These Chocolate Chip Baked Oats are simple, dairy free, and the perfect indulgent breakfast to enjoy all week long! All you need is 10 pantry ingredients and under 10 minutes to prep. Try them for meal prep, easy brunch, or even a sweet and simple dessert!
You may know, I absolutely love oats. If you are a fan of baked oats, you will enjoy this simple baked oatmeal with no banana. I also love overnight oats, and I cannot get enough of my frozen fruit overnight oats, my protein overnight oats, and my overnight oats without water.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
- Indulgent yet healthy. Due to the chocolate chips, these chocolate chip baked oats are indulgent and will cater to your sweet teeth while still being overall healthy.
- Perfect snack bars. This recipe isn't just for the morning. Cut them into squared and pack them in a lunch box for a delicious mid-day treat. Bonus points for adding nut butter to the top!!
- Meal prep friendly. Just like many of my breakfast recipes, these baked oats perfect for a Sunday night prep. All you'll need to do during the week is reheat and add your favorite toppings.
- Quick prep time. These baked oats only take 10 minutes to make, allowing them to be a simple mid-week prep or even before work or school.
Ingredients and Substitutions
- Rolled oats - Rolled oats are the best type of oats to use when making baked oats. Steel cut oats are harder and will not soften enough to bake through in 40 minutes. Similarly, instant oats will be much softer and less textured.
- Peanut butter- I used peanut butter for this recipe because it is my go to but you can swap it out your favorite nut butter.
- Chocolate chips- I use dairy free or dark chocolate chips, but any will work. You can also use chocolate chunks or chopped up chocolate.
- Chia egg - A chia egg is a simple egg replacer that helps bind together the baked oats and makes them firm up and sliceable. You can also use flax egg or regular egg in place of it.
- Milk - I use oat milk because I find it super creamy and it's a great plant-based substitute for dairy milk. You can use any milk you have on hand, dairy or non-dairy. Just watch out for sweetened milk, and adjust the maple syrup accordingly.
- Maple syrup - Adds a touch of sweetness, but it optional. You can use any sweetener you have on hand - agave nectar, honey, brown rice syrup, even simple syrup will work.
- Coconut oil - A small amount of coconut oil keeps the baked oats moist and adds additional fat to help keep you full. If you do not love the flavor of coconut, feel free to use refined coconut oil.
- Strawberries + Cream. Add sliced strawberries and whip cream (dairy free if needed) to the top of the warm oats before eating.
- Peanut butter + banana. Add melted peanut butter and sliced banana on top of the warm baked oats before eating for a delicious treat.
- Gluten-free option: Make sure to use gluten-free certified oats. All other ingredients are naturally gluten-free.
Step by Step Instructions
- Make chia egg, then combine all ingredients, other than chocolate chips in a bowl and mix until fully combined.
- Add in the chocolate chips and stir or fold them into the batter until they are completely combined.
- Pour into a casserole dish and bake for 35-40 minutes.
- Remove from oven once the oats are golden brown on top.
Storing and Reheating Instructions
Chocolate Chip Baked Oats will store in the refrigerator in an air tight container for up to 4 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
If you'd like to freeze, allow the baked oats to cool, slice the oats into individual slices, then stack the slices with a piece of parchment or wax paper in between inside a freezer safe container or zip top bag to prevent sticking. This will prevent them from freezing into one big bar.
Microwave for the fastest reheat option. You can also bake at 300 degrees F until warmed through, about 10-15 minutes or until warm again.
Time Saving Hacks
Great news - these baked oats are easy to reheat and can be made at the start of the week. Store them in the refrigerator and take from the batch as the week goes on.
If you have a larger family, feel free to double or triple the recipe and bake in 2 or 3 baking dishes at once.
Healthy is very subjective based off your goals, but in my opinion, yes. The oats themselves have whole grain fiber and the nut butter provides a healthy fats to keep you feeling fuller longer.
Yes, they will! This recipe calls for raw, rolled oats. Simply mix them with the other ingredients in this recipe and bake for 35-40 minutes.
Yes, simply blend the ingredients before adding the chocolate chips then fold the chocolate chips into the oat batter. The baking time may vary due to the change in density, so begin to check the oats at 20 minutes.
Tips for Success
- Use room temperature milk and maple syrup. Cold milk and maple syrup can caused the melted coconut oil to harden and get chunky in the batter. This will cause the coconut oil to be very unevenly dispersed and make portions of the oats oily while leaving others dry. Room temperature ingredients will prevent this from happening. If in a rush, microwave the milk and maple syrup until warm (approx. 15 seconds) before adding it to the bowl with all ingredients.
- Adjust sweetener to taste. Because these baked oats have chocolate chips in them, I find ¼ cup to work well for my taste, but the sweetness can be adjust to your taste buds.
If you make this recipe, I would absolutely love for you to leave a rating and review. I absolutely love connecting with you!
Cozy Chocolate Chip Baked Oats
- 1 + ¾ cups rolled oats
- 1 chia egg (1 tbsp chia + 3 tbsp water)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 + ¼ cup milk I used oat
- 1 tsp coconut oil melted
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ cup maple syrup or honey
- 2 tbsp peanut butter drippy is best!
- ½ cup chocolate chips DF
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 6x6 baking dish or a pie dish.
- Prepare the chia egg by combining 1 tbsp of chia seeds with 3 tbsp of water. Allow to sit until it becomes jelly-like in nature, approx 5-8 minutes.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, cinnamon, baking soda, chia egg, milk, melted coconut oil, vanilla, maple syrup and nut butter. Mix until all the ingredients are combined.
- Gently fold in the chocolate chips until they are well distributed throughout the batter.
- Pour into the baking dish (it will be semi wet looking) and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until you can insert a toothpick and remove it cleanly. The top of the oats will be golden brown as well.
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