Apple Baked Oatmeal is a minimum effort, 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!
¼ cup / 4 tablespoonsnut or seed butter, of choice (or the same amount of oil)
1½ cups / 360mlsmilk of choice
2 to 3mediumapples , (use as much or as little as you like)
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.
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 if you want to be super quick.
Core the apples and chop into small ½ inch chunks. There is no need to peel them unless you want to. The colour of the skin is nice in the finished oatmeal. 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 dry ingredients then pour over the milk mixture. Give it a really good stir so you can no longer see any dry ingredients and so the apple is distributed througout. .
Spoon into the oven-proof dish or pan, push it down with a spoon or spatula to level the top and add some apple pieces for decoration if desired.
Bake for 40 mins.
Storage & ReheatingOnce cool, cover and refrigerate for up to 7 days. You can even slice it up and pop it into individual-sized containers to make your mornings even easier.Apple Baked Oatmeal also freezes well for up to 3 months. I recommend freezing individual portions so that you can take out only what's needed. Let it defrost in the fridge overnight.Enjoy cold or reheat. Simply pop an individual serving in a bowl in the microwave for a minute or two. Or you can put it on an oven-proof plate/dish and bake for about 10 minutes at 350°F (175°C). If using the microwave it will stay nice and moist, whereas the oven will dry it out a little so be sure to serve it with some vegan yogurt, maple syrup or a drop of plant milk if necessary to moisten it up.