Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal

 This Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal is super quick and easy to make and will provide you with a delicious, healthy, frugal breakfast (or dessert!). It’s perfect for freezing too! 

Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal- Yum! And the best part? It mixes up in 5 minutes! Make a big batch and freeze it for a bunch of quick breakfasts.

I used to think that I didn’t like baked oatmeal.  I knew it was supposed to be a healthy, cheap food, but somehow it just always seemed mushy and unappetizing.  Maybe I’ve just grown up, or maybe this recipe is just amazingly good.  Either way, I’m now  a fan of baked oatmeal- especially Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal!

I first tasted this recipe at a brunch that my mom’s group had.  It was there in the line up of delicious foods and at first I passed it by.  But one of the other moms sitting at my table kept mentioning how super good it was, and finally I decided to get brave and try it myself.  After all, I reasoned, how bad could something that has chocolate chips in it be?  And yes, ma’am, it was good!  So good in fact, that I had seconds and then tracked down the recipe too!  :)

I think what makes it a winner for me is the fact that it doesn’t just use all regular oatmeal but instead it adds in rolled oats too which gives it a great texture.  That and the fact that it has chocolate chips.  Oh yum!  What isn’t better with a few chocolate chips? Of course if you disagree, you can always leave them out.  But I’d recommend not doing that.  I’m pretty sure you’ll wish you hadn’t.  Anyway…on to the recipe.

Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal

INGREDIENTS:
1 ½ c. oatmeal*
1 ½ c. rolled oats
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**

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients.
2.  Spoon into a greased 9″ in. baking dish (or any similar sized baking dish).
3.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until edges are lightly browned and center is set.

Yields: 12 servings

NOTES:
* You can use 3 c. quick cooking oats instead of half quick cooking, half rolled oats- the texture will just be different.

** Feel free to try other add-ins such as apples, blueberries or bananas.  Some people like to eat baked oatmeal without any add-ins and then top it with fruit.  I also know people that love eating it with milk dumped over it.  Obviously it’s quite versatile!

*** Baked oatmeal freezes really well.  I like to make several batches at once and then cut it into individual portions and freeze it that way.  Then I just pull out several servings as needed.  This saves me time and allows me to use my oven less often too!

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Comments

  1. says

    Yummy! I love baked oatmeal, and with chocolate chips at that! I should definitely try that more often. I recently made a batch of baked oatmeal in muffin cups, which was 1) more fun for the kiddos, and 2) easy for freezing small portions.

  2. says

    Maria, the kids about think they can’t eat baked oatmeal without chocolate chips now! The muffin cup idea is a great one. It would definitely make it easier to freeze. I just wish muffin tins weren’t so annoying to clean! :)

    Oh and have you ever tried parfaits using baked oatmeal? So yummy!

  3. says

    I love baked oatmeal for breakfast – especially because it freezes so well. And as much as I love chocolate, would you believe I’ve never added it to my baked oatmeal? I’ll have to give it a try on my next batch.

    • ThriftyFrugalMom says

      Oh, Kristen, do it! It almost takes it to dessert level. And then you can enjoy eating “dessert” for breakfast. 😉

  4. says

    Have you tried it with all steel cut oats? (We can’t have quick cooking due to dietary restrictions.) This looks amazing! I’ll have to pin and try this for sure. Stopping by from the Women with Intention link up! -Jess
    Sweet Little Ones
    P.S. You should come join us every Tuesday at 8am EST for our weekly link up Tuesday Talk! Your posts would be a great addition!

    • ThriftyFrugalMom says

      Jess, I think that steel cut oats are the same as rolled oats, right? (Rolled oats are the bigger, unprocessed flakes of oatmeal.) I’ve never made baked oatmeal with totally rolled oats, but I’m pretty sure my sister-in-law has. I really don’t think it would be a problem, it just will be crunchier, which isn’t a bad thing in my opinion.

      And I’ll be sure to check out the link-up!

    • ThriftyFrugalMom says

      Oh, that is a great description, Jennie! Isn’t it fun when you can have dessert for breakfast guilt free? :)

  5. says

    I don’t think I’ve ever had baked oatmeal before but this does sound really good. We just bought rolled oats to make our own granola and were trying to figure out other things to make. Going to have to print this out for later!

    Stopping by from Women with Intention Wednesday

    • ThriftyFrugalMom says

      Oh, we love homemade granola too, Kori! How fun that you are getting started making your own. And yes, this baked oatmeal will be another great breakfast recipe that will help you use up all those rolled oats. Enjoy!

    • ThriftyFrugalMom says

      Totally my sentiments, Heather! I’m sure this will be a hit at the brunch and the great thing is, it will be a cinch to make up the morning of. Win, win!

    • ThriftyFrugalMom says

      Well, Tiffany, up until about 1 1/2 yr. ago, I hadn’t either. But this one is definitely a keeper!

  6. says

    This looks delicious! I bet it makes the house smell amazing while it’s baking too. Thanks for linking up the recipe at This Is How We Roll Thursday.

  7. says

    I am looking for some great freezer meals post baby. I am totally going to try this! My husband is super picky about his oatmeal, but I think even he would like this! After you freeze it, do you reheat it in the oven or microwave?

    • ThriftyFrugalMom says

      Congratulations on the baby, Nathana! And kudos for planning ahead and getting some food in the freezer. In my opinion, that is one of the best ways to make your life easier post baby.

      As far as how to reheat it, I always use the microwave, but I’m pretty sure you could do it in the oven too, just at a really low temp. Hope it’s a winner with the husband! 😉

  8. says

    This looks so delicious! I have recently started finding more recipes for oatmeal that have turned out good. Like you I never thought I liked baked oatmeal but I think I’m starting to change my mind. Pinning this! :)

    • ThriftyFrugalMom says

      Isn’t it funny how we sometimes surprise ourselves by liking something after all? If you are going to like any oatmeal, I’d think it would be this one. I mean hey, it’s practically a dessert! 😉

  9. says

    This looks super yummy! Maybe this recipe could break down the wall my kids have against oatmeal. haha That would be great! I’m going to print this out and give it a try!

    I found your post at Inspire Me Mondays.

    • ThriftyFrugalMom says

      Well, if your kids are anything like mine, the chocolate chips will have a really big pull! :) I still don’t care for regular instant oatmeal, but I do love this baked oatmeal. Another reader said that it reminds them of a great big oatmeal chocolate chip cookie and really, I thought it was a great description. Hope it does the trick for you!

  10. says

    This looks great, I am saving this for next time we have grandparents visit! They are going to love it. Do you think it would save well? Like if I made a batch, we could eat in over 2-3 days. Thanks for sharing at Project Inspire{d} !

    • ThriftyFrugalMom says

      Jamie, yes, that should be fine especially if you keep it in the fridge. I do it all the time actually. :) I just reheat my piece in the microwave to make it nice and warm again. It’s good plain, but we love it with a bit of milk or yogurt on top and sometimes even add fruit too. Enjoy!

  11. Cydnee says

    What a fabulous and delicious recipe! Yum! Thank you for joining us at #purebloglove. We enjoying having you every Thursday at 8PM, EST through Sunday night. ~Cydnee

  12. Christina says

    I see this recipe all the time and always forget to get chocolate chips so I can make it. I always have everything else. Where do you find chocolate chips at a good price? I’m thinking Aldi would be my best bet in my area but I wanted to ask you first where you get yours :)

    • ThriftyFrugalMom says

      Yup, Aldi’s my favorite spot for chocolate chips. And the last couple of years over Christmas they’ve dropped their price on them too, so I like to stock up then. And you can definitely make this recipe without the chocolate chips too- I do it all the time without them. The chocolate chips just make it extra good. 😉 You can even add in fruit if you like such as peaches, apples or blueberries too. It’s a pretty versatile recipe.

  13. Dorcas says

    I rarely come back to comment on a dish I’ve tried, but this was Extraordinary!! I made it with only 1/3 c. raw sugar, cashew milk, and coconut oil to make it dairy free, and I could hardly stop eating it! The cinnamon & chocolate chip combo is over the top! I’m putting it in the fridge for more breakfasts that I can look forward to. (on a very strict diet…) Thanks so much for posting this! :)

    • ThriftyFrugalMom says

      This just made my morning, Dorcas! :) So glad you enjoyed it and I love how you tweaked it to fit your diet. I often cut back the amount of sugar a bit too, but I’ve never tried it with coconut oil. I can believe that would be yummy!

  14. Yvonne says

    Just made this today. Our first time having baked oatmeal and we loved it. I made a few tweaks to be sure my husband liked it: cut the sugar in half as he’s not a fan of sweet oatmeal and used peanut butter in place of the butter. Served it with a dollop of natural yogurt on the side, but it would have been just as yummy on its own. Thanks for such a versatile, delicious recipe! :-)

    • ThriftyFrugalMom says

      Oh, I love the peanut butter idea! So are you saying that you didn’t use any butter and only peanut butter? I want to try it too, because it sounds delicious. I’ve thought for a long time that I should figure out how to make a peanut butter oatmeal, but just never took the time to do it. So glad you all loved it! That’s always fun to hear. :)

    • ThriftyFrugalMom says

      I hope it tastes great too, Kim! :) Yes, I typically refrigerate it, although it doesn’t really hurt it if it sets out for a day or two either- especially if your house is cool.

      • says

        Thank you.

        YES, This is the most delicious guilt-free baked oatmela we have ever tasted! and so easy!!

        I plan on sharing the link on our blog. Our daughter is a vegetarian, so I am always looking for high protein meatless recipes. This is a keeper!

        Much thanks….

  15. Kristy says

    Just wanted to say I’ve made this three times now and am about to make it for the fourth time. The second time I added 1/2 cup dried cranberries and 1/2 cup chopped walnuts – delicious. The third time I added 1/2 cup dried blueberries and 1/2 cup chopped walnuts – also delicious. I’m going back to the original for the next batch, but I love this recipe! I have a newborn and it is great to prep before going to bed and let sit in the fridge overnight. I bake it in the morning and have breakfast all week long! Thank you!

    • ThriftyFrugalMom says

      Thanks so much, Kristy, for taking the time to give me feedback and let me know that you love this recipe! That’s always fun to hear. :) I love hearing about your variations, too! The fact that this recipe can easily be made ahead has been such a lifesaver for me too. Anything to make the morning rush less hectic is super nice. Lately, I’ve actually been making a triple batch and then freezing 2 of the pans for later. Means I only have to do all the work once instead of 3 times, which is kind of handy. 😉

      Enjoy snuggling that newborn! I always enjoyed that stage so much, even though it is rather exhausting.

  16. Sandy says

    Came across your recipe this morning and I am so glad I did. It was absolutely delicious. I felt naughty because it was like having a cookie for breakfast. I may switch it up some day but boy is it good just the way it is. When you reheat do you just warm it the microwave. I am definitely going to try that too. Thanks for the recipe.

    • ThriftyFrugalMom says

      So glad you enjoyed it, Sandy! If I’m feeling a little more healthy I’ll make it without the chocolate chips or replace the chocolate chips with fruit, but my favorite is definitely with the chocolate chips included. :) And yes, when I reheat it I just pop into the microwave for a bit till it’s nice and warm again. It tastes almost like it’s just made when you do that.

  17. LaTrice says

    I found your blog through a Google search engine. I’m having a serious craving for oatmeal. If I were to freeze some oatmeal, do you use plastic containers or freezer bags? Thanks!!

    • ThriftyFrugalMom says

      Hi LaTrice! Yay for Google. :) And you could freeze it in either, although the freezer bags might be a bit more difficult since it’s kind of moist and can be crumbly. If you are wanting to do it in individual portions, I like to do it in something that I can reheat it in since I prefer it just a tad warm. Of course you can always transfer it to a bowl or something when you want to reheat it too, if you choose to do so. I usually pop mine in the microwave for 20 seconds or so to warm it up a bit. And it’s so good with a little milk, yogurt and/or fruit. Hope that helps and that you can get that craving satisfied. 😉

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