You will love this protein baked oats recipe. It's so easy to make and even though it's healthy it tastes just like you are eating a cookie or cake for breakfast. Made with rolled oats, protein powder, milk, nut butter, and maple syrup, it could not be any easier to make. It also makes great leftovers and is perfect for meal prep.
Why you will love this recipe:
- It tastes just like you are eating dessert for breakfast! These baked oats are similar to eating a cookie or cake yet are made with healthy ingredients like rolled oats, protein powder, milk, nut butter, and maple syrup or honey.
- They are so easy and simple to make and can be cooked in either the oven or microwave.
- Baked proats are so versatile. You get to choose your toppings, whether it be chocolate chips, fruit or chopped nuts.
- This homemade oatmeal recipe can be made vegan by using a vegan protein powder and maple syrup as the sweetener.
- This oatmeal recipe is great for both kids and adults, everyone loves it!
- These oats can easily be made gluten free and dairy free.
- These oats can be made in the oven or microwave.
- They are made with no banana, no yogurt and no eggs.
- This baked protein oatmeal is high in protein with 21 grams of protein per serving!
- They store really well so are great for meal prep.
- Want an even easier recipe? Try Overnight Protein Oats instead!
- Are you just serving one person? Make Baked Oats for One instead!
Taste and texture:
These baked oats taste like you are eating cake, and have a similar cake-like texture. Because you can use the toppings of your choice the flavour can be whatever you prefer - whether that is chocolate, vanilla, berry or nutty. This oatmeal is sweet, but not too sweet and is never dry or gritty.
Key ingredients and substitutions:
- Rolled oats - the star of this recipe. I recommend using rolled oats rather than quick oats or steel cut oats for this recipe - these are the sprouted oats that I use that are also gluten free and glyphosate free.
- Protein powder - any brand will do but I personally prefer using a vanilla flavoured one - I used this vanilla one which is made with pea protein.
- Milk - any type of milk will do, whether it's dairy milk or dairy free milk. I personally love using coconut milk or cashew milk. Whatever milk you do use I recommend using full fat milk to help give these oats the best rich taste and texture.
- Nut butter - I used peanut butter but any nut or seed butter will do including cashew butter, almond butter, sunflower seed butter etc. Be sure to use smooth rather than chunky nut butter for this recipe.
- Honey or maple syrup - to give this oatmeal recipe just the perfect amount of sweetness while keeping this recipe refined sugar free. Date syrup would also work.
- Fillings of your choice - I love adding either fresh berries or chocolate chips to this recipe, but you could add other things such as chopped banana, nuts, cacao nibs etc. The possibilities are endless!
How to make:
First preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
While the oven is heating, add all the ingredients to your high speed blender or food processor and blend well until smooth.
Once blended, transfer the dough to two ramekins and place these on a baking sheet. If adding any extras such as chocolate chips or berries, stir these in. Bake the oatmeal for 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted inside comes out clean.
How to make in the microwave:
Short on time? Make these in the microwave instead. Simply heat them on high for 90-120 seconds, until cooked through.
- I recommend using rolled oats for this recipe instead of other types of oats like instant oats or steel cut oats.
- I recommend using unflavoured, vanilla or chocolate protein powder when making this recipe.
- I recommend using smooth nut butter rather than crunchy nut butter for this oatmeal recipe.
Variations and add ins:
- To make this oatmeal recipe vegan: use dairy free milk, vegan protein powder, and maple syrup instead of honey.
- To make this recipe dairy free: use a dairy free milk and a dairy free protein powder.
- To make this recipe gluten free: use certified gluten free oats and a gluten free protein powder.
- Feel free to add whatever fillings you like: chocolate chips, berries, chopped banana, cacao nibs, chopped nuts etc.
- If you like your oatmeal a little sweeter, add an extra tablespoon of honey or maple syrup.
- To turn this into baked protein oats for one, simply cut the recipe in half.
How to store:
Store these baked oats in the fridge for up to 5 days. If your ramekins don't come with a lid I recommend using these silicone covers when storing them in the fridge. Simply heat them for a few seconds in the microwave when you are ready to eat them.
Frequently asked questions:
Yes, this baked oats recipe can be stored in a freezer-safe container and frozen for up to 3 months. When you're ready to eat it, thaw out the frozen oatmeal in the fridge and then reheat it in the microwave or oven.
A few of my favorite protein powders are:
Nuzest protein powder – this is both vegan and gluten free
Natural Force Organic Grass Fed Vanilla Whey Protein
Raw Grass-fed Whey Protein
Better Nutrition Grass Fed Whey Protein
Organika Collagen Peptides
Ancient Nutrition Keto Collagen Vanilla Flavour
Baked protein oats are a healthy breakfast option. Filled with fibre and protein it will keep you full and satisfied for hours!
A few easy ways to add more protein to your oatmeal include:
1. Add protein powder
2. Add collagen powder
3. Add nut or seed butter
4. Top the oatmeal with hemp hearts
Other recipes you will love:
- Orange chocolate overnight oats
- Peanut butter oatmeal cookies
- Apple pie oats
- Baked oats for one
- Overnight oats with protein powder
- Oat Flour Pancakes
- Oat Milk Hot Chocolate
- Vanilla protein mug cake
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Protein Baked Oats
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1 scoop protein powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup milk
- 3 tablespoon nut butter
- 2 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- chocolate chips
- Preheat your oven to 350F.
- Add all the ingredients to your high speed blender or food processor and blend well until smooth.
- Transfer the dough to 2 ramekins and place these on a baking sheet. If adding any extras such as chocolate chips or berries, stir these in. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted inside comes out clean.
Can I use vital proteins collagen peptides for the protein powder? Also can I make a larger amount and cook it in a casserole dish?
Yes vital proteins collagen should work. I have never tried making it in a casserole dish though so I am honestly not sure if it would work or not.