This Easy Baked Oatmeal Recipe is sponsored by Mariani™ Family Orchards, all thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.
My friends, this is officially the very best Baked Oatmeal Recipe EVER. Made with chia, flax, and hemp seeds, rolled oats, pears, pomegranate arils, and golden raisins, this baked oatmeal is easily customizable depending on the season and completely dairy-free when prepared with delicious and creamy Mariani Walnutmilk.Jump to Recipe
I’m going to admit something. When I first heard about baking oatmeal I was skeptical. I imagined it would be a gummier, drier version of stove-top oatmeal that would be impossible to reheat in the case of leftovers. As a result, I avoided baked oatmeal and stuck to the oatmeal dishes I knew and loved. Until one day I decided I would give it a try…just to see.
Well, I am here today to tell you that I was so totally wrong about baked oatmeal. In fact, this warm and cozy (not to mention super healthy!) breakfast, lunch, or dinner has officially made its way to my top 5 favorite breakfast recipes and even one of my favorite things to re-heat for leftovers the next day.
Besides, the holidays are coming. This baked oatmeal recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan. Need I say more?
Ingredients in this Baked Oatmeal Recipe
- Coconut oil
- Gluten-free rolled oats
- Chia seeds
- Hemp seeds
- Flax seeds
- Ground cinnamon
- Pomegranate Arils
- Golden raisins
- Mariani Walnutmilk
- Maple Syrup
- Brown Sugar
- Your very favorite nut butter
What you need to make Baked Oatmeal
To make the very best baked oatmeal, you will need a few essential ingredients.
- An oven-safe skillet or baking dish.
- Rolled oats (not steel cut oats). Make sure to purchase gluten-free rolled oats if you are sensitive to gluten.
- Seeds. I recommend chia seeds, flax seeds, and hemp seeds. All were used in this recipe, but if you had to choose just one, I would pick the chia seeds.
- Milk. I used dairy-free Mariani Walnutmilk since it is soooo creamy…minus the cream. However, use whatever you can get your hands on.
- Fruit, sweetener, or both. We’ll talk more about this below.
These are the bare essentials when it comes to the wondrous world of baked oatmeal.
Before you get started making your very own oatmeal skillet, you need to decide- what will go in it?
WHAT IS WALNUTMILK?
Walnutmilk is a plant-based non-dairy milk alternative and it is delicious. You may recall these Middle Eastern Curried Lamb Meatballs also made with Mariani Walnutmilk. Made from walnuts, this recipe uses none other than California-grown Mariani Vanilla Walnutmilk.
What exactly makes Mariani Walnutmilk so awesome?
- It’s a rich source of calcium.
- Significantly less sugar than dairy milk or other plant-based milk (1 cup of Original Mariani Walnutmilk has 4 grams of sugar, Unsweetened has 0 grams, and Vanilla has 8 grams).
- Only 45 calories per eight-ounce serving.
- Walnuts are a significant source of ALA, a plant-based omega-3 fatty acid that has been found to benefit heart health.
- Mariani Walnutmilk is gluten, dairy, lactose, and soy-free.
- No artificial colors, flavors, or carrageenan.
- And it’s made with 100% California-grown walnuts.
Suggested Baked Oatmeal Toppings
- Fruit. I like to think of a pie or a crumble. What fruit would I most like to eat with either of those desserts? The obvious answer, for me, is berries, apples, pears, peaches, pumpkin, pomegranates. I highly recommend mixing several different fruits together if you can’t decide.
- Dried fruit. Originally I hadn’t planned to add the golden raisins to this baked oatmeal recipe. However, after adding the first layer of oats I knew it would tie the whole dish together. Other dried fruit options include cranberries or figs.
- Seeds. Chia seeds, hemp seeds, and flax seeds are all so super healthy a good for your body I don’t see why anyone wouldn’t add these to the oatmeal recipe. Unless, of course, you really dislike them. If, however, you do, then I highly recommend you mix ’em in there. Or at least pick one.
- Nuts. Yes! Nuts. Literally, go nuts. Almonds, walnuts, cashews, the sky is the limit.
- Spices. This is entirely up to you. I added a small amount of cinnamon because this baked oatmeal practically screams autumn (and so does cinnamon). A small pinch of nutmeg would also taste great.
How to make Baked Oatmeal
Note. For this recipe, I added the oats, seeds, pears, and dried fruit in layers. The order follows: oats/seeds/pears/nuts+dried fruit/oats/seeds/pears/nuts+dried fruit/oats, you don’t have to follow this order, however, I find that in order to ensure that each bite gets a little bit of everything, this is the best way to add everything to the skillet or dish.
Plus, it looks really pretty.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and oil skillet or baking dish.
- In a small bowl mix together the salt, chia seeds, hemp seeds, flax seeds, and cinnamon.
- Sprinkle one-third of the oats into the skillet. Directly on top of the oats sprinkle half of the seed mixture.
- Arrange pear slices over the top of the oats and seeds and top with half of the walnuts and half of the raisins.
- Top with the remaining oats.
- Sprinkle with the pomegranate arils.
- In a large measuring cup or mixing bowl whisk together the Walnutmilk with the maple syrup.
- Add half of the Walnutmilk and maple syrup mixture to the oats. Allow the oats to absorb the milk for 1-2 minutes before adding the remaining milk. Sprinkle with brown sugar, if desired.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes.
Tips and Tricks for making the best baked oatmeal
- Add a fruit or fruits you actually really love to eat.
- Or don’t add any at all. If you’re not a fan of mushy fruit, that’s ok. You don’t HAVE to add fruit to baked oatmeal. Fruit, however, is a great way to add natural sweetness which is why I tend to load it up.
- Be sure to add enough milk. This one can be tricky since oatmeal and chia seeds are so darn absorbent. My guess is that assuming you’ve added the chia, hemp, and flax seeds, in additional to rolled oats, you’ll have a hard time adding too much milk (just make sure you’re using the right size pan).
- Mix your favorite nut butter with milk and a little hot water to make a sweet drizzly sauce to go over the top. Optional, but delicious.
- Serve the hot, just out of the oven baked oatmeal with ice-cold milk and fresh sliced fruit. OMG, you guys.
Why I think this is the best baked oatmeal recipe ever
Of course, I may be biased since I cooked it. However, if you recall, when I first made this recipe I had little faith in baked oatmeal at all, so obviously, this had to be pretty darn good for me to like it so much.
Anyway, here’s a list of why I love it and why I think you’ll love it too.
- Dump (or layer) and bake. That’s it. No stirring or watching. It’s a very low maintenance oatmeal dish.
- It can feed a crowd. The holidays are coming and this easy dish will feed a large group. You can even prepare several smaller baked oatmeal skillets with different fruits to give variety.
- You can be fancy without trying. And that, my friends, is always my goal in cooking.
- It stores well in the refrigerator and reheats in the microwave beautifully. I ate this two nights in a row for dinner. The second night I reheated a bowl in the microwave and served with ice cold milk. It was so delicious I got seconds.
- It’s healthy. I don’t care what anyone says- Walnutmilk, chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds, and rolled oats are all incredibly good for you. The only thing that could have made this baked oatmeal healthier was fewer raisins (since they have quite a bit of sugar) or no added sugar at all.
- Easily customizable. Add what you love, leave out what you don’t.
- Delicious year round!
Don’t forget to check out these other awesome oat recipes
- DIY Healthy Instant Oatmeal Recipe (Breakfast Meal Prep)
- Buckwheat Oatmeal Breakfast Bowl
- Blueberry Yogurt Oatmeal Muffins
- Vanilla Overnight Oats Breakfast Bowl
- Pumpkin Pie Yogurt Overnight Oats
- Easy Pumpkin Pecan Oatmeal
- Chocolate Chunk Almond Butter Oatmeal Cookies
- Soft and Chewy Cranberry Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
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This is officially the very best Baked Oatmeal Recipe EVER. Made with chia, flax, and hemp seeds, rolled oats, pears, pomegranate arils, and golden raisins, this baked oatmeal is easily customizable depending on the season and completely dairy-free when prepared with delicious and creamy Mariani Walnutmilk.
- 2 tbsp Coconut oil
- 1 tsp salt
- 3 tbsp chia seeds
- 3 tbsp hemp seeds
- 3 tbsp flax seeds
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 cups Gluten-free rolled oats
- 3 large firm-ripe pears sliced into ¼-inch thick wedges
- 1/2 cup Walnuts chopped
- 1 cup golden raisins divided
- 1/2 cup pomegranates plus more for serving
- 4 cups Mariani Vanilla Walnutmilk plus more for serving
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tbsp brown sugar optional
- 1/2 cup Nut butter of choice (walnut, cashew, almond, peanut)
- 1/4 cup Vanilla Walnutmilk or water
- 2 tbsp maple syrup optional
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Heat the coconut oil in a large 10-inch oven-safe cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Swirl the coconut oil to fully coat the bottom and sides of the skillet. Remove from heat.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl mix together the salt, chia seeds, hemp seeds, flax seeds, and cinnamon. Set aside.
Sprinkle approximately one-third of the oats directly into the bottom of the skillet in an even layer. Directly on top of the oats sprinkle half of the seed mixture. Arrange pear slices over the top of the oats and seeds and top with half of the walnuts and half of the raisins.
Repeat the above process. Start with one-third of the oats, followed by the remaining seed mixture. Slice the pears in half and then slice each half into ¼-inch thick slices lengthwise, making sure to remove seeds (see images). Arrange the pears on top of the oats.
Arrange the remaining oats, walnuts, and raisins around the pears and sprinkle with the pomegranate arils.
In a large measuring cup or mixing bowl whisk together the Vanilla Walnutmilk with the maple syrup.
Add half of the Walnutmilk and maple syrup mixture to the oats. Allow the oats to absorb the milk for 1-2 minutes before adding the remaining milk. Sprinkle with brown sugar, if desired.
Transfer skillet to the oven and bake for approximately 35-40 minutes.
As the oatmeal bakes, prepare the Walnutmilk Cream Sauce. Add the nut butter to a medium bowl and microwave at 10-second intervals until warm and easy to stir. Slowly whisk in the Walnutmilk until desired consistency is reached. If you prefer a sweeter cream sauce, add additional maple syrup as needed.
Remove skillet from the oven and serve drizzled with Walnutmilk cream sauce, additional pomegranates, sliced plums, pears, and Vanilla Walnutmilk, if desired. Enjoy!