It's my best friend's birthday, so you know I just HAD to make some birthday cake baked oats. And let me tell you: They didn't disappoint.
With almond extract and a little bit of vanilla protein powder, they taste exactly like a birthday cake. Complete with sprinkles and a gooey coconut yogurt filling. I just can't get enough!
You know I love baked oats, and generally think they're always a wonderful special breakfast. But these ones are especially great for those celebratory moments in life. As they say, it's all about the small stuff... and having a festive brekkie is a great way to get you feeling good about the day ahead.
Do They Actually Taste Like Birthday Cake?
Yes! Thanks to the almond extract, these baked oats have that familiar birthday cake taste.
I also topped them off with some rainbow sprinkles to really hit it home. And I highly recommend you do the same. If you don't have sprinkles, it won't impact the flavour. They just make it much more fun.
Birthday Cake Oats Ingredients
For these birthday cake baked oats, you'll need:
- Egg replacer: I use McKenzie’s Vegan Egg Replacer and find it works wonders in this type of thing. If you don't have it, use a flax egg or a normal egg if you're not vegan.
- Banana: The sweeter, the better! If you don't like banana, you can replace it with 50g apple sauce or yogurt (coconut/ dairy)
- Oats: Either rolled or quick oats will work!
- Maple syrup: This adds a bit more sweetness, you can use as much/ little as you like depending on how sweet your banana and protein powder is. You can also use agave, monkfruit, or coconut sugar instead.
- Dairy free milk: I've used oat milk, soy milk and almond milk in baked oats. They all work well! You can also use dairy milk if that's your type of thing.
- Vegan protein powder: To stick with the cake vibe, choose a vanilla one that tastes relatively sweet. My pick is Macro Mike's Hawaiian salted vanilla flavour.
- Almond extract: This is essential to that "birthday" cake flavour. If you don't have it, you can use vanilla instead but it won't have that special zing.
- Baking powder: Just a bit of this helps it rise in the oven.
- Sea salt: Helps balance the flavours, but you can leave it out if you want.
- Coconut yogurt: I use natural coconut yogurt in this, as the oats are already sweet enough for me. If you want, you could also use vanilla or a dairy yogurt instead.
- Sprinkles: Totally optional, but very fun. If you've got some on hand, why not use them in your breakfast?
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