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Baked oatmeal is bread pudding for breakfast! Made with a handful of healthy ingredients, this easy recipe comes together in 1 bowl and leaves you satisfied all morning.

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What is Baked Oatmeal?

Baked oatmeal is a warm breakfast casserole made from oats, milk, and other kitchen staples. Stovetop or instant oatmeal has a creamy porridge consistency, but baked oatmeal, like bread pudding, combines chewy, soft, and creamy all in 1 casserole dish. You can add berries for a juicy burst and walnuts for a crunchy topping. This breakfast recipe is a texture lover’s dream and your oven does all the work.

Basically, baked oatmeal is regular oatmeal with even more texture. If you’re looking for individual serving sizes, try my baked oatmeal cups. I love the apple cinnamon flavor!

You can bake oatmeal ahead of time and reheat it for a quick breakfast during the week. That’s exactly what I’ve been doing and the whole family, young daughter included, LOVES it. Busy parents certainly appreciate the convenience!

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ingredients in baked oatmeal

Video Tutorial: How to Make Baked Oatmeal


Gluten Free, Healthy, 1 Bowl Breakfast

This baked oatmeal combines simple and healthy ingredients and can be adapted for any allergies or flavor preferences. Stir the ingredients together in 1 large bowl, pour it into a greased baking pan, and bake. You need:

  1. Oats: I recommend whole old-fashioned style oats for a hearty and satisfying texture. If you eat gluten free, choose certified GF oats.
  2. Milk: Use the variety of milk you drink. This baked oatmeal is wonderful with whole milk, almond milk, oat milk, coconut milk, skim milk, and everything in between.
  3. Eggs: 2 large eggs, while adding protein, bind all of the ingredients together. Have an egg allergy? Use extra applesauce or mashed banana.
  4. Applesauce or Mashed Banana: Adds flavor and binds. You can use more of either to replace the eggs.
  5. Maple Syrup: I recommend pure maple syrup for the best flavor, but other unrefined sugars such as coconut sugar or honey work too. 1/2 cup sweetens the entire dish.
  6. Baking Powder: Lifts it all up!
  7. Melted Butter: A few Tablespoons of butter prevents the dish from tasting rubbery. Don’t replace with a non-fat alternative. Melted coconut oil is a wonderful dairy-free substitution.
  8. Vanilla, Cinnamon, & Salt: Each add sweet satisfying flavor.
  9. Berries: I asked, you told, and I’m delivering! Add some fruit for flavor, texture, and all-around deliciousness. Replace with chopped banana, apple, peaches, pears, raisins, dried berries, chocolate chips, or even a spoonful of your favorite nut butter.
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For the BEST baked oatmeal texture: use whole oats and don’t over-bake! You want a deliciously soft & moist spoonful.

Ok let’s recap…

This Baked Oatmeal Is:

  • Prepped in 1 bowl
  • Made with unrefined sugar
  • Not overly sweet
  • Packed with fruit
  • Warm & satisfies for hours
  • Soft, chewy, & creamy
  • Adaptable for flavors, allergies, etc

Plus it requires minimum effort– just what our mornings need!

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Complete your breakfast! Serve baked oatmeal with Greek yogurt, fresh fruit, scrambled eggs, sunshine smoothies or smoothie bowls, breakfast sausage, or my 110 calorie crustless veggie quiche. (–> also simple, healthy, & gluten free!)

Craving Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal?

I love turning this into pumpkin baked oatmeal! Here’s what I usually do: Reduce milk to 1 and 1/2 cups, remove the applesauce and 1 egg and replace with 3/4 cup of pumpkin puree, add 1 and 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice, keep the cinnamon in the recipe, leave out the berries and replace with chopped nuts, chocolate chips, dried cranberries, or leave plain. You’ll love my pumpkin baked oatmeal cups, too.

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1 Bowl Baked Oatmeal

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: serves 9
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This baked oatmeal combines simple ingredients that can be adapted for any allergies or flavor preferences. It’s like bread pudding for breakfast– creamy, soft, chewy, and delicious all in one! Make ahead and enjoy all week long. Try my baked oatmeal cups, too!


Ingredients

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  • 1 and 3/4 cups (420ml) milk (dairy or nondairy)
  • 2 large eggs*
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) pure maple syrup*
  • 1/4 cup (60gunsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled*
  • 1/4 cup (60g) unsweetened applesauce or mashed banana
  • 3 cups (240g) old-fashioned whole oats*
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 and 1/2 cups mixed berries, fresh or frozen (do not thaw)*
  • optional for topping: 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Instructions

  1. Adjust the oven rack to the lower third position and preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C). Spray a 9×9 inch or 11×7 inch baking pan with nonstick spray. Any similar size or shape pan works, though 8×8 inch would be too small. See recipe note for 9×13 inch pan.
  2. Whisk all of the ingredients together in 1 large bowl. Pour into prepared baking pan. Top with nuts, if desired. (Or stir into the oatmeal.) Bake for 35 minutes or until the center appears *almost* set, which gives us a soft oatmeal as pictured above. For drier and more solid baked oatmeal, bake until center has set.
  3. Cool for 5 minutes before serving. Spoon or slice and serve with yogurt, if desired. Cover leftovers tightly and refrigerate for up to 1 week.

Notes

  1. Make Ahead Instructions: Bake the oatmeal, cool completely, and store in the refrigerator all week for easy breakfasts. Reheat in the microwave or cover and bake in a 350°F (177°C) oven for 10 minutes. To freeze, bake and cool oatmeal. Cover tightly and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator or at room temperature. Warm to your liking. I love cutting the cooled baked oatmeal into bars or servings and freezing them individually for a quick breakfast to thaw. Wrap each in plastic wrap and place in a large freezer bag or container.
  2. Don’t: Do not make oatmeal batter ahead of time. The oats will soak up all the liquid! Whisk it all together, then bake right away. See make ahead instructions above for alternative.
  3. Eggs: Eggs bind the casserole and add wonderful flavor. If needed, you can replace the eggs with 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce or mashed banana.
  4. Sugar: I recommend pure maple syrup because the flavor is outstanding and the baked oatmeal is extra moist! You can also use packed brown sugar, coconut sugar, or honey.
  5. Butter: What wonderful flavor! The baked oatmeal can taste rubbery without it. Don’t replace with a non-fat alternative. Melted coconut oil is a wonderful dairy-free substitution.
  6. Oats: Whole oats give you the best texture. Quick oats soak up more moisture and dry out the baked oatmeal. If using steel-cut oats, soak the oats in the milk for 20 minutes, then stir in the rest of the ingredients. Add a few extra minutes to the bake time.
  7. Add-ins: Instead of berries, try the same amount of peeled chopped apples, peaches, pears, bananas, or other fruit. Or 1 cup chocolate chips, dried cranberries, nuts, or raisins.
  8. 9×13 inch Pan: Double the recipe for a 9×13 inch pan. The baked oatmeal will be extra thick and require at least 10 extra minutes in the oven. Tent with aluminum foil if the edges are browning too quickly.
  9. Nutrition Information per Serving (with unsweetened applesauce and unsweetened almond milk using Spark Recipe Calculator): Calories 227, Total Fat 8g, Carbohydrate 34g, Dietary Fiber 4g, Sugars 15g, Protein 5g.

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Reader Questions and Reviews

  1. Instead of adding fruit, I added pecans, chocolate chips, and a couple tablespoons of Nutella. Oh and I added some extra cinnamon. Yum! And I eat it cold. Delicious

  2. I made some substitutions: peanut butter for apple sauce and yogurt for banana. It came out tasting like a no bake cookie.

  3. I thought I didn’t like baked oatmeal because I’d only ever had it at other people’s houses, but I made this recipe just to switch things up and it has become a staple at our house! Only adjustment I make is to reduce maple syrup by 25% or so, and it’s still plenty sweet.

    I will say I don’t know how it serves 9. I make this for myself, hubby, 2 and 4 year olds, and it is demolished.

  4. This recipe is a game changer! My 3yr old has inherited high cholesterol, so we need to be mindful of what we feed her. She’s never cared for oatmeal, but oatmeal is so helpful in reducing “bad” cholesterol! I made this over the weekend and we all love it. It’ll definitely become a staple in our house.

  5. Do you add the eggs and the applesauce or either one? I don’t keep applesauce and don’t really want to buy a jar for a 1/4 cup.

    1. Hi Pat! You can replace the eggs with additional applesauce (1/3 cup per the recipe notes). Or you can skip the applesauce all together by using 2 eggs and mashed banana instead of the applesauce. Hope this makes sense! It’s all detailed in the recipe and recipe notes 🙂

    2. I buy the small packages of unsweetened applesauce that are single servings just to add to my oatmeal and muffins recipes to add healthy natural sweetness.

  6. YUM!!! This recipe was so good!! A hot for the whole family!

  7. Very delicious. I didn’t change anything and it turned out great. I just needed to bake it a little longer than it says. Please use something more sustainable than plastic wrap for your leftovers.

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