Baked Oatmeal With Frozen Strawberries

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If you like strawberry shortcake, you’ll love this strawberry baked oatmeal. It has a deep, rich flavor that perfectly balances sweet and salty flavors. It’s the perfect breakfast casserole for a small crowd.

If you love baked oatmeal, you have to try this recipe. It has a deep, rich flavor that is perfect for getting your morning started. Oatmeal recipes are very versatile, but when you get a combination that really hits home, it’s great to know that it’s both healthy and easy to make.

A spoonful of Baked Oatmeal With Strawberries over a casserole dish.

What Is Baked Oatmeal?

Baked oatmeal is an oatmeal casserole. The reason people like it so much is because you don’t have to stand over a stove cooking it. You mix everything together, put it into a casserole dish, and bake it in the oven while you do other things.

Baked Oatmeal Recipe Tips

  1. The whole strawberries in this casserole really retain their heat, so make sure you give it a few minutes to cool down before you dive in.
  2. While I give specific tips here, you can absolutely just dump all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir, then transfer to a casserole dish. I just like mixing the wet and dry ingredients separately to make sure everything combines evenly. But if you’re in a hurry, skip that and use the bowl method instead.
  3. The best toppings are extra pecans and maple syrup. But you can try cinnamon or any other toppings you think would work best.
A serving spoon pushed into the Baked Oatmeal With Strawberries casserole.

Make Ahead Breakfast Casserole

You can mix all of this together and set it in the fridge for baking the next day if you need to make this ahead.

What To Serve With Baked Oatmeal With Strawberries

While this is definitely a stand-alone dish, you can serve just about any breakfast food you want with it. Some ideas are:

  • Scrambled eggs
  • Bacon or sausage
  • Fresh fruit salad
  • Greek yogurt parfait with granola and berries
  • Roasted breakfast potatoes
  • Whole grain toast or English muffins
  • Smoked salmon and cream cheese bagels
  • Vegetable frittata or quiche
  • Breakfast burritos or breakfast tacos
  • Hash browns or potato hash
  • Cottage cheese with pineapple or peaches
  • Banana or blueberry pancakes
An overhead view of a partially eaten Baked Oatmeal With Strawberries in a casserole dish.

Recipe Variations

If you want to try different variations of baked oatmeal, here are some ideas with substitution suggestions:

  1. Chocolate Strawberry
    • Add ¼ cup of cocoa powder to the dry ingredients.
    • Mix in ½ cup of dark chocolate chips with the strawberries.
  2. Banana Nut
    • Replace the strawberries with mashed ripe bananas.
    • Add ½ cup of chopped walnuts or pecans.
  3. Blueberry Lemon
    • Substitute the strawberries for blueberries.
    • Add 2 tbsp. lemon zest
  4. Coconut Cream
    • Add ½ cup of shredded coconut.
  5. Peanut Butter & Jelly
    • Swirl ¼ cup of peanut butter into the oatmeal mixture before baking.
    • Top the baked oatmeal with a drizzle of strawberry fruit spread.
  6. Vanilla
    • Replace the vanilla extract with the seeds scraped from two vanilla bean pods.
    • Omit the fruit.
  7. Raspberry Chocolate Chip
    • Substitute the strawberries with fresh or frozen raspberries.
    • Mix in ½ cup of dark chocolate chips.
  8. Almond Joy
    • Add ¼ cup of shredded coconut.
    • Add ¼ cup of chopped almonds.
  9. Maple Pecan
    • Add ¼ cup of maple syrup.
    • Add an extra ½ cup of chopped pecans.
    • Omit the berries.
  10. Apple Pie Oatmeal
    • Replace the strawberries with diced apples tossed with cinnamon and a sprinkle of sweetener.
    • Top the baked oatmeal with a crumble topping made from oats, flour, granular sweetener, and butter for an apple pie-inspired twist.
  11. Pumpkin Spice
    • Add ½ cup of canned pumpkin puree.
    • Add 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice.
  12. Cherry Almond
    • Swap out the strawberries for fresh or frozen and pitted cherries.
    • Mix in ¼ cup of sliced almonds.
  13. Gingerbread Oatmeal
    • Add 1-2 tsp. of ground ginger.
    • Add 1 tsp. of ground cinnamon.
    • Add ½ tsp. of ground cloves.
  14. Orange Cranberry
    • Add 1 tbsp. orange zest.
    • Mix in ½ cup of dried cranberries.
    • Keep or omit the strawberries. Your choice.
  15. Honey Nut
    • Add ¼ cup honey instead of maple syrup. Also, use honey to top the baked casserole.
    • Add ½ cup of chopped mixed nuts, such as almonds, walnuts, and pecans.
  16. Chai Spice
    • Replace the vanilla extract with 1 teaspoon of chai spice blend.
  17. Mocha Hazelnut
    • Add 2 tbsp. cocoa powder.
    • Add 1 tbsp. instant coffee granules.
    • Mix in ½ cup of chopped hazelnuts.
  18. Tropical Mango Pineapple Oatmeal:
    • Replace the strawberries with diced mango and pineapple.
    • Top the oatmeal with a sprinkle of shredded coconut.
    • Drizzle with honey.
A spoon lifts some Baked Oatmeal With Strawberries out of a casserole dish full of it.

What You Need To Make Baked Oatmeal With Strawberries

Rolled oats – These are typically called old-fashioned oats or traditional oats. But some packages will say rolled oats.

Baking powder – While this will help a tiny bit with the rise, it’s really more about the final flavor. It adds salty notes that are really delicious in this casserole.

Salt – I used pink Himalayan salt. But you can use whatever you normally cook with.

Frozen strawberries – These should have no sugar added.

Pecans – I used raw pecans. These work best for baking. You can use roasted pecans, but you may run the risk of overcooking them.

Yogurt – I used plain almond milk yogurt to avoid dairy. But Greek yogurt or plain yogurt will work here, too. If you want more protein, opt for Greek yogurt.

Milk – While the recipe calls for unsweetened oat milk, you can use any type of milk you prefer. Dairy or non-dairy.

Pure vanilla extract – While a full tablespoon may seem like a lot, it’s worth it for this recipe. I used bourbon vanilla, but use any type you like as long as it’s the real stuff. Avoid vanilla flavoring.

Pure maple syrup – Use the real stuff. Avoid pancake syrup. If you prefer, you can use some honey instead. Add to taste.

How To Make Baked Oatmeal With Strawberries

An oven display set to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Baked Oatmeal With Strawberries Recipe ingredients in individual bowls.

Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and gather all your ingredients.

Baked Oatmeal wet ingredients in a mixing bowl with a whisk.
Wet ingredients whisked together in a mixing bowl for this Baked Oatmeal With Strawberries Recipe.

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the yogurt, milk, vanilla extract, and maple syrup until well combined.

Oats, nuts, salt and baking powder in a white casserole dish, unmixed.
Oats, nuts, salt and baking powder in a white casserole dish, mixed together.

Pour the dry ingredients directly into your casserole dish and stir well to combine.

Wet ingredients added to dry ingredient in a white casserole dish.
frozen strawberries added to a white casserole dish with both wet and dry ingredients unmixed.
All the Baked Oatmeal With Strawberries Recipe ingredient mixed together in a white casserole dish.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and add the frozen strawberries. Mix well with a spoon or spatula.

Just baked Oatmeal With Strawberries in a white casserole dish.

Bake in the preheated oven for 50-60 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the oats are set.

An overhead view of a white casserole dish with a portion of Baked Oatmeal With Strawberries removed.

Serve warm, and if desired, top with extra sliced strawberries and a drizzle of maple syrup.

Storage

Store any leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days (if you use regular dairy products) or up to 5 days (if you use all plant-based products).

Freezing

Once cooked, this can be frozen, if packed well, for up to 4 months.

Reheating

To reheat leftovers, you can either microwave it or reheat it in the oven at 350F. until warmed through.

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Baked Oatmeal With Frozen Strawberries

A delicious baked oatmeal recipe you can make any time of year thanks to frozen strawberries.
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 417kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Casserole dish

Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled oats (or traditional or old fashioned oats)
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 3 cups frozen strawberries (no sugar added)
  • ½ cup pecans (chopped)
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt (or plain, or plant-based plain)
  • cups unsweetened oat milk (or dairy milk, or unsweetened almond milk)
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup (or other liquid sweetener of your choosing – you can adjust this to taste)

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
    An oven display set to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the yogurt, milk, vanilla extract, and maple syrup until well combined.
    Wet ingredients whisked together in a mixing bowl for this Baked Oatmeal With Strawberries Recipe.
  • Pour the dry ingredients directly into your casserole dish and stir well to combine.
    Oats, nuts, salt and baking powder in a white casserole dish, unmixed.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and add the frozen strawberries. Mix well with a spoon or spatula.
    frozen strawberries added to a white casserole dish with both wet and dry ingredients unmixed.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 50-60 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the oats are set.
    Just baked Oatmeal With Strawberries in a white casserole dish.
  • Serve warm, and if desired, top with extra pecans and a drizzle of maple syrup.
    An overhead view of a white casserole dish with a portion of Baked Oatmeal With Strawberries removed.

Notes

Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25the recipe | Calories: 417kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.003g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 358mg | Potassium: 629mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 206IU | Vitamin C: 64mg | Calcium: 298mg | Iron: 3mg

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