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. 😜

Square dish with baked oatmeal topped with caramel and chocolate drizzles and coconut flakes.

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
  • applesauce
  • coconut oil, vanilla extract, baking powder and sea salt.
  • unsweetened shredded coconut
  • chocolate chips – I like Enjoy Life or Lily’s chocolate chips

Two side by side photos of mixing bowls. One had ingredients for samoa baked oatmeal before being mixed and the other is a bowl with the ingredients mixed up.

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.

Baking dish with samoa baked oatmeal drizzled with date caramel and chocolate. Topped with toasted coconut flakes.

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!

Slice of samoa baked oatmeal in a bowl with a gold spoon. Oatmeal is topped with coconut flakes and drizzles of caramel and chocolate.

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Slice of samoa baked oatmeal in a bowl with a gold spoon. Oatmeal is topped with coconut flakes and drizzles of caramel and chocolate.

Samoa Baked Oatmeal

  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 6


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.


  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  3. Spray an 8×8 square baking dish with cooking spray.
  4. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, coconut milk, date caramel, baking powder, sea salt, flaxseed, applesauce, coconut oil and vanilla. 
  5. Add 2 Tablespoons shredded coconut and 2 Tablespoons chocolate chips and stir until just combined. 
  6. Carefully pour oatmeal mixture into the prepared baking dish.
  7. Scatter shredded coconut on top.
  8. 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.
  9. 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. 
  10. Serve immediately with chocolate and date caramel sauce drizzle. 
  11. For storage: store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
  12. 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.
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1/6 of recipe
  • Calories: 282
  • Sugar: 18g
  • Fat: 13g
  • Carbohydrates: 40g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Protein: 6g

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    1. Tannya Bernadette
      March 5, 2021 AT 11:23 am

      Can the date caramel be frozen? I’d hate to waste the leftovers!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 6, 2021 AT 12:17 am

        Hey Tannya – I haven’t tried freezing it, but I don’t see why not!

    2. Heather
      March 1, 2021 AT 4:15 pm

      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!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 1, 2021 AT 8:41 pm

        I’m sure it would turn out delicious blended! Let me know if you try it. 🙂

    3. Nicole
      February 28, 2021 AT 7:33 pm

      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!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 28, 2021 AT 11:14 pm

        Ahh yay, that makes me so happy to hear! So glad you loved this recipe, Nicole. Thanks for the review. I so appreciate it.

    4. Rae
      February 28, 2021 AT 4:26 pm

      Whoa, this baked oatmeal is crazy good! I will definitely be adding it to the weekly meal prep rotation! I’d also love to make it next time we’re able to have friends over for breakfast. It tastes decadent, but I love knowing it’s full of nutrition!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 28, 2021 AT 11:16 pm

        Woo! So glad you loved this recipe, Rae. Thanks for the review. I so appreciate it!

    5. Michele Rhodes
      February 28, 2021 AT 3:27 pm

      This was superb!! It was fun to make with the variety of flavors that go together so well! I used unsweetened shredded coconut and water to make my own milk. I figured I wouldn’t need to strain it then the pulp went right into to oatmeal bake. It couldn’t have tasted better!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 28, 2021 AT 11:17 pm

        Woo! So glad you loved this recipe, Michele. Thanks for the review. I so appreciate it!

    6. Laura Chaffee
      February 27, 2021 AT 12:52 pm

      Hands down the best baked oatmeal I’ve ever made.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 27, 2021 AT 12:58 pm

        Yay!! So glad you loved this one, Laura. Thanks for the review. I so appreciate it!

    7. Abigail
      February 27, 2021 AT 12:15 pm

      YUM! Tasted like dessert without the guilt! So good and easy!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 27, 2021 AT 12:59 pm

        So glad you loved this recipe, Abigail! Thanks for the review. I so appreciate it!

    8. Debbi
      February 27, 2021 AT 10:51 am

      That date caramel sauce though… this recipe is so darn good!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 27, 2021 AT 1:06 pm

        Isn’t the caramel sauce everything?! So glad you loved this recipe. Thanks for the review, Debbi. I appreciate it!

    9. Kim
      February 27, 2021 AT 9:48 am


    10. Natasha
      February 26, 2021 AT 5:52 pm

      This is my favorite!!! And them the carrot cake baked oatmeal! 💖💖💖

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 27, 2021 AT 1:13 pm

        Woo so glad you loved this one, Natasha. Thanks for the review. I so appreciate it!

    11. Melissa
      February 24, 2021 AT 5:11 am

      This is my absolute favorite of your baked oatmeal recipes. I have a serious sweet tooth, and this is the perfect guilt free recipe to please that sweet tooth. The date caramel is delish and pair perfect with this recipe!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 24, 2021 AT 3:49 pm

        Woo!! So glad you’re loving this recipe, Melissa. Thanks for the review. I appreciate it!

    12. Minas
      February 17, 2021 AT 6:32 pm

      Every EBF baked oatmeal I’ve made is delicious! My family all LOVED this. The date caramel is amazing! Everyone wanted to eat it with a spoon. Definitely will be making this again!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 18, 2021 AT 2:09 pm

        Ahh yay!! So glad this baked oatmeal was a hit with your family. Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

    13. Tedra
      February 7, 2021 AT 4:00 pm

      Delicious! My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed this recipe. The date caramel sauce is AMAZING! So good! 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 8, 2021 AT 12:17 am

        I’m so glad this recipe was a hit!! Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

    14. BCK
      February 6, 2021 AT 11:54 am

      The date carmel sauce recipe listed with this Samoa Baked Oatmeal recipe has differenet proportions than the linked recipe for your date carmel sauce. One says 8 dates and the other says 16 dates but both list the same amount of liquid. Thank you for clarifying as I’m anxious to make the sauce and try this oatmeal recipe!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 6, 2021 AT 6:41 pm

        Sorry for the confusion, Bonnie. The recipe listed in the samoa baked oatmeal is half the recipe because with 16 dates it makes a much larger serving, but you only need 1/4 cup (plus more for the topping) to make this recipe. I also preferred it to be a but thinner in this recipe which is the reason for the 3/4 cup milk. You can go with either 8 or 16 dates – depends on if you’d like to have leftovers of the date caramel sauce or not!

    15. ARS
      February 5, 2021 AT 9:46 am

      This was really good! I’ve never made date caramel before but it was delicious! Definitely will make this again!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 5, 2021 AT 2:12 pm

        Woo!! So glad you loved this recipe. Thanks for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

    16. Madalyn
      August 18, 2020 AT 10:04 pm

      Is there anything you can sub the dates in the caramel sauce for or sub the caramel sauce for anything else?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 19, 2020 AT 2:38 pm

        Hey Madalyn – You could use a store-bought caramel sauce or you could skip it all together if you prefer.

    17. Lauren
      August 4, 2020 AT 8:57 am

      DELICIOUS!!! Like magic cookie bars. This is my first review on anything on pinterest that I’ve made (thats a ton of food) because DAMN 😛

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 4, 2020 AT 9:45 am

        Omg, yay!! So pumped that you enjoyed this recipe and decided to come back to my site and leave a comment/star rating review. I so appreciate it!

        1. Megan
          March 3, 2021 AT 8:32 pm

          This is baking in my oven as I type! I am so excited to try it! I caught my 2.5year old daughter licking the spoon I used to scrap down the date caramel sauce in my blender and she said it was delicious! & I agree. Can’t wait for it to be done! Love EBF recipes!

          1. Brittany Mullins
            March 3, 2021 AT 9:57 pm

            Love it!! How did the baked oatmeal turn out?!

    18. Sophie
      June 27, 2020 AT 12:02 am

      This is one of my favorites! The date caramel is heavenly.

    19. Brett
      May 25, 2020 AT 12:42 pm

      This recipe is amazing! I made it exactly as written and it was so good. My two little girls loved it as well. We will definitely make it again! Thanks!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 25, 2020 AT 9:13 pm

        Woot woot!! So glad this baked oatmeal was a hit! Thanks for trying my recipe and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it, Brett.

    20. Connie
      May 17, 2020 AT 7:19 am

      Sounds delicious & I want to make this but I wonder…’ve shown the date caramel sauce as one of the ingredients in the oatmeal base. And, also to drizzle over the top once baked. So, just divide the sauce to have some to drizzle over the finished oatmeal or is it NOT supposed to be IN the baked portion; just used to drizzle over? Thanks…

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 17, 2020 AT 10:50 pm

        Hey Connie – The date caramel sauce is supposed to be in the recipe (1/4 cup) and also drizzled on top. The recipe for the sauce will make more than 1/4 cup so you’ll have plenty left to drizzle on top at the end. 🙂

    21. Whitney
      April 16, 2020 AT 4:34 pm

      Love this recipe. Question – are the measurements for the caramel date sauce correct? The almond milk amount differs from your original date sauce recipe….

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 17, 2020 AT 6:50 pm

        Yes, in this recipe it calls for more almond milk to make the sauce more liquidy. 🙂

    22. Emily
      April 16, 2020 AT 1:26 pm!! Delicious!!

    23. Amelie
      April 12, 2020 AT 10:55 am

      This was great, the whole family enjoyed it. I substituted one mashed banana for the applesauce as I didn’t have any on hand. We’ve been loving your baked oatmeal recipes!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 13, 2020 AT 10:26 pm

        Ahh yay!! I’m so glad you enjoyed this baked oatmeal recipe, Amelie. Thanks for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. It’s super helpful to other readers, so I appreciate it. <3

    24. Kate
      April 10, 2020 AT 7:22 am

      I don’t have flaxmeal (or chia). Could I omit or substitute with something else?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 10, 2020 AT 4:14 pm

        You can swap in a regular egg!

    25. Adrienne
      April 4, 2020 AT 9:00 pm

      Easy to make and delicious result!

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