie dough baked oats in muffin containers!
  • add nuts or seeds like chia, hemp or flaxseed
  • add dried fruit – raisins would work here (hello chocolate chip raisin cookie)
  • instead of almond butter (can also use tahini, cashew, or peanut butter)
  • add pea protein powder for more protein

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is baked oats actually healthy?

Yes, baked oats can be healthy as they are rich in fiber and other nutrients. However, the overall healthiness depends on the ingredients used – avoiding excessive sugar or unhealthy fats keeps the meal balanced.

Why are my baked oats soggy?

Your baked oats might be soggy if there’s too much liquid in your mix, or they haven’t been baked for long enough. In my experience, adjusting the liquid-to-oats ratio or increasing the baking time can help avoid this issue.

Baked oats have become popular due to their versatility in terms of ingredients, easy preparation, and their ability to make a traditionally boring dish (oatmeal) more exciting and flavorful.  My clients love that you can make it once, and eat a healthy breakfast for the following days.

Can I eat baked oats as a snack?

Yes, you can eat baked oats as a snack. They are a great source of sustained energy due to their complex carbohydrates, fiber and can be made even more nutritious with the addition of fruits, nuts, and seeds.

Other Breakfast Recipes

Or check out other oatmeal recipes which include: Protein baked oats, low sodium oatmeal, vegan protein oatmeal, chocolate avocado smoothie, smoothie to lower cholesterol, overnight oat bran, pecan pie overnight oats, pb2 overnight oats, turmeric energy balls, low sodium pancakes, pumpkin protein balls, turmeric oatmeal and blueberry cheesecake overnight oats.

And be sure to check out the list of Registered Dietitian approved oatmeal recipes, a list of Registered Dietitian approved oat bran recipes.

Final Thoughts

So, whether you’re looking for a quick and easy breakfast bake, a grab-and-go snack or a healthy freshly baked chocolate chip cookie – try these cookie dough baked oats today. They’re easy to make, customizable, and delicious!

Recipe by Marissa Frodsham, Nutrition Student. Article was written by Veronica Rouse, MAN, RD, CDE.

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A top down picture of cookie dough baked oats in a casserole dish. split into 4 squares.

Cookie Dough Baked Oats

So, whether you're looking for a quick and easy breakfast bake, a grab and go snack or a healthy freshly baked chocolate chip cookie – try these cookie dough baked oats today. They're easy to make, customizable, and delicious!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 300 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 8×8 baking dish

Ingredients
  

Wet Ingredients

  • 1 medium ripe banana
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • cup almond butter
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • ¾ cup unsweetened soy milk

Dry Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8×8 square baking dish with parchment paper, or lightly grease with olive oil.
  • In a medium bowl, mash one ripe banana. Add remaining wet ingredients: eggs, vanilla, maple syrup, almond butter, and almond or soy milk. Mix with a whisk until combined.
  • Add dry ingredients: rolled oats, baking powder, cinnamon, chocolate chips and mix until combined.
  • Pour your oat mixture into the prepared baking dish and spread until even. Top with additional chocolate chips if desired.
  • Place in the oven, and bake for 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick or knife comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool for at least 15 minutes, cut into roughly 9 squares.
  • Top with your favorite nut butter or enjoy with Greek yogurt and berries if desired!

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Nutrition

Calories: 300kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 10gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 55mgSodium: 107mgPotassium: 388mgFiber: 6gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 159IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 162mgIron: 3mg
Keyword baked oatmeal, cookie dough oats
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