Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal

By Maria Lichty

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Quick Summary

Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal- this easy baked oatmeal recipe is spiced with cinnamon and filled with fresh apples. Top with your favorite oatmeal toppings for a nutritious and delicious breakfast.

apple cinnamon baked oatmeal in pan.

Baked Oatmeal is a comforting, satisfying, and delicious breakfast. I love making a pan so I have breakfast ready to go for the week. This is a great meal prep recipe. Just reheat and breakfast is done!

This Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal recipe is seasoned with cinnamon and filled with lots of fresh apple chunks. The apple cinnamon combo is a classic and perfect for fall or anytime of the year.

You can garnish your bowl with toppings to make the oatmeal extra special. I always like putting out several options for the family to customize their bowls.

Start your day off right with apple cinnamon baked oatmeal. It is warming, wholesome, and good for the soul.

apple cinnamon baked oatmeal ingredients in bowls.

Oatmeal Ingredients

  • Oats– use old fashioned oats and not quick oats. If you need the recipe to be gluten-free, make sure you use gluten-free oats.
  • Cinnamon– cinnamon is SO good in oatmeal.
  • Baking powder– to give the oats a lift in the oven.
  • Salt
  • Milk– I use unsweetened vanilla almond milk, but you can use any milk.
  • Applesauce– use unsweetened applesauce.
  • Pure maple syrup– for naturally sweetening the oatmeal. You can use honey, coconut sugar, or brown sugar.
  • Butter or coconut oil– use whatever you prefer, both work well.
  • Eggs– use large eggs.
  • Vanilla extract– adds great flavor.
  • Apple– I don’t peel the apple, but you can. I love Honeycrisp apple in this recipe, but you can use your favorite apple.
apple cinnamon baked oatmeal mixture in bowl with spatula.

How to Make Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8×8-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the oats, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the milk, applesauce, maple syrup, butter or oil, eggs, and vanilla extract.
  • Add the milk mixture to oat mixture; stir well. Stir in the diced apples. Pour the oatmeal mixture into prepared pan and bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until oatmeal is set and golden brown.
apple cinnamon baked oatmeal cut in squares in pan.

Toppings

You can jazz up your bowl of oatmeal with a variety of toppings. Here are some ideas!

  • Whipped cream
  • Yogurt
  • Nut butter
  • Drizzle of maple syrup or honey
  • A sprinkle of brown sugar
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • Splash of milk
  • Dried cranberries or raisins
  • Apple slices

How to Store

Baked oatmeal is a great recipe for meal prepping. It will keep in the refrigerator in an airtight container for about a week. Make a big batch on Sunday so you can enjoy a healthy and delicious breakfast all week long.

Reheat in the microwave or I even like the oats cold. I know that sounds weird, but try it:)

apple cinnamon baked oatmeal on plate with whipped cream and apple slices.

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Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal

This easy baked oatmeal is a fall breakfast favorite!
4.60 from 55 votes

Ingredients
  

  • 2 1/4 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 3/4 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk, or milk of your choice
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup, can use brown sugar or honey
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter or coconut oil, slightly cooled
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup diced apples, I like Honeycrisp
  • Optional toppings: whipped cream, yogurt, nut butter, drizzle of maple syrup/honey or sprinkle of brown sugar if you want it sweeter, dash of cinnamon, splash of milk, apple slices, or dried cranberries

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8×8-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the oats, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the milk, applesauce, maple syrup, butter or oil, eggs, and vanilla extract.
  • Add the milk mixture to oat mixture; stir well. Stir in the diced apples. Pour the oatmeal mixture into prepared pan and bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until oatmeal is set and golden brown.

Notes

You can easily double this recipe. Make in a 9×13-inch pan. 

Nutrition

Calories: 259kcal, Carbohydrates: 39g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 55mg, Sodium: 217mg, Potassium: 280mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 15g, Vitamin A: 98IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 168mg, Iron: 2mg
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  1. 7am is sleeping in for me too… hehehe. Glad you guys had a nice, relaxing break! This oatmeal looks delicious.

  2. I thought my getting up at 5:45am was early. 5am really is early. The kids slept in until 8am today – the lie-in was fantastic but back to normal tomorrow. Oatmeal looks wholesome and delicious – my favourite breakfast!

  3. 7 am is late for me these days, too. If I had more time, this oatmeal would be my breakfast today! 😉

  4. I have relatives coming into town this week- I may have to make this. Glad you guys had such a nice staycation! I can’t believe its Monday

  5. For me, sleeping till 7am is like sleeping till 9 🙂

    This looks delicious! Happy New Year Maria 🙂

  6. Maria, your blog is lovely! Thanks for your visit…my son loves apples an he will adore these cookies thanks for the recipe!

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    HAPPY NEW 2011 YEAR!!!
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  7. Baked oatmeal is about my favorite breakfast meal. So good & filling. Your recipe looks wonderful! I really like the idea of the toppings.

  8. 5 AM is my wak-eup call too. I love getting my workout in and having a few moments of peacefullness before house gets up! Do you think I could cut the recipe in half for our weekday morning breakfast routine – 20 min is just enough time for me to gets kids dressed, coffee made and backpacks packed!

    1. If you put the oatmeal into individual serving dishes it would cook faster. You can also make it the night before and just reheat in the morning. It reheats really well. I sometimes make a big batch on Sunday so I have it to eat during the week.

  9. looks great!
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    HAPPY NEW 2011 YEAR!!!
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  10. yum! I adore baked oatmeal! I love that this recipe uses a moderate amount of butter/sugar…and yes, toppings are very necessary to good oatmeal 🙂
    love,
    cathy b. @ brightbakes

  11. baked oatmeal..i kind of like the sound of that. happy new year, maria! looking forward to sharing more memories with you in 2011!

  12. Oatmeal is a breakfast staple during the work week. I have never thought of baking it, but I can imagine it tastes amazing. I’ll give it a try. Yum!

  13. I need to eat more oatmeal and this look fantastic. Of course for me it will be after 7 am ; ) I’m so NOT a morning person! Happy New Year Maria! xoxo

  14. So glad to hear you and Josh had a great, chill out vacation! This baked oatmeal looks wonderful. Hope to see you bunches in the New Year 🙂 XXOO

  15. 7AM is sleeping in for me too and I’ve loved doing it all week. Back to daily grind tomorrow for me. I’ve been thinking of baked oatmean lately. I think I’ll start my work week off with this recipe! 🙂

  16. I am having the same problem today! I slept “late” last week and moved my workouts to mid-day and it was so nice for a change. Back to the grind…

  17. I am super upset that vacation is over as well! I love making fun breakfasts after I sleep in a bit, but this is one that can certainly be enjoyed during the work week as well! Delicious.

  18. so wonderful, it looks so hearty and wonderfully flavorful. with a breakfast like this, how could you have a bad day!

  19. It sounds as though you and Josh had a very relaxing holiday. We slept in each day too – even made it to 8am one day, which is unheard of for us! This baked oatmeal sounds like just the thing to warm me up on a cold morning.

  20. We have been enjoying steel cut oats almost every morning with raisins, chopped apple and brown sugar. It is a great way to start the morning and it stays with you, too. Glad you had a nice vacation. Doing nothing can be the best fun.

  21. Your baked oatmeal looks super yummy! I agree, great for a winter morning! Happy New Year to you both!

    1. Yes, it reheats well. I like to make a big batch so I can eat it all week. Just reheat in the microwave, you might need to add a splash of milk, but that is it!

  22. Sounds like a wonderful week Maria! My husband was off for a week too, and it was so nice to have the time together.

    Your oatmeal looks fabulous and sounds like a delicious way to start the day. We’re neighbors over on Foodgawker today 🙂

  23. I have never baked oatmeal, and it’s really hard to get my kids to eat breakfast, so I am going to try this, I think they will like it and I know I will!

  24. Yum! I eat oatmeal daily, and this seems like a major step up in my normal combo of peanut butter and oats. Can’t wait to try!

  25. We are big oatmeal eaters here, so I will definitively try this. I’ve never had baked oatmeal! And a vacation where you do nothing but relax in your own space and watch movies w/ the hubby sounds like a perfect vaca to me!

  26. Looks wonderful Maria! How nice that you guys both had the time off together. Randy was home as well along with the boys and I have to say, I’m really glad everyone is back where they should be! 🙂

  27. We love the idea of baking oatmeal! Don’t see too many of these kinds of recipes around. Great work!

  28. I think I may be the only one who has never heard of baking oatmeal before now! It looks good, but maybe for a weekend brunch. I enjoy sleeping in and breakfast during the week is usually a mad dash for something that can be eaten out of hand.

  29. I love oatmeal in the mornings, it’s one of my favorites. I’ve never tried baked oatmeal before, it sounds like a nice treat. Oh, and by the way, your husband is right, sleeping until 7am is NOT sleeping in 🙂

  30. I wonder if it would work omitting the eggwhites? I imagine they firm it up a bit, which isn’t the texture my Littles are used to. Thanks for sharing.

    1. I have made it with one large egg instead of egg whites and it works well. The egg whites maybe firmed it up a bit, but not much. I didn’t mind the texture:) If you try omitting them, let me know how it works! Enjoy!

  31. Isn’t it so sad when vacation ends? Our ended too and I was so sad to head back to work.
    I love baked oatmeal. It’s always a nice change from the regular oatmeal. Yours looks amazing and I love the addition of apples and cinnamon. Delicious! A great treat to start the day off with.

  32. What a delicious breakfast treat. This looks so warm and wonderful, Maria. Thanks for sharing! I hope you had a very merry Christmas and a happy new year with your family. I can’t wait to see what’s next from you in the year ahead!

  33. This looks so healthy and yummy. I usually make cold/hot oatmeal, I never thought to make baked oatmeal. Such a great idea and would even satisfy my sweet tooth. I really love your blog and your approach to healthy living. and your kitchen renovation was so HOT… so manhattan-like. :-)))

  34. I’m so drawn to this recipe and the picture. I think I could use a bowlful right now! Thanks so much for sharing!

  35. i think i might need more oats in my life…and i think this is the vehicle to get me there 🙂

  36. Wow, now this is my kind of oatmeal! Oatmeal bores me easily but I WANT to like it… and this would definitely have me liking it 🙂

  37. Adam and I are so excited to try this. I’m making homemade applesauce tonight just so I can make it tomorrow morning. Yay. I love your recipes.

  38. your break sounds exactly like mine. It was fabulous and so hard to return to the real world!! I love baked oatmeal–one of my very favorite breakfasts. Yours looks delicious!

  39. Those photos are lovely! I’m going to have to make a batch of oatmeal for breakfast very soon, too.

  40. I eat oatmeal almost every morning for breakfast, so I was excited to try this baked version. It is absolutely delicious! I love the texture, the cinnamon flavor and the baked apple chunks. Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

  41. So glad to have this recipe. I’ve seen a lot about baked oatmeal, but I haven’t been quite sure how to make it. It looks delicious!

  42. I made this recipe this morning and it was fabulous! I can’t wait to have leftovers tomorrow! It will definitely become a regular at my house. I don’t like the texture of normal oatmeal but the flavor and texture for this was sooo yummy! It tastes like “guilt free” apple crisp. Yum! Thanks.

  43. Oooh, I *LOVE* this! I made a baked oatmeal last year, but this looks so much better! I can’t wait to try it! I love that I could make this on a Monday and have leftovers for breakfast all week!

  44. perfect! i love that this oatmeal is baked and looks packed full of flavor! i can here looking for the perfect healthy bfast recipe for me and my bf and here it is! i know i can always count on you for awesome recipes 🙂 happy new year!

  45. This is so great! It was really easy to make. It actually reminded me of the apple cinnamon oatmeal from the packets but WAY better!

  46. This was the first oatmeal recipe that I found and actually liked. The consistency was perfect. Thanks for a great weekday breakfast!

  47. Hi! I love getting your recipes & updates! This one looks awesome, but my mornings w/ three kids getting off to school are CRAZY! Do you think I could put this together in the evening, refrigerate overnight and then bake it in the morning? I’m just afraid it’ll be all solidified (is that a word?) in the morning and then won’t bake well?!?! Let me know what you think!! Thanks!!

    1. I haven’t tried making it the night before, but I am sure it would work. I have reheated it the next day and it is great. I just add a little milk before reheating it to “freshen” it up. Enjoy!

  48. I’m really confused, it says an 8×8 cooking dish, so would this be halved for the amount that would fit the dish in the picture?

    1. I usually make it in an 8×8 dish, but I made it in a smaller dish for the photos:) It is more pretty in that dish..ha!

  49. I LOVE baked oatmeal. I haven’t had it in years. It tastes really good with yogurt and fresh fruit on top as well. If you’ve got room to fudge on your diet… a little syrup on top tastes pretty good too! 🙂

  50. Oh my this looks absolutely too good to be true! I’m definitely going to try this recipe tomorrow night so I can have it ready to go all week long.

  51. So delicious! Not at all gummy like oatmeal cooked in the microwave or on the stove. This is my third recipe from you guys and they always turn out so well.

  52. I love that you wake up at 5 am, well, pre baby anyway. I’m sure it’s all changed now… I’m going to make this oatmeal this morning for my baby… She loves her oatmeal, but I try to make meals we can all eat. And this is the perfect adult and baby food! BTW, if we didn’t live states away, Im sure we be ‘friends’ and probably bump into each other at the gym in the early mornings 🙂

  53. This looks delish! We have a son with egg allergies, so might you have any ideas about a substitution for the 2 egg whites? I’m not sure what the egg whites do in this recipe—add lightness, or serve as a binder? Thanks. I’d love to add this to our breakfast rotation to give them a filling and healthy start to their day!

  54. Thank you so much for that awesome recipe 😀
    I’m trying to convince my friends here at the students’ residence to eat a little more healthy so I made this for our big breakfast last Sunday and they were all thrilled.

    I just love the crunchy top and the soft and sweet inside. It’ll be out again tomorrow morning even if that means I’ll have to get up at 5 😀

  55. I LOVED this! I had to bake it for 30 minutes for it to set, instead of the 20 the recipe suggested. But otherwise, PERFECT! I can’t wait to try your other baked oatmeal recipes 🙂

    1. This looks amazing. Looking to make today and no applesauce on hand… any thing o could substitute ?

    2. You can use mashed banana or pumpkin, but it will change the flavor. Or add more butter or oil.

  56. Delicious! I made this this morning and loved it! Will definitely use this recipe again in the near future!

  57. I have made this so many times and it always disappears so fast. Sometimes I even munch on it as a dessert. I usually throw in some raisins and crushed up sliced almonds as everyone in my house likes them. And I usually just use 2 whole eggs because I’m lazy and it seems to come out fine.

    It’s great hot or cold and it does keep well for several days (if it lasts that long). I love having a quick and filling breakfast on hand and I love that we are eating more oats. Thank you so much for this recipe.

  58. Would this recipe work with Gluten Free oats? Also, I need to make this recipe for a crowd. if I double or even triple it and put it in a 13 x 9 pan, how long should I bake it? Would I double the time?

    1. I am sure GF oats would work. Yes, you can make a large batch. I would set the timer for the original time and then check it. If it is not close to being done, bake for longer. Enjoy!

  59. This has become a staple in our house. Today I didn’t have some of the ingredients, so I swapped. It was so good! Almond milk for the milk, and 1/2 cup canned pumpkin because I only had 1/2 cup applesauce. Love it! I usually make it on the weekends, then warm it up during the week. Thanks so much for this deliciousness.

  60. Oh my goodness… I just made this for breakfast. Absolutely delicious! I didn’t have granny smiths, so I used pears instead. I’ve never had better oatmeal. SO GOOD.

    I can’t wait to try more of your recipes. Specifically, the zucchini chocolate chip cookies!

  61. Yum! I had this for breakfast this morning and it was awesome! Perfect texture and great balance of flavors. I topped mine with some chopped walnuts, raisins, and a splash of milk. I actually mixed this up and baked it last night, so I just reheated a small portion for breakfast this morning and added my toppings. So easy and tasty AND I’ll be able to eat it for breakfast all week. Thanks for sharing a great recipe!

  62. Made this last night for breakfast this morning & I really like it. I never liked oatmeal really, but am trying to give it another go lol I put honey & almonds on mine & it’s pretty great 🙂

  63. Had never made a baked oatmeal before. this had really good flavor, but was a bit dry for my tastes. Try serving with yogurt drizzled over the top for a bit more moisture.

  64. Made this for breakfast this morning! Quite delicious! My favorite toppings are a little brown sugar and some chopped walnuts. Thank you so much for sharing! 🙂

  65. Hello! I am from Costa Rica and I would like to know if I can change the apple sauce in the recipe since not always we can have apple sauce in our super markets.
    thanks!

  66. This is delicious! Today is the 3rd Sunday in a row I’m making it for grab-and-go breakfasts for the week. But I do have to say it takes more like 30 minutes to set the oatmeal- it could just be my oven (but this is the only recipe where I have to cook it for significantly longer than the recipe suggests).

  67. Hello! I just made this baked oatmeal for breakfast, and it was delicious! I added a cup of raisins.

    Just wondering— would this be okay to put in the freezer and reheat later in the month? Sometimes my morning routine gets the best of me and I forget to eat breakfast! I was thinking this could be a good thing to have on hand for those mornings.

    Thanks!

  68. Hello! I was wondering if you’ve ever used almond milk instead of skim? Thanks so much for the great recipes and congratulations on your pregnancy!

  69. I love love this recipe! I have made the recipe twice and it so easy. Perfect for “leftover” breakfast throughout the week. Now I’m going to experiment a little with adding other fruits and spices. Can’t wait!

  70. This is delicious! I made it so I could portion it out for the week but couldn’t help and eat some right away! Great texture and perfect flavor. Thank you!

  71. Just made this. Absolutely delicious!!! I did use Almond Milk instead of the Skim. I am overwhelmed by all these delicious recipes. I could just park myself here, learn these recipes and be a cooking expert because of all of these great ideas/ resources. You MUST get a regular cookbook out there, for times when I run out of ink or technology isn’t my friend!! Haha! Thank you so much for sharing.

  72. Love this delicious recipe. I make it often. I cook it early in the week, cut into large slices and store in fridge. Family grabs a slice, tops with a little milk & favorite toppings. Quick healthy breakfast all week long! Thank you!

  73. 5 stars
    Just made this today, and it is absolutely delicious!! Just the right amount of sweetness after using unsweetened applesauce since that’s what I had on hand. I also used whole milk and a honey crisp apple. Will definitely make this again!!

  74. 5 stars
    Hi Maria,
    I’ve really been enjoying your food blog, recipes and cookbook! I am wondering if you’ve experimented with deleting the eggs in the apple cinnamon baked oatmeal recipe? My husband and I love the original but my grandson has an mild egg allergy and I’m trying to decide if the recipe would turn out ok without the eggs?
    BTW, my husband is originally from SLC so we enjoy reading about the local restaurants you visit

    1. Maybe try adding extra applesauce if you aren’t using eggs or do a flax egg. I am glad you are enjoying our posts!

  75. This was de-licious! Made the recipe as is and just added a half teaspoon of nutmeg – sooo good! The whole family loved it. This will definitely become a family staple.

  76. 5 stars
    I doubled this into a 9X13 and baked for 50 minutes total (elevation of 2700 ft) and it turned out perfectly.

  77. 5 stars
    I made this using gluten-free oats, and added nutmeg and ginger. DELICIOUS! Just barely sweet. Very light, great texture. I think I’ve found my new breakfast go-to! Thank you for this recipe!

  78. Hi 🙂

    This is going to sound silly but this recipe says it serves 6 but you have 9 pieces cut in the pan…..is the calorie count for a piece and a half perhaps? Im doing the dreaded counting of calories and just need to know what size the serving is.

    Thanks!

    Robin

    1. We cut it into 9 for photos, but when we eat it, we usually have a heartier portion, but you can adjust the portion size to your liking. The nutritional info is an estimate.

  79. 3 stars
    Doubling the recipe for a 9×13-inch pan was incorrect. 🙁 It is liquidy. I think the recipe should have added .5 to the ingredients.

  80. 5 stars
    My granddaughter (8years) and I made the apple cinnamon baked oatmeal. It was delicious! Recipe works great as written. We used unsweetened canned coconut milk as our milk of choice and olive oil as our oil of choice when mixing recipe together.