I feel that oatmeal is a very personal thing. Everyone likes theirs prepared “just so”. For example, my dad’s oatmeal swims in evaporated milk, a ton of cinnamon, and some sugar. I like mine on the drier side, with nuts, fruit, spices, and a [tiny] splash of almond milk. Sometimes I add applesauce into the mix, too. Oatmeal is a great breakfast but I found it difficult to meal prep with and/or eat on the go. Texture is paramount and neither the texture nor the temperature of overnight oats really jive with me so I gave up on making more than one bowl at a time until I was introduced to the idea of baked oatmeal. This is a GENIUS way to make oatmeal because it’s portable, can be eaten hot or cold, and you can add whatever you want to meet your desired texture, taste, etc. I have made this with nuts and raisins, craisins…the possibilities are pretty much endless! This should definitely be in your breakfast rotation. It’s breakfast for a whole week in 30 minutes. Thirty. Minutes! That’s even easier and quicker than my breakfast hash. 🙂 Try out this apple cinnamon baked oatmeal the next time you meal prep or maybe need to make a quick and filling breakfast for the whole family.

pan of baked apple cinnamon oatmeal

Baked oatmeal is such an easy and versatile dish and, since whipping up this apple cinnamon baked oatmeal, I’ve also shared a pumpkin maple version (Hello, fall flavors!) and dark chocolate chai version (Hello, vegan decadence!) I think you’ll love. Each of these can easily be modified to be vegan and/or gluten-free and they’re all absolutely delicious. If you’re more of a traditionalist when it comes to your oatmeal, check out my homemade instant oatmeal mix! It’s also easy and great for on the go, but gives you all the old-school bowl and spoon feels you could want.

piece of apple cinnamon baked oatmeal

I hope you get to try out this apple cinnamon baked oatmeal and make it your own. And here are more easy breakfast ideas. Thanks for reading!

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P.S. more portable breakfast ideas:

Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
30 mins

Easy baked oatmeal with bites of real apple and warm cinnamon flavor.

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked oatmeal bars, easy breakfast idea, how to make baked oatmeal, make ahead breakfast, oatmeal meal prep
Servings: 6 servings
  • 4 cups rolled oats (not quick oats)
  • 1 medium apple chopped
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 4 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 2/3 cup milk I used unsweetened almond
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar or maple syrup
  • 1/ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • dash sea salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Thoroughly mix all dry ingredients plus chopped apple together in a large bowl. 
  2. In a smaller bowl, mix together remaining ingredients.
  3. Mix wet and dry well, ensuring there are no dry "pockets" in the mixture. Spread into a square (8" by 8" or 9" by 9") baking pan.
  4. Bake for about 25 minutes or until top of oatmeal is firm when pressing down on it with your fingers (but not hardened). Cool for about 30 minutes then slice into six pieces. Store covered in the fridge. Keeps for about a week.