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Strawberry Shortcake Baked Oats

Delicious Strawberry Shortcake Baked Oats packed with major flavors from the coconut and strawberries while adding a comforting, creamy element to breakfast.

Strawberry Shortcake Baked Oats

This Strawberry Shortcake Baked Oats recipe is the ultimate healthy + hearty breakfast recipe, regardless of the season. It comes drenched in strong strawberry flavors and topped with a simple strawberry topping and coconut whipped cream. A fully vegan and gluten-free recipe for the entire family.

Strawberry Shortcake Baked Oats

Whenever I get a chance to indulge in anything that's merely related to strawberry shortcake, I'm in! To be honest, strawberries are my ultimate favorite fruit and it's always been that way since my childhood.

These Strawberry Shortcake Baked Oats are literally the epitome of eating dessert for breakfast and it's sure to be a crowd-pleaser. If you're a lover of oatmeal over the stovetop or overnight oats, then you'll love baked oats.

Oatmeal is an incredibly nutritious food, packed with essential nutrients like iron, magnesium, phosphorous, folate, and zinc. Not to mention dietary fiber and antioxidants!

And once you love this baked oatmeal, then you’ll enjoy this Coconut Berry Oatmeal Breakfast Bowl which is the perfect way to start your start! It's a high-fiber, protein-packed breakfast that’s great before work, school, or any day of the week. Topped with fresh fruit, coconut, and chia.

What's there to love about these oats? It’s easier to whip together, makes less mess (yes, to tossing everything together in one dish), makes a pretty decent batch for the entire family, and is basically “set it + forget it” vibes (hello, oven). 

Strawberry Shortcake Baked Oats

What Are Baked Oats?

Basically, baked oats are the fluffy, cake-like version of oatmeal and muffins. Because you mix together oatmeal with baking ingredients like baking powder, eggs (when not vegan), etc. the results are incredibly airy, smooth, and cloud-like fluffy!

Plus, you're able to fully customize the flavors based on your personal preference and create a brand new flavored experience based on toppings and other ingredients that you chose to include.

How to Make Strawberry Shortcake Baked Oats

There are a few key ingredients in this warm strawberry shortcake baked oatmeal recipe that you may not usually use in your morning oatmeal. These make this recipe better for you and even tastier. 

Ingredients

Here’s the list of ingredients to make banana bread for breakfast today:

  • Thick Cut Rolled Oats. Choose gluten-free if necessary. 
  • Coconut Milk. You can use either full-fat canned coconut milk or cream.
  • Spices. We’re talking cinnamon and nutmeg.
  • Flaxseed meal. This add tons of healthy fats and fiber, plus they make your oatmeal extra creamy. 
  • Strawberries. The use of fresh strawberries makes for a nice soft bite.
  • Maple Syrup. For that ultra-caramelized flavor. You could also use honey if you’re not vegan. 
  • Coconut whipped cream. Use either store-bought (my faves are from So Delicious Dairy-Free) or homemade or yogurt.
  • Cane Sugar. I like to use organic sugar to make sure it’s fully vegan. 

Strawberry Shortcake Baked Oats

Health Benefits of Oats

Oats are another superfood that’s great to start your day with. Rolled oats like the ones used in this recipe, are a healthy source of complex carbs, fiber (the soluble kind!), protein, and fat. In addition, they are loaded with important vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

Other great benefits of oats, according to studies:

  • They can help lower cholesterol.
  • Helps regulate blood sugar levels to avoid crashes and spikes
  • May help with losing weight.
  • Helps to relieve constipation.

Strawberry Shortcake Baked Oats

Making Strawberry Jam

I highly recommend making your own strawberry jam/compote for this strawberry shortcake baked oats dish. If you have fresh strawberries and a bit of sugar on hand, you can whip it up in less than 15 minutes. 

Then, you’ll use the compote to infuse the batter with extra strawberry flavor and you can serve it on top!

For the Simple Strawberry Topping:

  • 2-3 cups sliced fresh strawberries
  • ¼ cup organic cane sugar
  • ¼ cup filtered water
  • 1 tsp freshly-squeezed lemon juice

Strawberry Shortcake Baked Oats

Is this Strawberry Shortcake Baked Oats Gluten-Free?

Yes! This recipe is totally gluten-free for my celiac friends out there. Be sure to buy oats that state “gluten-free” on the package. Some oats are GF and some are not, so pay attention when shopping! If you are not sensitive to gluten, you can use any variety of oats.

You can make this breakfast for a bunch of people (it is a real crowd-pleaser!) or for one. If you are cooking for people, it’s nice to offer a GF option every now and then.

How Long Do You Bake Baked Oats For?

The best part about this recipe is that it's pretty easy to make. Once you've mixed everything together and scoop it into your prepped baking dish (or skillet), then you'll bake it for 30-35 minutes or until the edges are golden. Wallah!

Strawberry Shortcake Baked Oats

How to Make Baked Oats in the Microwave + Tips

For an easy method outside of using the oven, you can make these strawberry shortcake baked oats in the microwave. Simply add the oatmeal mixture to microwave-safe bowls and heat in the microwave for 90-120 seconds. The batter should rise once heated through.

Here are a few tips for making the best baked oats:

  • For a more cloud-like feel, add a high-powered blender to to blend the ingredients so that it's more of a smooth batter. 
  • Double or triple the ingredients for a bigger serving.
  • Be sure to grease your baking dish, skillet, or ramekins properly to ensure that your baked oats don't stick.

Strawberry Shortcake Baked Oats

What Type of Oats Work for Baked Oats?

Using the best type of oats is super important when achieving the fluffiness and softness of these strawberry shortcake baked oats. It's best to use rolled oats, old-fashioned oats, or oat flour. Unfortunately, steel cut oats don't work for this!

How to Store + Reheat Strawberry Shortcake Baked Oats

Any leftovers can be kept in a tightly sealed container and refrigerated for up to 3-4 days. To serve, simply reheat in the oven (at 350 degrees Fahrenheit) , toaster oven, or microwave until warmed through.

TO FREEZE: To keep any leftovers for a longer period, simply allow baked oatmeal to fully cool before cutting it into squares and individually wrap each square in foil paper and then adding them to a freezer-safe ziplock bag. 

Strawberry Shortcake Baked Oats

How to Make Baked Oats without Baking Powder?

Since baking powder is a rising agent and helps to lighten the texture of baked oats, you can definitely omit it altogether if you'd like. You can also use baking soda instead.

Health Benefits of Strawberries

It’s strawberry season, which means it’s time to celebrate! I’ll share my all-time favorite strawberry recipes plus the benefits of enjoying strawberries.Known for their plump and juicy flavor, strawberries are a summer staple for good reason. I’ve always been a big strawberry fan so in honor of strawberry season, I wanted to answer some of the most asked questions about strawberries.

Strawberry Shortcake Baked Oats

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Strawberry Shortcake Baked Oats

Strawberry Shortcake Baked Oats

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Delicious Strawberry Shortcake Baked Oats packed with major flavors from the coconut and strawberries while adding a comforting, creamy element to breakfast.
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 35 mins
Total Time: 50 mins
Serves: 4 servings

Ingredients

OATS:

  • 2 cups organic rolled oats, GF-certified!
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
  • 1 (15 oz.) can full-fat coconut milk or cream
  • 4 Tbsps pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, stems removed + sliced thin

SIMPLE STRAWBERRY TOPPING:

  • 2-3 cups strawberries, de-stemmed + halved
  • ¼ cup organic cane sugar
  • ¼ cup filtered water
  • 1 teaspoon freshly-squeezed lemon juice

TOPPINGS:

  • Coconut whipped cream

Instructions

TO MAKE THE BAKED OATS:

  • Lightly grease a baking pan (9 x 9″) OR 10-inch oven-safe skillet with vegan butter or oil and pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a large bowl, add the coconut milk, maple syrup, flaxseed meal, and vanilla, whisking everything together until combined. Add in the dry ingredients: rolled oats, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt, stirring (using a wooden spoon or spatula) until combined.
  • Fold in the sliced strawberries.
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared pan or skillet, evenly spreading until even.
  • Bake oatmeal for 30-35 minutes or until fully cooked through (less 'jiggly') and edges and tops are golden brown.

MAKE THE SIMPLE STRAWBERRY TOPPING:

  • In a saucepan, add together all ingredients over medium-high heat, stirring until combined. Once strawberries begin to soften, continue stirring until mixture begins to thicken a bit, about 5-6 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.
  • Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes or so. Generously drizzle strawberry topping atop baked oats followed by coconut whipped cream. To serve, cut into desired sized squared pieces and drizzle with maple syrup, if desired.
  • Bon Appetit!

Tips & Tricks

STORAGE: Any leftovers can be kept in a tightly sealed container and refrigerated for up to 3-4 days. To serve, simply reheat in the microwave or oven until warmed through.
TO FREEZE: To keep any leftovers for a longer period, simply allow baked oatmeal to fully cool before cutting it into squares and individually wrap each square in foil paper and then adding them to a freezer-safe ziplock bag. 

Nutrition

Calories: 298kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 258mg | Potassium: 380mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 14IU | Vitamin C: 64mg | Calcium: 127mg | Iron: 2mg

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