Chocolate and oatmeal loaf

This is a new recipe for me. I got about halfway through when I realized that I forgot to order baking soda the other day oops. I’m hoping it’s okay since the recipe is mostly using oats instead of flour.

I’m still trying to reduce the amount of gluten in my diet. I’m not eliminating it all together – I’m just eating less bread and high carb foods like pasta and bagels. In just a few weeks, I’m really noticing a difference.

You may have noticed that I use oats in almost all my baking recipes. I’ve come to really enjoy eating oats. Oatmeal has never been my favorite – but baked oats? Oh yeah. And overnight oats with fruit and honey? Even better.

This recipe took minutes to prep and I’m hoping it turns out well.

Side note, I’ve been having some oven issues with food not cooking thoroughly. I’m trying to get into the habit of preheating the oven and letting it run for a few minutes before popping in whatever I’m making. I’m hoping this will help improve things. If not, I may have to let the landlord know the oven is toast.

To put it bluntly, it takes over an hour for mini potatoes to cook. So either I need to just bump up the heat, or cook things longer.

Anyway. Since you all love my oatmeal recipes so much, I’m happy to provide you with more. And this time, I actually measured things out for you. And because I didn’t have baking soda, I just added a bit more baking powder.


Ingredients

  • 2 cups of quick oats
  • 1 cup of white or all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup of almond milk
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon (or use sticks)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Optional: 1/2 cup of crushed walnuts

Preparation

  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease your loafing pan with butter or Pam spray. Set aside.
  • Add the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl. Mix well. Fold in the walnuts last. Save some of the walnuts for later.
  • In a separate bowl, beat the eggs, add in the olive oil, and milk.
  • Mix well with a wooden spoon.
  • Pour the wet mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Mix well with a wooden spoon but don’t overmix.
  • Add in the chocolate chips – I used about 1/4 of a bag because, chocolate. Mix in gently.
  • Pour the batter into your pre-greased loaf pan. Use a spoon or your hands to push the batter down and spread out evenly. See photo below for reference.
  • If using walnuts, drop a line of walnuts on top of the loaf for presentation. I love the added “crunch” of walnuts.
  • Bake for 30 to 40 minutes using the middle rack of your oven. Cooking times may vary depending on the type of oven you have. If in doubt, use the toothpick method.

Note: if you’re not used to using oats in your recipes, these loaves can often rise differently than all flour loaves. This is my first time trying it without baking soda, so I’m really hoping it all goes well. I’ll share pictures once it’s done.


What I love about loaves

Loaves are one of the most versatile items that you can make. You can add fruit like banana, apples or berries. You can use orange or lemon peels. You can add walnuts, almonds or any kind of nut. Other things you can add include peanut butter, or yogurt for added flavour. Just adjust baking time to accommodate the added ingredients.

If you’re looking for healthier options for baking, might I suggest using the following products:

  • Almond flour or coconut flour
  • Almond milk or plant based milk
  • Quick or steel oats
  • Nuts (almonds, walnuts, peanuts)
  • Stevia or honey for sweeteners

I’m still learning what products can be substituted and what can’t. Some recipes may require some math. I often turn to Google or All Recipes to determine the ratios.


Finished Product

This was delicious. Turns out 45 minutes was entirely too long and it’s a little dry. I would suggest cooking for 30 minutes and doing the toothpick test. But honestly, I’m never going back to flour baking!

Wrap in foil and leave in the fridge overnight for best results. Reheat in the microwave for about 30 seconds and add a bit of plant based butter or yogurt. Delicious.

I’ve died and gone to heaven.

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