Baked Oatmeal with mixed berries on top is sweet, soft, and satisfying! This easy dish only takes a few minutes to throw together and place in the oven, then you can relax as it bakes and fills your home with rich, sweet scents.
This baked oatmeal is everything that you want breakfast to be: warm, sweet, and filling! I make this recipe often because it is so easy to put together and is so easy to save as leftovers for another morning. With each bite you get that sweet taste of baked berries combined with delicious chewy oatmeal. I find that regular oatmeal can sometimes be too mushy or soggy, but this baked oatmeal has the perfect texture.
My family loves to sprinkle some walnuts and a small drizzle of maple syrup on top to complete this tasty dish. Baked oatmeal is my favorite way to eat oats, and after you give this recipe I try, I hope it becomes yours too!
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Why You'll Love This Recipe
- It is satisfying and filling, a great way to start the day!
- Golden and crispy on the top with a warm and soft middle!
- Is sweet and delectable with a layer of fruit on top!
- Can be easily prepped and then reheated throughout the week!
- Old Fashioned Oats—Can be substituted with quick oats in a pinch.
- Brown Sugar—You can use dark or light brown sugar.
- Ground Cinnamon—Adds a warmth that balances the sweetness of the fruit.
- Milk—We usually use whole milk, but any milk will work great.
- Egg—Helps bind your oat mixture together.
- Vanilla Extract—Brings out the sweetness of the fruit and brown sugar.
- Salted Butter—Creates a smooth texture in your oatmeal.
- Mixed Berries—You can use fresh or frozen berries.
How to Make Baked Oatmeal
1. Preheat your oven. Combine the oats, brown sugar, and ground cinnamon in a baking dish.
2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, and vanilla, and melted butter.
3. Add the milk mixture to the baking dish and fold the ingredients together until the oats are evenly covered in the mixture. Scatter your fruit over the top of the dish and bake uncovered until the oatmeal is set.
4. Allow your baked oatmeal to cool before serving. Slice into squares and enjoy!
Frequently Asked Questions
You can tell when the oatmeal is done if the oats are only slightly jiggly in the middle. As the oatmeal cools, it will continue to thicken to the perfect consistency. Be careful not to take it out too early because you don’t want your oatmeal to be runny. You can also check to see if your oatmeal is done by looking for crispy, lightly browned edges.
You can use either type of oat in this recipe. Old fashioned oats will give you a little bit more crunch while quick oats result in a slightly more chewy bar.
It is not necessary to soak your oats for this recipe. That being said, you can soak them in water for 3-6 hours if you prefer. The biggest benefit of doing so is that the oats will be easier to digest.
- To add a little bit of flare to your oatmeal, try experimenting with different spices! Nutmeg and cloves are a good place to start.
- The fruit will add quite a bit of extra moisture, but allowing the oatmeal time to cool helps mediate how much liquid is left in the dish.
- Make sure to use old fashioned oats! We found that with quick oats, the baked oatmeal was still quite wet after it came out of the oven which makes it difficult to eat and not as enjoyable.
- Allowing the baked oatmeal to cool down helps cook off some extra moisture and the oatmeal will settle, making it easier to slice and serve!
- You can add chopped pecans or walnuts on top of the baked oatmeal at the same time you add the fruit before baking, or afterwards as a nice garnish!
How to Serve and Store Baked Oatmeal
Baked oatmeal is one of the best breakfast dishes! You can serve it alongside a smoothie or scrambled eggs in the morning. There are also unlimited toppings and add-ins you can include with your baked oatmeal. You can drizzle on some maple syrup, whipped cream, greek yogurt, or chopped nuts! The possibilities are endless.
If you have leftover baked oatmeal, allow it to cool completely before storing it in the fridge. You can either cover the baking dish with tin foil or plastic wrap, or transfer it into an airtight container! When ready to enjoy this delicious dish again, simply reheat a serving in the microwave for about 40 seconds or until warm. Baked oatmeal is also great cold if you want to try it that way!
- 2 cups old fashioned oats
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 ¾ cups whole milk
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons salted butter, melted
- 2 cups frozen mixed berries
- Preheat your oven to 350.
- Combine the oats, brown sugar, and ground cinnamon in an 8x8 inch baking dish.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, vanilla, and melted butter.
- Add the milk mixture to the baking dish and fold the ingredients together. Ensure that the oats are evenly covered in the milk mixture.
- Scatter your fruit over the top of the dish and bake uncovered for 40 minutes.
- Allow your baked oatmeal to cool for 15 minutes before serving.
- Slice into squares and enjoy!
- Allowing your baked oatmeal to cool down a little bit helps cook off some extra moisture, which makes the oatmeal easier to slice and serve.
- Make sure you are using old fashioned oats. We found that with quick oats the baked oatmeal was still quite wet after it baked.
- The fruit adds quite a bit of extra moisture, but allowing the oatmeal time to cool helps mediate how much liquid is left in the dish.
- You can use either light or dark brown sugar in this recipe.
- To store your leftover baked oatmeal, allow it to cool down completely. You can either cover the baking dish with tin foil/ plastic wrap or transfer it to an airtight container.
- Reheat a serving of your baked oatmeal on the microwave for about 40 seconds.
- This baked oatmeal is also great cold.
Other spices you can add to your baked oatmeal include nutmeg and cloves.