I’m a breakfast person and one of my go-to meals is oatmeal with apples, cranberries, and cinnamon. I even have a special bowl just for my oatmeal which I think that may make me an oatmeal snob! If you are like me I don’t always have time to make a bowl of oatmeal in the morning but I still want all those flavors so this Baked Oatmeal with Applesauce has become the perfect morning meal brunch and even a snack.
I’ll be honest I had never heard of baked oatmeal until I went to my favorite bakery in Santa Rosa, CA called Criminal Baking Co. and Noshery, and in their case of beautiful pastries, they had slices of baked oatmeal. What? baked oatmeal never had it, but I was intrigued because it looked like a piece of cake. 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!
In case 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.
If you like oatmeal then you are going to love this recipe and the great thing is you can have extra to eat throughout the week.
This oatmeal contains all the ingredients I would put in my bowl of creamy oatmeal; oatmeal (of course), apples, brown sugar, cranberries, pecans, cinnamon, and milk, plus I added an egg, butter and baking powder. I still needed something more to bind the oatmeal and give it moisture, so instead of apple chunks, I put in applesauce. That’s it!
You can use jarred applesauce but I just cut up an apple and add some apple juice or orange juice and cook the apples until they are tender, and puree then mash them up.
This is how simple this recipe is. Just mix all your ingredients in one bowl and pour in an 8″ x 8″ baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes and you will have a lovely dish of golden brown, moist and tender Baked Oatmeal. A slice of this keeps me filled up all morning.
Mmm, my kitchen is smelling so good right now. I’m letting the oatmeal cool just a bit and then serve it warm.
Baked Oatmeal with Applesauce
- 2 cups quick-cooking oatmeal uncooked
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 1/2 cups milk I use whole milk
- 1/2 cup applesauce
- 2 tbls. melted butter
- 1 large egg beaten
- 1/4 cups dried cranberries or your favorite fruit
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans optional
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Combine the oatmeal, brown sugar and baking powder in a large bowl
In another bowl mix together the applesauce, milk, melted butter and beaten egg.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, mix to combine.
Stir in the cranberries and pecans.
Pour into an 8 x 8" pan, sprayed with cookie spray.
Bake for 30 minutes or until set and browned.
I like mine warm with apples with a dollop of yogurt and a little maple syrup poured on top.
This made a perfect breakfast this morning with a hot cup of tea and a morning full of sunshine.
I did a post on how I make my morning oatmeal, Creamy Spiced Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal. If you click over you can see my special oatmeal bowl.
Next time I bake this oatmeal I am doubling the recipe and using a 13 x 9 pan. Hubby thought this was incredible and had it for supper too.