Samoa Baked Oatmeal
Published Mar 18, 2020, Updated May 24, 2023
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Love coconut, caramel and chocolate? You will adore this healthy Samoa baked oatmeal. It’s made with coconut milk, date caramel and a chocolate drizzle.
I’m not sure how it took me so long to combine two of my favorite foods but here we are… Samoas + baked oatmeal had a baby and it’s delicious! This breakfast recipe is sweet, but still pretty healthy and really hits the spot. I’d like to personally request this at all brunches moving forward! I’m calling it now: this Samoa baked oatmeal will be the new cinnamon roll. 😜
Here’s What You Need:
- old fashioned rolled oats
- coconut milk – we’re using canned coconut milk for this recipe – regular or light.
- date caramel sauce – this recipe is super simple (only 4 ingredients) and worth making!
- ground flaxseed
- coconut oil, vanilla extract, baking powder and sea salt.
- unsweetened shredded coconut
- chocolate chips – I like Enjoy Life or Lily’s chocolate chips
The Star of the Show…
In my opinion, the date caramel sauce is the star of this recipe! I’ve used it in my salted caramel oatmeal and on my apple nachos but I figured it needed to make an appearance with a baked oatmeal recipe too!
While it is an extra step it’s super simple and only slightly more difficult than buying a caramel sauce at the store. And the ingredients for my homemade date caramel are waaay better than the ingredients you’ll find in store-bought caramel. Most have high fructose corn syrup, preservatives and food coloring.
For the date caramel, all you have to do is blend all ingredients in a high powered blender or food processor. You’ll have a caramel sauce made out of whole food ingredients in no time at all. Highly recommend keeping a stash of this caramel in the fridge at all times.
Meal Prep Oatmeal? Heck Yes!
One of my favorite things about baked oatmeal is that it is perfect for meal prep. The entire recipe (besides the date caramel) can be mixed in one bowl. Then you simply bake it and portion out your servings. Let the baked oatmeal cool completely before putting it in an airtight container and storing in the refrigerator for up to five days. When you’re ready to enjoy, you can eat cold or reheat it. My personal favorite way to reheat baked oatmeal is to pop it in the toaster oven. Then I like to add a splash of milk and top with an extra drizzle of date caramel sauce!
More Baked Oatmeal Recipes to Try:
- Strawberry Banana Baked Oatmeal
- Chocolate Baked Oatmeal
- Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal
- Peanut Butter Banana Baked Oatmeal
- Peach Baked Oatmeal
- S’mores Baked Oatmeal
More Oatmeal Recipes:
- Easy Overnight Oats
- Basic Healthy Oatmeal
- Healthy Oatmeal Cookies
- Protein Oatmeal
- Oatmeal For Babies
Samoa Baked Oatmeal
- 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- 1 15oz can regular or light canned coconut milk (about 1 and ¾ cups)
- 1/4 cup date caramel, see recipe below
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 Tablespoon ground flaxseed
- ½ cup applesauce
- 1 Tablespoon melted coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 Tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut + more for topping oatmeal
- 4 Tablespoons chocolate chips, divided
- ¼ teaspoon coconut oil to thin chocolate
- extra date caramel, for drizzling
- Date Caramel
- 8 medjool dates, pitted*
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup unsweetened almond or oat milk + more if needed
- Make date caramel by adding all ingredients into a high powered blender or food processor (and blend until mixture is smooth and there are no date chunks detectable. Add additional milk until the date caramel is thin enough to drizzle, but not too thin.
- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- Spray an 8×8 square baking dish with cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, mix together the oats, coconut milk, date caramel, baking powder, sea salt, flaxseed, applesauce, coconut oil and vanilla.
- Add 2 Tablespoons shredded coconut and 2 Tablespoons chocolate chips and stir until just combined.
- Carefully pour oatmeal mixture into the prepared baking dish.
- Scatter shredded coconut on top.
- Bake for 40 minutes, or until the oatmeal bake has set and flakes are toasted and golden. Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes.
- While cooling, add 2 Tablespoons of chocolate chips to a microwave safe container with the coconut oil. Heat in the microwave in 30 second increments until melted. Drizzle chocolate over the baked oatmeal. Then drizzle date caramel sauce over top.
- Serve immediately with chocolate and date caramel sauce drizzle.
- For storage: store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
- To reheat: To reheat the whole baked oatmeal, cover with foil and reheat in a 350°F oven for about 20 minutes. For individual portions, set toaster oven to 350°F and bake for 5-10 minutes or reheat in the microwave for 1 minute.
- Recipe works best fresh, soft medjool dates. If dates are dry or hard, you can soak them in water for about 30 minutes, drain and then use them in the recipe.
- If you’re using the smaller deglet noor dates, you’ll need to use more! This is something you can play around with to get the caramel sauce thickness you’re looking for.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.
This recipe is so delicious but it’s also FUN. I normally would have skipped going through the trouble of making date caramel but I’m so glad I didn’t. It has such good flavor and really brings the dish together. Plus, I have a bunch of leftover date caramel to drizzle and smear on other foods as my heart desires. Thank you for another wonderful baked oatmeal recipe!
Ahh yay, that makes me so happy to hear! So glad you loved this recipe, Nicole. Thanks for the review. I so appreciate it.
I loved this recipe, but now I want to try it blended like the blended oatmeal cup you just posted. Any thoughts on how that will work out? I think my kiddo will like the texture better if it’s blended. Thanks!!
I’m sure it would turn out delicious blended! Let me know if you try it. 🙂
Can the date caramel be frozen? I’d hate to waste the leftovers!
Hey Tannya – I haven’t tried freezing it, but I don’t see why not!
This recipe is fantastic!! The only thing I changed was making everything the night before (way easier with my kids asleep!) and it baked perfectly in the morning! My boys loved it and we are currently having the date caramel sauce with apples for their morning snack. It’s SO good! I accidentally made the full recipe and I’m kind of glad I did. I’m just going to put it on everything I can!
Woo! So happy this recipe was a hit, Brieanne! Thanks for making it and coming back to leave a review. It means the world to me.
I don’t like oatmeal but I love those girl scout cookies!! This is a great and healthier alternative to over processed cookies so win win! I used coconut milk in the caramel sauce as well and it turned out delicious still so… thanks for the recipe!
So happy to hear this recipe was a hit, Maggie! Thanks so much for the review 🙂
Excellent Recipe..my family loved it. The date caramel topping is delicious and goes really well with the bake. I used quick cooking oats as I dint have rolled oats n I also skipped coconut and chocolate chips. But it was still very nice. Thanks alot for sharing this wonderful recipe.
Woo! So glad this recipe worked out for you, V. Thanks for including the swaps you used! I appreciate you coming back to leave a review.
I made this baked oatmeal last week for my mid-morning snack. I was going to try a different baked oatmeal this next week but this one was so good I have to already remake it! It is great for the spring months but I think it would be great all year, especially when craving Girl Scout cookies
Yes! I am so glad to hear that you are loving this recipe, Siena. Thank you so much for coming back and sharing your review + star rating, I really appreciate it!
This is an awesome recipe. I don’t often leave reviews but I felt compelled to in this case. I have not had dates often and didn’t think that I liked them. The combination of the date caramel and chocolate is so delicious. I definitely recommend making it.
Excellent! This means so much, Lynette. I am excited to hear that you are loving this recipe and it turned out great for you. Thank you for coming back and sharing your review + star rating, I really appreciate it!
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