Eat of the MomentBaked OatmealCarrie Murphy

Baked Oatmeal is the ultimate winter breakfast. It’s warm and toasty and it reminds me of grandmothers with white hair in buns who live in little log cabins out in the woods. And it’s nutritious, full of fiber and fruit goodness, so it won’t screw with your I’m-finally-going-to-eat-healthy-in-2012! eating plan. Fill your belly with this and feel fully fueled! How’s that for alliteration? I was able to make that awesome sentence due to the BRAIN-BOOSTING healthy breakfast I just ate, y’all. Okay, here’s how to make it:

Baked Oatmeal

serves 2-4

total time: 50-60 minutes

total hands on time: less than 10 minutes

What you’ll need:

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup plain oats

hefty dash of cinnamon

pinch of salt

1 egg

1/2 cup of apple sauce

3/4 cup milk

1 banana, sliced

optional: 1 or 2 tsps white or brown sugar

What you’ll do:

1. Preheat oven to 375.

2.Grease a small baking dish with butter or cooking spray.

3. Mix together the dry ingredients in a bowl. If you’re opting to use sugar, add it now.

4. Mix together the wet ingredients in another bowl.

5. Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients and mix well.

6. Slice the banana and arrange in a single layer on the bottom of the dish.

7. Pour wet oat mixture on top of the bananas in the dish.

8. Slice up the apple and arrange slices on top of the mixture. Isn’t the pattern I made pretty? It’s like an apple flower. Totally something that grandmother out in the woods would do, right? Optional: sprinkle a bit more cinnamon or sugar on top of the apple slices.

9. Bake for about 45 minutes. When it’s done, it will be just slightly brown around the edges. Let it sit for a few minutes before cutting. The texture you want is similar to a granola bar, but softer.

I wanted the sweetness in this recipe to come from the fruit and the applesauce, but you can use a bit of sugar or honey if you like a sweeter breakfast. I like to eat this with a dollop of apricot or strawberry preserves on top.

There are so many awesome ways to customize this.  You could dice an additional apple and mix it in throughout, or try this with different fruit altogether. How good would this be in summer with fresh blueberries or peaches? Or BOTH?!?!?! You can also add nuts, a scoop of protein powder, raisins, pumpkin, chocolate chips, maple syrup flax seeds, chia seeds…

You could also double or triple the recipe and freeze or refrigerate portions so you’ll always have a healthy breakfast on hand. Try topping this with a little bit of whipped cream for a slightly-less-guilty dessert.

This is gluten-free if you use certified GF oats. Baked oatmeal can be easily modified to become vegan if you replace the regular milk with almond or soy milk, and replace the egg with a bit more liquid: additional nut milk, applesauce or maybe even juice.

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  1. Going to try it this morning! :) Seems very delicious!

  2. Can you use Steel Cut Oatmeal in this recipe?

    • tiffany, i have never made this with steel cut oats, so i can’t speak from experience. i would think it would be worth a try, though. maybe soak the oats overnight so you know they’ll be soft enough to get fully cooked in the oven.

  3. I’ve just made your delicious recipe ! And it’s deliciooooouuuus ! I will absolutely recommand it and do it again, and again, and again….

  4. I made this today and it was amazing!

  5. This is the first recipe I’ve seen on here where I actually have all the ingredients! I made it this morning and I can’t wait to see how the kids like it, since it will be a completely do-able healthy alternative to their usual instant oatmeal. Thanks for sharing something so easy :)

  6. I just bought a set of ramekins, so I’m definitely trying this as soon as I buy some applesauce!

    • hey jen! uh oh, i’m paranoid now that the pictures look like a ramekin…it’s actually a small casserole dish. but i think you could probably make this in ramekins if you portioned it out! let me know how it goes!

  7. I’m obsessed with oatmeal TOO – I usually buy Trader Joe’s frozen steel oats and cook it with banana in the microwave, add a dash of cinnamon. I also recently discovered Alton Browns Overnight Oatmeal that you can make in a crock pot, I’m trying it this weekeind. Here’s the recipe:

    http://www.skinnyscoop.com/list/larissa/favorite-hearty-soups-stews-and-crock-pot-recipes?listitem_id=6446#list-item

  8. I’m not usually an oatmeal fan (I used to throw it out and hide under a blanket when my mother tried to feed it to me as a kid) but this looks super good. I think I’ll try it out Saturday, sans bananas.

  9. I am an avid oatmeal eater… yet have never tried baked oatmeal. There’s always tomorrow morning :)

  10. I AM MAKING THIS FOR BREAKFAST TODAY!!!!! (vegan style)