This healthy baked oatmeal recipe is a nutritious and simple breakfast that everyone loves. You can use different types of fruit to change it up depending on your mood or what you have on-hand. My friend, Sue, has perfected it, and the version we make most often we call “apple pie oatmeal”, although I love it when we have strawberries so I can throw those in for something different. Here are a couple more photos I snapped of that variation:
I like to keep an extra pan 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-bake feature so we wake up to the smell of cinnamon and apples in the morning, yum! I've also been known to toss this into the oven for dinner on busy nights too…
Healthy Baked Oatmeal Recipe
- 2 1/2 cups rolled oats Get organic oats here.
- 1 3/4 cups milk, or water if you're dairy-free
- ½ cup coconut oil (or melted butter) Get organic coconut oil here.
- 4 eggs preferably from pastured hens for more nutrition, and who wants to eat factory-farm eggs anyway?
- ½ cup real maple syrup, palm sugar, or raw honey (click the links for where to buy--maple syrup is my favorite!)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder Get aluminum-free baking powder here.
- ½ teaspoon sea salt Get real sea salt here.
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons vanilla Get organic vanilla here.
- 2 cups raisins or dried cranberries (optional)
- 2-2.5 cups chopped fruit: apples, pears, strawberries, or bananas (I use organic)
- 2 cups chopped crispy nuts (optional), or sprinkle the nuts on top as you serve it
- I add a scoop of this collagen for even more nutrition and an immune system boost!
- Variation idea: Sarah suggested in the comments that along with some dried cranberries, you could also add a few drops of this orange essential oil and make it a yummy cranberry orange baked oatmeal! See the comments below where we discuss using essential oils in food.
- ***See the "Healthy Baked Oatmeal Recipe" notes below for how to make this even more nutritious and increase digestibility.
- Make this up to 2 days ahead, or longer if you're going to freeze it for later.
- Mix wet ingredients and dry ingredients separately, then stir together. (If I'm in a hurry, I just throw it all in and mix well!) Then stir in the fruit or nuts of choice--just mix and match with whatever sounds good to you or whatever you have on-hand.
- Pour into a buttered 9×13 pan.
- Refrigerate or freeze until you're ready to bake it. You can set it in your oven the night before with the auto-bake feature on so you wake up to the delicious aromas in the morning. Don't forget to make an extra pan for your freezer, you'll be SO happy you did when you've got a busy morning!
- Bake at 350* for 45 minutes, depending on your desired consistency. If you like it extra moist, bake it for less time. I think 45 minutes is just right.
- Serve with butter and a little more real maple syrup if desired, but it's really good all on its own!
Did you know…
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 like it is in this healthy baked oatmeal recipe. 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.
- Have you read my book yet? Real Food for Rookies?
- Kent's favorite Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Recipe from his Mom!
- More healthy breakfast ideas (this is one of my all-time most visited posts!)