The best naturally sweetened baked oats without banana that are packed with fresh berries and are super moist with crispy edges! This baked oatmeal recipe is healthy, easy to make, and customizable with over 10 flavor combinations.
Best healthy baked oats without banana
Baked oatmeal is my favorite breakfast… ever! I make them at least twice a week. All my other baked oatmeal recipes are super popular, and you guys love them! Personally, my favorites are vegan baked oatmeal, and single serve protein baked oats.
You are in for a treat with my latest baked oats recipe. This recipe is naturally sweetened with maple syrup, is loaded with healthy ingredients, and is super customizable.
Baked oats without bananas are flavorful, moist, and have nice crispy edges. They are easy to make in one bowl, loaded with all my favorite fruit, and everyone will love them!
Personally, I make a batch or two on a Sunday and save the rest for meal prep breakfast for the week. Baked oatmeal is the perfect busy person recipe for those always on the go!
Why you’ll love this baked oatmeal recipe
- No bananas in this baked oats recipe.
- Healthy breakfast that’s gluten-free and dairy free.
- Easy meal prep for the week.
- Easily freeze leftover baked oatmeal for up to 3 months.
- Super customizable with over 10 flavor options.
- Made with simple, wholesome, nutritious ingredients.
- Easily make it vegan by using homemade flax eggs.
This baked oats without banana recipe calls for simple and healthy ingredients. You’ll need old fashion rolled oats, unsweetened applesauce, maple syrup, oat or almond milk, and a few other ones. Here is a list of all the ingredients, so you are prepared:
- Eggs: First up, you need eggs to add protein and hold the baked oats together since we are not adding mashed bananas.
- Milk: I use unsweetened vanilla almond milk, but feel free to use your favorite oat milk, cashew milk, soy milk, or regular milk.
- Maple Syrup: For a dash of sweetness. I love baking with maple syrup because it’s refined sugar free, and delicious.
- Unsweetened Applesauce: Instead of bananas, we use applesauce to help hold the baked oats together and add some texture.
- Vanilla Extract: A dash of vanilla extract goes a long way! I love the flavor so much.
- Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats: The star of the show! You need 2 cups. If you are gluten free, make sure to use gluten-free certified rolled oats.
- Ground Cinnamon: For the best flavor! It’s warm, spiced, and delicious.
- Baking Powder: This helps the baked oats rise and make them super fluffy.
- Salt: A dash of salt for that sweet and salty combo.
- Fresh Berries: I used a mix of fresh blueberries, raspberries, and sliced strawberries. But you can do any combination and use frozen berries if you need them. Just remember not to defrost them!
- Nuts: Finally, feel free to add 1/3 cup of walnuts, almonds, or pecans. I used walnuts; they are my favorite.
Kitchen tools required
You only need a few kitchen utensils to make baked oats. Here is a list:
- Mixing bowl
- 9-inch square baking dish
- Measuring Tools: 1/2 teaspoon, 1 teaspoon, 1/4 cup, 1/3 cup, 1/2 cup, and 1 cup.
How to make baked oat without bananas
This baked oatmeal recipe is so easy to make, and you don’t need a blender! It’s great for breakfast, brunch, meal prep, and even as a snack. Here are step-by-step directions:
First, preheat your oven to 375°F and lightly grease a 9-inch square dish with cooking or avocado oil spray.
Then, in a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, almond milk, maple syrup, applesauce, and vanilla extract.
In another bowl, mix together the rolled oats, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, and nuts.
After that, Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and hand fold in the berries. Pour into the greased baking dish and top with extra nuts and berries.
Finally, bake the oats for 40 – 45 minutes until the top is golden and the center is just done. For softer baked oatmeal, bake closer to 35 minutes.
Let the baked oats cool for 5 minutes before serving with your choice of maple syrup, fresh berries, peanut butter, almond butter, and/or yogurt!
Baked oats flavor variations
I love that this baked oats recipe is super customizable! Here are some ideas:
Peanut Butter Baked Oats: If you are like me and love peanut butter, try adding 2 – 4 tablespoons of peanut butter to the mixture.
Blueberry Baked Oats: Add 1 and 1/2 cups of fresh or frozen blueberries to the oatmeal mixture for the best healthy baked oatmeal.
Strawberry Baked Oats: Add 1 and 1/2 cups of fresh or frozen sliced strawberries to the oatmeal mixture
Mixed Berry Walnut Baked Oats: Add 1 and 1/2 cups of fresh or frozen mixed berries plus 1/3 cup of walnuts to the oatmeal mixture.
Tips for the perfect baked oatmeal
- Make sure your oven is at 375°F. Most baking recipes are baked at 350°F, but we need a higher heat to achieve a soft inside and crispy outside.
- If using frozen berries, do NOT allow them to defrost. Add frozen fruit directly into the oatmeal mixture. If you don’t, the baked oats will be soggy.
- Don’t skip out on the applesauce. Since this baked oats recipe has no banana in it, you need to add the applesauce as a substitute.
- Double or triple the recipe. To double or triple this recipe, just divide it into multiple baking pans or transfer it to a large 9×11-inch pan.
- Grease the pan. This is super important so you can easily remove the baked oats from the baking dish.
Baked oats serving suggestions
There are so many great options for what you can eat your baked oatmeal with. I love enjoying these baked oats with a spoonful of greek yogurt, maple syrup, or peanut butter and fresh fruit. If you are looking for other recipes to serve, check these out:
- Feta Sweet Potato Quiche
- Healthy Shakshuka
- Almond Flour Banana Muffins
- Oat Milk Pancakes
- Air Fryer Hash Browns
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use quick oats?
For best results, I recommend using old fashion rolled oats. If you use quick oats, the texture will be softer, and if there is too much liquid, it can get mushy.
Can I use steel-cut oats?
Do not use steel-cut oats for baked oatmeal.
Can I make it vegan?
You can substitute the 2 eggs with 2 flax eggs. The texture might be softer, but it should work! Check this vegan baked oatmeal recipe out too!
Can I use frozen berries?
Yes, you can use frozen or fresh berries in this baked oats recipe. If using frozen berries, make sure that you add them directly to the mixture.
What do these baked oats taste like if there is no banana?
These baked oats without banana are super flavorful from the fresh berries, vanilla, and cinnamon. They’re warm, cozy, and taste like a delicious bowl of classic berry oatmeal.
What size pan is best for the baked oats?
I always use a 9-inch pan for baked oats; however, you can use an 8-inch pan too. The bake time might increase by 3 – 8 minutes; just keep an eye on them in the oven.
Can I make this recipe into muffins?
You can easily make this baked oats recipe into baked oats muffin cups. Simply divide the batter evenly into 12 lined muffins cups and bake for 20 – 30 minutes or until done.
How to store, freeze, and reheat leftovers:
Storing: Store leftovers in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Freezing: Freeze leftover baked oats in an airtight ziplock bag in the freezer for up to 3 months. When freezing, I recommend cutting the oatmeal into squares as seen in the pictures, wrapping them in plastic wrap, and placing them in a large freezer bag.
Reheating: If you are reheating the entire pan, cover it with aluminum foil and reheat in the oven at 350ºF for about 15 – 20 minutes or until warm. If you are reheating an individual square, set the oven or toaster oven to 350ºF for 5 – 10 minutes, or reheat in the microwave for 1 minute (I recommend wrapping it in a damp paper towel to keep it moist).
If you love this recipe, try these oatmeal recipes next!
- Pumpkin Spice Latte Baked Oats
- Egg White Oatmeal (6 ways!)
- Vegan Baked Oatmeal (10 ways!)
- Healthy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars
- Oatmeal Blueberry Banana Muffins
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Baked Oats without Banana
- 2 eggs
- 1 ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk (vanilla or plain) or oat milk
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 – 1.5 tsp ground cinnamon, based on your flavor preference
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 ½ cups berries (fresh or frozen), I did a mix of blueberries, raspberries, and sliced strawberries
- ⅓ cup walnuts, almonds, or pecans
- Preheat your oven to 375°F and lightly grease a 9-inch square dish with cooking or avocado oil spray.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, almond milk, maple syrup, applesauce, and vanilla extract.
- In another bowl, mix together the rolled oats, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, and nuts.
- Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and hand fold in the berries. Pour into the greased baking dish and top with extra nuts and berries.
- Bake for 40 – 45 minutes, until the top is golden and the center is just done. For softer baked oatmeal bake closer to 35 minutes.
- Cool for 5 minutes before serving with your choice of maple syrup, fresh berries, peanut butter, almond butter, and/or yogurt!
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