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Yesterday’s snack:

Two mini boatmeal cakes topped with cinnamon swirl peanut butter!


Recipe: Baked Oatmeal Cake For One

Times the above recipe by two, and you’ll get my snack. Two oatmeal cakes are better than one, right? For the miniatures, all I did differently was use two 1/2-cup ramekins (any oven-safe dish will do) in place of one big dish. The result was two “muffin-sized” oatmeal cakes. This particular flavor was Apple-Cinnamon:


Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cakes

(makes 2 muffin-sized cakes)

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (50g)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • sweetener, such as 1 1/2 tbsp maple syrup or 1 to 1 1/2 packs stevia (I omitted, but I’ve cautioned you before about my lack of sweet tooth)
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened applesauce (60g)
  • 1-2 tbsp chopped apple
  • 1/4 cup milk of choice or juice or water (decrease to 3 tbsp if adding the optional oil)
  • heaping 1/16th tsp salt
  • Optional for richness: 1 tbsp oil or nut butter of choice

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine raw oats, spices, applesauce, apple, and liquid. Pour into a small baking pan, loaf pan, 1-cup ramekin, or two 1/2-cup ramekins. Cook for 15-20 minutes, or more until it’s firm. Finally, set your oven to “high broil” for 3 more minutes (or simply just bake longer, but broiling gives it a nice crust). Don’t forget to spray your ramekins first if you want your cakes to pop out.

See the original post for Baked Oatmeal Cake Nutrition Facts.


You could use coconut butter or Healthy Cream Cheese Icing, but I expanded my foodie horizons and tried something new.

Next up in the boatmeal world? I really must try carrot cake. And then maybe gingerbread. Or peanut butter banana, like many of you suggested.

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. These look so good!

    I love the katie dummy! I hugged my cat (and I hope it counts if the cat is living).

  2. Leslie says:

    Ironically, for the “Hug something Vegan” thing, I’ve been planning to send you a photo of the boatmeal I made the other day! :)
    I’ll get the photo to you soon. And maybe now I’ll have to try the cinnamon roll version and take another pic :) :).

  3. Have I eaten anything vegan lately? Does the dark chocolate I’m eating now count? 😛 Oh wait I made a quinoa casserole last night which was vegan. :) Love the sound of the cinnamon roll boatmeal!

  4. Sophia says:

    I don’t use twitter its to complicated :S lol. But if I did I’d follow you!
    I love how you always give your food personality by giving it names, lol.
    These baby oatmeal cakes look super yummy.


  5. katie says:

    i’ve already done my hug a vegan recipe, but i’m going to make this one anyway. can’t resist, it looks too good! especially with my favorite pb on top :).

  6. Camille says:

    Oh man, these look awesome!
    Although I don’t consider myself a true vegan, I do eat a mostly vegan diet. I am always a vegetarian but I don’t like to label myself a vegan because it is a bit limiting for me.

  7. Tricia says:

    I recently made the switch from vegetarian to vegan so everything i’ve been eating has been vegan :)

  8. Lisa C. says:

    Loving the boatmeal cakes! Each flavor looks better than the last :).
    I hugged a very vegan bowl of oatmeal this morning. It was the perfect way to warm up and fill my belly. Yay for vegan food! Hopefully I can remember to send you a photo for your tribute post. Gotta make a note, I’m so forgetful! 😕

  9. Kelsey says:

    <3 <3 thank you for the link Katie <3 <3

  10. following you on twitter! i eat a lot of things that are vegan even though i’m not! sooo good!

  11. Hahahaha that CCK mannequin of sorts is toooooooo funny! 😀

  12. Anne says:

    So you just split the “oatmeal” cake recipe in half and divide between ramekins right? These could be muffins too I guess.

    1. Yup!
      And yeah, they do look like muffins. :) :)

      1. Anne says:

        OH, and congrats on twitter.
        I have not and doubt I ever will touch it. I know, I know…my mind may change. But I’m pretty sure it won’t. Ha. Twitter and facebook …I don’t even know what they are…I still struggle with email…

  13. Moni'sMeals says:

    Hi! I love all these Oatmeal ideas you have. Yum!

    I found you on twitter too. :)

    Twitter is still a bit odd to me as well!

    What made me smile this weekend was good food and friends and the beautiful weather. :)

  14. These look like the cutest, portable snacks. And, I bet they’re delicious too. I’ll have to bake a couple of them and try them out. Thanks, Katie!

  15. Sarahishealthy says:

    I’m always looking for a good portable snack idea. Thanks, Katie! :)

  16. Jennifer says:

    Ahh. Just this morning I made the Boatmeal with applesauce and crasins. So good! The best part is that as I was running around trying to get ready to leave the house, my oatmeal was baking away with no need for me to babysit it or look at it at all!

    Thanks so much for introducing me to baked oatmeal! Good luck with the blog changes…computers can be so tempermental.

    1. So many people think baking is time-consuming just because it takes a long time! So weird, right? I mean, it’s not like you have to watch the thing while it bakes… but I wouldn’t blame anyone who wanted to, just to see how pretty it was ;).

  17. I had vegan chocolate coconut oat bran this morning topped with a vegan chocolate coconut oat bran cake/muffin (not sure whether to call it a cake or a muffin just yet…)

    1. Woah, that definitely sounds worthy of some hugs!

  18. eatandrun says:

    Not a vegan, but I love vegan food. It makes me feel healthy :).

  19. VeggieGirl says:

    Love the mini cake idea!

  20. abby says:

    ahh another yummy oatmeal cake from the kitchen of katie. did you save one for your friend abby? i’ll be over in a minute! and now i’m craving cinnamon rolls like ca-razy!!!
    cinnamon!!!! topped with coconut butter, of course. you shoulda gone with the coconut butter!

  21. Erika says:

    Hug-Something-Vegan entry will be coming soon – I wanna make Mama Pea’s Vegan Cookie Dough Balls! <3

    1. You had me at cookie. I’m so excited to see your cookieliciousness :).

  22. Uh, YUMMM!!!! I love cinnamon rolls :) they were one of my fav desserts! Know what would be really good on top? Coconut Butter icing!

    I played in a tennis tournament this weekend, and I won against someone I had lost to before! I was playing so well-that made me smile :)

  23. Okay, not only does that look delicious, it looks mighty kid-friendly too. And that’s a wonderful thing when you’ve got a picky toddler at home like I do! Great job!

  24. Valerie says:

    Awwww it’s Baby Boats!
    :) You should put little sails on them.

  25. Fi says:

    Saw THE cutest baby today called freddie, that made me smile, random i know!! also, the thought of having the week off to chill has just brought a huge smile to my face, oh and im receving a blog package from aussie, thats making me smile, and the xfactor is on tonight, thats gotta bring a grin to your chin-and bed, oh yeam BED, im soo tired i cant wait to go to sleep-thats making me smile.

    Ok, enough now! ha, i WILL think of a vegan recipe to add to this dedicated month.

    1. Babies! Aww they always make me smile too. Even the cranky ones :).

  26. Sarah A. says:

    Spending time with friends makes me smile. Chocolate chip cookies, warm from the oven, make me smile. And sunshiney days :).

  27. what made me smile?
    The Vegan GF Peanut Butter Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies with peanut flour that I just made and posted about. Perhaps the best thing I’ve ever made. Ever.

    I also have a recipe up for Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal Muffins. The end result LOOKS very similar to yours but I bake them. Not nuke. But I bet I could try that to save time!

    Have a super week!

    Twitter, yeah, I dont get it either. I follow back 99% of who follows me too.

  28. Lorin says:

    Okay, so I just finished making the boatmeal cake, except instead of using a ramekin, I used muffin tins, which made about three cakes. It was really good! I put in chocolate chips into the regular recipe and made it like that. It didn’t really keep its shape though because it was so moist. I tried to get it out of the muffin tins which I did put oil on but it didn’t hold together really well. It was delicous in my yogurt bowl and also on the side topped with some peanut butter! Yum!!

  29. Lyza says:

    Something that made me smile this weekend, was one of my coworkers looked me dead in the eye and was like, “What’s your favorite vegetable?” with the most deadpan, serious look on their face, after I told them I was vegan. They thought since I was vegan, I must only eat vegetables LOL!!! Now that is someone who SERIOUSLY needs to come visit your website!

    Not that I wouldn’t like to have a day where I could reduce my diet to that kind of health though! But really now, in order to get some converts, to save the world, I think I have to show people there are TONS of yummy, devilish options that are vegan and just as tasty too.

    Also, I have a peanut butter problem lol. I have never tried coconut butter, but when I have a jar, it goes in a couple of days. I use it as toppings for EVERYTHING! I love it so much. It works as a great base to make a chocolate frosting too, especially if you use the vanilla peanut butter and co flavor and mix it with cocoa powder. My goodness, my life was scary when those two ingredients were involved! LOL I think I was having a relationship with my kitchen.

    Everything I eat is vegan (or god I hope so. I can’t say there weren’t a couple of accidents in the recent past :( but they were unintentional), so yes, I have eaten vegan lately! :)

    1. Mmm I never liked the White chocolate pb… probably because it wasn’t chocolate! So now I might have to buy another one and try your idea lol!

  30. Everything I’ve eaten recently has been vegan! :) But last night my friends cooked me an indian feast! And everything was, of course, vegan. It was quite delicious :)

  31. BroccoliHut says:

    Just had a vegan meal of leftovers: brussels sprouts, butternut squash, and soy sausage!

  32. Sarah A says:

    Just finished up a study session with tempeh 3 bean chili I slow cooked most of the day (delicious!). Not being the biggest tempeh fan, adding it to spicy slow cooked meals is pretty much the only way it gets into my diet. I also tricked my sister into grabbing a bowl by telling her our dad made chili for dinner. And she thought it was delicious : )

  33. Claire says:

    This weekend I had a lovely lunch with a good friend so there was lots of smiling and laughing. For Hug-Something-Vegan Month I’m going to bake some cookies in a few days and upload them to my blog. I’m considering going vegan (have been for sometime and I only have the occasional ice cream anyway so I figure, why not?), this could the prefect way to start.

    1. Ooooh Claire, I’m so excited to see what kind of cookies you make :). Send me some through email, ‘kay? 😉

  34. Pauline says:

    They seem too yummy . They are so cute :)

  35. Juliana says:

    amazing ! thanks for sharing the recipe !
    and thanks for follow me too on twitter :)

  36. ytotheummy says:

    I eat a 90% vegan every day, so I think I’ll just hug myself 😀

    ….but not my dinner. i’m having soup 😉

  37. Cupcake says:

    Hey Katie:)
    Just letting you know I think you are gorgeous and I LOVE your recipe collection :)
    And dont worry about your lack of sweet tooth., I’m the same- I can eat straight coco by itself!
    Just a question though, I cant find applesauce ANYWHERE, what can I replace it with?? Maybe eggwhites or something???
    Thanks alot:)

    1. Oh wow, thank you SO much!! As for the applesauce, you can sub mashed banana, canned pumpkin, or even sweet potato! :) Just use the same amount.

  38. lucie.lovely.cupcake says:

    I just made one of the oatmeal cakes and it was delicious! So moist and yummy! Thanks for the recipe xx

    1. Awww Thank YOU for trying it!! :)

  39. Jessica says:

    I’m baking one of these for lunch right now! It’s going into an almost-empty jar of peanut butter (so I can scrape the bottom, hehe) with some banana chunks and a drizzle of maple syrup – yummmm :)

  40. Priscilla says:

    I made your Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cakes over the weekend. We were headed out of town, leaving very early in the morning. So I made these the night before, in a muffin tin, for us to have for breakfast. Delicious, healthy, and easy to eat in the car! Thanks for another great recipe.

  41. vicki says:

    oh Katie…you are making me creative in the most amazing ways. I had an open can of coconut milk… cream already separated. I don’t even drain it anymore, just scoop the cream out of the top. So I threw a huge spoon full of coconut milk cream into my magic bullet (only have that because of you) short cup w/some cinnamon, maple syrup and truvia (stevia) and made the most UH-MAZING icing for my cinnabon boatmeal.

    The rest of the coconut milk cream was blended in my tall cup w/thawed strawberries and truvia and is now in ice cube trays in the freezer… I will perfect an “ice cream” that my son will love. Yes, I will. Thank you for teaching me vegan love. I was getting there, but you’ve filled in many of the blanks for me to make it so much easier to stay there. Should I also admit I have a chocolate fudge pie in the refrigerater right now? Probably not. That’s too much. I will share that. Promise. uh… we’ll see.

  42. Giorgia Servodio says:

    just made this for dinner (yes i love breakfast for dinner)! made a few little changes with ingredients i had on hand…so delicious! thank you!!

  43. Katie, I love your oatmeal recipes so much, including this, and got inspired to create one of my own! I love apple pie, and this oatmeal made me think of it, so I decided to make your baked oatmeal cake with just the cinnamon and then bake the apples separately to make a deconstructed baked apple pie oatmeal. It was super scrumptious!
    Gave your blog many shout-outs…my very small group of followers will probably come over to your blog and not pay any attention to mine, lol. I don’t blame them. :-)

    1. I couldn’t leave a comment on the post, because I don’t have a google or openid. But here was my comment:

      Awww girl, it looks delicious!! I love the topping, especially :). And thank you so much for the sweet words!

  44. Tara says:

    I totally just made these, froze them and am giving a big bag to a friend who just had a baby! Whenever I take meals for folks, I make sure to include breakfast the next day… and since I sampled the batch… you know, to make sure it was worthy of a woman who just had a baby… I think they’re going to LOVE breakfast!

  45. Greyson says:

    Question: can these be made the night before and taken on the go as bfast the next morning? Will they still be good?

  46. Raine says:

    This sounds great. I’m going to make it for my 10 month old tomorrow, but is T a teaspoon or tablespoon? I’m assuming Tablespoon, but just wanted to check. Thanks!

    1. Unofficial CCK Helper says:

      Tablespoon is correct.