This cinnamon apple baked oats is such a winner for breakfast that I make it almost every week. It’s that good! It’s a one-bowl recipe, dairy-free, and refined-sugar free. These are also meal-prep friendly which is a bonus for us mommas. These baked oats is perfect for a quick breakfast and pairs well with a drizzle of nut butter on top. Yum!
KEY INGREDIENTS FOR CINNAMON APPLE BAKED OATS
ROLLED OATS – or otherwise called old-fashioned/ traditional oats. I haven’t tried using instant oats in this recipe but since it will be baked, then the rolled oats would be a better option and would hold its shape much better.
APPLES – you can use pink lady or red gala apples, and not the granny smith apples. Apples are considered part of the ‘dirty dozen’ which means it has a high pesticide residue so it’s best to buy these organic. If non-organic, then make sure to rinse it well or even soak it in water for at least 5 minutes before cutting them up.
GROUND CINNAMON – this adds so much flavor and aroma into your baked oats, and adds a natural sweetness. Cinnamon is highly anti-inflammatory and is known to help lower blood sugar, lower cholesterol, among other benefits.
NON-DAIRY MILK – I’m using almond or homemade cashew milk in this recipe but you can also use other non-dairy options like soy, or oat milk (yes, more oats please!).
DRIED FRUITS & NUTS – You have so many options for this–raisins, dried cranberries, even dates or dried apricots. Then for some crunch, you can add walnuts or pecans.
HOW TO MAKE THESE BAKED CINNAMON APPLE OATMEAL OATS
- MIX – all the ingredients in a large bowl (except that for the apples you only add half of it, saving half for the toppings).
2. POUR into a lightly greased baking dish. This recipe is good for 2 small baking trays (4 inch sized).
3. TOP with the remaining apples, dried fruits, and nuts if using.
4. BAKE for about 20-25 minutes until the top is golden brown.
CAN I FREEZE THIS CINNAMON APPLE BAKED OATS?
Yes can do! I always make an extra batch and freeze it. To reheat you can simply pop into the oven, and don’t refreeze once it’s thawed. These should stay fresh for up to a month in the freezer. If storing in the fridge, keep it in an airtight container for up to 4-5 days.
- 1 cup rolled old-fashioned oats
- 1/3 cup almond flour or sub with more oats
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup milk
- 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
- 2 tablespoons pure maple or pure honey
- 1/2 tablespoon flaxseed meal /ground flaxseeds or sub with chia seeds
- 1 medium apple, diced
- 1/3 cup raisins/ dried cranberries
- 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts or pecans optional
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and spray 2 small baking casseroles with baking spray.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the oats, almond flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, milk, applesauce, honey or pure maple syrup, flaxseed or chia seeds, oil, and vanilla extract. Mix until well-combined.
- Add in the dried fruits and 3/4 of the diced apples. Pour mixture into your prepared baking dish and top with the remaining diced apples and other add-ons.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until the center is no longer wet and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let the baked oatmeal cool down before serving. Top with sliced apples and with a drizzle of your favorite nut butter.
- To store, let the baked oatmeal cool down completely before transferring to airtight containers. Keep fresh in the fridge for up to 4 days or for up to a month in the freezer. To thaw, take the oatmeal straight into the oven and heat it until warm. Don't refreeze once thawed.
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Stay healthy always!