I’ve officially become obsessed with baked oatmeal. What variations are your favorites?

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I just started eating this recently too and I’ve tried two different iterations that I absolutely can’t get enough of: For thanksgiving I always make a big batch of cranberry and pomegranate sauce with orange zest, orange juice, light brown sugar, and fresh ginger. I decided to throw a bunch of it in my baked oatmeal with diced up pears, pecans, pumpkin seeds, and chia seeds. I have a bag of apple cinnamon protein pancake mix that I used in place of baking powder. The zippy tang of the cranberries is just fantastic contrast to the sweet pears. Definitely going to batch out frozen portions to add to baked oatmeal as I want it. I always have a bunch of frozen fruit for smoothies so I sometimes play around with that to make yummy fruit purée concoctions to add to my oatmeal. My other favorite is sweet potato baked oatmeal. Mash up a sweet potato with brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, freshly ground nutmeg, a pinch of ginger, and salt, and work that through my baked oatmeal mixture (let me know if you want the base recipe I use). I then make a pecan crumble topping just like you’d make for sweet potato casserole. So freaking good and dirt cheap to make. You can also do something similar with pumpkin purée. I make a dessert version of baked oatmeal using Trader Joe’s cookie butter that’s really good too. **Edit:** Adding some recipes for y’all so you can try these out 🙂 Baked oatmeal base recipe: * 3 CUP old fashioned oats * 1 CUP milk or milk substitute * 1/2 CUP of whatever chopped nuts I’m in the mood for * 1/4 CUP melted butter OR coconut oil * 2 eggs (room temp) * 2 tsp cinnamon * 2 tsp baking powder OR protein pancake mix (I use Flapjacked brand) * 1 tsp vanilla extract * 1 tsp salt Mix wet ingredients in one bowl and dry ingredients in another. You want to make sure your eggs aren’t too cold or it’ll solidify your butter/coconut oil. Combine the mixture in a greased 8×8 baking pan and bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes. The middle should still be fairly springy but set. This is the base recipe I use for all of my versions of baked oatmeal, but I’ll list how to do the different versions below. **Sweet potato** Get your dry ingredients and wet ingredients put together in separate bowls for the base recipe. In a third bowl, mash up a peeled sweet potato with 1 TBSP of dark brown sugar, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, a pinch of freshly grated ginger, a pinch of freshly ground nutmeg, and a pinch of salt. Mix in your wet oatmeal ingredients to the sweet potato until relatively smooth. Now add your dry ingredients. I usually add a good amount of chopped toasted pecans into the mix into the mix as well. Add everything into your greased baking pan and make the topping. For the topping you’ll want to mix 1/4 cup of flour, 1/4 cup of chopped pecans, 2 TBSP of dark brown sugar, a couple dashes of cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Use a fork or pastry cutter to work about 2 TBSP of room temp butter into the dry mixture until it has a nice mealy texture to it. Sprinkle that over your base and bake like usual. **Cookie butter** This one is a lot easier, put together your base oatmeal recipe and add it to your greased baking sheet. I usually add chopped pecans to this recipe as well. I then make a cookie butter frosting that I spread over the top when the oatmeal is out of the oven. I use Trader Joe’s Speculoos cookie butter but most stores have the Biscoff version if you don’t have a TJ’s near you. Use a hand or electric mixer to beat 1/2 cup of room temp salted butter. It’ll take about 4-5 minutes before the butter takes on a whipped texture. Now add 1/2 cup cookie butter and beat for a few more minutes. Gradually add 1/4 cup of confectioners sugar and then do the same with a tablespoon of heavy cream or coconut cream. Spread this over your oatmeal after it’s done cooking and has had about 10 minutes to cool. Enjoy! Sorry the formatting on this isn’t the best, I usually just kind of fly by the seat of my pants when I cook so my recipes are kind of loosey goosey. This should get you there though!


I created a baked oatmeal recipe that beats all. (No brag lol) 6 cups Rolled Oats 1 cups Pitted Dates, chopped 1 cups other dried fruit, chopped 4 cups applesauce 1 TSP Vanilla flavor 1/2 tsp maple flavor 1 tsp salt Mix dry and wet ingredients. Bake at 350° for 35-45 minutes. Makes 12-16 servings, about 225 calories each.


What’s the texture like? I hateeeee regular oatmeal but would love to eat, if that makes sense. Also never had bread pudding.


Oatmeal with protein powder is a god send


Budget Bytes has several different recipes! I was just thinking about trying some baked oatmeal, so this post is very timely.