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Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal

This chocolate chip baked oatmeal is a hearty and healthy meal you can prep for the week or prepare ahead of time to serve a large crowd if you’re hosting during the holidays! It’s also gluten-free, can be adapted to be dairy-free, and easy to make in about 10 minutes!

You can create so many variations of this delicious oatmeal using your favorite fruits, nuts, spices, and of course, lots of chocolate chips! I’ve been making it since 2012 so you know it’s a keeper.

Here’s the proof…my 2012 photo! We’ve come a long way with our photography since then!

Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal

Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal Ingredients & Variations

  • Fruit: You can use fresh, frozen, or dried fruit! I personally find berries to be the most delicious in this bake! And I honestly cannot tell the difference between frozen and fresh!
  • Nuts: Add walnuts, almonds, or any other nut you love. You can also add a scoop of peanut butter!
  • Spices: Throw in additional spices such as nutmeg.
  • Chocolate Chips: You can replace the chocolate chips for another baking chip like caramel, white chocolate, or butterscotch.
  • Zest: Get fancy with lemon or orange zest. Chefs kiss.
  • Milk: You can use almond milk, cows milk, goats milk, etc. Really any kind of milk works for this.
  • Gluten Free: If you’re making gluten-free, double check to make sure your rolled oats say gluten free. I really like Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Rolled Oats.
  • Dairy Free: For a dairy free version, replace the cows milk with almond milk, and replace the butter for coconut oil.
Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal Ingredients

Why We Love Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal

  • Easy & Quick. The assembly time is less than 10 minutes!
  • Feeds a crowd. If I’m feeding a large group (usually during the holidays), I like to double the recipe and bake in a 9×13 baking dish.
  • Kid Friendly. My kids LOVE this oatmeal bake. It’s like cake for breakfast!
  • Make ahead. You can make this earlier in the day and then wait to bake it until later, or the next day!
  • Leftovers. This dish reheats well, making it an excellent option for meal prepping for the week. If you decide to meal prep this, you can also make it in a cupcake tin for individual grab-and-go portions.
Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal

Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal

Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal


  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen fruit of choice (sliced strawberries, sliced bananas, blueberries, etc.)
  • 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 cups milk (can also use almond milk)
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp butter, melted
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, fruit, and chocolate. Add the oat mixture to an 8x8 baking dish.
  3. In a mixing bowl, whisk together milk, egg, butter, and vanilla extract. Pour the milk mixture over the oat mixture in baking dish. Gently shake the baking dish to help the milk mixture mix with the oats.
  4. Bake 35 – 40 minutes or until the top is nicely golden brown.
  5. Sprinkle extra brown sugar on top then place back in the oven under the broiler and for 1 minute.


Recommended variations: Use your favorite types of dried, frozen, or fresh berries. Add walnuts, almonds, or other nuts. Throw in additional spices such as nutmeg. Replace chocolate chips with caramel or butterscotch. Add lemon or orange zest. The possibilities are endless!

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Recipe originally published April 2012. Updated in November 2023 to add new photographs and a few gentle recipe tweaks.

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Toni :0)

Wednesday 29th of November 2023

Thank you for the recipe! I’m definitely making this for Christmas. 😋


Monday 26th of August 2013

This looked so delicious and pretty I went out right away, bought all the ingredients. The next morning I made it for me and my grandchildren, all three of us love oatmeal. What a big disappointment, none of us liked it. It didn't have that sweet, cinnamon, brown sugar taste that regular cooked oatmeal has. All we could taste was the banana and chocolate. I really don't care for chocolate chips in recipes other than cookies but I knew my grandchildren would like them. It didn't do anything for them, they still didn't like it. A pretty picture of a recipe doesn't necessarily mean its a good recipe.

Carolina Charm

Monday 26th of August 2013

Oh no! I am so sorry to hear this! I've received numerous emails from readers who absolutely love this recipe and I make it at least twice a month!


Wednesday 23rd of May 2012

I've been busy totally catching up on your blog! this dish looksso amazing :) I need to make it asap!! Glad you love the bubble necklace, too!

Ruthie Hart

Wednesday 9th of May 2012

Pinning right away! This looks like the perfect Saturday morning breakfast! thanks!

Young Women

Tuesday 8th of May 2012

Hello Nice Blog with Excellent information, Nothing against the article. In awe of that answer! Really cool!

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