Lemon Lover’s Baked Oatmeal

As I type this, my eyelids are drooping. I don’t often talk about my work life on here, but times like this make it difficult to contemplate anything else. I spent the weekend redecorating my classroom, and on Saturday I was at school from 10 AM to 10 PM. ON THE WEEKEND, you guys! Today, I worked a similar length, but at least I was able to spend a portion of those hours working in my favorite coffee shop.


When I made this oatmeal on Sunday morning, I struggled to stay motivated. After working 12 hours a day, 8 days in a row, baking an oatmeal seems incredibly undesirable. However, this is what I scheduled to prepare over the weekend, and I had all the ingredients to do so. I knew the results would be worth it.


As my regular readers know, I’m a big fan of lemon-flavored oatmeals, especially once I discovered lemon extract. GAME CHANGER. I will not lie to you:  the banana isn’t entirely hidden. However, if you like my lemon poppy seed recipe, you’ll probably like this one. I topped mine with coconut, in case you were wondering. Then, I went back to work. 🙂


In retrospect, I should have topped this with coconut butter. Oh my GAWD.

Lemon Lover’s Baked Oatmeal

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Yield: serves 1

What you'll need:

  • 1/2 ripe banana
  • juice of one lemon
  • 2 tbsp milk of choice
  • 1/4 tsp lemon extract
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt

How to make it:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F and spray a single-serving ramekin with non-stick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, mash banana thoroughly. Stir in lemon juice, milk, and lemon extract.
  3. In another bowl, combine dry ingredients: oats, baking powder, and salt. Once mixed, add to wet ingredients and stir until combined.
  4. Transfer to the ramekin and bake for 22-26 minutes.


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About Lauren Smith

Lauren is a herbivore, Slytherin, and connoisseur of oats. She is a former teacher who is currently studying to earn a master's degree in curriculum development. You can follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

8 Responses to Lemon Lover’s Baked Oatmeal

  1. Anonymous says:

    Made this….it was wonderful. Added a little sunshine to my day! I’m sorry life has been hecitc for you recently…that’s always hard. Will be keeping you in my prayers. 🙂
    Emily J.

  2. Maureen says:

    Sometimes, you can double an ingredient and it improves the recipe (things like chocolate chips usually fall into this category.) This is not the case here. Do NOT double the amount of lemon. Trust me, I did it, turned out awful.

    My son and I were working our way through the recipes, when we hit this one and I doubled the lemon. Now when I make oatmeal he asks, “You’re not making one of those WEIRD ones are you?” I have to list out all the ingredients before he’ll decide whether to eat or not. Apples and pumpkin = good. Lemons = evil in his mind. Fortunately for us, we still have lots of recipes to experiment with from this site that don’t involve oatmeal. Live and learn.

  3. Christine says:

    How much lemon juice do you consider the juice of one lemon? Maybe 1 or 2 tablespoons?

  4. jsek says:

    what size ramekin???

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