These viral TikTok Baked oats, done in the microwave, take regular oatmeal to next level by creating a perfect oat batter that bakes up more like a cake than a bowl of mush.
With no egg (or oven) needed, this done in minutes microwaved oats are worth the extra effort to blend and have a variety of delicious dessert inducing toppings like extra berries, chocolate chips, or a drizzle of molasses.
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day and these baked oats will absolutely get you started on the right foot!
Why this Recipe Works
Popular: While TikTok helped this recipe go viral, it was for a very good reason. Everyone loves a great bowl of oatmeal or a smoothie bowl, but this takes regular quick-cooking oats and turns it into a cake-like texture that can be eaten for breakfast. There is a reason this “cookie baked oatmeal” is so trendy because it’s just dang good!
Possibilities: Just honey and banana make the perfect baked oats, but try adding blueberries right in the batter. Another fun way to eat baked oats is to add brown sugar, a little molasses on top, or sprinkle on some chocolate chips.
Breakfast OR Dessert: Because oats are traditionally a breakfast food, you can get away with serving this one for breakfast without the guilt….even though it tastes as good as an after-dinner dessert.
- quick cooking oats – Do not use stone ground oats. The container should specifically say instant, rolled or quick cooking oats.
- banana – Bananas are best when slightly soft as they blend better. Its also totally fine to see that browning banana too!
- milk – heavy whipping cream, Almond Milk, Oat Milk, or Cashew milk may be used.
- baking powder
- honey – if you want to skip the honey, try agave or protein powder.
- ground cinnamon – this is for a bit of flavor, but spice variations are below or simply add some chocolate chips.
How to make Microwave Baked Oats
- Add quick cooking rolled oats, banana, milk, baking powder, and honey to a blender. Blend until combined well and there are no lumps. The batter should be completely smooth. Shown as Steps 1-6 in images.
- These steps are the prep of the bowls. Grease 2 microwave safe bowls with nonstick cooking spray and divide oatmeal evenly among each bowl. Shown as Steps 7-9 in images.
- Now its time to bake! Microwave batter on high for 3-4 minutes. Let me stop and say that ALL microwaves are DIFFERENT. The original video said 1-3 minutes and we found that 3-4 was better based on our microwave. Note that batter will puff up in the microwave while cooking and then lower when its done cooking. Always be super careful in removing bowls or mugs from microwave as they tend to get hotter than the ingredients. Shown as Step 10 in images.
- Serve: Serve baked oats immediately garnished with extra sliced bananas and a bit of ground cinnamon on top.
Adaptable: Personally I find that baked oats (and blended oatmeal) are incredibly adaptable. The toppings are pretty much endless. Brown sugar + raisins, fresh fruit, extra nuts like walnuts or pecans, syrup-like molasses, honey or maple, or even add a spread of peanut butter or Nutella.
Best spices: The original baked oats recipe includes ground cinnamon as its main spice, but a great substitution is nutmeg, pumpkin spice, or apple pie spice. A tiny taste of vanilla (not too much so it doesn’t change the batter) is totally fine to add.
Substitutions: Instead of honey try agave, instead of milk, use Oat milk.
Steel-cut oats are grains and quick-cooking oats are flat-rolled. They cannot be baked or cooked in the same way or at the same time. You cannot substitute steel-cut oats in this particular recipe.
While this recipe WILL still bake up without it being blended down, it won’t be the exact same. A blender is needed to really take out any texture in the batter and make it smooth. Some advanced food processors may be able to help.
Make no mistake that this recipe does not have flour, therefore it won’t be cake in the idea that most people have cake, especially in the microwave. It’s just more cake-like (but dense) as it’s a smooth batter than basic oats. If you are looking to add an egg and do a longer oven-baked version of the oats, you can make a fluffier texture.
As the base ingredients are nearly identical, the tastes are close to the same. Prep and texture are the main differences.
Yes! You can easily substitute regular milk for oat milk or almond milk. A quick note is that almond milk tends to rise quicker although it makes almost no matter in the microwave.
Yes, you can. These TikTok microwave baked oats are perfect for that.
There are many versions of this TikTok recipe floating around and some add an egg to the batter and some substitute the banana for an egg. This particular recipe that I am publishing is the most simple microwaved baked oatmeal version without the fuss of an egg and was the original viral baked oats. You can see the TikTok video here.
If you want to try a version with eggs, simply add an egg to the ingredients and BAKE in the OVEN on 350 until the center is set, about 20 minutes. Please note that I have NOT tested it out personally and cannot claim that any of the current viral videos doing it that way are correct. If we do that recipe in the future, Ill add our instructions. Using an egg and baking in the oven will give a fluffier texture.
We divided our batter into two smaller ramekins and watched the oat timing but you could easily add this batter to a regular cereal bowl as well. Remember that the batter will PUFF OUT and settle once the bowl is removed from the microwave. You can also use a microwave-safe mug as we did for TikTok Oreo Mug Cake.
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