How To Make The BEST Baked Oatmeal

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If you haven’t yet tried Baked Oatmeal, you are missing out. This is the baked oatmeal recipe that gets two thumbs up every time we make it. 

Lightly spiced with cinnamon and full of sweet dried fruit, so much more exciting than your average bowl of oatmeal. Baked oatmeal makes eating oatmeal feel a little like a special treat–a treat that just so happens to be good for you.

 I’m showing you today how to make the BEST baked oatmeal. This is our family’s all-time favorite oatmeal recipe and we’ve made it so many times over the years that I’ve lost count.

Best Baked Oatmeal

Baked Oatmeal

My oldest son Sam has been making breakfast on his own for several years now. While I occasionally miss the baby days, there’s nothing quite like having kids old enough to get a hot breakfast on the table without any help!

We enjoy this Pumpkin Spice Baked Oatmeal in the fall, Summer Berries Baked Oatmeal in the warm months when our favorite berries are in season and even found a way to combine several of our favorite foods in Peanut Butter Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal.

This post could also be labeled “Baked Oatmeal for Beginners” since the recipe I’m sharing below is a staple oatmeal recipe that’s appropriate for any season and day of the week.

 Oatmeal Recipes

My family has a well-known love affair with oatmeal. We’ll happily eat oats simmered on the stovetop, slow-cooked in the crock-pot, baked into granola, cookies, and breads.

We like oatmeal in every way, shape, or form you can serve it. Muesli-style oats, nutty granolas, rich and creamy oats with sweet bites of fruit and melting brown sugarchewy baked oatmeal combinations; I doubt that I will ever turn down a warm oatmeal cookie.

You can find a full list of some of our favorite oatmeal recipes right here.

With all of those varieties to choose from, I can still say, beyond any doubt, that our all-time favorite way to make oatmeal for breakfast is BAKED.

Craisin Baked Oatmeal

How to Make Perfect Baked Oatmeal

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 10-inch pan with butter or coat with cooking spray. Combine the oats, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl. Stir to combine. Add the oil, eggs, and milk and stir to combine. Add the craisins and stir once more.
  2. Scoop the oat mixture into the greased pan and bake for 30 minutes. The oatmeal should be lightly browned, slightly crisp on top and around the edges. A knife inserted will come out mostly clean with wet crumbs. Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes before serving. Slice into servings or scoop servings with a spoon. Enjoy!

Freezer Meal Instructions: Let the oatmeal cool completely and then cut or scoop into portions. Store the oatmeal in airtight freezer bags or containers. Reheat in the microwave with a tablespoon of water.

Baked Oatmeal filled with blueberries is a winner

Baked Oatmeal Recipe

There is something about sweet and chewy oatmeal that is guaranteed to make you smile, whether you choose to make a simple recipe or load it up with your favorite fillings.

It’s delicious warm right out of the oven or warmed up in the microwave. We love eating oatmeal for breakfast but we’ve also been known to heat it up for a midday snack. We enjoy this oatmeal with a glass of milk, cup of tea, or mug of coffee for a dose of energy and comfort.

Some baked oatmeals, like this Biscoff Banana Bread variety, also make fantastic desserts. Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream and it’s as a good a sweet treat as anything.

Looking for a special Valentine’s Day breakfast idea? Heart Shaped Craisin Baked Oatmeal is too cute to pass up.

And this Peanut Butter Banana Baked Oatmeal has been my youngest son’s favorite for years now.

Peanut Butter and Bananas Baked Oatmeal is a favorite!

I love all those fancier varieties of oatmeal but at the end of the day, it’s hard to beat the simple and tasty enjoyment of this perfect Baked Oatmeal.

To make this recipe even better, it can also be made in advance then portioned into individual bags or containers for one portion meals. This is a lifesaver on busy mornings!

Looking for more amazing and easy Oatmeal Recipes? Put Overnight Baked Oatmeal with Fresh Cranberries, Pineapple and Coconut Baked Oatmeal, and Apple Pie Baked Oatmeal on your list to try next!

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Best Baked Oatmeal

How To Make The BEST Baked Oatmeal

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Warm from the oven, this mildly sweet baked delight will be sure to satisfy your morning cravings.
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Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients 

  • cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • cup light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup light flavored olive oil
  • 3 eggs
  • cups milk
  • 1 cup craisins or raisins optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 10-inch pan with butter or coat with cooking spray. Combine the oats, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl. Stir to combine. Add the oil, eggs, and milk and stir to combine. Add the craisins and stir once more.
  • Scoop the oat mixture into the greased pan and bake for 30 minutes. The oatmeal should be lightly browned, slightly crisp on top and around the edges. A knife inserted will come out mostly clean with wet crumbs. Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes before serving. Slice into servings or scoop servings with a spoon. Enjoy!

Notes

FREEZER MEAL: Let the oatmeal cool completely and then cut or scoop into portions. Store the oatmeal in airtight freezer bags or containers. Reheat in the microwave with a tablespoon of water.

Nutrition

Calories: 497kcal · Carbohydrates: 80g · Protein: 10g · Fat: 16g · Saturated Fat: 3g · Cholesterol: 87mg · Sodium: 453mg · Potassium: 448mg · Fiber: 7g · Sugar: 41g · Vitamin A: 220IU · Calcium: 181mg · Iron: 2.8mg
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{originally published 1/26/16 – recipe notes and photos updated 2/28/22}

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Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Kristen F. says

    I cut back the sugar slightly and subbed plain yogurt for some/most of the oil to cut back the total fat and slightly increase the protein. I also added fresh strawberries and some pecans.

    This came out just as I anticipated and very delicious. I had it at least 2 or 3 mornings throughout the week that I made it… and I shared it with 2-3 people. I baked this in a 9×13″ pan. It baked faster. Feel free to enjoy with whipped cream or milk added on top. I just like mine warm and chewy.

    Thanks for the recipe!5 stars

  2. Ron Bell says

    This Baked Oatmeal is perhaps not the worst thing I have ever tried to eat but it is a strong competitor for that distinction. I have been cooking and baking for nearly 65 years (including about 25 years cooking professionally) so I have tried many recipes and conducted many experiments so I’ve had a fair number of disappointments but this one stands out. As is my custom when trying a new recipe, I followed this recipe exactly as it is written. The result is gloppy and tasteless – so far off the mark that I struggle to think of any way to improve on it short of just dumping it in the compost pile.1 star

    • Mary Younkin says

      Good morning, Ron! As a cook with 65 years of experience, I’m floored that you found this oatmeal gloppy. As you can see in the photos, it should’ve been baked until it was firm enough to slice or easily scoop into bowls. Something was definitely off there.

      And for what it’s worth as MY opinion here? If you found it to be flavorless, perhaps with all those years of experience, you could have reviewed the ingredient list and known in advance what you were going to be making. All of the ingredients here are easily adjustable to your own tastes. It’s a very simple recipe for baked oatmeal. Perhaps not the most flavorful food around, but certainly not tasteless if made as directed in the recipe.

      At any rate, I’m choosing to be honored that the oatmeal we love so much stood out as one of your worst fails. (Do you hate oatmeal in general? Maybe this was an attempt to try it again?) I have zero clues how this particular recipe rates as one of your worst fails (my children have been making this oatmeal since they were about 6 years old) but hey, as you likely know after spending 25 years in the food industry, you will never please everyone. Better luck with another breakfast. I wish you only the best!