Banana Bread Baked Oats

published Sep 8, 2022
Baked Oats Recipe

Blending oats with ripe banana, eggs, and a couple pantry staples then baking the mixture yields delicious oatmeal with a fluffy, cake-like texture.

Serves2

Prep3 minutes

Cook30 minutes to 35 minutes

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Credit: Kelli Foster

TikTok does it again! From baked feta pasta to an unbelievable cinnamon roll hack to Pasta Queen recipes galore, TikTok is teeming with totally crave-worthy food content. And the most recent thing that made me swoon is baked oats. I cooked my way through several versions and finally came up with my own spin.

Unlike the hearty oatmeal you’re familiar with, baked oats taste just like an ultra-tender banana bread breakfast cake kissed with a hint of warm cinnamon, and studded with chocolate chips. If oatmeal has a regular spot in your breakfast routine or you have a serious soft spot for all things banana bread, you’ve got to try baked oats.

Is Baked Oats the Same Thing as Oatmeal?

Nope. While baked oats and oatmeal both start with oats (your choice of old-fashioned rolled oats or quick oats), they’re not the same thing. The defining step that makes baked oats different than other types of oatmeal is that all the ingredients are blitzed in the blender to make a smooth batter before baking. Unlike baked oats, baked oatmeal has a more hearty texture, as the oats remain whole. Plus, most recipes yield more servings.

How Do You Cook Baked Oats in the Oven?

After blitzing all the ingredients in a blender until smooth, you’ll transfer the batter to two (8-ounce) ramekins lightly coated with cooking spray. While it’s not essential to the success of the recipe, it’s extremely helpful to place the ramekins on a baking sheet. It makes them easier to slide in and out of the oven and acts as an insurance policy against any potential spills in the oven.

You’ll bake until the oatmeal is puffed, pulls away from the sides of the ramekin, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes.

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How Do You Make Baked Oats Less Soggy?

Baked oats should have a soft and tender, cake-like consistency, and should not be soggy. If the center is soggy, the oats likely need a little more time in the oven. Be sure to bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Baked Oats Recipe

Blending oats with ripe banana, eggs, and a couple pantry staples then baking the mixture yields delicious oatmeal with a fluffy, cake-like texture.

Prep time 3 minutes

Cook time 30 minutes to 35 minutes

Serves 2

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray

  • 2

    medium ripe bananas

  • 2

    large eggs

  • 1 cup

    old-fashioned or quick-cooking oats

  • 2 tablespoons

    liquid sweetener, such as maple syrup, honey, or agave nectar

  • 1 teaspoon

    ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon

    baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon

    kosher salt

  • 4 tablespoons

    chocolate chips, divided

Instructions

  1. Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat the oven to 350ºF.

  2. Lightly coat 2 (8-ounce) ramekins with cooking spray. Place on a rimmed baking sheet.

  3. Place 2 medium peeled bananas, 2 large eggs, 1 cup old-fashioned or quick-cooking oats, 2 tablespoons sweetener, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt in a blender. Blend on high speed until smooth, 20 to 30 seconds.

  4. Pour into the ramekins. Add 2 tablespoons chocolate chips to each ramekin and use the handle of the tablespoon to stir to combine. Let sit for 5 minutes so the oats can absorb the liquid.

  5. Bake until the oatmeal is puffed, pulls away from the sides of the ramekin, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Recipe Notes

Storage: Leftovers can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Reheat in the microwave or in a low oven until heated through.