Mocha Baked Oatmeal (with Almond Butter Center) + my blog’s 3rd birthday!

Happy birthday, blog.

Today, you turn three. You’re a toddler, but better because you don’t need to be potty trained. You don’t need to be watched. I never have to worry about you coloring the walls. That’s pretty cool.

Mocha Baked Oatmeal with Almond Butter Center - The Oatmeal Artist

To celebrate the birth of my baby, I went with a recipe that uses all my favorite ingredients: chocolate, coffee, banana (which is optional), almond butter, and happiness. Yes, happiness.*

*not available at Whole Foods

Mocha Baked Oatmeal with Almond Butter Center


I could have just topped the baked oatmeal with almond butter, but I decided to try something a little bit different. I tucked the almond butter inside. Feel free to make your own choices, but this is a fun and easy way to switch it up.

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Mocha Baked Oatmeal (with Almond Butter Center)

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: serves 1

What you'll need:

  • 1 ripe banana (or 1/2 cup's worth of zucchini + 1 tbsp maple syrup)
  • 1/3 cup milk of choice, or water
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp instant coffee granules
  • 1 heaping tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
  • almond butter

How to make it:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F and spray a single-serving ramekin with non-stick spray.
  2. Mash banana (or puree zucchini) and mix with milk, vanilla extract, coffee granules, cocoa powder, and salt by either pureeing in a mini food processor or mashing thoroughly with a fork (lengthy process, but gets the job done).
  3. Stir in baking powder and oats.
  4. Transfer half the batter to the ramekin. Add almond butter to the center (as much as you want). You could keep it in a dollop at the center, or you could spread it as a full layer. Your choice.
  5. Top with remaining oatmeal batter and bake for 20-25 minutes. Enjoy!

Mocha Baked Oatmeal with Almond Butter Center by The Oatmeal Artist

About Lauren Smith

Lauren is a herbivore, Slytherin, and connoisseur of oats. She is a former teacher who is currently studying to earn a master’s degree in curriculum development. You can follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

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