Strawberry Baked Oatmeal


This extra easy baked oatmeal recipe with fresh strawberries, bananas and rich chocolate is one of our favorites  Make this in the morning or if you’re short on time, prepare it the night before and bake in the morning. Feel free to play with the add-ins to our recipe. We love adding strawberries, banana and chocolate, but  add whatever you love. Or, add that odd amount of nuts, raisins or cranberries left in your pantry from another recipe. It’s up to you!

Strawberry Baked Oatmeal with Chocolate

Easy Baked Oatmeal

There’s something special about entertaining in the morning — it’s casual, laid back and really can start the off right. Just picture this baked oatmeal recipe next to a a plate of crispy oven baked bacon or possibly (if serving a crowd) these Breakfast Enchiladas with Ham and Peppers.

If you take a read through the comments below, you’ll see so many who have shared this baked oatmeal recipe with family or friends (some have even taken it to work). Since it was so popular, we created another variation of baked oatmeal — Try our Blackberry Baked Oatmeal Recipe with Caramel Sauce. It’s flavored with lemon zest, nutmeg and packed with juicy blackberries! We know you’ll love it.

Make Ahead and Freezer Friendly Baked Oatmeal

You can mix all of the ingredients for this baked oatmeal recipe the night before cooking and then bake in the morning. If you do this, place bananas on the bottom of the dish and not on top of the oats since they may brown slightly over night.

Some readers have tried freezing the oatmeal: After mixing everything together, tightly cover the oatmeal or pour into resealable plastic bags and freeze for up to one month. Then, when you want to bake the oatmeal, just remove from freezer, thaw and bake as directed. If you decide to do this, we suggest that you mix the fruit into the oatmeal instead of placing on top to prevent browning – especially the bananas.

Recipe Substitutions

This baked oatmeal recipe is easily adapted for dairy-free and egg-free diets. While we call for one egg in the recipe, we have had success removing the egg completely. Another easy substitution is replacing soy, almond or even coconut milk for the milk called for in the original recipe.

You can, of course, change the fruit and chocolate in the recipe, too. To reduce calories or level of sweetness, eliminate chocolate from the recipe all together. You could also substitute blueberries, blackberries or other fruit for the strawberries and banana.

Finally, if you wish to reduce the amount of sugar, readers have had success eliminating the sugar all together. You could do this or replace the sugar with honey or agave nectar.

Strawberry Baked Oatmeal with ChocolateDid you like our Baked Oatmeal with Strawberries, Banana and Chocolate? If so, we bet you’ll love these:

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Why we love this recipe. Our extra easy baked oatmeal recipe with fresh strawberries, bananas and rich chocolate is such a crowd-pleaser. You could make this in the morning or if you’re short on time, prepare it the night before and bake in the morning. Easy.

What you need to know. There are lots of substitutions you can make, here. A few ideas: replace the milk with soy milk, remove the egg, reduce sugar a little, or change up the fruit, nuts and chocolate to something you love. We talk a bit more about recipe substitutions in the article, but you can also read below in the comments to see what others have done.

Equipment you’ll need. You will need a 10-1/2 by 7-inch or 8-inch by 8-inch baking dish, a baking sheet, a chef’s knife, 2 large bowls and a whisk.
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Yield: 6
You Will Need
  • 2 cups (175 grams) old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup (70 grams) packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese five spice (you can substitute cinnamon)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (55 grams) walnuts, chopped
  • 1 cup (125 grams) sliced strawberries
  • 1/3 cup (58 grams) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 cups (473 ml) reduced-fat (2%) milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 ripe banana, peeled, 1/2-inch slices
Directions
  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Generously spray the inside of a 10-1/2 by 7 inch baking dish (or 8-inch by 8-inch square baking dish) with cooking spray and place on a baking sheet.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, sugar, baking powder, orange zest, Chinese five spice, salt, half the walnuts, half the strawberries and half the chocolate. Add to prepared baking dish. Arrange the remaining strawberries, walnuts and chocolate on top of the oats. Then, scatter the banana slices.
  3. In another large bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, butter and vanilla extract. Then, pour over oats and fruit. Gently shimmy and shake the baking dish to help the milk mixture go throughout the oats.
  4. Bake oatmeal for 35 to 40 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the milk mixture has set.
  5. For an extra tasty top, sprinkle a tablespoon or so of extra brown sugar on top then place back in the oven under the broiler and broil for 20-30 seconds.
  6. Serve warm.

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  • Wendi @ Bon Appetit Hon December 29, 2011, 4:37 pm

    I’ve made Heidi’s oatmeal and it is fantastic. Hmmm, maybe New Year’s Day calls for a batch….thanks for the inspiration.

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  • Jessica December 30, 2011, 1:20 am

    Looks sooooo good!

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  • Kathy December 30, 2011, 3:37 am

    So trying this tomorrow!!
    I can’t believe I’ve never tried this before!

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  • Tammy December 30, 2011, 12:06 pm

    This looks so good. Can’t wait to try it this weekend.

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  • Natalie December 30, 2011, 2:34 pm

    This looks super delicious!

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  • Angela December 30, 2011, 4:25 pm

    Yum! I tried it this morning, but used blackberries and apples (they looked good at the market). I served it with fresh banana slices and a dollop of vanilla yogurt. Delicious, and I’m excited that I’ll have breakfast for the next few days.

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    • Joanne January 2, 2012, 8:41 am

      So happy you liked it! Leftovers are awesome – Joanne

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  • cathy January 1, 2012, 5:40 pm

    Do we know how many calories is in this delicious recipe. I just found and want to try…

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    • Joanne January 1, 2012, 7:01 pm

      Hi Cathy, we have not calculated the number of calories, however, if you are concerned with calorie content removing the chocolate chips from the recipe would be a good option.
      -Joanne

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    • Heather January 12, 2012, 7:02 pm

      I calculated about 300/serving.

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  • Aimee January 1, 2012, 8:37 pm

    Do you think I could use quick-cook oats instead?

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    • Joanne January 2, 2012, 8:39 am

      Hi Aimee — Yes, quick oats should work just fine. We just would not use the microwavable packets, while that would probably work, too, the texture would not be the same. The quick cooking oats (we buy Quaker Oats One Minute tub) would work great.
      -Joanne

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  • Megan M. January 3, 2012, 2:49 pm

    This looks SO good! My kids go back to school this week and this would be a great send-off for that first day.

    Also, where did those adorable cups come from that hold the berries and chocolate chips in the photos?? They are fabulous!

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    • Joanne February 12, 2012, 10:13 am

      Megan, the cups were a gift from a friend, but we think they came from Anthropologie.

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      • Jill March 11, 2012, 9:03 pm

        The measuring cups are from Pier One! I actually have them and got excited when I saw you were using them too! P.S-the oatmeal is to die for!

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  • Kelly January 6, 2012, 3:46 pm

    Have you ever had leftovers and tried to reheat it? If so, how does it hold up when reheated?

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    • Joanne January 6, 2012, 5:25 pm

      Hi Kelly, we have! The oatmeal keeps well for a couple days. The only thing we noticed was the the banana browns slightly over time. You could place the bananas on the bottom of the oatmeal instead of on top.
      Hope that helps!
      Joanne

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  • Jules January 7, 2012, 9:43 am

    Have you tried this with steel cut oats instead? I like them better than traditional oats but they get boring. So a new method might be nice :)

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    • Joanne January 7, 2012, 10:37 am

      Hi Jules, We have not tried the recipe with steel cut oats. That said, if you want to use steel cut oats, try soaking them overnight before following our recipe in the post. Hope that helps!
      Joanne

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  • Ashleigh January 7, 2012, 10:25 am

    This looks so good! I can’t wait to try it! But where can I find Chinese Five Spice, or is it not that important?

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    • Joanne January 7, 2012, 10:32 am

      Hi Ashleigh — We bought our 5 Spice from the Giant in our town.. so you should be able to find it at what ever grocery store you have near by. Just go to the spice isle. If you cannot find it there, try online http://www.thespicehouse.com/spices/chinese-five-spice-powder

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    • Megan M. January 7, 2012, 10:34 am

      I just happened to come back to this page and saw your question, Ashleigh. I hope Joanne doesn’t mind me replying to you… I’ve found Chinese Five Spice just in the regular spice rack at my grocery store. I debated on using it or just cinnamon when I made this recipe, but I’m glad I went with the Five Spice. It added an extra layer of flavor that I wasn’t expecting, but was SO good. :)

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      • inspiredtaste January 7, 2012, 11:19 am

        We don’t mind at all! Thanks so much for your input :) We thought the five spice made the oatmeal pretty special — plus, if someone were to purchase because of this recipe, there are lots of other uses. A favorite is to replace five spice with rosemary when we make these chicken drumsticks.
        -Joanne

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      • Lauri January 14, 2012, 10:57 am

        I also found the spice in the spice aisle of the grocery store. Only, be careful. The McCormick Spice looked right based on the list of spices on the bottle. There was another “Chinese Five Spice” that listed pepper. The McCormick one did not. :)

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  • Bosmama January 8, 2012, 4:45 pm

    Making this right now, but just sent my hubbie out for szechuan pepper corns so I can make my own five spice!

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  • Stacey January 9, 2012, 8:40 am

    I found myself out of strawberries by the time I went to make this so I used all of the ingredients, then added some peanut butter chips (went great with the bananas) and it was FABULOUS!!!!!! I plan to do this over and over again but will definately hide the strawberries next time so I can incorporate! :) Thanks for such a fabulous recipe!

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    • Joanne January 9, 2012, 8:42 am

      yum! love your addition of peanut butter chips!
      -joanne

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      • Stacey January 9, 2012, 8:46 am

        I should probably mention I left out the orange zest as well – wouldn’t have paired with the peanut butter too well :) You should call this banana split oatmeal…. that is certainly what comes to mind when looking at the picture!!

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        • Joanne January 19, 2012, 7:53 pm

          Awesome name, Stacey! So glad you were able to re-create your own version, it sounds delish!
          -joanne

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  • Kristian January 9, 2012, 5:40 pm

    just made this morning and it’s delicious!! should the leftovers be refrigerated??

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    • Joanne January 9, 2012, 7:40 pm

      Yep! Keep for up to 3 days.
      -joanne

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  • Hannah January 11, 2012, 6:49 pm

    Yay! Something sweet but not too sweet for breakfast! I substituted half the strawberries for blackberries and it turned out very colorful and tasty. Also, frozen fruit works just fine if you’re looking for a cheaper out-of-season option. Thank you for the recipe!

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  • Courtney January 12, 2012, 8:15 am

    Have you ever tried freezing oatmeal?

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    • Joanne January 12, 2012, 8:28 am

      Hi Courtney, We have not actually tried this, but we found a recipe that had success freezing. Basically, after mixing everything together (before letting sit overnight) the oatmeal was covered tightly or poured into resealable plastic bags and frozen. Then, when you want to cook the oatmeal, just take it out of the freezer, thaw and bake as directed.
      We do not see why it would not work for our recipe, we just suggest that the fruit is mixed into the oatmeal, not placed on top if you decide to freeze.

      Here is the recipe I mentioned earlier :)

      http://moneysavingmom.com/2011/06/freezer-friendly-baked-oatmeal-recipe.html

      -Joanne

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  • Londia January 12, 2012, 9:45 am

    This sounds good and looks good.

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  • Seedra January 14, 2012, 12:20 pm

    Yummmy, i have kept this recipe in the fav untill this weekend as i finished exams, i was so excited to try it,
    today i tried it, but i used kiwi, strawberry and roasted oat<3 , it's so so so delicious and my family admired it so much :)
    Thank you for share ()

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  • Lisa January 19, 2012, 6:13 pm

    Maybe I’m just missing it, but where are the ingredient amounts? Looks yummy and I can’t wait to try it!!

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    • Joanne January 19, 2012, 7:52 pm

      Hi Lisa, Scroll down to the recipe, the amounts are listed in the ingredient list. We were battling a few site updates today, so that may have affected what you saw. Everything should be fixed now.

      -joanne

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      • Lisa January 19, 2012, 9:25 pm

        okay… it’s there now! Thanks!

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  • Candace January 19, 2012, 11:05 pm

    I made this today and it was AMAZING! The only change was I used dried orange peel but had everything else on hand, and it was simple and delicious.

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  • Joleen January 20, 2012, 12:50 pm

    Hi there,
    I am new to the blogging world and I am blogging about my first “Pinterest” project, which just happens to be your oatmeal. I would hate to break any copyright rules or upset ANYONE, so I am asking for a little assistance. You can private email me, or just reply here I guess. I want to know if I can copy your photo and make it a link (and how to do that). And of course I am linking to your recipe. I forgot to take a picture of my oatmeal, because it just didn’t even occur to me at the time. It was pretty good considering I didn’t have most of your ingredients… thanks so much for the inspiration!
    Joleen
    ps, you can call me, my phone number is on my website. i would just post it here, but I figure I should make it harder for strangers and hackers… the internet makes me act funny about stuff like that

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    • Joanne January 20, 2012, 3:29 pm

      sure! thanks for asking :)
      -joanne

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  • McKenzie January 21, 2012, 4:57 pm

    Can you make this without the brown sugar to make it a healthier option?

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    • Joanne January 21, 2012, 5:31 pm

      McKenzie, yes, you can remove the sugar, that should not affect the baking of the oatmeal, only the sweetness.

      -joanne

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  • Kristen January 22, 2012, 9:43 pm

    What is the consistency of this after it bakes?

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    • Joanne January 23, 2012, 8:52 am

      Because we add the egg, the baked oatmeal is a bit firmer than regular oatmeal done on the stove-top. The oats, however, still have great texture.
      -joanne

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  • Niki January 23, 2012, 5:36 pm

    Making this as I type! :)

    Here’s hoping it tastes as good as it looks! :)

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  • Allyson Welch January 26, 2012, 5:23 pm

    Baking in the oven right now! Can’t wait for it to be done and try it!

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  • Malliexo January 26, 2012, 7:50 pm

    Do you think it would be okay to remove the chocolate? I hate chocolate! LOL!

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    • Joanne January 26, 2012, 8:24 pm

      of course! -joanne

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  • McKenzie January 26, 2012, 9:15 pm

    I had to improvise ALOT because I wanted to make it and we didn’t have several of the ingredients on hand :) So, I used blueberries instead of strawberries, didn’t use the brown sugar OR the chocolate chips (trying to make it healthier), and had to use mixed nuts. It was still pretty tasty, though I’m planning to do both types of berries and only use pecans or walnuts next time :)

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  • Lauren January 28, 2012, 3:00 pm

    Delicious! I used cinnamon instead of the Chinese 5 spice, and I didn’t have enough orange zest so I added some ginger to freshen up the flavor. Thanks for the recipe!

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  • Lauren F. February 1, 2012, 10:23 pm

    This looks amazing! I am so making this tomorrow for me and a couple of toddlers I know would just love this dish! :)

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  • Stacie February 2, 2012, 9:29 pm

    Printed. Can’t wait to try this recipe!

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  • Becca February 4, 2012, 2:20 pm

    I made this this morning and was highly disappointed. Apparently there are different Chinese 5 spices. Mine came out so pretty, just like it is pictured here on this post, but was so salty no one in our family could choke it down. Upon investigating my 5 spice ingredients more, my bottle says it contains garlic, onion, salt, etc. But my bottle clearly says Chinese 5 spice. So, I will have to throw out the entire dish because I don’t think I can salvage it. I learned something today, for sure!

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    • Joanne February 5, 2012, 10:00 am

      Becca, we are so sorry to read that it didn’t work out! We are currently researching which brands include more than the 5 spices we would expect to be included in a bottle of Chinese 5 Spice. There should definitely not be onion or garlic powder included. Once we research some more, we will update the recipe to warn other readers of this.
      Thank you for letting us know!
      -joanne

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  • Jessica February 7, 2012, 9:27 pm

    I plan to make this tomorrow morning, but for a crowd and see the serving size is only for 6. Is that pretty accurate? I need to feed at least double that. Can’t wait to make and eat this. Thanks!

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    • Joanne February 7, 2012, 9:28 pm

      Jessica, I would say you could feed 7-8, but that would be with fruit on the side or something. I would make two if you are serving 12.
      -Joanne

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      • Brittney January 23, 2013, 12:43 am

        Do you think you could double this and put it in a 9×13? I’m excited to try it, but need to feed more people and I don’t have a 10 1/2 x 7 pan.

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        • Adam January 25, 2013, 5:27 pm

          Hi Brittney,

          You can definitely double the recipe. We had a reader comment saying that they doubled the recipe with great results.

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  • Quincey February 10, 2012, 4:19 pm

    I found this on pinterest & have made it for our family a few times now. Thank you for sharing, it is so delicious & much more nutritious than breakfast cereal.

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  • danielle February 11, 2012, 7:49 pm

    would this be ok to prepare the night before and toss in the oven in the morning?

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    • Joanne February 12, 2012, 10:15 am

      If using regular oats (not steel cut oats), we suggest you prepare the dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately. Then, just toss everything together in the baking dish in the morning.

      If using steel cut oats, since they usually need an overnight soak anyway, you could put everything together the night before.

      Also, don’t place the bananas on top, instead place them on the bottom since they will brown over time. OR, just add them in the morning.

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    • L March 4, 2012, 3:58 pm

      Danielle – I make baked oatmeal all the time (thought not quite as gourmet as this – usually plain or with only blueberries) & I read somewhere a lady that made it ahead of time & then popped it in the oven the next day. I was surprised & gave it a try – have done this several times without any problems or altered affect. Give it a try! It works well.

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      • L March 4, 2012, 3:59 pm

        Oh – and I make with Regular Oats (not steel cut)

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  • Nadia February 14, 2012, 11:27 pm

    My sister sent me this recipe. It inspired me to put together a little brunch party, just so I would have an excuse to make this dish. It was fantastic. One of the guest (who is not a fan of Oatmeal) asked if she could take the leftovers home!!!

    In my version I used dark chocolate chips and instead of the Chinese 5-spice used Cinnamon and Nutmeg.

    Thank you for the inspiration!

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    • Adam February 15, 2012, 3:41 pm

      That is so awesome! thank you so much for coming back and letting us know, Nadia!

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  • Erica Martin February 17, 2012, 11:24 am

    Hi! I am about to make this before my family and I go out of town for the weekend! I have a feeling it will be a great quick breakfast on Saturday morning!We are out of milk and my son is taking his nap. We plan to leave when he wakes up, could you use water instead of milk??

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    • Joanne February 17, 2012, 12:03 pm

      Water should work fine. The flavor will be slightly different and the oatmeal not as creamy, but you should be ok.

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  • Sara February 23, 2012, 11:11 am

    This was delicious! I made it this morning and followed the directions exactly. My daughters and I gobbled it up and we will have plenty of leftovers. Thank you so much for the wonderful oatmeal recipe. I think I will add ground flaxseed next time.

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  • Lori K February 26, 2012, 8:32 am

    OMG! Just made this on a Sunday morning for before church….It was AMAZING! (I am on a Gluten Free diet, but made it with GF Oats)…Thank you Thank you Thank you!!! Living GF can get boring but this was an awesome recipe our whole family can enjoy without have to make 2 separate trays!

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    • Joanne February 26, 2012, 3:57 pm

      We are so glad you and your family enjoyed it! Loved that you shared it with us, thank you!

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  • Zayra Tovar February 27, 2012, 10:51 am

    Got this recipe off of Pinterest and made it this morning… YUMMY!

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    • Adam February 27, 2012, 10:56 am

      So glad you liked it!

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  • Amanda February 27, 2012, 11:26 pm

    Made this today and LOVED it!!

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  • Ashley March 2, 2012, 10:57 am

    I wonder if this is freezable like a casserole? To save and use when you’re hosting guests?

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    • Joanne March 2, 2012, 12:02 pm

      Hi Ashley, We have not actually tried this, but we found a recipe that had success freezing. Basically, after mixing everything together (before letting sit overnight) the oatmeal was covered tightly or poured into resealable plastic bags and frozen. Then, when you want to cook the oatmeal, just take it out of the freezer, thaw and bake as directed.
      We do not see why it would not work for our recipe, we just suggest that the fruit is mixed into the oatmeal, not placed on top if you decide to freeze.

      Here is the recipe I mentioned earlier :)

      http://moneysavingmom.com/2011/06/freezer-friendly-baked-oatmeal-recipe.html

      Reply
  • Jennifer March 3, 2012, 10:33 am

    I made this today but made a few changes. I didn’t have the chinese 5 spice so I used a teaspoon of cinnamon and a teaspoon of cardamom. I also substituted almonds for the walnuts (what i had) and added a pint of blueberries. I was a little lazy and just stirred all of the fruit in and poured the liquid over that way. It was wonderful but if I add extra fruit next time, I will cut back on the milk a little bit.

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  • Meg @ Peaches and Cake March 26, 2012, 11:40 am

    Thanks for this amazing idea!! I adapted it to include blueberries and honey and it is so awesome! Ate it again a day later for breakfast on a busy Monday morning and it was just as good! Thank you!

    Meg

    http://peachesandcake.com/2012/03/26/baked-oatmeal-with-strawberries-blueberries-and-banana/

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    • Joanne March 26, 2012, 12:30 pm

      So happy you enjoyed it — love the use of honey, too!

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  • Josie March 31, 2012, 12:38 am

    My husband LOVES this recipe…. I make it once a week because he loves it so much, thank you for the great recipe. We leave out the chocolate chips because he doesn’t prefer chocolate (I sprinkle some on my side still) but it is just as good without them.

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    • Joanne April 1, 2012, 3:22 pm

      yay! thanks so much for letting us know!

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  • Karen April 8, 2012, 10:52 am

    Any suggestions on the best way to reheat..Prepared it all last night and just need to re-heat…

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    • Joanne April 8, 2012, 8:20 pm

      microwave each serving or place into the oven, covered with foil (350F) until warmed through.

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  • Lindsey April 15, 2012, 1:52 pm

    I just made this today for lunch. It was a cold rainy day so I made this and it was amazing. I used cinnamon instead and also put blue berries in and my two boys loved it. Thanks for sharing!!

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  • Emma April 15, 2012, 3:55 pm

    This oatmeal is absolutely delicious! I have made it many times now and every time is better than the last! Thanks for the great recipe! PS.. There is a batch of the oatmeal in the oven right now! :)

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  • Sarah April 30, 2012, 9:27 am

    Eating this right now. So good and really easy!

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  • Katie May 7, 2012, 3:32 pm

    This recipe is amazing! I make it with craisins instead of chocolate chips. Can you divide this among a muffin pan instead? Would love to try that so I can switch up the toppings to please everyone.

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  • Elana May 10, 2012, 11:35 am

    This is my favorite breakfast now. Just made it again this morning but used banana, apple, peanut butter chips and toffee bits. Love all the varieties .

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    • Joanne May 26, 2012, 1:32 pm

      ooo, toffee bits, great idea!

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  • Lauren May 26, 2012, 12:48 pm

    Can you make this recipe as individual muffins? If so what would be different? Do you just mix everything together instead of layering? Thanks so much!! Lauren

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    • Joanne May 26, 2012, 1:17 pm

      Hi Lauren, Awesome idea! Yep, just mix everything (wet and dry ingredients) together then add to lightly greased or paper lined muffin cups. One thing to remember – Bake time might be slightly less, so we suggest checking half way through baking to see if they are done.

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      • Lauren May 30, 2012, 3:32 pm

        Thank you! Do you recommend mashing the bananas if I do it in the muffin tin? What about the strawberries? leave them out, or chop up small? Thanks again!

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  • LAuden May 29, 2012, 1:52 am

    Thanks so much! What do you recommend for the bananas and strawberries? Should I mash the bananas and chip the strawberries small? Or maybe just use bananas in this form?

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    • Joanne June 6, 2012, 3:20 pm

      Chopping the bananas and strawberries would be a great idea– that way you get a little in each bite :)

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  • Lisa June 2, 2012, 11:42 pm

    This is really amazing! I made it with unsweetened vanilla almond milk. I prepared all of the ingredients and mixed in pan the night before and popped in refrigerator, set the timer on my oven to start preheating 1/2 hr b4 I woke up and popped in 1st thing in the am. I had no issues with it being mushy and came together beautifully. I even doubled it to make a 9×13 pan. Also I did use old fashioned oats. Making again for our teacher appreciation brunch on Monday.

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  • Julie June 22, 2012, 3:10 pm

    Wow! I made this and it is ah-mazing!! I switched pecans for the walnuts. I’m even thinking next time adding drained pineapple chunks and increasing the chocolate chips a bit. The added brown sugar on top and broiling for 3 minutes…divine! Drizzled a little bit of pancake syrup on my plate :D

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  • Robyn June 24, 2012, 2:51 am

    Made it this morning and it was pretty tasty. Will definitely leave out the orange zest next time. It was a bit overpowering, making it hard to taste the other flavors.

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  • Angela June 24, 2012, 11:32 am

    Just made it this morning and is a hit w/my boys…esp. my husband who can be a real critic sometimes. He loves oatmeal and is now requesting this for breakfast every morning. Quite a compliment! Made a few changes, though…omitted the orange zest, used cinnamon in place of Chinese 5 spice, and added 1/4 tsp. of nutmeg. Also, omitted the bananas and used fresh strawberries, blueberries, and peaches instead. Definitely a warm, sweet, & tasty dish! Thank you for the inspiration!

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  • Crystal Pham June 28, 2012, 11:03 pm

    I just made this – except left out nuts (we have allergic kids) and it was DELICIOUS! Thank you for the recipe!!

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  • Danielle July 1, 2012, 10:26 pm

    Wow, I just made this and it was abolutely amazing! And healthy? I’m on a diet, so this might as well have been a gift from heaven. Thanks so much! One question though – do you know how many calories are in this? (I am trying to cut down.)

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  • Ellise July 9, 2012, 11:31 pm

    do you have any idea about the nutritional content of this dish? Sounds yummy!!

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  • Dianne July 20, 2012, 11:25 am

    Just made this. I substituted with vanilla soy milk, used dried cranberries instead of chocolate chips, and reduced brown sugar to a loose 1/4 cup. Oh, and used cinnamon instead of Chinese 5 spice. It was yummy. This is a keeper. Oh the possibilities!

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  • Gayle July 30, 2012, 12:01 pm

    Can I freeze it after baking, and rewarm it in the microwave before eating? Because I leave for work at 6am, don’t feel like baking so early….
    Do you have any other quick on the go breakfast ideas? I would love to hear about it!
    I’m looking for healthy on the go breakfasts….

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    • inspiredtaste August 4, 2012, 8:28 am

      Yep—we would suggest optioning out the baked oatmeal before freezing if you want to only heat up a single or double serving.

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  • Brook August 3, 2012, 11:36 pm

    Do you think I could omit the egg in this receipe and have it turn out? I have an Egg allergic daughter and we can’t use eggs .
    I’d love to try this though they love oatmeal!

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    • inspiredtaste August 4, 2012, 8:30 am

      Yes– other readers have had success with omitting the egg.

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  • Steph August 6, 2012, 9:38 pm

    Delicious, creamy texture to the oats. I used cinnamon in place of 5 spice, along with strawberries, blueberries, banana, and cherries. I subbed a mashed banana for the egg. Took mine closer to 50 min to bake in a convection oven. Yummy!

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  • Joanne August 8, 2012, 5:36 pm

    Made this today to bring to work for all my nurse coworkers and it was a HUGH hit. I will definetly make this again and again.

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  • Sammi August 15, 2012, 8:20 pm

    Oh my goodness… Made this for breakfast this morning and it was delish! Love how versatile it is. I used 5 grain porridge in place of plain rolled oats, pine nuts, pepitas and sunflower kernels in place of walnuts, cinnamon instead of 5 spice, and dried cranberries in place of choc chips. So delicious, and tastes like luxury :)

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  • Kristi August 17, 2012, 7:38 pm

    We have had baked oatmeal at Gretna Glen, a church camp in PA. Their recipe is more simple and then they serve toppings on the side. I can’t wait to make your versions with the fruit and nuts baked in. Fabulous idea, thanks for sharing!

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  • Sheila August 26, 2012, 7:16 pm

    Just made this. It was so easy and I had everything on hand. Even added a little coconut to the top too. Delicious!

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  • erin s. September 10, 2012, 10:00 am

    I found this recipe through pinterest and made it last night for my breakfasts this week. I reheated a portion this morning with a little milk and it was SO GOOD!

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  • Cristina September 11, 2012, 12:04 pm

    I made this using steel cut oats. I mixed all of the ingredients in a bowl and let sit in the fridge overnight. I omitted the chocolate chips and used less brown sugar. It required a longer baking time (maybe due to the different types of oats). I just left it in the oven until it was no longer runny in the center. All I have to say is that these turned out fantastic! What a quick and healthy breakfast idea. I will be making them again.

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    • Joanne September 12, 2012, 9:49 am

      Hi Cristina, Thanks for coming back and sharing — so happy steel cut oats worked for you!

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  • Anne September 17, 2012, 6:33 pm

    Has anyone tried this with steel cut oats?

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    • Joanne September 19, 2012, 11:08 am

      Hi Anne — Yes, please see Cristina’s comment copied below. Thanks!

      “I made this using steel cut oats. I mixed all of the ingredients in a bowl and let sit in the fridge overnight. I omitted the chocolate chips and used less brown sugar. It required a longer baking time (maybe due to the different types of oats). I just left it in the oven until it was no longer runny in the center. All I have to say is that these turned out fantastic! What a quick and healthy breakfast idea. I will be making them again.”

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  • Sandra September 18, 2012, 1:24 pm

    What size pan did you use?

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    • Joanne September 19, 2012, 11:06 am

      Hi Sandra, We used a 10-1/2 by 7 inch baking dish, but a 9-inch square pan would work well. Also, readers have used a 13-inch by 9-inch pan and found that to work, too. (If you do use the 13×9 pan, watch the cooking time – it might take a little less cooking).

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  • Dana H. September 22, 2012, 7:42 am

    Delicious! I left out the 5-spice and added some Whey Protein powder, also used almond milk. It is so good!

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  • Mary Poynor October 4, 2012, 1:30 pm

    Just wanted to let you know I made this for an office breakfast and it went like hotcakes. Also, I had a little bit left and took it to my 82 year old mother. She loved it!

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  • Rebecca October 13, 2012, 6:14 pm

    I made this last weekend with Raspberries and Cinnamin and it was great. My husband and i had it go in no time. I think it would by good with a little warm milk in the bowl. Its not because it was dry, just sounds good…..Diffenatley a keeper…….

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    • Joanne October 18, 2012, 12:27 pm

      Raspberries sound delicious!

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  • Isleana October 27, 2012, 12:36 am

    I cannot find what the 5 Chinese spice recipe is, do you have a link for that??

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    • Adam October 27, 2012, 1:04 pm

      You can purchase Chinese 5 spice at your local grocery store. Here is a link to McCormick’s 5 Spice product page that will show you what you are looking for. You can also substitute 5 spice for cinnamon.

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  • RLK @ FirstTimeFoods October 27, 2012, 6:29 pm

    I just tried out this recipe, and it was a hit with my boyfriend! He loved that there was chocolate in it. I also used cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground cloves for the spices, included blueberries along with the strawberries and bananas, and used vanilla soy milk. I can’t wait to experiment with other flavor combos. Thanks for sharing!

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  • Vanessa November 10, 2012, 9:44 am

    My variation of this recipe came out great. I selected items that I typically have in my pantry, i.e. apples, raisins and lemon zest, reduced fat milk, 1/2 the sugar replaced by orange juice. It was served with natural apricot syrup and cream. Used only quality ingredients as it makes a difference in the outcome.

    I was truly inspired by this recipe………

    Thank you!

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    • Jen January 5, 2013, 5:20 pm

      Hi Vanessa,

      You said you replaced 1/2 the sugar for orange juice, did you find this meant you had to cook it for longer or that it changed the consistency as you’re increasing the wet ingredients? Am dying to try it out & think orange juice would be a nice addition :)

      Thanks. Also thankyou Inspired Taste for sharing! :D

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  • Amanda C November 11, 2012, 8:48 pm

    I just made this recipe for the first time. It was so easy to make thanks to the video!
    I doubled the amount of strawberries. I hope it turns out okay.

    Thanks for the recipe!

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  • jenae November 13, 2012, 11:35 pm

    can i use steel cut oats?

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  • Cristian November 19, 2012, 7:45 pm

    solo queria decir que la receta es muy facil y saludable, y para compensar el no ponerle chocolate, le agregue miel y quedo igual de sabroso.

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  • Jill December 9, 2012, 10:26 am

    This was my first time trying this recipe, and WONT be my last!!! Loved it, and so easy to make!!! Thank-You!!

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  • Faith Robinson January 8, 2013, 11:23 am

    What is Chinese five spice? Thank you.

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    • Adam January 9, 2013, 4:41 pm

      Hi Faith – Chinese Five Spice is a spice blend that is rich, warm, spicy and a little sweet. It usually has the following spices included: star anise, cinnamon, cloves and ginger.

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  • Michelle January 17, 2013, 9:48 pm

    I just made this and it tastes soooooo good! Thanks for sharing! I pinned ya’.

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  • Cindy January 29, 2013, 3:10 pm

    I guess you could also mix the wet and dry independantly the night before, leave bananas out, then quickly mix up in morning? I dunno, but I’m going to try it! Looks deelish. Oatmeal is one thing my kids eat nice and fast in the morning!

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  • Cheryl February 4, 2013, 9:28 pm

    This is truly wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! My whole family loves it.

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  • Angie February 22, 2013, 1:14 pm

    How delicious! And I love you have your own ads now. so cute, you guys are inspiring!

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  • Missy February 23, 2013, 12:01 pm

    Loved this. Huge hit at work breakfast and then made at home and added a cup of blueberries. Yummo!!

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  • Kimberly March 5, 2013, 9:20 am

    I just made this. I didn’t have strawberries, walnuts or Chinese spice so I used raspberries, almonds and cinnamon. This is sooooo good!

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  • Amy March 15, 2013, 4:48 pm

    I am so excited to try this recipe this weekend. My hubby always makes oatmeal on Sunday mornings so it will be a treat for him if I make an extra special oatmeal for him. I’m not a fan of cooked banana’s and I happen to have apples on hand, so I’m going to vary the fruit and instead use apples, walnuts and cinnamon chips. So glad the weekend is here!

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  • Ericae March 20, 2013, 1:51 pm

    If I double the recipe and bake in a 9×13 pan, how long do you think it will take to bake?

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    • Joanne March 21, 2013, 11:11 am

      Hi there — We suggest you check around 35 minutes–it will most likely need more time though. Probably another 10 to 15 minutes.

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  • Sharyn March 20, 2013, 3:50 pm

    We really liked this a lot! I think next time I’ll omit the chocolate. I used 2 bananas vs. 1 and didn’t have an orange on hand to zest…follow recipe other than that. So good! Thanks.

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  • Diane Robinson March 23, 2013, 10:56 pm

    Have you tried this with steel cut oats?

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    • Adam April 5, 2013, 12:00 pm

      One of our readers commented saying that they tried using steel cut oats and they said it worked for them.

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  • Casey March 28, 2013, 2:58 pm

    This sounds great! I just started making oatmeal in the crockpot on Saturday night for Sunday morning. Would this work in a crock pot? The other was cooked on low for 8-9 hours.

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    • Joanne April 16, 2013, 12:39 pm

      It should — we have never tried it, but see no reason why it would not work.

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  • Kate April 10, 2013, 5:37 pm

    Why do you add baking powder? I wouldn’t think oatmeal would especially need the rise. thanks!

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    • Joanne April 16, 2013, 12:32 pm

      Hi Kate – The baking powder makes the casserole light and not heavy. It will taste perfectly fine if you leave the baking powder out, though.

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  • Jenn April 23, 2013, 12:29 pm

    Goodness gracious. I made this last night so I wouldn’t have to get up early to bake it before my husband went to work. I think leaving it in the fridge overnight made the flavors pop even more. I used an 8×8 pan, cut it into four squares, and could barely finish one of those for breakfast. This is going on my “Tried and True” list.

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  • Elizabeth April 24, 2013, 1:25 am

    So random…but how is the consistency? I’m looking for ideas for my sister’s shower this Sunday….and I like this one! But I’m wondering if it is something they could just put on their plates with the rest of their food, or if I would need to provide bowls. Someone mentioned cutting it into fours so it made me wonder. Thanks! :)

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    • Joanne April 24, 2013, 6:47 pm

      Hi Elizabeth, plates should be fine. You really can scoop out a spoonful or even cut. Enjoy!

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  • jamaican clothing May 2, 2013, 6:10 pm

    WOW just what I was looking for. Came here by searching for baked oatmeal

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  • Heather @ The Striving Wife June 3, 2013, 7:59 am

    Great recipe! Instead of doubling it, I decided to just make 2 different “flavors”! One I followed the recipe almost exact, the other I used peaches and a banana, with some cinnamon & nutmeg (omitted the strawberries, chocolate, orange zest). In both I also replaced the 5 spice with cinnamon, & omitted the nuts due to allergies. It’s still in the oven but smells SO good!!

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  • Panka June 10, 2013, 2:03 am

    Thanks for the great recipe, I’ve ate this for breakfast 20 mins ago but… it’s still running in my mind. Delicious!

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  • Amber June 11, 2013, 8:40 pm

    A great way to slice strawberries is to use an egg slicer. I felt like a genius when I thought of that because it’s so fast and I get perfect even slices.

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  • Helga June 12, 2013, 5:09 pm

    Hi Joanne & co,

    My boyfriend shared this recipe with me last night. I’m not sure if that was a hint or not, but I’m glad he did! I think of making this for our family this weekend. I have to be careful with sugar, and try to stay low on the glycemic index… Do you think I could replace the brown sugar with agave syrup, which is naturally low on the glycemic index. If so, how much? 1/2 cup?

    Thanks

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    • Joanne June 13, 2013, 10:38 am

      Agave should be fine — We suggest using less than what is called for. Agave is sweeter than regular sugar so try about 1/4 cup of agave.

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  • Gardenchef's Needle and Pen June 18, 2013, 4:15 am

    Pinning this! But I need to wait for the strawberries :(

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  • sandra July 19, 2013, 1:23 am

    how many calories per serving in this recipe?! thank!

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    • Joanne July 31, 2013, 12:34 pm

      Hi Sandra, At the moment we do not provide nutrition info for our recipes on the site. As an alternative, we suggest that you take a look at the following link. There, you can copy our recipe and paste it to get full nutritional info. Hope that helps! Here’s the link: http://caloriecount.about.com/cc/recipe_analysis.php

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  • The Peace Patch July 29, 2013, 6:41 pm

    Thank you so much for including the veg-friendly substitutions…this looks so delicious!

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  • Jessica August 9, 2013, 11:17 am

    hi! i’ve made this recipe probably about 15 times and had many requests for the recipe. i substitute unsweetened almond milk for the milk, but everything else is the same. i have calculated that there are about 350 calories per serving, if you consider it to be 6 servings. just in case anyone wanted to know! this is my go-to delicious breakfast recipe. i LOVE it! thanks for sharing!

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    • Joanne August 12, 2013, 12:38 pm

      Hi Jessica, so glad you like the recipe. It’s one of our top recipes on the site :)

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  • Debbie August 19, 2013, 5:45 pm

    I was looking for a breakfast recipe to make for our family vacation. Breakfast is usually nothing special for our vacation, so I wanted to make something special for one day. I made it this morning and it was a big hit!! Everyone really enjoyed it-kids and adults. It was pretty simple to make, too. I will definitely be making this again in the future. Thank you for the recipe!

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  • Tremayne September 12, 2013, 12:06 pm

    I’ve just come across your site and these recipes look absolutely amazing – and I love the idea of the caramel sauce on top.

    Thanks

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  • Renee September 21, 2013, 9:14 pm

    Have you every used or can you use frozen strawberries? We grow them then we freeze them so looking for was to use frozen strawberries!

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    • Joanne September 22, 2013, 10:21 am

      Frozen strawberries would be great.

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    • SBB September 27, 2013, 1:24 pm

      I used frozen blue berries and I think it made it taste better … when they thawed it released more of their juices!

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  • Kayley September 26, 2013, 12:13 pm

    Quite tasty! Liked it…though next time I’m going to be bad and add a large drop of whipped cream on top and have it as a dessert!

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    • Joanne September 30, 2013, 3:10 pm

      Awesome idea!

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  • Holly September 30, 2013, 11:56 am

    I appreciate this website and the variety of recipes available on it. Since I grew up on a wonderful traditional baked oatmeal recipe, I was excited to try this variation. I am not a novice baker and since this was first attempt making this recipe, I followed the recipe instructions exactly as written. However, my family and I were disappointed. We did not care for the bitterness the orange zest brought to the dish (and I was careful not to include any of the pith from the orange). Also, the baked fresh fruit seemed to give off their juices to the surrounding oatmeal making the baked fruit itself taste somewhat bland and unappealing. I think in the future I will just add fresh fruit to my regular baked oatmeal recipe after it comes out of the oven. However, I do want to thank you, Joanne, for sharing your enthusiasm for cooking and recipes with the public. Best of luck.

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    • Joanne September 30, 2013, 2:53 pm

      Hi Holly, Sorry this didn’t work out for you. Thanks for your kind words!

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  • Jessi Boehme November 19, 2013, 7:41 am

    Hello! My sister has made this recipe a bunch of times and we’ve made some changes but I’d love to share your site / the recipe with my bloggers! Everyone’s been asking about it! Thanks for a great recipe (;

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  • Michelle N December 7, 2013, 9:01 am

    Oh my gosh I can not thank you enough for this recipe! Making for our little family again today for about the 20th time since finding a few months ago on Pinterest it has become a family favorite for everyone which is great because we have a few picky little ones but not with this oatmeal bake.
    Really like how your recipes on your website show pictures, gotta have pictures of the steps VERY HELPFUL THANK YOU!!!

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  • Carrie@CradleRockingMama December 26, 2013, 10:38 am

    Thank you for this! I couldn’t make it the way you say to because of food allergies, but you were a HUGE inspiration for what I did eventually make! I even turned it into a crockpot overnight breakfast recipe, and it worked beautifully. If you’d like to see how to do that, I wrote up what I did on my blog: http://cradlerockingmama.com/overnight-crockpot-oatmeal-banana-bake-vegan-gluten-free/.

    My family thought there were too many competing flavors the first time I made it (which was much MUCH closer to your original recipe) so I had to make some adjustments to satisfy their “purist” tendencies. LOL

    This is a great recipe – I’ve seen how many people you’ve inspired! That’s quite an accomplishment!! Merry Christmas!

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  • Kim January 3, 2014, 6:01 pm

    This is a fabulous recipe. I eliminated the sugar and added 1/4 c honey instead. I also only used 2 tbs mini chocolate chips. In addition to these changes, I used unsweetened almond milk and eliminated the egg and butter. I baked it for 35 minutes and it came out perfect! HOWEVER, each bite had an overwhelming salty taste and despite only adding 1/2 tsp as the recipe suggests, it was obnoxious! After reviewing my ingredients, I realized that it was the almond milk. It contains sea salt; I didn’t know this. The milk absorbed/evaporated and left the salt behind. SO, check your ingredients!
    I am so making this again because it was absolutely (kinda) delicious!

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    • Joanne January 7, 2014, 11:21 am

      HI Kim — Such a bummer about the almond milk/saltiness. Glad you’re willing to give it another go, though :)

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  • Chelsea January 9, 2014, 1:02 am

    This looks delightful!! Can’t wait to try!! I’ll bet it would be great with some bananas too. Also, FYI… The link from this website to your Pinterest page doesn’t appear to be working. I still searched for you and I’m now following you but I just figured I’d let you know. :-)

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  • Jason March 7, 2014, 1:04 am

    Best homemade oatmeal I’ve ever made! The flavors oh my goodness!!! Bravo! 5 stars!

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    • Joanne March 17, 2014, 4:41 pm

      So glad you enjoyed it!

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  • Lisa March 16, 2014, 10:54 am

    I made this for breakfast this morning and it was so good! I skipped to chocolate chips, did not ‘pack’ the brown sugar and used skim milk to cut the calories a bit – and it was so good! Highly suggest you make this.

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    • Joanne March 16, 2014, 11:03 am

      So happy you enjoyed the baked oatmeal. Thanks for sharing your changes with everyone!

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  • Karen March 23, 2014, 12:31 pm

    I altered this to include pineapple tidbits and chopped peanuts and called it banana split oatmeal. Delish!!!

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  • Krystal March 31, 2014, 8:02 pm

    I have in the oven now!! I used unsweetened almond milk and cocoa powder rather than chocolate chips for health hopefully it will be yummy!

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    • Joanne April 3, 2014, 10:46 am

      Hope you loved it!

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  • Tam April 25, 2014, 9:16 pm

    Can I replace the milk with unsweetened almond milk? I want to try it tomorrow morning :)

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    • Joanne May 16, 2014, 12:32 pm

      Yep, that should work just fine.

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  • Aleasha April 27, 2014, 11:12 pm

    Can I use a 9 by 13 dish??

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    • Joanne May 16, 2014, 12:22 pm

      Yep, the oatmeal will just be a flatter in the dish.

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  • Alexandria May 13, 2014, 12:45 pm

    Tried this last night and it was delicious. Followed the recipe almost exactly except I used nonfat lactose-free milk and cashews instead of walnuts. Will try a healthier version without the egg and chocolate chips next time. Thanks for sharing!

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  • Tosha June 3, 2014, 7:18 am

    This is my fave baked oatmeal recipe! I’ve made it a few times and it’s always come out delicious. However, last night, I decided to use fresh blueberries (2/3 cup) instead of banana slices since I’ve never been a fan of cooked bananas. I’m eating it now and it is amazing!! Yuuuummmm!!

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  • Audra June 9, 2014, 8:00 pm

    Just came across this recipe…I just put it in the oven. So excited to try it and have it for breakfast all week! Even uncooked it looks so delicious!!!!

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  • Chris Nori July 3, 2014, 11:40 am

    The photo has bananas but the recipe doesn’t how many bananas?

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