Baked Apple Oatmeal

Loaded with all of your favorite fall flavors, this healthy Baked Apple Oatmeal is a wholesome morning treat! Meal prep it for easy breakfasts throughout the week, or feed the whole family for brunch, it’s perfect for making ahead to serve a crowd!

I love making healthy breakfasts ahead to have on hand at all times! Try my Breakfast Cookies for a healthy treat with a little chocolate snuck in, and my Morning Glory Muffins are truly glorious!

Baked Apple Oatmeal on a white plate with sliced apples, drizzled with maple syrup.

Don’t you just love all things apple and cinnamon? When those leaves begin to change (or let’s be honest, in the highest heat of summer) I’m always whipping apple and cinnamon up in some form. Pie, crisp, smoothie, oatmeal, you name it, I’ll make it!

This healthy Baked Apple Oatmeal recipe combines two of my favorite breakfasts: Healthy Baked Oatmeal and Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal. It’s perfect for meal prep and taking on the go. I like to portion the baked oatmeal into 9 squares and warm them up as needed. Topped with fresh apple slices, oat milk, and a drizzle of maple syrup, it tastes like a treat but is actually healthy!

To make this healthier than your average baked oatmeal, I add maple syrup instead of refined sugar, substituted butter for coconut oil, and added applesauce for more natural sweetness and moisture. It could almost be a dessert, but made with wholesome ingredients that are really good for you and perfect for breakfast or brunch!

Baked Apple Oatmeal slices in a white casserole dish.

What you’ll need for this recipe

  • Oats: I prefer old-fashioned oats for this recipe, however you can use rolled oats or instant oats as well. Most of the oats will be blended so in a pinch you could also use oat flour. If you need this to be gluten-free, double check the oats are gluten-free!
  • Apples: Large apples, any variety! I absolutely love the tartness of granny smith apples, but any that you prefer will be perfect!
  • Maple syrup: Instead of sugar I mixed in maple syrup for sweetness. It also adds a beautiful maple flavor to the baked apple oatmeal. It’s amazing!
  • Vanilla extract: Is added to emphasize the sweetness and warmth. Skip it if you don’t have any on hand!
  • Cinnamon: Cinnamon and apples were just meant to be together!
  • Raising agents: Baking soda and baking powder help the baked oats to raise and become less dense.
  • Oat milk: Oat milk is SO creamy! It’s steadily becoming one of my favorite plant-based kinds of milk. It’s just right for this recipe, however, you can use any milk you have on hand instead.
  • Yogurt: I added a little plain yogurt for extra moisture and creaminess. Plain Greek yogurt is also a great option.
  • Applesauce: Homemade or storebought applesauce makes this Baked Apple Oatmeal recipe burst even more with apple flavor! If you’re using store-bought, be careful of extra added, unhealthy ingredients. There is really no need for extra sugar in applesauce!
  • Eggs: Eggs bind all of the ingredients together.
  • Coconut oil: A lot of baked oatmeal recipes I’ve made have called for butter to help the oats get nice and toasty on top. For a healthier option, I added coconut oil this time. It’s really good for you and also adds a slight hint of coconut to the baked oats. Not a fan of coconut? Use refined coconut oil to skip the coconut flavor.

How to make Healthy Baked Apple Oatmeal

  1. Prepare the oven and pan: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 9 pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Blend and fold: Set aside 1 cup of diced apples and 1/2 cup of oats. Add the remaining apples, oats, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, yogurt, applesauce, eggs, and coconut oil to a blender. Blend for 30-60 seconds or until the mixture is combined. Remove the blender blade and fold in the oats and diced apple by hand.

Overhead shot of ingredients in a blender.

3. Add to the pan: Pour the oatmeal mixture into the prepared baking pan.

 

Batter in a square, white baking dish.

5. Bake: For 30-35 minutes or until the top looks set and a toothpick comes out mostly clean.

Baked Apple Oatmeal in a square white baking dish.

6. Cool and store: Allow the oatmeal to cool completely before slicing and serving. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to a week.

 

Spatula lifting a slice of Baked Apple Oatmeal from a white casserole dish.

Tips for Success

  • Love a little crunch? Throw in some walnuts or pecans! They contain healthy fats and protein. Nuts are so good for you!
  • Spices: For extra fall flavor, I like to add a pinch of nutmeg, ground cloves, cardamom, or a little pumpkin pie spice. It’s so good with apples!
  • For easier prep, leave the peels on your apples! They will still blend up perfectly. This will also add some extra fiber to the Baked Apple Oatmeal.
  • Add different fruit! Peaches would be delicious in this recipe. Like a healthy peach cobbler for breakfast. Yum!
  • Serving ideas: I like to serve this Baked Apple Oatmeal recipe with a drizzle of maple syrup, sliced fresh apples, and a few toasted walnuts or pecans.
  • Make sure your oats and oat milk are certified gluten-free if you need this to be gluten-free.

Storage & Reheating Instructions

  • Store any leftover Baked Apple Oatmeal in the fridge for up to 5 days.
  • Reheat it in the microwave if desired, but this can also be eaten cold or at room temperature.
  • Freeze: Baked oatmeal is great for freezing! Store it in an airtight container or ziptop bag for up to 3 months. Thaw completely before consuming. For ease, I like to freeze individual sices and just take out what I need the night before to thaw covered on the counter.

Are oatmeal and apples good for you?

Yes! They are loaded with heart-healthy fiber and plenty of natural vitamins and minerals. They are perfect additions to support a healthy diet.

What does baked oatmeal taste like?

Baked oatmeal is crispy on top and gooey inside. It’s almost like a cake but made with healthier wholesome ingredients like oatmeal, applesauce, cinnamon, and maple syrup.

Is it healthy to eat oatmeal every day?

Oatmeal is very healthy to have as part of a regular diet as it contains plenty of heart-healthy fiber. I recommend having it with fruit and switching the fruit daily to cover more of your nutritional needs.

Baked Apple Oatmeal on a white plate with sliced apples, drizzled with maple syrup.

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Healthy Baked Apple Oatmeal

5 from 5 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 9 slices

Loaded with all of your favorite fall flavors, this healthy Baked Apple Oatmeal is a wholesome morning treat! Meal prep it for easy breakfasts throughout the week, or feed the whole family for brunch, it's perfect for making ahead to serve a crowd!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups old fashioned oats, divided
  • 3 large apples, divided, peeled and diced
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup oat milk
  • 1/4 cup yogurt
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil

Instructions

Images:
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 9 pan with non stick cooking spray and set aside.
    Set aside 1 cup of diced apples and 1/2 cup of the oats. Add the remaining apples, oats, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, yogurt, applesauce, eggs and coconut oil to a blender.
    Blend for 30-60 seconds or until the mixture is combined. Remove the blender blade and fold in the oats and diced apple by hand.
  • Pour the oatmeal mixture into the prepared baking pan.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the top looks set and a toothpick comes out mostly clean.
  • Allow the oatmeal to cool completely before slicing and serving.
    Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Recipe Notes

  1. Love a little crunch? Throw in some walnuts or pecans! They contain healthy fats and protein. Nuts are so good for you!
  2. Spices: For extra fall flavor, I like to add a pinch of nutmeg, ground cloves, cardamom, or a little pumpkin pie spice. It's so good with apples!
  3. For easier prep, leave the peels on your apples! They will still blend up perfectly. This will also add some extra fiber to the Baked Apple Oatmeal.
  4. Add different fruit! Peaches would be delicious in this recipe. Like a healthy peach cobbler or cake for breakfast. Yum!
  5. Serving ideas: I like to serve this Baked Apple Oatmeal recipe with a drizzle of maple syrup, sliced fresh apples, and a few toasted walnuts or pecans.
  6. Make sure your oats and oat milk are certified gluten-free if you need this to be gluten-free.
Nutrition Facts
Healthy Baked Apple Oatmeal
Amount Per Serving
Calories 197 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Trans Fat 0.004g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 43mg14%
Sodium 147mg6%
Potassium 268mg8%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 126IU3%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 74mg7%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Baked Apple Oatmeal, Healthy Breakfast

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