Dark Chocolate Banana Baked Oatmeal (with Sneaky Spinach) {Freezer Meal}


This dark chocolate banana baked oatmeal is sure to be a crowd pleaser! With fresh ingredients and a rich, chocolatey taste, this dish pairs perfectly with fresh fruit. You won't even be able to taste the sneaky spinach!

You caught us. Yes, it’s slightly ridiculous how much we eat oatmeal around here, whether it’s Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packs or another baked oatmeal recipe from our breakfast recipe index. We love them all!

But, I know, I know. You’re thinking, “Rachel’s gone off the deep end on this one. Spinach in your oatmeal?” Look, my baked oatmeal philosophy is similar to my smoothie philosophy: what they don’t see, they won’t taste. It’s true. You really cannot see or taste the spinach after using the blender to puree the wet ingredients. This warm bowl of comfort is just pure dark chocolaty goodness…filled with lots of fiber, vitamins, and minerals!

This warm bowl of comfort is just pure dark chocolatey oatmeal goodness...filled with lots of fiber, vitamins, and minerals!

Chock this recipe up to just one more genius way to sneak more fruits and vegetables into a kid favorite (check out 50 more ways here)!

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Dark Chocolate Banana Baked Oatmeal (with Sneaky Spinach)

Dark Chocolate Banana Baked Oatmeal (with Sneaky Spinach)

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Breakfast

Description

This warm bowl of comfort is just pure dark chocolaty oatmeal goodness…filled with lots of fiber, vitamins, and minerals!


Ingredients

  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup dark cocoa powder (or regular cocoa powder)
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil (or butter)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup honey or agave nectar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla
  • 1 large or 2 small bananas

Optional: 2 cups fresh spinach, loosely packed


Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9×9 baking pan with coconut oil or baking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients (from oats through salt).
  3. In a blender, layer the wet ingredients in order (from milk to spinach). Blend until very smooth.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into bowl with dry ingredients and stir until combined. Pour batter into a baking pan and bake for 20 minutes or until set in the middle.
  5. Serve warm with milk and fresh sliced fruit on top.

Notes

Freezer Meal Instructions:

To Freeze:
Make the batter and pour into baking pan, but do not bake. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and/or foil and freeze for up to 3 months in back of freezer.

To Prepare:
Let baked oatmeal thaw in refrigerator for 24 hours or defrost in the microwave using the defrost setting. Bake according to directions. Cook time will increase if baked oatmeal is still cold or partially frozen. Cover with foil if top begins to brown too much.


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Comments

  1. Joanna says

    Does this recipe have a soft consistency or is it more like a crunchy oat bar? I’m asking because my one year old only has 6 teeth and is only into softer foods at the moment.

    • Rachel says

      It’s softer, especially when you add milk to it. That’s how we serve it in our house.

  2. Kylee says

    If you were out of honey? Would brown sugar work?

    • Rachel says

      Yep, it should work just fine!

  3. Tracey says

    Just made this today. It was great! I love all of your baked oatmeal recipes. I did add a few things….I used 1tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, 1/4 cup ground flax, 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (this helped sell it to my kids)
    Thanks for always having wonderful recipes!!