This recipe for baked oatmeal is a blend of oats with milk, sweetener, eggs and fresh berries, all baked together to golden brown perfection. Baked oatmeal is perfect for serving a brunch crowd and is great for meal prep and grab and go breakfasts.
When I’m looking for a breakfast option to feed the masses, I often turn to baked oatmeal. It’s easy to make and serve, you can customize the flavors in so many different ways, and it’s totally delicious!
How do you make baked oatmeal?
This recipe starts with a combination of oats, baking powder, cinnamon, brown sugar, applesauce, milk, eggs, butter and vanilla extract which are mixed together in a large bowl. You want all the ingredients to be evenly distributed. Gently fold berries into the mixture. Be careful not to crush the berries.
Pour the oatmeal mixture into a greased baking pan. Place a few berries on the top in whatever pattern you like. Next, bake the oatmeal until golden brown. Remove the oatmeal from the oven and cut it into squares for serving.
Tips for baked oatmeal
- Be sure to use old fashioned oats not quick oats. Quick oats will get mushy in this dish.
- You can make a dairy free version of this recipe by substituting almond milk or coconut milk instead of regular milk and coconut oil instead of butter.
- This oatmeal can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. When you want to reheat the oatmeal simply place it in the microwave for 30 to 40 seconds.
- You can also freeze baked oatmeal. Cut the oatmeal into squares, then cover each square in plastic wrap and freeze for later use. Thaw the squares before reheating.
Do you have to refrigerate baked oatmeal?
Baked oatmeal contains dairy and eggs which means that it should be stored in the refrigerator. Cover your baking dish with foil or plastic wrap, then place the oatmeal in the fridge until you’re ready to enjoy it.
The great thing about oatmeal is that it can be a canvas for whatever flavors you like.
- Fruits: Try apples, pears, peaches, or strawberries in this dish.
- Spices: Swap out the cinnamon for nutmeg, apple pie spice or allspice.
- Mix-Ins: In addition to the fruit, try adding a handful of toasted shredded coconut, chocolate chips or nuts.
- Toppings: You can top the oatmeal with yogurt or whipped cream for a sweet and creamy finish.
Baked oatmeal is a fun twist on a classic dish. It is easy enough to make for everyday breakfast but elegant enough for a festive brunch!
More great breakfast recipes
- 4 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup applesauce
- 2 1/4 cups milk
- 3 eggs
- 4 1/2 tablespoons butter melted
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups berries such as blueberries and raspberries, divided use
- cooking spray
- maple syrup and berries for serving
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 2 or 3 quart baking dish with cooking spray.
- Add the oats, baking powder, cinnamon, brown sugar, applesauce, milk, eggs, butter and vanilla extract to a large bowl.
- Stir until well blended.
- Gently fold in 1 cup of the berries.
- Pour the oatmeal mixture into the baking pan. Arrange the remaining berries over the top.
- Bake for 40 minutes or until oatmeal is browned and cooked through.
- Serve, topped with maple syrup and berries if desired.
- Baked oatmeal can be stored in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
- For freezer storage, place slices of oatmeal on a parchment lined sheet pan, then freeze until solid. Transfer the oatmeal slices to a freezer bag for longer term storage.
- To reheat, microwave an oatmeal slice for 30-40 seconds.