Baked Carrot Chocolate Oatmeal
Easy to make and almost like having dessert for breakfast, this chocolate baked oatmeal is loaded with carrots, peanut butter and all kinds of healthy ingredients. Easily gluten free and vegan.
Baked Oatmeal with Chocolate and Carrots
Chocolate AND veggies for breakfast? I know. It seems too good to be true, but here I am…bringing it to reality and your breakfast table.
This chocolate baked oatmeal is decadent without being loaded with sugar. It is filling without being heavy or rich. It is delicious without being complicated. So, yeah, I kinda feel like a kitchen magician right now. Go me!
Baked oatmeal has become one of my family’s favorite breakfast because it kinda almost feels like you are having oatmeal cake for breakfast. Perfect to make ahead and reheat in the oven or by the slice in the microwave, baked oatmeal is easy to make and is full of all kinds of good stuff to start the day out on a nutrient dense foot.
Why this healthy baked chocolate oatmeal is so awesome…
Easy to mix up in one bowl! Home cooking makes for enough dishes as it, so any recipe that makes minimal dishes and a delicious meal is a winner in my book.
Perfect for meal prep. I love to bake a tray of oatmeal on a Sunday and grab it to quickly reheat during the busy week. It helps me feel less stressed knowing we are all getting a solid breakfast full of all kinds of healthy ingredients.
Added veggies. The more veggies in our lives, bellies and bodies, the better in my book. Many people are not hitting their recommended daily vegetable intake (source), and so adding veggies here and there (like in chocolate baked oatmeal) can really help us all to get more veggies into our lives in a delicious easy way.
Kid friendly. Oh-so kid-approved! My 9-year-old daughter totally gobbled this up and asked for it for daaaaayyyyssss after we ate the last serving. Baked oatmeal is totally one of her favorites period, but the fact that this kinda felt like she was eating dessert for breakfast made this chocolate baked oatmeal extra fun for her!
Adaptable. This baked oatmeal is really delicious and also easy to fit your needs. Check the suggested adaptations sections below for ideas on how to make this recipe your own.
Classic blend of chocolate and peanut butter. I mean, do I need to say more? AND you get to eat it for BREAKFAST!
Make it vegan. Replace the eggs with “flax eggs” (2 tablespoons ground flax + 5 tablespoons water) and use your favorite plant based milk.
Sub zucchini for carrots. Both work beautifully in this dreamy baked oatmeal.
Make it gluten free by using certified gluten free oats.
Need nut free? Just swap out the peanut butter with sunflower seed butter in the recipe and you are good to go!
Skip the chocolate chips on top to make this healthy baked oatmeal even lower in sugar.
Wondering how to store your carrots so they stay fresh as long as possible? Check out my post on How to Keep Cut Carrots Fresh and get the most out of your produce buck!
Other awesome veggie-loaded oatmeal recipes
- Carrot Zucchini Instant Pot Oatmeal
- Zucchini Blueberry Baked Oatmeal
- Chocolate Zucchini Oatmeal
- Baked Apple Sweet Potato Oatmeal
- Oatmeal Green Smoothie Muffins
Baked Carrot Chocolate Oatmeal
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1 cup milk of choice
- 1/3 cup natural peanut butter
- 1/3 cup maple syrup or honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup finely grated carrots
- melted coconut oil or olive oil, for greasing
- 1/4 cup chocolate chunks or chocolate chips, optional
- In a medium bowl, combine oats, cinnamon, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Mix to combine.
- Add eggs, milk, vanilla, peanut butter, carrots, and maple syrup/honey to bowl. Stir to combine.
- Spread into the prepared baking dish and top with chocolate chips if using. Bake for 35-40 minutes.
- Enjoy warm topped with yogurt, a splash of milk, sliced bananas, extra peanut butter, whipped cream or simply on its own. Let cool completely and store in fridge for up to 4 days.