Baked Oatmeal—It’s That Good

baked oatmeal

Baked Oatmeal: this is a family favorite recipe that you can prep the night before. Add the toppings of your choice. Easy, delicious and nutritious breakfast!

A few days ago I woke up to James tripping all over himself and crying as he came into my room. Yeah, good morning to you too, buddy.

This isn’t all that typical of an occurrence anymore now that he’s four, so we had a serious issue on our hands.

He would not reveal what the problem was. After repeated prodding it finally came out…we were not having baked oatmeal for breakfast. If we were, it would already be baking in the oven.

That’s right. I have a nutritious breakfast food that my son cries about if he can’t have it.

Don’t you want to know what it is and how to make this miraculous food? Would it totally blow your mind if I told you it was very easy? And that there are multiple ways you can moderate it to your liking?

Baked Oatmeal Recipe
(adapted from Money Saving Mom)
  • 1/3 cup melted butter or applesauce, or combo (I usually do half of each)
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup of sweetener (sugar, brown sugar, stevia, maple syrup, whatever you like)*
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup plus 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 3 cups oats (regular or quick)
  • 1 – 2 cups of cut up fruit and/or other toppings

*I’ve played around with the sugar and I think the recipe is still good with only half a cup. But do what you like.

One of the great things about this recipe is that I recommend preparing it the night before! It takes five to ten minutes, depending on what fruit or toppings you put in.
1. Mix butter/applesauce, eggs and sweetener
2. Add baking powered, vanilla, cinnamon and salt
3. Stir in milk and oatmeal
4. Stir in desired toppings
Store it in the refrigerator overnight! You can also freeze it for later and then thaw it overnight when you’re ready for it (I don’t know about you, but if I make something yummy I pretty much want to eat it as soon as possible).
In the morning, heat the oven to 350. Pour the mixture into a greased pan (the bigger the pan the faster it cooks). Heat for 25 to 35 minutes, until the top starts to get a little crispy.
Serve it up in bowls while it’s hot! My kids like it as is, but I like to pour milk over it.
Mmmm. I think I might make some tonight….
As I mentioned, you can change this up a lot. Here are some of the variations I do:
  • Butter, oil, applesauce…use what you prefer or some sort of combination.
  • Use whatever sweetener you like, in the amount you like.  I typically do half sugar and half Stevia in the Raw (trying to cut back our sugar intake  – have you tried stevia??? It’s great). I’d like to try it with maple syrup too.
  • You can mix in practically anything: fruit, nuts…I’ve even heard of somebody mixing in zucchini bread! Some of our favorites are blueberry/peach, blueberry/rhubarb, plain blueberry, plain peach and just apples. When I’m feeling lazy I put in raisins. It’s also tasty just plain, but not as fun.
  • For kid fun, put the oatmeal mixture into muffin tins. This is the way I convinced mine to try it initially…I disguised it as muffins. Fool-proof.
  • You don’t have to prep it the night before. On the particular morning when James was flipping out, I caved and decided to make it.
  • You can double the recipe for a crowd. It was a big hit when family was in town for my sister’s wedding a couple months ago.
That’s it! I hope you enjoy this very useful recipe!

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