Who can refuse cake for breakfast? These chocolate blended baked oats are fluffy, moist, and moreish – just like cake! Made using just a handful of ingredients and ready in under 30 minutes, it’s no wonder they’re a viral sensation.
When a recipe goes viral, it’s only natural to question the hype. Sure, blended baked oats are popular, but do they actually taste good? I can officially confirm, these chocolate blended baked oats deserve their TikTok stardom and viral recipe award for good reason. Not only do they taste incredible, but thanks to their high fiber and whole grain content, but the best part is that they’re healthy for you too!
If you’re new to baked oats or oatmeal recipes, it’s a simple method where oats are combined with eggs, milk and a few flavorful add-ins such as banana, chocolate or maple syrup to create a cake-like breakfast treat. The texture is similar to muffin or sweet bread, making it the perfect pairing with yogurt, fresh berries or peanut butter.
As well as being a super easy, fulfilling breakfast it’s also so easy to customize. The basic baked oats recipe begins with just oats, banana, egg, milk and baking powder. These are then blended into a smooth batter ready for you to get creative with variations.
While I’ve gone for chocolate blended baked oats with cocoa powder and chopped chocolate, feel free to throw in your fave combinations of fruit, nuts and flavorings. I’ve included a few ideas in my FAQ’s below!
Once blended, it’s time to bake. I’ve found the sweet spot for these chocolate blended baked oats is around 23 minutes in the oven. This time will vary a little depending on your add-ins. This makes it an ideal recipe when you’re battling with hangry children or an accidental sleep-in. Simply blend, bake and eat! Minimal fuss and washing up and you can even eat them on the go. Plus, you can sneak in some extra fiber and whole grains all while your kids think they’re eating cake. What’s not to love with this easy breakfast recipe?
WHY WE LOVE THIS CHOCOLATE BLENDED BAKED OATS RECIPE
- Quick – With just five minutes prep and a bake time of 25 minutes (or less) these blended baked oats are the perfect fast yet flavorful way to start your day.
- Feeds a crowd – Simply double or triple the ingredients if you need to feed a crowd. Alternatively, you can scale up the recipe to bake a batch that will last the entire week. Then you just need a minute in the microwave to save you precious minutes in the morning!
- Tastes like cake – While most people yawn at the idea of porridge for breakfast, who knew that by simply adding an egg you can transform it from traditional to tasty! The fluffy texture and sweet flavor make these chocolate blended baked oats taste just like chocolate cake.
- Healthy – While no one can argue with cake for breakfast, it’s also satisfying to know that blended baked oats are whole grain and gluten-free. Making them a welcome change from the usual sugar-packed cereals that our kids crave. As a more fulfilling healthy breakfast choice, they will keep you full until lunch, helping you avoid those mid-morning carb cravings.
- Customize Easily – this budget-friendly breakfast is a great way of using up simple ingredients you have in the pantry. Chuck in chopped nuts, sprinkle in strawberries or top with toasted coconut. The options truly are endless. I’ve included tips on adapting for vegan diets and it’s super easy to make them with different dairy options too.
- Popular- This recipe went crazy on Tiktok for a reason! Check out these other viral recipes- TikTok Biscuits and Gravy Casserole, Barbie Cocktail, and CopyCat Chilis Chicken Crispers.
- Old Fashioned Oats or rolled oats
- Almond milk (or milk of your choice)
- Pure maple syrup or honey
- Baking powder
- cocoa powder
- bitter-sweet chocolate, chopped, milk or dark chocolate chips will work too
SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS
- Oats – We’re not too strict on the star of the show. You can use any type of porridge oats for this blended baked oats recipe. Rolled, jumbo or quick oats will all give the same result. If you don’t have time to blend, you can also substitute oats 1:1 for oat flour. Oat flour will allow you to create a smooth batter using just a hand whisk.
- Milk - We used almond milk because that is Tik Tok told us to do. However, we also tested this recipe with cow’s milk and oat milk with delicious results. Use whichever milk or dairy-free milk you prefer.
- Egg – You can substitute the egg for flax egg by combining 1 tablespoon of flaxseed and 3 tablespoon of water, allow to sit for 5 minutes. Add to the blended oats mixture and bake as per directions. You can also skip the egg completely, however the oats may not rise as much, affecting the fluffy texture.
- Banana – Banana is used to bind and sweeten the mixture but doesn’t actually add any banana flavor as such. Although you can’t taste the banana, you can skip it if you’re not a fan and substitute for ½ cup of applesauce instead.
- Coffee - Espresso powder won’t make your chocolate blended baked oats taste like coffee, but it will add depth to the rich chocolate flavor.
- Add-ins – Always the fun part! Get creative with additions to make these chocolate blended baked oats as healthy or as naughty as you wish. For a health kick try adding peanut butter, protein powder, blueberries, coconut, chia seeds, dates or pecans. For a sweet addition try caramel sauce, vanilla extract, white chocolate chips or sprinkles.
- Protein- add a scoop of your favorite protein powder. I like to use chocolate peanut butter protein to my double chocolate oatmeal.
RECOMMENDED TOOLS TO MAKE THIS RECIPE
- 8 oz ramekins
- Measuring spoons/cups
HOW TO MAKE THIS CHOCOLATE BLENDED BAKED OATS RECIPE
This chocolate blended baked oats recipe can be whipped up in minutes, but devoured in seconds. It will soon become a family favorite as it is easy to create and customize. You can scale up the recipe to feed the whole family or let everyone tweak to their own tastes – the possibilities are endless!
- Preheat the oven to 350 F.
- Grease two 8-ounce ramekins with butter or spray cooking oil. PRO TIP: You can also use any oven-safe container such as a mug or bowl, etc. If you use a container smaller than 8oz, make sure to adjust the bake time.
- Add the oats to a blender and pulse for a few seconds until the oats are fine and look like flour.
- Add the remaining base recipe ingredients to the blender. Blend on high for a minute or so until all the ingredients are fully combined. PRO TIP: Alternatively, if using an immersion blender, combine in a bowl. Blend the oat mixture until smooth.
- Divide the ingredients between the two greased ramekin.
- Add 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder to each ramekin and mix to combine. Add most of the chopped chocolate and mix. Scatter the remaining chocolate on top of the mixture. PRO TIP: Feel free to taste the batter at this point. It’s easier to add any extra sweetener or additional cacao powder before you bake.
- Bake in the center of the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until the oats have risen and are springy to the touch.
- Serve immediately or enjoy later at room temperature.
- Avoid overcooking – Check from around 20 minutes onwards to avoid dry oats. Our chocolate blended baked oats took exactly 23 minutes in the oven, however, it will vary depending on your setup.
- Don’t worry about runny – It’s impossible to overmix or go overboard with blending this recipe as it doesn’t contain flour. The mixture will look runny, but it will firm up once baked.
- Scale up - This recipe can be scaled up with ease but note if you use a larger dish and increase the quantities, you will need to increase the bake time. The best way to gauge readiness is that the oats will have risen, feel springy to the touch, and are shrinking away from the edges of the dish.
- Baking powder – Try to accurately measure the baking powder. Although it helps the baked oats rise, too much baking powder can make them dense and change the taste.
- Blender options - We used a Magimix blender however this recipe will work in any blender, smoothie maker or Nutribullet. Alternatively, you can use oat flour and whisk in your other ingredients if you don’t have a blender.
- Leftover oats – If you have extra oats, why not try my applesauce oatmeal bread or my nostalgic iced oatmeal cookie recipe.
- Storage: I find this chocolate blended baked oats recipe is best served the same day but it is possible to make ahead and keep refrigerated. To store, wait until your blended baked oats are fully cool then add to an airtight container. They will keep in the refrigerator for two days. To serve, reheat in the microwave until piping hot.
- To Freeze: You can also freeze the blended baked oats. Once cooled completely, tightly wrap in foil and remove as much air as possible. Freeze for up to 3 months.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Can you make this chocolate blended baked oats recipe vegan?
Yes! You can make this blended baked oats recipe vegan by making a few tweaks:
- Sweeten using maple syrup and not honey.
- Use flaxseed egg instead of egg. Combine 1 tablespoon of flaxseed and 3 tablespoon of water, allow to sit for 5 minutes then use in place of the egg in the recipe.
- Use almond, oat or coconut milk instead of cow’s milk
- Make sure to grease the ramekins using vegan butter or non-flavored coconut oil.
- Use vegan chocolate (if using) or use different add ins from my suggestions below.
Can you make blended baked oats in the microwave?
Yes you can make baked oats in the microwave, however I find there is usually more room for error and potential to underbake or overbake. With the oven, my chocolate blended baked oats turn out perfect each time, but I’ve found with the microwave they can taste a little rubbery or dry.
If you are super short on time, by all means give it a blast! Keep the measurements the same, blend as per normal and add to the ramekin. The, microwave for 45 seconds if you want moist blended oats or nearer to 1 minute for a fluffier texture.
Blended baked oats Variations and Different Flavors
While chocolate blended baked oats will always win for me, use the basic recipe then add these delicious combinations:
- Lemon + blueberries – Add the zest of a lemon then fresh or frozen blueberries. Avoid blending the blueberries to a puree (a few quick pulses will suffice) otherwise it may add too much liquid to your mixture and create soggy oats.
- Cranberry + white chocolate chip – Inspired by my white chocolate, cranberry oatmeal cookies this combination is ideal for the holiday season.
- Cranberry + orange – I love cranberry orange banana muffins in the morning, so using these flavors for blended baked oats is a heavenly way to start the day.
- Pumpkin pie – my family loves pumpkin baked oatmeal, especially during the colder months so giving baked oats a Fall twist always goes down well. Use pumpkin puree instead of banana then top with chopped pecans. You can also add pumpkin spice or a little cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla for those pumpkin pie vibes.
- Funfetti vibes – If you’re searching for birthday cake blended baked oats, you will adore this combination. Use white chocolate chips, rainbow sprinkles and vanilla extract for funfetti flavor and color.
- Toppings – You can always keep the basic blended baked oats recipe as is and simply experiment with toppings. Ideas that work well include toasted coconut, a swirl of apple cranberry jam, caramel sauce, Greek yogurt, chopped nuts or fresh fruit.
MORE DELICIOUS BREAKFAST RECIPES
- 1 cup oats*
- 1 banana medium sized
- 1 large egg
- ½ cup almond milk or milk of your choice
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- Add ins
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 2 squares bitter-sweet chocolate chopped. Chocolate chips work well too.
Preheat the oven to 350F.
Grease two 8 ounce ramekins with butter or spray cooking oil.
Add the oats to a blender and pulse for a few seconds until the oats are fine and look like flour.
Add the remaining base recipe ingredients to the blender. Blend on high for a minute or so until all the ingredients are fully combined.
Divide the ingredients between the two ramekins.
Add 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder to each ramekin and mix to combine. Add most of the chopped chocolate and mix. Scatter the remaining chocolate on top of the mixture.
Bake in the center of the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until the oats have risen and are springy to the touch.
Serve immediately and enjoy!
Blended Baked Oats are viral on Tik Tok for good reason. Not only is this recipe delicious it is super healthy but tastes like cake! Once you know the base recipe you can customise the oats in so many different ways. Add ins such various nut butters or fresh berries work really well.
We used a Magimix blender however this recipe will work in any blender, smoothie maker or Nutribullet.
You can use any type of oats for this recipe. Rolled, jumbo or quick oats will all give the same result.
You can substitute the banana for ½ cup applesauce.
This recipe can be increased easily. If you are making in a larger dish with higher quantities
increase the baking time by ten minutes. You will know the oats are cooked when they have
risen, feel springy to the touch and are shrinking away from the edges of the dish.