This Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Baked Oatmeal with an optional strawberry glaze is a total celebration of citrus season. GF/Easily Vegan!Jump to Recipe
Citrus Season is one of the most delightful times of the year, and I relish these few months when glorious Meyer lemons are available. I knew I had to celebrate by creating this gorgeous Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Baked Oatmeal. It’s bright and zesty, easily vegan, and oh so nourishing. There’s also an optional (but highly recommended) strawberry glaze that takes everything up a notch.
Wet Ingredients for Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Baked Oatmeal
Meyer Lemons: Considered a cross between a lemon and a mandarin orange, they are sweeter and less acidic than a regular lemon. Depending on where you live, they may only be available a few months out of the year. This recipe will totally work with regular lemons too!
Milk of Choice: I love oat milk or almond milk, but whatever you have works.
Maple Syrup: For some wholesome sweetness. Honey also works!
Butter or Coconut Oil: My personal favorite for this recipe is Miyoko’s Vegan Butter.
Flaxseed: To give the baked oatmeal structure without using an egg.
Vanilla Extract: For some depth of flavor and subtle vanilla vibes.
Almond Extract: Omit if you have a nut allergy, but otherwise please don’t skip this ingredient! Almond extract truly makes lemon-flavored baked goods so much better.
Dry Ingredients for Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Baked Oatmeal
Rolled Oats: Also known as Old-Fashioned Oats and not to be confused with Steel Cut Oats or Instant Oats.
Baking Powder: So our oatmeal rises just right!
Sea Salt: To bring out some sweetness and balance the different ingredients.
Poppy Seeds: A little goes a long way! A tablespoon is plenty.
Strawberry Glaze Ingredients
Freeze-Dried Strawberries: These little wonders become a vibrant pink when ground up in the food processor and pack SO much strawberry flavor.
Powdered Sugar: It is pretty important to use powdered sugar as opposed to other sweeteners because it creates a perfect glaze consistency.
Milk of Choice: A couple tablespoons!
Vanilla Extract: To provide balance and depth of flavor.
Ideas for Serving
- Serve warm with an extra dollop of yogurt or almond butter on top (my personal favorite!).
- Add a bit of dairy or vegan butter or cream cheese before drizzling on the strawberry glaze.
- Serve it alongside an omelet or egg scramble for a high-protein breakfast!
I hope you love this Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Baked Oatmeal as much as I do! If you give it a whirl, be sure to leave a rating and review! This encourages others to give it a try and helps Google find me. I’m also on Pinterest and Instagram. It makes my day to hear from you!
More Delicious Breakfasts
- Looking for more Meyer lemon? Try out this Gluten-Free Olive Oil Meyer Lemon Bread.
- Obsessed with baked oatmeal? Try my fave Vegan Tahini Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal or this delicious Cranberry Orange Baked Oatmeal with Cream Cheese Frosting.
Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Baked Oatmeal
- 8×8 Baking Dish
- Food Processor
- 1½ cups milk of choice (I used oat milk!)
- juice and zest of 2 Meyer lemons
- ⅓ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup butter, vegan butter, or coconut oil melted and slightly cooled
- 1 tbsp ground flaxseed
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp almond extract (omit for nut-free option)
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- 1 tbsp poppyseeds
- ⅓ cup freeze-dried strawberries
- ⅓ cup powdered sugar
- 2 tbsp milk of choice
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350° F and grease an 8×8 baking dish with oil, butter, or cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, mix together all wet ingredients until well-combined. Add all dry ingredients and mix again until well-combined. Pour mixture into baking dish and smooth until well-distributed. Bake for 40-50 minutes, or until a tester or fork comes out clean or with only a few crumbs and the edges are golden brown. Cool for at least 15 minutes.
- While the oatmeal is baking, make your strawberry glaze! Place freeze-dried strawberries in the bowl of a food processor and process until they become a fine powder, about 30 seconds. Transfer the strawberry powder to a medium-sized bowl and add powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract. Whisk until well-combined and completely smooth.
- Slice into 6 pieces and top individual slices with the strawberry glaze. Enjoy!
Photography by Hope Agresti