Baked Oatmeal

This baked oatmeal recipe is the best way to start the day! It's easy, healthy, and delicious. Serve it for brunch, or make it ahead for breakfast all week.

Blueberry baked oatmeal

This baked oatmeal recipe is my favorite breakfast of the moment. I love that it can serve a group for a special breakfast or brunch, but it’s also the kind of thing that you can make on a weekend and reheat on busy mornings throughout the week.

This blueberry baked oatmeal is made with healthy ingredients—think fresh fruit, almond butter, and whole rolled oats—but it tastes like a treat. The top is toasty and nutty, featuring a layer of pecans and coconut flakes that crisp up beautifully in the oven. The middle, on the other hand, stays soft and creamy, filling each bite with an amazing mix of textures. It’s lightly sweet, warmly spiced, and studded with bursty blueberries throughout. Go ahead, get a second slice.

Baked oatmeal recipe ingredients

Baked Oatmeal Recipe Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to make this healthy baked oatmeal recipe:

  • Oats, of course! Whole rolled oats only, please! Quick oats will give the baked oatmeal a mushy texture, whereas steel-cut oats won’t soften in the baking time. Be sure to use certified gluten-free oats if you need this recipe to be gluten-free.
  • Mashed banana – For sweetness. It also gives this recipe a slight banana bread-y flavor, which I love.
  • Unsweetened almond milk – Or any milk you like! My homemade oat milk would be great here.
  • Almond butter – Many baked oatmeal recipes call for eggs to bind the oat mixture together, but I love to use nut butter instead. It makes this recipe vegan, and it gives the oatmeal a rich, nutty flavor. Plus, it adds protein, fiber, and healthy fats, which make this recipe a satisfying breakfast.
  • Pure maple syrup – It works with the banana to naturally sweeten the oats.
  • Melted coconut oil – For richness. If you’re not vegan, melted butter works too!
  • Baking powder – It helps the oatmeal bake puff up slightly in the oven, so it comes out soft and creamy, but not dense.
  • Cinnamon – For warm depth of flavor.
  • Blueberries – Fresh and frozen are both great.
  • Pecans – For nutty crunch.
  • Coconut flakes – They create the crispy, toasty topping.
  • Brown sugar – It helps the pecan and coconut topping crisp up and caramelize in the oven.
  • And sea salt – To make all the flavors pop!

Find the complete recipe with measurements below.

Pouring almond milk into bowl of wet ingredients

How to Make Baked Oatmeal

Have I mentioned? This healthy baked oatmeal recipe is super easy to make! You don’t need any special equipment, just a mixing bowl and an 8×8-inch baking dish. Here’s how to make it:

First, mix together the wet ingredients. Mash the banana at the bottom of a large mixing bowl. Then, add the almond milk, almond butter, maple syrup, and coconut oil and whisk to combine.

Pouring blueberries into wet ingredients

Next, add the baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Whisk again.

Then, add half the blueberries…

Pouring whole rolled oats into mixing bowl with blueberries and wet ingredients

…the oats…

Using spatula to mix baked oatmeal recipe ingredients in mixing bowl

…and 3/4 cup of the pecans. Use a spatula to stir until the mixture is well-combined.

Using spatula to spread baked oatmeal mixture in baking dish

Transfer the oat mixture to a greased 8×8-inch pan. Use a spatula to spread it in an even layer.

Hand sprinkling topping over baked oatmeal recipe

Then, add the topping. Sprinkle on the remaining blueberries, the remaining pecans, and the brown sugar and coconut flakes.

Finally, bake! Transfer to a 350°F oven and bake for 40 to 50 minutes. The topping should be crisp and the middle should be mostly set.

Let cool for 10 minutes, and then, dig in! Tip: To give this baked oatmeal extra staying power, serve it with a dollop of Greek yogurt or your favorite non-dairy yogurt.

Blueberry baked oatmeal in baking dish

Blueberry Baked Oatmeal Recipe Tips

  • Let it cool for 10 minutes before serving. This baked oatmeal recipe will smell AMAZING when it comes out of the oven, so it might be tempting to dig in right away. However, it’s actually best if you let it cool for 10 minutes before serving. Its sweet, spiced flavor will intensify in those few minutes out of the oven. Its texture gets better too—the topping crisps up and the middle becomes firmer.
  • Customize it. This blueberry baked oatmeal recipe is fantastic as written, but it’s super flexible. Have fun changing it up! Swap a different berry for the blueberries, such as strawberries or blackberries, or skip the berries and add 1/2 cup chocolate chips, dried cranberries, or raisins. Use walnuts instead of pecans, or change up the spices. Nutmeg, cardamom, and ginger would all be delicious here.
  • Meal prep it. This healthy baked oatmeal recipe is perfect for a weekend brunch, but it’s also a great breakfast to meal prep for the week. Bake it off on a Sunday, and store slices in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Just pop them in the microwave to reheat. They’ll make you excited to get out of bed on busy mornings!

Baked oatmeal recipe

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Baked Oatmeal

rate this recipe:
4.98 from 139 votes
Serves 4 to 6
This blueberry baked oatmeal recipe is a healthy, delicious breakfast or brunch! I love how the toasty, nutty topping contrasts with the soft and creamy middle. Vegan and gluten-free.

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe banana, mashed (½ cup)
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup smooth almond butter
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 cups whole rolled oats
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar, for topping
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flakes, for topping

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease an 8x8-inch or similar baking dish.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the mashed banana, almond milk, almond butter, maple syrup, and coconut oil. Add the baking powder, cinnamon, and salt and whisk again.
  • Fold in the oats, ¾ cup of the pecans, and ½ cup of the blueberries. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish and smooth into an even layer.
  • Top with the remaining ½ cup blueberries, the remaining ¼ cup pecans, the brown sugar, and coconut flakes.
  • Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, or until the topping is crisp and the middle is set. Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

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  1. Dorenda
    02.22.2024

    Thought I would let you know that I made this with quick cooking steel cut oats–and it turned out well with these variations: soaked oats with milk plus 1/2 cup water overnight/24hrs. Stirred this mixture a bit while out on the counter, then put it in the refrigerator until I was ready to finish making it the next day. I used organic maple syrup for the sweetener and put all the blueberries into the oat mixture before baking. It took a bit longer to bake (get brown on top). I did not add the brown sugar. I’ve got another batch soaking right now!

    • Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)
      02.23.2024

      Hi Dorenda, Thanks so much for sharing your method! It’s great to know that the quick-cooking steel-cut oats worked out.

  2. Sandra
    02.17.2024

    Can I use olive oil instead of coconut oil/butter?

  3. Susan Armstrong
    02.04.2024

    Do you know the nutritional breakdown?

    • Erica
      02.09.2024

      I’m hoping for this information as well! Thanks!!

    • Heather
      02.14.2024

      I wanted this, too, so I ran the recipe through a nutrition analyzer.
      If this is a 4-serving recipe. Per serving nutrition is…
      Calories 724
      Fat 46 g
      Carbs 72g
      Sugars 27 g
      Protein 13 g
      Sodium 418 mg
      Potassium 494 mg
      Iron 4 mg
      Zinc 4 mg
      Phosphorous 325 mg
      Vitamin A 43 mg
      Vitamin C 6 mg

  4. Diane
    01.27.2024

    5 stars
    So good! I made these last weekend for the first time. I was out of bananas so I substituted pumpkin. Today I used banana but left out coconut oil and brown sugar. I baked them in a muffin pan (6) for 45 minutes. Perfect!

  5. Leigh Floyd
    01.27.2024

    I’d like to add ground flax seed and egg whites to this recipe. How much can I add and what would I remove (two egg whites = 1/4 almond butter?)?

  6. Becca
    01.19.2024

    Would it work to double the recipe and bake in 9×13? Trying to make it for a crowd

    • Heather
      02.14.2024

      This is what I did and it worked fine. Just had to bake a bit longer.

  7. Kate Kloos
    01.16.2024

    5 stars
    Exceptional! I changed a few ingredients based on what I had in the fridge and due to an ice storm so I couldn’t go to the store. Used skim cow’s milk instead of almond, and butter instead of almond butter. Added a 1/3 c shredded coconut and 1/2 t cardamom. Also had some chopped peaches that I needed to use so threw them in. Such a great flexible recipe!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      01.17.2024

      I’m so glad you loved it!

  8. Alaina
    01.15.2024

    Hi!

    I’m not vegan, and I am hoping to avoid purchasing almond butter, as it will likely go to waste if I do. What can I use instead? I understand that the almond butter acts as a binding agent… Can I sub with egg? Or perhaps applesauce? What are your thoughts?

    Thanks!

  9. Beth
    01.12.2024

    what can I sub for banana? I don’t like banana and I never seem to have applesauce on hand either. thanks.

    • Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)
      01.12.2024

      Hi Beth, we haven’t tested this, but you could try subbing 1 egg plus 1/4 cup almond milk for the banana. Hope you enjoy!

    • Molly
      01.15.2024

      5 stars
      Hey so I made this and didn’t have banana so I used pumpkin puree. It’s was really good!

  10. Megan
    01.11.2024

    5 stars
    Hi! Thanks so much for this. Just baked and planning to freeze for when baby is here. How would you recommend thawing/reheating for best results?

  11. Jessica Diab
    01.09.2024

    Can this be prepared the day before it goes into the oven?

    • Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)
      01.12.2024

      Hi Jessica, yep! You can make it ahead and store it in the fridge until you’re ready to bake.

  12. Jen B.
    01.08.2024

    5 stars
    Having made lots of baked oatmeal recipes, this might be my favorite ever. I chose it because I was out of eggs, and made it with Sun Butter because I was trying to use it up–I was a little worried about how it would taste with this substitution, but it was super delicious. Going to make it again for sure, husband loved it as well!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      01.09.2024

      Hi Jen, I’m so glad you both loved it!

  13. Deb
    01.05.2024

    5 stars
    Love love love this recipe. Delicious out of the oven and perfect after cutting into squares and freezing. 60 seconds in the microwave and just as perfect. Also love I can use almond butter, almond milk and coconut oil.
    I made one batch with the whole banana and one with 1/2. Liked the 1/2 banana better. Less banana flavor and more of all the other flavors.
    Would love to have a pumpkin version if you have one.

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