Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal can be made ahead to make your morning routine even easier. This recipe is vegan, gluten-free, and filled with delicious cinnamon apples in every bite!
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Mornings are sacred to me. Over the years I have learned to value the first few hours of the day and regard the time as essential to my overall well being. How those first few hours go gives me a very strong idea of how my day will go and instead of leaving my day to the whimsical influx of news and social media, I’ve learned to take control and implement my own healthy morning routine filled with self-care and love.
I like to wake up, spend time meditating, praying, doing a light exercise like yoga, and then eating a nutritious breakfast paired with my typical morning smoothie. Now, in order for me to do all of this, I’ve learned a couple of things: 1. There is no such thing as snooze, only getting out of bed or sleeping in for another hour (which inherently leaves me feeling groggy). 2. If I want to take my morning slow, at a nice and easy pace, that means the time has to be sacrificed in some area of my morning. I decided that instead of spending 15-20 minutes making breakfast, I’d rather have something nutritious that I can just heat up and enjoy.
This Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal has quickly become one of my favorite go-to breakfast meals. I usually make it on my meal prep Sunday’s, which is where I spend about 2 hours in the kitchen and cook up to four or five meals for the week, and this baked oatmeal is definitely in my weekly meal prep rotation.
Baked Oatmeal is perfect for meal prep because you simply mix all the ingredients into an oven-safe dish and then transfer it into the oven to bake.
Once it’s made, this apple cinnamon baked oatmeal recipe gives you 8 servings of delicious baked oatmeal for breakfast!
What do you need to make this Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal
- Rolled Oats – If you are gluten intolerant, be sure to use gluten-free oats, like these)
- Dried fruit – I like to use dried cranberries and dried apricots, but you can use whatever dried fruit you like!
- Ground Flaxseed
- Coconut Oil
- Non-Dairy Milk – like to use unsweetened almond milk
- Maple Syrup
- Seasonings and such – cinnamon, vanilla extract, baking powder, sea salt
- Nuts -This is completely optional. I like to add pecans, but you can also add sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sliced almond, or keep it nut-free!
You can prepare this Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal in an oven-safe dish for a hassle-free cleanup! One-pot baking, I mean what’s not to love?! It is less mess and less to clean up!
What to eat with this Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal
You absolutely must drizzle almond butter or peanut butter on this Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal –it’s simply delicious!
In the mornings, I typically have a vegetable and fruit smoothie with my baked oatmeal. Here are a few of my favorite smoothie recipes:
How to Store your apple cinnamon baked oatmeal
This healthy apple cinnamon baked oatmeal stores well if kept in an airtight container and placed in the fridge. You can enjoy this baked oatmeal for up to five days! When you are ready to eat it, simply warm it up in the microwave for less than a minute!
I hope you enjoy this healthy baked oatmeal! Paired with coffee or a smoothie, it’s the perfect way to start your day!
Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal | Vegan + Gluten-free
- 2.5 cups Rolled Oats (ensure gluten-free if necessary)
- 2 tbsp Ground Flaxseed
- 2 tsp Cinnamon
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- 1/2 cup Applesauce
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1/4 tsp Sea Salt
- 1 tbsp Coconut Oil, melted
- 1/4 cup Maple Syrup
- 2 cups Non-Dairy Milk (I like using Almond Milk)
- 2-3 Diced Apples (approx 1 cup)
- 1/2 cup Dried fruit (like dried cranberries, apricots, raisins)
- 1/2 cup Pecans (or sliced almonds)
- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- In a large bowl or an 8x8 oven-safe dish, mix all the ingredients together, folding in the dried fruit and apples last. (If making in a large bowl, transfer the mixture into an oven-safe dish once the mixture is ready.)
- Bake the mixture for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow the baked oatmeal to cool for about 5 minutes before serving. Drizzle with almond butter or peanut butter. Enjoy!