Baked oatmeal is one of the easiest, set it and forget it oatmeal dishes you can make, aside from overnight oats.
It’s a basic sort of recipe that lets you do other things while it bakes in the oven. You can add almost any type of fruit either before or after baking (fresh or frozen) and top with any of your favorite toppings such as maple syrup, honey, coconut sugar, chopped nuts or anything you feel would be tasty on top.
WHAT IS BAKED OATMEAL?
Baked oatmeal is basically an oatmeal casserole. Instead of cooking it on the stove, you bake it in a casserole dish in the oven. You simply combine all the ingredients you would want to put into an oatmeal dish and bake. It’s a great way to make oatmeal when you have other things to tend to for the breakfast table. I love making baked oatmeal on holiday mornings especially because I can do a million other things while breakfast cooks for the entire family.
CAN YOU FREEZE BAKED OATMEAL?
Yes, you can! Once it’s cooked, I recommend freezing it in single serving portions for easy thawing. Rewarm in the microwave with a small amount of milk. If you want to freeze the entire casserole dish, make sure your dish is freezer safe (not all dishes are), and make sure it has an air-tight lid or cover. No matter if you freeze it whole or in portions, you’ll want to let this thaw overnight in the fridge. Then you can reheat. If you don’t have a microwave, you can add a little milk to the dish and reheat, covered with foil, in the oven for about 15 minutes or until warmed through. The oven should be 350 F. to reheat.
HOW TO MAKE BAKED OATMEAL
The concept is pretty basic. You simply combine everything you want in your oatmeal into a casserole dish and then bake it. Simple! Once it’s baked, you can add any fresh toppings you like. See below for suggestions.
If you don’t want to grate an apple for this, you’ll need to use a full 6 cups of milk. The apple adds moisture, so it’s important for making sure your oatmeal doesn’t come out of the oven totally dry. So if you can’t use it, you’ll need to add the extra milk to keep things moist.
If you want to bake the oatmeal with fruit in the dish, then cut back on the grated apple by half and add whatever other fruit you like.
WHAT TO SERVE WITH BAKED OATMEAL
As with most oatmeal dishes, it all depends on what you put into it. If you bake it without sugar like I did here, then your toppings are any fruit you want as well as some sweetener you like.
Some suggestions include:
- Fresh fruit – Strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, apples, sliced bananas.
- Dried fruit – Raisins (gold or brown), dried apricots, dried papaya
- Nuts – walnuts, almonds, pecans
- Seeds – pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, flax seeds, sunflower seeds
- Healthy Sweeteners – Honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar, Sucanat, monk fruit or even xylitol for those who need to go a little easier on their blood sugar.
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BAKED OATMEAL RECIPE:
- 3 cups traditional oats
- 5 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk (regular milk works too)
- 1/2 cup slivered almonds
- 1 cup grated apple (about 1 small apple)
- 1 tsp. pure almond extract
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- fresh blueberries for garnish
- sweetener for garnish
- Preheat oven to 375 F.Add your oats to a casserole dish. One big enough for the dry oats to cover the bottom of the dish.
- Add the nuts to the oats.
- Add the grated apple.
- Sprinkle on the cinnamon.
- Pour in the milk.
- Add the almond extract.
- Using a whisk or wooden spoon, stir everything together in the casserole dish.
- Bake for 50-60 minutes.
- Remove the dish from the oven and cool for about ten minutes.
- Cut and serve with your favorite toppings.