This easy breakfast (or brunch!) strawberry baked oatmeal is filled with sweet berries and contains no eggs, no dairy, no oil, and no refined sugar. It’s a great make-ahead vegan breakfast to prepare on the weekend and warm up throughout the week.
It's delicious, filling, and of course, vegan AND gluten-free (if you use gf oats). It can also be customized in a few different ways, or even made as strawberry baked oatmeal cups! All the details are below.
This version, strawberry baked oatmeal, is a summer-themed version that uses sweet, fresh summer strawberries.
Just like my other egg-free baked oatmeal recipes, this one is also vegan and gluten-free, it's quick and easy to make, and it can also be made ahead and then reheated, slice by slice (for one, or many!), on weekday mornings throughout the week.
Ingredients You'll Need
Just a handful of ingredients is all you need, and you probably have many of them on hand already.
Rolled Oats – Old-fashioned rolled oats are what you need for this recipe, no substitutions. Be sure to use certified gluten-free rolled oats if you need the recipe to be gluten-free.
Quick-cooking / instant oats cannot be used (the finished oatmeal will be too mushy) and steel-cut oats cannot be used either (the oats will not cook through). (But if you have some steel-cut oats to use up, check out my banana steel cut oats, apple spice steel cut oats, and pumpkin steel cut oats recipes!)
Dairy-Free Milk – Any type of unflavoured, unsweetened milk can be used.
Flax Eggs – Since this is being made without eggs, the flax eggs act as the binder. If you can’t have flax, chia eggs will work as a substitute.
Strawberries – I have only used fresh strawberries to make this recipe. Frozen strawberries tend to not have much sweetness, and with these oats not being very sweet, to begin with, fresh strawberries give it some needed natural sweetness. Frozen strawberries will also be mushier and will release more liquid into the recipe than fresh. Stick with fresh strawberries for the best taste and texture.
Are you new to vegan gluten-free baking? If so, be sure to read all of my vegan gluten-free baking tips!
- If you like rhubarb, you can make it strawberry rhubarb baked oatmeal by using ¾ cup chopped strawberries and ¾ cup chopped rhubarb.
- If you want to make it richer and a little sweeter, add ¼ - ⅓ cup of chocolate chips to the mixture along with the strawberries, or instead of mixing the chocolate into the mixture, just sprinkle a little on top before baking.
- If you like the combination of strawberries with banana, make it strawberry banana baked oatmeal by replacing the applesauce with puréed bananas.
- If you want to mix the berries, feel free to do that by replacing some of the strawberries with blueberries, raspberries, or the berries you prefer.
- If you want a little contrast in the texture, make it strawberry almond baked oatmeal by folding in ¼ cup - ⅓ cup of sliced or slivered almonds.
- If you want to make it in a muffin pan instead of a dish, I've included info on how to do that below and in the recipe instructions.
Preparing the Strawberries
For this recipe, I chop my strawberries into smaller bite-size pieces, like in the picture below. The berries can also be sliced or you can chop them into slightly larger pieces, it’s up to you.
How to Make It
(Note: I’ve outlined the step-by-step on how to make this recipe here, but find the full recipe, ingredients, and directions at the end of this post.)
This recipe is made without a blender, no special tools are required.
Start by mixing the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet ingredients in another bowl.
Combine the two and then stir in the chopped strawberries.
The mixture will be runny, that's okay, and the longer it sits, the more liquid will be absorbed into the oats. Don't let it sit too long, you want a lot of that absorption to happen while it bakes, not before.
Pour the mixture into an 8-inch x 8-inch baking dish.
The final step is to bake it. After it has baked, allow it to cool until it's warm before slicing, you don't want to slice it while it's still very hot since it needs a while to firm up. Be patient and let it rest a while before slicing.
Make It As Oatmeal Cups
Rather than making it a vegan baked oatmeal casserole, you can make oatmeal cups by using a muffin pan instead.
The baking times for both versions are different, I’ve included all the details in the recipe directions below.
How to Store Leftovers
If you aren’t going to serve it right away, make sure it’s fully cooled, slice, place the slices in an airtight container, and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Warm the slices up when you’re ready to serve them.
You can also freeze it for up to a month, just be sure to wrap each slice or cup individually and store them in an airtight container.
When you’re ready to serve, thaw overnight in the refrigerator and warm up in the morning in the oven or microwave. You can skip warming it up and serve it cold, but I recommend warming it up.
How to Serve
This recipe is not very sweet on its own, it does have a little natural sweetness from the berries and the maple syrup, but for me, I find that it's enough to eat it on its own without any topping.
However, sometimes I like to add a little more sweetness. You can do the same by topping it with maple syrup or with my easy homemade strawberry sauce, like in the picture below.
Your oatmeal will also be great with any of the following toppings:
No, not for this recipe. Rolled oats will give you the best results. See the “Ingredient Notes” section above for more info.
The texture is not fluffy and light like cake or a muffin, it’s more dense and solid. Kind of like a bread pudding…but made with oats.
No. When left to sit, the oats will absorb all of the liquid, so if you want to save time, what you can do is mix the dry ingredients and set them aside in an airtight container and then mix the wet ingredients and place them in the refrigerator in another airtight container. When ready, mix the two together, add the strawberries, and bake as directed.
Yes, to be safe, always refrigerate your leftover oatmeal after it has fully cooled. Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 5 days.
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Strawberry Baked Oatmeal (Vegan)
- 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
- 6 tablespoons water
- 3 cups (300g) rolled oats (gluten free oats, if needed)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 cup (240ml) unsweetened non-dairy milk
- ¾ cup (185g) unsweetened, plain applesauce
- ¼ cup (60ml) pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 ¼ cups (185g) chopped strawberries
- Pre-heat oven to 350° F (177° C).
- Lightly grease the bottom and sides of 8-inch x 8-inch (2 quart) baking dish or line with parchment paper. If using a muffin pan, lightly grease each cup or for oil-free, use silicone muffin baking cups.
- Prepare your flax eggs by whisking together ground flax seeds and water. Set aside to thicken.
- In a large bowl, mix the oats, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon together.
- In a medium bowl, mix the flax egg mixture, non-dairy milk, applesauce, maple syrup, and vanilla extract together.
- Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix well to combine.
- Stir in the strawberries.
If Baking In an 8x8 Dish:
- Pour mixture into the prepared baking dish and smooth out the top.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes (until edges are slightly brown).
- Allow the baked oatmeal to cool slightly, serve warm.
If Baking In a Muffin Pan:
- Divide mixture evenly into each muffin cup.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes (until edges are slightly brown).
- Allow the baked oatmeal to cool slightly, serve warm.
- Please read all of the info above and below before making this recipe.
- Weigh/measure your strawberries after they have been chopped.
- Allow your oatmeal to cool slightly before slicing.
- If you aren’t going to serve it right away, make sure it’s fully cooled and then slice it into squares, place the squares into an airtight container, and store them in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Warm the slices up when you're ready to serve them.
- You can also freeze it for up to a month, just be sure to wrap each slice or cup individually and store them in an airtight container. When you’re ready to serve, thaw overnight in the refrigerator and warm up in the morning in the oven or microwave. You can skip warming it up and serve it cold, but I recommend warming them up.
- Nutrition info listed below is for 1 of 9 slices baked in an 8-inch x 8-inch dish, made using the recipe as written, and is only to be used as a rough guide. Click here for more info on how nutrition info on this website is determined.