This Apple Butter Oatmeal Bake is packed with fall spice, soft baked oats, and crunchy apples. The perfect breakfast to meal prep for the family.

Apple Butter Oatmeal Bake is the perfect fall season breakfast for family and friends.

If you’ve been following me for the past few weeks, you’ll know, I’ve been taking apple season at full throttle.  

Without a doubt, I’ve been getting a little apple-happy in the grocery store and have had lots of delicious reds and honey crisps to experiment with.

I like to double this recipe and keep single servings in the freezer for the days where I’m too lazy to make breakfast, but want something tasty, nevertheless.

If you love this recipe, you’ll love my Chai Spice Baked Oatmeal and my Carrot Cake Oatmeal Bake.

Are baked oats good for you?

Apple Butter Baked Oatmeal is perfectly baked and cut into squares

Certainly, this Apple Butter Baked Oats recipe if full of wholesome ingredients!

Oats – Make sure you opt for rolled or quick oats!

Apples – I love using honey crisp apples, personally!

Flax Seeds – You won’t even be able to taste that these are in here!

Coconut Oil – I prefer to opt for coconut oil over butter- but to each their own.

Walnuts – Walnuts pair perfectly with baked apple treats! If you want a nuttier treat- toast the walnuts first.

How can I add protein to oatmeal naturally?

Apple Butter Baked Oatmeal is perfectly baked and stacked on top of each other on parchment paper

Unquestionably, it’s important to get in enough protein for breakfast – it’s part of what keeps you fuller longer, with sustained energy.

First thing to remember, is that there is protein in the oats, the nuts, and likely the milk you use to make the oats.

However, you can also add:

  • Protein powder or collagen peptides within the baked oats
  • Greek yogurt on the side
  • Chia seed or hemp hearts on top
  • Any additionally nuts and seeds

In general, all are great options to fortify your breakfast!

What apples to use for baking?

Overall, I love granny smith and/or honey crisp! Particularly, the sweet and tart kind is the best to balance the overall nutty flavors in the muffins.

In addition, the most important factor is that the apples are crisp – this allows them to keep their composure in the oven when baking.

Any fresh apples you get from apple picking would taste amazing!

What Apple Butter to use?

Apple butter baked oats are being served on a small plate with icecream and drizzled with maple syrup

I recommend you try my Instant Pot Apple Butter – all you need is apple, apple cider, maple syrup, lemon juice, and some spice.

On the other hand, you can also use any store-bought apple butter! If you choose a no-sugar apple butter or make my recipe sugar-free, you can then adjust the maple syrup amount to taste.

Finally, you can also use apple sauce! The texture will not be the same, but it works in a pinch!

What kind of oats do you use for baking?

In this case, we use rolled oats for our baked oatmeal! In truth, I find that they give the best chewy consistency to our bake. Additionally, quick oats are interchangeable.  

However, if you hate the texture of oatmeal, you can also blend your oats into a flour and the bake will be a lot smoother.

On the other hand, I do not recommend using steel-cut oats. Steel-cut oats require more cooking than rolled oats and are often used for more hearty recipes.

Ingredient for Apple Butter Oatmeal Bake

Ingredients are laid out for the apple butter baked oats

This oatmeal bake has the best ingredients to get your day started with lots of energy and delicious-ness:

Apple Butter Oatmeal Bake

Milk, of your choice

Oats, rolled

Flax seeds

Apple butter

Maple syrup

Apple pie spice

Baking powder, optional

Apples, chopped

Walnuts, optional

Caramel Apple Toppings

Apples, small cubes

Coconut oil

Pecans, optional and chopped

Coconut sugar

Apple pie spice

How to make Apple Butter Oatmeal Bake

Begin, by preheating your oven to 350 F.

Step 1: Make the Caramel Apple Topping

First, mix the cubed apples, coconut sugar, coconut oil, apple pie spice, and chopped pecans (optional) in a bowl.

Then, set the mixed toppings aside.

Step 2: Mix the Dry Ingredients with the Wet Ingredients

Ingredients are being mixed together to make the apple butter baked oats

Then, in a big bowl, mix the oats, walnuts, ground flax, cinnamon, baking powder, and apple pie spice for the baked oats.

Following, add the milk of your choice, apple butter, and maple syrup and stir well.

Afterwards, pour into a greased or lined 8×8 baking dish.

Ingredients are being mixed together to make the apple butter baked oats- and then poured into an 8x8 pan

Step 3: Assemble

Ingredients are being mixed together to make the apple butter baked oat topping- and then poured onto the mixture in the 8x8 pan

Then, add the caramel apple topping on top of your oatmeal in the 8×8 baking dish.

Step 4: Bake

Finally, bake for 37 – 40 minutes or until the middle is set.

Tips on Making the Best apple Butter Oatmeal Bake

In my oatmeal bake recipe testing, I’ve found a few helpful tips:

  • Softer Apples – depending on your preferences, you can cook the apple cubes in a pan with 1 – 2 tbsp of coconut oil to soften before adding to the batter
  • Variation – oatmeal bake can be anything you like. Feel free to add chocolate chips, chia seeds, omit the nuts, or even mix in some almond butter. Without a doubt, this is one of the most customizable breakfast recipes.
  • Reheat – you can place a square of oatmeal bake on a plate, drizzle it with a little milk of your choice, and then reheat for 30 sec. This makes it super warm and moist.

How to Serve Apple Butter Oatmeal Bake

Apple butter baked oats are being served on a small plate with icecream and drizzled with maple syrup

Certainly, this Apple Butter Oatmeal Bake tastes heavenly on its own.

Likewise, it tastes even better with any of the following:

A cup of coffee

Yogurt

Ice cream

Maple syrup

Granola

Nut butter

Let me know how you enjoy this delicious breakfast!

How to Store Apple Butter Oatmeal Bake

Particularly, this recipe lasts on the kitchen counter for a day. Then, its best to store in the fridge for 5-6 days.

Can you freeze baked oatmeal?

YES, you CAN freeze baked oats!

In this case, freeze them in individual squares. This will give you the perfect serving sizes for breakfast.

Simply reheat them for 30 seconds, or until your desired temperature in your microwave.

Want to see any other oatmeal bake recipes? Leave a comment below

Apple butter baked oats are being served on a small plate with icecream and drizzled with maple syrup
Apple Butter Baked Oatmeal is perfectly baked and stacked on top of each other on parchment paper

Get the recipe:Apple Butter Oatmeal Bake

This Apple Butter Oatmeal Bake is packed with fall spice, soft baked oats, and crunchy apples. The perfect on-the-go or meal prep breakfast or dessert. Freezer-friendly.
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Ingredients

Apple Butter Oatmeal Bake Base

  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 2/3 cups rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup apple butter
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup*
  • 1 tbsp apple pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder, optional
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped apples
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, optional, omit for nut free

Caramel Apple Toppings

  • 1/4- 1/2 cup small, cubed apples
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans, omit for nut free
  • 1 – 2 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tsp apple pie spice

Instructions 

  • Preheat your oven to 350 F.
  • Mix the cubed apples, coconut sugar, coconut oil, apple pie spice, and chopped pecans (optional) in a bowl. Set the mixed toppings aside.
  • In a big bowl, mix the oats, walnuts, ground flax, cinnamon, baking powder, and apple pie spice for the baked oats.
  • Add the milk of your choice, apple butter, and maple syrup, and stir well.
  • Pour into a greased or lined 8×8 baking dish.
  • Add the caramel apple topping on top of your oatmeal in the 8×8 baking dish.
  • Bake for 37 – 40 minutes or until the middle is set.

Notes

*vary the maple syrup amount based on you sweet preferences
Serving: 1g, Calories: 234kcal, Carbohydrates: 35g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 3mg, Sodium: 51mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 18g

The Nutrition Facts above are specific to the ingredients I chose to use for this recipe, which may vary.