A cozy fall or winter breakfast idea - vegan baked apple oatmeal. This recipe is filling, healthy, and the perfect way to start the day!
When you think of oatmeal, what's the first word that comes to mind?
If you thought warm and cozy, then I'm right there with you! As the weather starts to change and the crisp fall and winter air rolls in, oatmeal is what I crave every single morning. It is a bowl full of comfort and nutrition!
My recipe today for vegan baked apple oatmeal takes cozy to new heights! It is full of fall spices, delicious apples, and sweetened with some brown sugar and dates. It's basically as if oatmeal and apple pie had a baby!
Vegan Baked Apple Oatmeal Ingredients
You might be surprised to find all of the ingredients you'll need for this recipe already in your pantry!
- Flax egg - this binds the oatmeal together so you can easily cut it into squares. You'll need two flax eggs for this recipe which can be made by whisking together two tablespoons of flaxseed meal and six tablespoons of water. Make this first and let it sit for about ten minutes until it has a gel-like consistency.
- Rolled oats - use either rolled oats or quick oats for this recipe. I would not use steel-cut oats as they cook differently and probably won't get as tender.
- Brown sugar and dates - these are what make the oatmeal perfectly sweet! The dates give you a bit of sweetness in every bite.
- Baking powder - this acts as the leavening agent in the recipe and ensures that your baked oatmeal won't be too dense.
- Walnuts - adding some walnuts gives that little bit of crunch in every bite. Walnuts are also rich in omega-3 fats and antioxidants that reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer. If you are allergic to nuts though or don't like the taste feel free to omit them.
- Allspice, ground cloves, and cinnamon - these are the spices that give this oatmeal its fall flavor!
- Salt - salt helps all the other flavors come out in a dish, so never skip it!
- Vegan butter - I always use Earth Balance Soy Free Buttery Spread because it's easily found at most grocery stores.
- Maple syrup - for that extra sweetness, I used some maple syrup.
- Vanilla and almond extract - both of these bring the flavor to another level!
How to Make Baked Oatmeal
- First, make your flax egg by combining two tablespoons of flaxseed meal and six tablespoons of water in a small bowl. Stir to combine and let the mixture sit for 5-10 minutes while completing the next couple of steps.
2. Butter a 9x11 baking pan and preheat your oven to 375°F.
3. In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients (oats, brown sugar, baking powder, dates, flour, walnuts, allspice, ground cloves, cinnamon, and salt).
4. In a small mixing bowl, combine all of the wet ingredients (milk, flax egg, maple syrup, melted butter, vanilla extract, and almond extract).
5. Add the wet ingredients to your dry ingredients, and mix until well combined. Fold in the diced apples, and then pour the mixture into your baking pan. Top the oatmeal with more apples, nuts, or spices if desired.
6. Bake for 30-40 minutes until the top looks golden brown. The oatmeal will still be slightly jiggly, but let it cool for 10-15 minutes before serving, and the oats will absorb the excess liquid.
7. Serve while hot and top with nuts and seeds, fresh fruit, maple syrup, and/or whipped cream. Store in an airtight container in your refrigerator in an airtight container for up to five days.
Recipe Tips and Variations
How do you know when the baked oatmeal is done?
The top of the oatmeal will look golden brown when it's ready. It might have some liquid still when you pull it out of the oven; that's ok! As it sits and cools, the oats will absorb the remaining liquid.
How do you store baked oatmeal?
You can store this baked oatmeal in the refrigerator for up to five days.
Can you freeze baked oatmeal?
Yes! This is a great meal prep recipe, and I sometimes make two at the same time to save one of them for the freezer. After baking, let it cool completely, then slice it into squares. Place squares in a freezer-friendly container for up to three months. Then, when you need an easy breakfast in the future, heat up a slice in your oven at 350°F for 10 minutes or in the microwave for 2 minutes.
Can you use different fruit in this recipe?
Of course! Apples scream fall to me, but if you don't like them or are making this in the spring or summertime, feel free to switch up the fruit. I think sliced peaches, raspberries, or strawberries would all be delicious!
What are the best baked oatmeal toppings?
- Fresh fruit
- Dried fruit
- Plant milk
- Chocolate chips
- Maple syrup or agave
I just know that this baked oatmeal will become a family favorite for you because it's:
- Easy to make
- Made in only 30-minutes
Let me know if you try out this vegan baked apple oatmeal, and if you do, I would love it if you left a rating and review below! Make sure you are also following along on Instagram and Pinterest for more food inspiration.
More vegan breakfast recipes:
- Apple Pancakes
- Coffee Banana Smoothie Bowl
- Overnight Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding
- Strawberry Rosemary Scones
- Vegan French Toast with Just Egg
- Vegan Breakfast Hash in a Skillet
- Just Egg Review
Or check out the Best Served Vegan blog here for lots of vegan tips and tricks!Print