Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal.
This apple cinnamon baked oatmeal is so satisfying and comforting! Make ahead and serve with honey, cream and cinnamon. Delicious and perfect for apple season.
I’ve got the most perfect breakfast for your September weekend!
Apple cinnamon oatmeal is a classic in this house and one that I will never get sick of. I mean, is there anything more comforting?!
I’ve never been shy about my quaker instant oatmeal obsession as a kid. It was my MOST FAVORITE EVER. I ate it for breakfast for years! And years and years.
My go-to flavors were strawberries and cream, then peaches and cream. Next though? Apples and cinnamon. Such a classic, comforting flavor and the texture was always so good.
I’ve made many versions of this best ever baked oatmeal before, and now we have apple cinnamon! Perfect for apple picking season! Really wonderful for, well, all the things.
These oatmeal baked apples are another huge favorite, but they are a little more high maintenance. And I have this apple cinnamon steel cut oats recipe, which is more like the traditional version. Oh – and my apple cinnamon oatmeal latte!
The baked will always be my favorite!
Here’s the thing about this oatmeal. And I say this EVERY TIME. it’s pretty much like oatmeal cake. This is not your morning oatmeal bowl full of health. This is the baked oatmeal that you make on the weekend or even for a special brunch. It’s the one that slices like a bar or cake, is dense yet flavorful and incredible when covered with a drizzle of cream.
This baked oatmeal uses quick oats, not old fashioned rolled oats, and the quick oats make all the difference.
The quick oats make the oatmeal turn out super chewy in the best way possible. The tiny quick oats provide the best texture – so much better than the larger rolled oats. Even though, yes, if I was to make myself a bowl of oatmeal this morning, I’d used old fashioned rolled oats.
But this isn’t that and this is basically the best darn oatmeal cake you will ever have!
To bring my nostalgic flavor to life, I added a ton of chopped apples and cinnamon. Of course. I also replaced some of the oil with applesauce for extra apple flavor. It turned out PERFECTLY.
Just to give you an idea of how much we love this… Emilia calls it “apple cinnamon roll.” She’s like “mama, can I have a bowl of apple cinnamon roll?”
It really does taste like an apple cinnamon roll! The tiny bits of apple give the best texture ever.
I love it with a drizzle of cream or milk on top. Just like I serve the original, it is so satisfying and comforting and well, like oatmeal cake. Oatmeal dessert!
More excellent news: you can make this ahead of time. You can make it ahead of time and reheat it each morning for breakfast. Or you can make it ahead of time before a holiday breakfast or brunch and reheat or serve it at room temperature. It’s so good, any which way you serve it!
Baked Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
Baked Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
- 4 1/2 cups quick oats
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3 large eggs
- 2 cups milk (whatever you like! dairy or nondairy)
- ½ cup applesauce
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups diced apples (I don’t peel mine, but you can if you wish)
- sliced apples for topping
- honey, for topping
- 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, cinnamon, baking powder and salt. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, applesauce, oil and vanilla extract. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until combined. Stir in the diced apples. 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. Let cool slightly then cut into squares and serve with sliced apples, a drizzle of milk or cream, a drizzle of honey and more cinnamon.
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24 Comments on “Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal.”
What if only regular oats on hand?
Exactly, it’s my question too.
Run your own through a food processor.
I only have regular oats too! Hmm.
i really suggest trying to get the quick oats for this recipe!! it is what makes the baked oatmeal stand out. it’s softer, chewier and fluffier! i never use quick oats for another but this recipe, so i understand that it’s a pain. but it’s just not the same with regular old fashioned oats!
some people have made the original version with the regular oats and talk about it in the comments in the post below! it’s still good, but the quick oats are what make this stand out!!
I just made this with Trader Joe’s Quick Cook Steel Cut Oats and it turned out perfectly! Delicious!😋
oh wow!! have never tried with quick cook steel cut! good to know! :)
What type of apples did you use?
i usually use honeycrisp or gala, but any kind you have at home (and you like to eat) will work. pink lady, fuji, macintosh, etc!
How do you store it? In the refrigerator or leave it out?
i keep the leftovers in the fridge! then reheat to eat.
Just made this – amazing! My 5 yo had two bowls! Definitely agree that the quick oats are key!
Made this today, and yum! It’s delicious and smells amazing. Can’t wait to enjoy it with a cup of coffee in the morning. Happy Fall!
Wow, this looks yummy! You are really good chef! Thank you so much for great food ideas!
thank you for the great recipe! i made it last night after coming home with way too many apples from apple picking – and my kids loved it today. two bowls, including one on the walk to school. thank you!!
Made this last weekend and loved it! My husband added extra cinnamon to his after it was baked, but I thought it was delicious as is. Will definitely make it again.
This was delicious and super easy! Thank you!!
Can I swap a different oil for canola oil? Or use butter?
yes! you can do either. you could try coconut oil or another oil that is flavorless or use melted butter.
I understand that the brown sugar in the recipe would give it a very particular (and delicious) flavor, but I have to avoid sugar due to medical reasons. Is there a way to make the recipe with some kind of substitute?
Would this work as a freezer meal? Would I bake first, then thaw & reheat? Oats are great for postpartum. Thanks!
yes! what i would do if i were you – bake it fully. let it cool, then slice it into individual squares and wrap. this makes a big 9×13 pan so it will give you many portions! pull some out each week and stick in the fridge to defrost. reheat and drizzle with milk or cream!
Is there anything I can substitute for applesauce?
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