Baked Oatmeal

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Quick Summary

Baked Oatmeal- this easy oven baked oatmeal recipe is delicious, nutritious, and super satisfying! Make in advance and reheat all week for a quick and healthy breakfast!

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Baked oatmeal is one of my all-time favorite breakfasts. If you’ve never tried baked oatmeal, let me fill you in. Instead of cooking oatmeal on the stovetop or in the microwave, you bake the oatmeal in the oven.

The oats are soft, creamy, and chewy. The texture reminds me of bread pudding that isn’t overly sweet. The oatmeal is super satisfying and will keep you full for hours.

I especially love it during the winter time. You can’t beat a bowl of baked oats on a cold morning, so cozy and comforting!

This recipe is super easy to make and can be made in advance. Reheat and eat all week! I love breakfasts that you can have ready to go; such a lifesaver on busy mornings.

Plus, the entire family loves baked oatmeal, especially when they can customize their bowls with their favorite toppings! Everyone is happy when baked oatmeal is on the breakfast menu!

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Ingredients

The ingredients are super simple and can be customized to your dietary needs.

  • Oats– I recommend using old fashioned oats instead of quick oats. They are larger and heartier and texture. You can use gluten-free oats.
  • Brown sugar– a little to sweeten things up! You can use coconut sugar, pure maple syrup, or honey.
  • Cinnamon– a must for oatmeal!
  • Baking powder– to help the oats rise in the oven.
  • Salt– a little salt for flavor.
  • Milk– I use unsweetened vanilla almond milk, but you can use your favorite milk (soy, oat, cow, rice, cashew, etc).
  • Unsweetened applesauce– to keep things on the healthier side, I use unsweetened applesauce instead of a lot of butter. The applesauce adds moisture to the oats.
  • Butter– I do add in a little bit of melted butter for flavor (2 tablespoons). You can also use melted coconut oil or your favorite neutral oil.
  • Egg– adds protein and binds the oats together! If you need the recipe to be vegan, you can use a flax egg.
  • Vanilla extract– I love adding a splash of vanilla to my oatmeal!
  • Dried fruit– you can use raisins or dried cranberries. If you don’t like dried fruit, you can make plain oatmeal or add in some fresh or frozen berries.
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How to Make Baked Oatmeal

It’s so easy and your house will smell amazing!

  • Preheat the oven and grease an 8×8-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the milk, applesauce, melted butter, egg, and vanilla extract.
  • Add the milk mixture to oat mixture; stir well. Stir in raisins or dried cranberries. Pour the oatmeal mixture into the prepared pan and bake until the oatmeal is set and golden brown.
  • Let cool for about 5 minutes before serving.
  • If you want to double the recipe, make it in a 9×13-inch pan and double the ingredients.

Topping Ideas

I love setting out a variety of toppings so everyone can customize their bowl of baked oatmeal. A few favorites include:

  • Berries
  • Banana slices
  • Maple syrup
  • Whipped cream
  • Greek yogurt
  • Brown sugar
  • Chopped pecans, walnuts, almonds, or candied pecans (can also stir nuts into the baked oatmeal before baking)
  • Nut butter
  • Toasted coconut
  • Chocolate chips
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What to Serve with Baked Oatmeal

Oatmeal is a very hearty and filling breakfast so you don’t technically need anything else, but if you want to serve a full breakfast spread, here are some recipes that go great with baked oatmeal.

Tips for Storing & Reheating

How to Store: After the oatmeal has cooled, you can store it covered or in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

How to Reheat: Reheat in the microwave or cover and warm up in a 350°F oven for about 10 minutes or until heated through. I like to add a splash of milk to make the oats extra creamy.

How to Freeze: To freeze, make sure the baked oatmeal is cooled completely. Cover tightly and freeze for up to 3 months. I like to cut the oatmeal into individual portions, wrap them in plastic wrap, and store in a freezer bag or container. This makes it easier to thaw and reheat. You can thaw in the refrigerator or at room temperature.

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Easy baked oatmeal is a breakfast favorite and a healthy way to start any day! Make in advance and reheat all week!
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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, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the milk, applesauce, melted butter, egg, and vanilla.
  • Add the milk mixture to oat mixture; stir well. Stir in raisins or dried cranberries. Pour the oatmeal mixture into prepared pan and bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until oatmeal is set and golden brown.

Notes

if you want to double the recipe, make it in a 9×13-inch pan and double the ingredients. Feel free to add nuts or use fresh or frozen fruit instead of the dried fruit.
Store the baked oatmeal in the refrigerator for up to 7 days. You can also freeze it for up to 3 months. 

Nutrition

Calories: 266kcal, Carbohydrates: 43g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 43mg, Sodium: 142mg, Potassium: 358mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 15g, Vitamin A: 262IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 135mg, Iron: 2mg

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  1. 5 stars
    This is a great baked oatmeal! I’ve done dried cranberries with dark chocolate or frozen fruit, really anything you can think of. I have one baking right now with a chocolate, peppermint, marshmallow combo I found at Wal-Mart. The ideas for mix ins for this are endless.

  2. 5 stars
    Have made this baked oatmeal a few times now and I so look forward to it as my new and favorite way to enjoy oatmeal… I have added raisins, Blueberries, strawberries, banana and chopped pecans on top. Absolutely delish!

  3. 5 stars
    This baked oatmeal has become a staple in our house. I make this ahead of time and we eat it throughout the week. It’s so easy to make and insanely delicious!! We add frozen blueberries and sometimes chopped pecans. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

  4. 5 stars
    Delicious! I made it for tomorrow’s breakfast. But I couldn’t wait to taste! It’s going on the rotation. Definitely.

  5. 5 stars
    Maria, this recipe was great! I really appreciate all of your comments about substitutions for dietary needs. I substituted 2 tbsp coconut sugar, 2 tablespoons peanut butter for butter, 1 flax egg for regular egg, 1 can full fat coconut milk it was absolutely easy and delicious! Thank you so very much!!! Andrea

  6. 5 stars
    Everyone enjoyed this great recipe — I added fresh strawberries and walnuts. I can’t wait to try more variations.

  7. 5 stars
    I don’t like oatmeal due to mushy texture but I have this a chance since I have surplus of rolled oats right now I got from Amish store. Both my husband and I loved this and we are not big oatmeal lovers. The texture was like bread pudding and I used toasted walnuts and diced fresh apples. My homemade vanilla and farm fresh eggs. When he said I would even eat this before I go to work I was like wow that is a big compliment. Thanks so much for this great base recipe I can put in our rotation of meals. You’ve made this homesteader happy!

    1. 5 stars
      I was glad to hear you used walnuts; I topped the oatmeal with thinly sliced almonds. It gave a nice little crunch to the bread pudding-like texture. But I think I’m going to use your idea of adding chopped apples next time. That really sounds excellent!

  8. 5 stars
    Cold, snowy October morning. Needed something different, something like comfort food. Made this recipe and put a wild blueberries & cream compote over it, and it was a huge hit. This recipe is definitely a keeper!!

  9. I made this and it was so yummy! I didn’t have applesauce or dried fruit . I substituted the apple sauce with plain Greek yogurt and cut up apple into tiny pieces , coated in cinnamon and mixed in. So yummy!

  10. 5 stars
    Omg, so good, new fave! I’m not the healthy bowl of oatmeal type. Yuck, like gruel! But love my oatmeal apple cookie recipe. This is like a healthy oatmeal cookie in a casserole. Didn’t feel like making applesauce, so used other reviewer’s suggestion of Greek yogurt and minced apple. Wasn’t sure if apple would add too much bulk so used fewer rsisins. Topped with walnuts. Result was good but needed a tad more sweetness for my tastes so drizzled maple syrup. Next time will soak raisins in maple syrup or use sweet fresh fruit. Think soaking will also keep raisins from clumping in the mixture. Thanks again!

  11. Fantastic. I tried it the first time but I haven’t any 8×8 pans, and it cooked much faster than 30 minutes in my 9×9 pan. Second time I increased all ingredient amounts by 25% (except the egg, used the largest one I found), and in my 9×9 it cooked in 30 minutes and have enough for 5-6 days. Delish

  12. I was looking for a new way to eat oatmeal and you sent me this recipe and one of the emails I received from you and I am so glad that I tried it this is the most delightful dish I have ever had with oatmeal. I read the comments after I made the meal and I will put some of their ideas into my recipes too. I did try it with a little of the maple syrup and a little honey I did prefer the maple syrup over the honey. Thank you to this new addition to my menu.

  13. 5 stars
    This went over with my family WAY better than I was expecting, and really hit the spot even though I think I underbaked it just a hair. Going into the regular winter rotation of hot breakfasts with a big scoop of vanilla yogurt. Just wow. Thank you!!

  14. 5 stars
    Such a delicious easy recipe! Not too sweet but enough to feel comforting on a cold morning! Thank you for sharing!

  15. 5 stars
    We loved this recipe. Very easy, very tasty.

    Our mix-ins of choice were dried cherries and chocolate chips.

    Husband ate half the pan and both toddlers ate it (not a guarantee these days).

    We’ll be making this again.

  16. Question – I would like to try to increase the amount of protein per serving by adding protein powder. The powder that I use for one serving is 34g which is about 2Tb. How would you suggest I add the protein powder and how much? Thank you! Either way I’m giving this recipe a try!

  17. 5 stars
    My grandkids and I love this recipe. At their suggestion, I added one chopped apple to the batter and it was even more delicious!

  18. Love this recipe! I made it for a friend who is going through chemo and it’s perfect for her. I added fresh blueberries and raspberries which worked well for her. I’m wondering about adding protein powder and how much I should add? I’ve never baked with it so am unsure. Thanks for the recipe and the great alternative mixings!

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