By Melanie Fincher

Upgrade your oatmeal.

If your average, run-of-the-mill oatmeal isn't doing anything for you, it's time to give baked oatmeal a try. Baked oatmeal will make breakfast a meal you actually look forward to again, while still maintaining all the health benefits of eating oats.

Pictured: Baked Oatmeal with Cinnamon | Photo by lutzflcat

Baked oatmeal is where traditional oatmeal meets breakfast casserole. Oats, milk, and spices are baked into a casserole dish for breakfast that's less sad porridge, and more bread pudding. And fall is the perfect time to incorporate this heavenly breakfast into your life. Autumn flavors like brown sugar, cinnamon, and apples (baked apple oatmeal—hello fall!) will have you actually wanting to get up in the morning. The best part about this customizable treat is that it can be made ahead of time, frozen, and reheated the morning of, for a breakfast that's ready in under a minute. Read on for our tips on how to make baked oatmeal plus some of our favorite baked oatmeal recipes.

How to Make Baked Oatmeal

Learn how to make simple baked oatmeal based on this Baked Oatmeal with Cinnamon recipe. Try adding seasonal fruits like baked apple slices to make this hearty breakfast a fall treat.

Ingredients:

  • Cooking spray
  • 2 ¾ cups old-fashioned oats
  • 3 ⅓ cup milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Spread oats into the prepared baking dish.
  3. Beat milk, eggs, brown sugar, vegetable oil, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and salt together in a large bowl until smooth. Pour the mixture over the oats.
  4. Place the baking dish in the oven and set the timer for 55 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven and add fruit or toppings as desired. Slice into bars or scoop with a spoon. Serve warm.

How to Freeze and Reheat Baked Oatmeal

Like other breakfast casseroles, you can easily make baked oatmeal ahead of time and freeze it for an instant breakfast to be enjoyed throughout the week. Simply following the baking instructions as usual, and allow your baked oatmeal to cool completely. Then cut the oatmeal into bars or scoop into individual portions, and store in airtight freezer bags. To reheat, transfer the oatmeal to a microwave-safe dish, add a tablespoon of water and microwave to your desired temperature.

More Baked Oatmeal Recipes to Try

1. Baked Oatmeal I

Reviewer MULTI says, "I did not like oatmeal for breakfast—until now. It's got the texture of rice but tastes more like dessert...My 3-year-old will eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! I will make it at least once a week from now on. If you're not an oatmeal eater—try this!"

2. Coconut-Berry Baked Oatmeal

"I'm a big fan of oatmeal and this may be my favorite way of eating it. I didn't change one single thing about the recipe. Couldn't possibly improve on it," says reviewer queennana.

Photo by chanel0824

3. Baked Oatmeal II

Reviewer iLikeCereal says, "Delicious! I had never heard of baked oatmeal before and I will definitely start making it a lot now!"

4. Applesauce Baked Oatmeal

"I make this on the weekend for the kids to eat through the week. I double the recipe with no problems. It is a great way to use up the applesauce in the fridge," says recipe creator Mikekirsten1.

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