***Photos updated September 14th, 2022***
Are you guys ready for Memorial Day weekend and the unofficial start of summer?! One of my favorite things about summer is the abundance of fresh, juicy berries, so I had to put them to work in this Mixed Berry Oatmeal Bake. I love a good oatmeal bake – not only is it a quick and easy way to feed a crowd or meal prep a breakfast, it’s delicious! It stays moist but tender inside, perfect with your morning coffee.
Here’s what you’ll need to make this baked oatmeal:
Rolled oats – I love to see the whole oats in my baked oatmeal, but don’t worry – they’re baked to perfect tenderness! Other types of oats like quick oats or steel cut oats will behave differently, so I don’t recommend swapping this ingredient.
Milk – Use whatever neutral tasting milk you prefer! I used almond milk, which doesn’t have a strong flavor. Some non-dairy milks have a really strong flavor or are overly sweet – I’d stay away from those in this recipe.
Applesauce – Adds volume, sweetness, and moisture without watering the batter down. Batter that’s too runny will lead to an undercooked, gooey center.
Eggs – These are the glue that bring the dough together and add a bit of protein too.
Berries – You could totally opt for whatever berries you like, of course. Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries would be delicious. Fresh or frozen will work just fine!
Protein powder – I used a plant based protein powder for this recipe, but you could also use a whey/casein blend. Just be sure to decrease the amount of almond milk by about 1/4 cup.
Baking powder – This gives the baked oatmeal a bit of lift as it cooks, making it less dense.
Maple syrup – For a touch of sweetness and added liquid.
Peanut butter – Adds some much needed fat to the baked oatmeal, keeping it from being dry and crumbly. You could also just use the egg yolks or opt for another nut butter, but I like the bit of extra sweetness that comes from the peanut butter.
Vanilla extract – Like salt in a savory dish, vanilla tends to enhance the flavors of a sweet recipe.
Don’t forget to top off a slice with some fresh homemade whipped cream and maybe a little maple syrup!
Here are some items I used to make this recipe a success. Note: these are Amazon Affiliate links.
Mixed Berry Oatmeal Bake
- 2 cups rolled oats (192 grams)
- 2 scoops Optimum Nutrition Vanilla Plant Based Protein Powder (76 grams)
- 1/2 tsp baking powder (2 grams)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (8 oz)
- 2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce (163 grams)
- 2/3 cup strawberries, chopped (100 grams)
- 2/3 cup blueberries (100 grams)
- 2/3 cup raspberries (85 grams)
- 3 tbsp pure maple syrup (1.5 oz)
- 2 tbsp Skippy Natural Peanut Butter (32 grams)
- 1 egg
- 1 egg white
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Optional: almond slivers for topping
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a baking dish with coconut oil and set aside.
Combine all dry ingredients, then add wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Pour into prepared casserole dish and spread evenly.
Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. If desired, press almond slivers into the top of the mixture about halfway through the baking time.
Allow to cool, then cut into 6 pieces for serving.
I used a casserole dish like this to make mine.