Breakfast baked oats recipe with 16 different filling ideas

Baked oats have become a breakfast favourite of mine. It takes moments to prepare. During the cooking time, I can do some household chores, put my make-up on and get ready for work, or even doing my morning reflections and affirmations. Baked oats for breakfast does not get repetitive when you try out some of my different mouth-watering baked oats filling ideas.

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How many times have we heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day? Eating a nutritious breakfast sets the tone for the day. It promotes healthy weight maintenance and weight loss by maintaining blood glucose levels and your metabolism. Plus, eating breakfast has been proven to help you burn more calories throughout the day. 

Baked oats can also be enjoyed as a dessert. By adding fruit, chocolate, peanut butter and other indulgences to get your taste buds tingling, you get a nutritious pudding too.

I can’t claim ownership of the baked oats recipe. Baked oats have become a staple for those eating a varied healthy diet, and are a real favourite for those who enjoy training or are slimming. I follow Slimming World, and I find that the weeks that I eat baked oats, I have better weight losses, so I try to keep my mouth watering with different filling ideas. I have put the Syn values at the bottom of this post.

What kitchen equipment you’ll need:

So, what will you need to make baked oats? Of course, an oven is essential, and it is always recommended that you pre-heat it before you start assembling the ingredients.

Other possibilities include:

Original Baked Oats Recipe UK

Ingredients

Makes one portion

  • 40g porridge oats
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar or granulated sweetener
  • A few drops of vanilla essence
  • 100g natural yoghurt
  • 1 egg

Method

You’ll marvel at how simple this one is!

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 or gas mark 6
  2. Add all of the ingredients to a small casserole dish and mix together. Put on the casserole lid.
  3. Cook for 30 minutes
  4. Allow to cool slightly, and enjoy

Baked oats can be eaten cold, and they can be reheated in the microwave. However, they do taste best from the oven. 

Baked oats filling ideas

I have never eaten plain or original baked oats. I need flavour in my food. Here are some of my favourite ways to liven up the recipe. 

Raspberry and white chocolate

Add 100g of fresh or frozen raspberries, and a tablespoon (15g) of white chocolate chips. Mix in with the original ingredients, and cook for the same length of time.

Strawberry and dark chocolate

Add 100g of fresh or frozen strawberries with the stalks removed (you may need to dice them if they are large. Plus, a tablespoon (15g) of dark chocolate chips. Mix in with the original ingredients, and cook for the same length of time.

Mixed berries

Add 100g of fresh or frozen berries. Mix in with the original ingredients, and cook for the same length of time.

Lemon and blueberry

Add 80g of fresh or frozen blueberries with the zest of one lemon. For an extra lemon hit, you can replace the vanilla essence with ½ teaspoon of lemon extract. Mix in with the original ingredients, and cook for the same length of time.

Blackberry and apple

Grate half an apple and add 50g of fresh or frozen blackberries. Mix in with the original ingredients. For an extra crunch, you could add a tablespoon of roughly chopped nuts on top of the oats. Cook for the same length of time

Chocolate and cherry

Add a tablespoon (15g) of cocoa powder or dark chocolate chips, and 80g of pitted fresh or frozen cherries. Mix in with the original ingredients, and cook for the same length of time.

Honey and banana

Replace the sugar or granulated sweetener with a tablespoon of runny honey with a small mashed banana. Mix with the original ingredients, and cook for the same length of time. 

Cherry Bakewell

Replace the vanilla essence with ½ teaspoon of almond essence, and add either 80g of fresh or frozen pitted cherries. Mix with the original ingredients, and cook for the same length of time. Alternatively, you could replace the fresh fruit with a tablespoon of cherry jam. Instead of mixing this into the oats, place it in the middle of the dish, on top of the mixture. 

Carrot cake

A small carrot grated, ½ teaspoon of mixed spice or cinnamon plus a tablespoon (15g) of sultanas. Mix with the original ingredients, and cook for the same length of time.

Peanut butter and banana

Replace the sugar or granulated sugar with a tablespoon of peanut butter, plus a small banana mashed. Mix with the original ingredients, and cook for the same length of time.

Apple and sultana

Grate half an apple and add a tablespoon (15g) of sultanas, plus ½ teaspoon of mixed spice or cinnamon. Mix with the original ingredients, and cook for the same length of time.

Strawberry, banana and chocolate chips

Add 50g of fresh or frozen diced strawberries, a small mashed banana and a tablespoon (15g) of milk or dark chocolate chips. Mix with the original ingredients, and cook for the same length of time.

Coffee and cashew

Add an espresso shot (if you use instant like me, just add 2 tablespoons of boiling water to the granules and mix) and 25g of roughly chopped cashews. Mix with the original ingredients, and cook for the same length of time.

Non-alcoholic pina colada

You’ll need 50g of roughly chopped fresh, frozen or tinned pineapple, and 50g of chopped fresh or frozen coconut. You can replace this with 1 tablespoon of desiccated coconut. Mix with the original ingredients. On the top of the oaty mixture spread a tablespoon of strawberry or raspberry jam across the top. Cook for the same length of time.

Blueberry and banana 

Mash a small banana and add 80g of fresh or frozen blueberries. Mix with the original ingredients, and cook for the same length of time.

Nuts and seeds

Add a tablespoon of pumpkin seeds, chia seeds and chopped nuts – such as cashew, walnut, pistachio, pecans or almonds. You will also need to add a tablespoon of water to the mixture, mix with the original ingredients and cook for the same length of time.

Slimming World friendly

I follow Slimming World*, and baked oats definitely make for a healthy breakfast. They do keep you full and sustained, and I find I don’t need to snack before lunch. Assuming you are using the porridge oats as your Healthy Extra B, and that you are using granulated sweetener instead of the sugar, the Syns are:

Plain oats – Free 

Raspberry and white chocolate – 5.5 Syns

Strawberry and dark chocolate – 5 Syns

Mixed berries – 1 Syn

Lemon and blueberry – 1 Syn

Blackberry and apple – 1 Syn fruit only. 5.5 Syns including the chopped nuts

Chocolate and cherry – 4.5 Syns for the cocoa powder and cherries or 6 Syns for the chocolate chips and cherries

Honey and banana – 6.5 Syns. If you chop the banana and serve alongside the oats, instead of including it in the mixture, it is only 2.5 Syns

Cherry Bakewell – 2 Syns. If using a tablespoon of jam instead, it is 1.5 Syns

Carrot cake – 2 Syns

Peanut butter and banana – 8.5 Syns. Using reduced-fat peanut butter will save you ½ Syn. You could also chop the banana and serve alongside the oats, instead of including it in the mixture for 4.5 Syns.

Apple and sultana – 2.5 Syns

Strawberry, banana and chocolate chips – 9 Syns if using dark chocolate chips, 9.5 Syns if using milk chocolate chips. You could also chop the banana and serve alongside the oats, instead of including it in the mixture for 5 Syns using the dark chocolate chips, and 5.5 Syns using milk chocolate chips.

Coffee and cashew – 7.5 Syns

Non-alcoholic pina colada – 4 Syns or 7.5 Syns if using the desiccated coconut

Blueberry and banana – 5 Syns. You could also chop the banana and serve alongside the oats, instead of including it in the mixture for 1 Syn.

Nuts and seeds – 10.5 Syns

* My baked oats recipe and filling ideas are no way connected, affiliated or endorsed by Slimming World. Every effort has been made to give you the correct Syns and information, but I would encourage you to double-check these for yourself. 

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