Sneak preview: Healthy, chocolatey, baked oatmeal breakfast brownies that are easy and delicious!
Better make two batches of these healthy breakfast brownies because your family will love it! This easy chocolate oatmeal bake recipe is bound to be your kids’ new favorite breakfast. It is perfect as a grab-and-go breakfast on busy school mornings and might even double as dessert! Add this to the list of breakfast ideas for toddlers!
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Yep, you read that right. Healthy and brownies in the same sentence.
I have to admit that my 5-year-old came up with the name “breakfast brownies”. I was thinking something much less catchy like “baked chocolate oatmeal”. Isn’t it funny when your kids outsmart you?! I think their innocence gives them a creative edge. Proud mom moment.
She also came up with this idea for character cup lids all by herself. She brought it to me and said: “look, it fits!”. It was such a brilliant way to get a lid on the MANY character cups we collect at parties. I told her we had to share this with people! She agreed because she begs me every day to start her own Youtube channel. Maybe when she is 6. In the meantime, I might have to hire her for her great ideas like Breakfast Brownies.
We all could use a little chocolate first thing in the morning. Rather than eat a candy bar or grab a sugar-filled, processed “granola” bar, why not try out these chocolatey, soft, and portable breakfast brownies?!
Run out the door with something delicious… and healthier!
Looking for a quick reference on healthier swap-outs while you are baking?? Get yours FREE below!
What are the health benefits of cocoa?
There are so many health benefits in cocoa powder! This was such a great addition to our pantry and I use it many recipes. Besides being delicious, cocoa powder also has health benefits!
According to LiveStrong.com, cocoa powder has potential antidepressant effects and is full of antioxidants. It is low in fat and calories while packing in some of the fiber, iron, and magnesium your body needs. (Check the site for more specific details)
Don’t forget that cocoa has caffeine so you may want to avoid it if you are caffeine sensitive! Try this Cinnamon Coffee Cake Copycat instead! (it’s gluten-free, dairy-free, and paleo!)
Always consult your medical professional with questions about your health and diet.
What ingredients are in Breakfast Brownies?
Here is a quick rundown of things you will need to make breakfast brownies! I use organic and gluten-free, dairy-free ingredients but conventional sugars and milk will work just fine.
***Please see the recipe card below for measurements and instructions!!!
2 1/4 cup quick oats
1/4 cup brown sugar*
1 Tablespoon cocoa powder (use 2 tablespoons if you want super chocolatey brownies!)
1 teaspoon chia seeds (optional)
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 1/2 cup milk (I use almond milk but regular milk would work just as well)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup chocolate chips (optional)
(*If you like sweet, you can increase the sugar to 1/2 cup or add 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup to the mix.)
***Please see the recipe card below for measurements and instructions!!!
Plus, get your free printable Healthier Swap-outs Cheat Sheet via email below!
How to make Breakfast Brownies:
Are healthy breakfast brownies easy to make? Yes! At least I think so! You should only need one bowl and a simple spoon to prepare!
***Please see the recipe card below for exact ingredient measurements and instructions!!!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Prepare a 9×9 pan by greasing with cooking spray (or any preferred method to prevent sticking)
Add oats and brown sugar in large mixing bowl and stir.
Next, add wet ingredients and mix until well combined. Add chocolate chips to the batter if desired.
Add mixture to the pan and spread evenly
Cover and cook 15 minutes
After 15 minutes, uncover and continue cooking an additional 15 minutes until a fork comes out clean
Dust with powdered sugar if desired. You can also add a few additional chocolate chips on top to garnish. Allow to cool and serve!
How to make breakfast brownies even better!
~This is an easy one… Make it dessert!
~Instead of a high-calorie boxed-brownie base for your sundae, try cutting these breakfast brownies into squares and making brownie sundaes!
~Use a warm “breakfast” brownie square, top with frozen yogurt (or ice cream) and drizzle with chocolate syrup or hot fudge.
~You just took your breakfast to the next level! This is a great idea to use up leftovers (if you have any!)
~I have also stored these in the freezer for about 3 days. I use a freezer-safe container to store the squares/bars. When I want to heat it up I just throw it in a microwave-safe bowl and heat it in 30-second intervals (depending on how much I’m heating) remove when warm but not steaming. And of course, be careful- it’s hot!
Scroll down to get a free printable cheat sheet of healthier swap-outs for baking you can hang on the fridge for busy mornings! There’s space to write in your own and the kids can grab their own breakfast without screaming “Mom, I’m hungry!” up the stairs every morning 😉
Love this recipe? You HAVE to try Dreamy Blueberries & Cream Breakfast Bars!
- 2 1/4 cup quick oats
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 Tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds (optional)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 egg
- 1 1/2 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Prepare 9x9 pan by greasing with cooking spray
- In a large mixing bowl, add oats, brown sugar, chia seeds (optional), and cocoa powder and stir.
- Next, add applesauce, egg, milk, and vanilla to the oat mixture and stir until well combined. Stir in chocolate chips (optional).
- Add mixture to pan and spread evenly
- Cover with parchment paper (or foil) and cook 15 minutes
- After 15 minutes, uncover and continue cooking an additional 15
minutes until fork comes out clean
- Dust with powdered sugar if desired. You can also add a few additional chocolate chips on top to garnish. Allow to cool and serve!
~ These brownies are not super sweet so if you prefer a sweeter treat, increase the sugar to 1/2 cup (up to 3/4 cup).
~ Add semi-sweet morsels to the batter for an extra chocolatey bite!
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 9 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 121Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 72mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 2gSugar: 7gProtein: 4g
Nutrition information is provided as an estimate and isn’t always accurate.
If you like Breakfast brownies, you might also like to try:
- Apple Pie Breakfast Biscuits
- Heavenly and Healthy Chocolate Covered Banana Brownies! Dairy-free, flourless, and irresistible!
- Scrumptious and Healthy Cinnamon Coffee Cake Copycat Recipe (Paleo and Gluten Free!)
- Fluffy Hot Chocolate Pancake Recipe to warm your heart and fill your tummy!
- Breakfast Apple Nachos Recipe you won’t be able to resist!
I hope these healthy, chocolate baked oatmeal breakfast brownies becomes your new favorite breakfast (or dessert!).