These single-serve, high protein chocolate chip baked oats make for the perfect healthy breakfast recipe. They’re naturally sweetened with maple syrup, super fluffy, and taste like cake!
The best high-protein baked oats recipe
You can tell by now that baked oats are my favorite breakfast. They are easy to make, healthy, high in protein, and super filling. I have a ton of baked oats recipes – from my double chocolate baked oats to my air fryer baked oats to these fluffy 2-minute microwave-baked oats. All of them have five stars and are ranked #1 on Google! I even have a vegan baked oatmeal recipe and a baked oatmeal recipe without bananas.
These single-serve protein baked oats are probably my favorite since it’s such a classic recipe. I’ve been making these for over three years. It was one of my first recipes on my blog – I am just updating the pictures for you! They already have 30+ five-star reviews.
Protein chocolate chip baked oats are not only healthy, gluten-free, and dairy-free, but they have over 16 grams of natural protein in them! There is no need to add artificial protein powder. All the protein comes from the egg whites and rolled oats.
I love these protein baked oats for breakfast, as an afternoon snack, and even as a little dessert. They are filling, easy to make, and extra delicious. I cannot wait to hear what you think!
Why you’ll love this healthy recipe:
- These high-protein baked oats are extra fluffy, moist, and cakey.
- 16 grams of protein per serving; no protein powder is needed!
- They are single-serve.
- No added refined sugar!
- Simple ingredients.
- They are healthy, gluten-free, and dairy-free.
- Easy breakfast, snack, or dessert.
- No oil is required.
- Kids and athletes will love this recipe.
- Try these single-serve air fryer baked oats or chocolate baked oats next!
The taste and texture
These single-serve protein baked oats taste like a mix between cake and banana bread. The primary flavors come from the vanilla extract, cinnamon, and banana. However, you can also add chocolate or fresh fruit if you want.
Once baked in the oven or toaster oven, these baked oats are incredibly moist, soft, and fluffy. They are not dry or dense. They have a soft crumb and a similar texture to a vanilla cake.
These protein chocolate chip baked oats call for eight simple and healthy ingredients. You need rolled oats, egg whites, half a banana, your favorite milk, and a few other ingredients. The best part is that you don’t need protein powder! 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 for baked oatmeal!
- Eggs: We just need the egg whites, not the yolks. 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 protein baked oats.
- Milk: I love vanilla unsweetened almond milk, but you can use any variety or oat milk.
- Maple Syrup: for a dash of natural sweetness. This recipe is refined sugar free. You can leave it off if you want to make these protein baked oats 100% sugar free.
- Vanilla Extract: You only need a little for a lot of flavor.
- Baking Powder: To help this protein-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 high-protein baked oats taste like banana bread.
- Chocolate Chips: Optional, but I love adding them. Chocolate chip baked oats make for the perfect sweet breakfast.
Kitchen tools required
Here is a list of kitchen utensils you will need to make this easy protein chocolate chip baked oatmeal recipe.
- 8-ounce Remikin
- High-Speed Blender
- Measuring Tools: 1/2 teaspoon, 1 teaspoon, 1 Tablespoon, and 1/2 cup.
How to make protein chocolate chip baked oats
High-protein baked oats are super easy to make in a few simple steps. 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 in the recipe card’s bottom of this page.
First, preheat your oven to 350°F and lightly grease a single-serve baking dish or ramekin.
Then, add all ingredients (except for the chocolate chips) to a high-speed blender and blend until fully combined.
After that, pour the batter into a greased oven-safe ramekin (I used an 8-ounce one) and top with the chocolate chips.
Finally, bake for 18 – 22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Let them cool for 5 minutes. Then top with a drizzle of chocolate, peanut butter, or almond butter, if desired. Enjoy!
Expert tips for fluffy & moist protein 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; your baked oats will get stuck to your ramekin!
Use liquid egg whites. You can also use 1/4 cup of liquid egg whites in place of the 2 large egg whites.
Swap the egg whites for one whole egg. You can do either; I like using egg whites for extra protein and lower calories. You can certainly use a whole egg instead.
Add extra protein. You can add 1 scoop of protein powder to increase the protein. If you do this, add 1 – 2 Tablespoons of additional milk so that the baked oats are moist and soft.
Add mix-ins or flavors. Have fun with this protein bake oats recipe! You can make up to 20 variations with the different mix-ins and flavors I offer below.
Protein baked oats flavor variations & mix-ins
Here is a list of my favorite flavor variations and mix-in ideas for high-protein baked oats! This recipe is so customizable it’s crazy.
- Almond butter: add 1 tablespoon to the batter to flavor it
- Peanut butter: add 1 tablespoon to the batter to make these protein-baked oats peanut butter flavored
- Chocolate chips or chunks: add 1 – 2 tablespoons to the batter after blending
- 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
- Double chocolate: try these delicious chocolate baked oats!
Here is a list of the best ingredient substitutions for these protein chocolate chip 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.
- Egg Whites: You can try to substitute the egg whites with 1 whole egg. If you are vegan, you can try 2 flax eggs; however, 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
How many grams of protein are in these baked oats?
There are 16 grams of natural protein in this single-serve protein chocolate chip baked oats recipe. You don’t need protein powder!
Can I use liquid egg whites?
Yes! You can substitute the two large egg whites with 1/4 cup of liquid egg whites.
How many egg whites are in a cup?
There are about eight large egg whites in 1 cup.
Can I use quick oats?
You can use rolled oats or quick oats for this protein-baked oatmeal recipe since we blend all the ingredients before cooking.
Can I use steel-cut oats for baked oats?
No! Do not use steel-cut oats for baked oats.
Is this recipe single-serve?
Yes, these protein chocolate chip baked oats are single-serve.
Is this recipe gluten-free?
This recipe is 100% gluten-free.
What can I use instead of egg whites?
You can use one whole egg instead of two egg whites in this protein-baked oats recipe.
Can I air fry baked oats 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 microwave them instead?
Yes, you can also microwave these protein baked oats. Add the batter to a microwave-safe greased mug or ramekin. Then 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. Check this vanilla microwave-baked oats recipe out next!
Can I bake them in a toaster oven?
Absolutely! Just bake them at 350°F on the bottom rack of a toaster oven for the same amount of time. This is my favorite toaster oven – hands down!
How to store and reheat:
Storing: Baked oats are best enjoyed warm directly after baking. However, you can store 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!
- Microwaved Baked Oats
- Air Fryer Baked Oats
- Chocolate Baked Oats (single serve)
- Baked Oats without Banana
- Vegan Baked Oatmeal (10 ways!)
- Protein Oatmeal (6 ways!)
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Protein Chocolate Chip Baked Oats
- ½ cup old-fashion rolled oats, gluten-free or regular
- 2 large egg white, or 1/4 cup of liquid egg whites
- ½ ripe banana, spotty and brown for extra sweetness
- ¼ cup milk, I love vanilla unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp baking powder
- ¾ tsp cinnamon
- 2 tbsp chocolate chips, I used Lily’s Dark Chocolate Chips
- Preheat oven to 350°F and lightly grease a single-serve baking dish or ramekin.
- Add all ingredients (except for the chocolate chips) to a high-speed blender and blend until fully combined.
- Pour the batter into a greased oven-safe ramekin (I used an 8-ounce one) and top with the chocolate chips.
- Bake for 18 – 22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Let them cool for 5 minutes. Then top with a drizzle of chocolate, peanut butter, or almond butter, if desired. Enjoy!
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