Baked Oatmeal that will easily feed the whole family all at once. This delicious casserole is not only quick and convenient, but healthy too. You will be off to a great start!
Hey there! I hope you’re enjoying the last day of the long holiday weekend today. We have had the most wonderful weather so far. And by wonderful I mean hot, humid and sunny.
On Saturday, we braved the MN State Fair and tried everything on a stick you can possibly imagine. You’d think that since I am into everything baked and sweet, my favorite thing to eat at the fair would be a yummy treat, but it ain’t so. The one thing I look forward to the most are the pork chops on a stick. I am fully aware how that must sound, especially coming from me, but they simply can’t be beat. The smell of the chops grilling away, the special seasoning, and the way that they’re always cooked to perfection… it’s a carnivore’s dream, really.
So let’s move on to the complete opposite. Healthy breakfasts.
Oatmeal, peanut butter and chocolate (I promise this is good for you). The three main ingredients that make this breakfast bake something that your family will request over and over again. Because it secretly feels like you’re eating dessert first thing in the morning. And who doesn’t love that feeling?
I made this recipe for the first time when my mom and sister came to visit us for a couple of weeks recently. When this came out of the oven, both of them (and us, of course) were anxious to dig in and enjoy breakfast together. My mom pointed out that it looked like I had just baked a cake for breakfast, which apparently is the best thing ever. I seriously couldn’t snap the pictures fast enough!
If I could use only one word to describe this creation, it would be satisfaction. I felt full (the good kind) and totally ready to face the day. I could also tell that my serving would totally hold me over until lunchtime, which almost never happens.
This breakfast casserole has such a strong grip on my heart, I never want it to let go.
I have no more words. Except for…. Pretty sure I know what we’ll be munching on the rest of the day. I don’t care that this is breakfast food, I want it all day long.
Hope you enjoy! Happy Labor Day, everyone!
- 2 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1/3 cup light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups milk
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter, more for drizzling
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
- 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips, optional
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8-x-8 inch baking pan with nonstick spray.
- 1. In a large bowl, combine oats, brown sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
- 2. In another bowl, whisk together milk, egg, and vanilla. Pour wet ingredients into the dry and stir until fully combined. Stir in creamy peanut butter and melted coconut oil, mixing until fully incorporated as well. Fold in chocolate chips, if using.
- 3. Transfer mixture to the prepared baking pan, place in the oven and bake for 25 minutes remove from the oven. Let cool for 5 minutes before cutting into serving sizes (drizzle with warmed peanut butter before cutting, optional).