Single-serve baked oats are my go-to for a cozy, healthy breakfast! The top gets nice and crispy, while the inside is warm and creamy. It has whole grains from the oats and is naturally sweetened just with banana! I love this recipe because it is super simple, and while it is tasty on its own, you can also switch it up and add ANYTHING to it! When I know I will have a busy or early morning, I like to prepare the batter the night before, then just add the baking powder in the morning and put it in the oven while I get ready - then it’s warm and ready to eat!
The recipe is vegan and can easily be made gluten-free and nut-free depending on your choice of ingredients. I wanted to share this recipe as the most basic form for you to know what ingredients to assemble to start off making your own baked oats. From there, you can customize the flavor based on what sounds good or what you have in your pantry. Any fruit (fresh or frozen), nuts or seeds, chocolate chips, et cetera, are great options! For this recipe, I made the basic version and just added frozen raspberries on top before baking, and then kiwi slices after baking.
If you want some more ideas, here are the other baked oat recipes I have made: Orange Cream Baked Oats, Apricot Lavender Baked Oats, Strawberry Peanut Butter Chocolate Baked Oats, PB&J Baked Oats, Mango Strawberry Coconut Baked Oats, Peach Fig and Walnut Baked Oats, Coconut Cashew Banana Bread Baked Oats, Peanut Butter Cup Blueberry Baked Oats, and Pumpkin Peanut Butter Zucchini Baked Oats.
You will see that these all have a pretty similar base, and you just add in your toppings or flavorings! You can add 1-2 tbsp of maple syrup or honey if you want it to be sweeter, but it is naturally sweetened by banana! Frozen bananas work great if you just microwave them for a few minutes so you can mash them.
Pumpkin puree, applesauce, or mashed cooked sweet potato can be used in place of mashed banana if you don’t have bananas, or don’t like bananas - there are people out there that don’t! You can also make this in a toaster oven if you have one; I usually do this because when making a single serving, you don’t have to use as much energy to heat a toaster oven as opposed to a full oven, and it saves time. Something I also started doing recently is adding grated zucchini (just about ¼ to ½ cup) to my oats - you don’t taste it, and it’s a great way to get in extra veggies into your meal!
Makes one serving
½ cup oats
½ cup oat milk
1 mashed banana
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
Any add-ins you like: berries, nuts/seeds, dried fruit, chocolate chips, shredded coconut, cereal or granola, nut/seed butter, shredded zucchini (you won’t taste it!), etc!
1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly spray or oil an oven-safe dish.
2. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
3. Pour the batter into the oven-safe dish, decorating the top if you wish!
4. Bake for about 25 minutes, until the edges are golden brown and the top is cooked evenly.
5. Let cool, and enjoy! Tastes great drizzled with nut or seed butter, or with some yogurt or even ice cream as a nice warm and cold contrast!