Enjoy these warm, gooey Hot Chocolate Baked Oats with caramelized marshmallows and melty chocolate. Protein Packed vegan breakfast or dessert.
Hot Cocoa Baked Oats are sitting on parchment paper and cut into squares and stacked

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.

Definitely!

What Kind of Oats to Use

Hot Cocoa Baked Oats are sitting on parchment paper and cut into squares

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.

Adding Extra Protein in this Baked 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

gluten free oats, baking soda, vanilla, maple syrup, apple sauce, cinnamon, coconut milk, marshmallows, and chocolate chips

Hot Chocolate Baked Oats

Rolled oats

Cacao powder or coco powder

Baking powder

Milk

Unsweetened apple sauce

Ground flax seeds, optional

Maple syrup

Sea salt

Coconut sugar

Fold ins

Chocolate chips

Mini marshmallows, optional

How to Make Hot Chocolate Baked Oats

Enjoy warm!

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!

Some Trouble Shooting Ideas

Hot Cocoa Baked Oats are sitting on parchment paper and cut into squares

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

Hot Cocoa Baked Oats are sitting on parchment paper and cut into squares

Without a doubt, these oats taste amazing on their own!

However, you can also add any of the following toppings:

Yogurt

Maple syrup

Vanilla ice cream

More chocolate chips

Granola

Nuts

The options are endless!

How to store Baked Oats

Hot Cocoa Baked Oats are sitting on parchment paper and cut into squares

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?

YES!

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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Hot Cocoa Baked Oats are sitting on parchment paper and cut into squares

Hot Cocoa Baked Oats are sitting on parchment paper and cut into squares

Get the recipe:Hot Chocolate Baked Oats {Vegan}

Enjoy these warm, gooey Hot Chocolate Baked Oats with caramelized marshmallows and melty chocolate. Protein-packed, vegan breakfast or dessert.
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Ingredients

  • 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

Fold-ins

  • 1 cup Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 cup Mini Marshmallows

Instructions 

  • 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.
  • Enjoy!

The Nutrition Facts above are specific to the ingredients I chose to use for this recipe, which may vary.