Looking for a healthy protein-rich breakfast? Try this quick baked oatmeal for a healthy breakfast. Baked oats and baked oatmeal are in trend always. These baked oatmeals have an additional flavor of peanut butter, chocolate, banana to this. So a rich, healthy, high-protein oats bar on your breakfast table. 🙂
Oats are whole grains that are rolled and crushed to oatmeals. These are some of the healthiest foods and you must include this in your diet. Oatmeals are good for your health.
Oats are rich in dietary fiber and fiber help in proper digestion and fat excretion from the body. When it is mixed with water it increases in volume and gives you satiety. This is also high in protein. High protein will keep you full for longer and decreases appetite leading to lesser food consumption.
If you are focused on losing some extra pounds from your belly and waist area then you must include oats in your daily diet. Read here my oatmeal diet plan that I had followed personally and seen a really good result.
Oats - Nutrition and Health benefits
- High soluble fiber helps in lowering cholesterol
- Reduces blood glucose and hence helps to regulate diabetes
- High fiber and high protein helps in reducing obesity
- Reduces belly fat and helps in flushing toxins
- High fiber helps in proper bowel movement and relieves in constipation
- Selenium present in oats reduces the chance of cancer
Baked oats or baked oatmeal is an easy oatmeal recipe for breakfast. This one-bowl high-protein breakfast casserole is perfect for your busy days. Made with minimal healthy ingredients like rolled oats, milk, honey, banana, peanut butter. You can also add different flavors and nuts, fruits to bring in variations. I have made it with chocolate and peanut butter flavor.
Normally when we make oatmeal on the stovetop, it becomes a porridge-like consistency. But this baked oats casserole will give a crunchy, chewy, and soft pudding-like consistency that you can cut into bars. Read my banana oatmeal recipe that you can make on a stovetop or in an instant pot.
This vegan baked oatmeal is gluten-free and oil-free also. Hence healthy too. If anyone is allergic to nuts must avoid adding peanut butter to this.
Vegan Baked Oatmeal
This is a simple recipe with minimum ingredients and minimal effort. Just mix all ingredients in a mixing bowl, transfer to a baking dish, and bake for said time. That's it. And in the meanwhile, you can finish your other work in busy mornings.
You can have this warm baked oatmeal instantly after removing it from the oven, can refrigerate for the next 4 - 5 days in an air-tight container.
Old fashioned rolled oats: this is the main ingredient in this recipe.
Maple syrup/ brown sugar: I'm avoiding white refined sugar as that is not healthy. Add honey or if you are looking for vegan ones, add maple syrup to this. Brown sugar can also be a good substitute to refined white sugar.
Almond Milk: For a plant-based recipe, we are using almond milk unsweetened. You can also take chocolate-flavored or vanilla-flavored almond milk if you add some more flavors into the baked oatmeal.
Mashed banana: This brings in a lot of flavor to the oatmeal. You can also substitute this with unsweetened applesauce, pumpkin puree, or sweet potato puree for these baked oatmeals.
Cocoa powder: for chocolate flavor add cocoa powder. you can also add a lot of chocolate chips to the dish. I missed it as I didn't have that in my pantry. Otherwise, I would have loved some extra chocolaty flavor to my baked oatmeal.
Dried berries: I have added mixed berries (dried) in these oats casseroles. However, you may add or skip them as per your taste and availability of these dried berries. These are optional just to add some more nutrition and flavor to the baked oats. Also, you can replace the dried ones with fresh fruits/ berries (chopped)
Baking Powder: Baking powder leavens the oatmeals and makes it soft.
Salt: Just a pinch is essential to balance the sweetness and enhance the taste of the baked oatmeal.
Preheat oven at 200 C or 400 F. Just mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Transfer to a baking dish and bake for 20 - 25 minutes at 200 degrees C or 400 F. Don't overcook while baking the oatmeal. Otherwise, it will be dry.
How to store and reheat baked oatmeal?
You can refrigerate the leftover baked oatmeal in an airtight container for about 4 - 5 days. Also, this will stay good for up to 3 months in the freezer when packed properly in the freezer box. The best way to store it in the freezer is after the baked oatmeal is cool enough, cut it into small bars, and then store it. So that you can remove the exact portion size to reheat.
To reheat the baked oatmeal - place the bars in preheated oven at 350 F or 175 C for 5 - 7 minutes. If reheating the whole baked oatmeal, it might take some more 5 - 6 minutes to be done completely.
Baked Oatmeal with Chocolate and Peanut Butter
Vegan Baked Oatmeal With Peanut Butter And Chocolate
- Baking Tray
- 1 cup rolled oats (old fashioned)
- 1.5 cups unsweetened almond milk
- 1/4 cup maple syrup or 2 - 3 tbsp brown sugar or coconut sugar
- 1 ripe banana or 1/4 cup apple sauce
- 1 tbsp ground flax seed (Flaxmeal) (1 flax egg)
- 1/4 cup peanut butter melted (2 tbsp for oats mixture + 2 - 3 tbsp for toppings)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- salt to taste (1/4 tsp appx)
- 2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup dried berries or 1/2 cup fresh berries chopped
- Preheat the oven at 200° C/ 400 F.
- In a mixing bowl add all ingredients and give it a nice gentle stir.
- Grease the baking tray or casserole.
- Pour in all the mixture.
- Place it in the oven and bake it for 25 - 30 minutes.
- Remove from oven and drizzle some melted peanut butter on top.
- Serve it warm or refrigerate for leftover.
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