Saturday morning I awoke later than usual. The skies were dark and grey and rain was pouring out of the sky. I could have easily pulled the covers up over my head and tried to forget that this was supposed to be the very last weekend of summer. But I overcame. After drinking my first cup of coffee, I set to work getting breakfast ready.
I’ve made baked oatmeal before so I didn’t expect anything so revolutionary this time around. I was wrong. I made a few tweaks to my usual recipe, deciding that this would be a vegan breakfast by adding in almond milk and apple cider and again using those delicious MacIntosh apples that lately have invaded my cooking. If you don’t have vegan ingredients on hand, just use regular milk and butter. Halfway through the baking, there were some seriously delicious smells coming from my oven. Oh man, if I could bottle that scent I would be rich! So so so good. As for taste? Oh yeah, mark this one as a definite favorite. Best oatmeal ever ever.
baked oatmeal with apples
1 c large flake organic oatmeal
1 t cinnamon
pinch each of ground cloves, nutmeg, cardamom
1/4 t salt
2 T maple syrup
1 T dessicated unsweetened coconut
1 large apple, diced
1 c unsweetened almond or soy milk
2/3 c apple cider or juice
2 T chopped toasted pecans
Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl, combine everything but the pecans. Using oil or a vegan margarine, grease up a casserole dish and then dump in oatmeal mixture. Sprinkle pecans over top. Bake for 30 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed. Serve with additional milk or topped with yogurt.
Oh yum. I need to make baked oatmeal this year!
I eat oatmeal (banana-nut butter oatmeal, to be exact) every morning, and love it. But WOWZA yours looks even MORE enticing!! Yum!!
You never mentioned at what temp. to cook for 30 min??
you have to, rachel! it’s so delicious 🙂
thanks veggiegirl. it’s a pretty fantastic version of the ol’ standby!
anon, oops! the recipe is amended.
I can just imagine the lovely smell wafting from your oven, yum!!!
This sounds great, plus I like how this method has no stirring that is a bonus.xb
You know, it never in my whole life occurred to me to bake oatmeal! Will have give it a shot!
I need to revolutionize my standard oatmeal recipe. Normally my oatmeal recipe involves ‘quick-cook’ oatmeal in a bowl nuked with water. Yeah, you guessed it…mushy slop that just won’t go down. In fact it’s down right nasty. But with a bit of maple syrup and some dried fruit and nuts it goes down easier. I will try this recipe and let you know what happens.
Oh man, this sounds so yummy. And it never occurred to me either to bake oatmeal. What a fabulous (and easy) idea! I’ll have to try this some chilly morning soon.
reeni, the smell is amazing!
katerina, i rarely stir oatmeal but i love this method the best!
laura, baking oatmeal is where it’s at 😉
i hope you try this out, bijoux!
carrie, this is perfect for chilly mornings 🙂
that looks like some great oatmeal indeed! what a perfect recipe to try for crisp fall mornings 🙂
Oh my gosh! I am going to have to try this one soon!!! I eat oatmeal every morning and just about every night for “dessert”, so this one is going on my list of desserts! I can’t wait!
I’m looking forward to trying this!
I’ve never baked oatmeal: I’ve been cooking it stovetop and it’s a pain!
I’ll have to try baking them now. Thanks for the tip.
I’m a recent convert to making oatmeal with almond milk. Can’t believe it took me so long! Am going to try this recipe this week since temps. are cooling off!
megan, it is great oatmeal…my favorite!
sarena, this would be perfect as a fall dessert! yum.
let me know how it goes, anne!
eating club, baking it is the way to go. seriously!
What exactly is dessicated unsweetened coconut, sorry if that is a dumb question.
Also, do know a site where I can find out all of the nutitional info on this recipe or do you know it? Thanks, Susan
Ooo I’ll have to try this! I’ve been wanting to eat more oatmeal and this one sounds so yummy.
julia, glad you tried it and enjoyed it! yes, definitely go ahead and post and link back to my blog!
eatme, this is good. you should give it a try!
I made it this morning! I didn’t have apples, so I used plums. And I didn’t have juice so I added more soy milk. Delicious! My roommate hates oatmeal with a passion, and she loved it. I’d like to feature a single serving of this with my adjustments on my blog. I’ll post a link to yours!
I’ll have to try the coconut and maple syrup combination.
Last year I made up “dry” packets for baked oatmeal (fruit, spices, almond and vanilla extract, and oats) and gave them to family for christmas with a recipe. Now my parents make it in the toaster oven most mornings.
I don’t get up that early 😉
My favorite way to do baked oatmeal is to make it with sliced pears on top, and to make process a can of pears in the food processor and use that to replace some of the fat. But I’m definitely doing to try adding coconut and maple syrup. Sounds yummy.
sarah, i love your idea of making up dry packets of oats! ingenious 🙂
aubrey, i’m totally not a pear fan so i’ll stick with apples 😉
that sounds amazing! can’t wait to make that this weekend. maybe this will cure my distaste for oatmeal…
I inadvertently invented something similar to this when I was trying to make museli.
Long story short, baking the oatmeal with apple juice really sweetens it up a lot as well. While, its baking you can toast some almonds and that is a good morning starter.
You have awesome breakfast recipes.
Oh woops that’s exactly what you did.
Nevermind, move on, nothing to see there.
reluctant veggie, i hope you tried it and loved it 🙂
This was delicious. I didn’t have almond milk or coconut, but I though even without that it was a wonderful combination. I am going to try it with cranberries and baked bananas. There are a world of combinations!
Eeeeeeeeeeek! It is word-for-word! You poor thing you must feel so upset to see your recipe “stolen” especially since it’s obviously such a delicious one. Well thank you for the recipe since it’s yours. I shall rectify the error on my blog immediately!
My Mom is in town so I made this dish for breakfast. Yum!!! I wish I could bathe in the aromas coming from the oven. Thanks for such a wonderful recipe!
I tried this recipe last weekend and it gave me breakfast for nearly a week. It was so awesome I made some again today!
I had never tried oatmeal with yogurt before and that was a great treat too! Thanks!!!
Hi, my name is Christie from the blog Coco Bean. Your blog has really inspired me and I remembered that you had this amazing recipe for baked oatmeal. Well I made it today (with some variations)and I posted about it, referencing back here. I hope that you dont mind. Keep up the great recipes.
Haha… and I saw Christie’s baked oatmeal linking back here, so that is how I arrived here. I will be making it this week too! Sounds absolutely delicious!!
I’ve been making your yummy baked oatmeal for a few weeks now, but this morning I didn’t have any apples, so I made this instead: http://www.mmmtasty.ca/2009/03/25/blueberry-pie-baked-oatmeal/
I gave credit to you for the original recipe. 🙂
I made this today for breakfast and it was so easy and perfect for a rainy Monday morning. I mixed up the dry ingredients last night, had the dish all ready to go, poured in the wet ingredients and left it to cook while I got the kids ready for school. It was done by the time they were ready to eat and it was a great warm up and start to the day. Thanks for the great recipe – I'm converted to an oatmeal baker from now on.
Thank you for this recipe! Today is my daughter’s birthday, and she asked for oatmeal for breakfast. I wanted something special and made this for her. It turned out perfect and delicious! I’ve made a lot of your recipes, and this is one of my favorites. I used skim milk and omitted the cardamom (didn’t have any). This is my new go-to oatmeal recipe.