Oats are like the chameleon of the breakfast table, occupying many forms and disguising themselves as a bevy of morning meal options. They appear in pancakes, poured into coffee, softened by an overnight soak, or even—can you believe it?—as simply, well, oatmeal. Now there’s a new oaty permutation to hit the breakfast table, and this time it’s baked.
Baked oats seem to be cropping up all over the internet, especially on a tiny little video-sharing platform called TikTok. Ever heard of it? The crux of the baked oats phenomenon is simple, and much like baked oatmeal: oat flour (or rolled oats ground in a blender), adhered together with a fat and some type of binding agent, flavored with a mixture of your choice, tossed into a ramekin or other small oven-safe container, baked for a short amount of time, and garnished with a topping. It has all the ease, simplicity, and quick deliciousness of your classic mug cake.