Chai Baked Oatmeal


Equally flavorful and comforting, this cozy chai baked oatmeal is the perfect way to warm up on a cool morning. Vegan + gluten-free.

The first thing that comes to mind when I think of chai is “cozy”. Why are these flavors so comforting?! If you’re not a coffee drinker, there’s a good chance you love chai. I remember the first time I had a chai latte. I was in college at an on-campus coffee shop. Pretty sure Isaac ordered it and I tried his… either way, I loved the blend of spices and how creamy it was! It’s not my go-to order at a coffee shop but I love the flavor and often times end my night with the chai latte from Four Sigmatic.

Square baking dish with chai baked oatmeal. Dish is on a table surrounded by a bowl of pecans, ground cinnamon and cinnamon sticks.

What is Chai?

Chai is a type of tea typically made with black tea, ginger and a mixture of spices like cardamom, cinnamon, black pepper, cloves and coriander. A spicy tea! I took all of my favorite flavors in a traditional chai and made a delicious baked oatmeal paired with pecans and shredded coconut. I love so many of my baked oatmeal recipes but this one is especially exciting in the flavor department!

Glass mixing bowl with the ingredients and spices for chai baked oatmeal.

Here’s What You Need:

  • rolled oats, baking powder, sea salt and ground flaxseed
  • coconut milk – I prefer using “light” coconut milk for this so it doesn’t get super thick!
  • maple syrup, applesauce and coconut oil
  • spices and seasonings– cinnamon, cardamom, ground ginger, allspice, cloves and vanilla extract
  • shredded coconut 
  • pecans

Baking dish with chai baked oatmeal sliced into 6 pieces. A serving spoon is in the dish.

Serving Suggestions

I love eating this fresh out of the oven with a drizzle of almond milk and maple syrup. You can absolutely prep this ahead of time and eat it throughout the week. Refrigerate in an airtight container and heat up your individual portion throughout the week. I prefer to reheat in my toaster over but a conventional oven or microwave works just as well!

Can You Make Baked Oatmeal Ahead of Time?

Yes, I love making baked oatmeal ahead of time. There are a couple options that work really well. Here’s what I recommend:

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.
  2. 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 Ingredients 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.

Bowl full of chai baked oatmeal topped with almond milk and a cinnamon stick.

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If you try this chai baked oatmeal, please be sure to leave a comment and star rating below letting me know how it turned out! Your feedback is super helpful for the EBF team and other EBF readers.

Chai Baked Oatmeal

5 from 18 votes
Equally flavorful and comforting, this cozy chai baked oatmeal is the perfect way to warm up on a cool morning.
Bowl full of chai baked oatmeal topped with almond milk and a cinnamon stick.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 6


  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 can coconut milk, light (about 1 and ¾ cups)
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup, plus more for serving
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 Tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • teaspoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons shredded coconut
  • 2 Tablespoons pecans


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  • Spray an 8x8 square baking dish with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the oats, coconut milk, maple syrup, baking powder, sea salt, flaxseed, applesauce, coconut oil, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, allspice, cloves and vanilla. 
  • Carefully pour oatmeal mixture into the prepared baking dish.
  • Scatter pecans and coconut on top.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the oatmeal bake has set. Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes. Portion and serve with a drizzle of almond milk or maple syrup.
  • 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.


Serving: 1/6 of recipe Calories: 273kcal Carbohydrates: 34g Protein: 5g Fat: 13g Sodium: 310mg Fiber: 5g Sugar: 11g
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Americna
Keyword: chai baked oatmeal


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    1. Rehoboth
      November 24, 2022 AT 9:49 am

      5 stars
      Nice post

    2. Lola
      July 7, 2022 AT 9:44 pm

      Like seriously SOOO GOOD!!! Taste like October in my mouth!! These are perfect in an 8 cavity Wilton cavity pan —- made 8 for either snacks or breakfast and holy awesomeness!! I mean you could even do this for a cheat snack with 6 Lily chocolate chips —taste like a healthy macaroon like breakfast bar! You’re awesome and I’m done saying awesome 😁

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 8, 2022 AT 12:15 pm

        Ahh yay! I’m so glad you loved this baked oatmeal, Lola. Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I really appreciate it!

    3. Beth
      October 31, 2021 AT 2:48 pm

      5 stars
      Amazing! I subbed pumpkin butter for the applesauce and it was one of the best baked oatmeal recipes I’ve ever made! Thanks you!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 1, 2021 AT 12:01 pm

        Woo! Pumped to hear you enjoyed this chai baked oatmeal, Beth. Happy to hear the pumpkin butter worked for you as well. Thanks for the review! I so appreciate it :).

    4. just.me2913
      February 28, 2021 AT 8:04 am

      5 stars
      This was so yummy! Thanks for the fab recipe 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 28, 2021 AT 11:33 pm

        So glad you loved this recipe!!

    5. Erica
      February 27, 2021 AT 12:26 pm

      5 stars
      I have made most of the different baked oatmeal versions, but this has to be my favorite! Super easy to prep for the week and still get a warm, cozy breakfast each morning. The flavors are great and I love to add even more pecan and coconut topping!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 27, 2021 AT 12:59 pm

        Woo!! That makes me so happy to hear, Erica. I’m so glad you loved this variation. Thanks for the review. I so appreciate it!

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