Friday, June 22, 2012

Salted Brownie Baked Oatmeal

Mmkay. How could anyone see the name of this recipe and NOT be tempted?!


I suppose I owe you that much. It's been over a WEEK since I've posted a recipe. First, I didn't have any of the right ingredients to make a new recipe. Then, I spent the weekend camping with my parents at my grandmother's farm. Then, I was so stressed out with work that I didn't have time to take pictures in the morning. Finally, yesterday I planned to make this recipe and blog it before work...only to wake up an hour late and have to settle for TOAST. :(


But hizzah! Oatmeal for dinner on a Friday night. Oh, and I have a few more recipes to try over the weekend!


The idea of this one has been haunting me for MONTHS. I knew I wanted to make it with applesauce (as opposed to banana), but I rarely buy applesauce. Thus, my fantasy about this baked bowl of perfection had to sit in the waiting room a little longer.


BUT ALAS...here it is! And oh yes, it was worth the wait!


Salted Brownie Baked Oatmeal

by The Oatmeal Artist
Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 20 min
Ingredients (serves 1)
  • 1/3 cup milk of choice
  • 1/3 cup applesauce or 1/2 a ripe banana, mashed
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup regular rolled oats
  • 4 tsp. cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • one LARGE pinch of coarse salt (like kosher)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F and spray a single-serving ramekin with non-stick spray.
  2. Mix together first three ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Add in dry ingredients: oats, cocoa powder, and baking powder.
  4. Stir well, and then transfer to the ramekin.
  5. Top with salt, then bake for 18-25 minutes. Longer time will give you a more traditional brownie texture, but 18 minutes will give you a fudgy, doughy brownie. :)
  6. You could eat it plain, or top with various ingredients. Think of the type of stuff that normally goes in brownies, like walnuts or chocolate chips, or you could top with shredded coconut or sliced almonds! I stuck with plain because I really wanted to experience the salt. :)
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* Alternatively, you could replace almond milk, applesauce/banana, and cocoa powder with 1/3 cup chocolate milk (I recommend Silk Dark Chocolate almond milk. If you wanted, you could still supplement with an extra teaspoon or so of cocoa powder.

**You can also find hundreds of other oatmeal recipes (as well as tons of other meatless recipes) on my Pinterest account!  You can also like The Oatmeal Artist on Facebook. Thanks!

40 comments:

  1. This looks to die for! I love the use of applesauce, I usually stick to banana as my sweetener. I can't wait to try this. The day I started putting cocoa powder in my oatmeal was life changing! Haha, definitely making this soon.

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    1. Agreed! So fudgy and wonderful!

      Thanks for commenting :)

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  2. Was this oatmeal sweet enough since you used unsweetened applesauce? Where did the sweetness come from?

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    1. It was sweet enough for me! Unsweetened applesauce has a natural sweetness to it. However, I don't add sugar to any of my recipes, so it depends on your own preference. I'm used to low-sweetness.

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  3. Oh, wow, you sure have been busy. And c'est dommage that you had to have toast - of all the horrors! ;) Well, I'm glad you're still alive and kicking.
    The oatmeal looks fabulous, as usual. This will be breakfast fairly soon - maybe tomorrow, if I can scrounge up the ingredients!

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    1. I survived. I love toast...just not as much as I love oatmeal! ;) Thanks for commenting!

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  4. This looks soooo decadent! Wowzers!

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  5. I made this with sweetened applesauce and sweetened dark chocolate chips, and it still wasnt sweet enough. I'd recommend either sweetened almond milk or some agave nectar or honey, if you are not opposed to honey. Other than that, it was great! 18 minutes is perfect.

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    1. Thanks for your comment! I have no sweet tooth. :)

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  6. It was perfect this morning for breakfast! I needed some chocolate to start my day and it went great with my caramel coffee. Thanks for being so creative and helping me find a healthy way to ave chocolate for breakfast!!

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    1. No, thank YOU for your wonderful comment!! :D

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  7. OMG cannot wait to try this...party for my tastebuds ;p yeahhhh!!!

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  8. This was super delicious! I do have a bit of a sweet tooth, so I made as-is, and then just drizzled 1T of maple syrup over top. YUMMY!

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  9. I just made this for breakfast today after having it pinned on Pinterest forever. I added extra cinnamon and a huge pinch of red chili powder to make it sort of like a Mexican mocha. It was soooo good--thanks for all the awesome recipes!

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  10. I just made this for lunch, but instead of salt I topped it with walnuts. It was so good! The hardest part was waiting for it to bake!

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  11. Do you have the calorie count for this? It looks SO good!

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  12. I made this yesterday for "lunch" for me and the sis, and replaced the applesauce/banana with peanut butter ....OMG soooo good! I made it again for this morning (just reheated in the microwave) and added cinnamon and flaxseed meal. LOVE IT. You rock, Lauren!

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    1. Oh, that sounds like a fabulous substitution. Was it sweet enough?

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  13. So I generally shy away from baked oatmeal and had this recipe tagged solely to modify into a protein muffin. However, this morning I decided to try it as is since I had some more time on my hands (with adding some protein powder into it for some more staying power) and it was soo yummy! 18 minutes was perfect. I think I may have to take a look at the rest of your baked oatmeal recipes instead of just sticking to the regular ones :)

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  15. I made this tonight and it came out great! I doubled the recipe (so husband could have one too) and made a few alterations. I used a banana I had on hand and found it just short of 2/3 of a cup so I added a tsp or two of melted butter to make up the difference. I then added a tsp of sugar per serving in order to sweeten it up since it was a dessert rather than breakfast. I found 18 minutes produced a fudgy brownie as promised.

    Great recipe! I'd never been a fan of oatmeal, but it is highly advised for increasing milk production in nursing mothers. I'm always looking for new ways to eat oatmeal and I've pinned a few more of your recipes to add to my repertoire. Thanks so much for being an exciting, new resource!

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    1. I did not know the fact about nursing--interesting! I'm so glad you liked it. Could you taste the banana?

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    2. I could taste the banana, but it wasn't overwhelming. I'll definitely try it with apple sauce next time. Can you taste the apple at all?

      Again, I just want to say your blog is great. I'm loving all your recipes! Do you ever make granola or granola bars? I've been working with oatmeal desserts lately too. I think I'd really underestimated oatmeal.

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    3. Personally, I can, but some people say they can't. I guess it varies from person to person.

      Thank you so much. I do make granola (just started recently), but I don't have my own recipes. I just use the recipes from other blogs!

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  16. This looks amazing! I'm making it today! Do you bake covered? Or uncovered?

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    1. I baked it uncovered :) and it came out great. I wrote a blog post about this recipe too!! You're fast becoming my favorite Oatmeal recipe provider ;) LOL!! Thanks a bunch!! http://rugratchow.blogspot.com/2013/07/salted-brownie-baked-oatmeal.html

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    2. Yes, uncovered. :) Sorry! I've been camping with my parents this weekend. I'm glad you liked it, and thanks for your lovely comment!

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  17. Thank you, thank you, thank you!. I can't eat wheat, eggs, dairy or corn but your recipes are perfect for me. Thanks for posting. I also liked your FB page so now I will keep up with all the recipes.

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  18. Just made this but used a 1/4 teaspoon of peppermint extract instead of vanilla extract. Thin Mint baked brownie! Yum!

    Jana

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  19. LOVE, LOVE, love! Totally my favorite! Thanks for sharing!
    Emily J.

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  20. Has anyone tried making this in a crockpot? (like placing the ramekin or bowl inside) If so, how long & did it turn out? :)

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    1. I actually dislike making my oatmeal in a crockpot as I don't like the effects on the taste and texture of the oatmeal. Sorry!

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  21. It's delicious. I add a pinch of red pepper powder and a little agave nectar. I've also added sliced strawberries (before baking). YUM!

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