Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal
Lightly sweet, perfectly spiced and dotted with plenty of apples, this apple cinnamon baked oatmeal is the perfect treat to enjoy on a chilly autumn morning! Cinnamon, brown sugar and apples are an impeccable combination, and when paired with the chewy, slightly crunchy oatmeal, this entire dish comes together to create the ultimate comforting fall breakfast.
It’s officially November and the weather is finally starting to get chilly. And when the weather gets cold, I immediately start bringing out all the fall flavors ie. pumpkin, maple and, possibly my favorite, apple cinnamon. Although I know that it’s November and all the Christmas decorations are going up, Christmas music playing on the radio and Christmas recipes already trending on the internet, I want to take another month to celebrate fall as we lead up to Thanksgiving. Hence why I have chosen to share another fall-inspired recipe aka. this apple cinnamon baked oatmeal.
At my house, baked oatmeal is a popular breakfast because it’s easy to throw together, stays fresh in the fridge for several days, and, most importantly, is loaded with whole grains and fiber to keep you full all morning long. This baked oatmeal recipe is also lower in sugar than many baked oatmeal recipes on the internet, and it contains a full three cups of chopped apples! Not only can you have a delicious, filling breakfast with this apple cinnamon baked oatmeal, but you can also eat this treat knowing that you are nourishing your body with wholesome ingredients to maximize your health.
Ingredients You Need
Rolled Oats~ In this recipe, it’s best to use old-fashioned rolled oats. Do not use quick oats or steel cut oats because the texture of the oatmeal will be off.
Brown Sugar~ For this recipe, I love using brown sugar because it complements the apples and cinnamon really well. However you could use white sugar instead, or you could even try using a liquid sweetener such as honey or maple syrup.
Baking Powder & Salt~ Both of these ingredients are important for optimal texture and flavor, so please do not omit!
Cinnamon~ Ground cinnamon is essential for achieving the classic apple cinnamon flavor. It may seem like a lot, but be sure to use the full amount listed in the recipe for the best flavor.
Oil~ Any kind of cooking oil will work here. I like to use olive oil, melted coconut oil or even melted butter.
Eggs~ The texture in this baked oatmeal is very reliant on the eggs in this recipe. I would not recommend trying to make egg substitutions because you won’t have the chewy, slightly soft, slightly crunchy result of this baked oatmeal recipe.
Apples~ Any type of apple will work here, but I prefer to use a sweeter apple variety, like Gala or Pink Lady.
Walnuts~ Nuts are totally optional, but they do add a lovely flavor and crunch if you like nuts. You could also use pecans instead of walnuts if you prefer.
What I love about baked oatmeal is that it is so simple to throw together. You simply whisk together the wet ingredients, stir in the oats and then fold in the apples and walnuts before spreading the mixture into a pan and baking until golden brown. This baked oatmeal is more crumbly, kind of like a soft granola texture, so it’s perfect for spooning into a bowl and eating plain or even topping with yogurt for extra protein. View the video below for a recipe visual:
This apple cinnamon baked oatmeal is simple to throw together on a busy morning or you can even prepare the night before and bake in the morning for an extra fast breakfast option. Additionally, this baked oatmeal stays fresh in the fridge for several days and in the freezer for a few months. I love that this apple cinnamon baked oatmeal is reminiscent of fall flavors, yet is still healthy and perfect for a nutritious breakfast option that both kids and adults will enjoy. I know you’ll enjoy this recipe as much as I do 🙂
Looking for more fall recipes? Check out these delicious options below:
Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 tbsp oil
- 3 large eggs
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 3 cups diced apples
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
- Preheat your oven to 350 °F and lightly grease a 9×13 inch glass baking dish.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, oil and eggs. Add the salt, baking powder, ground cinnamon and rolled oats and stir until fully combined. Fold in the diced apples and chopped walnuts.
- Pour the mixture into your prepared pan and use the back of a spoon or measuring cup to firmly press the mixture into the pan. Sprinkle the top with extra nuts if desired before baking for about 30 minutes or until the oatmeal is lightly golden brown. Allow the oatmeal to cool for at least 10 minutes before spooning into bowls and serving warm.