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Chocolate Baked Oats | cozy & healthy

Healthy chocolate baked oats are a tasty, hearty breakfast with chocolate and peanut butter. Fuel your day with this delicious bar.

Healthy chocolate baked oatmeal bars are sliced in their square pan with strawberries scattered alongside them.

On slower mornings, I like to make a healthy, hearty breakfast in the morning. Healthy Chocolate Baked Oats are one of my favorites in the wintertime. Especially since I can prep them on Sunday and just grab a bar each day of the week.

This warm, wholesome oatmeal is the perfect texture for those of use who don’t enjoy mushy bowls of oats. I love oats in cookies, bars, or as granola… but I just can’t do a mushy, hot bowl of it most days. Healthy Chocolate Baked Oats bakes into bars filled with chocolate and peanut butter that are full of nutrition. So much better to eat with a lot more flavor!

I love serving this with eggs or fruit on the side. But they are great on their own too.

With filling & wholesome oats, lots of healthy fats + protein, fiber, and other minerals, these bars offer up the perfect meal to keep you fueled for a busy day ahead. 

Even kids will love this Healthy Chocolate Baked Oats. They’ll have no idea there are seeds, dark chocolate, and other healthy goodness in them. They taste slightly sweet, containing only natural occurring sugars from maple syrup in them. Believe me, no one will miss all the added sugar. The bits of dark chocolate and rich peanut butter will be satiating enough. 

One other thing I love about Healthy Chocolate Baked Oats are that they’re so versatile. If you’re serving it to someone with a nut allergy (ahem, my husband), use this sunflower seed butter instead of peanut butter and it’s just as scrumptious. I’ve never personally added protein powder in mine to bulk it up, but I’ve seen people add it to their own recipes, so this could potentially be an option if you’re looking to add more protein to your diet.

Even adding dried fruit or chopped nuts would be a good alternative to this traditional recipe. 

You just can’t go wrong with Healthy Chocolate Baked Oats. 

So simple to whip up, these could be used as a learning opportunity for little ones who want to learn how to bake. Give age-appropriate tasks such as stirring the ingredients in the bowl and pouring pre-measured ingredients in. I know my nephew loves helping with baking activities and would love sprinkling in chocolate chips or sprinkles on top before having me bake them. 

But before I get too carried away, let’s get into the chocolate baked oats recipe…

Oatmeal bars have been presented on a rustic sliced log, with linens draped nearby and strawberries scattered about.

Tools You Need

Mixing bowl

Rubber spatula or wooden spoon

9×9 baking dish

Measuring cups and spoons

Ingredients

Rolled oats

Maple syrup or honey

Peanut butter

Chia seeds

Cocoa powder

Dark chocolate chips

Baking powder

Milk

Strawberries have been placed in front of a small stack of healthy chocolate baked oatmeal bars, with a white porcelain vase behind it.

Steps

Grease a 9 x 9 square baking dish and preheat the oven to 375º F.

Mix all dry ingredients together: oats, chia seeds, cocoa powder, baking powder, and dark chocolate chips.

Next combine the peanut butter, maple syrup, and milk with the dry ingredients.

Pour ingredients into the baking dish and bake for about 35-45 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Let Healthy Chocolate Baked Oats cool on the counter for about 15 minutes before slicing and serving.

Tips for success | chocolate baked oats

Healthy Chocolate Baked Oats requires chia seeds, but if you don’t have these on hand and have eggs, you can use 2 egg whites to replace this.

For a different flavor other than chocolate, replace cocoa powder with chopped strawberries or some blueberries and add white chocolate chips instead of dark chocolate chips.

I eat these bars plain because they already have so much flavor, but you could serve some fresh, whipped cream or yogurt, or maple syrup or peanut butter if you like.

Oatmeal bars have been sliced and placed around a rustic serving tray with strawberries nearby.

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Healthy Chocolate Baked Oats

Healthy Chocolate Baked Oats are a tasty, hearty breakfast filled with decadent chocolate and peanut butter that will help fuel your body for the day.
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword breakfast bars, breakfast recipes, easy recipes, oatmeal
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 9
Calories 270kcal

Equipment

  • 1 mixing bowl
  • 1 rubber spatula
  • 1 9×9 baking dish
  • measuring cups and spoons

Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup or honey
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup milk

Instructions

  • Grease a 9 x 9 square baking dish and preheat the oven to 375º F.
  • Mix all dry ingredients together: oats, chia seeds, cocoa powder, baking powder, and dark chocolate chips.
  • Next combine the peanut butter, maple syrup, and milk with the dry ingredients.
  • Pour ingredients into the baking dish and bake for about 35-40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  • Let Healthy Chocolate Baked Oats cool on the counter for about 15 minutes before slicing and serving.

Notes

Healthy Chocolate Baked Oatmeal requires chia seeds, but if you don’t have these on hand and have eggs, you can use 2 egg whites to replace this.
For a different flavor other than chocolate, replace cocoa powder with chopped strawberries or some blueberries and add white chocolate chips instead of dark chocolate chips.
I eat these bars plain because they already have so much flavor, but you could serve some fresh, whipped cream or yogurt, or maple syrup or peanut butter if you like.

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