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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
- Baking powder
- Melted butter
- Liquid stevia
- Fresh orange juice
- Orange zest
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.
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
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 QuakerOats.com.
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.
- 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
- Preheat the oven to 375F and grease a 13 x 9-inch square baking dish.
- 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.
- 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.
- Pour oat and cranberry mixture into the prepared baking dish. Arrange cranberries to make sure they are evenly distributed throughout. Top with additional cranberries.
- 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