This baked apple oatmeal is quick, easy, customizable, and a total crowd pleaser. Serve it in a bowl with milk or cut it into squares for a grab-and-go breakfast. Instructions included for individual baked apple oatmeal cups.
1medium apple3cored and chopped (approximately 1 heaping cup)
½cup(40g) chopped nuts I like walnuts
Preheat oven to 350ºF (177ºC). Spray a 2.5 quart casserole dish (or 8" or 9" square baking dish) with non-stick spray. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, combine oats, ground cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
In another medium bowl, whisk together the unsweetened applesauce, brown sugar, milk, vanilla, and egg until smooth. Add to dry ingredients and stir until all of the oats are coated.
Carefully stir in apples, raisins, and nuts. Pour batter into prepared baking dish, dispersing mixture evenly, and bake uncovered for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown and oats no longer feel moist when you touch them. Serve immediately. I like mine in a bowl with milk. Baked oatmeal will keep well in refrigerator, covered, up to 5 days. Unbaked oatmeal freezes well, up to 3 months. Thaw in refrigerator or at room temperature, then bake as usual.
Old fashioned oats: do not use quick oats. The recipe will not turn out the proper texture. Be sure to use certified gluten free oats if you want to keep this recipe truly gluten free.
Unsweetened applesauce: if you prefer sweetened applesauce, reduce brown sugar to ¼ cup.
Apple: I like to leave the skin on and prefer Gala apples. Use any apple you like and feel free to remove the skin.
To double recipe: bake in 9" x 13" baking dish. Increase baking time by 4-5 minutes.
Make an oatmeal bar: feel free to leave out the add-ins and make a "baked oatmeal bar" when serving large crowds (extra brown sugar, chopped nuts, dried fruit, jam, chocolate chips, etc.)
Want to completely change up the add-ins? Feel free to use a different fruit than apples (or in addition t0). I suggest two sliced bananas, or a cup of blueberries (frozen or thawed). Even if you don't use apples, do not omit the applesauce. To make baked apple oatmeal cups: this recipe makes 10-12 oatmeal cups. Spray the wells of a cupcake pan generously with non-stick spray, and bake for 20-25 minutes.