If you’re looking for a delicious way to eat oatmeal, these easy apple baked oats are going to be your new go to. Tender apples paired with cinnamon and oats makes this the perfect wholesome breakfast. Drizzled with a homemade caramel, it’s basically dessert, but made with healthy ingredients!
Filled with good carbs, fiber, and a bit of sweetness, it’s the perfect hearty breakfast to start your morning! And the caramel sauce is a serious game changer…I put it on just about everything from ice cream to oats to smoothies. It takes 2 minutes to whip up and tastes so similar to real caramel.
And while I usually make baked oats by mixing all the ingredients together, I’ve learned the real trick is to blend the ingredients for best results. You get a cake-like texture that feels like you’re eating dessert for breakfast. It’s amazing. Seriously.
Even if you’re not a fan of regular oatmeal, I’m convinced you’ll love these baked oats. Baked oatmeal recipes have taken over the internet, and for good reason! They taste like a combination between oatmeal and a cake. With this specific flavor tasting like a caramel apple. Need I say more?!
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WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS RECIPE
Simple Ingredients – These apple baked oats are made with standard pantry ingredients, not to mention the caramel sauce is made of just 5 ingredients!
Perfectly Sweet – With an easy plant-based caramel sauce, these oats are the perfect level of sweetness for breakfast. And, to balance out the sweetness they’re also packed with whole grains and fiber making it a healthy breakfast option.
Single Serve – Live alone? This recipe is perfect for you! It makes just a single serving. However, you can easily double or triple the recipe.
INGREDIENTS NEEDED (WITH SUBSTITUTIONS)
To make this baked apple oatmeal recipe you will need the following ingredients.
Rolled Oats – There’s instant oats, quick oats, steel-cut oats, the list goes on. For this recipe I recommend using rolled oats, also known as old-fashioned oats. Quick oats should also be fine in a pinch, but avoid instant oats and steel-cut oats as they will impact the texture and baking time.
Non-Dairy Milk – Using plant milk helps create a smooth, cake-like consistency. Any dairy-free milk is fine…oat milk, almond milk, coconut milk, soy milk, etc!
Baking Powder – Baking powder is crucial to making this oat cake rise.
Banana – Ripe banana helps create the perfect texture while adding a bit of sweetness.
Ground Flaxseed – High in fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, I like to include ground flaxseed for both the nutritional boost as well as as a thickening agent.
Vanilla Extract – A splash of vanilla enhances the flavor.
Cinnamon –Cinnamon brings these apple baked oats to the next level. Warm cinnamon paired with tart apples gives this recipe the classic flavors of apple pie.
Chopped Apple – Fresh apples is of course a key ingredient in these baked oats. Feel free to use any apples you have on hand, I usually use overripe apples as they still taste delicious when baked.
Maple Syrup – A bit of sweetness in these baked oats is key. If you decide to forego the caramel, you can increase the sweetness slightly. Any sweetener is fine, such as brown sugar, agave, or maple syrup.
HOW TO MAKE BAKED OATS
Making this cinnamon apple baked oatmeal is super easy! While this is a single serve recipe, you can double or triple the ingredients to make as many individual portions as you’d like. For full ingredients and instructions make sure to read the recipe card below.
Step 1: The first step is to preheat the oven and grease a 4-6 oz ramekin / baking dish.
Step 2: Then, chop an apple into small pieces and set aside.
Step 3: In a blender add all the baked oat ingredients, except the apple. Blend until mostly smooth for best texture.
Step 4: Pour the oat mixture into a ramekin and mix in half the apples. Top the batter with the rest of the apples.
P.S. When incorporating the chopped apples into the batter, you can also add chopped walnuts or pecans for an added crunch.
Step 5: Bake for 20–25 minutes until cooked through.
Step 6: Let cool, top with the homemade caramel and enjoy! If not using caramel, you can also top with a splash of milk or a drizzle of maple syrup.
STORAGE & REHEATING
These baked oats can be stored in the fridge for 2-3 days. Cover the individual portion(s) with a layer of aluminum foil. When ready to eat, reheat in the oven or enjoy cold.
If storing the homemade caramel make sure to place it in a microwave safe container. Because of the coconut oil, it will harden in the fridge. To enjoy, reheat in the microwave for a few seconds until melted.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
Yes, baked oats are a healthy breakfast option. They are packed with fiber and whole grains. Not to mention, these baked oats also contain potassium, omega-3 fatty acids, and you can even include protein powder (see below).
Baked oats can be mushy if you add too much liquid or undercook them. For best results, add the exact amount of liquid included in the recipe and cook for closer to 25 minutes. And, make sure to let cool. If you start eating when still cooling off it can be mushy as well.
Definitely! If you want to add protein powder to these baked oats, just add a scoop into the blender along with the rest of the ingredients.
If wanting to have breakfast prepared for early mornings, you can make this recipe the night before. After baking let cool, cover with aluminum foil, and place in the fridge. The next morning you’ll have an easy delicious breakfast.
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Apple Baked Oats
Apple Baked Oats
- ⅓ cup almond milk
- ½ cup rolled oats
- ½ medium banana
- ½ tbsp maple syrup
- ¼ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp ground flaxseed
- ¼ cup chopped apple
- ½ tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 1 tbsp almond butter
- ½ – 1 tbsp maple syrup
- ¼ tsp vanilla
- ¼ tsp salt
- Start by preheating your oven to 350.
- Then, chop the apple into small, 1/4-1/2 inch squares. Set aside.
- Combine all the baked oat ingredients, except the apple, into a blender and blend until smooth.
- Bake for 20 – 25 minutes until cooked through. Let cool.
- In a microwave safe dish, combine all the caramel ingredients and heat for 10-20 seconds. Whisk until smooth.
- Add the caramel on top of the oats and enjoy!