Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Snack Cake

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If you’re needing a little afternoon pick me up, look no further than this Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Snack Cake. It’s wonderful with a tall glass of cold milk.

This Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Snack Cake has an irresistible chewy texture that's perfect for an after school treat!

Snack Cakes: A Pinterest Sensation

Have you ever heard of a snack cake? I’ve seen them floating around the Internet for awhile, and the idea always amused and intrigued me. I mean, any cake is a snack cake if I eat it at 2 PM, right? I’ve pinned several different recipes for snack cakes with the intention of trying out this mystery middle-of-the-day dessert, but I never got around to it.

Then, a copy of my friend Aimee Broussard‘s new cookbook, Picnics, Potlucks, and Porch Parties, arrived on my doorstop. I adore Aimee’s passion for good food and Southern hospitality, and this book combines the best of both of those worlds. The recipes, which include things like Tipsy Peach Tea and Grilled Shrimp with Creole Butter Sauce, are simple but special, perfect for whipping up and toting along to a fancy brunch or a casual picnic.

Between our weekly neighborhood gathering and bi-monthly church potlucks, I am always in need of more quick, crowd pleasing recipes and this book certainly delivers.

As I was leafing through the book, dog-earing pages that looked interesting, I came across Aimee’s Chocolate Chip Snack Cake. The recipe included all the usual suspects–butter, sugar, flour, vanilla–but it also included a full cup of oatmeal. I decided it was finally time to see what all the fuss was about and make a snack cake for myself.

This Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Snack Cake is the perfect after school treat with a tall glass of milk!

Chocolate Chip Snack Cake

This recipe comes together really quickly, even if you have to take a break every two minutes to drag the baby away from the Blu-ray player…again. And the finished product? Well, it’s worthy of all those Pinterest pins. 

The cake itself has a faint cocoa flavor which is amped up by a sprinkling of melty chocolate chips. While it certainly will satisfy a craving for sweets, the oatmeal lends this cake a chewy, hearty texture which pushes this firmly into snack territory. It reminded me of a fluffy cake version of my Salted Milk Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Cookies.

That, along with a bit of crunch from chopped walnuts, makes this a really irresistible after school snack. All you need is a tall glass of milk and maybe some homework to work on!

In the spirit of hospitality, I took this cake to a church gathering and only saved a few slices for ourselves. We polished those off in no time at all, and as the Mr. stuffed the last crumbs in his face he informed me I was going to need to make another pan just for us. That, for me, is the sign of a winning recipe.

This Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Snack Cake has a hearty, chewy texture and is perfect as an after school snack!

If you enjoyed this easy sheet pan cake, you’ll also love our Chocolate Crazy Cake, Banana Crumb Cake, and Zucchini Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting.

This Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Snack Cake has an irresistible chewy texture that's perfect for an after school treat!

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Snack Cake

If you’re needing a little afternoon pick me up, look no further than this Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Snack Cake. It’s wonderful with a tall glass of cold milk.
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 18
Calories: 397kcal


  • 1 3/4 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened (1 cup )
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 Tablespoon cocoa
  • 2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips (divided)
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9 x 13 inch baking pan and set aside.
  • Add the oatmeal to a large mixing bowl. Pour the boiling water over top. Stir in the sugars and butter. Continue to stir until butter is melted. Let the mixture stand at room temperature for 10 minutes.
  • Add eggs to the oatmeal mixture and mix well.
  • In another bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda, and cocoa. Add this to the oatmeal mixture, stirring to combine. Fold in 1 cup of the chocolate chips.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle with the remaining chocolate chips and nuts. Baked for 40-45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.


  • You can stir all of the nuts and chocolate into the cake - then they are fully mixed and less likely to fall off. I like saving some back for the top for presentation purposes when taking the dish somewhere.
Course Cake, Cupcakes & Frosting
Cuisine American
Keyword oatmeal chocolate chip snack cake, oatmeal snack cake, snack cake


Calories: 397kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 141mg | Potassium: 196mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 355IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. I love oatmeal! Looks like I’ll need to add this to my list of recipes to make! Thank you for sharing 🙂

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