Apple Baked Steel Cut Oatmeal


This apple baked steel cut oatmeal recipe is a lovely make-ahead breakfast option for busy mornings. Studded with sweet apple chunks, raisins and cinnamon, these oats will satisfy your taste-buds and keep you feeling full all morning.

I’ve been on a warm breakfast kick and my favorite as of late has been baked oatmeal. After making this maple pecan baked oatmeal Isaac requested a version without nuts so I started brainstorming. He loves raisins so I took that idea and ran with it.

Baked apple steel cut oatmeal in a pink bowl with peanut butter drizzled on top.

The result was a baked oatmeal with apple chunks and plump raisins nestled throughout. Doesn’t it look pretty with all the apple bites and chia seeds on top?

Steel Cut Oats for Baked Oatmeal

The combo of oats, apples, raisins, a little maple syrup and a dash of cinnamon makes for a naturally sweet and delicious healthy oatmeal bake. This version is particularly nutritious, because I used steel cut oats. They’re the least processed of all oats and have an awesome chewy texture. They do take a bit longer to cook so this recipe does take about 20 minutes longer to bake than my apple cinnamon baked oatmeal with rolled oats.

Overhead shot of apple cinnamon baked steel cut oatmeal in a white baking dish with a gold spoon scooping out a portion.

Ingredients Needed for This Baked Oatmeal

Some baked oatmeal recipes call for butter, milk and eggs, but we’re keeping this recipe vegan and dairy-free by using chia seeds, coconut oil and almond milk.

  • steel-cut oats – this recipe is meant to be made with steel cut oats. If you want to use rolled oats, try my apple cinnamon baked oatmeal
  • maple syrup
  • chia seeds 
  • coconut oil
  • cinnamon
  • vanilla
  • sea salt
  • almond milk
  • apple
  • raisins
Ingredients for apple cinnamon baked steel cut oatmeal in a clear glass mixing bowl.

If you love being able to meal prep breakfast for the week, baked oatmeal is going to be your new BFF! You can make a batch over the weekend and you’ll be set with an easy breakfast for the week (or at least most of it).

Apple cinnamon baked steel cut oatmeal in white baking dish with a gold spoon.

How to Reheat Baked Oatmeal

Reheating the baked oatmeal is a breeze, either using the microwave, toaster oven or stove-top. Although I have to tell ya, I’ve found that the oats are really good eaten cold as well. I’ve been known to eat them straight from the fridge, but sometimes I’ll add an extra splash of almond milk and eat them like overnight oats or muesli. Yum!

If you’re a baked apple lover you will adore this baked oatmeal. Trust me on this one. The apples get extra sweet, soft and are coated with cinnamon. It reminds me of apple pie, which is perfection because apple pie is my fave.

Isaac absolutely loved this version and thought the sweetness was perfect. If you’re trying to cut back on sugar or just prefer things mildly sweetened, you can easily reduce the maple syrup and raisins a bit. It won’t affect the end result, the oats will just be a little less sweet. Enjoy!

Overhead shot of baked apple steel cut oatmeal in a pink bowl with peanut butter drizzled on top.

More Oatmeal Recipes

More Baked Oatmeal Recipes to Try

Apple Cinnamon Baked Steel Cut Oatmeal

5 from 62 votes
This apple cinnamon baked steel cut oatmeal recipe is a lovely make-ahead breakfast option for busy mornings. Studded with sweet apple chunks, raisins and cinnamon, these oats will satisfy your taste-buds and keep you feeling full all morning. 
Baked apple steel cut oatmeal in a pink bowl with peanut butter drizzled on top.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 4



  • Pre-heat oven to 375°F.
  • Combine chia seeds with water to make a chia egg and let sit for a few minutes.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine oats, maple syrup, chia egg, coconut oil, cinnamon, vanilla and sea salt. Stir well to combine. Add in almond milk, apple chunks and raisins. Stir everything together once more.
  • Place oatmeal mixture into a greased baking dish (an 8×8 square baking dish or something similar). Bake in the oven for 50-60 minutes or until oatmeal is golden brown and the center is cooked through. Remove from the oven, let cool and enjoy. Place any leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge. Reheat later and enjoy.



  • To make this recipe with old fashioned rolled oats, use 2 cups of rolled oats instead of 1 cup of steel cut oats and reduce the baking time to 35 – 40 minutes.
  • For a lower sugar version, reduce the amount of maple syrup and raisins or omit them completely.


Serving: 1/4 of recipe Calories: 387kcal Carbohydrates: 65g Protein: 6g Fat: 12g Saturated Fat: 6g Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g Sodium: 241mg Fiber: 7g Sugar: 24g
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple cinnamon baked oatmeal, baked steel cut oatmeal


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    1. Kassie
      January 10, 2023 AT 8:34 pm

      Would this recipe still work if I used water?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 16, 2023 AT 11:27 am

        That should work, Kassie. It just might not be as creamy. Enjoy!

    2. Diana
      December 31, 2022 AT 10:15 am

      Will definitely try this one! Thinking for tomorrow. Great way to start 2023 with healthy choices! Thank you

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 3, 2023 AT 10:17 am

        Absolutely! I hope you love this recipe, let me know how it turns out. Enjoy!

    3. Lynn
      November 10, 2022 AT 10:33 pm

      5 stars
      This recipe was good but mine didn’t bake up like your picture.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 11, 2022 AT 12:19 pm

        Hi Lynn – I am happy to hear you enjoyed this recipe. Did you change anything about the recipe that would have caused it not to bake up?

    4. Aneta
      September 20, 2022 AT 2:05 pm

      5 stars
      So good! Omitted the raisins and halved the maple syrup and it’s delicious. Baked for a bit over an hour. Great fall recipe!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 21, 2022 AT 7:59 am

        YAY! I am so happy to hear that this recipe is a hit, Anita. Thank you for your review + star rating, I so appreciate it!

    5. Sarah Waninger
      August 23, 2022 AT 10:39 am

      5 stars
      love thus recipe as is…BUT we have lots of eggs from our hens…can I swap the chia egg for a real egg? just one egg to replace chia egg?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 23, 2022 AT 12:02 pm

        Definitely! A regular egg will work just fine. And yes 1:1. Let me know how this recipe turns out if you end up making it!

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