Bring on fall with this apple pie baked oatmeal. Juicy apples are paired with old fashioned oats, cinnamon and nutmeg and a touch of brown sugar, making this baked oatmeal a breakfast your whole family will love.
This apple pie oatmeal just makes me think of cool fall mornings, flannel jackets and a walk through our local apple orchard. Apple season may be one of the most wonderful times of the year.
And what better way to celebrate all things apple than with a wholesome, hearty breakfast? You can dress up however you like, no pie crust required!
You know, since I send the kids off to school, the teachers might appreciate it if they had something a little more, you know, on the nutritionally balanced side.
Why you'll love baked oatmeal
I don’t wake up and cook my family a healthy breakfast first thing in the morning. I just don’t. (shrug)
Apple baked oatmeal is a great way to meal prep easy breakfasts ahead of time, like on a Sunday night when I still have energy from the weekend. You can pop these into the refrigerator and warm oatmeal squares as needed.
Come this time of year, I lean on apple oatmeals and pumpkin oatmeal bars.
Everyone in the household loves an oatmeal bake, and everyone loves the apple pie flavor in this recipe!
A few wholesome ingredients are all you'll need to make this apple pie baked oatmeal.
- Oatmeal - you can use old fashioned or rolled oats.
- Baking powder - helps keep these lighter and helps the oatmeal bake to rise
- Spices - cinnamon and nutmeg, both of which are in apple pie spice. They make sense here.
- Eggs - eggs work to bind the oatmeal together so we can pick up slices and eat them on the go
- Brown sugar - just a little for a touch of sweetness
- Whole milk - the oats soak up the milk keeping the oatmeal from becoming dry
- Apple - of course, apples! These are the star of the show
See recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.
How to make Baked Apple Oatmeal
Step 1: Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl
Step 2: Combine wet ingredients and brown sugar.
Step 3: Mix together. Here’s where we add the wet ingredients to the oat mixture and bring everything together.
Step 4: Fold in the apples and pecans. Pour the apple oatmeal mixture into your baking dish.
Step 5: Bake it!
That's it! Pour yourself a steaming cuppa coffee (or maybe an apple cider mimosa) sit back, and relax.
- Substitute maple syrup for the brown sugar. Or, reduce the amount of brown sugar if you like to just a few tablespoons.
- Change up the milk to use oat milk or almond milk
- Swap out the pecans for walnuts, or omit them all together
- You can use honey or agave nectar in place of the maple syrup
Apple baked oatmeal tips
Baked oatmeal will hold its shape in slices if you allow it to cool for a few minutes before slicing and serving warm. Or, you can totally scoop it out with a spoon!
If you prefer to serve straight out of the oven, be sure to let it cool for at least a few minutes. Then, have at it and scoop it out of the dish into a bowl.
Be sure to use rolled oats or old fashioned oats; not steel cut oats. Steel cut oats are an entirely different thing. If you have those and are looking to put them to use, you can use them in slow cooker apple cinnamon oatmeal.
How to store baked oatmeal squares
Leftovers will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for 4-5 days.
To freeze the leftovers, wrap individual portions in plastic wrap and store them in a freezer safe, air-tight container.
How to reheat leftovers
You can reheat the entire pan on a low temperature in the oven, or you can microwave individual slices for about 30 seconds.
How to serve apple pie baked oatmeal
I know this is a breakfast recipe, but how about adding a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla yogurt?
Even better, a scoop of vanilla ice cream, or a drizzle of maple syrup!
What apples are best for baking?
When I'm baking with apples, I usually reach for Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Pink Lady or Gala varieties. Of course, there are other varieties you can use!
More baked oatmeal recipes you’ll enjoy
Here are some different ways you can enjoy baked oatmeal!
If you make these apple pie baked oats, comment below and let me know what you think!
Apple Pie Baked Oatmeal
- 3 cups old fashioned or rolled oats
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- ⅛ teaspoon sea salt
- 2 eggs lightly beaten
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1.5 cups whole milk can substitute 2%
- ¼ cup chopped pecans
- 1 ½ cups apples peeled, chopped into ¾" pieces
- additional pecans for decorating the top
- Preheat oven to 350°F. In a medium sized bowl, combine dry ingredients (oats, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and sea salt). Mix.
- In another bowl, combine eggs, lightly beaten, brown sugar, vanilla extract and milk. Whisk together and add to your dry ingredients.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix using a spoon or spatula. Fold the apples and pecans into the batter.
- Grease a 9x9 baking pan. Pour in the oatmeal mixture and spread evenly. Top with additional pecans if you'd like to make it pretty
- Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the center is set. Allow to cool for 15-20 minutes before slicing and serving.