This Vegan Baked Oatmeal with apples recipe makes for a healthy and filling breakfast for the whole family. Make it in just 15 minutes!
What do you fancy for breakfast this morning? For us, this is a constant dilemma, and a potential source of bad mood early in the morning. But, with this baked apple and cinnamon oatmeal ready to go, breakfast is a problem no more! Make this simple, tasty, and healthy Vegan Baked Oatmeal with Apples now, and thank us later.
What is baked oatmeal?
Baked oatmeal is a super simple, large-batch cooking method to prepare your morning oatmeal. You can mix it straight in the baking pan, let it bake, and feed a small crowd with the end product.
It’s a super versatile and healthy make-ahead recipe, that you can meal-prep for your week, as it stores very well in the fridge.
Rewarm your serving as needed (microwave or in the oven), or just serve it cold with a splash of hot plant-based milk.
Baked oatmeal is high in fiber, very satisfying and filling, and will ensure a slow release of sugars throughout your morning, without blood-sugar spikes.
Why you will love this vegan baked oatmeal:
- it’s super easy to make
- no cleanup – mix everything straight in the baking pan!
- it makes plenty of servings to feed you and your family all week long
- it’s super healthy
- high in fiber
- made with pantry staples
- whole food plant-based ingredients
- easy to customize – replace apples with other fruit as available
Baked Oatmeal Ingredients
To make this Vegan Baked Oatmeal with Apples you will need 1 baking pan, optionally 1 bowl (you can even make it straight in the pan!), and also:
- Ground flax seeds. Mix them with water to create a nutritious plant-based egg replacement.
- Walnuts. Will add healthy fats, nutrients, and crunch to the baked oatmeal. You can replace it with any other nuts of your choice, like pecans, almonds, or roasted hazelnuts.
- Almond flakes. Same as walnuts, mix and match the nuts to your taste!
- Rolled oats. Use old-fashioned rolled oats for best results. Choose gluten-free if you’re avoiding gluten.
- Chia seeds. Will add healthy omega fats, extra nutrition, and also help bind the oatmeal.
- Cinnamon. For extra flavor, this will make the oatmeal taste like apple pie 🙂
- Baking powder
- pinch of salt
- Maple syrup or another sweetener of your choice
- Apple sauce will add flavor, moisture, and also act as an egg replacement
- Zest of 1 lemon, will add extra flavor and balance the sweetness
- Milk of choice. We like to use soy milk when baking as it most resembles regular milk in nutrients, but almond milk or rice milk will also work.
- Coconut oil
- Vanilla, for extra flavor; paste or extract will both work
- Apples. The main ingredients, besides oats. This dish is perfect to use up any forgotten apples in your fridge! You can substitute the apples with other fruit, such as berries, peaches, cherries, or other fruit to your liking.
How to make this recipe
The beauty of this recipe is that you can mix everything in just 1 bowl, or even straight in your baking pan! Let’s see how to make this in one bowl.
Mix ground flax seeds with water in a large bowl and let sit for 10 minutes, so the seeds soak up.
Meanwhile, chop some walnuts and almonds. I like to give them a quick toast in a dry pan over medium heat for better flavor and extra crunch.
Also, preheat your oven to 180°C / 360°F (fan oven to 160°C / 320°F) and prepare your baking pan – lightly grease it with vegetable oil and dust it with sugar.
Now to the soaked flaxseeds add all the other ingredients, except apples. So add rolled oats, chia seeds, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, maple syrup, apple sauce, lemon zest, plant milk, melted coconut oil, and vanilla. Mix well to combine.
Now grate in 2 apples with the peel on, and most of the toasted nuts (but save some for topping). Fold everything into the oats mixture.
Transfer the mixture into the baking pan and level it out. See what we did there? We could have just mixed everything in the baking pan and saved ourselves the cleaning of the bowl 🙂
Lastly, top the mixture in the baking pan with some diced apples and the reserved toasted nuts, then place the pan into the preheated oven and bake for about 30-35 minutes.
I like to check with a toothpick to make sure the oatmeal is baked through – just insert a toothpick in the middle and remove it, it should come out mostly clean, with no or little wet batter sticking to it. Mind you, the oatmeal will still be somewhat moist, even when baked.
When your oatmeal is baked, let it cool down for about 15 minutes, then serve and enjoy!
The baked oatmeal is good to eat on its own, but I like to drizzle some plant-based milk on top or add a spoonful of yogurt. You can also top with fresh apples, nuts, and a drizzle of maple syrup.
How to store and reheat
Store the baked oatmeal refrigerated in an air-tight container for up to 4-5 days. Reheat as needed before serving – microwave single oatmeal slices for 30-45 seconds, or reheat in the oven. Reheating is optional and the baked oatmeal is good to eat cold as well, especially in the warmer months 🙂
More similar recipes
If you are looking for similar recipes, we also highly recommend these recipes:
- 1-Bowl Mixed Berry Baked Oatmeal
- Yogurt & Berry Vegan Overnight Oats
- Aronia Oatmeal Crumble Bars (substitute aronia with other berries, such as blueberries!)
- or Gluten-Free Banana Oats Blender Pancakes.
- 2 tbsp flax seeds,
- 50 grams walnuts, chopped
- 40 grams almond flakes
- 290 grams rolled oats
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking powder
- a pinch of salt
- 70 grams maple syrup
- 150 grams apple sauce
- zest of 1 lemon
- 310 ml of milk of choice
- 60 ml coconut oil, melted
- 1 tsp vanilla paste or extract
- 2 apples, grated
- 1 apple, diced
- In a large bowl mix 2 tbsp of ground flax seeds with 4 tbsp water, and let sit for 10 minutes, so the seeds soak up the water.
- In a dry pan toast chopped walnuts and almond flakes on medium heat, until golden-brown in color. Make sure to stir often to prevent burning. Once toasted, remove from heat and set aside.
- Preheat the oven to 180°C / 360°F (fan oven to 160°C / 320°F). Lightly grease a baking pan and lightly dust with sugar. Tap any leftover sugar out of the pan.
- To the bowl with flaxseeds now add rolled oats, chia seeds, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, maple syrup, apple sauce, lemon zest, milk, melted coconut oil, and vanilla. Stir well to combine all the ingredients.
- Grate 2 apples with the peel on, and stir them into the oats mixture. Add in also most of the toasted nuts, but save some for topping.
- Transfer the oats mixture into the prepared baking pan and level it out evenly. Top with diced apples and the leftover toasted nuts.
- Place the baking pan in the oven and bake for about 30-35 minutes, checking with a toothpick that the mixture is baked through.
- Once baked, let cool down for 10-15 minutes before serving.
- Serve the baked oatmeal with some milk, or a spoonful of yogurt, diced apples, walnuts, and a drizzle of maple syrup. You can reheat the baked oatmeal in the oven or in a microwave.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 257Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 85mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 5gSugar: 12gProtein: 6g
Nutrition data is automatically calculated using Nutritionix and may not be accurate.