Have you ever woken up on a lazy Sunday morning with a craving for something warm, filling, and utterly delicious? Yet, you’re all by yourself and don’t want to prepare a big batch of anything? Enter the magical world of baked oats for one! This humble yet versatile dish can be your best friend in such times. It’s healthy, it’s easy, and it’s just the right portion size for a solo breakfast.
Baked oats are essentially a baked version of your regular oatmeal. But don’t let the simplicity of the concept fool you. It’s a blank canvas waiting for you to unleash your culinary creativity. With the right mix of ingredients, you can transform your bowl of oats into a gooey, cake-like delight that’s a treat for your taste buds and your body.
With our baked oatmeal for one recipe you’ll be able to redefine your breakfast routine and kickstart your morning with something wholesome, nutritious, and utterly delicious.
What are Baked Oats for One?
Baked oats are a warming and filling breakfast dish made by baking rolled oats in the oven until they’re soft and golden. Think of it as a healthier, more nutritious version of your favorite breakfast pastry. Baked oats can be sweet or savory, depending on your preference, and you can add a variety of ingredients to enhance the flavor and nutritional value.
This cinnamon sugar baked oats recipe for one is perfect if you’re cooking for yourself. It’s easy to make, requires minimal ingredients, and provides a satisfying meal to start your day. Plus, it’s a great way to utilize those oats sitting in your pantry that you’ve been meaning to use.
If you’re someone who’s always on the go, you’ll appreciate that baked oats are easy to prepare in advance. You can pop them in the oven the night before, and in the morning you just have to reheat the single serving and you’ll have a ready-to-eat, healthy breakfast waiting for you.
Health Benefits of Eating Oats in the Morning
Starting your day with a baked oats recipe for one is not just delicious; it’s also incredibly good for you. Oats are a nutritional powerhouse packed with essential nutrients like fiber, protein, and vitamins that provide numerous health benefits. Typically you would make oatmeal for breakfast to get these benefits but the texture of oatmeal is not always for everyone, that’s where baked oats comes in as a great alternative.
Firstly, oats are high in dietary fiber, particularly a type called beta-glucan, which aids digestion and keeps you feeling full for longer. This makes baked oats an excellent choice if you are looking for a higher protein, higher fiber breakfast with staying power.
Additionally, the fiber in oats can help lower your cholesterol levels, reducing your risk of heart disease. Oats are also a good source of B vitamins, which are essential for energy production, making them the perfect breakfast choice to fuel your day.
Ingredients to Make easy Baked Oats for One
Our Baked oats recipe for one requires only a handful of simple ingredients. The star of the show, of course, is oats. Opt for rolled oats, quick cooking oats, or old-fashioned oats as they hold up well in the baking process. Avoid instant oats as they can turn mushy. You also want to avoid steel-cut oats as they take too long to soften in this recipe.
We love this recipe because it’s simple, versatile, and you likely already have most of the ingredients in your pantry. It also has a good amount of protein (18 grams!) and fiber (6.5 grams!) to keep you feeling fuller for longer.
And for those of you searching for a baked oats with no banana recipe, don’t worry – this recipe is the one!
Ingredients you’ll need for this recipe
Equipment Needed for this Baked Oats for One recipe
Baking oats for one doesn’t require any fancy equipment. You’ll need:
- A small bowl to combine your ingredients.
- A whisk or a spoon for stirring
- An oven-safe dish to bake your oats.
The main equipment you’ll need is an oven-safe dish to bake your oats in. We like using the Souper Cubes Stoneware. But you can also use oven-safe glassware, individual ramekins, or a mini baking dish. Just make sure your dish is big enough to hold your mixture and allow it to rise without spilling over.
Of course, you’ll also need an oven to bake your oats. A conventional oven works best, but a toaster oven or air fryer could also work in a pinch. Make sure you preheat the oven before you start baking for the best results.
Step-by-Step Instructions for Baked Oats for One
Here’s a step-by-step visual guide to creating the perfect baked oats recipe for one. See the detailed list of ingredients & instructions in the recipe card below.
Step 1: Gather Ingredients and Preheat your oven
Gather your ingredients. Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C) and lightly grease an oven safe baking dish that can hold about 1-2 cups. For this step we used the Souper Cubes Stoneware Baking Dish. Any small oven safe dish will work.
Step 2: Mix together ingredients in a mixing bowl
In a small mixing bowl, mix together 6 tablespoons of egg whites, ½ cup of applesauce (or a single serve applesauce works for this step), ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract and a pinch of salt.
Pro Tip: For a more “cake like” baked oats mixture you can blend your oats in a food processor or blender for step 2. Or for simplicity leave the oats in tact for easy baking.
Step 3: Add in your oats
Next, stir in ½ cup of oats and mix until everything is well combined.
Step 4: Put the mixture Into the baking dish
Pour the mixture into your prepared baking dish and smooth the top.
Step 5: Add Cinnamon Sugar to the top
Sprinkle the top with cinnamon sugar mixture. To make this combine an additional ½ teaspoon of cinnamon with ½ teaspoon of sugar. Add this in a thin layer right before baking.
Step 6: Bake your Oats for One
Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the oats are set and lightly golden on top.
Step 7: Let Cool
Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes before eating.
Step 8: Add toppings and enjoy!
Top your baked oats with fresh berries, chopped nuts, and a drizzle of maple syrup! Dig into your delicious and nutritious baked oats breakfast!
Pairing Your Baked Oats with Other Healthy Foods
While single serve baked oatmeal is a satisfying meal on its own, you can also pair it with other healthy foods for a well-rounded breakfast. Here are a few ideas:
- A side of Greek yogurt will add extra protein to your meal and pairs well with any fruit you’ve added to your baked oats.
- A boiled or poached egg can provide a good balance of protein and healthy fats to this meal.
- For a lighter option, pair your baked oats with a fresh fruit salad.
Flavor Variations of This Baked Oats Recipe for One
One of the best things about a baked oats recipe for one is how easy it is to customize with this base recipe. Here are a few variations you might like to try:
- For a tropical twist, try a combination of coconut milk instead of almond milk, pineapple chunks, and a sprinkle of shredded or toasted coconut on top.
- If you’re a chocolate lover, add a tablespoon of cocoa powder to your oat mixture and top with mini chocolate chips before baking.
- For a warming autumnal version, add diced apples, cinnamon, and a drizzle of caramel sauce.
- For a protein-packed twist, stir in a tablespoon of peanut butter into your oat mixture before baking. Top with sliced bananas and a drizzle of honey for a breakfast that will keep you full all morning.
- For a nutty and rich flavor, top with almond butter. Add some sliced almonds and a sprinkle of chia seeds on top for a satisfying crunch.
Tips for Baking Oats Perfectly Every Time
While baking oats is pretty straightforward, here are a few tips to ensure you get perfect results every time.
- Always preheat your oven. This ensures even baking and a perfect texture.
- Use rolled oats, quick cooking oats, or old-fashioned oats for the best texture. Instant oats can become too mushy. We like rolled oats or quick cooking oats best as they make a better cake-like texture.
- Don’t skimp on the liquid. Oats need enough liquid to become creamy and soft.
- If you want a more cake-like texture you can blend your oats in a food processor into a fine powder like oat flour.
- Feel free to experiment with flavors and mix-ins. This is your chance to get creative!
- Let your baked oats cool for a few minutes before digging in. This allows the flavors to meld together and the texture to set.
Storing and Reheating Baked Oats
This is a single serving dish so you shouldn’t have any leftovers.
If you have any leftovers or want to prepare your baked oats in advance, you can easily store them in the stoneware or glass dish to eat the next day.
Allow your baked oats to cool completely, then cover the dish with a lid or wrap it in foil or plastic wrap. You can store it in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
To reheat, simply uncover the dish and microwave it for a minute or two until it’s heated through. You can also reheat it in the oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 10 minutes.
Then drizzle with maple syrup and top with your favorite fruit and enjoy!
Embrace Baked Oats for Your Solo Breakfast
Baked oats for one are a game-changer for your easy breakfast routine. They are simple to prepare, versatile, nutritious, and absolutely delicious. This is a great recipe for a beginner to easily whip up a scrumptious bowl of baked oats for one.
We hope you embrace the baked oats trend and start experimenting with flavors. So, are you ready to make this recipe today? We can’t wait to hear how your baked oats turn out. Here’s to perfecting your morning with single serve baked oatmeal!Print
Craving a warm and hearty breakfast just for you? Check out our baked oats recipe for one! With a blend of oats, your favorite fruits, and milk, you can whip up this personalized treat in no time.
- 1/2 cup Quick Cooking Oats
- 1/4 cup Skim Milk or Almond Milk
- 1/2 cup Unsweetened Applesauce
- 6 tablespoons Liquid Egg Whites
- 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
- 1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- Pinch of Salt
- Topping: 1/2 teaspoon Sugar + 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon mixed (save for the top before baking)
- Maple Syrup or Honey to be drizzled on the top once baked and out of the oven
- Berries (optional)
- Pecans or Walnuts on top (optional)
- Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C) and lightly grease a baking dish that can hold about 1-2 cups. For this step use the Souper Cubes Square Baking Dish.
- In a small mixing bowl, mix together the 6 tablespoons of egg whites, ½ cup applesauce, ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt.
- Next, stir in ½ cup oats and mix until everything is well combined.
- Pour the mixture into your prepared baking dish and smooth the top.
- Sprinkle the top with cinnamon sugar mixture.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the oats are set and lightly golden on top.
- Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes before eating.
- Top your baked oats with fresh berries, chopped nuts, and a drizzle of maple syrup!
- Enjoy your delicious and nutritious baked oats!