Are you looking for a great start to the day? This Baked Protein Oatmeal recipe is delicious and healthy! With just 13.2 net carbs per square, this sugar-free recipe will fuel your body all day long.
I don't know about you but I'm always looking for breakfast recipes for the kids and me to enjoy. It's not that we don't like having a sit-down breakfast recipe all the time but sometimes, we just don't have time.
During the busy weekday mornings, this oatmeal bake recipe is one of my favorites. I love being able to cook this dish up and have it ready for us to grab as we're running out the door.
And to be honest, baked protein oatmeal is so sweet and delicious that it actually tastes like a treat. The kids love that they get to have their "dessert" for breakfast and I love that they're getting a bit of healthiness in their bodies as well.
This simple gluten-free, dairy-free oatmeal bar recipe is one that doesn't take long to make at all. Just gather up the list of easy ingredients below and you'll be well on your way.
- Old fashioned oats - I like to use these as I like the texture that they create. Instant oats or quick oats get too soft.
- Unsweetened vanilla almond milk - If you want to use sweetened you can but it may make this recipe too sweet for your liking. If you use plain almond milk add a dash of vanilla extract.
- Egg whites - Save the egg yolk and make an omelet!
- Joy Filled Eats Sweetener - This is my go-to sweetener for all my baking recipes.
- Protein powder - This powder gives a great boost of high protein during the day. I used a plain unflavored whey protein powder.
- Cocoa powder - Add the dark coloring to the recipe.
- Peanut powder - This is lower in calories than regular peanut butter and still gives that peanut flavor.
How To Make Baked Protein Oatmeal
The steps to this recipe are simple and easy to do. You're going to love the ease and the flavor!
Step One: Preheat the oven. Grease a baking sheet (8X8) with cooking spray or coconut oil/olive oil.
Step Two: Mix and stir all the ingredients in a bowl.
Step Three: Pour the batter mixture into your greased baking dish.
Step Four: Put in the oven and bake for 45-40 minutes.
Once it's done baking, it's time to let cool and enjoy! This is one of my favorite oat recipes!
Chocolate protein powder - If you want to add more flavor, you can always opt to add in chocolate protein powder as a kick.
Vanilla protein powder - Just as easily as you can add in chocolate, you can add vanilla as well.
Chocolate chips - Adding sugar-free chocolate chips is a great sweet treat! You can add white chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips, or semi-sweet as well.
Maple syrup - If you think that your protein bars need a bit more sweetness, add in a tad bit of maple syrup or honey. You can just drizzle it right on top.
Mashed banana - Add a few natural sugars by mashing up a banana or two and stirring into the mix.
Greek yogurt - You can use a little bit of greek yogurt in place of the almond milk.
Nut butter - Drop a dollop of peanut butter, almond butter, or even pecan butter right on top.
How do you know when this baked protein oatmeal recipe is done baking?
You need to pay attention to the edges and top turning golden-brown as your first clue. Also, check the middle of the oatmeal dish to ensure that it's not jiggling.
If it jiggles, it needs more time in the oven. Cooking the baked oats is key to this recipe setting up properly.
Can protein powder be baked?
Absolutely. I add it to my recipes all the time. This is a simple way to add more protein easily to recipes that you want to give an extra boost.
What are other great toppings for oatmeal?
Since this baked protein oatmeal recipe is very similar to eating a bowl of oatmeal but just in bar form, many of the toppings that you use for oatmeal will work great for this recipe, too.
I like to top with fresh blueberries, shredded coconut, peanuts, and any other fresh berries that I have in the house that I need to use up and enjoy.
I'll also add on a sprinkle of honey and cinnamon as well to the top of the bar.
How do you store baked protein bars?
Once you make this baked breakfast recipe, you can store it in an airtight container to keep it fresh. I would recommend eating within a few days.
How do you freeze protein oatmeal bars?
You can also freeze these bars by wrapping them in saran wrap and storing them in a freezer-safe bag. As long as you freeze them properly, they should store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
- 2 cups old fashioned oats (use gluten-free if desired)
- 2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1.5 cup egg whites
- ¾ cup Joy Filled Eats Sweetener (or see alternatives in recipe notes)
- ½ cup protein powder
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- ¼ cup peanut powder
- Preheat oven to 350. Grease an 8x8 baking dish.
- Combine all the ingredients and mix well.
- Pour the oatmeal mixture into the prepared pan.
- Bake for 45-50 minutes or until no longer jiggly in the center and golden around the edges.