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These Baked Oats feel like eating dessert for breakfast, but with whole grains, eggs, and natural sweetness, they are healthy and filling!
Ever since Baked Oats recipes started showing up all over my For You Page on TikTok, I knew I needed to try them! I am not a huge fan of traditional oatmeal, especially the texture. However, I AM a huge fan of these baked oats. The texture is so cakey and smooth! I love adding lots of toppings and experimenting with flavors. If you want a filling, delicious, healthy breakfast in under 30 minutes, this recipe is for you!
- Oats – For this recipe, rolled oats or old-fashioned oats work best. Rolled oats are oats that have been separated from the husk, steamed, and flattened. Rolled oats work well for baked oats because they soften more and quicker than other types of oats. For example, steel cut oats are not steamed or rolled, they are just cut into thin slices. They don’t work well in baking because they won’t soften. Rolled oats will give you the cake-like texture you want. You can also use oat flour, if desired.
- Bananas – Bananas add a thick texture and a sweetness to the baked oats. Make sure the bananas are really ripe, otherwise they won’t blend well.
- Eggs – Eggs are what help give the baked oats a cake-like texture. They also add a good amount of protein!
- Baking Powder – Baking powder is a leavening agent that helps the oats rise when they bake.
- Salt – Just a pinch of salt will add a depth of flavor!
- Sweetener – You do not have to add sweeteners, but I like to. You can use dates, maple syrup, honey, agave, brown sugar, vanilla extract, or Stevia.
- Optional: Milk – You can replace either one banana or one egg with ½ cup milk in this recipe. You can use dairy-free milks like almond milk, oat milk, coconut milk, cashew milk, and soy milk.
The best part about Baked Oats is the toppings! There are so many fun toppings and combinations to try. Let us know your favorite toppings in the comments below!
- Fruit – Bananas, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, apples, pears
- Nuts and Seeds – almonds, pecans, walnuts, pepitas, chia seeds, flax seeds, sunflower seeds
- Spreads – nut butter, cookie butter, hazelnut spread, jam
- Spices – cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla extract, chai spice, cocoa powder
- Sweeteners – honey, maple syrup, agave, chocolate chips, brown sugar
- Banana Bread – bananas, walnuts, cinnamon
- PB&J – jam, peanut butter, peanuts, berries
- Blueberry Muffin – vanilla, brown sugar, blueberries
- Banana Berry – bananas, strawberries, raspberries
- Reese’s – peanut butter, chocolate chips
- Chunky Monkey – bananas, peanut butter, chocolate chips
- Pumpkin Pie – pumpkin pie spice, vanilla extract
- Brownie – cocoa powder, chocolate chips
Adding More Protein to Baked Oats
Adding protein to baked oats is easy! You can add chia seeds to the batter. You can also mix a scoop of protein powder and a little milk or water to the batter. Chocolate protein powder is a great addition! You can also swirl some peanut butter or other nut butter into the batter before baking.
When it is time to add toppings, you can sprinkle them on top or mix them into the oat batter.
Wrap any leftovers tightly with plastic wrap and keep in the fridge. Reheat in the microwave.
Baked oats can be made vegan by replacing the eggs with flax egg or with non-dairy milk.
As long as you use certified gluten-free oats then yes!
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How to Make Baked Oats
- Preheat oven to 350. Place all ingredients (except toppings) in blender.
- Blend until smooth, about 1 minute.
- Spray ramekins (or other oven-safe dish) with cooking spray. Pour into ramekins. Add toppings if desired.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out mostly clean with just a few crumbs.