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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Baked Berry Protein Oatmeal
- Prep Time: 5 mins
- Cook Time: 30 mins
- Total Time: 35 minutes
- Yield: 8 1x
- Category: Breakfast
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Vegan
Yummy baked berry oatmeal bars made with vegan protein for a tasty breakfast or snack that’s easy to make and tastes like vanilla cake!
- 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.
For the “2 servings of protein powder (60 g)”, do you mean 2 scoops or 4? I’m asking because an orgain protein powder serving size is 2 scoops and equals out to be 46 g. I can’t wait to make this, thanks!
I used 60 grams, so it’s best to go by that amount for accuracy. Thanks!
Easy and excellent source of protein. I increased the cinnamon to 1 tsp, added 3/4 cup apple sauce and increased blueberries to 2 cups.
Yum! I followed this as listed, using frozen blueberries, and it’s delicious! A great way to use my beloved protein powders without pulling out the blender. Thank you for this!!
You’re welcome! Glad you enjoyed!
Love this recipe. Love the health benefits too. Thank you for another great one
This recipe is awesome! Makes for a filling breakfast! I don’t like overnight oats, but have always wanted to find a protein oatmeal recipe- this hits the mark!
So glad to hear that, Nicole! Thanks for the review.
Do you have a go to brand of pea protein – I have used ripple just never a pea protein powder.
Vega, NuZest, PVL, North Coast Naturals, Orgain, PEScience…most vegan protein powders are pea protein-based. Enjoy!
Can I add more scoops of whey protein?
You’d have to adjust the other ingredients if you add more protein. They already contain quite and bit, I wouldn’t suggest adding more. They’ve also not been tested with whey protein and I’m not sure if it would work since it acts different in recipes than pea protein.
How could you substitute protein powder in this recipe? Chia seeds perhaps?
I’m not really sure how to sub the protein in this recipe…but I have a couple other baked oat bars without protein. You can find them by searching oatmeal bars from the home page or looking under snacks. 🙂