Hot Chocolate Baked Oats
Enjoy these warm, gooey Hot Chocolate Baked Oats with caramelized marshmallows and melty chocolate. PROTEIN-PACKED, vegan breakfast or dessert.
What’s better than cozying up with a warm cup of coffee? Cozying up with a warm bowl of Hot Chocolate Baked Oats with caramelized marshmallows and melty chocolate.
Without a doubt, there is nothing better than dessert for breakfast. Additionally, these oats are made with wholesome ingredients that will fuel your day with energy. Something that you and your kids will both love!
If you like this oat recipe, you’ll also love my Samoas Baked Oats or Apple Butter Oatmeal Bake.
Are Baked Oats Good for You?
Personally, I’m obsessed with this recipe because its chalk full of wholesome ingredients:
Oats – are rich in carbs and fiber, but also are higher in protein than most grains. They have been shown to reduce blood pressure, promote healthy gut bacteria, and reduce the risk of heart disease.
Explore the health benefits of oats here.
Cacao Powder – is packed with flavonoids, which have been shown to reduce blood pressure, improve blood flow, and prevent blood clots. It’s also a great source of iron, protein, magnesium, potassium, and fiber.
Learn more about the health benefits of cacao powder here.
Apple sauce – contains absorbic acid which will help you absorb the iron in the cacao powder more efficiently. It’s also packed with Vitamin C, which will help your body fight free radicals.
Read more about the health benefits of apple sauce here.
Flax seeds – are a great source of protein, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, thiamine, and copper.
Explore the health benefits of flax seeds here.
WHAT KIND OF OATS DO YOU USE FOR BAKING?
In this case, we use rolled oats for our baked oatmeal! In truth, I find that they give the best chewy consistency to our bake. Additionally, quick oats are interchangeable.
However, if you hate the texture of oatmeal, you can also blend your oats into a flour and the bake will be a lot smoother.
On the other hand, I do not recommend using steel-cut oats. Steel-cut oats require more cooking than rolled oats and are often used for more hearty recipes.
How to make protein-packed oats?
Generally, oats have more protein than most grains! However, it’s also easy to add more!
I haven’t tested this recipe with whey or pea protein. But these protein powders typically add texture to baked goods, which could reduce the flour/liquid ratio. In this situation, you might want to experiment by adding a little more milk to the recipe.
However, I do recommend using plain or chocolate flavored collagen peptides protein as this will not change the texture.
Additionally, Greek yogurt is an easy protein source – I like serving this oatmeal dish with half a cup or so to feel fuller for longer.
Ingredients in Hot Chocolate Baked Oats
Hot Chocolate Baked Oats
Cacao powder or coco powder
Unsweetened apple sauce
Ground flax seeds, optional
Mini marshmallows, optional
How to Make Hot Chocolate Baked Oats
First, mix the milk, unsweetened apple sauce, maple syrup, and coconut sugar ingredients in a big bowl.
Second, add the rolled oats, cacao powder, baking powder, ground flax (optional), and salt and mix-in
Third, fold in chocolate chips and mini marshmallows.
Then, pour into an 8×8 parchment-lined baking dish.
Following that, top with more chocolate chips/marshmallows, if desired, and bake at 375 F for 30 – 35 min
These oats are the best when are freshly out of the oven – the marshmallows are a bit caramelized and crispy, but gooey underneath, and the chocolate chips are all melty. So good!
FRequently Asked Questions
Do you have to put eggs in baked oats?
No! This recipe does not contain eggs. However, sometimes I like adding flax seeds to act as a nice binding agent, but also for their added nutritional value.
Can you put oatmeal in the oven?
Definitely! In this case, I prefer my oatmeal baked in the oven. It gives my breakfast a dessert-like consistency and makes the outside nice and crunchy and the inside warm and gooey.
Why are my oats soggy?
On one hand, you may have let the oats sit in the milk for too long. On the other hand, you might not have baked for long enough. Particularly, I like using a thermometer to check the oven temperature after baking. Often, the oven doesn’t reach the preheated temperature until several minutes after the beep.
What are my oats rubbery?
In this case, you probably overbaked your oats! You will know your oats are ready when the outside is set and the inside is soft.
How to serve Hot Chocolate Baked Oats
Without a doubt, these oats taste amazing on their own!
However, you can also add any of the following toppings:
Vanilla ice cream
More chocolate chips
The options are endless!
How to store Hot Chocolate Baked Oats
In this case, you can cover these oats and leave them on the kitchen counter for 1- 2 days.
Afterward, store in airtight in the fridge for 5 days.
Are Hot Chocolate Baked Oats freezer friendly?
Particularly, I like to store in individual bar form and freeze for up to 2 months. Moreover, I recommend reheating it in the microwave when serving.
What other baked oat recipe variations would you like to see? Comment down below!
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Other delicious breakfast recipes
1. Maple Pecan Scones
2. Pumpkin Spice Granola
3. Apple Butter Oatmeal Bake
Get the recipe:Hot Chocolate Baked Oats
- 2 cups Rolled Oats
- 1/3 cup Cacao Powder , or coco powder
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- 1 1/2 cup Milk
- 1/2 cup Unsweetened Apple Sauce
- 1 tbsp Ground Flax Seeds , optional
- 1/2 cup Maple Syrup
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 1/4 cup Coconut Sugar
- 1 cup Chocolate Chips
- 1/2 cup Mini Marshmallows
- Mix the milk, apple sauce, maple syrup, and coconut sugar in a big bowl.
- Add the oats, cacao powder, baking powder, ground flax seeds (optional), and salt to the dry ingredients.
- Fold in the chocolate chips and mini marshmallows
- Pour into an 8×8 parchment-lined baking dish. Top with more chocolate chips/marshmallows.
- Bake at 375 F for 30 – 35 min.
The Nutrition Facts above are specific to the ingredients I chose to use for this recipe, which may vary.