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Vegan Baked Oatmeal (11 Ways!)

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This vegan baked oatmeal is naturally sweetened with maple syrup. Make it with fresh blueberries or with one of my 11 flavor variations! These vegan baked oats make for a filling brunch or special occasion breakfast! No banana, eggs, or refined sugar!

Healthy Homemade Baked Oatmeal with Blueberries and Nuts

Oatmeal is an all-time favorite around our house. From these peanut butter banana overnight oats to vegan baked oats and vegan oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, you can find plenty of oat-centered recipes here!

Most of my oatmeal recipes serve one, but this vegan oatmeal bake recipe serves a crowd! One batch provides six large servings which makes it the perfect breakfast to serve for brunch, around the holidays, and for busy mornings before school.

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If you are looking for a breakfast baked oats recipe without banana, this one is for you, too. This vegan baked oatmeal is a nutritious, low-sugar breakfast that’s naturally sweetened with maple syrup and apple sauce. It is spiced with cinnamon and bursting with fresh blueberries!

But, of course, you can easily customize this baked oatmeal without eggs. Add strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, or you can read on for the list of my 11 favorite variations on this recipe!

Either way, these baked oats make the perfect vegetarian breakfast idea that’s heart-healthy, high in fiber, and full of antioxidants! It’s the best vegan oatmeal recipe not only because it’s delicious, easy to make, and versatile but also because you can make a big batch and you’ll have a filling breakfast ready to go all week long.

👩‍🍳 Why You’ll Love This Vegan Oatmeal Bake

  • Naturally processed sugar-free: You won’t find any processed sugar in this baked oatmeal with berries recipe!
  • Filling: Even though this easy vegan oat bake is relatively low in calories, it satisfies for the long haul thanks to abundant fiber and plant-based protein.
  • Nutritious: This egg free baked oatmeal recipe is packed with healthy ingredients! With whole grains, fresh blueberries, chia seeds, and applesauce, vegan baked oats is a good-for-you powerhouse breakfast.
  • Easy to make: This easy healthy breakfast is a great recipe for even beginner cooks and has just a few simple steps!
  • Great for a make-ahead breakfast: I like to make these baked oats with no egg on Sunday morning, then reheat the leftovers during the week. It’s great for serving a crowd or for feeding your whole family, and it’s of my favorite meal prep vegan breakfasts.

🥘 Ingredients

This vegan baked oatmeal recipe is made with simple ingredients found at your local grocery store.

Note: For the full recipe, ingredient amounts, and nutritional information, see the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Here’s what you need:

Ingredients for vegan baked oatmeal recipe on a white background.
  • Ground Chia Seeds & Water: Ground chia seeds mixed with water create a chia egg. The combo thickens into a gelatinous mixture that behaves similarly to an egg, binding the ingredients together.
  • Almond Milk: Almond milk has a mild flavor and creamy texture, if you don’t want any refined sugar, be sure to buy unsweetened almond milk for this healthy oatmeal bake.
  • Maple Syrup & Vanilla Extract: Maple syrup provides a natural sweetness as well as added antioxidants and nutrients. Agave, coconut sugar, or brown sugar work great too though. Vanilla extract adds that hint of vanilla which brings out the sweetness of the syrup even more. For the best flavor use pure vanilla extract.
  • Applesauce: A great way to add moisture and sweetness. To make this vegan breakfast oatmeal bake processed sugar-free, use unsweetened applesauce.
  • Rolled Oats: Also known as old fashioned oats. These oats are hearty and a great source of fiber while still baking up easily.
  • Baking Powder: Baking powder causes this vegan baked oatmeal to rise in the oven, so it’s not too dense.
  • Cinnamon: Adds warm spice to this healthy breakfast oatmeal bake.
  • Blueberries: Adds a sweet and fresh pop of flavor. Fresh berries are my preferred if you can find them for this fruit baked oatmeal!

✔️ Ingredient Substitutions

  • Milk: Any plant-based milk works great! Oat milk, soy milk, or coconut milk are great alternatives.
  • Vegan Egg: Instead of chia seeds, you can swap the ground chia seeds with ground flaxseed to make a flax egg.
  • Blueberries: Frozen blueberries can substitute for fresh ones. You can also use any combination of raspberries, blackberries, or cherries in place of blueberries.
  • Vanilla Extract: Don’t have any extract on hand? Try one of these vanilla extract substitutes.
  • Oats: Do not use steel cut oats, instant oats, or quick oats. They cook up differently than old fashioned oats and will not work well in this tasty breakfast.

🔪 How To Make Vegan Baked Oatmeal

This healthy baked oatmeal is quick and easy to make!

Preheat The Oven & Make The Chia Egg: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray an 8 x 8-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine the ground chia seeds and water. Let it sit for 5 minutes to thicken.

Add The Wet Ingredients: Whisk the almond milk, vanilla extract, maple syrup, and applesauce into the chia seed mixture.

Chia seed, water, and plant based milk mixed in a mixing bowl.

Add The Dry Ingredients: Add the rolled oats, baking powder, cinnamon, and one cup of blueberries. Gently fold into the liquid ingredients to combine.

Rolled oats and berries combined in a mixing bowl.

Pour Oats Into A Large Baking Dish: Pour the oat mixture into the prepared baking dish and top with the remaining blueberries.

Eggless baked oats with blueberries in a baking dish, ready to be placed into the oven.

Bake Oats, Let Cool: Bake the oatmeal in the preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Carefully remove the dish from the oven and let the baked oatmeal cool for 20 minutes. This gives it time to set up before you slice it. Slice and serve this dairy free baked oatmeal with your favorite toppings!

Vegan baked oats without banana in a baking dish, fresh out of the oven.

📖 Variations

This healthy blueberry oatmeal bake is more than delicious on its own, but can be easily customized with so many different flavors! Here are some of our favorite variations:

  • Vegan Banana Baked Oatmeal: Instead of berries, use ripe banana slices and walnuts to create a banana bread flavor. You can also add some natural peanut butter for a PB&B feel! (Learn more: Healthiest Nut Butter Guide)
  • Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal: Substitute 3/4 cup dairy-free chocolate chips for the blueberries, or leave the berries in for a chocolate berry variation!
  • Fruity Baked Oatmeal: Turn this vegan blueberry baked oatmeal into an oatmeal fruit bake by adding a mix of your favorite fruits instead of just blueberries! I like doing a mix of berries in general – blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries all taste great along with the blueberries in this recipe.
  • Vegan Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal: Add 1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice and 2-3 tablespoons of pumpkin puree into this recipe and omit the blueberries.
  • Vegan Protein Baked Oats: Whisk in one scoop of your favorite vanilla protein powder to amp up the protein content of this no egg baked oatmeal. Vanilla, chocolate, peanut butter, cinnamon, or your favorite flavor of protein powder are all great options!
  • Vegan Chocolate Baked Oatmeal: Add 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder in place of the cinnamon, and add chopped walnuts or pecans instead of the berries! Stir in 1/2 cup of dairy-free chocolate chips if you wish. You’ll end up with chocolate brownie baked oatmeal!
  • Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal: This is a favorite when the fall months get cool! Stir in 1 chopped apple in place of the berries, increase the cinnamon to 2 teaspoons, and stir in 1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg to this vegan oat bake.
  • Peach Baked Oatmeal: Fold in 1 large chopped-up peach instead of the blueberries for a summer-inspired vegan baked oatmeal recipe you won’t be able to resist!
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Baked Oats: Omit the cinnamon from this easy baked oats without egg and stir in 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder, 1/4 cup of drippy peanut butter, and 1/2 cup of dairy-free chocolate chips. A fantastic way to enjoy a healthier variation of your favorite flavors!
  • Cardamom Baked Oats with Pear: Stir in 1 chopped Bartlett or D’Anjou pear and 3/4 teaspoon of cardamon powder in place of the blueberries and cinnamon for a naturally sweet and earthy variation!
  • Toddler Baked Oatmeal: This vegan baked oats recipe is great for kids of all ages, and you can start giving this hearty dish to your child at age 1. For toddlers, just cut it up into small pieces so it’s easy for them to pick up and “chew.” You can also swap the blueberries with your baby’s favorite fruits, and reduce the maple syrup as needed! This will become one of your favorite healthy recipes for picky eaters too!

💭 Expert Tips

  • To keep moisture if you choose a no-sugar option: If you eliminate the maple syrup altogether, add 1-2 tbsp more of almond milk (or any non-dairy milk) so that there is enough moisture for the oats to absorb.
  • If you need a softer consistency, feel free to add a few tbsp more almond milk or your favorite plant milk.
  • To make vegan baked oatmeal for one: For one large serving, divide each ingredient by six and pour the mixture into a large ramekin instead of a baking dish. Decrease the baking time to 15-20 minutes, then add time as necessary.
  • To make oatmeal cups, grease a muffin tin and fill the muffin cups with the oatmeal batter. Decrease the baking time since the muffin cups will be much smaller.
One slice of vegan baked oatmeal with blueberries topped with vegan whipped cream on a white plate.

🍽 Serving Suggestions

  • Delicious Drizzles: Serve this eggless baked oatmeal topped with flaked coconut, a pat of vegan butter, coconut whipped cream, a drizzle of maple syrup, vegan nutella, fresh fruit, caramelized bananas, or a dollop of this white chocolate hazelnut spread on top!
  • More Protein: You can also add extra protein to this baked vegan oatmeal by serving it with hemp seeds or pumpkin seeds, sliced almonds, or nut butter — peanut butter or almond butter are my favorites!
  • With A Breakfast Drink: This plant based oatmeal bake is great on its own, but also goes well with your morning coffee or tea! To change things up, try it with my mocha latte, golden latte, beetroot latte, ube latte, or Biscoff latte!

🙌 Dietary Adaptions

  • Gluten Free Oatmeal Bake: This plant-based oatmeal recipe is naturally vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, and processed sugar-free. To make dairy free gluten-free baked oatmeal, just use certified gluten-free oats.
  • Sugar-Free Baked Oatmeal: Make this low-sugar baked oatmeal completely free of added sugars by using monk fruit or stevia instead of maple syrup, or omit the maple syrup altogether and rely on the fruit to naturally sweeten this berry baked oatmeal!

❄️ How To Store & Reheat

To store in the fridge: This baked oatmeal with no eggs is perfect for making ahead of time and eating all week long. To store in the fridge, wait for the oatmeal to cool completely, then transfer it to an airtight container. It will keep in the fridge for about 4-5 days. To reheat, pop them in the microwave for about a minute and serve!

To freeze: Cut the oatmeal into individual portions and wrap each portion loosely in parchment or wax paper. Freeze the wrapped portions in airtight containers or zip-top freezer bags for up to 3 months.

To reheat: Heat refrigerated baked oatmeal leftovers on medium heat in the microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until heated through. Warm up frozen baked oatmeal by thawing it in the fridge overnight and warming it in the microwave the next day for 1 minute until heated through. Add 1-2 tbsp almond milk if needed to add moisture.

❓Recipe FAQs

Is oatmeal vegan?

Yes! Oats are naturally vegan. They are a nutritious choice too, as they are rich in vitamins, fiber, minerals, and antioxidants. One cup of cooked oats contains 4 grams of fiber and 6 grams of plant-based protein.

Is baked oatmeal vegan?

No, most traditional recipes for baked oatmeal are not vegan because they contain eggs and milk. We make these baked oats vegan by replacing the eggs with a chia egg (or flax egg) and using plant based milk instead of regular milk.

Are baked oats healthy?

Typically yes, but it depends on what you add to it! Baked oats on their own are high in fiber and whole grains, which keep you feeling full for a long time. If you add a ton of sugary ingredients (syrups, dried fruit, chocolate chips, etc) then your oats will end up being more like dessert than a healthy breakfast.

But this vegan baked oats with no banana is full of wholesome ingredients like berries, plant-based milk, and protein-rich chia seeds. It’s low in sugar, low in calories, and high in protein and fiber. Additionally, berries are rich in antioxidants like anthocyanins and resveratrol (which help reduce inflammation), and Vitamin C and Potassium.

What can I use instead of milk for an oatmeal bake?

You can use almost any plant-based milk instead of dairy milk in an oatmeal bake. Oat milk, cashew milk, almond milk, coconut milk, banana milk, or soy milk are all great options!

Do you have to put egg in baked oats?

Nope! Eggless baked oats are just as delicious! For this vegan version, I used a chia egg to bind the oatmeal and applesauce for moisture. A chia egg is just a mixture of ground chia seeds and water that creates a gelatinous mixture resembling an egg. You won’t even know it’s in there!

One slice of vegan baked oatmeal with blueberries topped with vegan whipped cream on a white plate.

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Vegan Baked Oatmeal (11 Ways!)

This vegan baked oatmeal with fresh blueberries is naturally sweetened with maple syrup. It makes for a filling brunch or special occasion breakfast! No banana, eggs, or refined sugar!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Course: Baking, Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Low Calorie, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 177kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

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Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F / 180 C. Spray an 8×8 square baking dish with spray oil.
  • In a mixing bowl, mix together the ground chia seeds and water, allow it to sit for 5 minutes to form a paste.
  • Whisk the almond milk, vanilla extract, maple syrup and applesauce into the prepared chia seed mixture.
  • Add remaining ingredients, only adding 1 cup blueberries and reserving remaining blueberries for the top, gently fold to combine.
  • Pour the oatmeal mixture into the baking dish, top with reserved blueberries. Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes or until an inserted skewer comes out clean.
  • Remove and allow the baked oatmeal to cool and set for 20 minutes before slicing and serving.
  • Serve topped with whipped coconut cream, drizzle of maple syrup or toasted almonds.

Notes

  • Any plant based milk will work in this recipe.
  • Ground flax seeds can be used instead of chia seeds if preferred.
  • Allow the baked oats to completely cool and set before serving.
  • Store leftover baked oats covered in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Recipe Variations: 
    • Vegan Banana Baked Oatmeal: Instead of berries, use ripe banana slices and walnuts to create a banana bread flavor. You can also add some natural peanut butter for a PB&B feel!
    • Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal: Substitute 3/4 cup dairy-free chocolate chips for the blueberries, or leave the berries in for a chocolate berry variation!
    • Sugar-Free Baked Oatmeal: Make this low-sugar baked oatmeal completely free of added sugars by using monk fruit instead of maple syrup, or omit the maple syrup altogether and rely on the fruit to naturally sweeten this recipe!
    • Vegan Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal: Add 1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice and 2-3 tablespoons of pumpkin puree into this recipe and omit the blueberries.
    • Vegan Protein Baked Oats: Whisk in one scoop of your favorite vanilla protein powder to amp up the protein content of this recipe. Vanilla, chocolate, peanut butter, cinnamon, or your favorite flavor of protein powder are all great options!
    • Vegan Chocolate Baked Oatmeal: Add 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder in place of the cinnamon, and add chopped walnuts or pecans instead of the berries! Stir in 1/2 cup of dairy-free chocolate chips if you wish. You’ll end up with chocolate brownie baked oatmeal!
    • Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal: This is a favorite when the fall months get cool! Stir in 1 chopped apple in place of the berries, increase the cinnamon to 2 teaspoons, and stir in 1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg.
    • Peach Baked Oatmeal: Fold in 1 large chopped-up peach instead of the blueberries for a summer-baked oatmeal recipe you won’t be able to resist!
    • Chocolate Peanut Butter Baked Oats: Omit the cinnamon from the recipe and stir in 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder, 1/4 cup of drippy peanut butter, and 1/2 cup of dairy-free chocolate chips. A fantastic way to enjoy a healthier variation of your favorite flavors!
    • Cardamom Baked Oats with Pear: Stir in 1 chopped Bartlett or D’Anjou pear and 3/4 teaspoon of cardamon powder in place of the blueberries and cinnamon for a naturally sweet and earthy variation!
    • Toddler Baked Oatmeal: Vegan baked oats is great for kids of all ages, and you can start giving this hearty dish to your child at age 1. For toddlers, just cut it up into small pieces so it’s easy for them to pick up and “chew.” You can also swap the blueberries with your baby’s favorite fruit, and reduce the maple syrup as needed!

Nutrition

Serving: 1piece | Calories: 177kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 86mg | Potassium: 201mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 9g

54 responses to “Vegan Baked Oatmeal (11 Ways!)”

    • Hi Beth! Typically, I recommend bananas as a replacement for applesauce as I haven’t tried this recipe with any other replacement, but can you have pears? If so, you could try replacing the applesauce with an equal amount of cooked down, pureed pears (essentially, pear sauce). I haven’t tried that modification but theoretically it should work. Let me know if you try it and if that ends up working for you!

    • Hi Pat! You add them on top right before baking, after you pour the oat mixture into the baking dish. I updated the instructions to clarify that! Hope that helps!

  1. I love starting my day with oats and you can’t beat this vegan baked oatmeal that can be served in so many ways.5 stars

  2. This is one of my family’s new favorite breakfasts! We love all the different variations. Thank you.5 stars

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