Love oatmeal? This easy-to-make Baked Oatmeal with Applesauce recipe is a one-bowl quick-to-make twist on your regular bowl of oatmeal. Flavored with apples, cinnamon, and brown sugar enjoy a slice for breakfast with a drizzle of maple syrup for a delicious treat to start your day.
One of my favorite go-to meals for breakfast, and sometimes dinners, is oatmeal with apples, cranberries, and cinnamon. I even have a special bowl just for my oatmeal which I think may make me an oatmeal snob! If you are like me, you don’t always have time to make a bowl of oatmeal in the morning but still want all those flavors, that is why this is oven-baked oatmeal is one of my go-to recipes.
What is baked oatmeal?
- Baked oatmeal is more like a casserole or even a cake than a creamy bowl of cooked oats. It has texture to it, and the addition of applesauce, eggs, sugar, and milk binds all the oatmeal and plumps it up for a hearty slice.
- When done, cut the oatmeal into slices and serve warm from the oven. You can top the slice with whatever you like, maybe a dollop of yogurt, fresh fruit, maple syrup, or even lemon curd.
Why this recipe is amazing…
- One bowl and a casserole dish is all you need for this recipe, plus simple pantry ingredients.
- For oatmeal lovers, this recipe is very adaptable and you can make it all year long by changing flavors throughout the seasons. Add warming spices in the winter or maybe use vanilla bean in the summer. Make baked oatmeal with fruit or berries and nuts, or just keep it simple.
- Baked oatmeal for breakfast is easy when you bake the casserole the night before and reheat it in the morning which is great for busy families. I like to cut this into slices once cooled, put in the fridge, and then everyone can pull out a slice and reheat it themselves.
- This is a great recipe to serve during the holidays. Just bake the oatmeal the night before, get up in the morning and reheat it. No spending hours in the kitchen when your company is around.
- Need more than 8 servings, just double the recipe and bake in a 13″ x 9″ pan.
This oatmeal contains all the ingredients I would put in my bowl of creamy oatmeal: oatmeal, apples, brown sugar, cranberries, pecans, cinnamon, and milk. To add structure and bind the ingredients add an egg, butter, and baking powder.
Instead of just adding apple chunks use applesauce for moisture to help plump up the oatmeal. You can use jarred applesauce but if you don’t have any just cut up an apple and add some apple juice or orange juice and cook the apple until tender, and puree or mash it up.
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. and you will need an 8″ x 8″ casserole dish.
- In a large bowl mix the oatmeal, brown sugar, and baking powder.
- In a medium-sized bowl melt the butter then add the applesauce, milk, and egg. Using a whisk mix all the ingredients together then pour into the oatmeal bowl and mix until thoroughly combined.
- Mix in the dried cranberries and chopped pecans.
- Pour this mixture into the casserole dish. Bake for 30 minutes until golden brown and set.
- Remove the casserole dish from the oven and let cool for about 10 minutes, cut into squares and serve warm with a drizzle of maple syrup.
- Cover leftovers and set them in the refrigerator for up to three days.
- To reheat leftover, microwave on 50% power for about 40 seconds or until warm. You can also wrap the oatmeal square in foil and heat it in the oven at 350 degrees F. for 20 minutes.
Cut the warm apple and cinnamon baked oatmeal into squares.
And for some extra goodness, pour some pure maple syrup on top and ENJOY!
Tips and FAQ’s
- Feel free to change this recipe up with spices, fruits, and nuts.
- I prefer to use whole milk but you can use almond, soy, oat, or coconut milk too.
- This recipe works with quick oats or regular oats plus there are several brands of gluten-free oats that you can use. Steel-cut oats will not work.
- Keep the baked oatmeal in the refrigerator for up to a week
- This recipe freezes well, just bake as shown, wrap in plastic then foil and freeze for three months.
- Another great tip is to cut the baked oatmeal into squares and freeze them individually.
More tasty recipes with oats
Bake a loaf of this hearty Spiced Apple Cider Oatmeal Bread for a delicious fall treat filled with lots of warming spices.
Do you love oatmeal cookies? Try these Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies with the added crunch of cacao nibs and pecans. These cookies are rich and chewy.
These Oat Tea Biscuits are flavored with tea for a delicious orange flavor. Serve warm with orange honey butter.
Baked Oatmeal with Applesauce
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. and prepare an 8" x " baking pan with cooking spray.
- Combine the oatmeal, brown sugar, and baking powder in a large mixing bowl.
- In a medium-sized bowl add the butter and put in the microwave to melt. Then whisk in the applesauce, milk, and beaten egg. Mix to thoroughly combine.
- Pour the applesauce mixture into the dry ingredients, mix to combine with a heavy spoon or spatula.
- Stir in the cranberries and pecans.
- Pour the batter into an 8 x 8" pan and bake for 30 minutes or until set and browned.
- Remove from the oven and let cool for about 10 minutes then cut into squares and serve warm
- You can pour maple syrup on top of the oatmeal square once served.
- Cover any leftovers and store them in the refrigerator for up to a week.
How to premake, freeze, thaw and reheat
- You can make and bake the baked oatmeal, cool completely then cover and place in the fridge. When ready to eat you can reheat the entire pan or reheat individual oatmeal squares.
- Make-Ahead Instructions: Bake the oatmeal, cool completely, and store in the refrigerator for a quick and easy breakfast.
- Reheat in the microwave or cover and bake in a 350°F (177°C) oven for 10 minutes.
- To Freeze: Let the oatmeal cool completely. Cover the pan with plastic wrap then foil and freeze for up to 3 months. You can also cut the oatmeal into squares, wrap them in foil, and freeze.
- Let thaw in the refrigerator or you can set it on the counter at room temperature, then reheat.
To be honest, before I made this recipe I had never heard of baked oatmeal until I went to my favorite bakery in Santa Rosa, CA called Criminal Baking Co. and Noshery. In their case of beautiful pastries, they had slices of baked oatmeal. What? Baked oatmeal? Never had it, but it looked like a piece of cake, so obviously I was all in. But after some serious interrogation, I learned the secret to their baked oatmeal, and ordered a slice, warmed up and served with lemon curd, it was so goooood!
If you are ever in Santa Rosa make sure you visit Criminal Baking. It’s off the beaten path, down a little side street, seats about 12, and serves some amazing pastries.