The Best Ever Baked Oatmeal.
This is seriously the best baked oatmeal you will ever eat.
I know I have ten million favorite everythings and that I seriously love all the things and that I get excited over everything in life, but using the term “best ever” isn’t something I take lightly. THIS IS REALLY THE BEST EVER!
And I know that I’ve shared many baked oatmeal recipes over the years. I even have one in my first cookbook, Seriously Delish, and you guys make it ALL the time!
So here’s the thing about this oatmeal recipe.
It’s basically dessert. It’s DIFFERENT.
Yes. It’s like oatmeal cake. Dessert oatmeal. Baked, crunchy, sugary oatmeal that is so fantastic you won’t be able to stand it. Or stop eating it.
This is one of those recipes that you make for a crowd, a brunch party, or even dessert if you’re weird like me and want to serve it with ice cream. It’s not something I’d prep ahead to eat for the week for breakfast because it isn’t that good-for-you kind of oatmeal, but I’m definitely not against having the leftovers for breakfast or a snack during the week.
It’s the oatmeal you make instead of cinnamon rolls or French toast or chocolate chip pancakes. Like, it’s on that level.
Dessert, I tell you!
And it came from a big old box of recipes that was a combo of ones my mom had saved, some on index cards and what I have left from Mother Lovett’s stash. Apparently it’s close (or similar) to a baked oatmeal recipe at Hershey Park. Take me to the chocolate spa please!
The texture is UNREAL. It’s super dense but also crunchy. It’s satisfying and filling and so incredible that I can’t help but with it was THAT oatmeal. You know, the oatmeal that does all the good things for us.
Alas, it’s not, but we still have to discuss it. We should probably have a contest to see who will make it the most!
The oatmeal recipe itself is very versatile. I added nothing extra to it. No fruits or nuts – but that’s the thing! You can add WHATEVER you want to it. You can stir fruit or chocolate chips or toasted pecans into the oatmeal before baking.
Now the top is where I went a little crazy.
I sprinkled on sliced almonds, flaked coconut, extra chocolate chips, hemp seeds and even chia seeds before baking. It make the top even crunchier!
Oooooh my gosh, just look at that layer of oatmeal love.
Serving this with a drizzle of milk or cream is perfection, but like I mentioned above, ice cream for dessert on top? I’d never say no.
I also love how it’s served in perfect squares. With the semi-crispy outsides and the soft yet dense insides… oh Mylanta. It’s simply heaven.
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The Best Ever Baked Oatmeal
- 4 1/2 cups quick oats
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3 large eggs
- 2 cups milk whatever you like! dairy or nondairy
- 3/4 cup canola oil
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips
- 1/3 cup sliced almonds
- 1/3 cup flaked coconut toasted if you've like!
- 2 tablespoons hemp hearts
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- milk or cream for drizzling
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9x13 inch baking dish with nonstick spray.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the oats, sugar, baking powder and salt. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, oil and vanilla extract. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until combined. Pour the mixture in the dish.
- Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and set. Remove the dish from the oven and place the chocolate chips on top right away (so they kind of melt!). Top with the coconut, almonds, hemp hearts and chia seeds. Let cool slightly, then cut into squares and serve with a drizzle of milk or cream.
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This looks amazing!! Recipe doesn’t seem to be complete though. No bake time or directions on the topping. Can’t wait to make it 😊😊
ah so sorry! it must not have saved or something when i wrote it in. i fixed it!! thanks so much ashley!
Oatmeal that makes dessert suitable for breakfast. YES.
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Do you have the nutritional information on this? It looks wonderful!
i don’t, but you can def plug in the ingredients to an online calculator! it’s much more like cake and dessert and not healthy breakfast oatmeal!
I make pretty much the same recipe but I don’t use oil or sugar and it’s still really good. Possibilities are endless as far as things you can throw in there. I use walnuts and pumpkin seeds. I also add some cinnamon as well.
What is the recipe list you use without oil or sugar? This recipe looks amazing but I really try to avoid the oil and sugar as well. Do you mind sharing how you make it?
Jessica how can I store what’s leftover? My family won’t touch oatmeal and I can eat all of it in one day! What can I do to prolong it? Thx so much in advance
in the fridge!! it reheats so well!
Looks delicious! Do you need to use quick oats or will it work with old fashioned oats? Thanks!
I made this with round oats and it was SO good! But my husband didn’t like it cuz he’s not super into oatmeal – he probably would like the quick oats better. I seriously can’t stop eating it and my mom asked for the recipe. I want to modify the recipe to use honey instead of sugar and coconut oil instead of canola oil to make it healthier. I will let you know if I ever do that 😜
Yum! This looks delicious! I love that I could make it on the weekend then just scoop some out each morning.
Hey Jessica- This looks amazing, cannot wait to try making it! Question…. my son has an egg allergy, do you think this would bake okay with applesauce or flax egg as a substitute?
Can we say it’s like an oat brownie/Blondie? I am going to try it right now.
I tried it and it’s indeed delicious. I loved it as a dessert more with vanilla ice cream. It’s indeed soft on the inside but mine didnt crisp as much as I wished for it. So next time I’ll leave it for longer. The choc chip placed on top attracted my kids to wanna try it(though they barely ate as oats aren’t my kids fav.)
I intend on eating those mostly as a snack as well or it goes well with tea or coffee. But i wont be able to eat this with milk as breakfast. I think it will become too soggy for my taste.
This is really tasty. I think I actually prefer baked oatmeal now! I cut it and pour warm evaporated milk on top.
I like that it still has some texture to it.
Thanks for a great recipe.
I love the taste of brown sugar, would using that in place of regular affect anything?
I have made it before with brown sugar and it’s really good!!
oat meals always the best.
Any thoughts on replacing the oil with yogurt?
Now that i know how to make it, what ingredient can i reduce to make it stay longer, am a fan of oatmeal
Do you have the nutritious data on this? It looks magnificent!
I plan on making this baked oatmeal tomorrow as we have guests visiting for the weekend. Can you use regular rolled oats or do they have to be quick cooking?
Should the toppings go on before or after baking? Making this next weekend :-) it looks amazing!
I put them on after 👌🏽 I put all except the chocolate chips on and broiled it to toast the coconut and almonds and then topped with chocolate chips after 👏🏾
Can you use any sugar or oil substitutes to make this a little more healthy? Looks great!
Would coconut oil work instead of canola? Thanks!
Can you OD on oatmeal? I have made this weekly for over a month now!
I love to add different toppings each time I make it so it’s like a whole new thing everytime I pull it out of the oven
This is delicious. I used the quick oats as recommended and definitely think they make the texture softer and fluffier than regular rolled oats would. I’m glad I used them but wouldn’t hesitate to use rolled oats if that’s all I had.
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Amazing recipe! Will add this to the breakfast rotation. Any chance you can swap the sugar for honey or applesauce?
Except for the chia, hemp and coconut, I followed the recipe to the letter. I found that the final product was very crumbly and didn’t stay together well. I baked it for about 40 min. Maybe it needed more time in the oven. Plus, I think I’ll experiment with brown sugar or maybe the granulated “sugar in the raw” to give it more character in the sweetness dept.
Made this for breakfast with modifications…used walnuts because I didn’t have almonds, used half the amount of called for sugar, and I put half each of the walnuts and coconut in the mixture and the rest on top. A keeper for sure!
This looks so good! I just want to gently add that the health benefits of oatmeal (fiber, whole grains, etc), are the same even when sugar/oil is added! I know some people sneer at recipes they deem to be “unhealthy” (how do they decide what “unhealthy” is??)), but I wish they wouldn’t. I hate that food bloggers feel the need to point out that their recipes aren’t “healthy,” but I know that it’s because of the comments you guys get. Thanks so much for sharing this, and I can’t wait to try this high fiber, whole grain breakfast!!
I didn’t know what to expect, I’ve never had baked oatmeal before. It’s sweet, but not that sweet… I could eat it for breakfast (doesn’t taste as sweet as jam or fruit loops). If you’re not the biggest fan of oatmeal, use a lot of chocolate chips, it does taste similar to an oatmeal bowl.
I expected it to taste similar to oatmeal cookies, but it doesn’t, it’s more on the oatmeal bowl side (probably because there’s a lot of liquide in the mix).
I like it overall
Can this recipe be halved?
What can you substitute sugar for? I would love to try this, but also want it to be toddler friendly.