These lemon poppy seed baked oats are made with fresh lemon juice & zest and naturally sweetened with pure maple syrup. This protein oatmeal bake comes together in 5 minutes is perfect for a satisfying single serve weekend breakfast or meal prep for the week.
I have been on an oatmeal kick the last 6 months and I don’t see it stopping anytime soon!
Baked oats for one are so easy to make, and loaded with protein and amazing nutrients. It’s a simple make ahead breakfast that tastes like dessert, or as most people like to say, like cake!
I have now perfected a Lemon Poppyseed Baked Oatmeal recipe for you! And it’s quite incredible if I do say so myself, with the perfect amount of lemon flavor.
Each recipe for my baked oatmeal is a little different. When developing recipes I’m always creating a slightly different flavour and nutrition goal.
For this one I wanted to make sure it had at least 30 grams of protein, and didn’t have much added sugar. The lemon greek yogurt glaze adds a zing and perfect touch to this delicious sweet treat!
Oatmeal lovers are going to love this one! The perfect way to start your morning off right!
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INGREDIENTS FOR MAKING THIS EASY BREAKFAST RECIPE:
You will need the following ingredients listed below to make the lemon poppy seed oatmeal (the exact measurements, nutrition information and full recipe are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post):
- gluten-free oats – quick-cooking oats blend up a bit easier but you can also use old-fashioned rolled oats. Do not use steel cut oats in this recipe.
- baking powder gives the mixture a slight rise and that perfect fluffy cake-like texture.
- Whey Protein powder – My favourite type of protein powder is PEScience vanilla protein powder and you can use code BAILEY at checkout for a special deal on all their products! They have really good plant-based protein powder and chocolate protein powder.
- unsweetened almond milk – any non-dairy milk such as oat milk, soy milk, cashew milk or regular milk will work. We add some to the batter and then some more for pouring over the oats once baked.
- lemon juice
- lemon zest
- pure maple syrup
- vanilla – use real vanilla extract for the best flavor.
- egg – could substitute for a flax egg or chia seeds but will not be as fluffy
- poppy seeds
- unsweetened greek yogurt
- powdered sugar
- optional – peanut butter drizzle for some healthy fats, chocolate chips if you’ve got a big sweet tooth, greek yogurt, or even potentially fresh berries.
HOW TO MAKE THIS HEALTHY BAKED OATMEAL RECIPE:
Preheat oven to 350F and grease a small oven safe baking dish.
Blend your oats on high in a high powered blender to create a fine powder. Then add all the remaining wet and dry ingredients for oats except the poppy seeds.
Pour batter into the greased oven safe dish, then the poppy seeds and mix around.
Bake for 25-30 minutes.
While oats are baking, make the zesty frosting by combining the greek yogurt, powdered sugar and lemon juice together in a small bowl. Taste and adjust flavours if you want it more/less sweet.
Remove baked oats from oven, let cool slightly, and top with frosting. Add more lemon zest and poppy seeds on top of frosting and enjoy!
Store this quick breakfast in an airtight container for up to 2-3 days.
TIPS FOR MAKING SINGLE SERVING LEMON POPPY SEED BAKED OATS
- Use certified gluten free quick oats vs rolled oats. I always blend my oats in a high power blender first to achieve a fluffy, cake like texture.
- The lemon poppy seed baked oats batter should be more on the thicker side than thin. If you feel your oatmeal batter is too thin, add a bit more oats or protein powder!
- Do not over bake. Even if you feel the oats will be slightly under done in the middle, if you follow the recipe instructions they will come out great! Much better than it coming out over baked and hard.
DIFFERENT FLAVORS YOU COULD TRY
- Make raspberry lemon poppy seed baked oatmeal by adding fresh or frozen raspberries. If using frozen, do not thaw out.
- Blueberry would be another delicious option, and really, lemon blueberry baked oatmeal sounds pretty amazing to me!
- Another delicious addition would be strawberries! Drizzled with a zesty lemon greek yogurt icing, truly a match made in heaven!
- Anything with fresh fruit or nut butter will be delicious.
CAN YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE INTO VEGAN BAKED OATS?
Yes, you sure can! You can substitute the greek yogurt for thick coconut yogurt, and omit the egg. You will also need to get some vegan protein powder, which PEScience also carries!
ARE THESE BAKED OATS HEALTHY?
Yes, they absolutely are! This healthy baked oatmeal is loaded with nutritious ingredients that will keep you fuelled and satisfied throughout the day!
They taste like cake, so you may not even believe how good they are for you!
Other Gluten Free Recipes With Oats You May Like To Try
- Cookie Dough Baked Oats
- Easy Blueberry Overnight Oats
- Gluten Free High Protein Carrot Cake Baked Oats
- Superfood Protein Breakfast Cookies (Gluten Free & Dairy Free)
- Vegan & Gluten Free Salted Dark Chocolate Granola
- 1/2 cup certified gluten free oats
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 scoop PEScience Gourmet Vanilla Protein, approx 1/3 cup
- 1/3 cup almond milk, or any plant milk
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 1/8 tsp lemon zest
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 1/2 tsp poppy seeds
FOR ZESTY FROSTING
- 1 tbsp plain greek yogurt
- 1 tbsp powdered sugar, can use sugar free if desired
- 1/2 tsp lemon juice
- Preheat oven to 350F and grease a small oven safe dish.
- Blend your oats on high in a high powered blender to create a fine flour. Then add all the remaining ingredients for oats except the poppy seeds.
- Pour batter into the greasted oven safe dish, then the poppy seeds and mix around.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes.
- While oats are baking, make the zesty frosting by combining the greek yogurt, powdered sugar and lemon juice together in a small bowl. Taste and adjust flavours if you want it more/less sweet.
- Remove baked oats from oven, let cool slightly, and top with frosting. Add more lemon zest and poppy seeds on top of frosting and enjoy!
Serving Size:1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 478Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 211mgSodium: 497mgCarbohydrates: 73gFiber: 6gSugar: 40gProtein: 47g
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