Filled with rolled oats, cinnamon, pecans, fresh apple, and a touch of maple syrup, this apple pie baked oatmeal is a naturally sweetened and high-fiber breakfast that will keep you fueled and full until lunch.
Consuming a well-balanced breakfast, complete with protein, fiber, and healthy fats, is a great way to ensure you are fueled for the day ahead, and oatmeal is a great way to do exactly what.
Fortunately, you don’t need to stand over a hot stove every morning when you can make a batch of this apple pie baked oatmeal for the whole week. Just add all the ingredients to a bowl, give it a good mix, then pour the batter into a baking pan, bake it in the oven, and come back to a fragrant apple pie-inspired breakfast you can store in the fridge and enjoy for many mornings to come.
Why I Love Baked Oatmeal
- Easy – These apple pie baked oats are so easy to make even the most beginner of cooks can make this recipe.
- High in Fiber – The combination of rolled oats and apples ensures that this dish contains over 7 grams of fiber per serving.
- Versatile – These oats can be eaten hot or cold, on their own, or with toppings of your choice making them perfect for a weekend brunch or a grab-and-go weekday breakfast.
- Great for Meal Prep – This apple pie baked oatmeal keeps well for up to 5 days in the fridge and 3 months in the freezer, making it a great meal prep idea.
Ingredients for Apple Baked Oatmeal
- Rolled Oats – Be sure to use rolled oats or old-fashioned rolled oats, quick-cooking oats and steel-cut oats are not recommended.
- Apples – Because you can’t make apple pie baked oatmeal without apples. Seasonal, local, fresh apples will provide the best texture and flavor, but you can truly use any type of red apple you like.
- Pecans – To add some crunch and healthy fats.
- Spices – A combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves to ensure the baked oatmeal is filled with apple pie spices.
- Milk – To cook the oats and add some protein. You can use regular milk or non-dairy milk of your choice.
- Egg – To help bind the apple pie baked oats.
- Vanilla Extract – To add flavor and enhance the sweetness.
- Maple Syrup – To add some natural sweetness and flavor, you could use brown sugar if you prefer.
- Butter – For greasing and to add some healthy fats.
- Baking Essentials – Some baking powder and salt to ensure the oats are light and fluffy.
To Make it Gluten-Free: Use certified gluten-free oats.
To Make it Dairy-Free: Swap the milk for almond milk or non-dairy milk of your choice and swap the butter for coconut oil.
To Make it Egg-Free: Swap the egg for a flax egg.
How to Make Apple Baked Oatmeal
- Mix the wet ingredients. Add the egg, maple syrup, vanilla, melted butter, and milk to a bowl and whisk until well combined.
- Mix the dry ingredients. Combine the oats, chopped pecans, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl and stir to combine.
- Mix the batter. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, stir to combine, and then fold in diced apples.
- Bake until golden. Transfer the oatmeal mixture to a greased baking pan and bake at 375°F for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown.
- Serve and enjoy!
You can find the detailed instructions in the recipe card below.
Best Apples for Baked Oatmeal
While you can truly make apple pie baked oatmeal with any apple, however, much like apple pie, certain fresh apples have a better texture once baked. For the best results, I recommend using the following apples for baked oats:
- Northern Spy
- Pink Lady
- Golden Delicious
Red’s Nutrition Tip
While this recipe contains 21 grams of sugar per serving, most of the sugar content in the recipe is from natural sugars present in the apples and milk. In fact, there is little added sugar in this recipe from the maple syrup, roughly 1/2 tablespoon, which is less than 7 grams per serving to be precise. Not to mention, it contains over 7 grams of fiber per serving. The distinction between natural and added sugar is important to consider when reviewing nutrition facts.
While the apple cinnamon baked oatmeal can be enjoyed on its own, serving it with toppings or sides can ensure you’re eating a heartier and more filling breakfast.
- To increase the protein content, serve the baked oatmeal with milk, yogurt, Greek yogurt, or skyr on top, or with a side of cottage cheese or eggs.
- To increase the fiber content, serve the baked oatmeal with additional diced apples or other fruit of your choice.
- To add flavor and texture, serve the baked oatmeal with a drizzle of maple syrup, a bit of brown sugar, chopped pecans or walnuts, or a sprinkle of chocolate chips.
- To turn it from a breakfast into a sweet snack or treat, serve the baked oatmeal with a dollop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream on top.
To Store: Allow the baked oatmeal to cool completely and then cover with aluminum foil or plastic wrap or transfer it to an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 5 days.
To Freeze: To freeze baked oatmeal whole, cool completely, then cover the baking dish with plastic wrap and/or aluminum foil and then place the entire baking dish in a freezer-safe bag. To freeze leftovers or individual portions, transfer the baked oatmeal to an airtight container and place it in the freezer. Baked oatmeal can be frozen for up to 3 months.
To Reheat: To reheat baked oatmeal whole, allow it to thaw completely, and then cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and warm it in the oven at 350°F for 10-15 minutes. To reheat individual portions, place a thawed portion in an oven-proof baking dish in the oven for 5-10 minutes or in the microwave in a microwave-safe dish for 1-2 minutes.
More Baked Oatmeal Recipes:
- Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal
- Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal
- Banana Baked Oatmeal Cups
- Morning Glory Baked Oatmeal
Apple Pie Baked Oatmeal
This apple pie baked oatmeal can be enjoyed hot or cold, on its own, with milk or yogurt, and/or with additional nuts, maple syrup, or toppings of your choice.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 35 minutes
- Total Time: 45 minutes
- Yield: 6 servings 1x
- Category: Breakfast
- Method: Baked
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Gluten Free
- 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/2 cup pecans, roughly chopped
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg
- 3 cups milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup maple syrup, or brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted + more for greasing
- 2 apples, finely diced
- Preheat oven to 375°F and grease a 9 x 9 baking dish with butter.
- In a medium mixing bowl, add all the wet ingredients; egg, maple syrup, vanilla extract, milk, and melted butter, and whisk to combine. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients; rolled oats, pecans, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, baking powder, and salt.
- Pour the wet ingredients into to bowl of dry ingredients and stir until well combined. Add diced apples to the mixture and gently fold in until well incorporated.
- Transfer the oat mixture to the prepared baking dish, spreading it out evenly in the dish. (Optional: You can top the mixture with additional apple slices at this point, as per photos, if desired.)
- Transfer the baking dish to the oven for 35-40 minutes until the middle is set and the top is golden brown.
- Once baked, remove the oatmeal from the oven and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes to set. Then slice and serve with toppings of your choice.
- Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for 3 months.
- Serving Size: 1 slice
- Calories: 372 calories
- Sugar: 21 grams
- Fat: 14 grams
- Carbohydrates: 51 grams
- Fiber: 7 grams
- Protein: 11 grams
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