Protein Baked Oatmeal with Bananas

If you are looking for a high energy breakfast idea, which is high in protein and has slow-releasing carbohydrates, then this protein-packed baked oatmeal is just for you.

Better yet, it is not limited to just a breakfast meal because a slice is enough for a snack which can be ideal for a pre-workout meal or provide that extra fuel for endurance runners.

Can you believe that each slice is only 170 calories too? And believe me, it feels like you are eating more than that, which is an advantage because it keeps you feeling full and is very macro-friendly.

It is also very easy to make: simply throw all the ingredients to your mixing bowl, add it to a baking tray, bake and add your toppings! It takes around 20 minutes to cook this and that is a breakfast meal prep sorted for the week.

How to make a protein baked oatmeal?

1) Main ingredients

Rolled Oats – I suggest using either rolled oats or steel-cut oats for the baked oatmeal. The latter is more renowned for this type of recipe but I have a large bag of rolled oats at home, which I use for many recipes, and they are perfectly fine for the protein oatmeal bake.

Vanilla Protein Powder – If you want to turn this into a protein-packed baked oatmeal, I would suggest using vanilla flavoured protein powder, in either a whey or casein type, as this will ensure that two servings of this oatmeal will have 20 grams of protein and keep the taste neutral. It is totally fine to not use protein powder, if you want to make a standard baked oatmeal. In terms of the flavour, and whether you can taste the protein power, I do not notice much difference when I use vanilla protein powder. There are recipes where you can use chocolate flavouring, but you would need to adjust the other ingredients accordingly.

Coconut Milk – This milk is perfect for this recipe but you can also use milk. almond milk or a preferred plant-based variation. Because I have used coconut milk, it does mean I want to keep the other ingredients consistent by using coconut oil and coconut yogurt.

Plain Coconut Yogurt or Greek Yogurt – I would usually just use Greek yogurt, which is another rich protein source, but for this recipe I used coconut yogurt which helps with the flavour.

Eggs – I use the whole eggs for this recipe. If you are on a plant-based diet, you can use flax eggs as an alternative.

Maple Syrup – This recipe definitely requires a sweetener – once I forgot and it was difficult to eat! So I would suggest using your preferred sweetener. I went for maple syrup.

Cinnamon – You will also need spice to go with the sweetener, and therefore cinnamon powder is perfect. If you like the taste of cinnamon, you can add an extra teaspoon.

Banana – Banana always goes great with oats and you can add the toppings half way through cooking. There are other fruit options too which you can top the baked oatmeal with such as blueberries.

Peanut Butter – Use your favourite nut butter to finish off the toppings. Peanut butter or almond butter are usually perfect.

Others: I used coconut oil, vanilla extract and baking powder for this recipe.

2) Method

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 200c / 400f.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the rolled oats, protein powder, coconut milk, yogurt, eggs, maple syrup, cinnamon, baking powder, vanilla extract, and salt.
  3. Stir to combine and place on a baking tray (use coconut oil for the tray).
  4. Bake in oven for 20 minutes, or until it turns golden brown. Half way through, place the banana slices on top.
  5. Once removed from the oven, top up with your favourite nut butter.

3) Alternatives

To keep it vegan-friendly: Use flax eggs instead regular eggs and use a plant-based vanilla protein powder. Also, using coconut yogurt, milk and oil help keeps the flavour consistent.

To keep it nut-free: Do not use any nut butters, this is just optional to help with the toppings. Sunflower seed butter can work.

If you do not have protein powder: I only use protein powder as a way to get more protein into this recipe and help meet my daily intake goal. If you do not have protein power, you can still follow the same instructions, and just make a standard oatmeal bake which is still healthy and great.

4) Meal prep tips

How to reheat: It only takes around 40 seconds to reheat in the microwave which is why this is ideal for a quick breakfast or snack on the go. The coconut yogurt, which I mentioned in the ingredients list, also goes well with the baked oatmeal. Simply add a tablespoon and think of it as a healthier alternative to cream!

How long does it last: It lasts all week and it is a versatile dish because you can have it for breakfast or as a snack.

Why you will love this recipe?

Pre or post workout snack: This recipe has slow releasing carbohydrates and whey protein powder which means this can be a great snack for a pre-workout or an instant fuel for a post-workout which is great for runners and bodybuilders.

Macro-friendly: It is a very macro-friendly meal or snack, and you can use it to your advantage depending on your goal and how you exercise, but each serving can realistically fit in any diet plan.

Quick breakfast idea: If you are busy in the mornings and do not have much time to make anything fresh before you head off to work, this baked oatmeal only takes 40 seconds to reheat in the microwave and will keep you feeling full.

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Baked oatmeal in a oven tray

High Protein Baked Oatmeal


  • Author: Mani
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 Minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

If you are looking for a high energy breakfast idea, which is high in protein and has slow-releasing carbohydrates, then this baked oatmeal is just for you.
Better yet, it is not limited to just a breakfast meal because a slice is enough for a snack which can be ideal for a pre-workout meal or extra fuel for runners.
Can you believe that each slice is only 170 calories too? And believe me, it feels like you are eating more than that which is an advantage because it keeps you feeling full and is very macro-friendly.


Scale

Ingredients

  • 250g Rolled Oats
  • 60g Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 1 Cup Coconut Milk
  • 1 Cup Plain Coconut Yogurt or Greek Yogurt
  • 2 Eggs
  • 30g Maple Syrup
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Banana (sliced)
  • Peanut Butter (to garnish)
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 200c/400f.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the rolled oats, protein powder, coconut milk, yogurt, eggs, maple syrup, cinnamon, baking powder, vanilla extract and salt.
  3. Stir to combine and place on a baking tray (use coconut oil for the tray).
  4. Bake in oven for 20 minutes, or until it turns golden brown. Half way through, place the banana slices on top.
  5. Once removed from the oven, top up with your favourite nut butter.
  • Category: Meal Prep
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Healthy

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 Slice
  • Calories: 170
  • Sugar: 8 g
  • Sodium: 153.2 mg
  • Fat: 4.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 23.9 g
  • Fiber: 2.6 g
  • Protein: 9.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 31 mg

Keywords: Protein Baked Oatmeal, Baked Oatmeal

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