This recipe has been a labor of love for me.
I decided I wanted to make a baked oatmeal with Nutella after I planned to make a pumpkin oatmeal and realized I had no pumpkin. What I did have was a huge jar of Nutella from a two-pack I bought at Costco and, of course, never used. I think I even gave away the other jar of Nutella. I have this terrible habit of buying giant containers of food from Costco and forgetting about them. I just threw away a tub of mayo (that was part of a two-pack) that was past it’s expiration date.
This flavor was a gamble because Sis swears she doesn’t like Nutella. I know that’s blasphemy, but she swears. I was hoping she would like it enough to help me eat it because the recipe makes enough for 6 to 8 servings.
The first time I made it, I used a too small rectangular baking dish and it began bubbling over the sides of the dish. The taste was spot on, but the appearance was disastrous. This time around I made it in another too small dish. It was a tall circular baking dish. It didn’t spill over the sides, but it took an incredibly long time to bake which included two bake times. I had to leave to take my dog to the vet in the middle. When I got back I realized that it still needed more time because the dish was still very jiggly.
What didn’t help is that I add a ton of chocolate chunks to the top of the oatmeal before baking. All of the chocolate sunk to the middle by the time it was done, which you may guess lends to a very chocolatey dish of oatmeal.
I almost named this oatmeal Nutella Brownie Batter Oatmeal Bake because the first time I made it I undercooked it and it pretty much tasted like brownie batter mixed with oats. Turns out when you fully bake it, it tastes less like Brownie Batter and more like chocolate oatmeal. This is one indulgent bowl of warm, chocolatey oats and would be perfect for a brunch party, sleepover or reheating all week long for breakfast.
- ½ c. butter, softened
- ¼ c. white sugar
- ½ c. brown sugar
- 1 c. Nutella
- 2 eggs
- 2 c. milk
- ½ tsp. salt
- 1 T. baking powder
- 3 c. regular oats
- 1 c. chocolate chips + more for garnish
- 1 c. walnuts (optional)
- warm milk (optional)
- Beat together the butter, sugars, Nutella and eggs. Mix in the salt, baking powder and oats. Beat well. Add the chocolate chips, nuts and milk. Pour into a greased 3-quart baking dish. If using regular or rolled oats, you can cover with foil and refrigerate overnight or cook immediately.
- When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Bake in preheated oven until browned on top and mostly firm, about 45 minutes. Serve hot with warm milk, if desired.