Apple Baked Oatmeal is a healthy, make-ahead vegan breakfast casserole that is full of hearty oats, chopped apples and spices. Bake it up at the weekend and enjoy it served warmed or cold for breakfast all week long!
This Apple Baked Oatmeal is such a convenient and easy-to-make vegan breakfast and one of my favourites. Chop the apples, mix everything up in a bowl, bake, then enjoy all week long. It's so good for meal prep!
If you aren't a fan of regular stovetop oatmeal but want to enjoy oats for breakfast this apple baked oatmeal, my Strawberry Baked Oatmeal or Banana Oatmeal Blueberry Banana Muffins are fantastic alternatives.
Apple Baked Oatmeal has an oaty bar-like texture, punctuated with pieces of sweet chopped apple and crunchy nuts. It tastes like apple pie and is perfect for people who want to learn to like oatmeal because of the health benefits but dislike the porridge-like texture. It's nutrient dense and packed with fiber and healthy fats.
To make this dairy-free apple baked oatmeal recipe you need some basic pantry-friendly ingredients. No eggs are required! Here's a quick visual:
Ingredient Tip - Switch the individual spices for apple pie spice or pumpkin spice if you prefer.
You will also need an oven-proof baking dish. Anything from a ceramic casserole dish to a cast iron skillet to a cake pan. Just make sure it can hold about 2.5 quarts/litres.
Baked apple oatmeal is really easy to customize. Add a handful or two of fresh or frozen berries, chocolate chips, or dried fruits like raisins, dried cranberries and chopped dates. If you want to up the protein you could also add a scoop of protein powder.
How to make Apple Baked Oatmeal
Apple Baked Oatmeal is incredibly easy to make. Here's how:
- Stir the dry ingredients together in a large bowl then add the chopped apple.
- Whisk the milk, vanilla and nut butter together in a medium bowl or jug. Or you can blend it all together in a blender.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the oatmeal mixture and mix well.
- Spoon into an ovenproof dish and bake.
Serve Apple Baked Oatmeal either cold, warm or hot. Pop it in the microwave for a minute or two to warm it up if you're enjoying leftovers.
My favourite way to eat it is with a dollop of vegan yogurt and a drizzle of maple syrup. It's also good with some oat milk or cashew milk poured over and eaten more like traditional breakfast cereal. Other accompaniments that would work well with apple and cinnamon baked oats are:
- apple butter or stewed apples
- a drizzle of nut butter
- fresh berries or mixed berry compote
- ice cream for dessert ;O)
Once cool, cover baked apple cinnamon oatmeal for up to 7 days in the fridge. You can even slice it up and pop it into individual-sized containers to make your mornings even easier. It can also be frozen for up to 3 months.
Baked oatmeal is not like regular stovetop oatmeal in texture. It is sliceable and firm, with a chewy and crispy top and sides and a soft, hearty inside, with added texture from the added fruit and nuts too.
If you try this recipe, let me know how you like it by leaving a comment and rating below! And be sure to join my mailing list for more deliciousness!
Apple Baked OatmealAuthor:
- 2¾ cups (248 grams) rolled/old fashioned oats , (porridge oats in the UK) Use certified gluten-free if necessary
- ½ cup (100 grams) sugar
- ½ cup (55 grams) chopped walnuts , or pecans (omit for nut-free)
- 2 tablespoons (14 grams) ground flaxseed
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon , or switch the spices for apple pie spice or pumpkin spice
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
- 3 medium apples
- ¼ cup (4 tablespoons) nut or seed butter , of choice (or the same amount of oil)
- 1½ cups (360 mls) plant milk
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 375° F (190 °C) and have a large oven-proof dish or pan ready. One that will hold a minimum of 2 quarts/ litres. The pan I use in the photos is 2.5 quarts. Anything ovenproof will do, such as a ceramic dish, skillet or 8 x 8 cake pan.
- To a large bowl add the oats, sugar, nuts, ground flaxseed, cinnamon, ginger and salt. Mix together to combine.
- Core the apples and chop into small ½ inch chunks. There is no need to peel them unless you want to. If you want to decorate the top of the oatmeal keep half an apple aside and slice it thinly. Add the chopped apple to the oat mixture.
- To another smaller bowl add the nut/seed butter then gradually add the milk to work out the big lumps until it's mostly combined. Some small lumps are fine. Mashing with a fork makes it easier. Then add the vanilla. If you have a blender you can blend it altogether instead.
- Pour the milk mixture over the oaty apple mixture. Mix together well.
- Spoon into the oven-proof dish, push it down with a spoon or spatula to level the top and add some apple pieces for decoration if desired then bake for 40 minutes.
Nutritional information is provided for convenience. The data is a computer generated estimate and should be used as a guide only.