These baked oats with no banana are a fantastic, simple make-ahead breakfast that comes together in 10 minutes. It doesn’t require any fancy equipment either – only a mixing bowl and a baking dish!
For those people who don’t like the smell of bananas, their sweet flavor, or their texture – this is for you! Applesauce is used to bind the oats (instead of a banana) and the use of fall spices knocks this breakfast out of the park.
Vegan Baked Oatmeal
This nourishing meal is seriously delicious and easy to put together. It can be doubled to feed a crowd or cut in half to cook for two. These baked oats with no banana are a family-friendly recipe – a hit for both kids and adults.
Why Make Vegan Baked Oatmeal?
Maybe you don’t have a ripe banana on hand or any in your freezer stash.
Maybe you are allergic to bananas.
Maybe bananas aren’t your thing.
This vegan baked oatmeal hits the spot without using bananas, or eggs.
Are Vegan Baked Oats Heart Healthy?
This recipe offers:
- 12 grams of protein
- 9 grams of fiber
Oats, nuts, and apples are fantastic sources of fiber. Fiber is an important aspect of chronic disease management like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. It aids in weight management, unclogs arteries, helps control blood sugar, and keeps us regular.
This recipe is still full of blood pressure lowering potassium, even without the use of bananas.
It is also a rich source of nutrients, like magnesium and calcium, that will help manage blood pressure and bone density.
- Oats – I used rolled oats for a chewy texture. I don’t recommend substituting instant or steel cut oats.
- Soy Milk – I prefer the creaminess of soy milk, and its cholesterol-lowering properties. But feel free to use what you have in your fridge.
- Ground Flaxseed – increases fiber, and helps to bind everything in these baked oats without using eggs.
- Applesauce – is used instead of banana for sweetness, and nutrients. It also keeps the end product light and fluffy.
- Baking Powder – helps the batter rise.
- Brown Sugar – sweetener of choice. Use whatever you have.
- Salt – keeps the final product tender and enhances the flavor.
- Olive Oil – provides moisture and heart-healthy fats.
- Apple – adds vitamins, minerals, fiber, and flavor. It’s also a food that can help lower your blood pressure.
- Walnuts – are full of heart-healthy fats, minerals, and protein.
How To Make Baked Oats Without Banana
This recipe of baked oats, no banana, only takes 10 minutes to prepare.
- Start by mixing the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
- Add the remaining liquid ingredients into the mixing bowl.
- Once the mixing is done, place it in a baking dish and let the magic happen in the oven.
- Serve warm or cold. My preference is probably warm, but the choice is yours!
Can it get any easier? Just mix, put it in the oven and forget about it! This vegan baked oatmeal is perfect for beginner cooks.
Watch How To Make It
Watch this quick video to see how easy these vegan baked oats come together.
What Does Baked Oats With No Banana Taste Like?
It’s like a dessert for breakfast. Sweet, but healthy. The applesauce keeps the texture nice and moist.
Oh and the best part. no banana flavor!
I opted for using whole oats here instead of oat flour because oat flour is expensive and I also like the chewy texture of the whole oats. Don’t worry – the final product is still fluffy and cake like.
If you like the taste of oatmeal, it has a similar taste, but the texture is different. It’s kinda like an oatcake or oat bar but moister.
Make Ahead To Save Time
These no banana baked oats can be made ahead and stored in your fridge overnight to be baked in the morning. It’s ideal because you can put it in your oven and let it bake while you run around getting ready for the day. Then when you are ready to eat you will have a warm breakfast waiting for you! No thinking or mess in the morning is a win in my books
Or if you don’t have 45 minutes to let it bake in the morning, you can bake it over the weekend or the night before. It should last in your fridge for 4-5 days after it’s cooked.
Another idea I’d recommend is baking these no banana baked oats in muffin tins, and freeze them in individual zip lock bags for easy lunches or snacks. They can be frozen for up to 3 months.
I’ve found reheating leftovers is best done in the microwave. Zap it for 2-3 minutes.
That being said, I’ve also served it to my kids cold and they gobbled it up.
Oh and if you are reheating these baked oats (no banana) from frozen, I’d let it defrost first before reheating. You can defrost these in the fridge, or throw them frozen into your lunch box to reheat in the microwave when it’s time.
Variations Of Baked Oats, No Banana Recipe
The beauty of this recipe is that it is so versatile. It is vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free as is. Feel free to change the flavor based on your taste preference or what’s in your pantry.
I’ve used fall-inspired flavors here with the pumpkin spice and apples. But this can easily be switched up for whatever is in your pantry!
- For more protein – add cooked red lentils, hemp seeds, or pumpkin seeds
- For more fiber – add chia seeds or ground flax seeds
- For more flavor – add fruit or shredded coconut
Other Oatmeal Recipes
Baked Oats With No Banana
Try this super healthy and seriously delicious vegan baked oatmeal to lower your cholesterol, manage your blood sugar and keep you full until lunch!
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Baked Oats With No Banana
- 1 Mixing Bowl
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ⅛ tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- ⅓ cup brown sugar
- 2 tbsp flaxseed ground
- 2 cups soy milk
- ⅔ cup applesauce
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 apple cored and diced with skin on
- ½ cup walnuts chopped
- ¼ cup walnuts
- Preheat oven to 375°F and prepare an 8×8 baking dish. Grease with olive oil.
- In a large mixing bowl combine, rolled oats, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, brown sugar and ground flax seeds.
- Into the bowl of dry ingredients, add your milk of choice and stir until incorporated evenly.
- Next, add the olive oil and applesauce. Stir until all ingredients are mixed well.
- Lastly, gently fold in the diced apple and ½ cup of chopped walnuts until swirled throughout.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish and smooth over, add an additional quarter cup of roughly chopped walnuts to the top and pat in gently, bake for 45 minutes or until a light golden brown.
- Allow to cool and set for 5-10 minutes, enjoy warm!