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This Vegan Apple Pie Baked Oatmeal is cozy, warm, and chock full of Fall vibes. Made with sweet apples and rolled oats, this healthy meal prepped breakfast will warm your tummy and satisfy you for several hours with minimal effort.
Hey Internet, have you ever had baked oatmeal? It’s absolutely amazing.
I’m not the biggest fan of traditional oatmeal (although I have developed quite an obsession with overnight oats), but baking it takes it to another level, a level that’s an awful lot like cake.
While not quite as fluffy as cake because we are keeping the oats intact, this baked oatmeal has the density and mouthfeel of a baked good (but it’s secretly super healthy), and it’s perfect for colder weather because it sticks to your ribs and makes you feel all warm and happy inside (or maybe that’s just me).
Wait is it oatmeal, cake, or pie?
I call it vegan apple pie baked oatmeal because it has all the flavors of a delicious apple pie. The oats actually take on a bit of a streusel quality, and the apples get all baked and soft just like in a real pie.
I also LOVE Fall, and while I do appreciate a good pumpkin recipe or two like this vegan pumpkin bread (link), for me, apples are where the Fall vibes are truly at. That’s why I’ve come up with this Vegan Apple Pie Baked Oatmeal!
While I’m more of a savory breakfast kinda gal, this baked oatmeal makes me question every breakfast I’ve had as an adult (I usually wouldn’t even eat breakfast a kid). It has all the amazing warm and comforting tastes of fall, but I’d definitely eat this any time of year, served hot or cold!
It truly feels like a dessert, and you could definitely enjoy it as one (I recommend topping it with some vegan vanilla ice cream or nice cream, made from frozen bananas). Dessert for breakfast sounds kind of naughty, but it doesn’t have to be.
This whole food plant based breakfast is completely wholesome and healthy, so feel free to enjoy whenever! I also often enjoy mine with a scoop of vegan yogurt and some fresh fruit on top!
Alright, this baked oatmeal is super easy and simple, so let’s talk about the ingredients and how-to.
What You’ll Need
This baked oatmeal can be made with literally any type of apple (or even any type of fruit -- it’s great in summer with berries!). I particularly like making it with red apples like Fuji or Honeycrisp (omg).
But I will say that if you have apples that are mealy or not sweet, it’s great to throw them in this recipe since there is additional sweetness from the maple syrup.
That being said, if you don’t want to add sweetener to this recipe, feel free to leave it out entirely. This recipe is super customizable.
If you are gluten-free, make sure you get certified gluten-free rolled oats (also known as old fashioned oats).
I topped mine with raisins and pecans but you could certainly use any dried fruit or nut. This would also be great with chopped dates and walnuts!
You’ll also need a few other things like non-dairy milk (any will work), baking powder, the juice of a lemon which really brightens the flavors, some cinnamon because it goes so well with apples, some vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt which is optional, but it really brings out the flavor in oats.
How to Make Vegan Apple Pie Baked Oatmeal
First, preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit or 190 Celsius) and get out a large bowl.
Mix your dry ingredients in the bowl, form a well in the center, and add in the wet ingredients, stirring to combine.
Transfer the mixture to a large baking dish and use a spatula to smooth the mixture down and make even, or press down lightly with your hands.
It’s OK if a little liquid sits on top. If there’s a lot, as in, it’s sloshing if you jiggle the dish, sprinkle a small handful of extra rolled oats and press them down so they start to absorb that extra liquid.
Sprinkle on your raisins and pecans (or whatever fruit and nut you like) and lightly press again.
Bake uncovered for 35-40 minutes, or until lightly browned on top.
Serve hot or cold. I like to serve this warm with a scoop of vanilla nice cream for a truly decadent-only-in-taste, healthy breakfast, or with some plain vegan yogurt and fruit for a lighter option.
Refrigerate leftovers either in an airtight container or cover the baking dish with foil for up to 6 days.
Great for Meal Prep
I like to make this baked oatmeal on Sunday and store it in the fridge all week for super easy, portable breakfasts. Just pop it into a small container, grab a fork or spoon and warm it up (if desired) when you get to work or school.
It also freezes well. For best results reheat in a toaster oven or air fryer, but defrosting and microwaving will still be tasty. :)
Other Easy Breakfasts
Breakfast is one of those meals I really don’t like to cook for. Unless we’re talking brunch, and I’m making something fancy (but still pretty easy) like Vegan Tofu Eggs Benedict, I want it to be fast and stupid-easy, like one of the following:
As always, I hope you love this breakfast recipe–I know I do, and Mr. Zardyplants does too.
This Vegan Apple Pie Baked Oatmeal is:
- And basically a hug in a bowl!
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