This Baked Oats without Bananas is an easy, healthy breakfast for oatmeal lovers who don’t enjoy banana flavors in their morning.
Plus, this baked oats recipe is perfect for a high-protein breakfast and keeps you full for hours.
This recipe is another viral TikTok recipe with a little twist.
Baked Oats have been all over social media, and kids love them.
However, all baked oat recipes contain bananas, and if you feel like a banana-free flavor in the morning you need to tweak the recipe a little bit.
What Are Baked Oats?
Baked oats are like baked oatmeal but baked in a single-serve ramekin.
They taste like a little oat cake, sometimes filled with chocolate chips, berries, or added protein powder.
It’s a very healthy, high-protein breakfast perfect for kids or after a workout.
How To Make Baked Oats Without Bananas
Once you start making baked oats, you can’t stop.
It’s the most delicious healthy breakfast ever and so easy to whip in just a few minutes in your blender.
All you need to make baked oats without bananas are:
- Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats or quick oats, as you prefer.
- Plant-Based Milk – Any non-dairy milk work for this recipe: oat milk, almond milk, or soy milk.
- Greek Yogurt or any yogurt you like, including sweetened yogurt to give some flavor to the baked oats.
- Maple Syrup or liquid sweetener you love, like agave syrup or coconut nectar.
- Baking Powder
First, select two oven-proof ramekins and lightly grease them with a cooking oil spray. Set aside.
Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
Next, you will need a blender or a NutriBullet. I recommend a wide blender jug instead of a narrow smoothie blender.
In fact, the batter is quite small and doesn’t blend very well in smoothie blenders that require at least one cup of liquid to process ingredients.
First, add all the baked oats ingredients to the jug. Start by adding the dry ingredients: rolled oats, baking powder, and cocoa powder if used.
Then, top up with the wet ingredients: milk of choice, egg, Greek Yogurt, and maple syrup.
Blend on medium-high speed until the batter is smooth.
It’s ok if you still see some pieces of oats, but they must be very fine for the best results.
It takes about 30 seconds to achieve the right texture at medium speed.
Divide the oat mixture evenly into both greased ramekins.
Feel free to add toppings before baking, like a sprinkle of chocolate, a drizzle of nut butter, or fresh fruit pieces.
Place the ramekins on the center rack of the oven and bake them for 20 to 25 minutes.
Pick the baking time based on the texture you want to achieve.
Some people love baked oats with a runny lava cake-like center which requires less baking, around 15 to 20 minutes.
But others like it set like a cake, and it can require up to 30 minutes of baking.
Baked oats are always dry, so it’s better to serve them with a topping like:
- Peanut Butter or almond butter
- Drizzle of Melted Chocolate
- Protein Pudding
You can store the unbaked batter in the ramekin overnight.
Film the ramekins with plastic wrapping and pop them into the fridge overnight.
Baked oats taste better served hot just after baking. I wouldn’t store the baked oats in the fridge, it hardens and dries out.
Baked Oats Flavors
Below I listed my favorite baked oats flavors for you to try.
Simply add the listed ingredients to the batter to make the flavor you love.
- Chocolate Baked Oats without bananas – add 2 teaspoons of unsweetened cocoa powder in the blender, then stir in 3 tablespoons of chocolate chips.
- Protein Baked Oats – stir in 2 tablespoons of protein powder and increase the milk by 1 tablespoon. Serve with a store-bought protein pudding or high-protein yogurt.
- Cinnamon Roll Baked Oats – add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon to the recipe and serve with a dust of cinnamon sugar. Stir one tablespoon of icing sugar with 1 teaspoon of water and drizzle on top.
- Biscoff Baked Oats – Add 1 tablespoon of Biscoff spread to the blender. Skip the maple syrup. Drizzle some extra Biscoff spread on the warm baked oats with crumbs of Biscoff biscuits.
There’s always room for optional ingredients to add a boost of flavor or texture. My favorite additions to baked oats are:
- Dark Chocolate Chips – stir in the blended batter before filling the ramekin.
- Berries – Fresh or frozen, simply stir in the batter.
- Vanilla Extract – Add to the blender.
- Cinnamon – Add to the blender.
- Cocoa Powder – For a chocolate-baked oats recipe, add chocolate chips as well.
- Protein powder – This thickens the batter significantly, so add only 1-2 tablespoons or, if you want to add more protein powder, add more milk to thin out the batter.
Below are some ingredients swaps ideas if you need
- Gluten-Free – Some oat brands are certified gluten-free and perfect for this recipe. Make sure your baking powder is gluten-free, or swap for 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda.
- Dairy-Free – You can use dairy-free yogurt for this recipe or unsweetened apple sauce.
- Egg-Free – You can use a flaxseed egg in this recipe, but the texture of the vegan baked oats recipe is dense and packed. To make a flax egg, stir one tablespoon of flaxseed meal with 2 1/2 tablespoons of lukewarm water. Set aside for 10 minutes until gooey and use as an egg in the recipe.
- Sugar-Free – You can use a sugar-free liquid sweetener like sugar-free maple syrup.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are my answers to your most frequent questions about this breakfast recipe.
Can I Add Protein Powder To Baked Oats?
Absolutely! But keep in mind that protein powders are highly liquid absorbent.
Therefore they tend to dry out the batter, and you will have to add more liquid, like almond milk, to thin out the texture and avoid overly-packed baked oats.
Can I Use A Banana For The Recipe?
You can use this recipe with bananas.
To do so, remove the Greek Yogurt and use half a ripe banana or 3 tablespoons of mashed bananas.
Can I Bake The Recipe In A Baking Dish?
You can bake this recipe in a small 6-inch x 5-inch baking dish.
Can I Use Steel-Cut Oats?
Steel-cut oats are very tough to blend and contain more fiber. As a result, it’s not a great choice for baked oats.
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Baked Oats Without Bananas
- ½ cup Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats
- ¼ cup Almond Milk
- 1 large Egg
- 3 tablespoon Greek Yogurt
- 1 tablespoon Maple Syrup
- ½ teaspoon Baking Powder
- ½ teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon Protein Powder
- ½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 2 teaspoon Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Spray cooking oil in two oven-safe ramekins. Set aside.
- In a blender, add all the ingredients and blend on medium-high speed until smooth.
- Pour the batter evenly into both ramekins.
- Bake on the center rack of the oven for 20-25 minutes, depending on the texture you want. The longer you bake it, the more the center dries out and sets like a cake. For a runny center, bake for 20 minutes.