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Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Breakfast Bake

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Well that is a mouthful, now isn’t it?

chocolate pb bake 6yThe truth is, I could not leave out a single word from the title because you need to know that it contains chocolate, peanut butter, and oatmeal.  And if you are like me, then you associate the phrase “breakfast bake” with “easy make-ahead breakfasts,” which are my favorite kind of breakfasts.  No surprise there.

chocolate pb bake 7yI used to think that eating chocolate for breakfast was “bad” or “unhealthy.”  Um… can someone please tell me why that thought ever crossed my mind?  Cacao powder is a super food and chocolate anything is good for the soul.  If you ask me, there is nothing bad about that!

chocolate peanut butter oatmeal bakeChocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Breakfast Bake

Serves 2


1 very ripe banana, mashed
1/2 tsp molasses
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup peanut flour (I used PB2)
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
1 TB chia seeds
1 TB cacao powder (or cocoa powder)
2 TB peanuts, roughly chopped
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or other non-dairy milk of choice)


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Lightly grease or spray a loaf pan and set aside.

2. Mix banana, molasses, and vanilla until well-combined.

3. Stir in oats, peanut flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt, chia seeds, and cacao powder.

4. Add milk and stir until combined.  Add additional milk, if necessary, if the batter is too thick.

5. Pour batter into the loaf ban and bake, uncovered, for approximately 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

chocolate pb bake 3You can eat this baby plain, or you can do what I like to do and jazz up your breakfast.  The first time that I ate this, I topped it with peanut butter.  Yes, more peanut butter.  Because honestly, is there ever such a thing as too much nut butter?  I think not.  The next time I topped it with melted strawberry jam.  I love using melted jams or jellies for topping breakfast bakes, French toast, and pancakes, so I thought it was a fabulous decision.  And finally, the third time I ate this I topped it with melted pumpkin butter.  Yes, I am one of those people who eats (and loves) pumpkin flavored anything all year round.

chocolate pb bake 5yWhile this bake is totally centered around peanuts, I imagine that a peanut-free version could easily be created for my friends with peanut allergies.  Buy yourself some almond flour (you may need to add in a bit more sweetener, like Stevia or maple syrup), almonds, and almond butter for topping.  Hmm… now I am not allergic to peanuts, but that sounds pretty darn amazing to me.  I think I am going to have to do some experimenting in the kitchen here soon.

chocolate pb bake 2And people wonder why I am actually excited about getting out of bed in the moring…  Yes, food is a huge motivator for me in all aspects of my life.

chocolate pb bakeYou didn’t actually think I was going to stop posting PicMonkey edited photos, did you?

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  • meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles April 29, 2014, 5:20 am
    I would absolutely top this with peanut butter! I think it would make a great dessert too, besides breakfast. meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles recently posted...Health Benefits of Green Tea Plus Matcha Green Tea GiveawayMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 29, 2014, 9:57 am
      Yes! More PB is always fantastic! And this would definitely be a great dessert/snack. I had not thought of that.
  • Jessie April 29, 2014, 6:50 am
    This recipe reminds me of a cookie my mom used to make my brother & I when we were younger. I bet they'd taste awesome w/ some yogurt, nut butter & fruit!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 29, 2014, 10:00 am
      Yum!! That sounds like a GOOD cookie... oatmeal, peanut butter, chocolate chip? Or something to that effect? I might have to make some!
  • Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate April 29, 2014, 6:57 am
    Yessss I love finding recipes with the chocolate + peanut butter combo! We have friends coming this weekend so I might double the recipe and make it for them :) Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate recently posted...1/2 Ironman Workout Recap: 9 Weeks Out + Spring PlaylistMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 29, 2014, 10:05 am
      That is a great idea! Plus you can make it ahead so that you do not have to prepare anything once they are there! And I am glad you agree that the chocolate and PB combo is the best!
  • Alisha @ Alisha's Appetite April 29, 2014, 7:02 am
    you never ever go wrong with the chocolate peanut butter combo- especially first thing in the morning! This looks like something I would make at the beginning of the week and have breakfast ready for the busy weekday mornings Alisha @ Alisha's Appetite recently posted...3 quick & different ways to eat Sweet Potatoes!My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 29, 2014, 10:08 am
      Yes! It is perfect for that! I almost always make a breakfast bake every single Sunday so that I instantly have 2 to 3 breakfasts already prepped for the work week. It saves me a ton of time! Plus, I have a great and delicious breakfast to look forward to :)
  • Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie April 29, 2014, 7:03 am
    Chocolate is the best. And this looks super yummy! I love oatmeal. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie recently posted...Color Me Rad 5k RecapMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 29, 2014, 10:11 am
      Is it weird that this is the ONLY way that I will eat my oats hot? I hate hot oatmeal, but I love overnight oats and baked oatmeal....I'm silly ;)
  • Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat April 29, 2014, 8:16 am
    I LOVE baked oatmeal and of course, anything with peanut butter is always a winner! Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat recently posted...Drool Worthy Pins #9My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 29, 2014, 10:16 am
      You've got that right! Nut butter makes everything SO much better :)
  • Meghan @ fitnesscrEATures April 29, 2014, 9:40 am
    Yum, I bet those are really good! i never leave stuff out of titles either, haha! totally crucial!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 29, 2014, 10:20 am
      Haha, I'm glad you get it! There weren't any ingredients that are in the title that I felt I could leave out! They are all toooooo good.
  • Miss Polkadot April 29, 2014, 10:45 am
    Can we agree it's just impossible to shorten recipe names at times when you wouldn't be able to communicate the full awesomeness of a dish?! Because that's just a fact. And peanut butter + chocolate/ cocoa anything falls into that category of recipes. I really like the idea of adding chopped peanuts here. Miss Polkadot recently posted...Frozen! [Healthy PB & J Frozen Yogurt]My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 29, 2014, 2:28 pm
      I am glad that so many other people love the PB and chocolate combo...smart people! ;) I love adding nuts to my bakes for a little extra substance and protein!
  • Em @ Love A Latte April 29, 2014, 2:34 pm
    I know I would love this! I have all the ingredients, but banana in the house. Hmmm...any substitution ideas? Gotta love breakfast time!! Em @ Love A Latte recently posted...Pregnancy Journey - 25 WeeksMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 29, 2014, 2:55 pm
      Sometimes I use pumpkin in place of banana, though I'm sure I'm the only weird one who keeps pumpkin on hand...that would require adding more sweetener (maple syrup potentially) too though since bananas provide the sweetness.
  • The Vegan 8 April 29, 2014, 5:07 pm
    This looks and sounds so good! I love that there is no oil...I find sooo many desserts/recipes these days just use excessive amounts of oil. I'm not a huge fan of banana, but I'm sure pumpkin could work and even still, it's just 1 banana. Looks yummy!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 1, 2014, 1:31 pm
      Yes! I love that it does not contain oil either. Subbing in pumpkin would definitely work, but you would want to make sure that you add some sweetener since you wouldn't have the sweetness of the banana. I'd recommend trying maple syrup :)
  • Brittany @ Delights and Delectables April 30, 2014, 3:25 am
    Wow!! That looks delicious! Brittany @ Delights and Delectables recently posted...WIAW: Make Do With What You’ve GotMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 1, 2014, 1:34 pm
      Thank you Brittany!! Nothing like starting off the day with some chocolate, right? ;)
  • Tara | Treble in the Kitchen April 30, 2014, 3:56 am
    You can't go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter :) Tara | Treble in the Kitchen recently posted...{Video} Q & A: PB2 vs Peanut Butter, Water Intake, Carbs, and Fueling Evening WorkoutsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 1, 2014, 1:35 pm
      That is SUCH a true statement, Tara! It is one of my absolute favorite combinations.
  • Emily @SinfulNutrition April 30, 2014, 7:48 am
    Sounds de-lovely! I would definitely be one to top this with more PB, but pumpkin butter sounds awesome too. Emily @SinfulNutrition recently posted...WIAW: Be Good to Your GutMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 1, 2014, 1:35 pm
      Yes! Anything topped with peanut, almond, or cashew butter is AMAZING in my opinion :)
  • Alexis @ Hummusapien May 1, 2014, 9:59 am
    You know I'm always down for chocolate for breakfast! Count me in!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 1, 2014, 1:36 pm
      Haha, oh yes!! Us smarty pants who like chocolate for breakfast know what is going on! ;)

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