Neapolitan Baked Oatmeal

As I typed out this recipe, I couldn’t help but feel depressed. That is because I may be peaking as an oatmeal blogger. I’m not sure if I can ever top this one:


This recipe, you see, is so elaborate, well thought-out, and mouth-wateringly delicious that I’m not even going to bother posting the instructions for a single serving. It’s way too much work for one serving, and it’s way too delicious to not share (or, if you’re like me, eat every morning for a week).


The one drawback to this recipe is that the banana is pretty prominent. In fact, I would compare the taste of the oatmeal to Banana Split Dippin Dots. If you are turned off by banana, try only using one banana, or replace the banana with a different sweetener. (But I’ve said it before: all baked oatmeals are better with banana).


Okay, but seriously. My 5:35 alarms were so much easier this past week knowing I had another fantastic breakfast waiting for me in the fridge! I promise you: this was the best recipe I’ve ever created. Hands down.


Neapolitan Baked Oatmeal

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Yield: serves 5

What you'll need:

  • 3 cups rolled oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 overripe banana
  • 3/4 cup milk of choice
  • 1/2 cup water (or more milk)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, hulled

How to make it:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F and spray a 8x8 baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, mix just 2 and 1/2 cup of oats, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In another medium-sized bowl, mash bananas very, very thoroughly. Then, add almond milk, water, and vanilla. Stir until it's mostly combined.
  4. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir.
  5. Separate the mixture into three separate bowls (you will have to get out yet another bowl). In one bowl, add cocoa powder and stir. It will be difficult at first, but the cocoa powder should dissolve/mix in eventually.
  6. Using a blender or immersion blender, puree your strawberries. Depending on your blender, you may have to add a tiny bit of liquid to get it to blend properly. Add to one of the plain bowls of oatmeal. Add the remaining 1/2 cup of oats and stir.
  7. If desired, you could add an additional teaspoon of vanilla extract to the "plain" oatmeal bowl.
  8. Pour the chocolate layer in the baking pan and spread it out so it covers the entire bottom of the pan. Then, carefully pour the plain oatmeal over that. Spread it cautiously, and then finish with the strawberry layer. With all your layers, do your best to spread it to the corners without mixing the different flavors together. Leave as is, or dig up some of the chocolate layer from the bottom to create a swirl effect (like I did).
  9. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes. ENJOY!


**You can also find hundreds of other oatmeal recipes (as well as tons of other meatless recipes) on my Pinterest account!  You can also like The Oatmeal Artist on Facebook. Thanks!

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.

25 Responses to Neapolitan Baked Oatmeal

  1. Wow… why oh why don’t I like bananas 🙁

  2. Anonymous says:

    I just made this as the first of your recipes…I am pretty sure we just became best friends!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I GET THAT THIS IS TOTALLY SELFISH…but is there a way you can update your recipe index?

  4. wow this recipe looks amazing!!! 🙂 i deff wanna try it! i am the only one who will eat oatmeal at my house, so i’ll be eating this solo, but im sure i wnt mind! it looks delish! deff wanna try soon!
    you think i could you frozen strawberries just let them thaw out?

    • Lauren Smith says:

      I ate mine solo, too, but it was better that way because it’s too good to share. 😉

      Yes, you could absolutely use frozen strawberries since they just get blended up anyway. Enjoy!

  5. Valentina says:

    I made this 2 weeks ago and it was gone within an hour. My family hates oatmeal but as soon as they tasted this one their jaws dropped. My mother looked at me and said “I can’t believe this is oatmeal! Can you make a batch for me to take to school?” She’s a teacher and wanted to share it with her colleagues.
    Now I make oatmeal for her almost every day. All it took was a taste(or 8.. Yes, I’ve made this 8 times in just 2 weeks!) of the Neapolitan baked oatmeal!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Is it possible to bake with quick cook steel cut oats?

    • Lauren Smith says:

      Absolutely! I’ve done it a few times. The cooking time should be the same as rolled oats. The oats:liquid ratio might be a bit different though. Err…I can’t give you any definitely numbers on that. Try 1/4 cup oats with 1/3 cup liquid? That’s a complete guess. 🙂

  7. Anonymous says:

    I didn’t have a baking pan when I decided to try this recipe, so I got creative and made layered muffins. LOVED THEM!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Hi Lauren how many bananas do you use? you said the banana was very prominent in this recipe and to cut back to only one if you don’t like them but the recipe only calls for one ? !!!

    • Lauren Smith says:

      Hmm…where was my mind when I wrote that? Haha. I think I must have used two bananas…but for some reason, I only listed one on the recipe. One banana should not give too banana-y of a taste (when you consider that it’s spaced out among five servings)!

  9. Christine says:

    Do you have any suggestions for how to make a single-serving stovetop Neopolitan oatmeal? I tried a couple times. It was a lot of work and the results were disappointing.

    • Lauren Smith says:

      This is actually on my list of things to do, so hang tight. I’m trying to figure out the least labor-intensive route, but you’ll probably see this in the coming months. (I’ve literally been scheming this for months–maybe even a year.)

  10. Christine says:

    Sounds good! I’ve also been working on it for a long time. I tried different variations of a recipe I found on Pinterest. The oatmeal was tedious to make. Although the look was right, the taste was disappointing. I regularly eat chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry-flavored oatmeals. The Neopolitan oatmeal I made amounted to boring versions of each together in one bowl.

    • Lauren Smith says:

      I might take a different approach than simply making three sections of flavors. Since they’re single serving, that would result in like, 1/4 cup of each, and that’s just obnoxious. I might experiment with toppings instead. We’ll see.

      • Christine says:

        I made the oatmeal using 1/2 cup oats, 1 cup water. Then, I divided the oatmeal into three separate bowls and flavored one chocolate, one strawberry, and the other vanilla. Then, I carefully put everything back into one bowl so that the oatmeal would look Neopolitan. The oatmeal looked beautiful, but the taste wasn’t anything special.

        I did see another recipe online that used only one bowl. It was basically oatmeal with added vanilla extract topped with chocolate chips and strawberries. That didn’t sound terribly exciting to me….

  11. stefania says:

    What a fun creation and the best part, a week long breakfast. I would sub banana with applesauce. That would take care of that banana overpowering flavor

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