Oats are one of the most underrated foods to grace this earth, yes I said it. You might be thinking that I’m being a little dramatic, we all know oats are healthy, they have loads of fiber, they lower cholesterol yadda yadda, but they’re boring right? That’s the problem, nobody does anything exciting with oats, making them less than reputable; until now!
If you have a social media account then you’ve most likely been a victim to the glorified cold-porridge recipes they’re calling ‘Over-night Oats’. Not that we have anything against this style of oats, but please don’t pretend they’re anything more than standard. *Now is a good time to point out that we do in fact really like porridge, but we won’t pretend it’s exciting* Thanks to a fantastic Amish recipe, oats are finally being seen for what they are, one of the most versatile foods out there!
Introducing Baked Oatmeal (Or ‘Boatmeal’, if you will). This breakfast dish is warm, chewy and can be made absolutely any flavour you like, it is literally like having dessert for breakfast. The great thing about this recipe is that once you’ve got the foundations you can experiment until your hearts content. Here are some of our personal favourites:
1. Basic Baked Oats
This is our personal favourite standard baked oats recipe, you can adjust the sugar content as you see fit!
- 1⁄3 cup butter
- 2 large eggs
- 3⁄4 cup brown sugar
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup milk
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 3 cups oatmeal(regular or quick)
- Melt butter and grease the 1-2L baking dish. In a large bowl, beat the eggs, add the sugar, baking powder, vanilla, nutmeg or cinnamon, and salt, mixing well.
- Whisk in butter and both measures of milk, then add oats and stir well.
- Bake, uncovered, at 350 for 35-45 min, or until set in the middle.
- Serve hot with warm milk poured over.
2. Banana Bread Baked Oats
If you love banana bread then you’ll adore this recipe. We personally think it’s even better than the classic dessert, just as fluffy, chewy, ‘bananary’, all of the flavour none of the guilt. Feel free to throw in a handful of chocolate chips and walnuts, for a little more bite!
- 2 cups old-fashioned oats
- ⅓ cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 cups milk
- 1 cup banana, mashed
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- ½ cup walnuts, chopped
- Preheat oven to 350ºF and spray an 8″ square baking dish or pie plate with nonstick cooking spray.
- Add the oats, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a medium bowl and stir to combine. In another large bowl, whisk together the milk, banana, egg, and vanilla. Slowly pour in the melted butter, whisking constantly.
- Add the oat mixture into the wet ingredients and stir to combine. Transfer to the greased baking dish and bake for 25 minutes. Meanwhile, put the chopped walnuts on a baking sheet and toast in the oven for 5 minutes. Sprinkle the toasted walnuts on top of the oatmeal and cool slightly before serving. We love this oatmeal with a splash of warm milk and a drizzle of melted peanut butter!
3. Cinnamon Roll Baked Oatmeal
This is absolutely to die for, step aside Cinnabon.. Best part (kind off), this recipe is sugar free!
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1/2 cup truvia
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 tsp cinnamon
Topping Ingredients (optional):
- 1 cup cottage cheese
- 1 tbsp almond milk
- 1 tbsp truvia
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- In a medium mixing bowl, combine oats, applesauce, almond milk, Truvia, vanilla, and cinnamon. Stir until well moistened.
- Pour into four greased ramekins, or a greased 9×9 baking dish. Bake at 375 degrees for 40 minutes, or until oatmeal is firm. Remove from oven to cool.
- Meanwhile, in a blender combine cottage cheese, almond milk, Truvia, and vanilla. Pulse until smooth and creamy. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Spread frosting over cooled oatmeal with an extra sprinkling of cinnamon if desired.
4. Apple Pie Baked Oatmeal
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup diced apples
- 1/2 cup applesauce
- 1/2 cup milk,
- 2 eggs
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ¼ cup coconut oil, melted and slightly cooled
- Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350°F. Lightly grease an 8- by 8-inch baking dish.
- In a large bowl, combine oats, walnuts, cinnamon, ground ginger, and salt. Mix in diced apples, applesauce, milk, eggs, maple syrup, and vanilla. Stir in coconut oil until all ingredients are well combined.
- Spread mixture into prepared baking dish and bake for 30 minutes or until set and light golden brown on top. Allow to cool in the baking dish for at least 5 minutes before slicing. Serve warm with optional garnishes, such as warm milk drizzled over the top and additional chopped walnuts.
5. Nutella Baked Oatmeal
Nutella, good. Oatmeal, good. Nutella Oatmeal- amazing. This is hands down the best thing you will ever eat for breakfast, ever.
- Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
- Spray an 8-inch square baking pan with vegetable cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, combine oats, sugar, cinnamon and baking powder. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs, milk and maple extract; stir into oat mixture just until combined. Fold in fruit and pour into pan. Sprinkle top with trail mix. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool for 10 minutes.
- Serve with a tablespoon dollop of Nutella along with a glass of milk (if you fancy).
6. The Best Baked Oatmeal Recipe (in our humble opinion)
This recipe is so simple and so, so good. Baked with a crunchy topping, fresh strawberries, warm bananas, nuts for bite and chocolate for obvious reasons. You can swap and change the toppings as you like, either way, this recipe will be a big hit.
- 2 cups of rolled oats
- 1/3 cup of brown sugar
- 1tsp baking powder
- 1 tbsp grated orange zest
- 1tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 walnuts, chopped
- 6oz strawberries, sliced
- 1/3 cup chocolate chips
- 2 cups of milk
- 1 egg
- 3 tbsp melted butter
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 banana sliced
- Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Generously spray the inside of a 8 x 8 baking dish with cooking spray and place on a baking sheet.
- In a large bowl, mix together the oats, sugar, baking powder, orange zest, cinnamon, salt, half the walnuts, half the strawberries, and half the chocolate. Add to prepared baking dish. Scatter the remaining strawberries, walnuts, chocolate, and the banana on top of the oats.
- In another large bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, butter, and vanilla extract, then pour over the oats and fruit. Gently shimmy and shake the baking dish to help the milk mixture go throughout the oats.
- Bake oatmeal until the top is golden brown and the milk mixture has set, about 35 minutes. For an extra tasty top, sprinkle a tablespoon or so of brown sugar on top of the oatmeal, and then place back in the oven under the broiler and broil for 20-30 seconds.
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