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Healthy Baked Oatmeal

baked oatmeal recipeIf you read other food blogs, than you have heard about Heidi Swanson’s new book Super Natural Every Day. I picked this book up at B&N in an airport and spent an entire flight drooling over the beautiful pictures. I am not a big breakfast eater. I know that I should be one, but I just do not like to eat as soon as I wake up. Ultimately, what happens is I get everyone else breakfast, and then I am so over it, I skip it altogether. I also am not a fan of eggs. Healthy breakfasts usually revolve around eggs and I just cannot get them down. What I do enjoy is sweet breakfast, pancakes, waffles, etc. Not so healthy. When I found this baked oatmeal recipe in Heidi’s book, I knew that I would like it, and it is a pretty healthy version of something on the sweetish side.

I also like this recipe because you can change out the fruits and make it any way you want. Use whatever you have on hand, in season, and looks good. Peaches and raspberries, apples and pecans, blueberries. The possibilities are endless.

baked oatmeal recipe2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup toasted and chopped walnut pieces
1/3 cup natural cane sugar or maple syrup (and more syrup for serving)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2 cups milk
1 egg
3 Tablespoons butter melted and cooled slightly
2 teaspoon vanilla
2 bananas
1 1/2 cups blackberries (blueberries, raspberries, or a mixture)

baked oatmeal recipeMix together the oats, half of the walnuts, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.

baked oatmeal recipeIn another bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, butter, and vanilla.

baked oatmeal recipeGenerously butter the bottom of an 8-inch pan and add sliced bananas and half of the blackberries.

baked oatmeal recipeAdd the oat mixture to the top of the fruit.

baked oatmeal recipePour the milk mixture over the oats. Use a spoon to make sure the milk mixture is incorporated throughout the oats.

baked oatmeal recipeAdd the remaining walnuts and blackberries.

baked oatmeal recipeBake in a preheated 375 degree oven with the rack in the top third of the oven for 35 to 45 minutes. The top should be golden and the oatmeal should be set.

baked oatmeal recipeLet the oatmeal cool for a few minutes and serve with maple syrup and if you are really feeling wild, more melted butter.

baked oatmeal recipe

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Healthy Baked Oatmeal


Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup toasted and chopped walnut pieces
  • 1/3 cup natural cane sugar or maple syrup (and more syrup for serving)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 Tablespoons butter melted and cooled slightly
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 1/2 cups blackberries (blueberries, raspberries, or a mixture)

Instructions

  1. Mix together the oats, half of the walnuts, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In another bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, butter, and vanilla.
  3. Generously butter the bottom of an 8-inch pan and add sliced bananas and half of the blackberries.
  4. Add the oat mixture to the top of the fruit.
  5. Pour the milk mixture over the oats. Use a spoon to make sure the milk mixture is incorporated throughout the oats.
  6. Add the remaining walnuts and blackberries.
  7. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven with the rack in the top third of the oven for 35 to 45 minutes. The top should be golden and the oatmeal should be set.
  8. Let the oatmeal cool for a few minutes and serve with maple syrup and if you are really feeling wild, more melted butter.

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  1. karin

    June 1st, 2011 at 3:31 am

    This recipe is on me to make list too, it looks delicious! Your photographs are gorgeous, as always. Tomorrow I start with my first week with menu planning and if that works like I hope it will I will put this blake oatmeal,or a versionof it, on my planning for next week. Fun! (I feel so organized and grown up now ;))

  2. bakedbree

    June 1st, 2011 at 8:48 am

    thank you Karin. Menu planning is the best thing ever. It makes life so much easier.

  3. Alison

    June 1st, 2011 at 4:04 am

    This looks delicious! I love Heidi Swanson’s books, her recipes and photography are beautiful.

  4. bakedbree

    June 1st, 2011 at 8:48 am

    me too. They make me want to be the healthiest eater ever.

  5. Kelley {mountain mama cooks}

    June 1st, 2011 at 6:18 am

    We eat a lot of oatmeal in our house but I’ve never baked it. This is perfect for busy mornings or feeding a large crowd. Definitely will give it a try! Once again, your pics are mouthwatering.

  6. bakedbree

    June 1st, 2011 at 8:47 am

    I had never baked it either, it is really easy and really good.

  7. Tine

    June 1st, 2011 at 6:38 am

    I definitely gonna make this!

  8. bakedbree

    June 1st, 2011 at 8:46 am

    you will love it! Warm and cozy.

  9. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    June 1st, 2011 at 8:01 am

    I love this idea! Breakfast this weekend, for sure.

  10. bakedbree

    June 1st, 2011 at 8:45 am

    it is a perfect and healthy weekend breakfast. So cozy.

  11. Paula at Dishing The Divine

    June 1st, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    I feel like baked oatmeal sounds so cozy and warm! Our weather here is re-freaking-diculous (think rain + cold + wind… sheesh) so anything cozy sound delicious right about now 🙂

  12. bakedbree

    June 1st, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    It is really cozy and warm. The weather here is nutty too. Rain and storms in June in unheard of.

  13. corey

    June 1st, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    I would get out of bed early for this! Delish! I am making this Saturday!

  14. bakedbree

    June 1st, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Now let’s be reasonable. Baked Oatmeal tastes good at all hours, no need to get out of bed.

  15. Kate

    June 1st, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    I absolutely love your website and have been following for some time now. I love your recipes, your photographs, and your witty sense of humor.
    My sister, mother, and I are all obsessed with baked oatmeal. It’s so hearty and really has a dessert-like taste. We cut it into squares, then wrap in plastic wrap, and reheat in the morning. (Obviously I am not a morning person!)

    I am looking for an idea and I hope you can help. I like to make homemade gifts for my son’s teachers and therapists but I need some new ideas. I have already given mini cheesecakes, chocolate covered pretzels, chocolate & caramel apples, loads of cookies, and a fruit tart. I need some new ideas, but here’s the challenge; he has 3 teachers and 9 therapists/bus drivers/the nurse etc. Help!

  16. bakedbree

    June 1st, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    thank you Kate! That is so nice to hear. How about jars of caramel sauce or homemade chocolate sauce? Cute jars and a tag and you are all set.
    https://bakedbree.wpengine.com/caramel-sauce
    https://thishomemadelife.com/homemade-chocolate-syrup

  17. Shawna {The Blue Muse}

    June 2nd, 2011 at 8:09 am

    Wow, I didn’t know I could feel so excited about oatmeal! Will be making it this weekend! (Also, I concur, gorgeous photos, too.)

  18. bakedbree

    June 2nd, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    Thank you Shawna!

  19. Randi

    June 4th, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    I just recently made a recipe very similar to this. I was wondering how long it stays good. I was thinking of making it on the weekend and taking it to work to eat in the morning for breakfast there. Any ideas on how to store and how long?

  20. bakedbree

    June 5th, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    I really am not sure, maybe 2-3 days?

  21. Jess

    June 6th, 2011 at 11:30 am

    While I love your recipes and have made several already, this is the second time I have noticed those gorgeous napkins in your photos and I have to ask where you got them?! (Totally silly, I know, but thanks)

  22. bakedbree

    June 7th, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    not silly at all, they are from World Market.

  23. natalie (the sweets life)

    June 7th, 2011 at 10:37 am

    I love baked oatmeal—one of my favorite weekend breakfasts and its perfect to serve overnight guests! Instead of maple syrup, we usually serve ours with a little bit of warmed milk that you can pour over it. SO good!

  24. bakedbree

    June 7th, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    milk sounds good on top. Will keep that in mind for next time.

  25. Faith

    June 28th, 2011 at 8:56 am

    I am really big on making batches of things to eat on throughout the week, rather than just making one meal at a time (does that make sense?). How long will this stay good in the refridgerator?

  26. bakedbree

    June 28th, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    It does make sense, good sense, but in all honesty, I am not sure. I would say 3-4 days?

  27. Hazel

    July 8th, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    This looks delicious, and I have all ingredients except the baking powder. Is there a substitution you could suggest? I recall that baking powder helps keep things light and airy, and I’d hate to turn your recipe into an oatmeal brick.

  28. bakedbree

    July 8th, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    I would leave it and see how it goes. Baking powder gives this a little lift, but would be good without it. You can use baking soda and cream of tartar, here is how to use it:
    https://chemistry.about.com/od/foodchemistryfaqs/f/powdersoda.htm

  29. Hazel

    July 9th, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Thanks for the alternative. Since I didn’t have cream of tartar and had to go to the store today anyway, I bought some baking powder. The oatmeal came out quite nice, though a bit sweet for me. Next time I’ll probably use maple syrup instead of the cane sugar, and decrease the amount. I’m curious to see how it’ll hold up in the fridge overnight. (Leftovers, mmmmmm.)

  30. bakedbree

    July 11th, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    Let me know how it goes, people ask me that question a lot.

  31. Hazel

    July 12th, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    It dries out a little in the fridge, but it holds up pretty well. Not bad cold; better when re-heated. On reflection, if I’m going to have oatmeal for breakfast, I prefer my quickie combo of rolled oats + currants + sunflower seeds. Fast, healthy and much lower in calories and sugar (which I have to be aware of since diabetes runs in my family. I don’t have it and don’t want to get it). That said, I do like to try new recipes, and this one was fun to try.

  32. bakedbree

    July 25th, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    thanks for letting us know Hazel!

  33. susan

    August 22nd, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    I am a cook at the Lions Gate Inn B&B, I tried your recipe this past weekend. I loved how simple it was to make, the taste was amazing. I will make this again and won’t forget to spray my pan so it won’t stick…my mistake with this recipe. Thanks

  34. bakedbree

    August 22nd, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    I have made that mistake too. Hope that it comes out better next time.

  35. Bill

    October 23rd, 2011 at 8:49 am

    My father worked for Quaker Oats for 40 years. In all those years I never heard of baked oatmeal. What was I missing? This was delicious. I used frozen wild blackberries that we pick around our house and maple syrup that we also make every year. Incredible yummyness! This looks like one of those recipes that can be altered to use what’s on hand too. We all loved it. Thanks much.

  36. bakedbree

    October 23rd, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    Wow Bill! 40 years at Quaker Oats? That is amazing. Glad that you liked this. I like it with apples a lot too.

  37. Bill

    August 2nd, 2015 at 9:39 am

    This is our favorite Sunday breakfast now. We live in northern Michigan (cherry country) and have decided that sour cherries are the best to use. No bananas. My wife loves it all week long with her homemade yogurt. I’ve altered the recipe to make a large batch so there are plenty of leftovers. A friend of mine makes this now and they reheat it by frying it in a pan with more butter. It’s so good this way. I’ve even made it for desert. It’s amazing with some vanilla Hagen Daz. Not for the faint of heart.

  38. bakedbree

    August 16th, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    That’s great, I’m so glad that you like it. And I love how you are reheating it.

  39. Kizzie

    October 24th, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Oh my word, this was super easy and so yummy! My girls (3 and 4) each ate a whole bowl…and I made it up the night before so all I had to do was throw it in the oven. Thanks for a great recipe!

  40. bakedbree

    October 24th, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    You are welcome Kizzie!

  41. Joan

    November 9th, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    Agreed, great pics. And those blackberries look incredible. How long should these keep? If I made a batch on the weekend, would they still be good for packing in school lunches by next Friday? Provided the kids and my husband didn’t eat them all by then!

  42. bakedbree

    November 13th, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    I am not really sure, but at least a few days. My fear is that it would really dry out.

  43. Bree

    December 14th, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    Ok, first off, I LOVE your blog name! Since I’m a Bree, too, and I’m passionate about cooking, I am thrilled to have found your website. 🙂 I found you when I Googled “baked oatmeal” and I am very excited to try your version tomorrow morning. Thank you for the recipe!

  44. bakedbree

    December 14th, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    thank you Bree, I hope that you like it!

  45. Kypo

    December 30th, 2011 at 9:02 am

    What if you didn’t want the fruit or walnuts in the baked oatmeal, would the recipe stay the same??

  46. bakedbree

    December 31st, 2011 at 12:45 am

    Yes, it would.

  47. Tracy

    January 23rd, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Thanks so much for the healthier version of baked oatmeal! My husband made this yummy breakfast this morning with help from the 8 month old, so I could get a little more sleep. A spoonful of Greek yogurt on top was great or a splash of milk. He used coconut flakes, flax seeds, dried cranberries, and walnuts. Yum! Thanks for posting it!

  48. bakedbree

    January 23rd, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    What a nice husband! That sounds like a really good combination.

  49. jj

    February 1st, 2012 at 11:41 am

    any idea how many calories per serving?

  50. bakedbree

    February 9th, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    I really do not. Sorry!

  51. helen's daughter

    February 19th, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Hi Bree….
    I was actually having visions of baked oatmeal while I was waking up this fine Sunday morning. I was even developing a recipe in my head. Then I got up. Googled baked oatmeal. To my surprise (shock) I found many recipes. I don’t remember hearing of it before so I was happy to have some guidance – I would have done it differently, according to the recipe in my head.

    Of all the recipes I reviewed this morning, I found yours to be more to my liking and decided to use it as my template. I adapted your recipe for my own use, enjoyed a wonderful breakfast with my husband, then posted the photos and recipe on my blog, Channeling Mom. I hope you don’t mind. I added a link to your recipe in hopes that others will look at your site too.

    https://channelingmom.wordpress.com/recipes/baked-oatmeal/

    Thanks for sharing your recipe.
    Take Care,
    helen’s daughter

  52. bakedbree

    February 19th, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Not at all! I am glad that you dream became a reality.

  53. Erica

    April 28th, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Just found this recipe today and it is currently in my oven! Smells sooo good! Thanks for posting it!

  54. bakedbree

    April 29th, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    You are very welcome Erica!

  55. KHV

    October 8th, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    How long do you think it stays good for? Any recs for reheating? So excited to make it for me, and a friend with a new baby!

  56. bakedbree

    October 8th, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Read the comments, other readers have answered this better than I can.

  57. Victoria

    November 13th, 2012 at 9:08 am

    2 questions: about how many servings does this make, and would it work with almond milk?

  58. bakedbree

    November 18th, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    About 4 and yes.

  59. Charlotte

    December 10th, 2012 at 10:09 am

    One of my co-worker made the Healthy Baked Oatmeal for an office breakfast. It was GREAT!! I had to ask for the receipt to bake for Christmas morning.

  60. bakedbree

    December 16th, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    This is a perfect Christmas morning breakfast! Welcome!

  61. Cam

    September 9th, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Yummm! We made this for our pre-church family brunch yesterday and it was amazing! I switched the fruit (because i didn’t have bananas or blackberries) and used peaches and raspberries. It was sooo yummy:) I think this is the 7th recipe I’ve used from your blog and they are all great!

  62. bakedbree

    September 10th, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    That is great to hear! Glad you liked it!

  63. Faith

    May 22nd, 2015 at 11:17 am

    I found this recipe while searching online. I’m looking for healthy meals for my picky eater. She doesn’t like the texture of oatmeal so a friend told me to try baking it. I’m so glad I found your recipe!! She ate it!!! And I made it even healthier by using almond milk and applesauce in place of the butter! It was amazing! Now I can send her off to school with something nutritious and not sugary cereal!
    OMG she just went back for another piece while I was typing!!!!
    You’re a lifesaver! Thanks!

  64. bakedbree

    May 31st, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    I’m so glad! I 100% can relate to the picky eater, so I understand what a triumph it can be to find something they like.

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