This delicious one-bowl Samoas Baked Oats recipe is soft, chewy, sweet, and nutritious. It’s gluten-free, vegan, and nut-free, while still being packed with healthy fats, protein, and complex carbs. It’s dessert for breakfast, that’s actually good for you.
Once again, it’s Girl Scout’s cookie season!
Which one is your favorite? My top 2 are definitely Samoas and Thin Mints!
And while waiting for my cookie order, I had to experiment with the flavors and try to make a healthy and delicious recipe myself.
I’ve been craving baked oatmeal lately and I was instantly thinking that Samoas Baked Oats must be really good. And turns out, I was 100% right!
You have to try this recipe! I mean, it’s a dessert for breakfast!
If you are a baked oatmeal fan, you should try this Peanut Butter Banana Baked Oatmeal recipe, and this Carrot Cake Oatmeal Bake as well! You won’t go wrong with any of these delicious, healthy, and vegan breakfast recipes.
What makes this Samoas baked oatmeal healthy?
This baked oat recipe is made with wholesome and healthy ingredients that are good for the whole family.
The Samoas Baked oats are refined sugar-free, dairy-free, and gluten-free, meaning that there is no white sugar, wheat flour, or butter in this recipe, making it a healthier option.
Eliminating these ingredients makes it possible to pack the Samoas Baked Oats with nutritious ingredients that you can feel good about eating.
Oats are a superfood and are one of the most nutrient-dense foods you can eat. They are loaded with nutrients like minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants.
They are also a great source of protein, fiber, and complex carbs that will help you stay full longer. Read more about oats here.
Dates are sweet and have a caramelly taste without any added sugar, butter, or heavy cream. So basically, nature’s caramel.
Medjool dates are not only delicious, but they are also packed with nutrients like antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Dates may also improve brain health. Read more about dates here.
Coconut is full of minerals like magnesium, copper, and iron which are essential for good bone and blood health. There are also many beneficial antioxidants found in coconut.
To make this recipe vegan I’m using flax eggs – aka ground-up flax seeds that are mixed with water.
Not only does it make this Samoas bake oats vegan, but it provides so many health benefits. Flax seeds are rich in omega 3 and protein, which is perfect for a vegan and vegetarian diet. Flax seeds are also good sours for Lignans, which may reduce the risk of cancer.
Reasons to love the Samoas Baked Oats
This list could be very long! I mean, there are so many reasons why I love these healthy breakfast bars! But, I narrowed down the list to 7.
- Perfect for breakfast
Nothing is better than staring the day strong with a delicious breakfast that’s been prepared in advance.
- Nutritious and filling
These oat bars are packed with nutrients while tasting like chocolate and caramel. That’s a huge win, am I right? They will also keep you full long thanks to the high content of fiber and complex carbs.
- Kid friendly
It’s a great breakfast for kids of all ages. The Samoas Baked Oats are also very allergy-friendly
- Cookies for breakfast?! YES
- Easy to meal prep ahead for a busy week
I love waking up knowing that there is already breakfast waiting for me. Pop a Samoas Oatmeal Bar in the Microwave for a few seconds and you are ready to go!
- Freezer friendly
Might be the best thing of all. These freezes so well and are perfect for meal prep. Wrap them individually before freezing for easy access.
- It is freaking delicious!
Ingredients needed for Coconut Caramel Oatmeal Bake
All you need to make this healthy “dessert for breakfast” recipe are clean and nutritious ingredients that are vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and nut-free.
Ingredients for Samoas Baked Oats
- Flax eggs (Flax seeds mixed with water)
- Gluten free rolled oats
- Full fat coconut milk (you can also use light)
- Date syrup (store bought or home-made, see recipe below)
- Ripe banana
- Vanilla extract
- Chocolate chips
- Coconut shreds
- Baking powder
- Coconut sugar (optional)
The coconut sugar is optional. I have made it without any added sugar as well, and I think it is sweet enough with the date syrup added on top.
So if you are looking for a lower sugar version you can eliminate the coconut sugar altogether.
However, you can also add more coconut sugar if you prefer a sweeter result as well. Add a few extra tablespoons of coconut sugar to the suggested recipe amount. You’re the boss!
Ingredients for homemade date syrup
- Medjool dates (pitted)
- Coconut milk
How to make the Samoas Baked Oats
This easy-to-make delicious and healthy breakfast Samoas Baked Oats recipe is made in two easy steps.
Start with making the homemade date syrup. (If you are using store-bought date syrup, skip this step.)
To make the date syrup, add pitted Medjool dates and coconut milk to a high-speed blender and mix until smooth. Set aside.
Now to the Samoas Baked Oats.
Start with combining flax seeds and water in a small bowl to make “flax eggs”. Set aside and let it sit to gel up for 10 minutes.
In a large mixing bowl, combine wet ingredients – coconut milk, mashed ripe bananas, vanilla extract, flax eggs, and 1/3 cup of the date syrup.
Then, add the dry ingredients – rolled oats, baking soda, salt, coconut sugar, ¼ cup coconut shreds, and 1/4 cup chocolate chips (save the rest of the coconut and chocolate chips for sprinkling) and combine well.
Grease an 8×8 baking dish and pour the batter into it.
Lastly, sprinkle the reminding chocolate chips on top of the unbaked Samoas batter.
Bake the breakfast bars at 375 F for 28-33 minutes.
Drizzle the reminding date syrup on top of the baked Samoas Baked Oates and sprinkle with the remainder of the shredded coconut.
How to serve the baked Samoas Oat Bars
I think these Samoas Baked Oats are best served warm. I reheat a potion-sized piece in the microwave for about 15 seconds, and to me, that’s perfect! And they are obviously good enough to eat just like that, but with that being said, try serving them with these options.
- Drizzle date syrup
The more the better – right?
- Maple syrup
If you are out of date syrup, try maple syrup. Basically just as good!
I always go full fat. However, Greek, cashew, vegan, or vanilla – go with whatever is your favorite.
- Nut butter
Can’t go wrong wit ha big dollop of almond or peanut butter! So delicious and extra plus for the added fats and protein.
- Coconut flakes
Give me all the coconut!
- With coffee
It’s breakfast, right? But obviously, it goes great with tea, or milk for the kiddos too.
How to store these Samoas Baked Oats
My favorite part of these breakfast baked Samoas bars is that they are perfect for meal prep, meaning that they store great both in the fridge and in the freezer.
I make a batch, or even double up, and eat it throughout the week.
In the fridge, they stay good for 4-5 days. Keep them in an air-tight container in the fridge and then lightly warm them up before eating.
They are absolutely perfect to freeze!
Cut them into squares and individually wrap them before freezing for a single-serving breakfast or snack. It’s such a life hack!
Then, simply heat it up in the microwave for 20-30 seconds (or until the desired temp) and enjoy!
I think this might be our new favorite breakfast recipe! Let me know if it is going to be your and your family’s too!
Other vegan breakfast recipes you should try:
- 6 medjool dates (pitted)
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
Samoas Bakes Oats
- Flax eggs (2 tbsp ground flax seeds mixed with 4 tbsp of water)
- 1 1/4 cup canned full fat coconut milk (or lite)
- 1/3 cup date syrup
- 1/2 cup mashed ripe banana
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups gluten free rolled oats
- 1 tsp baking powder
- Pinch of salt
- 3-4 tbsp coconut sugar **
- 1/2 chocolate chips, divided
- 1/3 cup coconut shreds, divided
- Preheat the oven to 375 F.
- To make the date syrup, add pitted Medjool dates and coconut milk to a high-speed blender and mix until smooth. Set aside.
- Combine flax seeds and water in a small bowl to make “flax eggs”. Set aside and let it sit to gel up for 5 minutes.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine wet ingredients – coconut milk, mashed ripe bananas, vanilla extract, flax eggs, and 1/3 cup of the date syrup.
- Add the dry ingredients – rolled oats, baking soda, salt, coconut sugar, ¼ cup coconut shreds, and 1/4 cup chocolate chips (save the rest of the coconut and chocolate chips for sprinkling) and combine well.
- Grease an 8x8 baking dish and pour the batter into it.
- Lastly, sprinkle the reminding chocolate chips on top of the unbaked Samoas batter.
- Bake the breakfast bars for 28-33 minutes.
- Drizzle the remaining date syrup on top of the baked Samoas Baked Oates and sprinkle with the remainder of the shredded coconut.
**The coconut sugar is optional. I have made it without any added sugar as well, and I think it is sweet enough with the date syrup added on top. However, you can also add more coconut sugar if you prefer a sweeter result as well. Add a few extra tablespoons of coconut sugar.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 250Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 70mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 4gSugar: 29gProtein: 4g
The Nutrition Facts above are specific to the ingredients I chose to use for this recipe, which may vary.