These super fluffy air fryer baked oats are healthy, moist, and taste like a cake. Add chocolate chips, sprinkles, or blueberries for a fun, 15-minute, high-protein breakfast!
Fluffy air fryer baked oats
Baked oatmeal is my favorite breakfast. It’s easy to make, healthy, and super flavorful. I already have a ton of baked oatmeal recipes – from my protein-baked oats to my chocolate-baked oats to these vegan-baked oats. All of them have five stars!
I am so excited to share this air fryer baked oats recipe with you. It might be my favorite one yet since it’s super customizable, easy to make, tasty, and made in an air fryer!
These air-fried baked oats are fluffy, extra moist, and soft. They are made with simple ingredients like almond milk, rolled oats, banana, egg, vanilla, baking powder, and cinnamon, making this recipe healthy, high in protein, and low in sugar. There is no added refined sugar or sweeteners in these baked oats!
These single-serve air fryer baked oats are the perfect quick and easy breakfast, snack, or dessert. They come together in under 15 minutes and taste like a mix between a vanilla cake and banana bread. I even offer 10+ flavor variations and mix-in ideas below – chocolate chip and confetti sprinkles are my favorite. I cannot wait to hear what you think about this recipe.
Why you’ll love this easy recipe:
- These blender baked oats are super fluffy, moist, and cakey.
- Quickly cooked in an air fryer in under 15 minutes.
- No added sugar or sweeteners!
- Air-fried baked oats are healthy, gluten-free, and dairy-free.
- They are naturally sweetened with only banana.
- Easy breakfast, snack, or dessert.
- Add chocolate chips, blueberries, sprinkles, or shredded coconut.
- Very customizable and many flavor options.
- 15 grams of protein per serving; no protein powder is needed!
- The best baked oatmeal recipe ever.
- Kids and athletes will love this recipe.
- Try these no-banana baked oats squares next!
The taste and texture
These air fryer baked oats taste like a mix between cake and banana bread. The primary flavors come from the vanilla and banana. However, you can also add peanut butter, chocolate, or blueberries if you want.
Once air fried, these baked oats are incredibly fluffy and moist. They have a soft crumb and a similar texture to a vanilla cake.
Air fryer baked oats call for seven simple and healthy ingredients. You need rolled oats, an egg, half a banana, milk, and a few other ingredients. This recipe is gluten-free and dairy-free. Here is a list of everything you need so you are prepared:
- Oats: I used old fashion rolled oats, but quick oats work too. If you are gluten-free, make sure to use gluten-free certified rolled oats. Do not use steel-cut oat!
- Egg: This adds protein and helps bind the baked oats together. I have not tested this recipe without eggs, so if you are vegan try my #1 ranked on Google vegan baked oatmeal recipe.
- Banana: I always recommend grabbing a banana with lots of brown spots because it will make these baked oats naturally sweeter. The banana also helps with the fluffy texture of these baked oats.
- Milk: I love vanilla unsweetened almond milk, but you can any variety or oat milk.
- Vanilla Extract: You only need a little for a lot of flavor.
- Baking Powder: To help these air fryer baked oats rise and achieve the best fluffy texture. Baking powder is NOT the same as baking soda.
- Ground Cinnamon: For the best flavor, it makes these air fryer baked oats taste like banana bread.
Kitchen tools required
Here is a list of kitchen utensils you will need to make this easy air fryer baked oatmeal recipe.
- Air Fryer
- 8-ounce Remikin
- High-Speed Blender
- Measuring Tools: 1/2 teaspoon, 1 teaspoon, 1 Tablespoon, and 1/2 cup.
How to make air fryer baked oats
Air fryer baked oats only take 15 minutes to make! Here are super detailed step-by-step instructions with pictures for visual reference so any level cook can make them. The full recipe and ingredient measurements are at the bottom of this page in the recipe card.
Now, add all the ingredients to a high-speed blender; decide if you want to add nut butter (this is optional, but I love peanut butter). Then, blend on high for 20 – 30 seconds until fully combined. Look at the picture below to see what the batter should look like.
After that, stir in your desired mix-in. Then, pour the batter into a greased ramekin and top with an extra sprinkle of the mix-in you picked. I love chocolate chips or rainbow sprinkles.
Finally, air fry at 290°F for 12 – 15 min total. Check at the 7-minute mark since all air fryers are different. If it is browning too quickly on top, feel free to add a piece of aluminum foil on top.
You will know when the baked oats are done if they are slightly browned on top with crispy edges – enjoy!
Expert tips for air fryer baked oats
Blend your ingredients well. Make sure to blend all your ingredients well until you get a smooth batter. This ensures super fluffy, soft, and moist baked oats.
Grease your ramekin. Don’t forget to do this, or the air fryer baked oats will get stuck to your ramekin!
Preheat your air fryer. This ensures an even air fry. The cooking time may increase if you don’t preheat your air fryer.
Check at the 7-minute mark. All air fryers are different, and some are more powerful than others! It is super important to check how your baked oats are cooking around the 7-minute mark to ensure they are not burning.
Add mix-ins or flavors. Have fun with this recipe! You can make up to 20 variations with the different mix-ins and flavors I offer below.
Don’t overcook. Overcooked baked oats will be dry and burnt. Your baked oats are done when they have risen, and there is a little golden dome on top like a cake.
Flavor variations & mix-ins
Here is a list of my favorite flavor variations and mix-in ideas for air fryer baked oats! This recipe is so customizable it’s crazy.
- Peanut butter: add 1 tablespoon to the batter
- Almond butter: add 1 tablespoon to the batter
- Chocolate chips or chunks: add 1 – 2 tablespoons to the batter after blending
- Blueberries: add 2 tablespoons to the batter after blending
- Apple: add 2 tablespoons of cut-up apple pieces to the batter after blending
- Carrot cake: add 3 tbsp of shredded carrots to the batter
- Pumpkin spice: swap the cinnamon for some pumpkin pie spice
- Extra banana slices: add a few slices on top before air frying
- Rainbow or chocolate sprinkles: add 1 – 2 tablespoons to the batter after blending
- Unsweetened shredded coconut: add 1 – 2 tablespoons to the batter after blending
- Walnuts, pecans, or almond slivers: add 2 tablespoons to the batter after blending
- Raspberries, blackberries, or strawberry slices: add 2 tablespoons to the batter after blending
Here is a list of the best ingredient substitutions for these air fryer baked oats. I only recommend swapping 1 – 2 ingredients, so the original recipe doesn’t completely change.
- Rolled Oats: you can use quick oats, but do not use steel-cut oats.
- Oat or Almond Milk: You can use skim, soy, rice, 2%, whole, or cashew milk.
- Cinnamon: I used this for flavor, but you can use pumpkin pie spice instead.
- Eggs: You can try to substitute the egg with a flax egg. The texture might be softer, but it should work! Check this vegan baked oatmeal recipe out too.
- Sweetener: It’s optional, but you can use maple syrup, honey, or agave syrup.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use quick oats?
You can use rolled oats or quick oats for this air fryer baked oatmeal recipe since we blend all the ingredients together before cooking.
Are the single serve?
Yes, this recipe is single serve. Most air fryers can hold up to 3 ramekins, so feel free to double or triple the recipe if you want.
How do I know when air fryer baked oats are done cooking?
Baked oats are done air frying when they have risen, and there is a little golden dome on top like a cake or muffin. They should be slightly browned on top with crispy edges. Look at my pictures for reference!
Can I make this recipe vegan?
You can try to substitute the egg with 1 flax egg. The texture might be softer, but it should work! Check this vegan baked oatmeal recipe, too; it is fantastic!
What if I don’t have a blender?
You can also use a food processor or Nutribullet to blend the batter.
Can I bake them instead?
Yes, you can also bake this baked oats recipe. Preheat the oven to 350°F and bake for 18 – 22 minutes, until golden and fluffy.
What do air fryer baked oats taste like?
These air fryer baked oats taste like a mix between banana bread and vanilla cake. The banana flavor is not overpowering since we only use half a banana – it helps naturally sweeten them. If you don’t like bananas, try this no-banana baked oats recipe.
Are they gluten-free?
Yes, these air fryer baked oats are gluten-free. Just make sure you use gluten-free certified rolled oats.
Can I make it ahead of time?
Air fryer baked oats can be made ahead of time for meal prep. Simply prepare the recipe, let them cool, then store them in the fridge for up to 4 days. You can enjoy them cold, or reheat them in the air fryer at 350°F for 5 – 8 minutes, in the oven at 350°F for 5 – 8 minutes, or in the microwave for 1 – 2 minutes.
What’s the best temperature to air fry baked oats?
For best results, air fry baked oats at 290°F, so they bake slowly and remain super moist and fluffy. If the temperature is too high, it can dry out, and the top can burn.
Are air fryer baked oats healthy?
Yes! This air fryer baked oats recipe is healthy for many reasons. First, there is no added refined sugar. Second, each serving has 15 grams of protein. Third, they are gluten-free and dairy-free. Fourth, they are filling and made with seven simple ingredients.
How to store and reheat:
Storing: For best results, store meal-prepped air fryer baked oats in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
Reheating: Reheat in the air fryer at 350°F for 5 – 8 minutes, in the oven at 350°F for 5 – 8 minutes, or in the microwave for 1 – 2 minutes.
If you love this recipe, try these next!
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- Pumpkin Spice Latte Baked Oats
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Air Fryer Baked Oats
- ½ cup old-fashion rolled oats, gluten-free if needed
- 1 large egg
- ½ large over-ripe banana, more brown spots = sweeter
- 3 tbsp almond milk or oat milk, I love vanilla unsweetened almond milk
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp baking powder
- ¾ tsp ground cinnamon
- Optional Sweetness: 1 tbsp honey or maple syrup
- Flavor Ideas: 1 tbsp peanut butter or 1 tbsp almond butter
- Mix-in Ideas: 2 tbsp chocolate chips,2 Tbsp blueberries, extra banana slices on top, 2 tbs rainbow sprinkles, 2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
- Preheat your air fryer to 290°F and grease a single-serve ramekin or baking dish.
- Add all the base ingredients to a high-speed blender (do not add mix-ins yet). Decide if you want to add nut butter (this is optional, but I love peanut butter). Blend on high for 20 – 30 seconds until fully combined.
- Stir in your desired mix-in. I love chocolate chips, blueberries, or sprinkles.
- Pour the batter into a greased ramekin (I used an 8-ounce one). Top with the extra chocolate chips or your desired mix-in.
- Air fry at 290°F for 12 – 15 min total. Check at the 7-minute mark since all air fryers are different. If it is browning too quickly on top, feel free to add a piece of aluminum foil on top.
- The oats should be cooked through and slightly browned on top – enjoy!
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