Easy Vegan Chocolate Baked Oats

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Vegan chocolate baked oats | This recipe is so easy to make, and it’s completely vegan, gluten-free, and packed with fibre. These chocolate baked oats are gooey and extra chocolate-y, made with cocoa powder and melty Lindt dark chocolate, and served with a creamy peanut butter drizzle and extra chocolate shavings.

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This vegan chocolate-baked oatmeal recipe is so good. This recipe is made with simple ingredients and is very easy. These are made with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. Just toss all the ingredients in a food processor and bake in a baking dish. That easy!

These chocolate baked oats are made with under 10 ingredients and they are banana-free. Of course, if you like bananas you can add them on top.

The baked oats are made in a food processor not just for ease, but also for a light and airy texture. They’re then topped with squares of rich dark chocolate, and baked until gooey and perfect.

I topped my baked oats with a creamy peanut butter drizzle and more chocolate. You can even make this recipe the night before and have it for breakfast the next day. Feel free to top it with sliced banana or some berries for a more balanced meal.

Are baked oats healthy?

Not only are these chocolate-baked oats super simple and quick to make, but they’re also refined sugar-free, completely vegan, and gluten-free. Just make sure to check that your oats are 100% certified gluten-free.

This recipe is packed with fibre, from the oats, flax and chia seeds, and peanut butter.

Peanut butter adds a good amount of protein too, but if you want more you can try adding in a scoop of your favourite protein powder.

Baked oats toppings

Chocolate baked oats as delicious on their own, but toppings take them to the next level. I topped my oats with melted peanut butter and some dark chocolate shavings. You could add sliced bananas or a handful of your favourite berries for an extra boost of freshness.

How to make chocolate shavings

Making chocolate shavings is actually really easy! All you need is a room-temperature piece of chocolate (preferably a larger chunk) and a vegetable peeler.

Hold the chocolate chunk in one hand, with your fingers so it doesn’t get too melty (it will melt a bit anyway), and with your other hand, firmly grasp the vegetable peeler. Start at the top of the chunk and quickly press down to shave the chocolate.

It might take a bit of practice, but it’s worth it.

Why you should make baked oats

Baked oats are an excellent breakfast choice. Oats are full of soluble fibre and important vitamins and minerals. My chocolate baked oats are packed with extra fibre from flax seeds, chia seeds, and peanut butter and contain only 10 grams of sugar per serving. The protein comes from peanut butter and oats, which are higher in protein than most grains.

Vegan chocolate baked oats on a plate.

Ingredients

More about the ingredients in this recipe. The exact measurements are below.

  • Dark chocolate – I buy PC 70% Dark Chocolate. Dark chocolate is usually vegan, just make sure to check the ingredients.
  • Quick oats – You can use old fashioned oats or a blend of your favourite oats. Just not steel cut oats as they take a lot longer to cook.
  • Almond milk – I use almond milk but any plant milk will work.
  • Cocoa powder – You can use regular or dark cocoa powder.
  • Peanut butter – Peanut butter, oats, and chocolate are the perfect combo. Feel free to try other nut butter like almond or cashew.
  • Pure maple syrup and vanilla – I used maple syrup for sweetness just because I like it. Feel free to use brown or white sugar instead.
  • Baking powder – This will make the baked oats fluffy.
  • Ground flax – For a boost of fibre.
  • Chia seeds + water – A chia egg will help bind the oats together. You can use another type of egg replacement if you want.
  • Salt – It helps enhance all of the other flavours.

Instructions

  • To create chocolate shavings just hold a chunk of chocolate firmly in one hand, and use a vegetable peeler to shave the chocolate.

Preheat the oven to 350°C (180°F) and line a 9×5 baking dish with a bit of plant butter or oil.

In a small bowl, mix the chia seeds and water together. Set aside for 2-3 minutes or until the chia seeds absorb the water and it becomes gel like in consistency.

Add all of the ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend for 30 seconds. If you want a smoother, cake-like texture, blend for 30 seconds more. I like the oats to have texture so I blend for less time.

Vegan chocolate baked oats ingredients going in a mixer.
Vegan chocolate baked oats in a food processor.

Add the oat mixture to your baking dish and place 6 pieces of chocolate evenly spaced apart on top.

Bake for 25-30 minutes. The oats should look dry on top, not glossy. Test if it’s ready by poking a tooth pick into the center. If it comes out mostly clean, it’s ready.

Cut the baked oats into 6 pieces and serve each piece with a healthy drizzle of melted peanut butter and a sprinkling of shaved chocolate.

Vegan chocolate baked oats on a spatula.
Vegan chocolate baked oats in a baking dish.
Vegan chocolate baked oats in a baking dish.

Recipe tips

  • Toppings: Peanut butter and chocolate always go great together, but you could add anything you want on top. Try bananas, strawberries, or raspberries. Try various chopped nuts such as cashews, walnuts, or pecans.
  • Oats: I used quick oats but you could use old-fashioned, or if you want a chewier texture, you could use large flake oats. The only type of oat that I don’t recommend using is steel cut because they take a lot longer to cook than any other kind.
  • Meal prep: This recipe is perfect for a quick meal prep breakfast. They’re super simple to make and can be eaten cold, or reheated. Toppings are up to you, whatever you have on hand would work, whether it’s fruit, nuts, or vegan yogurt. This recipe is packed with fibre and protein, but the protein can be boosted with a scoop of your favourite protein powder.

Substitutions

  • This recipe is vegan.
  • This recipe is gluten-free. I use 100% certified gluten-free oats.
  • Replace peanut butter with any other nut butter, like almond or cashew.
  • Instead of dark chocolate squares on top, mix dark chocolate chips into the mixture before baking.

No food processor? You can make this recipe with a bowl and spatula. Just add all the ingredients to a bowl and mix. The texture will be a bit chunky since the oats won’t be blended, but it’ll be just as delicious.

What to serve with baked oats?

Serve the oats warm with a drizzle of melted peanut butter and some chocolate shavings.

For some freshness, add sliced bananas or a handful of fresh berries.

For a similar vegan chocolate breakfast recipe, try my Chocolate Tofu Pudding.

Storage

Store the baked oats covered in the fridge for up to 3 days, or portion and freeze for up to 3 months. Take a portion out of the freezer the night before you want to eat it and thaw in the fridge.

To reheat, microwave for 1-2 minutes and serve with desired toppings.

A bite of vegan chocolate baked oats on a fork.

FAQ’s

Are oats gluten-free?

Oats are gluten free. But if they’re grown next to a wheat field or processed in the same facility as wheat, traces of gluten can be found in the oats. The packaging should say if they are 100% certified gluten free.

Are oats healthy?

Oats are a healthy breakfast choice as they have a high amount of soluable fibre and they provide important vitamins and minerals. You can add fruit, nuts or healthy fats for a balanced meal.

Vegan chocolate baked oats on a plate.

Vegan chocolate baked oats

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This recipe so easy to make, and it's completely vegan, gluten free and packed with fibre. These chocolate baked oats are gooey and extra chocolate-y, made with cocoa powder and melty Lindt dark chocolate, served with a creamy peanut butter drizzle and extra chocolate shavings.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6

Equipment

  • 1 Food processor or mixer
  • 1 9×5 baking dish

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 2 teaspoons flax
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds mixed with 1 tablespoon water
  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup almond milk or other plant milk
  • 100 grams dark chocolate 6 squares

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C) and grease a 5×7 baking dish with butter or spray oil.
  • In a small bowl, mix the chia seeds and water together and set aside for 2-3 minutes or until it thickens.
  • Add all of the ingredients to a food processor and blend for about 30 seconds. Blend for longer for a smooth cake like consistency.
  • Pour the mixture into the greased baking dish and evenly distribute 6 squares of dark chocolate on the top.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when you poke the baked oats.
  • Slice into 6 squares and top with melted peanut butter, and chocolate shavings which can be made with a vegetable peeler. Enjoy!

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Notes

  • Toppings: Peanut butter and chocolate always go great together, but you could add anything you want on top. Try bananas, strawberries, or raspberries. Try various chopped nuts such as cashews, walnuts, or pecans.
  • Oats: I used quick oats but you could use old-fashioned, or if you want a chewier texture, you could use large flake oats. The only type of oat that I don’t recommend using is steel cut because they take a lot longer to cook than any other kind.
  • Meal prep: This recipe is perfect for a quick meal prep breakfast. They’re super simple to make and can be eaten cold, or reheated. Toppings are up to you, whatever you have on hand would work, whether it’s fruit, nuts, or vegan yogurt. This recipe is packed with fibre and protein, but the protein can be boosted with a scoop of your favourite protein powder.
  • Nutrition information does not include the extra peanut butter and chocolate shavings used to top the baked oat squares.

Nutrition

Serving: 6gCalories: 262kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 7gFat: 16gSodium: 238mgFiber: 6gSugar: 10g
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