BreakfastMalia Howe

Brownie Baked Oatmeal

BreakfastMalia Howe
Brownie Baked Oatmeal

Oh my. Oh my. Oh myohmyohmyohmy. I have had this dish pinned for a long time, but just recently was urged by two people (you know who you are) to give it a try. I suppose one pleasant side effect of our 10" spring snow storm and consequent snow day would be the fact that I made this oatmeal. I intended to grocery shop, but honestly, I just couldn't bear the thought of hauling everyone out in the slop, through the store, and back out into the slop again. So we had to scrounge for dinner, and thus we had "brinner". My 6 year old thinks 'brinner' is a hilarious word, by the way. This oatmeal is fabulous. Everyone ate it (!!!), and I heard zero complaints during the meal (if mom hands out something with chocolate at the main meal, why would anyone complain?). This was a cinch to prepare and is delicious leftover (I know because I had some as a little late night snack). The chocolate chips are optional, and I can't believe I'm going to say this---I don't think they are necessary, and may even make it a bit too chocolaty (gasp!) for its purpose in my opinion. Next time I think I'll omit them. That said, I also think this would make a fabulous dessert. So, in that case, liberally add the chocolate chips then top servings with vanilla ice cream and/or whipped cream. You can bet your buttons I'm going to try it. 

Brownie Baked Oatmeal

-2 3/4 cups oatmeal (can use quick or rolled. I used rolled)
-1/4 cup ground flaxseed (or more oats--I was out of flax meal so just used 3 cups of oats) 
-2 teaspoons baking powder
-3/4 teaspoon salt
-1/4 cup cocoa powder
-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
-1/3  cup honey
- 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil or butter (I used coconut oil)
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
-1 cup milk
-2 eggs
-2 teaspoons vanilla
Optional: 1/4 – 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Whisk dry ingredients together in large bowl. Whisk wet ingredients in a separate bowl until smooth and then add to dry ingredients and stir together. Fold in chocolate chips, if using. Alternately, I think it would be just fine to sprinkle them on top. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Serve in bowls topped with milk.