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This cookie dough oatmeal is like eating a warm chocolate chip cookie, with gooey, melted chocolate in every delicious bite!

vegan baked oatmeal

A variation of the popular Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal.

oatmeal cake

And now you’ll be wanting a recipe, yes?

cookie dough thing

Cookie Dough Baked Oatmeal

(Serves One!)

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (50g)
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • sweetener, such as 1 1/2 tbsp maple syrup or 1 to 1 1/2 packs stevia (I omitted, but I’ve cautioned you before about my lack of sweet tooth.)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce (60g) (Or sub banana… it’s awesome this way!)
  • 1/4 cup milk of choice, creamer, juice, or water
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • Handful of chocolate chips (and a few for the top, too!)
  • Optional: unless you like the taste of fat-free baking, add 1 tbsp oil, buttery spread, or nut butter (If oil, scale the milk back a little)
  • Optional: 1/4 to 1/2 tsp cinnamon (If you like cinnamon in chocolate chip cookies)

Preheat oven to 380 degrees. Combine dry ingredients, then mix in wet. Pour into a small baking pan, loaf pan, or 1-cup ramekin (or, for mini boats, two 1/2-cup ramekins). Cook for 20 minutes, or more until it’s firm. Finally, set your oven to “high broil” for 3-5 more minutes (or simply just bake longer, but broiling gives it a nice crust). Don’t forget to spray your ramekins first if you want your cakes to pop out.

See the following link for Nutritional Information.

If you’re like me and are not trying to lose weight, I definitely recommend including the optional nut butter or oil in the recipe for more calories, because this oatmeal cake really fills you up!
cookie dough baked oatmeal

Are there any breakfast foods that don’t fill you up?

I tend to steer clear of cold cereal, because whenever I eat it for breakfast, I’m hungry an hour later! Same thing with waffles or pancakes. In the case of pancakes, I’ll often eat them for snack instead of as breakfast.

Or with something filling, like a Whipped Cream Bowl.

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. 3X the size of a larabar? HALLLELUJAH! :) :) larabars are like 5 bites tops.. not okay in my book!!!!! oats CERTAINLY do fill me up.. id say cereal dusnt fill me up.. whever i eat it ai get tummy aches and then i get a sugar high and CRASH… and burnn…

    1. abby says:

      ohmigosh ohligosh +1 to this! larabars are so tiny for so many calories. good for someone who is trying to gain weight and wants calorie dense food (i know you like them for that reason, katie!) but not so good for either people not trying to gain weight or maintain weight, and also unfortunately not so good for people like me who are freaked out about eating something so calorie dense. although you’ve helped me sooooo much with that too, katie!

      anyway, this oatmeal cake sounds like a dream come true. i am already in love with your pumpkin version. and maybe i’ll add some healthy fats on top, with a little coconut butter ;).

      1. Haha you are too funny, Carrie: “not okay in my book!!!!”
        You’re so energetic normally that I can’t even imagine how fun you must be on a sugar high!

      2. Erika says:

        Count me VERY excited about this too!
        And on a different topic, I think these photos are the most GORGEOUS of all the photos you’ve ever posted! That first one has me wanting to run out to the grocery store this VERY moment to buy chocolate chips so I can have me one of my own cakes!

        1. I was just about to say thaT!!!! Katie, your photos are gorgeous!!! I love the blue background with the chocolate chip boatmeal. It looks soooo pretty and scrumptious!

        2. Miranda Dwyer says:

          @Erika – My sentiments exactly! If it wasn’t dark and cold outside I’d be on my way to buying the choc chips for this recipe! YUM

          1. trajayjay says:

            anything too airy doesn’t fill me up. at school they sometimes serve these tiny cereal containers full of cheerios, that hold around 3/4 of a cup, so small. so i just bring in some polenta, quinoa, or oatmeal. Though I have to say i do like popcorn because you can eat an entire bowlful for about the same nutrition as any other hot cereal

  2. Oh wow! This is just reminding me that it has been far too long since I’ve had baked oatmeal. Thanks to you I’ve got a lovely recipe with which to remedy that problem this weekend. :)

  3. anonymous says:

    um if your trying to gain weight then why are you eating a breakfast that’s less than 200 calories for the whole thing?

    1. Anonymous,
      First: The “less than 200” calorie count is not including the optional nut butter. Please read the beginning of my post more carefully.
      Second: I never said that I ONLY eat the oatmeal cake for breakfast. I most definitely will have something alongside.

  4. Yum YUM!!!! I just made some oatmeal bars with nuts and unsweetened chocolate….mmmmm….yummy :) And so good when topped with banana slices!!!

    Oatmeal usually fills me up really fast at first, but I digest it so quickly that I get hungry soon after. I find that when I eat a protein-filled breakfast, I feel more satisfied!

  5. I don’t do cereal for vbreakfast either – because if I do, I’m awlays hungry soon after!!

  6. i would not be mad if you showed up at my doorstep every morning… i can provide the oats and oven. just sayin 😉

    1. Ok! Just make sure you have lots of chocolate on hand :).

  7. AAAAH Katie you are SUCH AN AMAZING CULINARY GENIUS!!! No kidding I am TOTALLY making this ASAP!! 😀

    And when you say added oil, you mean instead of applesauce yes? I love me some calories! 😉

    P.S. I had your banana bread in a bowl this morning again (chocolatified) and I’m in LOVE. With you and it!! 😀

    1. Nope, keep the applesauce too! Well, maybe you could sub it… but I’d keep the applesauce (for moisture and sweetness) and instead cut back on the water/milk. In other words, if you use 1T oil, cut back 1T of the liquid. If you use 2, cut back 2T of the liquid. Does that make sense, or did I completely confuse you? I’m so bad with directions!

      1. No makes perfect sense- thanks!! 😀

  8. This looks so amazing! you are such an oatmeal genius!

    1. Hela says:

      agreed :)

      and to all the calorie-counting people: you will most certainly NOT gain weight, when consuming high calorie HEALTHY food.
      a friend of mine is following a vegetarian whole foods diet. that includes eating butter, cream, whole fat milk, cheese (yes, I really did write those things down), and of course, healthy oils, whole grain products… and she is, just like other people following this diet, super skinny.
      sure, there might be exceptions, but in general, it really depends on the type of food you are eating, not the amount of calories. I did experience the same thing!

      1. Melissa says:

        Nooooot actually true.

        When you eat a whole foods diet you tend to eat less calories since packaged stuff is nutrient low/calorie dense. With whole fat animal products like what you listed, the fat is filling and so folks eat less mass, which means less calories. That’s how things like Atkins work – they are actually quite low calorie diets but the sheer amounts of fat/protein in them mean folks feel full and eat less total food. Also, boredom at only eating animals probably plays a role. It’s a limited diet and seems sort of bland, IMO. Gimme a wide variety of carby plants!

        It does matter what you eat – whole foods will provide nutrients that make you body feel nourished and can help you avoid cravings, they tend to have fiber (at least non-animal stuff does) to aid feeling full and satisfied and whole plant foods are mostly nutrient dense while being low calorie (exceptions are nuts/seeds, avocados, etc.) – however, calories still count. I can gain weight eating nothing but whole foods if I go overboard on nuts, dry fruit, nut butters, avocados and whole grains. All are very calorie dense and not particularly bulky which means you can eat a lot of calories without feeling stuffed.

        Weight loss and gain isn’t as simple as calories in vs calories out but that DOES play a large role and it’s not correct to say, across the board, that it doesn’t matter and you won’t gain doing X, Y, Z. Every body is different and every person eats differently – your friend and you and don’t gain, I and others do.

        1. Hela says:

          Thanks for your opinion!
          Well, I am interested to know whether you would gain weight, if you would be on the whole food diet WITHOUT going overboard on anything, only eating when you are feeling hungry.
          And let´s just say you would eat a roll spread with butter. The whole wheat one with butter would definitely have more calories than the regular one with margarine. But last version would make you gain weight. That is proven.
          With all diets it is the variety and the not-going-over-board-thing that matter, and not eating when you feel full, anyways.
          I believe that there are a lot of other reasons that are the source of you are gaining weight, like emotional stuff, but that is only my personal opinion and I very much respect yours.
          And I said “in general”, because I kinda knew somebody would respond to this 😉
          I just hope I didn´t upset you with my comment, but this is how I and many other people think about it. (There is a great German book out there, called “Fat doesn´t make you fat”, I can only highly recommend it!)

          1. Melissa says:

            (Tone is friendly, not angry or offended :D)

            I’m actually thin and healthy. I run marathons and such. 😉 I’m not an emotional eater and actually tend towards the undereating/restrictive side of things but that’s neither here nor there. I just want to clarify. I eat a totally vegan, 80% plus whole foods diet avoiding added sugars and oils, for the most part. I don’t shy away from whole food fats, though, like nuts and nut butters. I just eat them in moderation. I know fat doesn’t make you fat. It’s about the calories, not the fat. Fats are satiating and necessary for optimal health! :)

            I’m saying if you burn 2500 calories a day via exercise and your basal metabolic rate and eat 3500 of whole foods a day, every day, you WILL gain weight. It doesn’t matter what food you’re eating – a calorie surplus will equal weight gain. That’s biology. It’s how animals, including humans, survive in lean times. When we overeat we put on body fat so that if we find ourselves in a lean time, we have bodily resources to burn.

            If someone stays lean on a whole food diet is it not because they can eat a calorie surplus and the whole foods magically don’t turn to fat. It is because whole foods generally are less calorie dense (since they lack all that added sugar and processed oil!) and are more filling/nourishing so folks eat less overall calories. Less calories in = weight loss or maintenance. It is much harder to eat tons of calories when you’re not consuming all that processed flour, sugar and added oil.

            I just wouldn’t say it’s *impossible* to gain weight on only whole foods. It’s harder, sure, but not impossible. 😉 I’ve had some super amazing raw desserts that were calorie bombs while still being made of whole, unprocessed, totally healthy foods! And, as Katie has noted, those foods aren’t very bulky so it’s easy to get a fair amount of calories without a wicked full tum! It may not even be a matter of eating past fullness or what have you. Some foods are just richer in calories per serving and those foods are quite tasty, usually. Dates and coconut, I’m looking at you.

            It is still very much an issue of calories eaten vs calories burned. Calories from whole foods are certainly healthier and offer way more bang for your caloric buck! We agree there. :) I also think that, when one eats mostly or all whole foods one naturally eats less calories. We agree there.

            I’m just a stickler and after nearly three years of calorie counting, 60 lbs lost (and maintained for 1.5 years) I’m hesitant to say any thing is a sure thing when it comes to weight loss/gain! Even with hard numbers and science behind some our ideas, the body can be a super screwy little machine and just blow it all to heck by behaving completely illogically! 😉

          2. Melissa says:

            Oh! And I just want to say we are basically in agreement here.
            I’m just saying that calories still matter even when eating a whole foods diet. It just happens that many folks on whole foods diets don’t NEED to worry about calories given the benefits that way of eating has as far as satiation and nutrient density goes.

            I’m just still very control freaky with my food and couldn’t relax if I didn’t count, even eating healthy whole foods. I’m working on that. It’s rough.

          3. Hela says:

            oh yes, we are so in agreement! although it may have seen otherwise, at first sight. I apparently didn´t make my opinion clear. I would never deny the fact that when you are consuming a lot more (or just more) calories than you are burning, you will most certainly gain weight. But if you eat the “right” amount of calories, the kind of food your having will matter.
            But what I wanted to say concerning the emotional part, is that I didn´t mean eating because of emotional reasons. I meant gaining weight or not loosing it, because of emotional reasons. This is another topic 😉

            I really hope that you will, some day, stop counting calories. I have been there and done that, too. And I surprisingly lost weight after stop counting. Just saying 😉
            No, seriously, I know how tough it is, and I believe it is especially hard for women!!

            Glad we sorted it out :)

  9. Looking at your last post: I MUST find those waffles!!! And you’re are just too gorgeous girl!!

    Looking at his post (boy, it’s hard to keep up with posts while on vacation…. ): I kind of wish that the oat cake didn’t fill me up so that I would have room for a second one 😉 But the main point – This looks just waaaaaay too good, and I’m DEFINITELY making it when I get back home!!!! There’s just some things I can’t pass up, and, needless to say, this is one of them!! 😀
    Pretty much anything for breakfast (other than just fruit) fills me up for a little bit, but then I’m almost alway hungry a few hours later :)

  10. Cold cereal doesn’t fill me up either! Peanut butter helps, but I prefer hot oatmeal :)

  11. Luciana says:

    I made an oatmeal raisin cookie version of the Irish Soda Oatmeal Cake you posted the other day. It was huge, and so filling! This is my new favorite way to eat oatmeal! I’m going to make a bunch of them to take for breakfasts all week! The thing I like about these is that I don’t feel like I have to add a ton of sugar like I do with a bowl of oatmeal. Just a couple drops of stevia did the trick!

    Also, I hope you don’t let the suckers get you down. I’m not overweight, but I watch what I eat and exercise because diabetes and heart disease run in my family, and because exercise and taking care of myself feels good! People always ask “Why?” It’s not really any of their business, but I don’t want to wait until I have a health problem to start taking care of myself. Prevention is better than any medicine!

    Anyway, sorry for posting a novel, but I wanted to let you know your recipes and ideas are very much appreciated!

    1. Oh don’t ever be sorry for posting a novel! Novel comments are my favorites :). Happy Tuesday, sweetie!

  12. Kelly says:

    To make stay-with-you cereal, I always add a handful of slivered almonds or other nuts, a scoop of nut butter, berries or sliced banana, raisins or cranberries. Kashi cereals have a ton of fiber. Bulking up my cereal makes it just as filling as oatmeal.

  13. This looks glorious! I’m gonna be picking up some more oatmeal today, just so I can try this out. :)

  14. Lisa says:

    As one of the readers you talked about who IS watching her weight and trying to lose a few pounds, I am so appreciative that you give variations for your recipes, keeping us in mind. Thank you, Katie!

  15. Ok that breakfast sounds absolutely amazing. Maybe breakfast tomorrow? I was thinking apple baked porridge but cookie dough?! Yum! :)

  16. Stuff like cereal, pancakes, waffles, toast, etc do not fill me up. Bagels on the other hand do fill me up. Usually I have oatmeal or a big smoothie. I need to have lots of calories in the morning or I am way hungry all day.

  17. Cold cereal does nothing for me, as well! Although I do like snacking on it sometimes:)

  18. Lindsey in CO says:

    Next week is spring break and I fully intend to try one of your oatmeal (or boatmeal) recipes ever day of vacation – starting with this one! It just looks so darn pretty 😉

  19. Looks like a perfect breakfast for me – I would put nut butter in or on top! I need to try the baked oatmeal thing. I always think I don’t have time in the morning, but if I remember to preheat the oven and just let it bake while I’m getting ready, it would be easier than making something else!!
    Cereal, bagels, waffles don’t fill me up either – I need something more substantial with proteins and fats to keep me full.

  20. Lisa says:

    im pretty sure cookie dough tasting anything sounds good to me 😉

  21. Cereal never ever fills me up! I typically have to eat 3x the recommended serving amount in order to stay full for any length of time. I switched to oatmeal because it’s one of the only breakfasts that’ll hold me over ’til lunch! :)

  22. A.Cook says:

    That looks delicious! I love how you make things in single-servings–it’s awesome and makes things so simple!
    Funny thing is that for me, what fills me for breakfast changes with annoying regularity. There are times when a bowl of oatmeal with maple syrup, some sliced almonds, and dried fruit will keep me full for 3-4 hours, and other times when it works for an hour, tops! Same with other past “winning” combos (yogurt and granola, English muffin with PB&J, etc.). So, I end up just rotating them frequently, and trying new things too. Maybe the oatmeal cake will be the magic solution!!

  23. sarah marie says:

    Katie – THANK YOU for thinking of us calorie-watchers. I’m not a calorie-counter persay but I do have to watch what I eat, even though I eat healthy vegetarian (mostly vegan, and entirely vegan right now for Lent, actually!) foods. I know some people say if you eat healthy foods you’ll be skinny and it won’t matter what you eat but that certainly isn’t the case for me. I’m at a healthy weight but if I don’t watch it with the nut butters and coconut butter and portion sizes, watch out!! hehe. So thanks for considering us non-metabolically-blessed folks… I appreciate it!

  24. Ally says:

    I love getting a lot of “bang for my buck” when it comes to my food. This recipe is not only yummy, but it is also nutritious and filling (who knew breakfast could be oh so good?). Between your oatmeal/boatmeal/muffin recipes you have reinvigorated my love for the usually hum-drum meal called breakfast! Now, I can’t wait for the sun to rise every morning just so that I can try a new breakfast concoction from you blog! :)

    1. Aw lol… I’m so glad you like all the breakfast recipes. I just noticed I’ve been publishing a lot of them lately, huh? Whatever happened to lunch and dinner??? 😕 lol

      1. Ally says:

        Haha – I say, breakfast for dinner never goes out of style! :)

  25. Ally says:

    I hear you on the cold cereal not filling you up! There is something about cold cereal that is comforting (maybe because it reminds me of my childhood?), but it never does the trick in regards to long-lating energy. I find that oatmeal, or a vegan breakfast burrito usually do the trick, so those are my go-to breakfast items :)

  26. J says:

    Hi Katie – Love your blog and recipes. I discovered it just a few weeks ago and have been inspired to come up with some tasty new dessert treats. Anyway, I was just wondering how exactly you put on weight when you were trying years ago. I have a similar problem where I turned to a whole foods/plant based diet (though not vegan) and I guess I have not kept my calorie intake up enough to match my activity level (yoga, walk everywhere!, a little resistance work, heart problems and diabetes run in my family plus I feel better when I exercise). I seem to be in an eating routine and need some ideas on new things to add and try in order to put on some weight. You may have given more specific food ideas corresponding with your active lifestyle during that point in your life in previous posts, but I can’t seem to find them. Plus, I get distracted by all your great looking food and just keep clicking on recipe after recipe!

    Anyway, if you have a second and can give any more advice I’d really appreciate it! Have a great day. Never tried baked oatmeal, but plan to soon! With nut butter for sure!

    1. Hi J!
      I’m unfortunately probably not the best person to ask. When I went through my “eat as much junk as I possibly can” phase, I didn’t see ANY lasting weight gain because I’d stuff myself so much at one meal that I’d not want to even look at food! Eventually, I just gave up and learned to accept myself the way I am–skinniness and all. I’d love it if more pounds came along, but honestly no one is ever completely satisfied with how she looks, right? 😉
      But I guess I DO have strategies for not losing more weight that might help you: eat calorie dense foods, don’t include a lot of foods with bulk in the same meal (i.e. steamed veggies with nothing on them or salads, cauliflower, etc), and look into raw desserts for healthy–yet calorically dense–treats. And if you have a medical need to gain weight, probably seeing a doctor would be the best thing, because I am definitely not skilled in that area. All I know are my own experiences, and I know everyone responds to things differently. In any case, I’m glad you found me!

  27. Katie says:

    This looks delicious!

    I know it’s weird, but eating oatmeal for breakfast actually makes me HUNGRIER than before I started. It’s very odd. Cold oats fill me up okay, as does cereal, toast, etc. I think my stomach is mixed up. :-)

  28. Megan says:

    I haven’t tried the baked oatmeal thing yet. This looks like perfect recipe to make first! :)

    Cereal doesn’t feel me up. Its usually a snack for me!
    I also noticed that if I don’t have a nut butter with my breakfast, I get hungry an hour or two later. Not cool 😉

  29. bitt of raw says:

    I have to say that I don’t really buy into the whole less fat makes you lose weight. I lost weight eating a lot of fats. My body does better on higher fat and less carbs. So I would just say stay off the oil to lose weight. A bit of coconut oil can help one lose weight, they’ve done studies and someone even wrote a whole book on it.

    1. Ooh maybe my post was confusing? I meant that people who weren’t trying to lose weight should include the extra fats because it gives extra calories without making you feel like you’ve just eaten a brick for breakfast lol. I definitely agree that even people wanting to lose weight shouldn’t eat a fat-free diet, as SOME fat is necessary in any diet. (I know some people will disagree with me, and that’s ok. This is just my opinion.)

      1. bitt of raw says:

        I think everyone should have fats! Well, plant-based health fats.

  30. Cookie dough oatmeal cake? Yes please! Anything with the words cookie dough gets my attention…and choc chips, of course :)

    Anything that doesn’t fill me up? hmmm. Coffee? Sometimes that’s “breakfast” til I have time to sit down for something more real. Like a microwaved oat cake with nut butter that Ive been making and feasting on tons, lately :)

  31. Oh I love baked breakfasts. Especially if it has oats 😀

  32. That sounds good! And yes, the REAL serving size of most cereals would keep me full for about 7 minutes. 😆

  33. Leashieloo says:

    The oats and oat cake look/sound scrumptious! And I am the exact same when it comes to cereal, it’s not enough!

  34. Rebecca says:

    Cereal usually doesnt feel me up and oddly oatmeal can do the same thing.

  35. I’m the same way with cold cereal, which is such a bummer because I like it! But I suppose it’s hard to miss cold cereal when creations like these exist…!!

    1. And they say a serving is like 1/2 a cup?! Who would eat that? lol

  36. Kianni says:

    I always want to try these baked oatmeal recipes, but don’t wnat to turn on a big oven to heat one little thing D8<
    I'll have to wait 'til either my grandparents toaster breaks and I convince them (or..rather, suggest) they get a convection oven for toast too, or…wait 'til I move out and get my own..OR, just make these when they're out of the house, because we have no air conditioning and it bugs my grampa when I turn the oven on XP Either way…I will try it ..someday! lol…

    1. Do you have a microwave? I bet it’d work in there! Hmmm… maybe I should try it too!

      1. Kianni says:

        Yeah, I was thinking that, wonder how long it’d take in the microwave.. it probably’d come out more like a Quaker chewy bar like texture, rather than the crispy outside. Hmmmm…. *note to self, try when Grampa is out of the house so he doesn’t look at you weird and grumble* ^_^””

        1. Ooh let me know if it works!
          And lol grandpas are so cute :).

  37. Lot-O-Choc says:

    Oh wow this looks amazingly good, I am going to have to try this for breakfast, I’m not counting calories at the moment so would love a big huge bit of this! I agree cold breakfast cereals never fill me up, unless it’s muesli, that always seems to be ok, but the best filler has got to be good old porridge/oatmeal, so satisfying!

  38. Cereal does not fill me up… it is so full of sugar that it just spikes my blood sugar and then makes it crash… leaving me left hungry in like, an hour! No bueno. I do, however, love eating cereal as a desert…isn’t that horrible?! Cheerios especially :)

  39. Cold cereal doesn’t fill me up either, though I love it dearly. I’ll only eat it when I just need a quick bit of energy to fuel me for a run or a yoga class, after which I’m likely to replenish with a more satiating, oatmeal and nut-butter-filled breakfast.

  40. I’m pretty sure I’m making this for breakfast tomorrow!!! Looks amazing. I don’t get filled up on pancakes or waffles either…sweet, empty carbs. Maybe a little PB would help haha

  41. Jess says:

    lovely; i love my sweets

  42. Jen says:

    Coincidentally, I made my first boatmeal this morning! Katie, you are a genius. I loved it, and will definitely be making multiple variations. I can’t wait to make a chocolatey version.

  43. Cookie dough and oatmeal in the SAME sentence – YES PLEASE! Wow do these look amazingggg :) Ugh I would totally make one now if I was not totally stuffedddd from dinner!

  44. Stefanie says:

    I am so makeing an oatmeal cake this weekend since I will have more time. The only problem I have is there are so many options. :)

    1. I know! Every time I try a new flavor, I want to eat it every day… but then I wouldn’t have time to try any OTHER new flavor… and there are so many. I think we need to have six breakfasts a day!

  45. emma says:

    YUM DE DUM DUM!!! I wish I had a Katie Beaming device that could beam you and your food all the way to meeeee in seconds! that would be soooo cool!

    1. Oh man, that WOULD be cool! Especially because I am so afraid of airplanes! 😉

  46. Ash says:

    I actually do get filled up on cereal, probably because I get the kinds with more fiber in them! But this looks really yummy too :)

  47. Cold breakfast cereals never fill me up either! Unless I eat a reaaaallly big bowl, which is what I used to do. 😉 Your oatmeal bake looks delish!

  48. BroccoliHut says:

    I am the same way–cold cereal just CANNOT fill me up. No matter how much fat/protein I add, it just won’t stick with me for more than an hour or two.

  49. and for anyone not watching their weight, just make a double serving for an extra large baked oatmeal right?! hehe <3

    the foods i never like having for breakfast because they dont fill me up would be "meal replacement bars" or anything overly processed with sugar…also smoothies make me SO HUNGRY afterwards no matter how much i put in them!

    xoxo <3

  50. omg and i just remembered the biggest no-no is COLD CEREAL! like many comments above, cold cereal never ever fills me up…and i swear the higher the protein and the higher the fibre, the hungrier i am lol

  51. They look and sound pretty darn awesome to me! I’m sold and will be making them tomorrow!

    1. Ooo let me know what’cha think :).

  52. This looks great! I fnd that most breakfast foods don’t fill me up that much, but I just like to eat a snack two hours after! :)

  53. This looks awesome! Most breakfasts fill me up… I’m always starving first thing, but I find that it’s more from thirts than anything. A huge glass of water, cup of coffee, and a regular serving of oats/green protein shake/greek yogurt creation = fuel tank filled.

    If it doesn’t do the trick, I just eat lunch early. Or a spoonful of PB. Or both. :)

  54. Albizia says:

    Any breakfast could be filling depending on what you do (or don’t do) after it. Cold cereal is enough if you spend the whole morning in front of the TV but if you do a workout, go to school or work or whatever, it is definitely not enough. Another not filling breakfast I just discovered is millet. Either my portion was too small or millet just too light but I am munching baby biscuits while checking my reader and it’s not something I usually do. A warm portion of boatmeal sounds much more filling and, of course, tasty.

  55. Oooh, I cannot wait to try the Cookie Dough Boatmeal. It looks delicious!
    I’m already a fan of the regular Cookie Dough Oatmeal – it’s so delicious and filling! :-)

  56. Marian says:

    Love it! Just found your blog a couple days ago and having so much fun trying yummy new recipes! I do a lot of bike racing and I think these little boatmeal cakes (made the cinnamon roll recipe for breakfast!) will be great training food! I’m going to make a couple of these to bring on my ride today – can’t wait!

    1. Hey Marian! I’m so glad you found me :). Definitely let me know what you think of the cakes!

      1. Marian says:

        Love them! I’m whipping up a couple right now to bring on my 5 hour ride tomorrow. Just pop them in a baggy in my pocket and eat while riding, just like a Luna bar, but homemade, which is oh so yummy.

        By the by, tried your Pumpkin Cream Cupcake with sweet potato (because it was sitting around) and it was AMAZING. Thanks!

        1. Oh thank YOU for trying it! I’m always excited when someone makes one of my ideas :).

          1. Marian says:

            Tried this with 1 Tb of peanut butter and chocolate almond milk this AM – just like a peanut butter cup! And super filling with the peanut butter!

          2. Oh yum! Now I want to try it with chocolate almond milk! Love the idea :).

  57. I’ve been looking for different ways to make oats. The idea of eating them out of bowl seems so boring and cumbersome. I’ve wanted to try the breakfast oatmeal cookie, and now I’ll be trying this too!
    For breakfast, smoothies don’t usually fill me up. So I have to eat pb toast on the side or something. Also, (when I used to eat them!) eggs! The traditional breakfast of eggs, toast and “sausage” would leave me starving an hour later. The most filling breakfast I eat is pancakes, or anything that involves home fries. hehe :)

  58. not one breakfast food fills me up on its own…..I always have to combine foods! Like oatmeal and a green smoothie, english muffins with yogurt and fruit, or overnight oats with banana softserve+ granola and juice.

  59. Cat says:

    Cereal and granola totally don’t fill me up – I need a little more fiber and volume in the morning! Smoothies normally made don’t fill me up either, but lately I’ve been using nut milks, more banana, spinach and adding psyllium husk to bulk them up a bit – the psyllium husk totally helps satiate!

    I agree – pancakes are generally more of a snack for me on the weekends (if I ever eat them). They just don’t quite seem like an appropriate breakfast food to me for some reason. …and I definitely prefer savory to sweet in the am. I’ll take some salty oatmeal or a tofu scramble any day!

  60. I just made your boatmeal today and it was amazing!!! Gave you all the credit in my post 😀 Thanks for a great one

  61. Katie, I LOVE YOU!!!! You make the BEST foods!!! No wonder you are the best blog out here! 😀


  62. I definitely need to remember about this awesomeness when I’m don’t have work or school in the morning so I can make this… it just looks and sounds so good! And coming from the girl who made the pizzert, I know it’s pro. 😉

  63. LOrin says:

    Would this recipe work with 1/2 a banana mashed instead of a 1/4 cup applesauce?

    1. LOrin says:

      Also, even though i’m not counting calories I don’t think that 200 is accurate because 1/2 cup of oats is already 150, plus applesauce and the other ingredients it seems like it would be over 200.

      1. Lorin, yes the calorie-count is accurate (See the “nutritional info” link for more specific numbers.) The oats, applesauce, and vanilla extract are the only numbers you add up, because the nut butter is optional. So 150 plus about 30 plus maybe 10 is actually less than 200.

        As for banana… if you try it, please let me know how it works. I’d be very interested to know (but I think it would work fine).

        1. LOrin says:

          I tried it with banana and it did work. I saved a little bit of the banana to put on the top. The banana adds a natural sweetness to it, although I did add 1/4 tsp brown sugar. I realized that I have made these before because I used your original boatmeal recipe and then just added chocolate chips for fun. I don’t have a ramekin, so I just use a muffin tin, still delish!

  64. B says:

    How does this heat back up? (or does it taste ok cold?) And what about making multi-batches and freezing? Just asking because I just can’t drag myself out of bed early enough to make much of anything for breakfast, so I’ve been looking for options that can be made ahead…

    1. I’m weird and actually like most of the flavors cold from the fridge… but with the banana bread flavor, I really like it best re-heated in the microwave for 40-ish seconds. I almost always make them up the day before. And I haven’t tried freezing, but others have left comments saying it works well. I’ve been meaning to try the multi-batch thing (i.e. in a bigger pan, then cutting into squares). If you try it before me, let me know how it works!

  65. Amber Schaefer says:

    What do I bake this oatmeal in? and where do I get it?

    1. You can use any oven-safe dish. I use either a mini loaf pan or a 1-cup ramekin or two 1/2-cup ramekins.

  66. CutePi314 says:

    So I just took a stab at making this…and OMG I’m pretty sure I melted, recongealed, ate another bite, and melted again. I didn’t make them vegan (sorry!) but rather sort of just used what I had on hand. I also put the batter into greased muffin tins instead of a loaf pan, and they came out sort of like what would happen if oat banana muffins and chocolate chip cookies had a baby! I topped it off with a tiny scoop of vanilla ice cream, mixed a dollop of peanut butter and Nutella together, and microwaved it till it was smooth, then drizzled it over the ice cream. Holy *#(*#*$&#$& I’m in love. You are totally amazing! Of course my version is probably not as healthy as yours, with the ice cream and all, but it made the perfect after dinner snack that didn’t make me feel huge! Keep up the awesome recipes, girl. You’ve got a loyal follower now!


    1. Awwwwwwwwww times a million! Laura, this comment made me smile so much! And good call on the ice cream. I definitely think it sounds like a good addition for snacktime… or heck, even breakfast. I eat chocolate bars at breakfast time, so I can’t judge ;).

  67. Susan says:

    I made the cookie dough oatmeal cake today for my afternoon snack. So good! I dropped it to 1/4 cup oats (and used slightly less than the 1/4 cup apple sauce and almond milk), and then added 2 tsp of warmed coconut butter and 1 tsp organic evaporated cane juice (as the sweetner). Divine.

    1. Good call on the coconut butter! 😉

  68. sarah marie says:

    Having just finished my grad school exams for the semester, I finally had time to make this this morning. I whizzed half a banana in my vitamix with soy milk, vanilla, a dash of salt, and about 2 tsp of coconut oil. I stirred in the oats and chocolate chips and let it bake while I did Jillian’s 30 Day Shred. When I finished my workout breakfast was ready, and it was AMAZING! I love feeling like I had dessert for breakfast, hehe. Thanks for all your genius recipes!

    1. Aww I’m so excited you tried it!! :)

  69. Katie says:

    I am so excited that I found your blog, you have no idea! I have been looking for delicious foods that are healthy but still taste amazing. Could not be happier right now! Chocolate is to die for and I am thinking about becoming vegan, so your blog is a life saver! The thought of meat has always been a little gross to me, especially after reading the book called “skinny bitch”. I am so excited to try your recipes!! Thank you so much!

    1. Aww Katie, I’m so glad you found me! Plus, you have the best name ;).

  70. Made your cookie dough baked oatmeal this morning and LOVED it! I plan on posting about it and for sure giving you credit and link love! You have the BEST recipes! :)

  71. Breanna says:

    printing out this recipe, thanks for sharing!

  72. I came over from Nessie’s place, and girl, it’s love at first sight. I can have cookie dough for breakfast! I want to jump up and down and scream that. I’m a cookie dough junkie, but I have to avoid eating gobs of cookie dough all the time because, well, yeah. I like fitting in my pants, and I also like not having my blood sugar crash. But this? You have just opened up a whole new world to me. I think I might be in love with you.

    1. Hey Eizabeth! I’m so excited you found me!! :) A fellow cookie-dough lover!
      (Also, if you love cookie dough, here’s my newest favorite: )

      Chocolate hugs to you!

      1. I used to eat an entire bowl of cookie dough every day in high school. (I was in Culinary at my tech school.) So this recipe? Is totally for me. Thank you!!

        1. LOL! I used to eat an entire bag of Flipz chocolate pretzels… that was when I was going through a growth spurt in 6th grade. Fun memories… :)

          1. oh.. those Flipz were amazing! not sure if it was the same over there but they seemed to vanish into thin air after about a year… never to be seen in the shops again! sad times ;-(

  73. Kerry says:

    I’ve just made boatmeal with cinnamon and banana, and it was WONDERFUL…such a good recipe! Thanks!

    1. I’m so excited you tried it!! :)

  74. Meredith Bessey says:

    I tried this recipe yesterday, minus chocolate chips since I’m out :(, and added carob powder and peanut butter and YUMMMMM! I used mashed banana instead of applesauce and I found that made it plenty sweet without adding maple syrup or other sweetener. I have another one in the oven as we speak, but this time I put a blob of peanut butter in the middle too :).

    1. Mmmm that sounds delicious! I think I like banana better, in place of the applesauce, too :).

  75. Emily says:

    I’m always afraid boatmeal won’t fill me up, but I’m going to take your word for it and try it tomorrow! I love your recipes because you can dream up a thousand different flavors for all of them! I’m thinking coconut banana almond. :)
    And uh, yeah cold cereal is good for snacking but not breakfast. Yogurt and granola won’t do it either. I have to have something super carby like oatmeal or a bagel with peanut buttah.

    1. For some reason, it seems a ton more filling when made in a mini loaf pan as when it’s made in a ramekin. Not sure why this is!

  76. Danielle says:

    Hi Katie!
    Your blog is great! I’m celiac and lactose-intolerant, so it’s exciting to see so many recipes I can actually EAT!

    I’m studying for my med school entrance exams right now so I’ve been stress baking up a STORM. Just tried these oatmeal cakes, and they were amazing. I tripled the recipe so there would be enough for my room-mates. Used one really ripe banana and one single-serving cup of applesauce, which was perfect. I also used flavoured agave syrup for sweetness. Not sure if they have this where you live, but it gives it a really cool flavour! The one I used was hazelnut :)

    Keep ’em coming! I’ve got another three weeks of stress baking :)

    Thanks so much!

    1. I’ve seen those syrups… never bought one because I didn’t know how I’d use them. Now I’ll probably have to try! (Also, I heard there’s a new caramel-flavored agave out, but I can’t find it anywhere!)

      1. Danielle says:

        I’ve had the caramel one too! It’s great on pancakes – I use it instead of maple syrup. Agave is a lot sweeter, however, so you need less. Surprisingly, I found the caramel one at Winners (in the food aisle).

  77. This sounds incredible! Do you think the consistency of the backed oatmeal would allow for baking some at night or on the weekend, and just heating in the microwave at work in the mornings? I usually don’t eat until I get to work :-)

    1. Yes! I usually cook it the night before :). It even works if you freeze it and thaw later! :)

  78. vicki says:

    I love my boatmeal a little soft. Only crunchy on top. I don’t think I’d want it to be firm. It’s like the best, warm, gooey, yummy-ness…. it is so awesome. Even for those watching their weight, like myself, 1T of Coconut oil may seem like too many calories but it’s actually a very healthy fat made of medium chain fatty acids which eat other fats in the body. On top of that it satiates. A boatmeal made w/coconut oil keeps me full for 5 hours! Some times the extra fat/calories are much better for you than going w/out. I love you for creating these boatmeals. I’ve made a chasew and date icing for the top of the cinnamon bun and my husband LOVES it and really thinks he’s eating a cinnamon bun. That is really saying a lot. The pumpkin boatmeal w/choc chips truely makes me think I’m eating a decedant dessert that I shouldn’t be. I just wouldn’t skimp on the coconut oil. It’s worth every calorie. :) I just realized I should try carmalizing w/coconut sugar on top instead of brown sugar. Hmmm… can’t wait to try it. You’re the best Katie!

  79. Michelle says:

    Could these be done in muffin pans?

    1. Sure! That sounds like a great idea!

  80. Amy says:

    Just wanted to give a big who-ya for this! Delish! Did not taste like any baked oatmeal I have ever had.

  81. Jessica says:

    Hi Katie,

    Just stumbled upon your website via pinterest, amazing things!!! I was wondering about all your oatmeals though – have you ever done one big batch and then portioned them out for the week? I just find that during the week I’m super lazy in the morning and don’t want to be baking and making things before work. If there was a way to multiply this that you know of (otherwise I can try it on my own) I’d really appreciate it!! :)

    1. Hi Jessica!

      Do you mean the baked oatmeal? If so, I have definitely made up multiple batches at once. You just multiply all the ingredients by however many servings you want. (For example, I often multiply all the ingredient amounts by three and then portion it equally into three mini loaf pans.) If you’re having a hard time with the math, you can always measure the ingredients into separate bowls and then just bake all the individual servings at the same time, if that makes sense.

      I also know other people have told me that these freeze well! :)

  82. Teresa says:

    Well, this did it. I’ve been browsing through recipes on your site for a while now, but hadn’t made any yet. This one sounded so fantastic though. So it was my after work snack today. I baked it in a toaster oven and probably should have given it a few more minutes. But even with a slightly more pudding-like than cookie-like texture, it was amazing. Will definitely be trying all the varieties soon. Thanks so much for sharing your delicious and creative recipes!

  83. Kat says:

    Made this for breakfast! Used the banana and I LOVED it! Thanks Katie – your recipes are too fun.

  84. Naomi says:

    I made these as muffins with
    3 cups of oats
    500grams of bananas about 4 large
    1 cup of water
    1/2 cup of sugar
    1/2 cup of chocolate chips
    2 tsp of baking powder
    I read how substituting bananas for eggs and oil can reduce calories in baking and these came out HUGE for about 195 calories each! And they had a really nice texture!
    I’m so hooked on this website and I’m very excited about eating chocolate everyday and still loose weight after having a baby!

  85. sabrina says:

    you do not know good this was!! well actually you do, since its your recipe…but oh my still in heaven! (chocolate heaven of course!)

  86. CookingMommy says:

    This looks amazing! My favorite cookie is chocolate chip oatmeal, so I’m thinking this would be delicious! The last picture actually looks the most tempting and I am wondering what you did? Did you heat it up and then just pour milk over it? Thanks! Really excited to find your blog! :-)

    1. Yup, just poured a little almond milk on top and then mixed it in :).

  87. Jessi says:

    This was AMAZING! It made a pretty big serving size too, and definitely filled me up! This is definitely going to be a new breakfast staple for me!

  88. Jo Clute says:

    I love cold cereal but it’s not filling at all! And mostly loaded with sugar. That being said, this oatmeal is DELICIOUS! Perfect for this rainy, freezing cold Sunday. My kids INHALED it.

    I used 1T agave nectar for the sweetener, 1t chocolate chips and 1t peanut butter. Equalled out to 8 Weight Watchers points if anyone’s counting. I usually burn a lot of points for breakfast so this is fine for me.

    My kids are always begging me to buy instant oatmeal for them but it’s so sugary I can’t bring myself to do it. They unanimously voted that they’d rather have boatmeal! YAY!

    I keep expecting to run into something I don’t like on your site but you keep kicking butt. Thank you!

    1. Wow, that’s a huge compliment that they’d take it over instant oatmeal! That makes me feel so honored!

  89. Marie says:

    Can you use quick oats in this recipe (and the volumptous oatmeal trick)? That’s what I have on hand right now. Love your recipes…and that you include the nutritional info so I can track my points/calories. Thanks!!!!

  90. Dani says:

    This IS delicious!! I’m actually eating it right now and it’s amazing! I absolutely love all of your recipes CCK. I had your volume oatmeal the other day and was full for hours! Also, your banana trick is probably the best tip ever :)

    I’m wondering if there’s a way to puff up the volume on the boatmeal without adding too many more calories? Or if you could make your volume oatmeal into a boatmeal? I don’t really understand the science of baking (yet :)) and looove oatmeal any way I can have it. You’ve colored my oatmeal world! Thanks for your great recipes!

    PS: Your volume ice cream is a life changer! Best way to spend 40 calories ever.

  91. aelea says:

    Can you pre-mix this in the evening as one of those “overnight oats” kind of recipes and would it still be good?

    1. Sorry, I don’t know. But you can freeze it after baking :).

  92. Shelley says:

    I have to admit, I was skeptical about this tasting like a warm chocolate chip cookie. I thought there was no way you could make oatmeal taste so good! But holy cow this was yummy! Breakfast has never been so healthfully delicious. Also, I used a mini bundt pan, and I thought it was going to be SO CUTE coming out, and then it fell apart in a little mess on my plate. A delicious mess though 😀

  93. Ashlee says:

    I definitely had doubts that this would taste like a cookie. Looking at the recipe I thought, “This is just oatmeal with chocolate chips. What’s gonna be so special about it?”. So I made one, tried it, fell into an all-consuming obsession and proceeded to make 2 more for my mom and me! The textures in this thing are divine: gooey chocolate chips, chewy oaty center, and a delicious crust! Oh my gawww!!!!! Well done Katie. Well done.

    1. Aww lol I’m so glad you liked it!!

  94. dc says:

    just wanted to say thank you!! my daughter won’t eat/even try traditionally cooked oatmeal, I think because of it’s texture/consistency. tried your recipe and she LOVES it! gobbles it down and looks for more… thanks katie!

  95. vanessa says:

    I just made it, and this was the perfect fix for my cookie craving. I am so full it’s not even funny! I would love some ideas on other things to put in the boatmeal.

  96. Erin says:

    I just found your site through pinterest and so happy I did! I made this cookie dough boatmeal for a quick dessert last night for my husband and I to share and LOVED it! Even he liked and, and he ‘hates oatmeal’. How can anyone hate oatmeal?! It tried the pumpkin bread oatmeal this morning and it was also delicious, keep the oatmeal love coming!!!

  97. Anonymous says:

    Hi Katie, I made your boatmeal! So excited, I really love it. I am a flapjack addict and this is the perfect healthy alternative. Needless to say, I also love porridge. I put some pics on my blog as I love it so much :)

  98. Dee says:

    This looks so good! I must say though, you would expect a girl who runs a website devoted to deserts to have a sweet tooth!

    1. Oh lol but I still LOVE desserts! I just don’t like them super-sweet. And I’ll always pick something creamy and rich (like coconut ice cream) over candy or fruity desserts (such as sorbets). :)

  99. Heidi says:

    WOW! Just made this for breakfast and am loving it!! Thank you!

  100. Kristyn says:

    Just made this and it actually did not work for me. it didn’t bind. i ate it as a “mush” and it was great, but i really wanted the cake so it would be portable. i doubled the recipe and split them into 2 corningware ramekins…perhaps it needs a smaller ramekin to firm up? any ideas?

    1. Sorry, I’m not sure… it always works for me :(. Did you use sugar or stevia?

  101. Kristyn says:

    I used maple syrup, also added peanut butter, and used canned coconut milk as my liquid. I’ll prob try it again and see how it goes.

    1. Hmmm… I don’t know what could’ve happened, as no one else has reported such a thing… Did you use a ramekin or mini loaf pan? I’m so sorry I’m not being more helpful in figuring out what could’ve gone wrong! 😕

    2. Alanna says:

      I just tried it tonight and LOVE it, but I was also going to post that mine didn’t seem to firm up into a cake like it should. I’m guessing in my case it’s because I used a nonstick mini loaf pan and not a ramekin? After about 30 min. the sides were getting nice and brown, but the top was still light and the inside wasn’t as “dry” as I expected. It still tasted awesome, but I’d like to be able to take these on the go as well. I used 1/4 cup applesauce, 1 T canola oil + water to 1/4 cup, and 1 1/2 T sugar. I also threw in 1 T each mini chocolate chips and sliced almonds, but I doubt either caused the slower cooking. Maybe just my oven, too?

      1. I often use a loaf pan.
        Maybe it’s the combination of sugar and oil… I’m not sure, but I’ve always used stevia when I use oil. So maybe the sugar is too grainy to hold up? Maybe try either stevia (or try a liquid sweetener like maple syrup or agave, and omit the milk/water)? I’ll have to try this with your combination and see if I get the same problem!

        1. Alanna says:

          Okay, you have me curious so I’m running a little boatmeal experiment, hehe. I have 3 in the oven now made exactly as yesterday except:
          1) omitted the oil
          2) omitted both oil and sugar
          3) omitted the sugar
          I’ll let you know in a bit how they turn out!

          1. You are awesome! I’m definitely interested to hear the results!

          2. Alanna says:

            Here’s how they turned out after 20 min. at 380 degrees and 5 min. on high broil:

            1) no oil – probably the least cooked through in the middle, but the top and sides were nice and brown and the flavor was good
            2) no oil or sugar – slightly more cooked in the middle but less brown on top, and the flavor was a little blah
            3) no sugar – this one looked the best as far as even browning, but the middle was still a little chewy and the flavory was more savory (buttery?) than sweet.

            It seems like maybe I just need to cook slightly longer in my oven to get the middle drier, but cut in half these would still be portable (just a little soft). I may try next time with the oil and less sugar. :)

          3. Hmmm, yes ovens could definitely make a difference. I have a suspicion that mine runs hot.

  102. Myers says:

    It might be in the comments but there are a lot and I hope you can answer this. How long do these last? I would love to be able to make a bunch at a time so my hubby can eat them in the morning without me having to get up and make something every morning for him, he wakes up at 3:30am. Can I freeze them and he put them in warm milk? Let me know what the best way to make a bunch and keep them fresh. Thank you.

    1. Yes, you can freeze them! :)
      They reheat (oven or micro) well.

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  103. Sara Ross says:

    Just wanted to say thanks for such a great recipe! It is so nice to whip up for rushed school morning breakfasts. It is now a once per week staple. We need extra calories in our family and it’s so easy to add them here. And I can sneak in all kinds of extra nutrients too.

  104. Christy says:

    I just tried this last night for dinner and was seriously impressed! I did find that when making this, the calorie count is closer to around 300 calories (even when subing almond milk for the milk portion), but well worth it and well within my limit for a meal. Stayed full and found that I didn’t even want my nighttime snack! Really big and filling, warm and comforting ion last nights chilly temps. I just discovered your site a month or so ago and am already looking forward to trying much much more of your ideas! I also just started trying to jog – though I think my shins are asking, begging, neigh screaming for me to go back to my normal hiking :) Keep on keepin’ on Katie! You rock!

    1. Hi Christy,
      I’m so glad you like it! :)
      For the calorie count, are you using oil or applesauce version?

      1. Christy says:

        Both – maybe I misunderstood the directions?

  105. Christy says:

    Both – maybe I misunderstood the directions?

    1. Oh sorry, I meant the oil or milk version. The oil is optional and therefore is not calculated in the nutritional info. But yeah, use the applesauce AND oil. Sorry for the confusion… I get my recipes mixed up!

      1. Christy says:

        Right on – I understand now! Thanks :) Great no matter how you cut it though – making it again with no oil this time, because it just didn’t seem to need it like some baked goods do and that’ll scale back the calories for me!

  106. Sally says:

    I can’t say enough about your baked oatmeal and website. I’m not a vegan, but there are definately times where I want a vegetarian dinner and this is the first site I look to. Keep them coming!

  107. Kaitlin says:

    I made this for my sister and I this morning (mom opted out of the chocolate chips so she had the cinnamon swirl one) and we ALL loved it. I don’t have ramekins so I had to use muffin tins. Because of that, they got deformed when I took them out, but still tasted AMAZING. Super filling and low calorie, which is always a plus. I wake up at 6:30 to make it and I love that it only take a couple minutes to put together and then when it cooks I can rinse off and get dressed. Keeps me full throughout school. Great recipe, love your blog. I gotta get around to buying those ramekins 😛

    As a quick question, do you know if there’s anything I can substitute for pumpkin in any recipe? My dad is allergic so sometimes it can be hard to find recipes (since he eats about 3/4 of everything I make, usually in 5 minutes..)

    1. It really depends on the recipe, but sometimes you can sub applesauce, mashed banana, or baby food.

  108. Karen says:

    I think this was the first recipe of your’s I made after the chickpea cookie. This might have been a year ago. It tasted great, but it wasn’t in cake form. For some reason I tried again today, and it was perfect! I’m not sure what I did last time, but I probably tried to sub too much. It is so hard for me to follow a recipe exactly, because I love the experimentation aspect, but I usually have the best results when I don’t sub. I guess the best thing to do is make it correctly first, so I know what it is supposed to be like, THEN sub and experiment.

    This one is definitely a keeper, as written!!

    1. Karen says:

      Sorry to comment again, but have you tried to prepare ahead and bake in the morning? Or do you think the soak mess the oats up?

      1. I’d prepare the dry ahead of time, then just add the liquid in the morning. Or bake it the night before and fridge overnight. Or you can even bake many ahead of time and freeze. They thaw well :).

        1. Alanna says:

          I definitely do the bake and and freeze! I’ve been making 4 of these on the weekend, freezing, and then pulling out one (actually half since I’m not hungry in the morning) in the morning to have for breakfast during the week. Works great!

  109. Mia says:

    Hi Katie, have you ever cooked up some oats and THEN added things like flour, baking soda and agave to make it taste like cookie dough? 😀 I’m weird and I tried that this morning. I cooked the oats and vanilla, and then added ww pastry flour, applesauce, baking soda, and agave :) :) it was really good and I wanted some chocolate in it but unfortunately there is no form chocolate whatsoever in my house DX
    Take care! -Mia

    1. Trish says:

      That sounds yummy!!!

  110. Mary says:

    Hi Katie! I just made this, for dessert, and we all loved it. I made enough for 4, but there was enough for 8, so yummy left overs. Thanks for another great recipe!!

  111. HP says:

    Dear Katie,
    I tried this just now and absolutely loved it. Cannot still believe that such a simple recipe can taste so good.

    Here is what I did:
    I had mint chocolate chips, and no vanilla at hand. I rested the dough for 20 minutes. Sprinkled dried coconut flakes on the top before baking and the result was yummy. I was hesitant initially and hence tried with just half cup of oats.

    After tasting and finishing almost half of the boatmeal, I prepared the dough for 2 more batches :D. One with the same mint chocolate flavor and another one with coconut flakes, raisins and berry flavored protein powder.

    Have been looking for healthy and sugar free breakfast options, this will be one of favorites from now on. It is hard to find truly healthy and simple recipes.

    Though this is the first recipe I tried from your blog, I am sure that I am going to love each one of them.

    Thank you so much for these great recipes. Wishing you all success in your new career.


  112. JC says:

    Made this AM. SO good! So full. Thank you. Can’t believe it took me this long to try it.

  113. Kaitlin says:

    Currently in California, my grandpa can’t eat meat so I’m definitely gonna treat him to this!

  114. Robin says:

    I found this recipe a few months ago, thanks to Pinterest and I am absolutely addicted! I have it for breakfast at least once a week. I follow weight watchers and it ends up being 8 points, which is kind of high, but I get my healthy oils in for the day. I’ve also subbed the chocolate chips for blueberries and that’s delicious as well! Thank you so much for this recipe!!!

  115. kelsey says:

    I didn’t heed the warning about how filling this is. I didn’t even make it half way!

  116. Allie says:

    I made this this morning and I love it. I didn’t have apple sauce, so I just blended up some apples with a few chunks and it’s great. Anyways thanks for sharing, my morning just got a lot better.

  117. sarah says:

    Thank you Thank you Thank you for all your wonderful recipes! I am new to this “lifestyle” and at first found it so hard to eat anything. I’ve enjoyed your recipes SO much! The pumpkin “boatmeal” and the chocolate pumpkin pie brownies are 2 of my favorites! Keep on!

  118. carolyn says:

    Can this be prepared in the microwave?

  119. Jenny says:

    Hi Katie!

    My husband and I recently made the switch to go vegan! We love it and have enjoyed MANY of your recipes even before we knew these were vegan. I’ve been making your baked oatmeal before I do “Insanity” workouts in the morning. I tried steel cut oats this morning and they’re a little crunchy lol. Would you recommend staying with rolled oats? Thanks agin for your inspiration!!!


    1. I’ve never tried the recipe with steel-cut, so yes I would recommend rolled oats :).

  120. Skye says:

    Oh my goodness, Katie, you’re the Angel of All Thing Delicious!! I just made this for the very first time. First of all, it’s a snap to whip together. I baked mine in a mini bundt pan and it popped out all adorable like a pretty dessert. I put a spoonful of fat free cool whip in the center and dug in. The first bite!!! Crispy, cookie-like crust, ooey gooey chocolatey creamy center!! This is not a breakfast, it’s a molten, decadent dessert! I’m STUFFED, too. Every delectable bite felt like I was indulging on something with far more calories than are actually in it. I’d make this for company, even as a dessert.

    Katie, you are my new Best Friend!! Thank you, thank you, thank you for this awesomeness! I can’t wait to try all the other flavors and maybe even experiment with creating some of my own.


  121. Katherine says:

    Hello my name is Katherine and I am a boatmeal addict. Love, Love, Love boatmeal. I make it once a week and multiply it by about 12 or 16 and put it in muffin tins then freeze it. Muffin size is perfect for my ‘little people’. My husband, children and I eat boatmeal all week. Our current favorite is cranberry, coconut, chocolate chip with applesauce and almond butter.

  122. Kim says:

    I made this today for my daughter. I added pecans and made a chocolate sauce made of agave, cocoa powder, and coconut oil for the top. Blueberries on the side, and she thought it was the best breakfast ever! :) I will NEVER stop checking your site!!

  123. Olivia Z says:

    Genius, genius, genius!!! Love it & thank you for sharing!

  124. admattai says:

    just had this for dinner, so good! omitted the sugar, added extra chocolate chips. i really do love it with mashed banana, and 1 TB of peanut butter. thanks for this great recipe; its a great way to fill my oatmeal cookie cravings :)

  125. Jessica says:

    Finding this recipe (and your blog) is one of the best things that’s happened to me in a long, long time. I’ve been making this cake as a bedtime snack for over a week now, and I’ve yet to get sick of it. Thank you so much for sharing and for all of your amazing recipes. You’re my healthy dessert hero.

  126. Erica says:

    Yummmm I made it with banana and it really was delicious! The ony thing was that I baked it in a casserole dish (couldn’t find a ramekin) for 25 min and broiled it for 5 but it still was only cooked on top. Any tips? Even if not it was still delicious!

    1. Cook longer, broil less? Or use a more-shallow dish?

  127. Karen says:

    Love these boat meals! Tastiest way to eat oatmeal. I’m going to try making a pineapple upside down cake flavoured one for breakfast tomorrow…

  128. Karen says:

    Meant to say boatmeals… Autocorrected.
    Love love love them… Getting excited about breakfast again! When you give up wheat breakfast gets difficult on weekday mornings.

  129. Anonymous says:

    Sitting here eating this delicious oatmeal dish for dessert!! Love it!!

  130. hi there! Do you think I can make this ahead of time and just heat it up when I’m ready to eat it? Thanks!

  131. Donna says:

    just found your site and love it! My question to you is what are you using for the whip topping look I see on top of you food?
    Can’t wait to try all of these.

  132. Megan says:

    About to bake this right now! I added a pack of PB2 because, let’s face it, chocolate and peanut butter cookie dough boatmeal would rock!

  133. Stefanie says:

    I love these baked oatmeals! I’ve already made the reeses, cinnamon bun and now htis one today. I love them all but my favorite so far is the reeses! I think you should try making a coffee one or mocha and maybe a carrot cake or gingerbread flavor!

  134. Ginnie says:

    I just tried to “invent” a chocolate chip cookie baked oatmeal. It was good but not great, and I thought to myself, “I bet Katie has a recipe for this…” You don’t disappoint. :-)

  135. Amber says:

    I am so making this, with crunchy pb, in my muffin pan! Perfect for a snack on the go or for feeding my always in a hurry sister. I love all these oatmeal variation, I can never get bored now

  136. Morgan says:

    can you replace maple syrup with honey

    1. Sara K. says:

      I do that all the time. Love it with honey :)

  137. daisymax342 says:

    I literally eat oatmeal for breakfast every single day. I’ve convinced myself that it’s the only thing that will actually fill me up lol. All of your oatmeal recipes have helped keep my breakfasts interesting :). Thanks Katie!

  138. SophieAna says:

    These look so good! I’m always looking for new twists on breakfast (it seems to get boring and repetitive pretty quickly). I’m new to the blogging world although I’ve been on pinterest (and obsessed) for a while. So of course I’m trying to surf around and see what the other types of blogs that are big hits are like. And it’s been fun!
    I’m definitely going to make some of these recipes!

  139. Shani says:

    This was so delicious!! Thankyou for this amazing recipe katie! You’ve honestly been a huge influence for me on my journey to becoming a healthier and happier person:) your recipes have changed my life!
    Just a small query that I’d really appreciate an answer to. How is this boatmeal recipe only 180 calories if 50g of oats is around 190? (Without the other ingredients) Perhaps I’m using the wrong calorie counter?
    I made this today and was in heaven!! Thank you!!

  140. shani says:

    hi katie :)could you please answer the above question when you get time, would be much appreciated !

  141. Lyndsey says:

    Katie~ You are such an amazing cook! This oatmeal was delicious, and I am scraping the bowl as I type. I follow your blog and have tried( and LOVED!) many of your recipes. When will your cookbook come out? I cannot wait to have it. Your recipes are so yummy, keep up the great work!

  142. Gabby says:

    I’m cookin’ this up in the oven right now, can’t wait to try it! 12 more minutes left! :p

  143. Grace says:

    This recipe looks great! There’s one problem though: I don’t have applesauce OR bananas! Is there another substitute I can use or do I have to just *sigh* drive back to the store?

  144. Sara K. says:

    I have been making this recipe (as well as the chocolate peanut butter baked oatmeal) for months now. Love them! I usually make a 4x batch, bake them in muffin cups and freeze. I will reheat two “muffins” for breakfast during the week. Over the weekend I was making a batch and forgot to add the optional oil (which I always add). I remembered while they were in the oven! Anyways, it turns out that I don’t even notice it missing! Saves me some calories and I don’t lose the taste :) I have a big sweet tooth and honey works better for me as a sweetener than stevia. Just personal preference.

  145. Chocolate covered!! says:

    Hey Katie,
    I eat this every morning. Literally. Anyways, I am trying some new recipes for boatmeal, and I was wondering if you could give me a list of all of your boatmeal blogs? Thanks

  146. Kim says:

    Made this with stevia, coconut milk (not the canned version!), and added a tablespoon of peanut butter for the extra calories (and because peanut butter to me is chocolate to you!). I used raw cacao nibs as the chocolate, so unfortunately it wasn’t warm melted chocolate! The turn out still was delicious though :)
    However, it was a bit dry, so I topped it with (lots…

  147. Haley says:

    I divided the recipe up and put these into mini muffin tins to cook! Super delicious

  148. Mallory says:

    My new favorite breakfast! Although, I find it a bit misleading that the calories are listed at 180. The only way to get it that low is to use unsweetened almond milk and applesauce, leaving out the chocolate chips and sweetener. 200-250 would be a more realistic estimate. Which is not a problem for me, I like a good breakfast. But I know some people don’t.

  149. CutePi says:

    Honestly, Katie, you cannot go wrong. I’ve yet to make anything on your site that doesn’t come out amazing. I made this recipe just now, but I microwaved it rather than baking it. Took about 3 minutes, and it came out more of a thick, chewy oatmeal texture rather than like a muffin or cake, but so good! I forgot to add the nut butter, so I spread a tsp of almond butter on top while it was still warm…OMG I am totally making this for breakfast every day this week! I did use cow’s milk because I haven’t had the chance to get to the grocery store this weekend to get more vanilla almond milk, so it wasn’t vegan. But still…wow!

  150. Katie says:

    Can I use greek yogurt instead of oil/applesauce?

  151. Jacque Entz says:

    My kind of recipe, thought I was the only one who likes not so sweet, not too rich deserts. This dessert you could eat for breakfast! I would sub raisins for the chips. I just don’t believe in mixing chocolate and oats. Some things are sacred. :-)

  152. Laura says:

    Love this recipe!

    Do you think it could be converted into a bigger batch, then make them muffin sized? Any suggestions on how to do it? (Unsure if I’d need to triple or quadruple the recipe.)

  153. Stephanie says:

    Had this today and wow..YUM! I did all the add in options and with oil and maple syrup it took 25 mins to really bake and I should have gone 30 as they fell apart as soon as I turned then out. AND it made enough to fill two full one cup ramkins! I calculated the nutrition facts and woops haha… I will make a healthier version next time! For the full recipe it was over 500 calories, I only ate 1/2 and was super full so about 260.
    Next time I will use stevia, banana, and no oil… Or maybe soy butter… I have but allergies.

  154. Dee says:

    Hi Katie,

    First off, I have to say i’m a HUGE fan of your recipes! Of all the ones I have tried, to which there have been a lot, I would have to say that “boatmeal” is my favourite since I literally eat it every day. I have used this recipe many times and have changed it around a bit (ie add various nut butters, add ground flax to help keep it together, add cranberry sauce and pecans, etc, etc, etc) and its always amazing! thank you for revolutionizing breakfast for me!
    I would love to take boatmeal another step and make it savory. Have you ever attempted a savory version? maybe adding Daiya cheese, nutriontal yeast, smoked paprika, etc? Has anything NOT worked out?

    I know you probably have a million and one recipe ideas on the go, but I just wondered if this could be a thought among many….


    1. I haven’t… It sounds like a great idea though!!

  155. Jennie says:

    Oh my goodness! I’ve been eating this all week with coconut butter as my added fat. Thank you for such a satisfying meal, I don’t think I’ve been able to eat a whole serving yet, and the chocolate bites are my favorite!

  156. The Bellie says:

    This looks really good! Going to have to try it soon.

  157. Janet says:

    Could you increase ingredients to make larger batch?

      1. Janet says:

        thank you i’ll try them they look good

  158. Megan says:

    Hi love these recipes! Wondering if I can use quick cooking oats that cook in 3-5 min on the stove. It’s all I have right now and I’m preggo lol!

  159. This was so delicious and exciting to try I had to write about it on my healthy living blog Healthy dessert is the way forward, clearly!

  160. Lorr says:

    Just discovered this website and love everything. But I like printing recipes out and I don’t see that opportunity here ??? Not possible?

    1. Unofficial CCK Helper says:

      To print, highlight just the recipe itself and right-click “Copy.” Then open a new Word document and right-click “Paste.” You can name and save this file, and print readily from that point.

  161. Tammy says:

    Can these be made ahead of time? if so, how do you recommend reheat them? They look great.

    1. Unofficial CCK Helper says:

      You can easily fridge or freeze leftovers. Thaw in the microwave or in the oven.

  162. This was super delicious. I multiplied by 4 and baked in an 8 inch dish – it took about 40 minutes to get done. Instead of the applesauce, I used banana like you mentioned – a very large one for the 4 servings. I used two tablespoons of coconut oil total – my kids LOVED IT! Thanks! :-)

  163. Robin says:

    First of all, I have made this recipe so many times. My kids and I LOVE it! Today, however, I was really craving a chocolate-covered strawberry boatmeal. So, I used this as a base recipe, adding 2 heaping tbs of dark cocoa powder to the dry ingredients and a couple of tbs of ground flax (because it’s just so good for you). (I use liquid stevia from Trader Joes, so I probably added about 10 drops of that….normally I don’t add sweetener at all to this because I think it’s sweet enough as is). I placed the strawberries on the bottom of the pan and topped with the chocolate oatmeal. It was delicious! I think if I reduced the amount of milk, it would probably get very fudge-y and brownie-like. I love how decadent it seems without being full of sugar and fat (I always use the lesser amount of coconut oil). Thanks for the inspiration!!

    1. Robin says:

      I should also mention that I quadruple this recipe to fit in a 9×9 pan, so my measurements reflect that. 😉