Learn how to make the easiest and tastiest blended baked oats with five irresistible mix-ins in this simple recipe. Healthy, filling, and guilt-free, these baked oats are dairy-free, naturally sweetened, light, and simply delicious.
If you’ve noticed a theme, oats make a huge part of our morning meal. If you’ve tried our overnight oats or protein oatmeal already, you’ll become obsessed with the baked version which has taken social media by storm!
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What are baked oats?
Like you would bake a cake, baked oats are made using a batter of oats, bananas, rising agents (eggs or baking powder), milk, flavorings, and add-ins. And interestingly, it puffs up and eats like a cake too! It has been a viral recipe on TikTok, Instagram, and pretty much every social media platform.
Why you’ll love this recipe
- Healthy. These baked oats are rich in dietary fibers and proteins that fuel you all through the morning.
- Indulgent. If you think oats are boring, you need to try this recipe. Like blueberry baked oatmeal, You’ll make these yummy baked oats on rotation with my five dessert-worthy mix-in options.
- Make ahead. Prepare a batch of five and enjoy readymade breakfast throughout the week!
- Hands off. Exactly like the cinnamon roll version, without excessive prepping and chopping, this recipe is hands-off once you make the batter (which takes less than two minutes!).
What I love about this recipe is how fluffy these babies turn out. Not to mention that they are eggless, dairy-free, and easily made gluten-free.
You’ll need only eight simple ingredients and a few mix-ins to make five exciting baked oats variations. Here’s what you’ll need:
For the basic oats:
- Oats. I prefer using old-fashioned or rolled oats for this recipe. You can also use non-flavored instant oats.
- Bananas. You’ll need ripe bananas.
Want to make baked oats without bananas? Swap it out for unsweetened applesauce or pumpkin puree.
- Apple cider vinegar. ACV reacts with the baking soda to make light and airy baked oats.
- Milk. Use your preferred plant-based milk to adjust the consistency of the batter.
- Peanut butter. Use smooth peanut butter for this recipe so that it incorporates well with the rest of the ingredients. The fats help to achieve a soft, rich, and moist texture.
- Baking powder and baking soda. To make fluffy baked oats.
- Vanilla extract. Works well as a universal base flavor.
For the five mix-ins:
- Blueberries. Use fresh or frozen blueberries. If using frozen berries, thaw and dry them before adding them to the batter.
- Chocolate walnut. You’ll need a couple of tablespoons of chocolate chips and chopped walnuts to make this flavor.
- Chocolate chips. Add a few tablespoons of chocolate chips to make this variation.
- Double chocolate. If you LOVE chocolate, double down on chocolate by adding cocoa powder and chocolate chips.
- Peanut butter and jelly. Use equal proportions of peanut butter and jelly to make this classic combo.
How to make baked oats
Unlike the traditional version, these baked oats are made with smooth oats batter. Here’s how you go about it.
Step 1- Make the batter.
Blend oats, baking powder, baking soda, apple cider vinegar, peanut butter, almond milk, and vanilla extract in a high-speed blender until smooth.
Step 2- Portion the batter
After resting the batter for 5 minutes, transfer it to a greased ramekin.
Step 3- Bake them
Add your mix-ins of choice and bake for 12-15 minutes, until puffed up.
Step 4- Let them cool down and serve
Allow the oats to cool down a little before serving.
Tips to make the best recipe
- Grease your ramekins. Don’t forget this step. Lightly grease the ramekins with cooking spray before adding your batter to prevent the oats from sticking to the sides.
- Adjust the consistency of the batter. Blend the batter smooth in a high-speed blender and add a few tablespoons of milk if you think the batter is too thick. And add more oats if the batter is too thin.
- Use ripe bananas. Ripe bananas work as excellent natural sweeteners and binding agents for baked oats.
- Adjust the baking time. Baking time could vary based on your oven. So, you may need less or more time to bake your oats. Keep a close eye while the oats bake, and check a couple of times in between.
- Add more milk. If you bake it too long and the oats dry up, revive them by adding a few tablespoons of your preferred milk.
Flavor and recipe variations
- Make muffins or cupcakes. Instead of baking in ramekins, make these oats in muffin tins or cupcake molds. Top with fresh fruits or frost them for an indulgent snack!
- Customize your add-ins. Make tropical baked oats with mangoes and shredded coconut. Add raisins, apricots, and dates to make a dry-fruity version.
- Substitute the peanut butter. If you don’t like peanut butter or have an allergy, swap it out for almond butter, tahini, or sunflower seed butter.
- Add protein powder. Add 2-3 scoops of protein powder to the batter for a protein-packed breakfast.
To store. If you plan to eat it the same day, keep it covered at room temperature. But if you intend to enjoy it over a few days, I recommend keeping them in air-tight containers in the refrigerator.
To freeze. These baked oats also freeze well. Once cooled, remove them from the ramekins, wrap them individually, and freeze them for up to two months.
To reheat. Let the baked oats thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Heat in the microwave for a few seconds, or enjoy it cold.
Recommended tools to make this recipe
- Blender. This high-speed blender makes the smoothest batter.
- Ramekins. Affordable must-haves to make fluffy baked oats, soufflé, or choco lava cake.
More recipes using oats to try
- Chocolate baked oats
- Strawberry oatmeal bars
- Carrot cake baked oatmeal
- Cinnamon roll baked oatmeal
- Oatmeal breakfast bars
Frequently asked questions
Of course! Make the batter and bake in microwave-safe molds or bowls for 1-2 minutes.
Use old-fashioned (rolled oats), instant oats, or oat flour to make these baked oats. Avoid using steel-cut oats as they won’t have the perfect cake-like texture.
Sure! You may have to scale up the recipe for that. But you can make a cake or a casserole from this versatile batter.
The difference is in the treatment of oats and the texture of the end product. Oatmeal is made from a whole oats mixture and has a hearty, thick texture, whereas baked oats are made by blitzing them together to make a smooth batter and have a cake-like fluffy texture.
- Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Grease a 6-8 ounce ramekin or oven safedish.
- In a blender, add all the ingredients and blend until a smooth batter remains.
- Let the batter rest for 5 minutes before transferring it to the greased ramekin. Stir through your mix-ins of choice.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until cooked on top.
- Blueberries- ¼ cup fresh or frozen blueberries
- Chocolate walnut- 2 tablespoons chocolate chips, 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts.
- Chocolate chip. 2 tablespoons chocolate chips
- Double chocolate. 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon chocolate chips.
- Peanut butter and jelly. 1 tablespoon peanut butter, 1 tablespoon Jelly.
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