Need a simple, healthy breakfast idea? Try this Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal! It combines old fashioned and quick oats with milk, eggs, butter, chocolate chips and a few other pantry staples for a delicious recipe that the whole family will love.
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I know that overnight oats are all the rage right now. Personally, though, I’ve never been a fan. I struggle to get past the mushy texture and find it quite unappetizing.
But baked oatmeal? Now, that’s a different story! I can happily eat that every morning of the week!
In fact, to save time and make breakfast super easy, I often make a double recipe of this Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal. Then we’ll eat some of it fresh and hot, right out of the oven and the rest will either get saved and reheated for more breakfasts later in the week or frozen to enjoy later on.
I first heard of baked oatmeal as a young adult. But, since I didn’t care for cooked oatmeal or overnight oats, I immediately assumed that I wouldn’t like.
Several years ago though, I was at my local mom group’s potluck brunch. As I went through the food line, I noticed the fresh-from-the-oven baked oatmeal with chocolate chips.
Of course, I never bothered to give it any consideration. I mean, after all, it was oatmeal, and I didn’t like oatmeal breakfast recipes!
But one of the moms at my table kept commenting about how good the chocolate chip baked oatmeal was.
When several other ladies enthusiastically agreed, I finally decided that I should get a little bit and at least give it a fair try. Besides, I reasoned, how bad could something that had chocolate chips in it be?
And you guessed it. I was hooked on my first bite!
It was nothing like cooked oatmeal or overnight oats but was more like an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie crossed with a cake. And I most definitely didn’t mind that combo!
In fact, that baked oatmeal with chocolate chips was so delicious that I ended up having seconds and then promptly tracked down the mom that had brought it to get the recipe.
This chocolate chip baked oatmeal is tasty as is, but we usually eat it with a bit of milk or yogurt poured over it. And for extra deliciousness, try topping it with some strawberries, blueberries, raspberries or peaches. So yummy!
It also makes amazing parfaits. Simply layer crumbled baked oatmeal with fruit and yogurt in a bowl and just like that you have an amazing, healthy breakfast or snack. Shucks, we even eat it for dessert sometimes, it’s that good!
Also, I love using part rolled oats for this baked oatmeal recipe. It just gives it an amazing texture and I think makes it better.
But, you definitely can use all quick oats if you prefer or if that’s what you have on hand. It will just make the texture more like a cake. Still good, but not quite as good in my humble opinion. 🙂
And if you are looking to make your mornings less stressful, you can mix this up the night before, then put it in the fridge overnight. In the morning, just put it in the oven to bake as usual. (You may need to add a few extra minutes to the baking time.)
Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal recipe
Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal
- 1 ½ c. quick oats (see notes below)
- 1 ½ c. rolled oats
- ½ to 1 c. brown sugar
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 c. milk
- ½ c. butter, melted
- 2 eggs, beaten
- ¼ to ½ c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
- In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients.
- Spoon into a greased 9 in. baking dish (or any similar sized baking dish).
- Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until edges are lightly browned and center is set.
- Enjoy plain, serve it with milk or yogurt or top it with your favorite fruit.
A reader commented on Facebook that she makes this into muffins (makes about 15), baking them for 18 to 20 minutes. They're perfect for quick easy grab-and-go breakfasts! Recipe Tips
- You can use 3 c. quick oats instead of half quick oats, half rolled oats- the texture will just be different.
- Feel free to try other add-ins such as apples, blueberries or bananas. The flavor options are quite versatile!
- Baked oatmeal freezes really well. I like to make several batches at once and then cut the oatmeal into individual portions and freeze it that way. Then I just pull out several servings and thaw or heat from frozen as needed. This saves me time and allows me to use my oven less often too!
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