I’m a sucker for baked apple oatmeal!! As an athlete, I spent many mornings with a bowl of oatmeal and frozen blueberries, with an egg-white omelet on the side. While my diet looks quite different these days (I’m not sure why anyone would remove the yolk from a nearly perfect egg), I still enjoy a good oat dish from time to time.
Following a primal lifestyle means that our family doesn’t eat many grains. However, organic sprouted oats that are non-GMO and glyphosate-free occasionally land on our table. I make sure the oats are soaked and/or cooked for easier digestion, maximum nutrient absorption, and a healthy gut.
This Baked Apple Oatmeal recipe is like a healthier morning glory muffin, without refined flours and excess sugars.
When we talk about real food ingredients, this baked oat dish certainly makes the cut. Apples, carrots, nuts, eggs, whole milk, and whole grain oats!
Sweetened with a touch of real maple syrup and a sprinkle of coconut sugar, this breakfast will leave any parent confident that they are nourishing their family with better ingredients, and any child happy to gobble up every morsel.
Kids can help make baked apple oatmeal!
If you have kids in the house, they can surely be a part of making this healthy and comforting breakfast. Teaching kids to cook is a fantastic way to help them grow confidence.
Younger kids can:
- Gather ingredients
- Wash apples and carrots
- Help measure and stir
Older kids can:
- Chop apples
- Shred carrots
- Measure ingredients
Baked Apple Oatmeal has been a tradition at our house on Thanksgiving morning! Since our oldest son was a baby, we have celebrated Turkey Day with good friends of ours who live in San Diego, and we have our menu down pat (with occasional adjustments).
We love preparing this oatmeal dish the night before — prepping it ahead makes serving breakfast a breeze (popping in a preheated oven in the morning), and gives us time to focus on cooking other foods for the main meal.
This recipe is also a perfect option if you have house guests in town. It can be enjoyed straight from the oven, warmed up later, or eaten cold, so there’s no pressure to gather together if people are on different schedules. Comforting, welcoming, and nourishing all in a one pot meal.
My favorite way to enjoy this baked delight is warm with a splash of cream or almond milk over the top! If you are looking for a boost of protein, try serving your Baked Apple Oatmeal with your favorite breakfast sausage or a side of scrambled eggs.
Baked Apple Oatmeal RecipePrint
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 1 cup walnuts, chopped
- ¼ cup shredded coconut, unsweetened, divided
- 1 tsp cinnamon, divided
- 1 Tbsp coconut sugar
- ¾ tsp salt, divided
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 cup cream
- ⅓ cup pure maple syrup
- 1 egg
- 2 Tbsp butter, melted
- 1 tsp pure vanilla
- 2 heaping cups chopped apples
- 2 medium carrots, shredded
- Preheat the oven to 375ºF.
- Grease an 8×8” baking dish with coconut oil or butter.
- In a small bowl, combine ½ cup walnuts, 2 tbsp coconut, ¼ tsp cinnamon, coconut sugar, and ¼ tsp salt.
- In a medium bowl, combine oats, baking powder, ¾ tsp cinnamon, and ½ tsp salt.
- In a glass or stainless steel bowl, whisk milk, cream, maple syrup, egg, butter, and vanilla.
- Pour liquid mixture over the oats and stir to combine. Add ½ cup walnuts, 2 Tbsp coconut, apple, and carrot.
- Add oat mixture to the baking dish and spread evenly. Top with walnut-coconut sugar mixture in the small bowl.
- Place in the oven for 40 to 45 minutes, or until set and golden brown on top.
- Serve warm or cold.