Single-Serving Skinny Birthday Cake Baked Oatmeal (egg-free, dairy-free, low-fat, low-sugar)

This baked oatmeal stuffed with yummy chocolate chips and sprinkles, without all the guilt of a giant slice of cake.

This baked oatmeal starts with 2 main ingredients, a packet of "lower sugar" oatmeal and some apple sauce. It is stuffed with chocolate chips and sprinkles for a fun twist to make it taste like birthday cake!

The center is moist and bursting with ooey gooey chocolate chips, with a more muffin-like texture on the outside. If you like it a little less "wet", you can always cut the apple sauce in half for a more granola bar-like texture.

Also, the recipe couldn't be more simple! You start with a packet of oatmeal. I like to use the "Lower Sugar Maple & Brown Sugar" but any flavor will work... you can even use some quick oats with a little sweetener and a pinch of salt if you prefer (see ingredient list notes below).

Then, in goes some applesauce to bring it all together and the toppings!

When the top is nice and crispy and golden brown, but the center is still moist, it's ready to eat. How fun would this version be for a birthday breakfast?!

You can also pop it out of the ramekin (it comes right out without greasing the dish) and serve it on a plate for a fun presentation! 

The thing I love most about this recipe, is how versatile it is, so throw in your favorite mix-ins and get creative. I have made this recipe with so many different mix-ins to create amazing flavor combinations, like double chocolate "brownie", banana nut "bread", walnut raisin "cinnamon roll", peanut butter "granola bar", peaches and cream, dutch apple "pie", and "Blueberry Muffin"! 

Single-Serving Skinny Birthday Cakes Baked Oatmeal

Yield: 1 serving

  • 1 (35g-45g) uncooked packet of instant oatmeal (about 1/3 cup), I use "Lower Sugar Maple & Brown Sugar"*
  • 1/4 cup applesauce (may substitute 1/4 cup extra ripe banana, mashed)
  • 1 tablespoon milk or water
  • 1 tablespoon butter, margarine or buttery spread
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2-3 tablespoons chocolate chips
  • handful of sprinkles
*Instead of the oatmeal packet, you can use 1/3 cup instant quick-cooking oats, 1-2 tablespoons sugar OR 1-2 teaspoons sugar substitute and a pinch of salt

Preheat toaster oven to 375 degrees F. Mix together all of the ingredients in an ungreased oven-safe 1 cup/7-8oz. ramekin or bowl. Bake 20-25 minutes until top is golden and slightly crisp 

(May alternatively cook for 1 1/2-2 1/2 minutes in the microwave, but this will really compromise the texture and give you a very different, more chewy taste).