This extra easy baked oatmeal recipe with fresh strawberries, bananas and rich chocolate is one of our favorites. Make this the morning of 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!
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.
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.
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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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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Bake oatmeal for 35 to 40 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the milk mixture has set.
- 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.
- Serve warm.