Fudgy Brownie Baked Oatmeal

You guys. I’m obsessed with this brownie oatmeal. It’s baked, which makes it super brownie-like. And it’s so chocolaty and delicious! Plus, you can totally customize it. Use applesauce or avocado instead of a banana. Add chocolate chips or any of the optional mix-ins I list below. Do whatever ya want with this gorgeous, scrumptious breakfast-that-tastes-so-much-like-dessert.

Chocolaty, fudgy brownie baked oatmeal made with or without walnuts! #fruitsohard #vegan #glutenfree #brownie #oatmeal

Honestly, I feel like I’m being naughty in the morning when I eat this because it’s so sweet and yummy. But it’s all good-for-you ingredients, so it’s totally fine! It’s sweetened with some maple syrup, but you can trade that out for dates to make this completely fruit-sweetened. Banana keeps this soft, and peanut butter gives this a richer flavor, so I wouldn’t skip that. But you can if you want to!

Chocolaty, fudgy brownie baked oatmeal with walnuts! #fruitsohard #vegan #glutenfree #brownie #oatmeal

One of my favorite parts is the walnut topping though. I really think this makes the dish! The different texture and the slight crunch of the nuts complement the rich flavor they add. Overall, this comforting, warm, delicious breakfast checks every box for me. So I’m excited for you to try it!

Chocolaty, fudgy brownie baked oatmeal with walnuts! #fruitsohard #vegan #glutenfree #brownie #oatmeal

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Fudgy Brownie Baked Oatmeal
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Rich, warm, and super fudgy baked brownie oatmeal topped with walnuts and naturally sweetened. Made without oil, gluten, or animal products. So good!
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: Vegan | Gluten-Free
Servings: 1
What you'll need:
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed*
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup (to taste - or sub 1-2 tbsp date paste)
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp ground flax/chia
  • (optional) 1/8 tsp turmeric
  • (optional) 1 tbsp peanut butter (powdered or regular)
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1-2 tbsp chopped walnuts
What you'll do:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 C) and ready a ramekin.
  2. In a bowl, combine the first 3 ingredients.
  3. Then add everything else to bowl except the walnuts and mix well.
  4. Add mixture to ramekin and top with walnuts (or mix them in during step 3).
  5. Bake for 18-22 minutes. Enjoy.
Recipe Notes

*You can use fresh or frozen-thawed banana here. Both work just fine.

***Inspired by The Oatmeal Artist.