Who says you have to create a giant batch of oatmeal when you're craving just a bowl? This Single Serve Baked Oatmeal is the perfect way to start your morning off right. With five simple ingredients needed, this sugar-free oatmeal recipe is perfect for a solo morning breakfast.
Breakfast really is one of my favorite meals of the day. It's a time that I get to sit down, relax, think about the day, and do my own form of "quiet time" before the chaos of the day starts. I don't get to do that every day with six kids in the house but I try to find a few quiet moments when I can.
Sometimes this involves me sitting and sipping a coffee while other mornings I'll be eating a bowl of this comfort food oatmeal that warms my tummy and heart. I grew up eating oatmeal for breakfast quite often and that memory just takes me back to such fond memories and times.
Oatmeal is one of those breakfast recipes that give you that "stick to your ribs" type of feeling from the natural fiber. This single serve baked oatmeal is definitely breakfast comfort food.
Oatmeal isn't complicated to make at all and when you make it from scratch at home, it's so much healthier for you than any of the flavored oatmeal sitting on the shelves at the store.
- Old fashioned oats - Don't use instant oats for this recipe. You need the good ol' old-fashioned kind.
- Unsweetened vanilla almond milk - I use unsweetened to avoid added sugar.
- Egg whites - Save the egg yolks to make an omelet!
- Sweetener - This is my own recipe that I use for a lot of my baking recipes. I do offer substitutions in the recipe card.
- Berries - Frozen or fresh, it doesn't matter!
How To Make Single Serve Baked Oatmeal
The prep time for this easy oatmeal recipe takes just five minutes of time! You can then put up your feet and get excited about the finished product!
Step 1: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray a small oven-safe dish or small bowl with non stick cooking spray.
Step 2: Combine the ingredients and add the oatmeal mixture to the prepared dish.
Expert Tip: You can prep up to this step the night before and then store in the fridge until morning. This will cook a little quicker that way as the oats will soften overnight.
Step 3: Pop in the oven and bake until the oatmeal has softened and the eggs have set. This takes about 20-30 minutes.
Step 4: Enjoy this baked oatmeal recipe warm from the oven or let cool to room temperature if you prefer.
Variations & Substitutions
By taking the base amounts of your milk of choice plus oats and eggs you can make any flavor you like.
Sweetened Almond Milk - If you want this oats recipe to be sweeter and don't need a sugar free baked oatmeal, an easy way to make that happen is to add sweetened almond milk instead of unsweetened.
Fruit Varieties - Frozen and fresh strawberries and other berries are always a great choice for single serve baked oatmeal but you can also top with chopped apples or peaches, too.
Spices - Sprinkle on a bit of cinnamon, nutmeg, apple pie spice, or pumpkin pie spice to the top of your oatmeal to give a fun fall flavoring and taste. Mix in some vanilla extract, almond extract, or maple extract to boost the flavor.
Vanilla Yogurt - I love the contrast of a scoop of cold vanilla yogurt on top of warm oatmeal.
More Choices - If you aren't shooting for a Trim Healthy Mama E recipe you can stir in some peanuts, peanut butter, almond butter, chia seeds, unsweetened coconut flakes, sugar free chocolate chips, other nut butters, maple syrup, honey, bananas, or cocoa powder.
Protein - Want more protein in the morning? Try my Protein Overnight Oats recipe.
How do you know when oatmeal is done baking in the oven?
There are two things to look for as an indicator. The middle of the baked oatmeal should be firm to the touch and the edges of the oatmeal should be golden-brown. If those two things are happening, the oatmeal recipe should be done and ready to be pulled from the oven.
Why is my oatmeal soggy?
You may have added too much liquid to your single serve baked oatmeal or it might need more time in the oven to bake and soak up the liquid. Make sure to add the correct measurements from the start and follow the printed directions below.
How do you reheat leftover oatmeal?
Sometimes leftover oatmeal happens and that just means that you have another chance to enjoy it again later. Just keep it stored in the fridge until you're ready to eat in a container with a lid.
To reheat oatmeal, add in a bit of liquid and pop it in the microwave for a few seconds at a time. In between the heating cycles, stir and visually inspect the oatmeal. If it's starting to look dry, add in a bit more liquid and heat some more. You'll want to be careful to not add too much liquid as then it will turn soggy.
- ¼ cup old fashioned oats (use gluten-free if desired)
- ¼ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 2 tablespoon egg whites
- 2 tablespoon Joy Filled Eats Sweetener (or see alternatives in recipe notes)
- 2-4 tablespoon berries see notes
- Preheat oven to 350. Grease an oven-safe bowl.
- Combine oats, almond milk, egg whites, and sweetener.
- Pour the oatmeal mixture into the prepared pan. Top with the fruit.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes or until firm to the touch in the center and golden around the edges.