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Baked Oatmeal


Why on Earth would anyone be baking ANYTHING here in Los Angeles? It’s in the high 80′s already at 11AM. I had this baked oatmeal in mind last weekend or week when it was getting cool & fall-like out and since I had all the ingredients, I went for it!

This recipe is great for a wholesome breakfast that can be reheated. Make it Sunday night and you have breakfast ready for the week!

Here’s what you need:

(I don’t necessarily recommend Skim Milk – it’s just that’s all I had in the house. I would use 2% or whole depending who you’re cooking for.)

And this:

This is optional:

I can’t help but notice these photos in the background.

Who are those good-looking lads?

Those aren’t lads! That’s my sister and me!! My mom liked to keep our hair short.


Me. (That turtleneck was itchy.)

3 c rolled oats
1/2 c brown sugar
2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 c milk
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 c melted butter
1/4 c apple sauce

raisins or cranberries

chopped nuts

ground flax seed

frozen blueberries
(No picture b/c I don’t actually have any!)

1. Preheat oven to 350.

2. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl. Feel free to add a teaspoon of ground cloves if you have them. Or don’t!

3. Beat eggs into wet ingredients (milk, vanilla extract, apple sauce & melted butter.)

4. Add wet ingredients to dry & stir until combined. Add any of the optional ingredients you desire (i.e. have)!

5. Spread into greased loaf pan.

6. Bake for 25-30 minutes (depending on your oven.) I did mine for 25 minutes because I don’t like it too dry.

7. Slice & serve! You can eat it as-is (sliced on a plate) or serve in a bowl with milk. This keeps well in the fridge for about 5 days. I haven’t actually had it longer than 5 days.

Bea loves it. Maddie doesn’t care for it. George has a raisin issue. He likes raisins solo but he doesn’t like them “in” anything. These are curious issues upon which I am not qualified to comment.

Baked Oatmeal
Recipe type: Breakfast
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Serves: 4

Easy, wholesome breakfast that can be made ahead for the week. Perfect for the fall/winter to keep you going all morning!
  • 3 c rolled oats
  • ½ c brown sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 c milk
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ c melted butter
  • ¼ c apple sauce
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • raisins/dried cranberries
  • frozen blueberries
  • ground flax seed
  • chopped nuts

  1. Preheat oven to 350 & grease a loaf pan.
  2. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Beat wet ingredients in a small bowl.
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry & stir thoroughly.
  5. Add any optional ingredients you like!
  6. Bake 25-30 minutes.
  7. Serve as a slice on a plate or in a bowl with milk. Can be reheated for several days if kept in fridge. ENJOY!

Checkout the original recipe. I replaced half of the butter with apple sauce & I also halved the amount of sugar that was in the original. I tried it two ways so far:

1. Replace ALL the butter with apple sauce. and

2. Replace half the butter with apple sauce.

VERDICT: Some butter is yummy! This is NOT news. In the future I’ll use 1/4 c butter and 1/4 c apple sauce. Still cut the sugar as I think 1/2 c is still a lot of sugar. Also, try to use apple sauce with no sugar added. The ingredients should say, “apples” and nothing else.

What variations did you try? I’d love to hear from you below!

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6 comments on Baked Oatmeal

  1. lisa
    October 13, 2011 at 6:36 pm (3751 days ago)

    I have been looking for a breakfast bar like this for the morning rush! And, I have a Bea as well! She just turned 2!!! We are also in Los Angeles!

  2. Christina
    October 13, 2011 at 10:29 pm (3751 days ago)

    Wow! Every time someone told me they knew a “Bea” she was their grandmother or great aunt. That’s great there’s another one out there! Our Bea just turned 1. Let me know how this recipe works out for you! I noticed it is more crumbly when you use the butter/nuts. It might be the nuts that made it fall apart more.

  3. Lib
    October 16, 2011 at 2:45 pm (3748 days ago)

    OMG… you HAD to put those pics on here?? Lol

  4. Rebecca
    October 18, 2011 at 1:18 am (3747 days ago)

    I am going to make this. I used to make something similar that had protein powder in it too- maybe I will dig that recipe up, not that I can find protein powder here. And also, I’m not too sure I can find flax seeds either, but I will look. All the rest of it I can find for sure. And I smuggled about 4 pounds of brown sugar over in my suitcase in September, so I’m good there too!

  5. Christina
    October 19, 2011 at 9:37 am (3745 days ago)

    OH! I was trying to change something in the settings but it’s back to normal. I accidentally clicked that I had to approve comments first. D’OH! Anyway, this baked oatmeal seriously lasted a week and was great to heat in less than a min. I ended up liking the version with some butter in it (and chopped walnuts) a little more than the applesauce only. I am going to try a version with pumpkin puree too next & will post. Still finishing the long blog about the butterfly cupcakes. Love to hear how yours turns out, R!

  6. Christina
    October 19, 2011 at 9:37 am (3745 days ago)

    Lib: HAHAHAA!!! Wondering if you’d notice… You’re adorable!

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