Our healthy brownie baked oatmeal is vegan and has no refined sugar.
It can be quite easy to eat well, if you know where to turn! If you are concerned about making healthy food choices, finding recipes that satisfy the less-than-good-for-you-cravings, while still being wholesome, is so important. It’s easy to stick to a healthy diet if you focus on vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins all the time, but let’s face it, sometimes you want ooey, gooey chocolate.
We are currently obsessed with our healthy brownie baked oatmeal. This recipe is full of goodness, but you could hardly tell! It’s hearty and healthy enough for breakfast, chocolate-y and sweet enough for dessert, and perfect for everything in between.
What you need to make healthy brownie baked oatmeal
- Oatmeal: We use large flake organic oats in this recipe. DO NOT use steel cut oats, or instant oats
- Flour: A bit of flour is added to the recipe to help bind everything together. If you want to keep this recipe gluten-free, either use oat flour or gluten-free flour.
- Cocoa powder We us an organic Dutch processed cocoa powder in this recipe.
- Ground flaxseeds: The flaxseeds in this recipe act as the egg replacement, keeping the healthy brownie baked oatmeal vegan. We purchase whole flaxseeds and grind them ourselves in a spice grinder (or coffee grinder). The ground seeds are then stored in the refrigerator. If you don’t mind using eggs, replace the flaxseeds with 1 large egg and reduce the milk by 2 tablespoons.
- Non-dairy milk: In order to keep this recipe vegan we used cashew milk; we love the creaminess and taste of cashew milk. You can substitute another form of non-dairy milk, or even dairy milk if keeping this vegan is not a concern for you.
- Almond butter: We use all-natural, no sugar added, smooth almond butter. You can substitute all-natural peanut-butter, either smooth or crunchy to make healthy brownie baked oatmeal.
- Maple syrup: Only pure maple syrup please!
- Vanilla powder: We often use vanilla powder instead of vanilla extract in our baking, but you can use either. The amount of vanilla extract is double what is required in the vanilla powder. When adding the vanilla, add the vanilla powder to the dry ingredients and the vanilla extract into the wet ingredients.
- Baking powder: The healthy brownie baked oatmeal will not rise a whole lot, but the baking powder does give it a little bit of a lift
- Chocolate chunks: We use a bar of 100% cocoa, with no sugar added however you can use chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, or even omit the chocolate chips and substitute in nuts or dried cranberries or raisins.
- Slivered almonds: These add texture, flavour and a bit of decoration to the top of your healthy brownie baked oatmeal. You can also top your baked oatmeal with more chocolate.
Chill your healthy brownie baked oatmeal before serving
As tempting as it might be to dig in as soon as your baked brownie oatmeal comes out of the oven, don’t. Resist the urge. You will need to allow it to cool for 10 to 15 minutes, otherwise you will have a hot mess on your hands.
How to store your baked oatmeal
Do not keep your healthy brownie baked oatmeal on the counter. It should be refrigerated or even frozen. You can warm it up in the microwave if you prefer not to eat it straight out of the fridge.
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Healthy brownie baked oatmeal
- 2 cups non dairy milk, unsweetened we use cashew milk
- ½ cup maple syrup
- ⅓ cup almond butter, natural
- 2 cups oats we use large flake
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp ground flaxseeds
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tbsp flour use oat flour to keep this gluten-free
- ½ tsp vanilla powder or 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp salt
- 50 grams dark chocolate chunks See Recipe Note
- 2 tbsp slivered almonds
- cooking spray to grease bottom of pan
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Grease the bottom and sides of your pan and set aside.
- In a mixing bowl whisk together the oats, cocoa powder, baking powder, flour, ground flax seeds, vanilla powder, and salt. Set the dry ingredients aside.2 cups oats, 1 tbsp ground flaxseeds, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tbsp flour, ½ tsp vanilla powder, ¼ tsp salt, ¼ cup cocoa powder
- In a large mixing bowl use a fork or a whisk to mix together the milk, maple syrup and almond butter until well combined. Add the dry ingredients and mix well to combine. Add in the the chocolate chunks and mix until incorporated.2 cups non dairy milk, unsweetened, ½ cup maple syrup, ⅓ cup almond butter, natural, 50 grams dark chocolate chunks
- Transfer the batter to your prepared baking pan and sprinkle slivered almonds over the top. Bake in the middle rack of your oven for approximately 40 minutes. You will know that it is ready when the edges have browned and the center is set (does not have to be completely set)2 tbsp slivered almonds
- Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!