Salted Brownie Baked Oatmeal

[A new and improved version of this recipe can be found here. I highly recommend it!]

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. ๐Ÿ™

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 rarelyย 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!



[One more time: I really, really, really, really recommend making the updated version instead.]

Salted Brownie Baked Oatmeal

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Yield: serves 1

What you'll need:

  • 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)

How to make it:

  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. ๐Ÿ™‚
  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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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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.

40 Responses to Salted Brownie Baked Oatmeal

  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.

  2. Aly Miazga says:

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

    • Lauren Smith says:

      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.

  3. Basil says:

    Oh, wow, you sure have been busy. And c’est dommage that you had to have toast – of all the horrors! ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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!

  4. Kristy says:

    This looks soooo decadent! Wowzers!

  5. Anonymous says:

    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.

  6. Anonymous says:

    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!!

  7. Anonymous says:

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

  8. Leslie says:

    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!

  9. Vanessa says:

    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!

  10. Mag says:

    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!

  11. Christy says:

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

  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!

  13. Audra says:

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Nina Scalice says:

    How many calories are in this?

  15. C. Divino says:

    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!

    • Lauren Smith says:

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

    • Chuck Divino says:

      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.

    • Lauren Smith says:

      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!

  16. Rugrat Chow! says:

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

  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.

  18. Anonymous says:

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


  19. Anonymous says:

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

  20. Has anyone tried making this in a crockpot? (like placing the ramekin or bowl inside) If so, how long & did it turn out? ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. MiKo says:

    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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