This baked oatmeal is a nutritious, time-saving, meal-prep friendly recipe. And it is a powerful breakfast food to add to your meal plan for the week!
Oats are a whole grain and part of a balanced meal. The fiber coming from oatmeal increases feelings of fullness, making it easier for your family to make it to lunch time. Add a side of fruit and some nuts or nut butter for a nutrient dense, balanced meal.
Plan to bake this cranberry oatmeal cookie baked oatmeal on a weekend and set aside individual sized portions for each family member for a weekday morning. You can also freeze individual portions for weeks ahead!
1 1/2 cups of unsweetened applesauce or mashed banana
1 large egg
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2 tablespoons of butter
1 1/2 cups low-fat milk or milk alternative
1/2 cup dried cranberries (you can also use nuts or any other dried fruit)
3 cups old-fashioned oats
Preheat your oven to 375 Fahrenheit.
In a large bowl, whisk together the applesauce or mashed banana, egg, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, baking powder, salt, and melted butter. Once smooth, add in milk and whisk until smooth.
Stir in the dried cranberries, or other dried fruit, and old-fashioned oats until combined.
Grease a 8x8 casserole dish and pour in the oat mixture.
Bake oatmeal uncovered for 45 minutes.
Divide into six portions and enjoy!
Bonus: this baked oatmeal tastes great heated with milk poured over the top. Top with a sliced apple or pear for a balanced breakfast!
Recipe adapted from Budget Bytes.