This Baked Oats for One recipe makes the most perfect single serving hot and healthy breakfast. With dried cranberries, toasted almonds and warm oats, this will warm you up and keep you full for your day ahead. The good news is you can prepare this breakfast with a few simple ingredients, pop it in the oven and let it bake while you get ready for the day!
If you are ever hungry for a warm, hearty breakfast and only want to make one serving, this easy recipe is for you! Alternatively, duplicate this recipe as many times as you want and meal prep your breakfast for the next morning and several days in advance. A great healthy option!
One of my favorite things about this easy baked oats recipe is that you can swap out the fruit and nuts for other mix-ins and prepare several different flavor variations. I like to set up all the ingredients and mix-ins with the appropriate measuring utensils and let the whole family customize their oats however they want in their own small ramekins! A baked oats bar, if you will.
Why You Will Love This
- It is easy. It only takes about 5 minutes to prepare this easy baked oatmeal for the oven. Pop them in the oven for about 25 minutes and you've got a hot breakfast ready to eat!
- You can customize it. There are several different flavor combinations you could try for these. You could make 4 different combinations at once and have a different breakfast for several days in row.
- It'll warm you up. Having a nice warm single serve breakfast is a great way to start your day. Not only will it warm you up, but it will fill you up too!
- Milk: You can use your favorite kind of milk for this. I prefer to use 1% because that is what we typically have on hand but any kind or percentage of milk will work. I've also used almond milk, oat milk and coconut milk.
- Oats: Old fashioned rolled oats will be best. You could use quick oats, but the texture won't be as chewy. Steel-cut oats or instant oats would not work.
- Brown sugar: Light or dark brown sugar would work.
- Dried cranberries
- Applesauce: Unsweetened would be best to limit the sweetness, but sweetened would be great too!
- Almonds: I prefer to toast the almonds because I think the flavor of toasted nuts is so good. You could use raw if you prefer. The recipe calls for slivered almonds, but sliced or chopped work great too.
- Egg: You only need two teaspoons of a lightly beaten egg. If you have liquid egg substitute, you could use that in its place.
- Baking powder
Variations and Substitutions
There are so many different variations you could apply to this recipe. Here are some options:
- Instead of using the applesauce, try mashed ripe banana, peach or pear.
- Swap out the brown sugar for honey or pure maple syrup.
- Use your favorite dried fruit instead of the dried cranberries. Some delicious choices might be dried cherries, blueberries, raisins, dates, apricots, or coconut. You could also toss in fresh berries in place of the dried cranberries.
- Try toasting walnuts, pecans, sunflower seeds, pistachios, or pumpkin seeds in place of the almonds. You could also replace the nuts with peanut butter or almond butter.
- For an extra special breakfast treat, replace either the almonds or the dried cranberries with chocolate chips or sprinkles!
- Top your baked oats with additional ingredients like fresh fruit or sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar or a drizzle of chocolate or honey.
Step by Step Instructions
Here is how to make and bake these baked oats.
STEP 1: Preheat oven to 375° F. Spray a 1 cup ramekin with cooking spray.
STEP 2: In a medium sized bowl, combine all the ingredients.
STEP 3: Stir all ingredients until combined.
STEP 4: Pour oats mixture into greased ramekin.
STEP 5: Bake at 375° F for 25-27 minutes or until set and just starting to brown on top.
STEP 6: Remove from oven and let cool for 2 minutes before eating. Sprinkle with more dried fruit and nuts, if desired.
Add a drizzle of heavy whipping cream or half and half to oats after removing them from the oven for an extra indulgent treat.
To lightly beat an egg, crack an egg into a bowl and beat quickly with a fork or a whisk for 10-15 seconds or until the yolk and egg white are thoroughly combined and pale yellow. To use the entire egg, duplicate the recipe 4 times.
Bake several at a time so you can pop them in the microwave all week for an even quicker hot breakfast!
Bake these oats in a a 1 cup or 8-ounce ramekin.
They bake for 25-27 minutes at 375° F. You will know they are done when they are set and the tops are beginning to brown.
Storing and Freezing
Store baked oats tightly covered in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. For best results, microwave for about 1 minute or until heated through when ready to eat.
Freezing is not recommended.
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Baked Oats For One
- ⅓ cup milk
- ¼ cup old-fashioned oats
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
- 2 tablespoons dried cranberries
- 1 tablespoon slivered almonds, toasted
- 2 teaspoons egg, lightly beaten
- 1 teaspoon butter, melted
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- Preheat oven to 375° F. Coat a 1 cup ramekin with cooking spray.
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.⅓ cup milk, ¼ cup old-fashioned oats, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce, 2 tablespoons dried cranberries, 1 tablespoon slivered almonds, toasted, 2 teaspoons egg, lightly beaten, 1 teaspoon butter, melted, ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- Pour oatmeal mixture into ramekin and bake in the 375° oven for 25-27 minutes or until it is set and top begins to brown.
- Serve with additional dried cranberries and toasted almonds on top.