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Baked Oatmeal

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Everyone knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Everyone also knows that breakfast can be the most boring meal of the day. It becomes all too easy to fall into a rut of grabbing toast while you run out the door, the same old bowl of cereal, or a calorie-laden Starbucks pastry. Okay so that last one might  not be boring, but it’s certainly not healthy! This baked oatmeal is a wonderful alternative to traditional breakfast foods – it’s warm, hearty, filling, and full of good-for-you stuff that will make you feel like you started the day right. Looking for an added bonus? You can bake this up and have enough left to be reheated for breakfast every day of the work week. That’s right, 5 days of breakfast ready and waiting for you – no wondering what you’re going to eat or what you’ll have time to make when you wake up in the morning.

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There is nothing complicated about baking up this oatmeal, so get to it! I enjoyed mine with an extra sprinkling of chopped walnuts, a few more raisins, and a drizzle of honey.

Baked Oatmeal

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

2 cups uncooked oats
½ cup packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup raisins (or dried fruit of your choice)
1 tablespoon chopped walnuts (or nut of your choice)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1½ cups milk
½ cup applesauce
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 large egg, beaten
Cooking spray

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375°.

2. Combine the first 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Combine the milk, applesauce, butter, and egg in a separate bowl. Add milk mixture to oat mixture; stir well. Pour oat mixture into an 8-inch square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake for 20 minutes. Serve warm.

(Source: Cooking Light)

Baked Oatmeal
(Source: Cooking Light)

2 cups uncooked oats
½ cup packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup raisins (or dried fruit of your choice)
1 tablespoon chopped walnuts (or nut of your choice)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1½ cups milk
½ cup applesauce
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 large egg, beaten
Cooking spray

1. Preheat oven to 375°.

2. Combine the first 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Combine the milk, applesauce, butter, and egg in a separate bowl. Add milk mixture to oat mixture; stir well. Pour oat mixture into an 8-inch square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake for 20 minutes. Serve warm.

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35 Responses to “Baked Oatmeal”

  1. Elyse on March 8, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    This sounds delicious. I’m already a huge fan of oatmeal. Baking it sounds like a great way to jazz things up a bit. Plus, your pictures look delicious. I’m a huge breakfast fan, so I’ll take any breakfast suggestions I can get!

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  2. Annie on March 8, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    What a great idea! I’ll have to try this.

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  3. Maria on March 8, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    I love baked oatmeal. I am glad you made a healthier version. Can’t wait to try it!

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  4. Meghan on March 8, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    I’m always looking for new oatmeal recipes, and the fact that this is from Cooking Light is even better! Thanks!

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  5. Haley on March 9, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    What is the texture of this like? I’ve always loved the idea of oatmeal, but can’t get over the slimy texture.

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  6. Chelle on March 9, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    HALEY — This is a pretty dry, loose texture. In fact, my mom dislikes oatmeal because she refers to it as “soupy” but she LOVED this baked dish because of the significant difference in texture. I hope you give it a try and I’d love to know how you liked it!

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  7. Anna on March 10, 2009 at 9:05 am

    I made this last night and am planning on having delicious warm breakfasts for the rest of the week… Tastes great, and I didn’t even add the butter! Thanks for the recipe.

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  8. Angela on March 11, 2009 at 12:21 am

    Great idea about cooking extra for the rest of the week. I just started doing that with my rice. Now I can do the same for breakfast.

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  9. Meghan on March 11, 2009 at 9:46 am

    Hi Chelle – Just wanted to let you know I made the Baked Oatmeal this morning and my husband and I loved it! We had a 50 degree temperature drop overnight here in Chicago (!!!) so this was the perfect breakfast. Thanks for the recipe!

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  10. Debbie on March 24, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    I fixed this last week with dried cranberries, slivered almonds & orange zest–it was yummy! It was nice to have breakfast already fixed & all I had to do was warm it up for less than a minute in the microwave.

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  11. Erin on April 20, 2010 at 11:34 am

    Made it this morning with Cranberries and chopped pecans. Then I topped it with plain greek yogurt. So delicious.

    Thanks for the excellent recipe!

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  12. Alissa on January 15, 2011 at 12:43 am

    This sounds amazing! I am on a huge oatmeal kick right now, but was looking for something just a little different. This is perfect! How many servings does this make?

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    • Michelle on February 15th, 2011 at 9:35 pm

      Alissa, I’d say 4 to 6 servings.

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  13. Lauren on February 12, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    my roommate and i make this every time we want an awesome breakfast! Thanks so much for not just a healthy and yummy recipe- but a college student friendly one!

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  14. Mandy on March 17, 2011 at 7:43 am

    Just stumbled upon this while looking for healthy recipes… I love oatmeal and as a former bodybuilder (getting back into it again!), I am always looking for new ways to enjoy it. This is great! I am not new to pre- cooking meals for the week, so this fits right into my hectic schedule… Thanks for the tip! Also, you can use Splenda or brown sugar Splenda instead of brown sugar, omit butter, and use only egg whites to make it even more body-friendly… Love your blog!

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  15. Stephanie on May 28, 2011 at 9:53 am

    I made this for my family for breakfast this am. It was delicious and easy.

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  16. Brienne on August 14, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    This is GREAT! I just made it tonight and can’t wait to have oatmeal ready for my 2 year old every morning! He eats oatmeal almost everyday.

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  17. Alisha on August 22, 2011 at 7:35 am

    I made this today, and it was amazing! I have always hated oatmeal because of the slimy texture, but this is almost more like a cross between oatmeal and oatmeal cookies- it tastes so good, I almost feel bad eating it for breakfast! The possibilities of add-ins are limitless, so it just can’t get old. I did craisins & almonds, what have others tried successfully, of unsuccessfully?

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  18. Rashmi on September 19, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Hey Michelle, what kind of oats did you use in this – steel-cut or old-fashioned rolled? Do you think it makes a difference? Thanks!

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    • Michelle on September 22nd, 2011 at 10:30 pm

      Hi Rashmi, Old-fashioned rolled oats. And yes, it will make a difference since steel cut oats absorb water and cook down differently.

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  19. Charm on October 5, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Really delicious. But also curiously rich and luxurious, so I can eat only a few bites at a time. I found the texture to be reminiscent of a pudding or custard. Am looking forward to making every week with different add-ins and devouring for breakfast (and for snacking throughout the day!).

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  21. Esther on December 5, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    Someone in my family is allergic to walnuts. Is it okay to leave it out?

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    • Michelle on December 6th, 2011 at 12:10 pm

      Absolutely! Enjoy!

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  22. Esther on December 7, 2011 at 6:48 am

    Thanks! Looks delish! Can’t wait to try it out!

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  23. Priyanka on December 23, 2011 at 6:59 am

    Any substitution ideas for the applesauce?

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    • Michelle on December 26th, 2011 at 5:42 pm

      Not particularly, it acts as a binder and sweetener. You could use honey, but I think the flavor might be too strong, and it would definitely cause the sugar content to be drastically increased.

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    • marge on October 23rd, 2012 at 9:38 am

      I just spotted this recipe on Pinterest. I have no applesauce in the house…going to try pumpkin puree! I’m excited!

      Reply

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  25. Cindy on January 3, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    I love it. I omitted the butter and added about 1/4 flax seed to add to the nutrition level. I also omitted the brown sugar, the raisins made it sweet enough. I can always add honey on top if I want it sweeter that morning. Rather than making oatmeal every morning I just heat up a serving with some rice milk. YUMMY!!!

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  29. Ann on March 16, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Am so glad I stumbled upon this site.
    My daughter and I are baking and cooking together more than ever–and so far every recipe has been wonderful.
    Thank you!!

    Reply

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