Basic Baked Oatmeal


Oatmeal is one of the foods that I used to hate. I wanted to like it, really I did, but every time I would try it I could never bring myself to eat it.

Now I know why.

Come to find out it was not real oatmeal I loathed it was the instant stuff that dissolved into mush the moment hot water hit it. Once I started cooking whole rolled oats on the stove or steel cut oats in the slow cooker I developed a new found respect for this yummy grain.


Over the last couple of months I came across a different way to prepare oatmeal and that is baked.

Blogs I follow such as Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures, Good Cheap Eats, Money Saving Mom, and more recently Sugar Free Mom all posted baked oatmeal recipes that peaked my interest.

After researching different baked oatmeal recipes I ended up adapting a recipe from The results were amazing bringing my love for oatmeal to the next level. The consistency and texture were almost like one of those Quaker oatmeal bars but only healthier and better.

Oh mama these were good!

This recipe is a basic one that tastes delicious with a drizzle of pure maple syrup and/or cream. In the future, I will experiment with different ingredients to offer a variety of bake oatmeal flavors.

You absolutely must try this. Do it this weekend 🙂

4.5 from 4 reviews
Basic Baked Oatmeal
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Serves: 9
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • ¼ cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 cup 1% milk
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup applesauce (use homemade if you have it)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. In a medium to large bowl mix together oil, sugar, eggs, applesauce, cinnamon, and vanilla.
  3. Add to the bowl rolled oats, baking powder, and milk. Mix until thoroughly combined.
  4. Pour oat mixture into an 8 inch square baking dish and bake for 20 minutes. Let sit for about 3 minutes, cut into 9 squares, and serve warm.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 square Calories: 210 Fat: 10 Carbohydrates: 26 WW Points +: 6 Fiber: 2 Protein: 6


Freezer Instructions

These bars freeze and reheat very nicely. After they cook and cool wrap individually in plastic wrap then place in labeled freezer bag for the freezer.

Reheating Instructions

Remove plastic wrap and warm in microwave (1-2 minutes) or in oven on 350 for 10-15 minutes or until warmed through.

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  1. This looks delicious! I can’t wait to try it!

  2. I tried it this morning. I am impressed! I was the same – HATED the mushy grossness that was associated with anything oatmeal. I think this might work for me! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Old fashion oats are the type to use, correct?

  4. I am loving this blog! I have learned so much already. I was wondering if you know of the ziplist app? Its a great tool that people can easily save recipes from fantastic blogs like yours. Please consider this feature! 🙂

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  5. I have made these by the recipe and they are terrific! Has anyone tried this with egg whites only? Just trying to get the fat content a little lower. Thanks for a great blog and such good recipes and ideas.

  6. I tried this recipe but i did not use apple sauce. Instead i tried with banana and two tbs of olive oil. It came out wonderful. Thank you for the idea!

  7. The oatmeal was wonderful. I wanted to try some new items for breakfast & this is one of them. Great recipe. Thanks.

  8. Delicious! I added some slivered almonds to the recipe and that was a great treat. When I served it, I also put golden raisins on top with a little fat free half & half. Yum!

  9. Doing this right now. Thanks!

  10. John L. Carson says:

    Sound great, but I have read that the use of canola oil is not the best for the body or cell absorption. Is there another type of oil to use? I have used as an oil substitute the same amount of applesauce in cakes and cookies.

  11. Love the recipe for crockpot steel cut oats. I can’t wait to try this!!

  12. Will this work with steel cut oats? My supermarket didn’t have rolled oats. Thanks

  13. Would love to try this but can’t have coconut. Is there something I could use in place of the coconut oil? Thanks!

  14. We don’t eat eggs, is there a way to make these without?

    • Milled flax seed can be used in place of eggs. You just have to add warm water to the flax seed and let it sit for a few minutes before mixing it in. The box I bought at Wal-Mart had the directions on the box. I’ve used it when I made banana bread and couldn’t tell the difference.

  15. I found this recipe via Pinterest, and made it this morning. So good! Thanks for the recipe!

  16. Can steel cut oats be used instead?

  17. Is it supposed to be dry? Mine came out SUPER dry!

  18. I never leave comments much, but I had to tell you these are sooo good! I’ve been having one for breakfast every morning with a little peanut butter on top..(Pregnancy I actually froze a few too and plan to do more before my second little one gets here. Thank you for a wonderful and easy recipe! I followed the recipe exactly, and they turned out perfect! 🙂

  19. Jennifer Billi says:

    I’ve been eating this on my way to work in the mornings and it was a great quick breakfast. Today I decided to change it up a bit and pretty happy with the results and will try freezing. I changed the applesauce to peanut butter and added 1/2 cup raisins and a 1/2 cup chocolate chips!

  20. I substitute maple syrup for the brown sugar and add pecans and raisins. I bag up individual service gs for a quick snack for work.

    This week I’m going to add chia seeds and protein powder. Will also switch it up to dried cranberries and walnuts.

    It’s also good with a little vanilla yogurt plopped on top.

  21. I made this today had one serving with triple ZERO Coconut Greek Yogurt. It was so good and a filling breakfast. Thanks for the recipe! 🙂

  22. I maked these last week and a 2nd batch this evening. They were a huge hit with a husband that doesn’t like oatmeal and picky toddlers 3 and 1. I look forward to trying out your other recipes! 🙂

  23. Angelica says:

    Made this recipe today. Followed it exactly, except added fresh chopped peaches and unsweetened coconut. It turned out more wet than I expected, but I attribute that to the fruit.

    My 1.5 year old had it for dinner and are every bite! We’ll definitely make it again, and will explore other combinations of fruits and nuts.

  24. Carolyn says:

    This was really good! I added about 1/4 tsp of nutmeg, and an extra tbsp of oil because I only had about 1/3 cup of applesauce. I microwaved the mixture for about 3 minutes before baking, because I happen to like my oatmeal ‘mushy’ and the recipe photos looked a bit dry. I added a handful of cranberries and carob chips, and only baked it for 10 minutes at 350°F. I served it with maple syrup, sugar, cream, and milk.

    Next time I might increase the oil and sugar to 1/3 cup each so I don’t need to add milk or cream and maple syrup or sugar on top, and keep the baking directions how I did them. That’s just my preference, though!

    Considering the original recipe on uses 3/4 of brown sugar and about 1/2 stick or so of butter, this recipe is a lot healthier either way!

    Your widget won’t let me rate this recipe with anything other than 5 stars on mobile, but I’d actually give it 4 stars for the potential of being quite dry.


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