Apple cinnamon baked oatmeal is an easy and great make ahead breakfast for kids and a healthier and more filling form of classic apple pie. Filled with heart healthy oats, chopped apples and sweetened with honey this recipe is a family favorite!
Having 7 kids and a husband who is usually at work by the time we get up, breakfast can be pretty hectic. I am not one of those moms who can whip up a steaming hot freshly made meal in the morning. I wish I could but in this season of life, it won’t happen often!
Make ahead breakfasts are my go to! I can whip up a healthy meal in my spare time the day before to pull out on those busy mornings before school. Patting myself on the back that I’m sending my kids off with a healthy, warm meal in their tummies.
Have you tried my pumpkin pie overnight oats yet?
This recipe has all the delicious qualities of an apple pie with the nutrition and healthiness of a bowl of oatmeal. Loaded with chunks of tart apples, sweetened with honey and spiced with cinnamon and apple pie spice.
Top it with a dollop of whipped cream and dig in!
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Why you’ll like this recipe:
- tastes like apple pie – but healthier and easier to make
- super easy to make – you literally just mix everything together and stick it in the oven!
- one bowl – you can mix the whole recipe together in one bowl
- quick to make – it takes about 10 minutes to mix up a pan of 12 servings
- healthy – this recipe is high in fiber and protein and made without any refined sugars. A great meal to start your day with!
- make ahead breakfast – this recipe tastes great reheated in the microwave or oven
- freezes well – baked oatmeal is a great freezer breakfast because it thaws out well and tastes just as good reheated as it does when its made fresh
What you need to make apple pie baked oatmeal:
- apples – using sweet and tangy apples make the best apple pie baked oatmeal because they add the most flavor to it without getting too mushy. The best varieties are Johnathon, Pink Lady, Honey Crisp, Fuji and Gala.
- oats – rolled old fashioned oats.
- milk – cows milk, almond milk and coconut milk all work well. I like to use whey leftover from making Greek yogurt.
- honey – for sweetness.
- applesauce – cinnamon, unsweetened or sweetened applesauce work great in this recipe. If you haven’t made homemade applesauce yet, you should definitely give it a try!
- plain yogurt – adds a tanginess and creamier texture. I love using my homemade Greek yogurt in this recipe!
- vanilla extract – using homemade vanilla makes this baked oatmeal taste like a apple pie.
- salt – to enhance the sweetness and flavor.
- cinnamon – for that spiced apple pie flavor.
- apple pie spice – Those wonderful Fall flavors all mixed together. Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and cardamom…Yum yum!
- eggs – to hold the baked oatmeal together.
- baking powder – to help it to rise a bit.
FAQ about apple pie baked oatmeal
can you freeze baked oatmeal?
Yes! Just cover tightly with aluminum foil and freeze for up to a month in the freezer. When you want to enjoy your apple pie baked oatmeal for breakfast, just pop it in the oven with the foil still on for about 30 minutes on 300 degrees.
My favorite thing about this recipe is that it can easily be doubled (you just need a very large mixing bowl!) and frozen for later. Its always nice on busy mornings to remember that there is a breakfast already prepared that just needs to be warmed up and enjoyed.
So I can say I’m serving up a hot healthy breakfast for my kids without doing any work! Woohoo!
What does apple pie baked oatmeal taste like?
It tastes like a cross between a granola bar, apple pie and oatmeal. In other words, YUM! Unlike traditional stovetop oatmeal that has a mushy texture (which I personally don’t love) baked oatmeal is more like a bread pudding in texture and can be sliced and eaten with a fork.
Great for young kids learning to feed themselves since it can be cut up and is much less messy!
Can you use non dairy milk in baked oatmeal?
Yes. I have made this recipe with almond milk and it tastes great! (Maybe even better)
Is apple pie baked oatmeal gluten free?
As long as you use oats that are certified gluten free, this recipe will be great for a gluten free diet!
how to make apple pie baked oatmeal:
Preheat oven and Prepare Baking Dish – Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Grease a 9 x 13 casserole dish with spray oil or butter.
Whisk Together the Wet Ingredients – In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, honey, milk, Greek yogurt, applesauce and vanilla.
Add the Dry Ingredients – With a large wooden spoon, stir in the spices, baking powder, salt and oats until well blended. Fold the apples in.
Stir in the Apples – fold in the apples, leaving a handful to sprinkle on the top of the mixture.
Pour into Baking Dish and Bake – Pour the apple pie oatmeal mixture into the prepared pan and bake at 325 degrees for 50 minutes or until the middle seems firm to the touch.
Cut into Squares and Serve – Wait 10 minutes before cutting. This recipe is best eaten warm right out of the oven and topped with whipped cream, chopped nuts and maple syrup.
tips for success:
Apples – using sweet and tangy apples make the best apple pie baked oatmeal because they add the most flavor to it without getting too mushy. The best varieties are Johnathon, Pink Lady, Honey Crisp, Fuji ad Gala.
To Serve – let sit for 10 minutes before slicing so that your squares are not too messy.
To Store – in the fridge for up to a week or sealed tight in the freezer for up to a month.
Variations – Almond milk, coconut milk or soy milk can be used in place of the milk in this recipe to make it dairy free.
Apple pie baked oatmeal toppings:
- Peanut Butter
- Honey or Maple Syrup
- Chopped Nuts
- a sprinkle of cinnamon
- Cream Cheese
- whipped cream
More Baked Oatmeal Recipes:
healthy breakfast recipes on the blog:
If you liked this recipe, I think you’ll really enjoy these other healthy breakfasts on the blog!
- Chocolate Overnight Oats
- Instant Pot Oatmeal
- Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats
- Healthy Jumbo Banana Muffins
- Chunky Date and Pecan Granola
I hope you love this recipe for apple pie baked oatmeal! If you make it, I’d love for you to come back and leave a comment and rating so that I know how you like it!
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