Baked Oatmeal with Cranberries and Orange

This post is sponsored by The Quaker Oats Company. All opinions are my own.

Hot baked oatmeal with tart cranberries and fresh orange zest is the kind of breakfast that tastes like the holidays.

image: small bowl of oatmeal with fresh cranberries mixed in

We’ve all had our share of traditional cooked oatmeal and overnight oats; and while those are terrific breakfast options, baked oatmeal takes the classic breakfast ingredient up a notch.

Plus, making baked oatmeal is super simple. It’s one of those recipes that comes together in one bowl, gets transferred into the oven and turns into magic!

Watch this video to see how to bake oatmeal at home:

Baked oatmeal has a way of warming you up without making you feel weighed down, which is why I feel good about serving it for breakfast on a regular basis. 

There’s no need to wait for special occasions because it’s made with simple ingredients like whole grain Quaker Oats, my go-to for all oat recipes. 

For the best texture and taste for this recipe, I used Quaker Old Fashioned Oats. The large flakes provide the perfect texture for a thick baked oatmeal. Each 1/2 cup serving is a good source of fiber, and some essential vitamins and minerals including thiamin, phosphorus, and magnesium

Oats are super versatile for all sorts of recipes such as Apple Pie Overnight Oats and Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal Bites. You can even use them to make breakfast for dinner with these Bacon & Cheddar Savory Oats

image: two bowls of oatmeal with cranberries and a jar of oatmeal in the background

You can see why I keep them stocked in the pantry at all times, and it’s a good thing because today, I’m using them in one of my favorite recipes, Cranberry & Orange Baked Oatmeal.

Baked Oatmeal

I’m sure you’ve had your fair share of oatmeal for breakfast, but baked oatmeal is in a league of its own. It tastes like a treat that’s good for you, and these recipes are always a winner for both the kids and me. 

It has a bread pudding like texture, and the cranberries give it a burst of tart goodness. I like to top my baked oats with a little unsweetened almond milk; making the combination of hot oats and cold milk divine. 

image: fresh milk being poured into a bowl of baked oatmeal. Cranberries scattered across table

Baked Oatmeal Ingredients

Scroll down the ingredient list, and I’m positive you have most of these items on hand. Maybe not the cranberries, but those can be swapped for blueberries, strawberries- even diced apples! 

image: oats being stirred in large mixing bowl with oranges, honey and cranberries on the side of the image

As simple as the recipe is, it’s just as easy to make. Essentially, everything is combined in one bowl, transferred to a baking dish, and baked until the oats are set and the top turns a gorgeous golden brown. 

Check out the simple baked oatmeal ingredients:

  • Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • Cinnamon
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Milk 
  • Egg
  • Melted butter
  • Honey
  • Liquid stevia
  • Fresh orange juice
  • Orange zest
  • Cranberries
image: oatmeal in a large mixing bowl with cranberries poured on top. Other ingredients in photo: honey, oranges and cinnamon

Plus, we all know that you’ve been dreaming about buying more cranberries now that they are in season, and this recipe is the excuse you need to stock up!

How to Make Baked Oatmeal

I found that a touch of honey and liquid stevia gave it the right amount of sweet and thanks to the cinnamon, cranberries, orange juice and zest, this recipe doesn’t need a whole lot of added sweetness.

For the milk, I used unsweetened almond milk and if you want to make the recipe fully dairy-free, swap the melted butter for a vegan alternative.

Oatmeal Baking Tips

It’s hard to mess up baked oatmeal, but it is possible mostly due to overcooking. Here’s how to make sure that doesn’t happen: 

Use Enough Liquid

Don’t skimp on the milk! The oats need every bit of it to create that bread pudding like texture. While water works too, I’ve found that it lacks flavor and density this recipe needs.

Image: Dish of baked oatmeal with whole cranberries on top, one portion has been cut out of dish.

Use Old Fashioned Oats:

For best results, I use Quaker Old Fashioned oats. The flakes are large enough to soak up the liquid without drying out, which makes them a perfect option for cooking, baking, and even no-bake treats like Baked Oatmeal Bites. 

Make it Ahead: 

You can make this ahead of time by combining the wet ingredients in a large jar or airtight dish and refrigerating overnight. In the morning, stir everything together and bake! Those few minutes save time, and while you get everyone ready for the day, breakfast is baking.

Adding Extra Flavor to Baked Oatmeal

Another great thing about this baked oatmeal recipe- it’s highly adaptable. You can add and swap the flavors and ingredients to create an entirely new recipe. 

Swap the cranberries and orange for cinnamon, dried cherries, and almonds. Don’t worry about getting bored, here are easy add-in ideas for more epic baked oatmeal recipes:

  • Pumpkin pie spice + pumpkin puree
  • Cinnamon + raisins + slivered almonds
  • Raspberries + vanilla extract + lemon zest
  • Blueberries + vanilla extract + sliced bananas
  • Chocolate chips + trail mix
image: bowl of baked oatmeal with cranberries and orange zest on top

If you’re an oat fanatic, welcome to the club! I’ve got a TON of incredible oat recipes to keep you covered for breakfast a long time. You’ll also find more delicious ways to use oats at 

Cranberry Orange Baked Oatmeal

This baked oatmeal recipe is a new way to enjoy the regular bowl of oats. Made with Quaker Old Fashioned Oats, cranberries, orange zest, and cinnamon, it’s a cozy, breakfast for the holidays.

  • Author: Laura Fuentes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons liquid stevia
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 2 cups Quaker Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cup fresh cranberries, divided


  1. Preheat the oven to 375F and grease a 9 x 9-inch square baking dish, a 9×13-inch or oval.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the honey with the liquid stevia, unsweetened almond milk, egg, melted butter, vanilla extract, orange zest, and orange juice until combined.
  3. Add the oats, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt to the liquid mixture and stir to form a thick batter. Add 1 cup cranberries to the batter and fold with a spatula to combine.
  4. Pour oat and cranberry mixture into the prepared baking dish. Arrange cranberries to make sure they are evenly distributed throughout. Top with additional cranberries.
  5. Bake 35 minutes in the preheated oven until the top is golden and the oat mixture is set. Remove from oven and allow mixture to cool slightly prior to serving.  


  • Serving Size: 1 bowl
  • Calories: 257
  • Sugar: 6.6g
  • Sodium: 259.9mg
  • Fat: 5.6g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.7g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 39.3g
  • Fiber: 5.6g
  • Protein: 7.6g
  • Cholesterol: 54.1mg

9 thoughts on “Baked Oatmeal with Cranberries and Orange”

  1. Jenna Marie says:

    Cranberry Orange is my favorite fall flavor combination. When I saw this recipe for cranberry baked oatmeal this morning…. I had to make it!! It came out of the oven 10 minutes ago and I suck a couple of bites in…. OMG it TASTES LIKE CAKE!! Thank you for another nutritious breakfast idea, Laura! Yes, I used the cranberries I had in my fridge saved for Thanksgiving but…. I’ll be going back for more!

  2. Sandra says:

    I’m going to try this version of baked oatmeal. I’m a fan of your blueberry one and I have a feeling I’m going to love this cranberry orange version.

  3. Janice says:

    I made this baked oatmeal over the weekend. It was perfect. Guess who’s buying extra cranberries after Thanksgiving? This gal.

  4. Ann says:

    Hello Laura!
    I made this oatmeal with tart cranberries and fresh orange zest over the weekend. I followed your recipe precisely, and this turned out AMAZING. It definitely tastes like the holidays. Plus, it’s super easy to make. I think I’ll serve it for breakfast on a regular basis. Highly recommend everyone to give this recipe a try. Believe me, there’s no need to wait for a special occasion.
    Thank you so much for sharing this brilliant idea and all of your useful tips. They helped me a lot. Look forward to your new awesome recipes. You put so much love into what you’re doing. I’m your fan!

    Best wishes,

    1. Laura Fuentes says:

      Thank you for trying and sharing how much you enjoyed my recipe, Ann!

  5. C. Lewellyn says:

    This looks great, but in step 4 it says to arrange the blueberries to make sure they are evenly distributed. I saw no blueberries in the recipe. Was it supposed to say cranberries?

    1. Laura Fuentes says:

      You are correct. Cranberries. typo!

  6. GRACE says:

    My toddler likes baked oatmeal so I’m looking forward to making this. One question: I know this seems silly but your directions say “13x9in square baking dish” but that’s not right. Is it a 13×9 or square? Just wanting to make sure so I have the cook time right! Your photos are a rectangle dish but looks smaller than 9×13 so thinking square 9in might be more equivalent. Thank you!

    1. Laura Fuentes says:

      You are correct, I’ll clarify. It can be done in a 9×13, a square, or as you see in the video oval. The larger the baking dish, the less “height” and it will cook faster.

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