This Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal is easy to make, vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free and great for meal prep! Make it on Sunday and have a healthy and delicious breakfast all week long!
Breakfast seems to be the hardest meal of the day, especially when you have school aged kids that I need to get out the door in the morning. If I don’t have something, like this Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal, pre-made then we usually just eat a piece of toast or a bowl of cold cereal.
I have tons of Baked Oatmeal recipes on my site because it’s such a great make ahead breakfast! It’s filling, nutritious, low in sugar and kids love it! I do baked oatmeal cups a lot because it’s nice to have a little personal sized one, but I also love to make a big pan of baked oatmeal like I did for you today 🙂
Why You’ll Love This Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal Recipe
I developed this baked oatmeal recipe a few years ago and I basically just use the same recipe each time and tweak the flavors.
- Gluten Free – If you need to make your baked oatmeal gluten free, make sure to use gluten free certified oats. I always use old fashioned oats but I’ve had people tell me the recipe also works with quick cooking oats and steel cut oats.
- Vegan – I see a ton of baked oatmeal recipes that call for eggs, and while I do eat eggs myself, I’ve found that you don’t needs eggs to make baked oatmeal. I sometimes do add one tablespoon of flax meal and let it sit for a few minutes to help thicken it up, but it is not necessary. I also use almond milk but you could use any kind of milk you like, or you can even use water!
- Refined Sugar Free – I sweeten my baked oatmeal with coconut sugar, maple syrup and vanilla extract. For this recipe I also added applesauce, apples and cinnamon. If you prefer it less sweet you can play around with the amount of sweetener and the consistency shouldn’t be affected that much.
BAKED OATMEAL FOR MEAL PREP
Baked Oatmeal is one of my favorite healthy meal prep breakfasts! I love it because it’s so easy to make and easy to eat in the morning. I don’t even actually heat my baked oatmeal up when I eat it, but that’s just my personal preference. If you want to eat it warm, I’d suggest popping it in the microwave for a minute or so. You can also warm it up in the oven for 10-15 minutes.
You can easily make this recipe into Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal Cups, instead of baking it in a pan. All you have to do is fill each muffin cup with about 1/4 cup of oatmeal mixture and cut the baking time down by 10-15 minutes.
Optional Add-Ins For Your Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal
- Nuts (walnuts, pecans, almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, etc…) – I’d add in about 1/2 cup
- Chia Seeds and Hemp Hearts – These will add some good Omega 3 Fatty Acids, among other nutrients
- Protein Powder – A few tablespoons will add some extra protein
- Egg – I don’t use egg in my baked oatmeal recipe but you can definitely add an egg for some extra protein!