TikTok’s Baked Oatmeal Craze

By Ashley St. John

Over the last few months, many TikTok users have become obsessed with a new trend: oatmeal. 

While it first started out as regular oatmeal, it has grown to all kinds of oats; regular oatmeal, baked oats and overnight oats. One TikTok user, Trace Alexander, @traceoats, has gained 685,900 followers just from posting his various oatmeal recipes. He has posted recipes such as coffee cake baked oats, cinnamon roll oats, birthday cake oats and most recently, Reese’s Puffs baked oats. 

Another user, @bearenger, is known for her multiple healthy recipes that she shares with her followers. She shared her recipe for chocolate banana baked oats, as well as chocolate espresso baked oats. Under #oats, there are 326.9 million views on all the videos and 10.7 million views under #oatsrecipe. 

One avid TikTok user, Emma Ryan, also expressed her interest in this new trend. 

“I find it crazy how quickly it blew up,” Ryan said. “It was like one day I didn’t see anything about oats, and now I see those videos on my For You page all the time.” 

Ryan said that once she gets the time between her classes and work she would love to try out a recipe herself. 

I’ve also been very interested in all these types of oats, so I decided to try it out for myself. I chose to try Alexander’s coffee cake baked oats that he posted on his TikTok, Mar. 13. 

For his recipe, he used:

  • ½ Cup of oats
  • ½ Banana (can also be substituted for ¼ cup of applesauce or 1 egg, which is what I did)
  • ½ tsp of baking powder
  • A pinch of salt (I skipped this)
  • ½ tsp of cinnamon
  • ½ tbsp of maple syrup
  • ¼ cup of coffee
  • ¼ cup of milk (I used almond milk)

Optional: 1 scoop of protein powder (I used the Select Protein brand in the snickerdoodle flavor because I thought it would give it a nice flavor)

The ingredients you’ll need. Photo taken by Ashley St. John.

For the crumble topping:

  • 1 heaping tbsp. of ground oat flour (I used regular flour because I didn’t have oat flour)
  • ½ tbsp. of coconut sugar (again, I didn’t have coconut sugar so I used regular sugar)
  • ½ tsp of cinnamon
  • A splash of maple syrup

I started by putting all of the ingredients into my Nutribullet blender and blending them all together. In Alexander’s video, he says that blending them is optional but that he highly recommends it. I then took the blended mixture and poured it into my ceramic, oven-safe bowl.

I then mixed together the crumble topping and sprinkled it on top of the mixture. I didn’t end up using all of mine, so I would suggest maybe make a little less than what the recipe says if you’re like me and only want to sprinkle a little bit on top. 

Before putting in the oven. Photo taken by Ashley St. John.

After putting the topping on, I put it into the oven at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. It was a little gooey in the middle of mine, which is how I liked it, but if you want to make sure it’s completely baked all the way through, I’d leave it in for a couple more minutes. 

One last optional step would be to add a little frosting drizzle on top. In Alexander’s video, he says you can use a frosting drizzle or mix milk with some protein powder, which is what I did. For that, I didn’t really measure anything out. I just used a little less than half a scoop of the Select Protein Snickerdoodle protein powder and added milk until it was a good drizzle consistency. 

The final product. Photo taken by Ashley St. John.

This recipe was so simple and quick. The one thing I wasn’t sure about was at first, it seemed a little too sweet/cinnamon flavored, so if you’re not into sweet things, then this exact recipe may not be for you. I highly recommend checking out some videos and making one for yourself because it’s a great breakfast. It may seem like it doesn’t make much but mine rose quite a bit and is a good small meal. 

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