These easy chocolate baked oats for one with zucchini are packed with healthy ingredients and have no added sugar. It basically tastes like you’re eating a healthy chocolate cake for breakfast – so delicious! Recipe is both gluten-free and vegan.
GUYSSSSS! Oh my gosh. You are in for a damn treat today.
As the weather cools down I am craving warming breakfasts again. These chocolate zucchini baked oats are the ultimate healthy-ish breakfast treat that combines flavours of chocolate zucchini banana bread into an easy breakfast bake.
I love that this is easy to make and is packed full of so many good things – chia seeds, cocoa (aka CHOCOLATE!), creamy oats and secretly jam packed with zucchini. Zucchini is one of the easiest veggies to sneak into sweet baked goods. It has little taste and is virtually undetectable. Make sure you squeeze out the excess moisture or the recipe just won’t be perfect and yummy like you want.
It’s the perfect treat to whip up in the morning and bake while you get ready. I promise this will be one those recipes you will make over and over again.
Ingredients you’ll need
As per usual, you only need a handful of ingredients and a small zucchini to make this!
- Rolled oats – or use quick oats
- Cocoa powder – for that delicious chocolate flavour!
- Grated zucchini – make sure you squeeze out the water first!
- Mashed banana – can sub applesauce, mashed sweet potato or yoghurt
- Chia seeds – or ground flaxseed
- Non dairy milk – I used almond milk but any milk will work.
- Vanilla extract
- Baking powder – this helps the baked oats rise while baking.
- Dark chocolate chips – to sprinkle on top. To keep it low in sugar use sugar free chocolate chips is desired. Totally optional but recommended
How to make chocolate baked oats
These super easy and delicious chocolate zucchini baked oats only requires a small ramekin dish and handful of ingredients. Get a spoon and lets get mixing
- Prepare ramekin: lightly grease a small ramekin with oil/ spray.
- Combine ingredients: rolled oats, cocoa powder, banana, chia seeds, milk, vanilla and baking powder in a small bowl or ramekin.
- Zucchini: fold in the zucchini and mix well to evenly combine.
- Fill ramekin: Pour into ramekin and sprinkle with chocolate chips is desired.
- Bake: place in the oven for 22-25 minutes (or until fully cooked)
- Enjoy! Drizzle with nut butter on top if desired, spoon and enjoy!
How to serve
I recommend topping these baked oats with a source of healthy fat and/or protein to balance out the carbohydrates in this meal. Doing so will help to keep you feeling fuller and satisfied for longer, while also stabilising blood sugar levels.
Some ideas for protein/fat sources? This oatmeal tastes delicious with:
- a scoop of nut butter (like almond, peanut, or cashew butter)
- a scoop of plain Greek yogurt (or a vegan alternative)
- a sprinkle of hemp seeds or chopped nuts
I find this recipe is naturally sweet enough from the banana, but if you need a bit more sweetness you can add a drizzle of maple syrup or honey.
How to store and reheat baked oats
While it tastes best straight from the oven, these chocolate baked oats can be an excellent addition to your weekly breakfast meal prep routine!
- Store: store in the ramekin or in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 4 days, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.
- Reheat: The easiest way to reheat baked oats is in the microwave.
Rolled oats nutrition facts
Rolled oats are a great source of dietary fibre and plant-based protein. A standard half cup serving of rolled oats provides 4 grams of dietary fibre, which helps promote healthy digestion.
Oats are packed with B-vitamins, like thiamine, pantothenic acid and folate. They’re also packed with essential minerals, like manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, iron, and zinc.
While oats are naturally gluten-free, some brands may come into contact with gluten during their processing. If you are on a strict gluten-free diet, be sure to select a brand of oats that are certified gluten-free.
Zucchini nutrition facts:
This green veggie is a great source of:
- Vitamins, like vitamin A, C, K, B6, folate,
- Minerals like manganese, magnesium, potassium, and copper
- Dietary fibre, with one medium zucchini providing 2 grams or 8% of your daily fibre needs
- Antioxidants, especially carotenoids like lutein and zeaxanthin
Other single serve recipes you may like
Raspberry Mug Cake (Gluten-Free + Paleo)
Healthy Pumpkin Mug Cake (Gluten-Free + Paleo)
If you try this chocolate baked oats recipe or have a question, please let me know! Leave a comment and rate it below. I love to hear what you think, or any changes you make.Print
Chocolate Zucchini Baked Oats
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 25 minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 1 serve 1x
- Category: Breakfast
- Method: Bake
These easy chocolate baked oats with zucchini are packed with healthy ingredients and have no added sugar. It basically tastes like you’re eating a healthy chocolate cake for breakfast – so delicious! Recipe is both vegan and gluten-free.
- 1/3 cup (30g) oats
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 1/4 cup mashed banana
- 1/4 cup non dairy milk of choice
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 cup packed (65g) grated zucchini, squeezed*
- Dark chocolate chips (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350F/180C and grease a small ramekin with oil/ spray.
- Combine the oats, cocoa powder, chia seeds, banana, milk, vanilla and baking powder in a small bowl or ramekin dish. Add the zucchini last and mix well to evenly combine.
- Pour into ramekin and sprinkle with choclate chips is desired.
- Bake in oven for 22-25 minutes (or until fully cooked)
- Drizzle with nut butter on top if desired, spoon and enjoy!
- Make sure you squeeze out the moisture from the zucchini before adding.
- If you make in advance, store in fridge and reheat in microwave or oven.
- Calories: 222
- Sugar: 9g
- Fat: 5.8g
- Saturated Fat: 0.8g
- Carbohydrates: 37.8g
- Fiber: 6.2g
- Protein: 7g
Keywords: chocolate baked oats, chocolate zucchini baked oats, baked oats for one
Can I add protein powder to these?
Caitlin Rule says
Hi Kat, yes you can add 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder instead of the cocoa if you prefer ☺️xx