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Apple Pie Baked Oatmeal

 Healthy baked oatmeal is the perfect breakfast to make for the week, or for Sunday brunch. Super simple to put together, flavours can be changed to use in season fruit. It'll keep you full and going all morning long!

Baked Oatmeal

Last week, I took a much needed break. A break from everything. From working out, from counting points, from blogging and social media. I had a set back with my IBD and it took me about 4 days to finally start feeling better. That meant eating horribly, avoiding any fruit and vegetables. Instead of stressing about it, I decided to just take a break, still being mindful of portions. Having enjoyed a free week, I am ready to get back on track.

While I did take a break from blogging and social media, I was still in the kitchen, enjoying cooking for my family, without telling them to not eat this or that ,until I've taken photos. One early morning I had a craving for baked oatmeal, so made this apple pie version, before the rest of the house came to life. We all enjoyed a deliciously healthy and filling breakfast, which fuelled us for a good part of the day.

Baked Oatmeal

What is Baked Oatmeal?

Baked oatmeal is a hot casserole made from oats, milk, pantry staples and fruit. While baking, the oatmeal sets up and turns into a soft, chewy and somewhat creamy combination of oats and fruit. The texture is similar to bread pudding. It is a deliciously simple way to make a healthy breakfast for your family.

Is Baked Oatmeal healthy?

Oats are one of the healthiest grains on the planet. Naturally gluten free, they are filled with vitamin, minerals and antioxidants. Baking the oats does not diminish it's health benefits and gives you the opportunity to add more healthful ingredients to this power food.

Baked Oatmeal
Do you have to refrigerate Baked Oatmeal?

Baked oatmeal is made with eggs and dairy, therefore leftovers need to be refrigerated. If assembled the night before, cover and place in the refrigerator until ready to bake. Leftovers should also be covered and refrigerated for up to 3 days and can also be frozen, for up to 1 month. Simply thaw before reheating in a 350 degree oven for 10-15 minutes. 

How do I make Baked Oatmeal?

Baked Oatmeal
This one bowl recipe combines a handful of simple healthy ingredients and can easily be adapted for any dietary needs and taste preferences. All ingredients are combined in one bowl and then baked in a greased casserole dish. To make baked oatmeal you will need:

  1. Oats: old fashion large flake oats are the favourite here, but in this recipe I used quick cooking oats, since that is all I had on hand. The texture was a bit more tough and compact, so I suggest using large flake oats.
  2. Milk: any type of milk can be used here. My kids can not tolerate cow's milk, so we use an unsweetened almond milk.
  3. Apple Sauce: Since this is an apple pie version of overnight oats, I used unsweetened apple sauce. I have also used mashed ripe bananas with great success. These add flavour and help bind the oatmeal while baking.
  4. Eggs: also used as a binder, eggs add protein to baked oatmeal. If you have egg allergies, simply switch the eggs for apple sauce or mashed bananas. Flax egg can also be used.
  5. Sweetener: In this recipe I used a golden Monk Fruit sweetener, to keep the points low. You can also use honey or maple syrup.
  6. Fruit: fruit adds flavour and texture to your baked oatmeal. Feel free to use berries, apples, sliced bananas, peaches, pears. The possibilities are endless, to add flavour.
  7. Cottage Cheese: I added cottage cheese to my baked oatmeal, to up the protein. The kids couldn't even tell it was in there!
  8. Butter: you need a bit of fat to ensure this doesn't bake up rubbery. Alternatively you can use coconut oil, to keep this dairy free.
  9. Baking Powder: helps puff this up, so it doesn't bake up too dense.
  10. Spices: I used warm apple pie spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and vanilla. Feel free to switch them up, when using other fruits.
  11. Nuts: nuts are a great way to add extra texture to you baked oatmeal. It adds a nice crunchy contrast to the soft oats and fruit.
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Equipment needed for this recipe
  • 2 quart casserole dish
  • mixing bowl
  • measuring cups for dry and liquid measures
  • measuring spoons
  • whisk
  • rubber spatula
  • cutting board
  • sharp knife
  • paring knife or peeler
Apple Pie Baked Oatmeal

1 1/2 C unsweetened apple sauce
2 eggs
1/3 C cottage cheese
1/4 C brown sugar, packed
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp cloves
1/8 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla 
1 Tbs salted butter, melted
1 tsp baking powder
3 C large flake oats
1 C unsweetened almond milk
1/4 C walnuts, chopped
1 apple, peeled and cut into rings
1 Tbs golden monk fruit sweetener
1/4 tsp cinnamon
cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray a 2 quart casserole dish with cooking spray and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the eggs, brown sugar, apple sauce, melted butter, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg; whisking until well combined.

Add in the oats, baking powder, almond milk, vanilla and walnuts. Using a rubber spatula, stir until mixture is well incorporated.

Pour into prepared casserole dish and top with apple rings. Sprinkle top of casserole with monk fruit sweetener and 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon. 

Bake in preheated oven for 35-45 minutes, until set.

Serve with maple syrup, or pancake syrup (I used Walden Farms Maple Walnut sugar free syrup).

WW Points: one serving comes to 3 WW points on the Purple plan 💜
1 serving is 1/8 of the dish.


Comments

  1. I’ve been eating a lot of oatmeal lately, and I can definitely see myself eating this for breakfast. Yum!!

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  2. I am such an oatmeal person. I am always looking for new variations. Going to make it soon.

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  3. This is making my mouth water, it sounds like a perfect breakfast for the fall.

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  4. You just combined two of my favorite things! Can't wait to try it!

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  5. Apple pie baked oatmeal? WHAT! This was so delicious and was like eating dessert for breakfast. I loved it!!

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  6. I can't wait to try this, I love baked oatmeal!!

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  7. Yum! This sounds so good! I've never really found a good oatmeal recipe, and normally just have it out of a packet. I will definitely be giving your Apple Pie Oatmeal a try, though.

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  8. Yum! I can eat this anytime of the day as well and maybe adding ice cream on the side too.

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  9. This baked apple oatmeal was so delicious! The whole family loved it, and I loved the addition of cottage cheese for extra protein!

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  10. Bread pudding style oatmeal? Yes, please! I've been making steel cut oats in the Instant Pot. But this sounds like a great recipe to mix things up. And what an interesting idea to include cottage cheese for added tang, calcium, and protein. Never would have thought of that! Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Baked oatmeal is so delicious, one of my fav desserts as well as leftovers for breakfast!

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  12. I am taking all next week off and can't wait - I feel physically and mentally exhausted! It won't even be any baking, because we're going away, but I desperately need proper disconnection from everything; I understand you perfectly! I am so glad it worked for you and you are recharged and came back in force with yet another healthy and inviting recipe!

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