Sinfully decadent but surprisingly healthy these double chocolate protein baked oats are the perfect make-ahead breakfast. Made with protein powder and sweetened with maple syrup this high-protein oatmeal has a gooey chocolate center to curb morning blues.
Struggling to grab a healthy breakfast in the mornings? No time to whip anything substantial up? These chocolate protein-baked oats were made for you!
Individually portioned, these protein baked oats are not only easy to whip up but it’s loaded with fuel and indulgence too.
With a gooey chocolate center but 18 grams of protein, this baked oatmeal is a life-saver in the mornings.
As a certified nutrition coach, I know you’ll fall in love with it because:
- It’s dairy-free, gluten-free, vegetarian
- You can prep it the night before
- Kids LOVE it
- There’s 18 grams of protein
- It’s indulgent but without the sugar hit
Ingredients You’ll Need
If you have a well-stocked gluten-free pantry, you should have all the ingredients you need for this baked oatmeal.
Regular rolled oats: not to be confused with quick oats, make sure to use rolled oats so the recipe doesn’t end up mushy. Likewise, double-check that they’re gluten-free.
Chocolate protein powder: the brand of protein you use will affect the flavor and taste of the baked oats (learn more by scrolling down).
Egg whites: these help bump up the protein in the oats as well as the texture.
Maple syrup: make sure to use the real stuff for maximum flavor.
Mini chocolate chips: mini ones make it so that there’s more chocolate when it melts. Make sure to use a dairy-free, gluten-free brand of chocolate if you need them.
Baking powder: you don't want a lot of baking powder otherwise the protein baked oats rise too much and will become too airy and dry out. Make sure to measure and not eyeball this!
How To Make Chocolate Protein Baked Oats
- Blend all ingredients except chocolate.
- Portion half the baked oats mixture into two silicone cups, and place 1 tbs chocolate chips in the middle of each. Top with remaining batter.
- Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Remove from the oven and top with chocolate sauce if desired.
Step By Step Photos
Important Teaching Tips
One of the perks about this protein baked oats recipe is that it's a great meal prep recipe (here are other great meal prep breakfast ideas)! You can make and prep the oatmeal the night before and then just make it in the morning (just like this candy cane, Christmas morning high-protein baked oatmeal!).
To do this, follow the directions but instead of baking it just pop it into the fridge overnight. Bake for the same amount of time in the morning.
This baked oatmeal is done in individual portions! This makes it fun for kids (or moms) as everyone gets their own.
To make a chocolate sauce to drizzle, just melt 1-2 tbs of chocolate at extremely low heat.
The kind of protein powder you choose will make a difference (learn more about how to choose a protein powder for your goals).
If using a pea-based protein like genuine health, bake for 15 minutes. If using a vegan protein powder like Orgain which isn’t fermented, bake for an additional two minutes and know that the oatmeal will be a bit thicker and gooier.
When you blend the mixture, the protein baked oats mixture won’t be fully blended/combined, that’s okay! Just make sure to divide them evenly as they fall to the bottom of the food processor.
And of course, you can drizzle some nut butter (any nut butter!) on top if you wish to make these baked oats extra indulgent
Each vegan protein powder has a unique blend and thus it absorbs into baked goods differently.
This protein baked oatmeal recipe uses Genuine Healths Chocolate Protein Powder
Made with 20 grams of plant-based protein, this vegan protein powder is dairy-free, gluten-free, non-GMO, and certified organic. It’s also been voted one of the best-tasting vegan protein powders.
But best of all is that this protein is fermented. This helps break down the “anti-nutrient” in grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes that often causes bloating.
This protein powder literally gives you the best of both worlds.
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These protein baked oats are made in individual silicone molds. This means that different molds may cook slightly differently.
These are the molds that I use and we love them because they’re the perfect serving size.
Frequently Asked Questions About Chocolate Baked Protein Oats
While it may work, I haven’t tried this. Whey protein tends to be sweeter but absorb less liquid. Thus, if using whey protein you would need to cook the protein baked oats for longer.
Collagen powder doesn’t absorb liquid like vegan protein powder does. Thus, the protein baked oatmeal may need longer to cook or come out far too gooey.
Because the vegan protein absorbs so much liquid (especially if using a fermented powder), just reheating the protein baked oatmeal won’t work. If you want to reheat it, add 1-2tbs more non dairy milk to the mixture and heat it in the microwave or on the stove.
Though both are amazing sweeteners, honey can't be used in this protein baked oatmeal. Only because maple syrup adds a bit more liquid to the oats and thus the texture would end up too thick with honey.
Other Baked Oatmeal Recipes
Other High Protein Recipes You’ll love
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- Protein bagels
- Overnight cookie dough protein oats
- Easy, gluten-free bagels
- Chocolate chip protein powder muffins
- High protein pancakes
- Yogurt protein pancakes
- Blueberry protein oatmeal
- High protein snack recipes
- Healthy breakfast recipes
High Protein Baked Oats (dairy-free)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Blend all ingredients except chocolate chips.
- Portion half the baked oats mixture into two silicone cups, and place 1 tbs chocolate chips in the middle of each. Top with remaining batter. Top with more chocolate if you want.
- Bake for 15 minutes.
- Drizzle with chocolate sauce and nut butter as desired.
- To make a chocolate sauce to drizzle, just melt 1-2 tbs of chocolate chips at extremely low heat then drizzle over the protein baked oatmeal.
- The kind of protein you choose will make a difference. If using a pea-based protein like genuine health, bake for 15 minutes. If using a vegan protein powder like Orgain which isn’t fermented, bake for an additional two minutes and know that the protein baked oatmeal will be a bit thicker and gooier.
- When you blend the mixture, the protein baked oats mixture won’t be fully blended/combined, that’s okay! Just make sure to divide them evenly as they fall to the bottom of the food processor.
- Honey cannot be used in place of maple syrup for the baked oatmeal.
- Drizzling options not included in nutritional information.
Nutrition values are estimates only, using online calculators. Please verify using your own data"