Dark Chocolate Raspberry Baked Oatmeal Recipe
by Analiese Trimber
- Rolling pin or food processor
- 10x6 or 8x8 baking dish
- 2 tbsp Ground flaxseed meal
- 5 tbsp Water
- 1 cup Freeze dried raspberries
- 1 tsp Vanilla extract
- 6 tbsp Maple syrup
- 2 cups Plant-based milk
- 2 tbsp Avocado oil
- 2 cups Rolled oats
- ¼ tsp Kosher salt
- 1 tsp Baking powder
- ⅓ cup Vegan dark chocolate chunks
1In a small bowl, combine flaxseed meal and water. Let gel for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.·Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease a 10x6 baking dish.
2Place freeze dried raspberries in a Ziploc bag and crush with a rolling pin, wine bottle or other heavy object.·Alternatively, you can blend them in the food processor to get crumbs.
3In a large bowl, whisk together vanilla, maple syrup, plant-based milk, and avocado oil.
4Add oats, crushed freeze dried raspberries, salt, and baking powder. Whisk to fully combine.
5Transfer oat mixture to pan. Add chocolate chips on top. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until mixture slightly pulls away from the corner of the pan.·Optional: top with peanut butter and fresh raspberries.
Taking Oats from Dull to Delicious
Oatmeal has always been a well-suited breakfast food, but is often overlooked due to having a bad rap of being bland. However, we love oatmeal and know it’s a great source of fiber and carbs. Oats also contain more protein and fats compared to other grains. To dress up this popular breakfast dish, we created this dark chocolate raspberry baked oatmeal recipe! Our recipe uses flax eggs so it’s vegan, freeze dried raspberries, plant-based milk, and yummy vegan dark chocolate!
What’s unique about this recipe is the incorporation of freeze dried raspberries, which is a plus if you don’t always have fresh fruit on hand. The other advantage of using freeze dried fruit is that it only loses about 10 percent of the original nutritional value, and can be stored for much longer periods of time. In general, raspberries are great thanks to the many potent antioxidants, in addition to especially high amounts of vitamin C, which boosts immunity and helps prevent chronic diseases.
Not only did we include flaxseed meal to make this dish safe for those following a vegan meal plan, but also for its nutritional value. Known as a superfood, flaxseed contains Omega-3 fatty acids and high amounts of fiber; this combination makes flaxseed ideal for digestive health. In this recipe, we turn our flaxseed meal into flax “eggs” by mixing it with water and letting it thicken into a gel-like consistency.
Once you’ve made your flax eggs, combine them with the rest of your ingredients, transfer the mixture to the pan, and top with dark chocolate chips. If you are strictly vegan, make sure to choose a chocolate chip without any dairy. Dark chocolate could be one of the planet’s most antioxidant-rich substances, and it’s also extremely high in fiber, iron and magnesium.
The final result will feature a delicious, crimson-tinted, brownie-shaped breakfast treat. With less than 225 calories per serving, this recipe for dark chocolate raspberry baked oatmeal will find its way into your breakfast rotation in no time.