One of the reasons that I love baked oatmeal is once you have everything mixed together you can pop it in the oven and get ready for work, take a shower, or even get in a quick at home workout. It takes about 20 to 25 minutes to bake, but it really simple to make. Another thing; is that you can make any different flavor combinations once you have the base- fruity, savory, sweet- anything! For this one I did chocolate peanut butter and I swear it tastes like I am eating a chocolate cake for breakfast. It was full of chocolate, a little sweet, crunchy on the outside and warm/gooey in the middle.
I think I have oatmeal pretty much every single day for breakfast even though it sounds so bland and boring; but it fills me up, it is satisfying to me, and you can make it so many different ways- baked, overnight, or just as is over the stove top with any mix-ins. If you are looking for a few ideas, I have these combinations on my blog:
I made this chocolate peanut butter baked oatmeal the other day for breakfast after coming back from spending the weekend in Maine. Despite it raining all day on Saturday, the weather was crispy, refreshing, and the temperatures were much colder than here in BOS. That Monday morning after a hot yoga class I wanted something warm and comforting, but healthy! I came back from yoga, mixed everything in a bowl, transferred it to a greased (with coconut oil) ramekin and let it bake for 25 minutes. In the meantime, I made my boyfriend breakfast, took a shower, and finished getting ready for a full day of recipes and blog work. If you are looking to save a few minutes, you can always mix everything together the night before, minus the milk, and in the morning mix it with milk of choice then bake!
honestly, look how delicious that looks! I topped mine with peanut butter, chia seeds, a big scoop of dairy free greek yogurt, chopped walnuts, and cacao nibs! You can do any toppings you like; sliced bananas, granola, chocolate chips, honey, or maple syrup!
The base of the baked oatmeal is; gluten free rolled oats, chia seeds, almond milk, and a touch of baking soda (optional, but helps the oatmeal rise a bit). That is it; then you add whatever it is you are in the mood for….
Hope you enjoy!
Yields: 1 serving
Prep time: 5 minutes
Bake time: 20-25 minutes
3/4 cup gluten free rolled oatmeal
3/4 - 1 cup nut milk of choice*
1 tbsp. chia seeds
1 tbsp. cacao powder
a dash of baking soda (about 1/4 tbsp)
dash of cinnamon
dash of sea salt
1 tsp. vanilla
sweetener of choice, if needed.
optional add ins: 1 tbsp. or 1 scoop protein powder, sweetener of choice (1 tbsp), 1 tbsp. peanut butter or any nut/seed butter, sliced banana, 1 tbsp. coconut oil.
Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease a ramekin or any oven safe dish with coconut oil or olive oil.
Mix ALL the ingredients about in a bowl. If it seems to dry add in a bit more almond milk. I started off with 3/4 up, but then ended with 1 cup in total.
Pour the mixture into the ramekin. Bake at 400 degrees for about 20-25 minutes. I checked after 20 minutes- the center was moist and the edges were crispy. I let it bake for another 5 minutes.
Top with any toppings of choice. Eat out of the ramekin or allow it to cool slightly then flip it over on to a plate; it should come out pretty easily.