Have you ever tried baked oatmeal? It’s sort of dense, very soft, and very filling. They are made with oats and some add-ins like fruits and nuts. They make a great grab-and-go breakfast if you cut them into bars. I prefer to serve my healthy baked apple oatmeal breakfast bars warm with a little coconut milk over the top.
Since I’m the wellness coordinator for my building at my day job, I was able to have a healthy food truck (Kickback Coffee) visit. She had lots of delicious food, from baked oatmeal to pork Bahn mi sandwiches. Her baked oatmeal was amazing and I had been craving it ever since!
AND she roasts her own coffee beans. I honestly haven’t had coffee that good in at least 9 years when I was in Italy! I can’t wait to have her come back!
Healthy Baked Apple Oatmeal Breakfast is easy to make, and so customizable!
If you are a fan of breakfast cookies, you’ll love my Healthy Baked Apple Oatmeal Breakfast bars! They are soft, rich, and delicious.
I had leftover naughty granola that needed to be eaten, so I decided to use it to make baked oatmeal. My naughty granola has lots of ingredients like apricots, nuts, coconut, and other delicious fixings mixed in, so it made my baked oatmeal even yummier! It was inspired by the book Dead Pirates of Cawsand, Blue Moon Investigations Book 5 ~ by Steve Higgs. Don’t worry, you can make this recipe without granola!
Healthy Baked Apple Oatmeal Breakfast Bars
- 9X9 baking pan can use 2 8X8 for thinner bars
- medium bowl *microwavable
- sharp knife
The Oats – Use 2 1/2 -3 cups of oats, or granola or a combination of both! It's up to you
- 2 cup oats *rolled oats (not quick cooking)
- 1 cup granola or use more oats
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1½ tsp pumpkin pie spice optional / or cinnamon, or apple pie spice
- ½ tsp allspice optional
- ⅛ tsp salt pinch
- ¾ cup Greek yogurt
- ¾ cup water
- ¼ cup maple syrup or agave, or use 2 tbsp honey plus 2 tbsp water
- ¼ cup orange juice *optional, or use water
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 3 large eggs large eggs or four small
- cooking spray oil
The add-ins /toppings are all optional and totally customizable!
- ½ cup almonds chopped
- ½ cup dried apricots diced
- ½ cup mixed raisins or any dried fruit, cranberries, cherries
- 1 apple peeled and diced small, into 1/4” cubes
- ⅓ cup sweetened shredded coconut flakes
- Preheat your oven to 350℉
- Line your baking dish with parchment paper, leaving two long sides, as handles to remove the bars after they have baked. Spray with baking spray, or grease with some coconut oil and set aside.
- Reserve some dry add-ins to sprinkle over the top, then add all the dry ingredients, oats, spices and all the dried optional ingredients you would like to a large bowl. Use your hands to break up any dried fruit that sticks together.
- In a medium-sized microwavable bowl, stir together the Greek yogurt, water, maple syrup, OJ, and add in the coconut oil.
- Microwave the wet ingredients in 30 second increments until warm.
- Add the vanilla to the wet ingredients and stir it all into the dry ingredients.
- Taste and adjust for sweetness. If you used all oats, you may want more maple syrup or add a dash of honey, or brown sugar. If you use granola, it may be sweet enough.
- Crack the eggs into the wet ingredient bowl and whisk until frothy, then stir them into the oatmeal.
- Spread the oatmeal mixture evenly into the prepared pan and add any toppings. I use crushed biscotti, apricots and coconut! Press them down into the oatmeal gently.
- Bake for 25-35 minutes or until firm to the touch. *Allow it to cool in the pan for at least ten minutes.
- Either cut in the pan or use the parchment "handles" to remove the baked oatmeal to a cutting surface and cut into bars.
- I recommend serving warm with a drizzle of coconut milk over the top! Simply place a bar on a plate or bowl, drizzle a bit of milk and microwave for about 30 seconds. Try a sprinkle of cinnamon on top!
If you love grab-and-go breakfast, try my chocolate chip cherry cookies, or my bacon peanut butter banana cookies!