An Easy Baked Oats Recipe that is quick to make! Learn how to make blended baked oats for a healthy, delicious breakfast!
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We love baked oatmeal like our Healthy Blueberry Baked Oatmeal and Chocolate Peanut Butter Baked Oatmeal, but these blended oats are becoming a new favorite because they are just as easy, but have a lighter and fluffy texture!
This recipe is a wholesome twist on the classic strawberry Pop Tart with strawberry jam in the middle of high-fiber baked oats and topped with a simple vanilla frosting that is totally optional!
Not only will you enjoy this easy healthy breakfast, but your kids will love it too!
What are Blended Baked Oats?
Blended Baked Oats are a type of baked oats recipe where the oats are blended into a finer consistency before being baked. This creates a smoother texture compared to using whole oats which can be appealing if you’re looking for a less chunky or more uniform texture in your baked oats.
Ingredients for Healthy Baked Oats
To make these baked oats you’ll need:
For the optional frosting/toppings:
- powdered sugar
- vanilla extract
You can find substitutions for all of these ingredients below in the green shaded box.
How to make Baked Oats
- In a food processor, pulse the oats until they are a fine, flour like consistency. (You could also use oat flour!)
- Add salt, baking powder, milk, eggs, and vanilla extract and pulse until combined or whisk in a bowl.
- Add half the batter to a prepared baking dish and spread it out with a spatula. Pour the jam on top, and spread it out leaving an edge. Top with remaining batter and spread evenly.
- Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes until the oats are golden brown on the edges. Allow the oats to cool for 5 minutes before slicing.
- Optional – Make the frosting: Whisk the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla together until smooth. Spread the frosting on top of the cooled oats and top with colorful sprinkles (if desired).
Baked Oats Recipe Substitutions and Variations
Oatmeal: If gluten free, use gluten free certified oats. You can use old fashioned oats or oat flour in this recipe. Here’s a recipe for oat flour. You could sub quick cook oats in place of old fashioned oats. Do not sub steel cut oats, they will not blend.
Milk: You can use any milk you like. Regular whole or skim dairy milk will work, or non dairy milks like almond or coconut. I haven’t tried oat milk.
Eggs: I have not tried this recipe without the eggs. I wouldn’t recommend it.
Vanilla Extract: It is used for flavor. You could replace it with lemon extract for lemony baked oats!
Jam: You can substitute jam with fresh fruit. Fresh blueberries or strawberries would be delicious. If you’d prefer – you can just place the fruit on top, no need to put it in the middle.
Frosting: The frosting is just for fun! It’s high in sugar, so if you’re watching your sugar – omit it.
Other flavors to try:
- Baked Oats with Banana – Sub in mashed banana for strawberry jam 1:1
- Pumpkin Baked Oats – Sub pumpkin puree for strawberry jam 1:1, add 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- Blueberry Baked Oats – Sub 1/2 cup fresh blueberries for strawberry jam
- Chocolate Chip Baked Oats – Sub 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips for strawberry jam
Other Toppings for these Easy Baked Oats
Some toppings that would be delicious for these oats are:
- Mashed Bananas
- Pumpkin Puree
- Blueberries, Strawberries, or Raspberries
- Chocolate Chips
- Nut Butter (like peanut butter or almond butter)
- Greek Yogurt
Blended Baked Oats FAQs
Oats are nutriant dense and a good source of fiber so they can be a healthy part of a balanced diet. If you are wanting to make this healthier, omit the frosting and use a jam that is lower in sugar or homemade.
If you want your baked oats to have a light and fluffy texture, you need to add the baking powder.
How to store your leftover Baked Oats
Make Ahead Tips: This recipe is perfect for planning ahead. Simply cover and refrigerate the cooled and unfrosted baked oats the night before. When you’re ready to serve in the morning quickly make the frosting and spread it on top of the baked oats.
Freezing: You can freeze baked oatmeal for up to 3 months. Slice and wrap in plastic wrap, then place in a freezer safe ziploc bag.
Reheating: To reheat, simply place in a microwave-safe plate and heat for 1-2 minutes or until warmed through. You can also reheat the dish in the oven or toaster oven.
Healthy Baked Oats
For the Baked Oats
- Preheat oven to 350°. Spray a 7.5×6-inch rectangular baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a blender or food processor, pulse the old fahioned oats until they are a fine, flour like consistency. (You could also use oat flour!)
- Add salt, baking powder, milk, eggs, and vanilla extract. Pulse in the blender until combined (doesn't have to be super smooth, you can leave some it a little thick/chunky.
- Add half the batter to prepared baking dish and spread it out with a spatula.
- Pour the strawberry jam on top, and carefully spread it out leaving an edge of the oats visible. Top with remaining batter and spread evenly.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes until the oats are golden brown on the edges. Allow the oats to cool for 5 minutes before slicing.
- Optional – Make the frosting: Whisk the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla together until smooth.
- Spread the frosting on top of the cooled oats and top with colorful sprinkles (if desired).