Baked Oatmeal

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As much as we love our standard bowl full of mush, it is nice to have a change.  And when that change borders on dessert, it's most certainly a welcome one!  This baked oatmeal, unlike a true dessert, does not have copious amounts of butter and sugar, but the flavor begs to differ. The oats are moistened with applesauce and plain yogurt for a healthy note.  I use my homemade applesauce and I strongly urge you to do the same:)  The oatmeal is spiced with a bit of cinnamon and served warm with toasted nuts, dried fruits and a good pouring of warm milk. With the cool temperatures outside, this is a lovely thing to wake up to.  Not to mention if you make it the day before, you can give yourself a few more minutes under the covers before it needs to be reheated.

Baked Oatmeal
serves 6-9

*Note-- Oatmeal can be baked 1 day ahead, covered and chilled.  Blot any excess moisture from the surface, cover with foil, then reheat in a 325º F oven until warmed through, about 15 minutes.

3 cups rolled oats
2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar, divided
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 3/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup applesauce
1/2 cup plain yogurt (low-fat is fine)
1/2 cup whole milk
1/4 cup safflower oil or  1/4 cup (4-ounces) unsalted butter, melted
2 extra large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

warm milk
toasted nuts
dried fruits

Preheat the oven to 350º F.  Lightly grease an 8 x 8-inch baking pan or dish.  In a small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of light brown sugar and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon; set aside. 

In a large bowl, combine the oats, granulated sugar, remaining 2 tablespoons of the brown sugar, baking powder, 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon, and salt.  In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the applesauce, yogurt, milk, oil/butter, eggs, and vanilla.  Pour the wet ingredients over the oat mixture and stir until completely combined.  Pour the oatmeal into the prepared dish.  Sprinkle the top with the brown sugar-cinnamon mixture.  Bake for 30-40 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and transfer to a baking rack to cool until warm, about 20 minutes.  Cut into 6 rectangles or 9 squares.  Serve warm with toasted nuts, chopped dried fruit, and warmed milk poured over top.  Enjoy!

Source: Adapted from Gourmet, December 2007


  1. I have never heard of baked oatmeal! It sounds perfect for these cool mornings we have started having. Baking it the night before makes it even more appealing. I can't wait to try it. Thanks for an exciting new recipe to try.

  2. I LOVE baked oatmeal. This one looks delicious!

  3. This is a new recipe for me, looks really delicious. Never baked oatmeal before but really looking forward to try it out, love the photo :)

  4. Okay well, this sounds like heaven in a bowl.
    My oldest is new to kindergarten this year and I've been keeping my eyes and ears open for breakfast ideas that are quick and healthy.
    This definitely fits the bill and I've already got all the ingredients on hand. Even a fresh batch of pear-sauce. Perfect.

  5. Mindy-
    I hope you enjoy it! The pear sauce would be a nice substitution:)

  6. Any reason you can't add the nuts and dried fruits when you bake it?

  7. MonaLisa-
    You can always make the recipe according to your own taste:) I prefer the chewiness of the dried fruit and the toasted crunchiness of the nuts after the oatmeal is baked, but you can certainly add them prior to baking if that is what you like. I even have variations with fresh fruit that I will share in the future. I tell my readers-- make it for you, make it your own. Best!

  8. I am going to make this :)


  9. Kathy-
    Pleased-- I do hope you enjoy it!

  10. O! very tasty;) I like breakfast;d

  11. MtmothersdaughterSeptember 30, 2011

    I love this!! I make it with 2 mashed, ripe bananas (prev frozen work great)instead of the applesauce, add a few cinnamon chips and bake in a sprayed muffin tin. When cool, I wrap them individually and freeze in a zipper bag. Great grab&go breakfast!

  12. Mtmothersdaughter-
    What a great idea! Thanks for sharing:)

  13. Tried it for my family. Delicious!! Used apricots instead of cranberries and breakfast was yum!

  14. Anon-
    I am so pleased you enjoyed it! My husband likes the apricots as well:)

  15. Love that you put yogurt in this baked oatmeal, will be linking up to this recipe in my next post :)

  16. this looks delicious what a treatful way to have oatmeal :)

  17. I made this for a pre-wedding dress shopping brunch. All the girls LOVED it! They all wanted the recipe so I sent it along. I served it with fresh strawberries and vanilla yogurt poured over top. Soo delicious!

  18. So very tasty and healthy! Add bananas and warm milk. I decrease the butter to make healthier. This has become a staple breakfast for our family.
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