We’ve been in a breakfast RUT around here lately – scrambled eggs, smoothies, and oatmeal on repeat. When you’re juggling work and school and workout schedules with trying to get out the door, there’s no question that speed is the name of the game for weekday morning meals – and they’ve got to be at least semi-healthy, too. That’s why I love a make ahead breakfast that I can leisurely whip up on a Sunday night, then pop in the oven (or microwave, let’s be honest) when we’re in the mad dash to get out the door. This Apple Pie Baked Oatmeal gets crowned the favorite by everyone at my house.
Apples, walnuts, and oats get baked in cinnamon and sugar, and the results taste, well, pretty much like apple pie.
It can easily be made gluten-free (just use “gluten-free rolled oats”) and vegan (use almond milk and sub coconut oil for butter) so everyone can dig in, regardless of dietary restrictions.
I usually bake this on the weekend, put the entire baking dish in the fridge, and then reheat single-sized portions with a little milk the next morning. And the next, and the next, since this baby is perfectly good for 3 or so days in the fridge. And the addition of eggs and walnuts turns oatmeal into a dish with some protein and a good dose of omega-3’s to start the day.
What are your favorite make-ahead breakfasts? I’d love to add a few more to my roster – we’ve started reaching for the Honeynut Cheerios a little too frequently! 😉
Scroll on for the recipe, as well as a few ideas for ingredient swaps so you can make this with whatever you have on hand.
Instead of walnuts, use toasted pecans or slivered almonds.
Trade apples for pears (yum!)
Make it vegan with almond milk (instead of milk) and coconut oil (instead of butter.)
Sub orange juice if you don’t have apple juice.
Make it safe for gluten intolerances by using “gluten-free rolled oats.”
2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 cup walnuts, divided
2 small tart apples, peeled, cored & cubed
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups milk or almond milk
1/2 cup apple juice
1 vanilla bean or 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- Preheat oven to 350°F and spray a large baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a mixing bowl, add the oats, brown sugar, 3/4 cup of the walnuts, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt, and thoroughly combine.
- In a separate mixing bowl, add the eggs, milk, apple juice, and vanilla extract and whisk until the eggs are completely combined.
- Pour the egg mixture and the melted butter into the dry ingredients and stir together until just mixed.
- In a large baking dish, arrange the apples into one even layer. Pour the oat mixture over the apples and evenly distribute the remaining walnuts.
- Bake for 45 minutes, until the top is golden and the oats are set throughout. Serve warm, or refrigerate and reheat the next day.