Baked oatmeal is one of the best ways to start the day with something that can feel indulgent. I rarely make baked oatmeal because of the time it requires to prepare and bake in the oven. When I do, this is one of my favorite combinations because of the perfectly caramelized apples and warming hints of apple spice.
The apple and spices will really remind you of an apple crumble especially if you top it off fresh out of the oven with some yogurt or milk. There are so many great options to sub for the apples as well if you prefer berries or bananas instead. It’s also an easy switch to make gluten-free by subbing in GF oats!
Additionally, you could easily cut these into squares and freeze them for later. I’ve also tried cutting them into square bites and storing them in an air-tight container for easy access to take as a snack. Oatmeal is so versatile and packs some nutrition no matter how you prepare your oats.
Oats are high in many vitamins and minerals, including:
- Manganese. Typically found in high amounts in whole grains, this trace mineral is important for development, growth, and metabolism.
- Phosphorus. This mineral is important for bone health and tissue maintenance.
- Copper. An antioxidant mineral often lacking in the Western diet, copper is considered important for heart health.
- Vitamin B1. Also known as thiamine, this vitamin is found in many foods, including grains, beans, and nuts.
- Iron. As a component of hemoglobin, a protein responsible for transporting oxygen in the blood, iron is absolutely essential in the human diet.
- Selenium. This antioxidant is important for various processes in your body. Low selenium levels are associated with increased risk of premature death and impaired immune and mental function.
- Magnesium. Often lacking in the diet, this mineral is important for numerous processes in your body.
- Zinc. This mineral participates in many chemical reactions in your body and is important for overall health.
Breakfast is my favorite meal to create recipes and find ways to make healthy swaps. It’s always fun to try new ingredients that can add flavor and nutrition or make a dish totally indulgent. Have you tried baked oatmeal, what’s your favorite spices and fruit to add? Let me know in the comments and enjoy!
Baked Apple and Cinnamon Oatmeal
- 2 cups old-fashioned oats
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 ¾ cups milk of choice
- 2 flax eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup apples diced
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
- 1 tsp raw cane sugar (if desired)
- Step 1 Preheat oven to 375F and grease a 9in. square baking dish
- Step 2 Prepare flax or chia egg and set aside (for about 3-5 mins)
- Step 3 In a medium bowl whisk together dry ingredients until combined
- Step 4 In a smaller bowl combine the wet ingredients
- Step 5 Reserve 1/2 cup of the apples for topping, then arrange the remaining on top of the dry ingredients in the baking pan
- Step 6 Cover the dry ingredients and fruit with wet and ensure it soaks through while patting down the dry oats on top
- Step 7 Scatter the remaining fruit on top and sprinkle on raw cane sugar for extra sweetness and crunch if desired
- Step 8 Bake for 40 minutes or until the top is golden brown, remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes before serving
- Step 9 This will keep well in the fridge for up to 5 days, best served warm with coconut yogurt or milk poured on top