Vegan baked oatmeal is a delicious, easy-to-make breakfast that can be enjoyed all week. Packed with fresh blueberries, bananas, and oats, baked oatmeal is a wholesome way to start your day!
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Why You'll Love This Vegan Baked Oatmeal Recipe
- Perfect For Meal Prep- Make a big batch on Sunday and have breakfast ready for the entire week.
- Easy To Customize- Swap out blueberries for any frozen or fresh berries you have on hand. You can also add peanut butter, seeds, nuts, or chocolate chips to make it your own.
- Family-Friendly- Even picky eaters will love this baked oatmeal because it's slightly sweet and has a soft, chewy texture.
What Is Baked Oatmeal?
Traditionally baked oatmeal recipes are easy-to-make breakfast casseroles made with oats, milk, fresh fruit, and spices, then baked in the oven until soft and chewy. It's similar to classic stovetop oatmeal but has a heartier texture and can be easily cut into slices for serving.
This vegan baked oats recipe is perfect for those who follow a plant-based diet, as it contains no animal products. Instead, it uses mashed bananas, plant-based milk, and maple syrup.
- 8x8 Baking Dish
- Parchment Paper
- Mixing Bowl
- Measuring Cups and Spoons
- Ripe Bananas- Bananas serve as a natural sweetener and help bind the other ingredients for vegan baked oats together.
- Rolled Oats- Provides the base for this dish and adds a hearty, comforting texture.
- Baking Powder- Helps the oatmeal bake rise and creates a fluffy texture.
- Soy Milk- Acts as the liquid element in the recipe, helping to combine all the ingredients and providing the necessary moisture. It also adds a slight creaminess to the texture of the baked oats.
- Maple Syrup - Adds a touch of sweetness to the vegan oatmeal bake.
- Vanilla Extract- Enhances the flavor and adds a subtle sweetness.
- Blueberries- Fresh or frozen blueberries work well in this recipe, providing a fruity flavor and color.
How To Make Vegan Baked Oatmeal
- Prepare- To begin, preheat the oven to 350 F. Line an 8x8 inch baking dish with parchment paper and set it aside.
- Mix- Add bananas to a bowl and mash them with a fork. Add the old-fashioned rolled oats, baking powder, soy milk, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and blueberries. Mix well to combine.
- Rest- Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish. Optionally, press more blueberries on top. Let the mixture sit for about 10 minutes to thicken slightly.
- Cook- Bake the oatmeal for about 30 minutes or until completely firm and golden brown on top.
- Serve- Slice the baked oatmeal into the desired sizes and enjoy! If you make vegan baked oatmeal for meal prep, let it cool completely before storing it in an airtight container.
Popular Substitutions And Additions
- Milk- If you don't have soy milk on hand, substitute it with other plant-based milk such as coconut milk, almond milk, oat milk, or cashew milk.
- Nut Butter- Swirl in peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, sunflower seed butter, or other nut butter for added protein and flavor.
- Fruit - Swap out the blueberries for different fresh or frozen fruits you have on hand, such as strawberries, peaches, or raspberries.
- Nuts and Seeds - Add a crunchy texture by sprinkling chopped nuts or seeds on top before baking. Almonds, walnuts, chia seeds, and sunflower seeds are all great options in baked oatmeal.
- Chocolate Chips - For chocolate chip baked oatmeal, add a scoop of vegan chocolate chips to the oatmeal mixture before baking.
Can I Freeze Blueberry Vegan Baked Oatmeal?
Yes, you can freeze vegan baked oatmeal! After baking and slicing the oatmeal, let it cool completely before wrapping each slice in plastic wrap or storing it in an airtight container. When ready to eat, reheat the vegan baked oats in the microwave. Frozen baked oatmeal can be kept for up to 3 months.
Vegan Oatmeal Bake Recipe FAQs
How do I store leftover vegan baked oatmeal?
Leftover vegan baked oatmeal can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Reheat in the microwave or oven before serving.
Can I use quick oats instead of rolled oats in this vegan baked oatmeal recipe?
No. Quick oats have a finer texture, resulting in a mushy baked oatmeal. Rolled oats, also known as old-fashioned oats, work best for this recipe. Steel-cut oats would be a better option, but they would require a longer cooking time and more liquid than this recipe calls for.
Are there any gluten-free options for this baked oatmeal recipe?
Yes, you can use certified gluten-free oats instead of regular rolled oats. Ensure that all other ingredients used are also labeled as gluten-free.
Why do I need to let the oatmeal sit before baking?
Letting the oatmeal sit allows the oats to absorb the liquid and helps give the baked oatmeal a more cake-like texture. Skipping this step may result in a soggy or undercooked final product.
Vegan Baked Oatmeal
- 2 ripe bananas
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 2 cups soy milk
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup blueberries (plus more for topping, optional)
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
- Line an 8x8 inch baking pan with parchment paper and set it aside.
- Add bananas to a bowl and mash with a fork.
- Add the rolled oats, baking powder, soy milk, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and blueberries.
- Mix well to combine.
- Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking pan. Optionally, press some more blueberries on top. Let the mixture sit for 10 minutes to thicken slightly.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until completely firm and golden brown on top.
- Slice the oatmeal into the desired shape and serve.