The best 2-minute super fluffy microwave baked oats recipe. They are healthy, naturally sweet, moist, and taste like a cake. Add banana slices, chocolate chips, sprinkles, or blueberries for a fun, high-protein breakfast, snack, or dessert!
2-minute fluffy microwave baked oats
Oatmeal is a staple breakfast in our household, but I get bored of classic stovetop recipes. That’s why I am so excited to share this recipe with you! These insanely delicious, easy-to-make baked oats are perfect for adding some oatmeal variety to your life. They transform traditional oatmeal into a fluffy and moist cake in less than 2 minutes.
The best part about microwaved baked oatmeal is that they only take 2 minutes to cook! Classic baked oatmeal recipes take up to 20 to 30 minutes to bake in the oven. Not to mention that you must also wait for your oven to preheat. Nobody has time for that anymore!
You can customize these baked oats in over 20 ways – from pb&j, carrot cake, apple pie, banana bread, chocolate chip, and strawberry. The options are endless. Once you try this recipe, you’ll never be able to go back to plain oatmeal again.
I cannot get enough of these baked oats! I make them every morning.
Why you’ll love this easy recipe:
- Microwaving baked oats is easy.
- The oats are fluffy and moist.
- They taste like a cake.
- Healthy breakfast, snack, and dessert.
- Over 20 flavor variations.
- 16 grams of protein.
- No added sugar.
- There is no oil or butter in these baked oats.
- Try these single-serve air fryer baked oats or protein baked oats next!
The taste and texture
Microwave-baked oats taste like a mix between cake and banana bread. The primary flavors come from the vanilla, peanut butter, and banana. However, you can also add chocolate or fresh fruit if you want.
Once microwaved, these baked oats are incredibly fluffy and moist. They have a soft crumb and a similar texture to a vanilla cake. They are not dry.
Microwave baked oats call for eight simple and healthy ingredients. You need rolled oats, an egg, half a banana, your favorite nut butter, 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. Don’t 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.
- Nut Butter: I love peanut butter, but you can also use almond butter, sun butter, or cashew butter. This helps hold the oats together and makes them very moist without adding oil.
- Milk: I love vanilla unsweetened almond milk, but you can use any variety or oat milk.
- Vanilla Extract: You only need a little for a lot of flavor.
- Baking Powder: To help this single-serve baked oatmeal 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 microwave baked oatmeal taste like banana bread.
Kitchen tools required
Here is a list of kitchen utensils you will need to make this easy microwave baked oatmeal recipe.
- 8-ounce Remikin or Microwave-Safe Mug
- High-Speed Blender
- Measuring Tools: 1/2 teaspoon, 1 teaspoon, 1 Tablespoon, and 1/2 cup.
How to make baked oats in a microwave
Microwaved baked oats only take 2 minutes to make! They are extra fluffy, moist, and soft. Here are 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.
First, add all the base ingredients to a high-speed blender (do not add mix-ins yet). Blend on high for 20 – 40 seconds until fully combined.
Then, stir in your desired mix-in. I love chocolate chips, blueberries, or sprinkles.
After that, pour the batter into a greased microwave-safe ramekin (I used an 8-ounce one) or a large mug. Top with the extra chocolate chips or your desired mix-in.
Finally, microwave on high for 90 – 120 seconds.
TIP: the baked oats will puff up a lot and almost look like they are over-rising (that is normal); they will sink back to normal when they are done cooking. Every microwave is different, so I always check mine at the 90-second mark. If they look underdone or a little liquidy, cook in 10-second intervals until done.
The oats should be moist & fluffy. Serve with a drizzle of peanut butter, a dollop of yogurt, and fresh fruit. Enjoy!
Expert tips for microwave 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 these microwaved baked oats will get stuck to your ramekin!
It’s ok that the baked oats puff up as they cook. Microwaved baked oats will puff up a lot and almost look like they are over-rising (that is normal); they will sink back to normal when they are done cooking.
Every microwave is different. I always check mine at the 90-second mark. If they look underdone or a little liquidy, cook in 10-second intervals until done.
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.
Baked oats flavor variations & mix-ins
Here is a list of my favorite flavor variations and mix-in ideas for 2-minute microwave baked oats! This recipe is so customizable it’s crazy.
- Almond butter: add 1 tablespoon to the batter instead of peanut butter
- Chocolate chips or chunks: add 1 – 2 tablespoons to the batter after blending
- Banana bread: add extra banana slices on top before microwaving
- Blueberries: add 2 tablespoons to the batter after blending
- Strawberry: add 1 tablespoon of strawberry jam and top with fresh strawberries
- Raspberry: add 1 tablespoon of raspberry jam and top with fresh strawberries
- Apple pie: 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 pie: swap the cinnamon for some pumpkin pie spice and banana for pumpkin puree
- Rainbow or chocolate sprinkles: add 1 – 2 tablespoons to the batter after blending
- Coconut Cake: add 1 – 2 tablespoons of unsweetened shredded coconut 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 microwave 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.
- Peanut Butter: Substitute with almond butter or cashew butter.
- Nut-Free: Substitute the peanut butter with sun butter.
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the best dish to cook microwaved baked oats in?
I love using an 8-ounce ramekin or a microwave-safe mug. Make sure to grease them before adding the batter.
Can I use quick oats?
You can use rolled oats or quick oats for this microwaved baked oatmeal recipe since we blend all the ingredients before cooking.
Can I use oat flour?
You can also use oat flour instead of the rolled oats in this recipe. Replace the 1/2 cup of rolled oats with 1/3 cup of oat flour. If you do this, you don’t need to use a blender, and you can hand whisk all the ingredients.
Is this recipe single-serve?
Yes, this recipe is single-serve.
How many grams of protein are in these baked oats?
There are 16 grams of protein in this single-serve microwave baked oats recipe.
What if I don’t have a blender?
You can also use a food processor or Nutribullet to blend the batter. Alternatively, you can use 1/3 cup of oat flour instead of the rolled oats.
Can I air fry them instead?
Yes, you can also air fry this baked oats recipe. Preheat your air fryer to 290°F and air fry for 12 – 15 minutes, until golden and fluffy. Check this air fryer baked oats recipe out!
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. Check these protein-baked oats out too!
Are they gluten-free?
Yes, these microwave baked oats are gluten-free. Just make sure you use gluten-free certified rolled oats.
Are microwaved baked oats healthy?
Yes! This microwave baked oatmeal recipe is healthy for many reasons. First, there is no added refined sugar. Second, each serving has 16 grams of protein packed with fiber. Third, they are gluten-free and dairy-free. Fourth, they are filling and made with seven simple ingredients.
How to store and reheat:
Storing: These baked oats are best enjoyed immediately after microwaving. If you must store them, add them to 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!
- Air Fryer Baked Oats
- Protein Oatmeal (6 ways!)
- Baked Oats without Banana
- Vegan Baked Oatmeal (10 ways!)
- Protein Oatmeal Blender Pancakes
- Protein Chocolate Chip Baked Oats
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Fluffy Microwave Baked Oats
- ½ cup old-fashion rolled oats, gluten-free if needed
- 1 large egg
- ½ large over-ripe banana, more brown spots = sweeter
- 1 tbsp nut butter, (peanut butter, almond butter, sun butter, or cashew butter)
- 3 tbsp almond milk or oat milk, I love vanilla unsweetened almond milk
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ¾ tsp ground cinnamon or pumpkin spice
- Optional Sweetness: 1 tbsp honey or maple syrup
- Mix-in Ideas: 2 tbsp chocolate chips,2 Tbsp blueberries, extra banana slices on top, 2 tbs rainbow sprinkles, 2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
- Add all the base ingredients to a high-speed blender (do not add mix-ins yet). Blend on high for 20 – 40 seconds until fully combined.
- Stir in your desired mix-in. I love chocolate chips, blueberries, or sprinkles.
- Pour the batter into a greased microwave-safe ramekin (I used an 8-ounce one) or a large mug. Top with the extra chocolate chips or your desired mix-in.
- Microwave on high for 90 – 120 seconds. The baked oats will puff up a lot and almost look like they are over-rising (that is normal); they will sink back to normal when they are done cooking. Every microwave is different, so I always check mine at the 90-second mark. If they look underdone or a little liquidy, cook in 10-second intervals until done.
- The oats should be moist & fluffy. Serve with a drizzle of peanut butter, a dollop of yogurt, and/or fresh fruit. Enjoy!
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