These healthy oven baked oats use no bananas and no eggs! Simple ingredients with 4 vegan flavor options ranging from apple to chocolate to peanut butter!

P.S. I’ve also included a video below to make this Baked Oats Without Eggs even easier!

Why You Will Love This Recipe

  • No banana required: Tired of seeing that all vegan baked oats recipe includes banana? Then you’ve come to the right place! This baked oats without banana uses applesauce instead so say goodbye to spending days waiting for your banana to ripen, or to doing an extra run to the grocery store just to get bananas!
  • No egg needed: Simply skip the egg, or sub with flax egg.
  • Dessert for breakfast: It feels a bit like eating cake for breakfast, but without feeling any guilt! You can also choose from the 5 variations for the topping. Making this oven baked oats kinda feels like a trip to the cake shop 😉
  • Quick and easy: You only need 5 minutes of actual cooking and 6 ingredients for the base recipe.
  • Healthy: This baked oats without eggs uses rolled oats as the base which are packed with vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
  • Vegan and gluten-free: It’s dairy free, egg free, and also naturally gluten free!
Five variations of healthy baked oats no banana without eggs on a white marbled background.

Are baked oats healthy?

This baked oats no eggs uses good old-fashioned rolled oats as the base instead of plain flour. Rolled oats have so many great health benefits such as reducing the risk of coronary heart disease, lowering blood pressure, and helping with digestion. Oats are also loaded with fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. So all the good stuff!

To make sure that you make oven baked oats as healthy as possible, I suggest going with the mixed berries version. Berries are really rich in antioxidants, the good stuff that slows down the aging process. Also be sure to get unsweetened applesauce, or make your own homemade applesauce.

Are baked oats less healthy?

If you’re wondering whether raw vs cooked oats have different nutrition profile, they don’t. So they both have similar fiber, carbs, calories, and other nutrients. You can read more in this Livestrong article.

Baked oatmeal can still be healthy depending on the ingredients used. Use whole, unprocessed ingredients for maximum nutrition, such as fruits, nuts, and seeds.

Watch the Video Below!

Baked Oats vs Baked Oatmeal

In terms of ingredients, they are very similar but the most important difference is in the texture.

They both contain the same ingredients but they have different textures. In baked oatmeal recipes, the oats are not blended while they do get blended in baked oats recipes. This gives baked oats a more fluffy texture, making the baked oats taste like cake. On the other hand, baked oatmeal has more bite to it, more like a chewy granola bar texture.

What to use instead of bananas?

This baked oats no banana uses applesauce to replace the banana. Say no more to waiting for days for your banana to ripen, or for an extra run to the grocery store when you forget to get a banana.

I have also tried using plant-based yogurt to replace the banana and it works well too! Another substitution that I have not tried but think would work is to use pumpkin puree or any other fruit puree.

What to use instead of eggs?

Use a flax egg to replace the egg in these healthy baked oats. Just mix 1 Tablespoon of flax meal with 3 Tablespoons of water to substitute one egg!

Speaking of flax meal, you might like my viral Easy Flax Meal Pudding!

Apple cinnamon oven baked oats no banana no egg with the left side cut off.

Ingredients

  • Rolled oats: The good old-fashioned oats for a healthy breakfast or dessert.
  • Applesauce: The substitute for banana to get the correct texture.
  • Plant-based milk: Adds moisture and creaminess to the vegan baked oatmeal. I used soy but feel free to use any other plant-based milk!
  • Maple syrup: A bit of sweetener in the mix.
  • Baking powder: Helps the baked oats rise, making them fluffy!
  • Salt: A natural flavor enhancer to deepen the flavor.
  • Flax egg (optional): The substitute for eggs. Use if you want more texture and ‘bite’ to your baked oats. Just mix 1 Tablespoon of flax meal with 3 Tablespoons of water to get 1 flax egg!
Rolled oats, apple sauce, flax egg, baking powder, milk, salt, and maple syrup in measuring cups with labels.

And the toppings! Feel free to choose your favorite, and of course, you can choose more than one!

  • Apple, cinnamon, and raisins
  • Cocoa powder and walnuts
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Mixed berries
  • Matcha and dark chocolate

Step-by-step Instructions

Blend: Blend all the ingredients except the toppings together in a blender until smooth.

Bake: Mix in the toppings, then bake at 175°C (350°F) for 20-25 minutes. That’s it! Just two simple steps that will get you dessert for breakfast! And it’s great for meal prep too!

I don’t have a blender. Can I use a food processor or an immersion blender instead?

Yes, you can. It will probably take longer to get everything blended up smoothly with a food processor but it will still work. When I tried this, the oats did not get processed as finely. This makes the baked oats to be less fluffy but it is still tasty!

If you do want to have fluffy baked oats using a food processor, here are some tips you could try:

  • Make a bigger batch so the food processor gets filled up and can blend better
  • Process them longer
  • First process the rolled oats until they become fine flour. Then add the other ingredients and blend
  • Use oat flour instead of rolled oats

If you want to use an immersion blender, be sure to make a bigger batch so there is enough batter to blend smoothly.

Topping Variations

Now here’s the fun part! Five ways to jazz your baked oats without eggs!

Apple, Cinnamon, and Raisins

The classic fall flavors🍂. The flavor of the applesauce combines really well with the toppings!

Brownie Baked Oats

Craving brownies but don’t feel like eating something as heavy? Then go for this version! Feel free to sub with other nuts to boost the protein content.

Peanut Butter and Jelly

The classic combination that never goes wrong! It would also be the perfect combo for an afternoon snack. Feel free to sub with almond butter or other nut butter.

Mixed Berries

The healthiest version which is packed with antioxidants. It will also give you a taste of summer!

Matcha and Dark Chocolate

Craving for some matcha latte, but in food form? This is your sign to make this variation. Feel free to sub the chocolate with some vegan chocolate chips or even chocolate sprinkles.

Ingredients Substitutions

Some substitutions if you are running out of a certain ingredient, or just don’t like them.

  • Rolled oats: Quick-cooking and instant oats are great substitutes. Subbing with oat flour will alter the texture but it will still work. For more information about the different types of oats (including pictures), check out this article.
  • Applesauce: You can substitute it with plant-based yogurt. Another substitution that I have not tried but think would work is to use pumpkin puree or any other fruit puree.
  • Plant-based milk: You can use all kinds of plant-based milk! But if you run out of milk, try substituting it with fruit juice. Water will also work fine, but then I recommend adding a bit more sweetener.
  • Maple syrup: Sub with agave nectar, date paste, or whatever your favorite sweetener is! You can also use normal sugar if that’s what you have at home!
  • Baking powder: Without baking powder, your baked oats will not rise. Substitute 1 tsp baking powder with 1/4 teaspoon baking soda + 1/2 teaspoon of vinegar.

Troubleshooting this Baked Oats Without Eggs

Why aren’t my baked oats baking? This probably just means that your oats are undercooked. Bake them further in the oven for longer. Note that this is okay even if this goes against the recipe instructions because ovens can differ a little bit in terms of how hot they could be.

Why are my baked oats mushy/runny/soggy? Probably there’s too much liquid or is undercooked. Add a bit more oats and/or increase cooking time to adjust.

Why are my baked oats so dense? Probably there isn’t enough liquid or the oven baked oats without banana are overcooked. Add more liquid and/or reduce cooking time to adjust for this.

How should I store my baked oats?

  • Fridge: Store your baked oats in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. To reheat, pop it in the oven for 5-10 minutes at 175°C (350°F), or simply microwave it in 30-second increments.
  • Freezer: You can also freeze this for up to 3 months. To reheat, bake it in the oven for 5-10 minutes at 200°C (390°F).

Can I make a bigger batch of these baked oats?

Absolutely! If you are making a big batch, it might be easiest to use a larger baking or casserole dish instead of small ramekins. The baking time would increase so that everything will be cooked through.

For example, if you are making 4 servings in a larger dish, I would start with 35 minutes of baking. Then check if it’s still underbaked, and continue. Remember that it’s best to underbake than overbake since you cannot undo overbaking!

Can I meal prep with the baked oats?

For sure! Make a big batch, bake them, and store them in the fridge or freezer. It will make your day feel special having such a treat for breakfast!

Five different variations of baked oats no banana without eggs in an X formation.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Can I use steel-cut oats for these baked oats no eggs?

No, the steel-cut oats will not blend enough to give you a cake-like texture. However, you can substitute the old-fashioned rolled oats with quick-cooking oats, instant oats, or even oat flour. The texture will be different with oat flour but it will still be delicious.

Can I add some vanilla extract?

Yes of course! I don’t find it necessary as it already tastes great without. However, if you are a fan of vanilla extract, feel free to add 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract for every serving of this baked oats without banana.

What size ramekin should I use?

For a single serving, use an 8oz (250ml) ramekin.

Can I use a microwave instead of an oven?

Yes, you can! For my microwave, I need 1.5 minutes (90 seconds) for it to cook through. You might need anywhere between 1 to 3 minutes since every microwave is different.
I suggest starting with 1 minute and then incrementing by 30 seconds if it’s still not cooked through.

Can I use an air fryer instead of an oven?

I have not tested this healthy oven baked oats using an air fryer but I imagine it would work by baking it at 175°C (350°F) for 8-10 minutes. Let me know in the comments if you decide to try this method!

Which is better: overnight oats or baked oats?

Overnight oats offer a no-cook option with a creamy texture, while baked oats provide a warm, slightly firmer texture and can be more suitable for those who prefer a cooked breakfast. Ultimately, it depends on personal preference!

Speaking of overnight oats though, you might like my Frozen Berries Overnight Oats, Cookies and Cream Overnight Oats, or this Biscoff Overnight Oats!

Looking for Variations?

Try making Nutella baked oats by substituting the peanut butter with this Homemade Nutella!

Or for that time when you do have bananas, try this version of banana baked oats: Chocolate Chip Baked Oats recipe!

And if you’re a fan of healthy cakes, I highly recommend my 10-minute Weetabix Cake Loaf recipe, which is a crowd-pleaser for everyone, especially if you like dried fruits like raisins!

Healthy Oven Baked Oats (No Banana, No Eggs) – 4 Ways + Video!

Five oven baked oats no banana without eggs, zoomed in to form a collage.
These healthy oven baked oats use no bananas and no eggs! Simple ingredients with 4 vegan flavor options ranging from apple to chocolate to peanut butter!
Jem @ The Fruity Jem
Cook Time 25 minutes
Cooling Down Time 5 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Serving Size 1 serving

Ingredients

Base Recipe

  • ½ cup rolled oats (45 grams)
  • ¼ cup applesauce (65 grams) I used sweetened
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup (5 grams) or sub with agave nectar
  • 4 Tablespoons plant-based milk (52 ml) I used soy but any plant-based milk will work
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 Tablespoon ground flax seeds (6 grams) + 3 Tablespoons water (45 grams) to make your flax egg optional

Toppings

Option 1: Apple, Cinnamon, and Raisins

  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon powder (1 gram)
  • 2 Tablespoons cubed apple (15 grams)
  • 1 Tablespoon raisins (9 grams)

Option 2: Brownie Baked Oats

  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder (3 grams)
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped walnuts (14 grams)

Option 3: Peanut Butter and Jelly

  • 1 Tablespoon peanut butter (15 grams) or sub with another nut butter of choice
  • 1 Tablespoon jelly/jam (20 grams)

Option 4: Mixed Berries

  • ¼ cup mixed berries (36 grams) I used frozen but feel free to use fresh berries!

Option 5: Matcha and Dark Chocolate

  • 1 teaspoon matcha powder (3 grams)
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped dark chocolate (11 grams)

Instructions

  • Blend: First preheat the oven to 175°C (350°F). Then place all ingredients except the toppings in a blender. Blend until smooth for about 1 minute.
  • Transfer: Transfer the batter to a 250ml (8oz) ramekin. Add the toppings of your choice. Mix evenly.
    If the toppings includes something in powder form (so the cinnamon, cocoa powder, or matcha powder), be sure to mix that one first.
  • Bake: Bake for 20-25 minutes. Let it cool down for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Notes

Ingredients Notes:
  • To substitute for rolled oats, try quick-cooking or instant oats. Subbing with oat flour will alter the texture but it will still be delicious!
  • If you run out of plant-based milk (all types of milk will work such as almond milk, oat milk, soy milk, etc), try substituting it with fruit juice. Water will also work fine, but then I recommend adding a bit more sweetener.
  • I used sweetened applesauce but feel free to use unsweetened one. In that case, you might need to add 1 teaspoon more maple syrup.
  • The flax egg is optional, if you would like more texture and ‘bite’ to your baked oats.
Equipment Notes:
  • You can also use a food processor instead of a blender. The oats do not get processed as finely but this will be solved if you process the batter longer.
  • If you are making a bigger batch, using an immersion blender will also work.
  • You can also microwave instead of using an oven, although I recommend using the oven. To microwave, start with 1 minute and then increment by 30 seconds if it’s still not cooked through. I need 1.5 minutes (90 seconds) in total but the time will vary depending on the microwave.
  • I have not tested this baked oats without eggs using an air fryer but I imagine it will work. Feel free to experiment and let me know in the comments how it went!
Storage and Meal Prep:
  • Store your baked oats in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
    • To reheat, pop it in the oven for 5-10 minutes at 175°C (350°F), or simply microwave it in 30 seconds increments.
  • You can also freeze this for up to 3 months.
    • To reheat, bake it in the oven for 5-10 minutes at 200°C (390°F).
Other Notes:
  • The calorie information is calculated based on just the base recipe, excluding toppings. The following are the additional calories of the toppings:
    • mixed berries: 20 kcal
    • apple, cinnamon, and raisins: 43 kcal
    • brownie: 100 kcal
    • peanut butter and jelly: 114 kcal
    • matcha and dark chocolate: 73 kcal

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3 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    The best baked oats recipe out there y’all! Haven’t tried all variations but my favorite so far is the brownie baked oats. Can’t wait to try the matcha one too once I get some matcha powder!

  2. Kimberley says:

    5 stars
    I’m a fan of matcha so that’s also what I tried. Feels like eating dessert, but without the guilt. 🙂

  3. Christina says:

    5 stars
    It’s healthy but tasted unbelievably good!