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I Tried TikTok’s Viral Blended Baked Oats and I’m Never Making Oatmeal Any Other Way

November 21, 2023
Courtesy of Rebecca Strong

From feta eggs to cloud bread, TikTok is brimming with fun recipes to try—some of which have become staples in my household. So, when I saw blended baked oatmeal going viral on the platform, I knew I had to give it a try. After all, influencers insist that this version of oats yields a more decadent texture—and who doesn’t want dessert for breakfast?

Thankfully, this recipe only calls for a small handful of ingredients you probably already have on hand. What makes the method, special, though, is one extra step: tossing all the ingredients in the blender. Since you’re essentially pulverizing the oats into flour and adding baking powder, the result tastes more like cake than a basic bowl of porridge.

And TikTokers have come up with countless tasty takes on this recipe—from chocolate-chip cookie dough, double chocolate, and cinnamon roll to raspberry white chocolate, French toast, and blueberry muffin.

Eager to see if the TikTok blended baked oats live up to the hype? Read on for my honest review—plus step-by-step instructions on how to make them.

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How to make the TikTok blended baked oats

blending up oats to bake in a blender

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There are hundreds of recipes on TikTok for making blended baked oats, but the base of the recipe is essentially the same. I followed a recipe by Amy Flanigan, the food blogger behind Bellyfull.

Here’s what you’ll need for two servings:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup milk of your choice (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon of maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 medium extra-ripe banana
  • Pinch of salt
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon of peanut butter or almond butter

I added 1/2 teaspoon each of vanilla extract and ground cinnamon.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. After blending all the ingredients until smooth, you’ll grease two 8-inch oven-safe ramekins with nonstick cooking spray or butter. I used an avocado oil spray. Evenly divide the batter between both ramekins. Then you can fold in the frozen or fresh fruit, chocolate chips, chopped nuts, or any other desired toppings. Bake the oats for 23 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Since I was aiming for a cinnamon roll-like flavor, I combined 1 tablespoon melted butter with 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and drizzled that mixture over the top of both ramekins after the oats were finished baking.

blended oats in ramekins before baking

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My honest review

The TikTok blended baked oats were incredibly easy to make—especially since this method doesn’t require standing over a stove and stirring. All in all, the prep work took about 5 minutes, and once I popped them in the oven I could go about my morning routine while they baked.

More importantly, the end result was both delicious and satiating. I actually much prefer this texture to the sticky/creamy texture of traditional oats, and the oats kept me full for three and a half hours.

Something worth noting: I baked one ramekin of oats for 22 minutes, and the other for 26 minutes. Both turned out delicious, but the oats that baked for longer had a more cake-like texture, while the oats that baked for less time resembled bread pudding.

Needless to say, I’ll be adding this recipe to my weekly breakfast rotation—and I’m excited to experiment with different additions, like unsweetened coconut, chopped dates, and lemon zest.

finished blended baked oats on a counter

How to make blended baked oats your own

It’s easy to customize the TikTok blended baked oats by adding whatever fruits, nuts, seeds, spices, and other toppings your heart desires.

Here are some tips to keep in mind.

  • Toppings aren’t necessarily required—if you follow the base recipe above and don’t add anything, your oats will taste a lot like healthy banana bread.
  • You can also add toppings after baking—like a drizzle of nut butter, or a dollop of jam, preserves, or Greek yogurt
  • A ripe banana adds not only sweetness but also moisture to your blended baked oats. If you don’t have a banana or don’t like the taste, you can use ½ cup unsweetened apple sauce or pumpkin puree instead. However, note that you may need to add a little extra honey or maple syrup to compensate for the lower sugar content of these substitutes.
  • Steel-cut oats aren’t recommended for this recipe. If you’re looking for that satisfying cake-like texture, you’ll want to use rolled oats, quick oats, or old-fashioned oats instead.
  • Spices are a great way to boost the flavor without adding any sugar. Try cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, apple pie spice, or allspice.
  • If you don’t have maple syrup on hand—or just aren’t a fan of the flavor — you can use honey or agave nectar instead.
  • You can easily sneak some veggies into your baked oats, too—like shredded carrot or zucchini.
  • Feel free to add 1 tablespoon of your favorite protein powder to make this recipe even more filling.
  • If you’re vegan, just omit the egg. Keep in mind though, that your blended baked oats may not rise as much. You can also make a flax egg by stirring 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseeds (flaxseed meal) with 3 tablespoons of water.
  • To save time in the morning, do some meal prep work by portioning out the dry ingredients in storage bags.

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