Looking for a simple yet tasty breakfast? Then you’ve gotta try this apple cinnamon baked oatmeal that can easily be reheated and enjoyed as dessert too! My baked oatmeal recipe can be made once and enjoyed all week long for easy breakfast (or lunch or snack…).
When I’m getting ready for a long morning run, or setting off on a R3 trek of the Grand Canyon, baked oatmeal is my go-to breakfast. It sticks to my body and keeps me full for those hard workouts.
This baked oatmeal recipe is great for a family breakfast… or as a quick meal prep tool (just bake once, then enjoy apple cinnamon oatmeal all week!).
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Best Oats for Baking
Before we dive into this lovely recipe, let’s talk oats. How do I know what kind is the best kind? There are so many to choose from, yet I chose good old-fashioned oats for this recipe. Why? They bake evenly, have a great texture, and a slightly nutty taste that really shines through when baked.
Quick oats can be used in a pinch, yet they will change the overall texture + not fluff up as nicely. So look for old-fashioned or ‘regular’ oats. Steel-cut oats won’t bake correctly for this recipe, plus they will taste off. I know a lot of people like steel-cut, yet I promise you won’t be disappointed with my oat choice in this baked oatmeal.
Baked Oatmeal Recipe
To take out a step in this recipe, buy already roasted (not salted) pecans. They lose some nutrients when they are pre-roasted, yet are still delicious. Then you can go straight to preheating + mixing up your ingredients.
Arrowroot powder can be swapped in for the baking powder. If you can’t have almond milk, then any kind of dairy free milk works great. Swap out oat flour with all purpose gluten free flour, or almond flour.
Mixing the flaxseed in with the wet ingredients helps turn it into a bonding agent. That’s why you want to let the wet ingredients sit for 5 minutes after mixing together.
To make a more streusel-like topping, mix melted coconut oil in a bowl with the pecans, maple sugar, and some cinnamon. Then spoon the mixture over top of the oatmeal mix in the pan before baking.
Easy Variations of Baked Oatmeal
If you want to cut back on the sugar in this recipe, then simply omit the sprinkled coconut sugar on top. Using green apples will also cut back on the natural sugar, making this a slightly tart recipe (which still tastes amazing!).
This can also be made with raspberries or blueberries in place of apples. Just know blueberries might create a bit more liquid at the end – think slightly syrupy finish.
Don’t be afraid to play with spices here too! Pumpkin spice would be a great variation, in place of just cinnamon.
6 More Breakfast Recipes
If you struggle to find great plant based breakfast recipes that actually taste good, then you’re not alone! Here are some more great options:
- Healthy breakfast bowl
- Cereal bars
- Overnight oats
- Pumpkin pancakes
- Almond butter + jam muffins
- Gluten-free crepes
Whether it’s quick n’ easy or slow and leisurely, I’ve got breakfasts that will work for you. Or, check out any of my smoothie recipes for the ultimate fast food breakfast. I want breakfast to taste great, so my family has tested + approved all these recipes, including this apple cinnamon baked oatmeal.
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Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal
- 1 cup oat flour
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup raw pecans roughly chopped
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon ground
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 2 cups almond milk
- ½ cup maple syrup
- 2 tbsp ground flaxseed ground
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ½ cup applesauce unsweetened
- 1 apple diced (leave skin on)
- 3 tbsp coconut sugar
- Preheat oven to 375° F. Grease a 9-inch square baking dish.
- Once the oven has preheated, toss the pecans onto a rimmed baking sheet and lightly toast for 3-5 minutes, or until fragrant.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together almond milk, maple syrup, applesauce, 1/2 of the diced apples, ground flaxseed and vanilla. Let sit 5 minutes.
- Add rolled oats to blender or food processor and pulse until chopped.
- In a large bowl, mix oat flour, blended rolled oats, cinnamon, baking powder and salt.
- Pour wet ingredients into the large bowl of dry ingredients and stir.
- Add roasted pecans to bottom of greased baking dish, spread out evenly across bottom.
- Pour oatmeal mixture evenly into greased baking dish (over top pecans) then top with remaining diced apples, coconut sugar, and additional cinnamon (optional).
- Bake for 45 minutes, or until the top is nice and golden. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes.
- Drizzle with maple syrup before serving.
- You can swap pecans for walnuts or cashews
- Almond milk can be swapped with cashew milk, oat milk or even cow milk, if preferred
This was fantastic. No apples or applesauce on hand so substituted blueberries and cranberries and used olive oil instead of applesauce. Doubled the recipe for a large casserole dish. Everyone in the house enjoyed. Thanks!!
Hey Grace – Great substitutions and improvising! Glad everyone enjoyed. 🙂
I made this and everyone loved it— def doing again because it was easy AND it makes a TON! Winner right here!
This is gonna make my kitchen smell so good in the morning! 🙂
Made this with peaches and blueberries, and it was amazing! Love the idea for using it as a breakfast meal prep too.
Love the swaps Olivia. Peaches and blueberries sound yummy!
I love that this is a breakfast I can make ahead. This one is a winner!
Counting down until apple season!
I love oatmeal for breakfast, so I tried this today. It was easy, quick and would be great for a warm guest breakfast in the winter. I made two changes Almond Flour instead of Oat Flour, and I mixed unsweetened shredded coconut with 3 Tbsp of Demerara sugar. I thought it was awesome! Next time, I will use no sugar maple syrup and less sugar for topping. One question, will this freeze well?
Hi Robert! We’ve not tried freezing this and think it might make the consistency less than desirable. Def let us know if you try it though!
… and when do we incorporate the pecans?
We add the pecans to the dish before it goes in the oven as a way to add some crunch and protein.
Roasted pecans are added to the bottom of your baking dish prior to adding other ingredients. Def not a step to skip – it’s part of the yum factor for sure!
Yum! I love the idea to make this in portions then have for the week. Thanks!
I assume the oat flour goes in with the dry ingredients?
You’re right Nancy! Thanks, I just added that into the recipe.
Hi, is it possible to omit the coconut sugar for health reasons? This looks yummy.
Hey Kamisha! You can totally omit the coconut sugar in this recipe. You may want to consider adding additional maple syrup (either in the mix or drizzling at the end) or some chopped dates to compensate for the sweetness. Let us know what you try and how you like it!
Delicious,! I used pears instead of apples since I had pears that needed to be used right away. Used half the amount of maple syrup. I think that raisins would be a good addition.