Strawberry Baked Oatmeal

This extra easy baked oatmeal recipe with fresh strawberries, bananas and rich chocolate is one of our favorites. Jump to the Baked Oatmeal Recipe now or read on to see how we make it.


We love this recipe so much because you can make it the morning of or, if you’re short on time, prepare it the night before and bake in the morning.

Strawberry Baked Oatmeal RecipeIt’s really flexible, too. 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!

Blackberry Baked Oatmeal Recipe This oatmeal casserole was so popular, we created another version: Hop on over to our Blackberry Baked Oatmeal drizzled with a quick caramel sauce. It’s flavored with lemon zest, nutmeg and packed with juicy blackberries! We know you’ll love it.

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).

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.

Strawberry Baked Oatmeal Recipe

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.

Strawberry Baked Oatmeal with Chocolate

Easy and Adaptable: So Many 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.

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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
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  • 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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217 comments… Leave a Comment
  • maria April 16, 2016, 2:01 am

    Found this recipe last night and had to make it for the next morning! 🙂 I used 1 cup oat + rye and 1 cup oat bran + rye bran (to make it more rich in fiber). Left the sweeteners out but when eating, put some agave syrup on top = heaven 🙂 If someone wants it to be more protein rich, I’d recommend (Finnish) cottage cheese

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  • Ineke April 1, 2016, 1:34 pm

    I use raisins instead of chocolate and use soy milk, I usually use frozen berries (any kind u have, or a mix) and just a little honey instead of the sugar.
    It’s still sweet enough, thank to the raisins…I make this all the time.
    Also made an “Apple pie” version, with extra cinamon, apples and raisins, also very good with pecans. 🙂 it’s a perfect breakfast or pre workout snack

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  • Krissy March 8, 2016, 3:56 pm

    Has anyone done this 21 day fix approved? I thunk it looks awesome and I can tweak it a little for my plan but no idea how to count or portion it out per serving.

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  • Cecilia March 6, 2016, 1:11 am

    I made this delicious oat, it came out beautifully!!! Thank you for sharing recipe;)

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  • MargoC February 20, 2016, 12:10 pm

    Made this with what’s-in-my-fridge substitutions: cooked farro instead of oats, chia gel instead of egg, and almond/cashew milk. Used dark chocolate chips, so it wasn’t super sweet, but it still went well with coffee. Nice experiment for a Saturday breakfast. I recommend trying it. Gives me energy for my Saturday chores…and my 79 year old Mom ate it heartily.

    BTW, the recipes on your blog are very interesting. I will try more of them.

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  • Doreen January 21, 2016, 3:39 pm

    Hi, I was wondering if you can make this recipe in a slow cooker?

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    • Joanne May 19, 2016, 1:36 pm

      Hi Doreen, While we have never tried this, I’m sure it can be done. I’d suggest starting with 4 to 5 hours on low and go from there.

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  • Carla December 30, 2015, 1:22 am

    How much longer do you bake it when you’ve prepped it the night before & it’s coming out of the fridge?

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    • Stacey January 20, 2016, 5:26 pm

      I know it’s been almost a month since you commented this, but I’ve made this several times and I don’t think it matters. As long as the oatmeal is firm and able to be sliced.

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  • estella December 21, 2015, 10:01 pm

    can almond milk be used instead of 2% milk?

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    • Joanne December 22, 2015, 12:39 pm

      Yes, Almond (or other non-dairy milks) work really well.

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    • Carly January 1, 2016, 10:29 am

      Yes! I use coconut milk and add coconut flakes as well.
      Heaven!

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  • Samsam November 2, 2015, 8:49 pm

    This recipe sounds amazing. How long is the shelf life ? Would it last the week as long as it’s in the fridge. I am the only one in the house that would be eating it

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    • Joanne November 7, 2015, 2:48 pm

      While it never lasts in our kitchen this long (we eat it), the oatmeal should be fine 5-7 days. – Joanne

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  • sarah September 30, 2015, 9:54 am

    do you think this can be prepared 2 days ahead of time…if it’s stored covered in the fridge before cooking it?? or is one day all that is recommended?

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    • Joanne October 16, 2015, 12:46 pm

      You should be okay with 2 days.

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  • Cassie September 26, 2015, 3:08 pm

    Ahhh darn it. I used almond milk assuming it would turn out as noted in the comments already posted, but it came out extremely salty as the almond milk evaporated quickly. Sad to waste what could be a yummy dish 🙁

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  • Pam August 21, 2015, 8:43 am

    This is a favourite in our house. I think my son is addicted. I’ve made it at least 4 times in the last month. He eats so much of it I’ve stopped adding the choc.chips to make it healthier. He still loves it. It’s easy to double the batch too!

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  • Erin August 9, 2015, 12:55 pm

    I made this for myself and my boyfriend this morning and it was absolutely delicious! I followed the recipe exactly, except I left out the walnuts and substituted the butter for applesauce. My boyfriend is a picky eater and hates oatmeal but he loved this! Thanks for the delicious, healthy recipe!

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  • Christi August 8, 2015, 7:58 am

    I made this recipe yesterday and am not sure I cooked it long enough. Is it supposed to hold together in a square when you serve it or fall apart? Mine fell apart.

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    • Joanne August 10, 2015, 11:33 am

      Hi Christi, It should be more like the texture of loose spoon-bread.

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  • Skyler July 30, 2015, 5:45 pm

    Does this need to be stored in the fridge after? Or is it fine to sit out on counter covered until it’s gone?

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    • Joanne August 10, 2015, 1:42 pm

      Hi Skyler, we recommend storing any leftovers in the fridge.

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  • Tosha May 20, 2015, 8:34 am

    Has anyone tried this in the crockpot?

    I’m making this for work Friday. I have a late night tonight and won’t actually be at the work function on friday…wondering if I could throw everything in the crockpot tonight, drop it off at work tomorrow and have them reheat friday morning…

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    • Christine June 20, 2015, 8:51 am

      I think it would work in a crockpot but you couldn’t get that nice golden brown you get from an oven

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  • Caroline March 8, 2015, 5:00 pm

    I just made this and it was delicious! I’m breastfeeding my 13 week old and think dairy, soy, and egg makes her gassy. So I substituted butter for coconut oil and rice milk for regular milk. I also completely omitted the egg and put a tsp of pumpkin spice. I also added blackberries, blueberries and apples to the mix without using banana or chocolate chips at all. It was perfect for our cold rainy day and just enough sweetness to hit my sweet tooth! Thanks so much! I’ll be making this again with other variations!

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  • Carling January 27, 2015, 10:27 pm

    Just made this, minus the chocolate chips. SO yummy !!!

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  • Kristin @ Welcome Haven December 28, 2014, 12:17 pm

    Just made another bath again this morning. This is one of my go-to recipes for when we have friends/family staying with us. Quick and easy always a hit.

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  • Cassie November 26, 2014, 11:39 pm

    Is the fruit good baked? Has anyone tried baking the oatmeal and adding the fruit on top after its all done baking?

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  • Sammi November 9, 2014, 11:07 pm

    My sister in law introduced me to this recipe recently and we JUST LOVE IT! Thank you so much. I just signed up for your weekly newsletter. I am looking forward to exploring your site more 🙂

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  • Donielle August 24, 2014, 10:21 am

    Have anyone froze it after cooking ? What was the outcome if so?

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  • Chris Nori July 3, 2014, 11:45 am

    Just saw the answer for the bananas in the recipe thanks. looks delish.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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    • Catina February 10, 2016, 10:45 am

      I havent tried this yet, but see comment: Cassie September 26, 2015. I’m not sure why it would dry out faster Tham milk, but salter would not be so good.

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