Chocolate Chip Oat Cake

Chocolate chip oat cake for breakfast is such a decadent, yet healthy, way to start the day! Oat cakes are my favorite breakfast treat and I have so many versions on my website. The combination of fibrous oats plus protein and fat-filled nut milk and egg will keep you satisfied for hours, while a handful of chocolate chips will fulfill your early morning sweet tooth.

Chocolate chip oat cake by the modern nonna chocolate chip oat cake

Chocolate Chip Oat Cake

This gluten and dairy-free oat cake is packed with healthy fiber, fat, and protein to keep you satisfied until lunch. Plus, chocolate chips fulfill any morning sweet tooth.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 1


  • ½ cup rolled oats (47 grams)
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder (make sure it's not expired) (4 grams)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar (15 grams)
  • 1 egg or 1/4 cup egg whites
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract (4 grams)
  • ½ cup plain nut milk, such as almond (125 ml)
  • a few chocolate chips (optional)


  • Preheat the oven to 375F.
  • Add the oats, baking powder, sugar, egg, vanilla extract, and milk to a blender and blend until a smooth batter forms.
  • Pour the batter into a ramekin or divide it among the wells of a muffin tin. Any oven-safe dish will work, as long as the batter fills no more than 3/4 of the dish (the batter will rise and expand in the oven). Top with chocolate chips, if using.
  • Bake for about 30 minutes or until the center of the cake is set and no longer jiggly.


To ensure your cake is truly gluten-free, make sure to check that the label on your oats includes “gluten-free.”
You can use any nut or dairy-free milk you like; I prefer almond milk. 
When using baking powder, always check the expiration date. Expired baking powder will not help your recipe rise in the oven, and you’ll have a sad, deflated cake.
To make the cake dairy-free or vegan, use a flax egg and opt for dairy-free chocolate chips. 
If you don’t have a blender, you can use oat flour instead of oats, and then mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl, using a spoon.  
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