Baked Berry Protein Oatmeal
This vegan baked berry protein oatmeal is super easy to whip up for a make-ahead breakfast.
- dietary needs: vegan, gluten-free, nut-free and soy-free
- nutrition features: low-fat, high-protein, high-fibre
- make-ahead: make these in advance and stash in the fridge for quick breakfasts and snacks
- oats – I’d recommend large flake or rolled oats but quick oats are also suitable
- plant-based milk – I’d recommend a fairly light milk like almond or cashew, it shouldn’t be too thick or heavy
- ground flax – helps bind the bars, can be subbed with chia seeds but I find flax works best here
- banana – use a ripe or slightly overripe banana
- protein powder – use a pea protein-based (can be a pea protein blend with other proteins such as brown rice or hemp) powder such as Vega, NuZest, PEScience, PVL etc., make sure you like the flavour before using as it will contribute to the overall flavour of the bars!
- berries – any fresh or frozen berry works, if using strawberries or cherries, I’d suggest chopping them up first
Complete list of ingredients and amounts is located in the recipe card below.
Step by Step Instructions
Step 1. Add the banana to a 7-8 inch square baking dish. Mash with a fork until it resembles a paste.
Step 2. Add the vanilla and plant-based milk and stir to combine.
Step. 3. Add the oats, flax, protein, sea salt and cinnamon and stir into a thick, uniform mixture.
Step 4. Sprinkle the berries evenly over the top of the mixture, pressing them in a bit with your fingers or a spoon.
If you’d like to add anything like chocolate chips or walnuts, you can either mix them in or sprinkle them on top as well.
Bake for 30 minutes, let sit for 5 minutes then slice into bars and enjoy!
Notes and Tips
- Toppings: Serve with a drizzle of your favourite nut butter, coconut yogurt, banana, walnuts or any other topping you desire.
- Texture: Due to the protein powder, the bars have somewhat of a cakey texture. Just FYI!
- Flavour: Be sure to use a milk and protein powder you enjoy as they will contribute to the final flavour of the bars.
- Fridge: Let cool them store in a sealed container for up to 5 days.
- Freezer: Freeze bars in a freezer-safe container or bag for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge or in microwave.
- Reheating: Can be enjoyed cold or reheated in the oven or microwave until heated to your preference.
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- 1 medium-sized (120 g) ripe banana
- 1.5 cups (375 mL) unsweetened plant-based milk
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract, optional
- 2 cups (200 g) rolled or large flake oats
- 2 servings (60 g) vanilla pea protein-based protein powder (Vega, NuZest, Orgain, etc.)
- 1 tbsp (7 g) ground flaxseed
- 1/2 cinnamon, optional
- 1/2 tsp salt, optional
- 1.5 cups (160 g) fresh or frozen mixed berries or berry of choice
- Preheat the oven to 350 F.
- Add the banana to a 7-8 inch square baking dish and mash with a fork until it resembles a paste.
- Add the milk and vanilla and stir to combine.
- Add everything else, except for the berries and stir into a thick, uniform batter.
- Sprinkle the berries evenly over the top of the oatmeal. Gently press them in a bit with a spoon or your finger.
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and let sit for 5 minutes before slicing into bars.
- Enjoy warm with your favourite toppings or store for a ready-to-go breakfast or snack.
Serving Size: I cut these into 8 bars but if you’d like them a little bigger, 6 larger bars works too!
Toppings: Serve with a drizzle of your favourite nut butter, coconut yogurt, banana, walnuts or any other topping you desire.
Texture: Due to the protein powder, the bars have somewhat of a cakey texture. Just FYI!
Flavour: Be sure to use a milk and protein powder you enjoy as they will contribute to the final flavour of the bars.
Storing: Let cool them store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 5 days or freezer for up to 3 months. If frozen, thaw overnight in the fridge or in the microwave. Bars can be enjoyed cold or reheated in the oven or microwave until heated to your preference.
- Serving Size: 1 bar
- Calories: 159
- Sugar: 4 g
- Sodium: 93 mg
- Fat: 3 g
- Carbohydrates: 23 g
- Fiber: 4 g
- Protein: 10 g
Keywords: baked protein oatmeal, baked berry protein oats
Originally published February 6, 2017. Updated with new photos and text on October 12, 2020.