Baked Coconut Protein Oatmeal – a Guest Post by Ashley Johns

Today I bring you guys a guest recipe from Ashley, creator of Fierce Forward. I ran into Ashley’s blog a while ago and right away, I started following it. It’s one of those spaces that are full of positivity, motivation, and cool tips for leading a healthier and more active lifestyle. Ashley was a spokesmodel for (check her out on the site) and heads her own company, Fierce Forward, from which she sells limitless bracelets (check them out here) intended to keep you grounded, in focus, and forever FIERCE towards whatever life throws at you. Ashley is a great entrepreneur and a really nice person overall so I urge you to check out her site and facebook page so you can connect with Ashley too. You can also find Ashley on page 81 of  ‘Protein Pow(d)er The Cookbook,’ standing on top of a protein chocolate cake! She’s THAT cool. But enough from me, here’s the lady herself:

ASH22 Screen Shot 2014-03-22 at 14.04.06 Screen Shot 2014-03-22 at 14.19.40When I began experimenting with healthy baking, I quickly discovered my love for cooking.  Being in the kitchen with my fierce forward apron on, I allow my creativity to flow and to just have fun experimenting.  There are a lot of experiments gone wrong, but sometimes there is a gem that reveals itself to you and gives you that nod of approval that you’re learning and doing something right!  This gem came for me with my Coconut Baked Oatmeal.  I have revised this recipe numerous times, until I felt it truly was working to its fullest potential.

Some of my favorite things about this recipe:

  • It’s Gluten Free!
  • 11 grams of protein in one serving
  • use all unsweetened ingredients with exception of brown sugar


  • 2 cups Old Fashioned Oatmeal {may use gluten free for gluten free recipe}
  • 2 scoops Vanilla My Protein, Protein Powder
  • 1.5 cups Almond Meal {I used Bob’s Red Mill}
  • 1 cup Unsweetened, Organic Coconut Flakes
  • 1/4 cup Light Brown Sugar {may omit}
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum {must use since gluten free ingredients-can find at most grocery or health food stores in baking section}
  • 1/3 cup egg whites
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp coconut extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees & Pam spray or wipe down 8×8 baking pan with coconut oil {use unrefined for coconut flavor}
  2. Mix all dry ingredients
  3. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, mix
  4. Pour batter into 8×8 pan and bake for 30 minutes

Nutritional Breakdown in 1 slice (out of 12):

  • Calories  247
  • Fat  15 grams
  • Carbohydrate  19 grams
  • Protein  11 grams

Due to the higher fat content, I would eat one serving in moderation.  It is easy to want to eat more of this because it is so good but just be mindful of this.

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