One of the best feelings is having a cozy breakfast with strong coffee on a chilly fall or winter morning. As someone whose family gets going before 7 AM, it’s a luxury to linger over breakfast, especially one you know you have to prep yourself!
That’s why I particularly love recipes like Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal Bake. You can prep things ahead, even completely bake it ahead of time, and it’s just as lovely when you reheat it. Also, if you think of it last minute, it’s not too hard to put together. The versatility and easiness make this recipe extra comfy cozy!
Making Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal Bake Just Like You Like It
This is a great base recipe for personalizing to your liking with additions or toppings. Kids especially love this recipe because you can change up the flavors by adding your favorite toppings even after it’s baked.
Here are a few extras you might like for your Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal Bake!
- dried cranberries or raisins
- chopped almonds, pecans, or walnuts
- brown sugar topping
- peanut or almond butter drizzled on top
- a splash of milk
- a drizzle of honey or maple syrup
Storing and Making Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal Bake Ahead
This recipe both keeps well and can be made ahead!
Storage: Cover your dish with tin foil or store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days in the fridge. To reheat, warm your oats in an oven-safe dish for 15-20 minutes in a 350-degree oven.
Make Ahead: You can prep your Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal Bake in two different ways. You can mix your dry and wet ingredients separately, then store the wet ones in the fridge until morning. You just need to combine and bake at that point. You can also completely bake your oats, then reheat in a 350-degree oven for 15 minutes before serving.
Apple and Cinnamon Baked Oats are great for busy holiday mornings or meal prepping for the week!
Check out my Blue Banana Breakfast Muffins for another great oatmeal-based breakfast!
Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal Bake
- 8×8 baking dish
- 2.5 cups rolled old-fashioned oats
- 2 cups milk Optional: you can use a plant-based milk if you prefer.
- 1 cup diced apple Optional: you can peel your apple if you prefer.
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Spray your 8×8 baking dish with nonstick spray.
- In a large bowl, thoroughly whisk together the oats, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and sugar.
- In a smaller bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, and applesauce.
- Add your wet ingredients to the large bowl of dry ingredients and stir to combine.
- Fold in the diced apples, reserving 1/4 cup for topping your oats.
- Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the remaining diced apples over the top. Alternately, you could top your oats with thinly sliced apples.
- Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Allow to cool a bit before serving, but serve warm. Top with any additional toppings you prefer.