TikTok's Newest Trend Is Basically Cake For Breakfast

Many people have a love-hate relationship with oats in general, and oatmeal in particular. When done without any care, oatmeal can be served up as an off-white colored, tasteless bowl of mush — even though the grain is gluten free, can help with weight loss, control sugar levels, and manage heart disease (via Healthline). So how appealing can oats be if it was served up in a slightly different way? It appears enterprising souls on TikTok took that as a challenge, and a new baking craze was born. 

Food blogger Yumna Jawad promises that preparing oatmeal like this takes the sting out of the need to start the day in a healthy way. She told TODAY that baking oats like this is perfect "for anyone who doesn't like the texture of oatmeal, this is one oats recipe they can truly get behind." 

This recipe goes a bit further than oats and milk in your microwave or a jar of overnight oats. "I love the concept of taking something I always make for breakfast and slightly changing the preparation to make it a novel new idea!" Jawad said to TODAY.

Baked oats is relatively easy to prepare

Making cake-like baked oats for breakfast is simple and involves a blender, oats, an egg, baking powder, cocoa powder and a sweetener. While Jawad calls for a banana in her blog, Feel Good Foodie, she also offers up substitutes in case a banana isn't handy; she says an additional egg or 1/4 cup of milk will do. Put all in the ingredients in a blender and blitz until everything can be poured out (if you're using milk instead of a banana, this won't really be a problem, but giving the oats an extra spin also means you end up with a texture that could be closer to a rough oat flour). In fact, without the addition of a raw egg, the mix almost looks like a smoothie.

She then instructs that you pour everything into an oiled ramekin (or muffin cups) and then bake that until its ready to be consumed. The resulting breakfast treat may look confusing in a "how can this be healthy" kind of way, but your body will likely give you thanks for making the effort. One more thing: Jawad highly recommends consuming the baked oats warm, because leaving it to cool before consuming could leave you with a disappointing mouthfeel.