Baked Noatmeal Mocha Latte (TikTok Recipe)

March 08, 2021

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Trending on TikTok a hot minute ago, baked oatmeal combines quick-cooking oats, a ripe banana, maple syrup, baking powder, and a little of this and that pulsed in a high-speed blender. The result: sweetened oat flour batter redolent of muffin mix spattered with fresh fruit, baby chocolate chips, dollops of nut butter, and sometimes all of the above.

TikTok baked oatmeal is a clever way of making cake for breakfast a swoon-worthy love fest on social media. TikTokers make blueberry muffin-like baked oatmeal batter (a muffin is essentially a cupcake without frosting, after all) on the tame end and frosted funfetti birthday cake baked oatmeal on the unapologetically celebrate-the-everyday end.

A tastier cousin of the old-school baked oatmeal where oats combine with liquid and perhaps a sweetener and a splash of vanilla extract then baked in a casserole dish in the oven, the texture of TikTok baked oatmeal is smooth and fluffy like a moist cake.

Baked noatmeal in a white bowl with a silver spoon in it. Primal Kitchen Collagen Fuel Vanilla packet is off to the side.

I set to work making this cross-breed of cake and oatmeal for my son. I opted for a “chocolate birthday cake,” which included powdered cocoa and rainbow sprinkles. I also made a Primal noatmeal version for myself with mocha latte flavoring—espresso powder, unsweetened cocoa, vanilla whey protein powder topped with vanilla coconut cream after baking. Instead of grains, noatmeal uses ground nuts or seeds combined with whey protein powder or collagen peptides (if desired) and fixings.

I promised my son cake for breakfast (it legitimately smelled like cake to me while it baked!), but ended up with him taking one tiny nibble and wrinkling his nose. I tried a bite and understood immediately.

Dense and a tad rubbery, the baked oatmeal I made didn’t contain nearly enough sugary flavor to be mistaken for cake, no melted chocolate or frosting, and the baked rainbow sprinkles drowned in the brown batter. Only specks of pastel colors dotted the top of the baked oatmeal in a melancholy reminder of my good intentions.

I oversold the concept, as moms who try to sneak something “less egregious” than sugary instant oatmeal or cupcake-like muffins tend to do.

My baked noatmeal, on the other hand, turned into the unsung breakfast hero. Even without the monk fruit-sweetened coconut cream crown on top, the baked noatmeal was tender, lightly sweet, and tasted a lot like a mocha latte made with cashew or coconut milk. The espresso powder gives it a gentle bite that accentuates the earthy undertones of cocoa.



How to Customize Baked Noatmeal

Baked noatmeal may not be pretty, but for all its beige-and-brown resemblance to a crumble topping, it's forgiving and exceptionally easy to personalize. Some inspiration for making noatmeal your own:

  • Vary the nuts used. Swap cashews for almonds. Add the frugal peanut instead of ritzy macadamias. Make a bougey brunch and combine hazelnuts and pecans with melted dark chocolate.
  • Sample seeds. Add in a tablespoon of chia seeds, hemp hearts, or flaxseed. Sprinkle in sunflower and pumpkin seeds after the other nuts gets pulverized to add crunchy texture.
  • Change the flavor with fruit. Top with sliced fruit or fresh berries. Stir blueberries, diced apples, or mashed banana into the batter before baking. Or try a small handful of freeze-dried fruit as a topping.
  • Instead of whipped coconut cream, top with regular whipped cream if you can tolerate dairy. Or, instead of whipped cream, top with two tablespoons of coconut, Greek, or plain yogurt.
  • Drizzle with melted dark chocolate, nut butter, or pureed and strained fruit.
  • Add a textured topping. Sprinkle the baked noatmeal with mini chocolate chips, toasted coconut, or unsweetened dried or fresh fruit.

Baked noatmeal ingredients spread out on a wood cutting board. Ingredients include: Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil Spray, pure vanilla extract, coconut milk, Primal Kitchen Collagen Fuel - Vanilla, macadamia nuts, cashews, espresso powder, salt, granulated monk fruit, and cocoa powder.

A white casserole dish with baked notameal inside. Off to the side is a Primal Kitchen Collagen Fuel - Vanilla packet and a can of coconut cream.

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