Are you keen to try making healthy baked oats for your breakfast or even a dessert? The way to make it is really simple and can be adapted with a number of different flavours very easily.

Step 1 the basic baked oats recipe

Preheat the oven to 350°F or 180°C

Mix with 40g of oats, 100g of fat-free natural yoghurt, one egg and 1 tsp of artificial sweetener. A Dairy-free yoghurt can be substituted if needed and there are alternatives to eggs you could try.

This is the base recipe. Alongside this, you add your choice of fruit and flavouring. Depending on your choice of those you may choose to omit the sweetener.

If you are short of time these quick oats can be baked in advance and kept for up to 5 days in my experience depending on the flavours you choose.

pile of oats
Oats

Step 2 add the flavours

Apple and cinnamon flavour

Use a quarter of a teaspoon of cinnamon and one apple, finely chopped.

cinnamon
Cinnamon

Gingerbread flavour

Use a small pinch of mixed spice, a small pinch of cinnamon and half a teaspoon of ground ginger.

gingerbread people
Gingerbread people

Bounty – coconut and chocolate flavour

I love Bounty bars, do you? Adding coconut choc shot to your base mix gives a tasty bounty flavour.

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Raspberry and white chocolate flavour

I absolutely love white chocolate and raspberry cookies so this flavour emulates that a little. Add 1 tbsp of white chocolate chips and 50g of fresh raspberries.

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Raspberries

Mint chocolate flavour

There are two tasty ways you could make this. One is simply using the mint choc shot.

The other is to use 1/4 tsp of peppermint flavouring and chocolate chips. This choice is a bit more calorific and as such more syns or points for your weight loss plan.

Raspberries infographic

Chocolate orange flavour

I love chocolate orange but it isn’t really that healthy is it?

Adding to the base mix 2 tsp of the chocolate orange flavour choc shot and some grated fresh orange peel adds a perfect flavour.

If you don’t have an orange handy or don’t want to waste the rest if you are unlikely to use it then substitute it with a quarter of a teaspoon of orange essence.

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Banoffee flavour

One of my favourite desserts is banoffee pie but the way I make it (condensed milk, digestives, whipped cream etc) is very calorific! I dread to think of the syns in it, I have never worked them out.

For banoffee baked oats simply add a small banana, either sliced or mashed to the base mixture. If you add sliced you will notice them more in the final dish.

For the toffee element, I would recommend fudge pieces from the baking section of the supermarket. A tablespoon is a plenty.

sliced banana
Sliced banana

Cherry Bakewell flavour

This is best made with defrosted dark sweet cherries you find in the freezers at the supermarket. I find using 60g of these works well but have a play and see what you enjoy.

Add a quarter of a teaspoon of almond essence and you have the perfect almond flavour. To make it even more like Cherry Bakewell why not add a few flaked almonds on the top?

baked oats

Apple and blackberry flavour

Another delicious choice, perfect in the autumn when both are in season.

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Carrot cake flavour

Grate a small carrot to add to the base mix with half a teaspoon of cinnamon, 15g of sultanas and 5 halves of walnut, finely chopped/crushed. This will give you a tasty carrot cake which you can top with Quark with a few drops of orange essence and sweetened to taste to make a delicious dessert.

four coloured small rectangular casserole dishes

These dishes are perfect you can buy similar ones from B&M bargains and many other places. Whatever baking dish you choose is likely to be fine as long as it is oven proof and remember if you make a larger one by multiplying the ingredients it will take longer to cook!

Carrot cake cut into slices
Carrot Cake

Step 3 How to cook baked oats

Once you have your oats ready in whatever combination you choose simply use low-calorie cooking spray to lightly coat the baking dish and then fill with the mixture.

Then bake at 180°c or 350°F for 35 minutes or until browned.

Serve with fruit for a healthier breakfast and enjoy.

Do you have any favourite flavours? Do share them in the comments below.

Baked oats
Baked oats

Enjoying this recipe for weight loss

If you follow Slimming World, Weight Watchers (WW), Noom or any other weight loss plan you can usually count the ingredients within this recipe in your allowances. It is of course important to check yourself any plan you follow.

By using a low-calorie cooking spray instead of oil and avoiding ingredients with saturated fat you are making something tasty but low-fat too.

Rolled oats are not only cheap but so healthy they are sometimes regarded as a superfood!

Baking powder isn’t necessary but can be added if you prefer a more spongy consistency.

If you are not dieting or are happy to use extra calories or syns then there are so many things you can add to change the flavours around such as maple syrup, cocoa powder and chocolate chunks.

On Slimming World

This recipe uses your 40g of plain porridge oats which if you follow Slimming World can be used as your healthy extra b choice or 7 syns.

If you choose a flavour with cooked fruit then this is a small amount of syns

Examples of fruit syns

  • 50g of banana is 2 syns when cooked
  • 2 syns for 60g cherries when cooked
  • 40g of cooked apple is just half a syn
  • 50g of blackberries around half a syn.

Choc shot is usually around just one syn for two teaspoons.

1 tbsp of chocolate chips is around 4-4.5 syns.

A tablespoon of fudge pieces is around 5.5 syns.

Almonds, for 25g you need to count around 7.5 syns

Other ideas to make your own recipe

There are so many things that would go well in this recipe, peanut butter is a popular choice along with experimenting with different chocolate spreads and flavourings.

sliced banana
Sliced banana

Other recipes to try

Have you tried overnight oats yet? If not then you really don’t know what you are missing! Check out my overnight oats guide for tasty recipes.

Why not at the same time make a simple soup for lunch? Pop it in a flask and you have a healthy day ahead of you in a few easy minutes? Add plenty of vegetables to it and you are on track for some good weight loss.

If planning meals is not your strong point be sure to check my ready-made meal plan directory. It includes summer meal plans, winter meal plans, plans with lots of vegetables and many more.

Overnight oats
Overnight oats

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Baked oats

Healthy baked oats basic recipe

  • Author: JustAverageJen
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 Minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 1 Portion 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: British
  • Diet: Low Calorie

Description

The basic recipe for baked oats ready for you to add flavourings or fruit of your choice.


Ingredients

Scale

40g of oats

100g of fat-free natural yoghurt

one egg

1 tsp of artificial sweetener


Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350°F or 180°C

 

Mix with 40g of oats, 100g of fat-free natural yoghurt, one egg and 1 tsp of artificial sweetener. A Dairy-free yoghurt can be substituted if needed and there are alternatives to eggs you could try.

add the flavours

Once you have your oats ready in whatever combination you choose simply use low-calorie cooking spray to lightly coat the baking dish and then fill with the mixture.

 

Then bake at 180°c or 350°F for 35 minutes or until browned.

 

Serve with fruit for a healthier breakfast and enjoy.


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6 Comments

  1. hiya can I just ask…when you say add cherries etc but they are syns, is this because they are baked ? If I just made plain baked oats recipe then added fresh cherries afterwards would it then by syn free (apart from counting the oats as healthy extra. thanks Sandra x

  2. Hi Jen,
    Your baked oats recipes are my go to pudding and the whole family loves them.
    I have some rhubarb to use up in my freezer. How much would you use per person? I was thinking with ginger to keep the syns low or for a few extra syns chopped strawberries.
    Please advise.
    Many thanks

    1. I’m not sure really, I wouldn’t say too much if you want the baked oats to still hold together but maybe play around and see what works, I’m not a rhubarb fan so never tried, sorry!

  3. This is so helpful as I am returning to slimming world after a few years since I last did it. I will definitely be making baked oats with some of these flavours. Thank you for making it so clear to follow.

  4. I’ve just found this by accident and can’t wait to get started. I’m hopeless at menu planning and need all the help I can get. Thanks Jen for your generosity xx

  5. Wow! What a find,recommended by a SW colleague. Thanks you for the fresh boost of ideas and treats.