Easy Baked Oatmeal


Easy baked oatmeal + all the best baked oatmeal recipes in one place, with a flavor for every season and occasion! Baked oatmeal is perfect for meal prep and so delicious.

I’ve been sharing one baked oatmeal recipe a month for over a year! I’ve had so much fun coming up with creative flavors and you love making them so it’s a win, win!

Grid of four examples of oatmeal bakes, samoa in upper left, peach in upper right, pecan cinnamon in bottom right, strawberry banana chocolate chips in bottom left.

Why Baked Oatmeal?

I honestly LOVE all types of oatmeal (and I have a ton of oatmeal recipes here on EBF), but baked oatmeal is definitely one of my favorite ways to enjoy oatmeal. Here’s why:

  1. Topping the list is the fact that it’s the perfect meal prep recipe, but also fancy enough for a brunch. I love making baked oatmeal on the weekend and enjoying it for breakfast all week long.
  2. You only need one mixing bowl and one baking dish for these recipes. Minimal dishes? Score.
  3. The flavor combinations are endless! As you can tell, I’ve shared 14 flavor combinations so far and I don’t see myself slowing down anytime soon.
  4. While many of the baked oatmeal recipes sound indulgent, all of the ingredients in my baked oatmeal recipes are wholesome, nutritious ingredients.
  5. They can be allergen friendly. Sensitive to dairy? Use a dairy-free milk. Need to make vegan? Swap in a flaxseed egg in place of a traditional egg. Gluten-free? Check!
Mixing bowl with mixture for maple pecan baked oatmeal before it is baked.

How to Store and Reheat Baked Oatmeal

You can store baked oatmeal in airtight containers in the refrigerator for 4-5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. When freezing, I recommend cutting the oatmeal into portions, wrap in plastic wrap and place the portions in a large freezer bag. The individual servings make it easier for reheating. 

To reheat the entire pan of baked oatmeal: cover with foil and reheat in the oven at 350ºF for about 20 minutes or until warm. For individual portions: set oven or toaster oven to 350ºF and bake for 5-10 minutes. You can also reheat in the microwave for 1 minute. Once warm, add your toppings and enjoy!

Do I Need to Use Baking Powder for Baked Oatmeal?

Baking powder is a rising agent and helps lighten the texture of the baked oatmeal. It prevents it from becoming too dense or heavy. That said, if you don’t have baking powder or simply want to skip it, you certainly can. 

Side by side photos of maple pecan oatmeal in a baking dish before and after being baked.

Notes and Substitutions

  • Egg – All of my baked oatmeal recipes either call for an egg or a flaxseed to bind the dish together. Eggs also help make the oatmeal creamy. You could also use chia seeds or skip the binder all together. I’ve found that the baked oatmeal still turns just fine without using the egg or flaxseed.
  • Oil – A lot of my baked oatmeal recipes call for melted coconut oil, but you can skip it or swap it with another oil, melted butter (or ghee) or even applesauce or mashed banana.
  • Bananas – Don’t love bananas? Try using applesauce, pumpkin or mashed sweet potato instead of the mashed bananas. 

Baked Oatmeal Turned Out Too Soggy?

All of my baked oatmeal recipes are a bit soft, but shouldn’t be too soggy. If a recipe calls for mashed bananas, make sure the mashed bananas aren’t overly ripe or that could add extra liquid. If yours turns out gooey or soggy, you might need to cook it longer.

Can I Add Protein Powder To Baked Oatmeal

I’ve added a scoop of protein powder without adding in more liquid and it turned out just fine! If you’re adding more than one scoop of protein powder you might want to add more liquid.

Can You Swap Rolled Oats For Steel Cut Oats or Quick Oats?

You can use steel cut or quick/instant oats for baked oatmeal, but you need to follow a recipe that calls for those oats because the liquid ratio is different. I do have an apple cinnamon baked steel cut oatmeal recipe I would suggest if you’re looking for a recipe that calls for steel cut oats. 

The Perfect Ratio

Customize your own baked oatmeal but make sure you keep the ratio of liquid to oats the same. For most recipes you’ll use 1 part oats to 1 part liquid. I prefer to use unsweetened almond milk, oat milk or coconut milk but any milk works!

Baked oatmeal in a white baking dish with bananas and pecans.

Can You Make Baked Oatmeal Ahead of Time?

Yes, you can totally make baked oatmeal ahead of time. There are a couple options that work really well.

Option 1: Bake and Then Reheat Before Serving

  1. Prepare baked oatmeal as the recipe suggests. Once baked, let the oatmeal cool, cover the baking dish and place in the fridge. You can do this 1-2 days in advance. When ready to serve, take oatmeal dish from fridge, cover with foil and reheat in a 350°F oven for about 20 minutes. For individual portions, set toaster oven to 350°F and bake for 5-10 minutes or reheat in the microwave for 1 minute.

Option 2: Prep as Much as You Can Without Baking

  1. Mix together your dry ingredients in a bowl, cover and let sit out on the counter until morning.
  2. Mix together all the wet ingredients in another bowl, cover and store in the fridge until morning.
  3. In the morning, simply mix the wet and dry ingredients together, pour oatmeal mixture into your prepared baking dish and bake as recipe suggests.

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Easy Baked Oatmeal

4 from 501 votes
Easy baked oatmeal + all the best baked oatmeal recipes in one place, with a flavor for every season and occasion! Baked oatmeal is perfect for meal prep and so delicious.
Baked oatmeal in a white baking dish with bananas and pecans.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6


  • 2 cups rolled old-fashioned oats
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 cups milk, I like using unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon ground flaxseed, or 1 egg
  • 1 Tablespoon melted coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ripe bananas, sliced OR 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 1/2 cup mix-ins, a blend of nuts, fruit or chocolate chips
  • cooking spray


  • Preheat the oven to 375° F and spray an 8×8 inch square baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Mix dry ingredients: In a large bowl, mix together the oats, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
  • Add in wet ingredients: Add in the milk, sugar, flaxseed, coconut oil, vanilla and bananas. Stir to combine and then add in any mix-ins that you’re using.
  • Carefully pour oatmeal mixture into the prepared baking dish.
  • Scatter the remaining mix-ins across the top.
  • Bake: Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until the top is nicely golden. Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes. Portion and serve. Drizzle each portion with maple syrup if you want it a bit sweeter.
  • For storage: store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
  • To reheat: To reheat the whole baked oatmeal, cover with foil and reheat in a 350°F oven for about 20 minutes. For individual portions, set oven (or toaster oven) to 350°F and bake for 5-10 minutes or reheat in the microwave for 1 minute.


  • Mix-in ideas: blueberries, raisins, cranberries, chopped almonds, pecans, walnuts, chocolate chips, etc.


Serving: 1(without mix-ins) Calories: 196kcal Carbohydrates: 40g Protein: 4g Fat: 4g Saturated Fat: 2g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Sodium: 343mg Fiber: 5g Sugar: 15g
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked oatmeal


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Blueberry Baked Oatmeal

4.62 from 133 votes
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Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal

4.36 from 56 votes
This carrot cake baked oatmeal is fancy enough to serve for a special brunch but easy and healthy enough to make for your weekly meal prep.
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Strawberry Banana Baked Oatmeal

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This strawberry banana baked oatmeal recipe is the perfect make ahead breakfast. Strawberry, banana and chocolate… what could be better? 
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Peach Baked Oatmeal

4.51 from 172 votes
A healthy baked oatmeal recipe using one of my favorite summer fruits: peaches! Make ahead for meal prep or a weekend brunch. 
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Zucchini Bread Baked Oatmeal

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This zucchini bread baked oatmeal recipe makes it easy to sneak veggies into your morning. It’s perfect for meal prep — just reheat and serve!
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Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal

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Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal

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Sweet Potato Baked Oatmeal

4.54 from 77 votes
Inspired by my favorite fall casserole, this sweet potato baked oatmeal is loaded with sweet potato goodness and topped with a crispy pecan topping. It’s also vegan and gluten-free.
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Gingerbread Baked Oatmeal

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This gingerbread baked oatmeal makes for a cozy breakfast with warm spices and molasses. It’s super easy to whip up, gluten-free and vegan.
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Peanut Butter Banana Baked Oatmeal

4.74 from 52 votes
This delicious peanut butter banana baked oatmeal features the best oatmeal combo ever — peanut butter and banana. You’ll love prepping this easy baked oatmeal for the week.
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Chocolate Baked Oatmeal

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This chocolate baked oatmeal with peanut butter feels decadent, but it’s loaded with healthy ingredients and so easy to whip up!
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Samoa Baked Oatmeal

4.87 from 43 votes
Love coconut, caramel and chocolate? You will adore this healthy Samoa baked oatmeal. It’s made with coconut milk, date caramel and a chocolate drizzle.
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Maple Pecan Baked Oatmeal

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Birthday Cake Baked Oatmeal

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Apple Cinnamon Baked Steel Cut Oatmeal

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Blueberry Lemon Baked Oatmeal

3.78 from 86 votes
This blueberry lemon baked oatmeal blends together tangy citrus with sweet blueberries. It's loaded with nutrients and the perfect breakfast to meal prep for the week.
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Pear Baked Oatmeal

3.56 from 29 votes
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Cranberry Orange Baked Oatmeal

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Flag Baked Oatmeal

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Baked Oatmeal Cups (4 Variations)

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Chai Baked Oatmeal

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Is there a baked oatmeal flavor you don’t see here that you’d like for me to create? Leave a comment letting me know!  

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Recipe Rating

    1. Andy Rede
      January 29, 2023 AT 10:33 am

      5 stars
      This worked out great. I used egg, whole milk and lard. The kids loved it.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 30, 2023 AT 3:27 pm

        Ah YAY! I am excited to hear that this recipe is a hit for the whole family, Andy! Thank you so much for sharing your review + star rating, I really appreciate it!

    2. Rose-Mary
      January 25, 2023 AT 12:25 am

      This recipe calls for 2 cups of milk. Is that meant to be 1/2 cup like the other recipes or is it actually 2 cups?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 25, 2023 AT 3:03 pm

        Hi Rose-Mary – You will want to use 2 cups of milk for this recipe. I recommend using equal parts oats & milk. Hope this helps and you enjoy this recipe.

    3. Rodney Sykes
      January 13, 2023 AT 1:38 pm

      5 stars
      Great post! I love how you included so many different flavor options for baked oatmeal. I especially can’t wait to try the Peach and Samoa flavors. I also appreciate the tips on how to store and reheat the oatmeal, as well as the substitution options for those with dietary restrictions. Thanks for sharing all your knowledge and expertise on this recipe, I can’t wait to make my first batch of baked oatmeal!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 16, 2023 AT 10:54 am

        Of course! I so glad that you found this post helpful. Let me know how you like these recipes and which one you try first. Enjoy!

    4. Andrea
      December 24, 2022 AT 12:35 pm

      5 stars
      Super yummy! My first time making baked oatmeal. I used walnuts and pecans, and left out the sugar, vanilla and cinnamon (I don’t normally sweeten my oatmeal) and it was delicious! An extra pat of butter and it was like oatmeal banana bread.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 26, 2022 AT 10:29 am

        YUM! Sounds so delicious, I am glad that you are enjoying this recipe, Andrea. Thank you for coming back and sharing your review & star rating, I really appreciate it.

    5. Lisa
      July 8, 2022 AT 10:00 am

      5 stars
      So good, made a double batch to freeze and have for later!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 8, 2022 AT 12:13 pm

        Yay! I’m so glad you loved this recipe. Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it!

4 bowls of oatmeal topped with a variety of fruit, nuts, nut butter, chocolate chips and toppings.



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