Apple Butter Oatmeal Bake
This Apple Butter Oatmeal Bake is packed with fall spice, soft baked oats, and crunchy apples. The perfect healthy 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.
Specifically, I’m obsessed with this recipe because its full of healthy fats, proteins, and carbs. 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.
Are baked oats healthy?
Certainly, this Apple Butter Baked Oats recipe if full of wholesome ingredients!
Oats – a great whole grain source and source of carbs and fiber. In addition, they are higher in protein than most other grains.
Learn more about the health benefits of oats here.
Apples – a great source of vitamins C and E as well as other antioxidants. Significantly, they are super filling because they are a great source of fiber and water content.
Learn more about the health benefits of apples here.
Flax Seeds – are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which help reduce inflammation and support heart health. Additionally, it’s been shown to lower blood pressure due to its soluble fiber content.
Learn more about the health benefits of flax seeds here.
Coconut Oil – high in MCTs, which provide a rapid source of energy for your body and also produce ketones, which keep you fuller for longer.
Learn more about the health benefits of coconut oil here.
Walnuts – a great source of omega-3s and healthy fats!
Learn more about the health benefits of walnuts here.
How can I add protein to oatmeal naturally?
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?
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
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
Apple pie spice
Baking powder, optional
Caramel Apple Toppings
Apples, small cubes
Pecans, optional and chopped
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
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.
Step 3: Assemble
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
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
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.
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Get the recipe:Apple Butter Oatmeal Bake
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
- 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.
The Nutrition Facts above are specific to the ingredients I chose to use for this recipe, which may vary.