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Healthy Baked Oatmeal

If you combine whole grains, eggs, yogurt, milk, and fruit what do you get? Breakfast!

Anyone else missing the bacon in this description? :)

Last week, I wrote Mix Pancakes With Oatmeal And You Get A Super Breakfast and a dear reader told me about "baked oatmeal". That sounded pretty good to me so I started researching recipes.

Turns out lots of people bake oatmeal! Who knew? And, there is so much to love about it.

It is:

  • ridiculously easy to make
  • convenient for the AM rush
  • comforting and satisfying

It's like a little bit of love in a bowl. (or a lot of love if you are my 5 year old son who seems to eat all 49 pounds of his weight every day)

And, baked oatmeal is customizable. You can add any fruit you may have lying around the kitchen. I used some frozen mango and blueberries because I am too lazy to slice anything. You could use apples, peaches, strawberries, pears, etc.

All you do is mix it up, bake it, and store it in the fridge until you are ready to eat it.

This recipe has 1/2 the sugar of most other baked oatmeal recipes. I changed it because if it isn't sweet enough for you - it is easy to just add some sweetener to the finished product.

My son liked a little milk and maple syrup added to his "warmed in the microwave" baked oatmeal.

This recipe can be made gluten free if you use gluten free certified oats. Many oats are processed on the same machines as wheat so you have to be vigilant when purchasing them.

Here are two other great oatmeal recipes:

Make Winter Warmer With Apple and Peanut Butter Oatmeal
Better and Faster than A Bowl of Cold Cereal

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Baked Oatmeal Recipe

(8 servings)

Dry ingredients:
2 cups old fashion oats
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Wet ingredients:
2 1/2 cups sliced fruit
1 cup milk
1 cup plain yogurt
2 eggs
1/4 cup maple syrup, honey, brown sugar, or sugar

Preheat oven to 350F. Spray nonstick spray on a 8x8 baking dish (or equivalent). Mix dry ingredients and then mix in wet ingredients. Spoon into pan and cover with foil. Bake for 20 minutes, remove foil, and bake for another 25 minutes until golden brown.

Enjoy hot, cold, or room temperature. If well covered, this will keep in the fridge for one week.

For one serving using low fat milk and yogurt = 170 calories, 3.6 g fat, 27.6 g carbohydrates, 7.1 g protein, 3.1 g fiber, 163 mg sodium, 4 Points+

Points+ values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only.
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First 20 Comments: [ see all 41 ]

I LOVE the idea of a microwaved oat cake! Quick breakfast fixes like yogurt sure don't sound good on a chilly morning.

on September 8, 2011

Ooooh, I'm going to try to make this with 2 cups almond milk (to replace the milk & yogurt) and flaxseed "eggs"...thanks for the idea!

on September 8, 2011

This looks fantastic! In college I used to buy that Quaker Oat squares that tasted pretty good (but have awful ingredients). This substitute looks much tastier anyway.

on September 8, 2011

I've been wanting to make baked oatmeal for a while, so once i finish eating my crockpot full of steel cut oats, i'll try this! I might use dried fruits so it doesn't get soggy during storage in the fridge.

on September 8, 2011

This sounds easy and delicious, can't wait to try it! Thank you!

on September 8, 2011

I'm so excited to try this. I was just telling my husband this morning that I need to find more breakfast items for the kids with protein.

on September 8, 2011

I love this idea of a "make-ahead" oatmeal that I can pack for my breakfast at work. I don't like the packaged "bars" which all have way too much sugar. This sounds great!

on September 8, 2011

ooooh this seems very simple! Quick question though, while i'm fine with eggs, my housemate's vegetarian and can't do eggs (though milk I think is fine), is there anything I can use to replace the eggs? Or can I just forgo the eggs altogether?

also, can I use plain greek yogurt in this recipe instead of regular yogurt? I have plenty of cartons of greek yogurt (love this stuff mixed with fruit!) and really don't want to go buy regular yogurt separately (especially if it comes in too large of a container and i won't be able to eat the rest of it).

thanks~ love your blog and all these awesome recipes!

on September 8, 2011

@Shannon - there is commercial egg replacer which I used in this recipe - http://www.snack-girl.com/snack/vegan-drop-cookie-recipe/
and it worked great! you need something to bind the oatmeal together. Thanks for your question!

on September 8, 2011

Thank you for the wonderful idea. I always found oatmeal gelatinous and hard to eat- this sounds delicious!

on September 8, 2011

I'm trying to cut out as much sugar as possible, so plan to try this with an artificial sweetener. One of my problems with breakfast is that yogurt - even plain yogurt - has a significant amount of sugar. Does anyone know of a yogurt brand or substitute that has, say, less than 5g of sugar per serving?

on September 8, 2011

I want to say that I love this site and I really like this idea. I replaced the milk with unsweetened vanilla Almond breeze and used half maple syrup 1/2 brown sugar.I spooned the mixture into a muffin pan instead of a regular pan. I also put apples in half and cherries(this is way better than traditional apple/cherry pie!) on the other half. I think next time I will try it with bananas for a banana bread like treat. I would probably be having this with almonds for extra protein.

on September 8, 2011

I just made this it turned out delicious. I used 1 cup of unsweetened Almond Breeze for the milk, I used 1/2 cup egg beaters for the eggs and 1/4 of cup Whey Low Brown Sugar for the sugar I also used 1 1/2 frozen mixed berries for the fruit. I did cook it 10 minutes longer probably because of the frozen fruit. It was so good. I added a little fat free whipped cream on top.
It came out to 2 WW points per serving on the old plan. I put it in the recipe builder on MY FITNESS PAL.

on September 8, 2011

what's the serving size per person? and is this oatmeal or oatmeal bars? thanks.

on September 8, 2011

is this oatmeal or oatmeal bars? because the picture looks like bars.

on September 8, 2011

What?! I can't believe you've never had baked oatmeal!! It is about one of the world's best things ;) you can even use pumpkin.
@Marisa: The serving size is 8 people, so 1/8 of a recipe. And baked oatmeal is like regular oatmeal, but baked. If you make it in a thin pan (like a cookie sheet with sides) then MAYBE they'll be bars :P really, really crumbly bars.

on September 8, 2011

Thanks for researching this and giving us the recipe. it sounded so good when that reader talked about it,I eat Oatmeal with fruit every morning for breakfast. I am making this tommorrow morning, cept I think I'm going to use egg beaters instead of whole eggs.

on September 8, 2011

Hi Snack Girl, I love your daily emails. As an ex-Weight Watcher leader I appreciate your approach to healthy eating. I hope you won't get in trouble with WW by putting the points values on your recipes - during my time with them they sued Healthy Choice and others for using their proprietary points values! Don't want you to get into trouble. Keep up the good work.

on September 9, 2011

@Elizabeth - I talked to them about using PointsPlus values and they said it was okay with them. I don't think I am in any trouble.
Thanks for your support!

on September 9, 2011

Hi, I found a new website with a daily blog about healthy eating, including LOTS of delicious oatmeal recipes. Snack Girl, I think you and Kath are on the same wave length - she takes pictures of what she eats and put it on her blog - really great healthy ideas.

on September 9, 2011

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