This chocolate baked oatmeal will be your new favorite way to do breakfast! Made with coconut, almonds and chocolate, you can also customize these chocolate baked oats with other chocolate combinations. With no refined sugar, flour or oil, this is a healthy make-ahead breakfast!
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Baked oatmeal is a fantastic option when you’re looking to eat healthier first thing in the morning. These chocolate baked oats are made with simple, protein-rich ingredients like eggs, Greek yogurt, almonds and rolled oats making them a much healthier option than store bought, processed bars.
This chocolate baked oatmeal can also be customized with ingredients to suit your flavor preferences. This recipes has no oil, flour or refined sugar making them a smart option for a healthy breakfast!
Wonderfully simple to make, here’s how this Chocolate Baked Oats recipe comes together:
What do I need to make chocolate baked oats?
Here’s a quick-reference check list of the ingredients you’ll need to make this baked oatmeal recipe:
- Eggs – eggs will help bind the oats together (to form bars or squares) and also adds protein.
- Milk – feel free to use your preferred dairy or plant-based milk.
- Plain full-fat Greek yogurt – helps increase the protein content of the oatmeal, and gives the oats a great moist texture.
- Vanilla – great for adding flavor.
- Old fashioned rolled oats – I don’t recommend instant oatmeal, as it becomes mushy after baking.
- Sliced almonds – great for adding crunch
- Unsweetened cocoa powder
- Unsweetened flake coconut
- Granular sweetener – I like Whole Earth granular monk fruit sweetener. You could also use honey or maple syrup as well. Honey and maple syrup will increase your calorie content.
- Good quality chocolate chunks – Lily’s semi-sweet chocolate chips are great, as they contain no refined sugar.
For ingredient measurements, and complete recipe instructions be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the post to the recipe card.
How do I make baked oatmeal?
In a mixing bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, Greek yogurt, sweetener and vanilla. Be sure to whisk well to ensure all the ingredients are adequately incorporated.
To the wet ingredients add the oatmeal, along with the sliced almonds, flake coconut (make sure it’s unsweetened), cocoa powder and salt.
Using a rubber scraper, mix together the wet and dry ingredients (with exception of the chocolate chunks).
Lightly spray a 9 x 9″ baking dish with non-stick baking spray. I use and prefer Spectrum Non-Stick Coconut Oil Spray.
The addition of the extra coconut, almonds and chocolate chunks to the top makes this chocolate baked oatmeal look incredible.
Baking Tip: I covered the pan with a sheet of aluminum foil. This will prevent the coconut and almonds from over-browning. Feel free to remove the foil when there is about 5-10 minutes of baking time remaining in order for the coconut and almonds to brown slightly.
Ways to customize chocolate baked oatmeal:
In addition to the coconut, almonds and chocolate chunks, you can also create other combinations that are super healthy and flavorful. Here are a few ideas:
- Berries and chocolate – before baking top the chocolate oats with slices strawberries or raspberries and chocolate chunks. You’ll have the flavors of chocolate covered strawberries!
- Sliced bananas and peanut butter – mix in 1/2 cup of creamy peanut butter to the chocolate oats. Top the oatmeal with sliced bananas and bake. A great “chunky monkey” flavor combination.
What kind of chocolate should I use for baked chocolate oatmeal?
Unsweetened cocoa powder will give your chocolate oats a great chocolate flavor. If you are adding chocolate chunks, I use and prefer these Enjoy Life Mega Chocolate Chunks or Lily’s No Sugar Added Chocolate Chips.
After coming out of the oven, let the oatmeal cool completely before slicing. Enjoy the bars right away, or refrigerate for later. I love making a batch of this baked chocolate oatmeal and meal prep for breakfast later in the week.
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My Healthy Breakfast Sandwiches and my Baked Egg Cups are also great options.
FAQ’s about Oatmeal Breakfast Bars:
Baked oatmeal is great paired with fresh fruit and a healthy fat/protein. Hard boiled eggs, plain Greek yogurt and cottage cheese are all fantastic protein options to start your day.
Making your own baked oatmeal can be very healthy, as you are in control of the ingredients. Baked oatmeal is a good source of fiber, and when paired with protein, like yogurt, cottage cheese or eggs, it becomes a great healthy breakfast.
A healthy oatmeal breakfast includes healthy, minimally processed oats. Paired with a quality protein and fresh fruit or vegetables, this healthy oatmeal breakfast becomes a fantastic start to your day.
Adding eggs to your baked oats not only increases the protein content, but also provides a binding for the oatmeal. Once baked the oats will have a great cake-like texture and hold their shape, which is great when you want to cut into bars or squares.
No, there is no need to soak oats before baking. Simply mix the oats together with the other ingredients, pour into a baking dish and bake. The oats will cook when in the oven and become tender.
The less processed, the better it is for you. Oat groats are the least processed, and are the most nutritionally dense. Steel cut oats, then rolled oats, and then instant oats. Instant oats are the most processed and therefore the least nutritionally dense.
Are you a chocolate lover? Check out some of my other healthier chocolate recipes:
- Healthy Chocolate Muffins
- Double Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies
- Healthy Black Bean Brownies
- Double Chocolate Protein Balls
- Healthy Double Chocolate Banana Bread
- Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding
- Healthy Chocolate Zucchini Muffins
If you loved these healthy oatmeal bars, then check out some of my other similar healthy oatmeal recipes:
Here’s the recipe for my delicious chocolate baked oatmeal:
Almond Joy Oatmeal Breakfast Bars
Looking for a healthy, delicious chocolate baked oats recipe? This chocolate baked oatmeal is great with coconut and almonds or berries, bananas and nut butter.
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 2 large eggs
- 1 1/4 c up milk, diary or plant based
- 1/3 cup granular monk fruit sweetener, or other preferred sweetener
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- 1/2 cup unsweetened flake coconut, plus more for topping
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds, plus more for topping
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 c. chocolate chunks (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a 9x9" pan or medium baking dish with non-stick baking spray. I like and prefer coconut oil spray. Set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together yogurt, eggs, milk, honey and vanilla. Add in the oatmeal, almonds, coconut, cocoa powder and salt. Stir together well with a rubber scraper until well incorporated.
- Pour oatmeal mixture into the prepared baking dish and sprinkle with additional almonds and coconut. Top with the chocolate chunks, if desired. Cover baking dish with aluminum foil. This is to prevent the almonds and coconut from over-browning.
- Bake for 30-32 minutes. 5 minutes before removing from oven, remove the foil to lightly brown the almonds and coconut. Remove from oven and let cool to room temperature before slicing into bars.
Optional ingredients: to add more protein, add 1/2 cup of vanilla protein powder or unflavored collagen protein. This will increase the grams of protein per serving.
You can also bake these into muffin cups. Divide the mixture evenly into 12 muffin cups. Bake for 26-28 minutes.
Other customization options:
Berries and chocolate - omit the coconut and almonds and instead add sliced strawberries or raspberries and chocolate chunks to the top of the oats before baking. Approximately 1/2 cup of sliced berries or whole raspberries.
Peanut Butter Banana - stir in 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter to the chocolate oatmeal mixture, omitting the almonds and coconut. Top the chocolate oats with 1 banana, sliced.
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