Are you tired of the same old breakfast routine? Well, get ready to try one of the most popular TikTok food trends – baked oats! This is such a genius breakfast hack because you get all the health benefits of eating porridge, but it tastes like pudding! This breakfast will fuel your morning with the wholesome goodness of bananas, blueberries and oats plus chia seeds for that extra fiber and omega-3 boost. Plus, it can be made in advance and re-heated making it perfect for meal prep. Some recipes are made by blending oats for a cake-like texture but my recipe skips that step and keeps the oats whole.
Why You’ll Love This Baked Oatmeal Recipe
- A breakfast that feels like dessert? Yes, please! These baked oats are a delightful twist on traditional porridge, offering a creamy and indulgent texture that will make you feel like you’re treating yourself to something special every morning.
- Chia seeds are the secret ingredient that adds a wonderful fiber boost to keep your digestive system happy and omega-3 fatty acids for overall wellness.
- If you’re looking to stay even more full and satisfied until lunchtime, you can even add a scoop of protein powder to the mix.
- Customisable – this recipe includes frozen blueberries, but you could swap these for another fruit like raspberries or even mango for a tropical twist! You can also add in other inclusions like coconut flakes, cacao nibs, chocolate chips… whatever you vibe with 🙂
Rolled Oats: A nutritious and filling ingredient that provides a good source of fiber, promoting healthy digestion and helping to keep you satisfied throughout the morning.
Ripe Banana: These naturally sweet fruits add a creamy texture and contribute essential nutrients such as potassium, which supports heart health and helps regulate blood pressure.
Chia Seeds: These tiny seeds are rich in fiber, promoting digestive health, and are a great source of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids, which are beneficial for heart and brain health.
Tips and Tricks
- Opt for overripe bananas to maximize sweetness and flavor in your baked oats.
- For a gluten-free option, ensure that the oats you use are certified gluten-free.
- Don’t skimp on the toppings! Creamy coconut yogurt and fresh strawberries add a delightful contrast to the warm baked oats.
- Make sure to grease the baking tray so the oats don’t stick.
- If you want a really filling breakfast, do include the scoop of protein powder 🙂
How To Make Baked Oats
Making these baked oats is super simple. There’s a detailed recipe card at the bottom of this post, but if you’d like a high level step-by-step overview, then read on.
Step 1: Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
Step 2: In a separate bowl, mix the wet ingredients.
Step 3: Combine the wet and dry ingredients, stir to make a batter.
Step 4: Transfer to a baking dish or ramekins and bake!
What I love about this recipe is that it is so versatile, you really can’t go wrong! So if you need to customise it for dietary preferences, ingredient availability or just to your own taste you can easily do so. Here are a few substitution and customisation ideas for your baked oats:
- Oats: While rolled oats are commonly used, you can experiment with other types of oats such as quick oats or steel-cut oats. Keep in mind that the texture and baking time may vary.
- Bananas: If you’re not a fan of bananas or simply want to try something different, consider substituting them with unsweetened applesauce, mashed sweet potatoes, or pumpkin puree. These alternatives will still add natural sweetness and moisture to the baked oats.
- Coconut sugar: This could be subsituted for a liquid sweetener like maple syrup or agave, or omitted entirely if you prefer a less sweet breakfast.
- Blueberries: Feel free to swap frozen blueberries with other frozen or fresh berries such as strawberries, raspberries, or blackberries. You can even use diced apples or peaches for a delicious fruity twist.
- Protein Powder: If you prefer not to use protein powder, you can omit it altogether. If you’re not vegan, you could also add one or two eggs as a way to increase the protein content as well.
- Chia Seeds: If you don’t have chia seeds on hand, you can substitute them with ground flaxseeds or hemp seeds for a similar nutritional boost.
- Extra additions: This would be sooo delicious with some other tasty inclusions like nuts, seeds or even chocolate chips. Think almonds, pepitas, sunflower seeds, walnuts, cacao nibs, nut butters (peanut butter or almond butter would be amazing!), coconut flakes… use whatever combo sounds good to you or as a way to use up any random ingredients you have in your pantry!
Absolutely! Baked oats are a nutritious choice for breakfast. They are packed with fiber, vitamins, and minerals from ingredients like rolled oats, fruit, and optional add-ins like chia seeds. They provide sustained energy, promote satiety, and contribute to a balanced diet.
Yes, baked oats can be enjoyed cold! They can be prepared in advance and refrigerated, making them a convenient option for busy mornings or as a grab-and-go snack. If you prefer a warm serving, you can easily reheat them in the microwave or oven.
Of course! Baked oats can be enjoyed not only as a wholesome breakfast but also as a satisfying snack. For extra convenience you could portion them into smaller containers for a quick and nutritious snack option throughout the day.
While baked oatmeal does contain carbohydrates, it is important to note that the type of carbohydrates found in oats are complex carbs. These are digested slowly, providing a steady release of energy and helping to keep you full. Baked oats can be part of a balanced meal plan and offer a healthy source of carbohydrates for sustained energy.
Yes, definitely. Baked oats are highly customizable to fit different dietary preferences. For example, you can use gluten-free oats for a gluten-free version, incorporate plant-based protein powder for added protein, or add nuts and seeds.
Leftover baked oats can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. You can also freeze them for up to 3 months. Microwave for a couple of minutes to reheat or thaw.
Yes you can! Simply portion out the batter into separate ramekins instead of a baking tray. Reduce the bake time to 20-25 minutes as the smaller size means they will cook through faster. You can test if they are done by inserting a skewer or knife in the centre, if the batter is too runny then pop them in for another few minutes.
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I hope you have fun mixing up your morning routine with these baked oats! If you enjoyed this recipe I’d be so grateful if you could give a star rating below. Also, feel free to comment and let me know what you thought or your own unique twist! If you share a photo of your baked oats on Instagram be sure to tag me @vegandiaries___ so I can repost to stories 🙂
Vegan Baked Oats
- Large baking dish
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/3 cup coconut sugar or raw sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 3 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/3 cup protein powder optional
- 2/3 cup walnuts roughly chopped
- 2 cups plant based milk
- 2.5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 large overripe banana mashed
- 2 cups frozen blueberries
- coconut yoghurt
- fresh strawberries
- Preheat oven to 190C / 375F.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients: rolled oats, cinnamon, coconut sugar, baking powder, salt, chia seeds, protein powder and walnuts.
- In a separate medium sized bowl or large jug, combine wet ingredients: milk, oil, vanilla extract and overripe banana.
- Pour the wet mixture over the dry and stir to form a batter.
- Lightly grease a large baking tray and scatter half of the blueberries across the tray. Top with the oat mixture, then scatter the remaining blueberries across the top. Bake for 45-50 minutes until lightly golden.
- Serve with coconut yoghurt and fresh strawberries. Keep leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days, this will reheat well in the microwave.