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August 30, 2022

Baked Gluten-Free Oats (Without Oats!)

Winter + breakfast = oats! Or it would if oats were gluten-free. If you’ve been wondering ‘are oats gluten-free in Australia?’ wonder no more.

Oats have long been a contentious issue. In their pure form, they are gluten-free, though these grains are largely packaged using machinery that has handled wheat, barley, rye, and wheat proteins. In the United States and the United Kingdom, gluten-free oats are available. In Australia, no recipe or product containing oats qualifies as gluten-free. Visit Coeliac Australia’s website for the full scoop.

Don’t worry–gluten-free alternatives are possible, with varying levels of accessibility.

What Can I Use Instead of Oats for a Gluten-Free Breakfast?

There are several alternatives to oats. Keep in mind that different substitutes have different uses. Some are more appropriate for grinding into flour, while others are ideal for a hearty bowl of not-porridge.

For our baked oats recipe, we’ve chosen almond flour and quinoa flakes. Like oats, both options are made from natural ingredients and are high in nutritional value.

Almond flour—from ground, blanched (peeled) almonds—makes an excellent baking substitute as it’s light in flavour, high in protein and low carb.

Quinoa flakes make a great substitute for oats. Try making overnight ‘oats’ with the flakes or ground them up for a nutritious flour substitute. Full of fibre and protein, quinoa makes an ideal addition to vegetarian and vegan diets.

How Do I Make Vegan or Dairy-Free Baked Oats?

Bananas are an ideal baking alternative to eggs with their consistency and binding properties, they also make a great natural sweetener. Plus, they’re entirely gluten-free and vegan!

To keep this breakfast free of animal derivatives, opt for maple syrup as your sweetener and choose your favourite plant milk (we recommend hemp or soy milk). Sweetener is optional; however, we recommend 1 tbsp to hide the banana taste.

What Toppings Can I Add to Gluten-Free Oats?

What’s your favourite cake flavour? If you answered chocolate, add a ½ tbsp of cocoa powder for a decadent breakfast (or healthy dessert). Make an apple pie-inspired breakfast by adding a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg (or both!), a handful of walnuts, and a diced apple to the mixture. For a truly inspired breakfast, pour half of your batter into the ramekin, add a spoonful of your favourite sweet spread to the centre and pour the rest of the batter over the top. Once cooked, your oats will have a deliciously soft centre.

We’ve added some additional flavour combinations below to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters.
A bowl of cereal with strawberries on top.

Ingredients and Method:

Step 1:

Materials:

Base Ingredients:

  • For blending method: ½ cup Almond flour
  • For regular method: ½ cup quinoa flakes
  • ½ medium banana
  • Pinch of salt
  • Tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup milk of choice
  • Optional: ½ – 1 tblsp sweetener (honey, maple syrup, or raw sugar)

Add your favourite ingredients and toppings to elevate your breakfast. Customise your add-ins to suit that cake you’ve been craving. See below for a few suggestions.

Step 2:

Choose your flavour:

Cinnamon Roll:

Peanut Butter and Jelly:

  • 1 tblsp jam (jelly) of choice
  • 1 tblsp peanut butter (or nut butter of choice)

Carrot Cake:

  • 1 tblsp raisins or sultanas
  • 1 tblsp nuts of choice
  • 1/8 cup grated carrot
  • Frosting: 2 tblsp yoghurt + 1 tsp sweetener

Choc Chip:

  • 1-2 tblsp chocolate chips
  • Pinch of salt

Raspberry and Coconut:

  • 1-2 tblsp raspberries (swap for your favourite)
  • 1 tblsp shredded or desiccated coconut

Pick Your Method:

Blending Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 180C.
  2. Combine all the ingredients in a blender. Blend until your desired consistency is reached.
  3. Pour into a ramekin (or any oven-safe dish). Bake for 20-25 minutes (20 minutes for a fudgy consistency and 25 minutes for a cake texture).
  4. Remove from oven and let cool slightly before eating.
  5. Finish with your favourite toppings and enjoy!

Regular Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 180C.
  2. Combine all the ingredients in an oven-safe dish (e.g., a ramekin)
  3. Bake for 20-25 minutes (20 minutes for a fudgy consistency and 25 minutes for a firm, cake-like texture).
  4. Remove from oven and wait 2-5 minutes before eating.
  5. Finish with your favourite toppings and enjoy!

Do you love making delicious, gluten-free food? Check out more of our gluten-free desserts here!

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