Morning Glory Baked Oatmeal
If you love a morning glory muffin, you’re going to love this morning glory baked oatmeal. Filled with apples, carrots, raisins, coconut, walnuts, cinnamon, and ginger, this baked oatmeal recipe is a hearty and heart-warming breakfast packed full of flavor.
Baked oatmeal continues to be one of my favorite make-ahead breakfast options. Not only are there endless flavors to choose from but it’s easy to make, stores well in the fridge for days, and can be enjoyed hot or cold making it perfect for a quick weekday breakfast.
How to Make Morning Glory Baked Oatmeal
This morning glory baked oatmeal was inspired by one of my favorite muffin flavors, the morning glory muffin. Made with a little bit of everything, this baked oatmeal is packed full of flavors, while being a well-balanced breakfast that is packed full of nutrients in a single dish. Here’s what you’ll need to do:
- Combine the dry ingredients. In a bowl, combine the rolled oats, raisins, shredded coconut, walnuts, sugar, spices, baking powder, and a pinch of salt.
- Combine the wet ingredients. In a separate bowl, add the milk, juice, egg, butter, and vanilla extract and stir to combine. Then add the shredded carrot and apple and stir again to combine.
- Mix the dry and wet ingredients. Add the milk mixture to the oat mixture and stir until well incorporated, then transfer the mixture to a prepared baking dish.
- Baked until golden brown. Transfer the baking dish to the oven and cook until the oats are set and golden brown.
- Serve, add toppings, and enjoy! The baked oatmeal can be served immediately as is or with additional toppings such as maple syrup, honey, or yogurt. It can also be made ahead of time, cooled, and stored in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
While the traditional morning glory recipe calls for walnuts, you can use pecans, almonds, or another nut if you prefer. Not to mention, you can also add a pinch of nutmeg and, if you’re using a fresh orange, feel free to add a bit of orange zest for an extra boost of flavor.
How to Make them Gluten-Free: Use certified gluten-free oats.
How to Make them Dairy-Free: Swap the milk for almond milk and use coconut oil instead of butter.
How to Make them Egg-Free: Omit the egg and use a flax egg instead: mix 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed meal with 3 tablespoons of water, let sit for 10 minutes to thicken, and then add to the oat mixture.
How to Make them Sugar-Free: You won’t be able to make this recipe completely sugar-free as the raisins, shredded coconut, carrots, apples, milk, and pineapple juice all contain natural sugars, however, you can omit or reduce the brown sugar to reduce the content of added sugars if you like.
How to Serve Baked Oatmeal
Once baked, baked oatmeal can be served warm or cold, on its own, or topped with a bit of milk or yogurt for additional protein. I personally enjoy this morning glory oatmeal cold with a generous dollop of Greek yogurt, a drizzle of maple syrup, and a sprinkle of cinnamon. It feels like you’re having a healthy carrot cake for breakfast!
Is baked oats the same as oatmeal?
Baked oats and oatmeal are very similar in nature; however, their preparation method and texture are very different. While there are many different recipes and versions of baked oats, they are essentially a cake-like version of a bowl of oatmeal, while still being good for you.
Is baked oatmeal healthy?
Absolutely! Oats are some of the healthiest whole grains on earth and baked oatmeal is simply another way to prepare a traditional bowl of oatmeal or porridge. Instead of cooking the oats in a pot on the stovetop, with the help of some leaving agents like baking powder and salt, they are simply baked in the oven. The process of baking oats in the oven does not diminish their nutritional value.
Can you make baked oats with steel-cut oats?
While you can make baked oats with steel-cut oats, it is not recommended. Not only do steel-cut oats take longer to cook but they do not provide the same texture as rolled oats or old-fashioned oats. I do not recommend using steel-cut oats in a baked oatmeal recipe.
Can you reheat baked oats the next day?
Yes, baked oats can easily be reheated the next day in the oven or microwave. To reheat them in the oven, warm the oven to 350°F, place the oats in an oven-proof dish, cover with foil, and reheat for 20 minutes. To reheats them in the microwave, place the baked oats in a microwave-safe dish and warm for 1 minute on high or with additional 30-second increments until warm.
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Filled with rolled oats, apple, carrots, walnuts, and shredded coconut, this morning glory oatmeal bake is a well-balanced breakfast complete with fibre, protein, and healthy fats. Enjoy it on its own or top it with milk or yogurt for an extra boost of protein.
- 2 1⁄2 cups rolled oats or old-fashioned oats
- 1⁄2 cup raisins
- 1⁄4 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
- 1⁄2 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
- 1⁄4 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 1/2 cups milk
- 1/4 cup pineapple juice or orange juice
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 egg, whisked
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 medium apple, skin on, grated
- 1 medium carrot, peeled and grated
- Preheat the oven to 375°F and grease an 8-inch or 9-inch baking dish with melted unsalted butter or cooking spray.
- In a medium bowl, combine all the dry ingredients; rolled oats, raisins, shredded coconut, walnuts, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, baking powder, and salt, and stir to combine until everything is well mixed.
- In a large bowl, add the milk, juice, vanilla extract, egg, and melted butter, and whisk until well combined. Then add the shredded apple and shredded carrot and mix again until well incorporated.
- Transfer the wet ingredients to dry ingredients and, using a wooden spoon or spatula, mix until well incorporated. Then transfer the mixture to the baking dish, spreading it out evenly.
- Transfer the baking dish to the oven for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown and the middle is set.
- Once baked, remove the baking dish from the oven and allow the baked oatmeal to cool slightly before serving with a dollop of yogurt, a drizzle of maple syrup, and or a sprinkle of cinnamon. Any leftovers can be covered with foil or placed in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
- Serving Size: 1 slice
- Calories: 409 calories
- Sugar: 26 grams
- Fat: 16 grams
- Carbohydrates: 55 grams
- Fiber: 6 grams
- Protein: 11 grams