Brownie Baked Oatmeal


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This brownie baked oatmeal is your excuse to have dessert for breakfast! It bakes in under 20 minutes and uses simple, healthy ingredients. 

brownie baked oatmeal.

Starting your morning with chocolate is always a good idea, especially if it’s secretly transformed into a healthy and wholesome breakfast.

This brownie baked oatmeal recipe is a cross between two breakfast favorites, chocolate baked oats and oatmeal brownies. You get the staying power of oatmeal but with the gooey and fudgy texture of a brownie- how good!

Table of Contents
  1. Why this recipe works
  2. Ingredients Needed
  3. How to make brownie baked oatmeal
  4. Recipe tips and variations
  5. Storage instructions
  6. Frequently asked questions
  7. More baked oatmeal recipes to try
  8. Brownie Baked Oatmeal (Recipe Card)

Why this recipe works

  • They are so fudgy. Not only is this recipe quick and easy, but it has the texture of actual brownies. They are thick, fudgy, and almost gooey in the middle.
  • Healthy and filling. This recipe uses a touch of coconut oil instead of butter and replaces most of the added fat with unsweetened applesauce. Because oats are packed with whole grains, fiber, and protein, you will be full for hours. Also, they happen to be dairy-free.
  • Great for meal prep. Like any good baked oatmeal recipe, you can prep portions of it and have a serving every morning.
  • Hands off. Like classic baked oats, this brownie version is also hands-off. Once you make the mix, put it in the oven and wait for it to bake!
brownie baked oatmeal recipes.

Ingredients Needed

Besides some eggs and maple syrup, there isn’t much else needed to whip up these delicious brownie baked oats. Here is what you’ll need:

  • Oats. Rolled oats are blended down into a flour-like consistency. This, in turn, will help create a lighter texture instead of a more dense one. 
  • Cocoa powder. I like using Dutch-processed cocoa powder for an intense chocolate flavor. When buying powder, remember to purchase unsweetened cocoa powder.
  • Salt. You need just a little salt to bring out the sweetness of the chocolate.
  • Eggs. They bind everything together and also add some heart-healthy fats and protein.
  • Coconut oil. We’ll use a little coconut oil to keep the brownies moist. They are a healthier alternative to butter or margarine. Opt for refined coconut oil to prevent any coconut flavor throughout.
  • Unsweetened applesauce. Applesauce works as a fabulous alternative to butter or fats in baked goods. It provides moisture without excess calories.
  • Maple syrup. Adds some sweetness to the baked oats without being overpowering. Also, a little goes a very long way. You can use honey or any other liquid sweetener.
  • Chocolate chips. Any chocolate chips work, including semi-sweet chocolate chips and dark chocolate chips.
  • Milk. Optional,  but if the batter is a little too thick, I like to add a drop of almond milk or coconut milk to loosen things up.

How to make brownie baked oatmeal

I’ve included step-by-step photos below to make this recipe easy to follow at home. For the full printable recipe instructions and ingredient quantities, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Step 1- Make the batter. Mix oat flour, cocoa powder, and salt in one bowl and the wet ingredients in another bowl. Combine them to make your brownie batter. Fold in the chocolate chips gently.

how to make brownie baked oatmeal.

Step 2- Bake the oatmeal. Pour the batter into a large pan and bake for 15-20 minutes. Stick a skewer in the oats, and once it comes out clean, remove the baked oats from the oven.

brownie baked oats.

Step 3- Cool, then slice. Let the baked oatmeal cool completely before slicing and serving.

baked oatmeal with chocolate.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Grease your baking pan. Always grease the pan or baking dish before adding the batter to prevent precious brownie bits from sticking to the parchment paper.
  • Do not over-whisk your eggs. You want a brownie texture, not a cakey texture. Beat the eggs until just combined. Do not whisk them until foamy.
  • Finely blend your oats. Coarse oat flour will result in unpleasant/ dry brownies. Blend your oats fine to get the perfect baked oats.
  • Adjust the baking time. Depending on your oven and size of your pan, you may have to play around with the baking time.
  • Change the flavors. Add a teaspoon of vanilla extract to the batter for a warm vanilla flavor. Add a teaspoon of instant coffee to bring out the intense chocolate taste.
  • Make them vegan. Use egg substitutes like mashed bananas, flaxseeds, or applesauce instead of eggs for vegan oats. Also, use vegan chocolate chips.
  • Make them gluten-free. Use certified gluten-free oats to make this breakfast suitable for celiacs. 
  • Use mix-ins. Add chia seeds, shredded coconut, a sprinkling of toasted almonds, walnuts, or pecans. Nut butter is great, and I love the addition of peanut butter or almond butter.

Storage instructions

To store. Keep the brownie baked oatmeal in sealed containers in the fridge for about two weeks.

To freeze. Store leftover portions in ziplock bags in the freezer for six months.

brownie baked oats.

Frequently asked questions

Do I have to soak oats before using them?

No, that is unnecessary. Since we blend the processed oats, we don’t need to soak or rinse them further.

My oats are mushy. How do I rescue them?

Bake them for more time until the toothpick comes clean.

More baked oatmeal recipes to try

brownie baked oatmeal recipe.

Brownie Baked Oatmeal

5 from 50 votes
This brownie baked oatmeal is filled with a rich taste, healthy ingredients, and chocolaty goodness. These are your excuse to have dessert for breakfast! 
Servings: 9 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 25 minutes


  • 1 1/4 cups rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil melted
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips


  • Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Line an 8-inch square pan. 
  • In a large mixing bowl, add the dry ingredients and mix well. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, coconut oil, applesauce, and maple syrup.
  • Combine the wet and dry ingredients until combined. Fold through the chocolate chips.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out just clean. Let the baked oatmeal cool in the pan completely before slicing and serving.


TO STORE. Keep the brownie baked oatmeal in sealed containers in the fridge for about two weeks.
TO FREEZE. Store leftover portions in ziplock bags in the freezer for six months.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 200kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 4gFat: 10gSodium: 88mgPotassium: 198mgFiber: 4gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 73IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 46mgIron: 2mgNET CARBS: 24g
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman Liew
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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. what would you recommend if subbing the nutella? is it possible to make this without the nutella and the taste still be fairly good?

    thank you!

  2. I will never understand the point of making such a healthy recipe just to throw it in the MICROWAVE??? Whaaaat. Completely defeats the purpose!

    1. Interestingly, microwave cooking has been found to be no worse, and in some cases better than traditional heat cooking. Because the food is heated for less time, the nutrients are degraded as much as traditional cooking. The heat from a microwave is actually gentler on the nutrients, because it’s really just heat caused from friction of the molecules. There is no radiation, like it was thought in the very early generations of the machines. All in all microwave cooking is healthy … AS LONG AS you don’t heat or reheat in plastic containers. Use glass. And be careful of UNEVEN cooking in a microwave … your food can develop hot spots on the interior.

    2. PS Typo correction … I meant to say nutrients are NOT degraded as much as in traditional heating methods. (I can’t edit my reply to you – sorry)

  3. 5 stars
    Hi! I’m intolerant to Soy, Lactose, gluten & high sugar.Can I use albumin powder as protein power? Thanks for the help!