Looking for healthy protein rich breakfast? Try this quick baked oatmeal for a healthy breakfast. These baked oats has 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 one of the super-foods and if you want a healthy life ahead then you must include this in your daily diet. Oatmeals are good for your health whether you are on a diet or you are not on diet.
Oats are rich in dietary fiber and fiber help in proper digestion and fat excretion from the body. When it 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.
It has many other benefits as well such as:
- 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 oats pudding 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.
These are vegetarian and eggless baked oats. Also, these are gluten-free and sugar-free. Hence healthy too. If anyone allergic to nuts must avoid adding peanut butter to this.
Gluten-Free Oatmeal Casserole (baked oatmeal) from scratch
This is a simple recipe with minimum ingredients and minimal efforts. Just mix all ingredients in a mixing bowl, transfer to 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 from 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.
Honey/ 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.
Milk: Milk is essential as oats will get cooked in milk and will be softer. You can use regular full-fat milk, skim milk, etc. for vegan, use any plant-based milk of your choice.
Mashed banana: This brings in lot of flavor to the oatmeal. You can also add applesauce to this baked oats.
Cocoa powder: for chocolate flavor add cocoa powder. you can also add a lot of chocolate chips to the dish. I missed as I din’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 casserole. 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: Gives aeration and lifts it up making it soft.
Salt: Just a pinch is essential.
Just mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Transfer to a baking dish and bake for 20 – 25 minutes at 200 degrees C. Don’t over bake them.
Recipe Card for Baked Oatmeal
Chocolate Peanut Butter Baked Oatmeal
- Baking Tray
- 1 cup oats
- 2 cups milk
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 banana mashed
- 1/4 cup peanut butter melted (3 tbsp for oats mixture + 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.
- In a mixing bowl add all ingredients and give it a nice stir.
- Grease the baking tray.
- Pour in all the mixture.
- Place it in the oven and bake it for 20 – 25 minutes.
- Remove from oven and drizzle some melted peanut butter on top.
- Serve it warm or refrigerate for leftover.
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