This easy Baked Oatmeal Recipe is filled with oats, maple syrup, fresh berries and fragrant vanilla. A healthy make-ahead breakfast for busy mornings. Bake it in advance and reheat portions as needed. VIDEO below!
Put down that packet of oatmeal! I’m going to show you just how easy it is to make your own flavored oatmeal from scratch. This Berry Vanilla Baked Oatmeal Recipe is delicious and flavorful, and it requires minimal effort. It is full of fresh mixed berries and fragrant vanilla. It’s baked in the oven, which means no standing over the stove and stirring. Woohoo! Mornings just got a little easier, and a whole lot tastier.
My kids love oatmeal, and I love the fact that a bowl of this baked oatmeal is a nutritious and hearty way to start the day. This is the perfect dish to make at the start of the week. Just stick the leftovers in your fridge and reheat portions throughout the week as needed. It’s always great to have a quick and healthy breakfast waiting in the fridge, especially on busy weekday mornings.
Baked Oatmeal Recipe
- Oats – Use old fashioned oats (gluten free, if necessary).
- Almond milk, coconut milk, regular milk – your choice! I like vanilla flavored milk, for an extra punch of vanilla flavor.
- Berries – Use your favorites, fresh or frozen. See below for more on this.
- Pure maple syrup sweetens the oatmeal and keeps it refined sugar free!
- Melted butter or coconut oil add a little richness and flavor. When was melted butter ever a bad thing? Never.
This recipe is super adaptable. I used raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries in it, but you can use your favorite combination of berries, or you can even swap some of the berries for sliced bananas. I used fresh berries, but if you’d like to use frozen, you can. Just FYI – The color from the frozen berries might bleed into the oatmeal a bit (don’t worry – it will still taste great).
This dish gets its vanilla flavor from a combination of vanilla almond milk and vanilla extract. The vanilla compliments the berries perfectly. And since this dish is sweetened with pure maple syrup, it contains no refined sugar! If you’d like it a little sweeter, feel free to drizzle the top of each serving with additional maple syrup. You can also stir in a splash of almond milk (or regular milk) to make it extra creamy.
If you have any leftover oats after making this baked oatmeal, feel free to use ‘em up in one of my other recipes: Granola, Oatmeal Pancakes, Honey Oat Quick Bread, Nutella Stuffed Oatmeal Cookie Bars, Healthy Flourless Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, or Almond Coconut Chai Spice Oatmeal.
Mixed Berry Vanilla Baked Oatmeal
- 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs lightly beaten
- 2 1/2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk plus additional for serving (you can sub regular milk or coconut milk)
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter or coconut oil melted
- 3 cups fresh berries larger berries chopped or sliced (I used strawberries, blueberries and raspberries)
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 2 ½ or 3 quart baking dish. Set aside.
- Combine oats, baking powder and salt. Place half the oat mixture in the baking dish, top with half the berries, and then top with the remaining oat mixture.
- Whisk the eggs, almond milk, maple syrup, vanilla, and melted butter/coconut oil. Pour over the oats.Top the oats with the remaining berries. Gently shake the baking dish back and forth from side to side to allow the wet mixture to get down into the oats.
- Bake uncovered for about 25-40 minutes, until oats are tender, and the mixture is set.
- Serve immediately with a splash of milk, or cool, then cover and refrigerate to reheat later.
When reheating leftovers I stir in a splash of milk or water to make the oatmeal creamy.
- You can substitute frozen berries for fresh berries, reducing the amount to 2 cups. Halve or quarter larger berries. Note: The frozen berries will bleed their color into the oatmeal more than the fresh berries do.
- You can swap out some or all of the berries for sliced bananas. If doing so, I like to add a little cinnamon (1/2 teaspoon or so, to the dry ingredients).
- Feel free to add nuts. Sliced almonds and chopped walnuts would both be great!
This post originally appeared on Julie’s Eats and Treats where I am a regular contributor.