Healthy Baked Oatmeal Recipe
This healthy baked oatmeal recipe is a nutritious and simple breakfast that everyone loves. My friend, Sue, has perfected it, and the ingredients are also soaked for even better nutrition. We call it “apple pie oatmeal” and make it regularly. I like to keep an extra in the freezer for when I know we’ll have a busy morning. I just set it in the oven the night before and use the auto-on feature so we wake up to the smell of cinnamon and oatmeal in the morning, yum!
I wanted to give you a heads-up that some say oatmeal is not a nutritious food the way we buy it in the U.S., even if properly prepared. Read more about why at this post, especially if you struggle with cavities, Q & A with Rami Nagel on his book, Curing Tooth Decay.
Get the book here: Curing Tooth Decay.
Healthy Baked Oatmeal Recipe
- 2-1/2 c. organic oats (steel cut or regular, but I like regular best) (Get organic oats here.)
- 1 T. whole grain flour – this provides phytase to help break down the phytic acid in the oats – read more about that here. (Get whole grain flour here.)
- 1-3/4 c. buttermilk (In place of buttermilk or yogurt or kefir for soaking, you can use 1 tablespoon of whey, lemon juice or vinegar to 1 cup of liquid – usually water for those who can’t have dairy, but milk would be fine, too.)
- ½ c. organic coconut oil (Get organic coconut oil here.)
- 4 eggs (preferably from pastured hens!)
- ½ c. real maple syrup, palm sugar, or raw honey (click the links for where to buy)
- 1 tsp. aluminum-free baking powder – many have said they leave this out and it’s still really good (Get aluminum-free baking powder here.)
- ½ tsp. sea salt (Get real sea salt here.)
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 2 tsp. organic vanilla (Get organic vanilla here.)
- 2 c. raisins
- 2 c. chopped apples or pears or other fruit of choice
- Optional: 2 c. chopped crispy nuts (or sprinkle on each individual serving after baking)
Soak oats, flour and buttermilk covered on kitchen counter overnight, but 24 hours is better in order to break down more phytic acid. In the morning, beat oil, sugar, and eggs until glossy. Add baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and vanilla; beat. Stir in oats, raisins, and chopped apples (or pears). Sue said that she’ll sometimes add a little more milk at this point if the oats seem a little too dry. Pour into 9×13 buttered baking dish and bake at 350 for 20-40 minutes, depending on your desired consistency.
Note: You can also mix all the ingredients together ahead of time (wet ingredients first, add dry ingredients, then add the last 3 ingredients) and freeze until you’re ready to set on the counter for up to 24 hours and then bake.
Serve with butter and a little more real maple syrup if desired, but it’s really good all on its own!
One more thing: In case you’re wondering why the oats don’t need to be drained after soaking overnight, Jenny from Nourished Kitchen has this to say: “You don’t have to because the phytic acid is degraded. It doesn’t leach into the water like oxalates.”
- See Sue’s other post about healthy, green parenting
- See my recipe for organic homemade oatmeal bars
- More healthy breakfast ideas (this is one of my all-time most visited posts)