Recipe: Baked Oatmeal


Lastnight we had ever-versatile quiche for supper and G commented that he loved it so much, he’d like it for breakfast on his birthday…  11 months from now.  C told me he wanted waffles and E requested our favourite oatmeal for her birthday in July.   They say it as though I never make these things, even though I make them all — every week!  :o)

This morning, E came down the stairs and asked me about the yummy smell.   I told her that oatmeal was in the oven.

Her reply?  “It’s my BIRTHDAY?” 


We so enjoy this recipe here at Casa del Whacko.  It’s healthy and filling and tasty.  The kids ask for it more often than they get it (which is usually about once a week), so I might actually rotate this one in a bit more frequently.  As local and seasonal fruits become more readily available over the next few months, it will be fun to change the recipe up a bit with fresh toppings.

I always keep jars of the dry mix in the pantry so I don’t have the ‘it’s too much work excuse’ when I know I really should be giving the family healthy, wholesome breakfasts.  The jars are a huge sanity saver for me.   I prepare them based on single batches, and just grab two for a double batch. 

Recipe:  Baked Oatmeal

In the jars:

2 cups large flake oats (not the quick cooking kind)

1 cup spelt (the flakes not the flour – or you can make this another cup of oats instead)

1/4 cup sugar (or less)

2 tsp baking powder

2 tsp cinnamon

3/4 tsp salt

1-2 tsp ground flax

When ready to make, combine wet ingredients in a bowl:

2 eggs, beaten

1/2 cup applesauce

1/2 cup vanilla yogurt (or plain will work too)

1/2 cup milk

1/4 cup oil (I’ve increased the applesauce a bit, and decreased the oil to about 1/8 cup without issue)

Mix in dry ingredients and pour into greased casserole dish.  When making a single batch, I always use a 1.8L Corning dish with a lid and that works very well.

When time allows (and definitely if it’s someone’s birthday), I peel and dice 2 apples, toss with a few Tbsp of maple syrup and some cinnamon, and spread over top of the oat mixture. 

Now here’s the beauty of this one:   You have two options on when to prepare this.  You can:

a) put it in the fridge overnight and pop it in the oven in the morning (45-50 mins. @ 350); or

b) mix it up in the morning and bake it then (about 40 mins. @ 350)

If it doesn’t have the baked apple on top, serve it up plain or with some other fresh fruit on top (strawberries and bananas are a fave).

Confession:  I threw mine together this morning (I was working lastnight) and in the morning chaos, I forgot to add milk to the wet ingredients!  Funny thing is, it didn’t really matter.  It was a bit more cake-like than it is with the milk, but the kids loved it just the same.   Best of all, C commented:  “It tastes great AND you saved a bit more money!”   Gotta love that!

This recipe has been linked to Tasty Tuesdays and Tempt My Tummy Tuesdays.

16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. SnoWhite
    Apr 06, 2010 @ 08:50:42

    I’m eating baked oatmeal right now 🙂 Our recipes are fairly similar (although I’ll have to try it with the flax and spelt!). I make ours with all applesauce and it works well. And, we only use 1 tsp. of vanilla.


  2. Living Simply
    Apr 06, 2010 @ 09:20:48

    Yum… I’m gonna have to try this… My hubby loves baked oatmeal with the apples. And you’ve made it simple to prepare. I love making things the night before to pop in the over first thing.

    I’m here from Tasty Tuesday. Have a great day!!


  3. joyandcontentment
    Apr 06, 2010 @ 09:45:26

    Can I possibly say “great” any more?


  4. SnoWhite
    Apr 06, 2010 @ 10:17:56

    Thanks for visiting!!

    I often freeze ham — I haven’t frozen the lasagna dish, but I do stick leftover ham in the freezer. I wouldn’t eat slices of it for a meal after that point (texture is a bit different after freezing), but it works wonderfully in casseroles and soups.


  5. Katie
    Apr 06, 2010 @ 11:49:19

    Ooo…. sounds delicious. Next time we have people in from out of town, I’ll make this. It’s probably too much for just the two of us. 🙂


    • joyandcontentment
      Apr 06, 2010 @ 12:04:45

      Katie, to give you an idea of yield, it makes 4 really good sized portions. It’s barely enough for 2 adults and 3 kids. I often double the recipe (the kids always want more) and just reheat the leftovers a couple days later – still delish. Also, this recipe is quite cake like – I break it up with a spoon in the bowl before adding milk. If you want it a bit less so, you can try increasing the yogurt/ applesauce quantities. We like it as is, but it was definitely a bit different at first. It’s really not like the goopy oatmeal I ate growing up.


  6. Melinda
    Apr 06, 2010 @ 17:01:39

    We love baked oatmeal – but I never thought to mix it up the night before! What a time saver! Thanks!


  7. Brenda
    Apr 06, 2010 @ 19:32:28

    This looks like a healthier version of what I usually make


  8. Mallory
    Apr 06, 2010 @ 21:19:54

    I can’t wait to try this!!! However, does it really need 1/2 a CUP of vanilla? I love vanilla, but that much would be expensive! Also, do you think it would work to use honey or maple syrup instead of sugar?



  9. Lisa@Blessedwithgrace
    Apr 07, 2010 @ 10:26:04

    The baked oatmeal look really great! Thanks for sharing your recipe and linking to Tempt My Tummy Tuesday.


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