Baked Oatmeal

You’ll be blown away by the flavor of this baked oatmeal! It’s so easy to make and endlessly versatile: a true go-to recipe. Vegan variation, too! Here’s a recipe that’s so full of cozy-spiced flavor, you’ll wonder where it’s been all your life. Meet this incredible easy baked oatmeal! Here’s that perfect breakfast or brunch recipe you search for when you have house guests to impress. But guess what? It also works for quick mornings! Bake up a pan in advance and then grab a square to go. It’s beyond easy, and the combination of the cinnamon, allspice and maple makes magic. In fact, we could not stop eating it. It’s that irresistible! So beware when you whip up a pan. Here’s what you need to know about the basic recipe, and a vegan baked oatmeal variation, too. Ingredients in the best baked oatmeal This baked oatmeal recipe is pretty ideal, if you ask us. First of all, it uses all ingredients we normally have in our pantry and fridge. It’s gluten free, and we’ve got a vegan variation too. We also created this recipe to taste like our favorite Maple Pecan Granola, so there’s that. It’s got just the […]

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You’ll be blown away by the flavor of this baked oatmeal! It’s so easy to make and endlessly versatile: a true go-to recipe. Vegan variation, too!

Baked oatmeal

Here’s a recipe that’s so full of cozy-spiced flavor, you’ll wonder where it’s been all your life. Meet this incredible easy baked oatmeal! Here’s that perfect breakfast or brunch recipe you search for when you have house guests to impress. But guess what? It also works for quick mornings! Bake up a pan in advance and then grab a square to go. It’s beyond easy, and the combination of the cinnamon, allspice and maple makes magic. In fact, we could not stop eating it. It’s that irresistible! So beware when you whip up a pan. Here’s what you need to know about the basic recipe, and a vegan baked oatmeal variation, too.

Ingredients in the best baked oatmeal

This baked oatmeal recipe is pretty ideal, if you ask us. First of all, it uses all ingredients we normally have in our pantry and fridge. It’s gluten free, and we’ve got a vegan variation too. We also created this recipe to taste like our favorite Maple Pecan Granola, so there’s that. It’s got just the right cozy-spiced flavor, gooey but set texture, and the apple is the perfect fruit for baked oatmeal (in our opinion). The main ingredients for baked oatmeal are:

  • Rolled or old fashioned oats: Do not substitute steel cut oats, as they have a much different texture! Instead, go to Baked Steel Cut Oatmeal.
  • Pecan pieces or other nuts
  • Cinnamon, allspice, and vanilla
  • Baking powder
  • Egg
  • Milk
  • Maple syrup
  • Apple or other fruit (see below)
Baked oatmeal

Use any type of fresh or dried fruit!

Here’s the great thing about baked oatmeal: it’s endlessly customizable! You can make it with any type of fresh or dried fruit. Over here we think apples are perfect for baked oatmeal because they meld into the texture well and enhance the overall flavor. We’re not raisin fans in our baked oatmeal, but we’ll leave that up to you! You can use 1 cup of any type of fresh or dried fruit for your oatmeal, like:

  • Chopped apples
  • Chopped pears
  • Sliced bananas
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Sliced strawberries
  • Raisins
  • Dried cranberries
  • Dried cherries
Baked oatmeal

Use any nut (or omit)

You can also use any type of nut in your baked oatmeal recipe! We prefer pecans because it reminds us of our favorite maple pecan granola: but you can leave the nuts out and it’s just as good! It’s nice to have a crunch and the added plant-based protein, though. Here are a few other ideas for nuts or seeds to use in baked oatmeal:

  • Pecans
  • Almonds: chopped, slivered or sliced
  • Walnuts
  • Pistachios
  • Pumpkin seeds

The secret to this baked oatmeal: allspice

This baked oatmeal has just the right blend of spices! There’s the ever-present cinnamon, of course. But the kicker? Allspice. It’s got just the right hint of intrigue that makes taking each bite irresistible. If you don’t have allspice on hand, it’s worth getting for this recipe: trust us!

Don’t want to make a trip to the store? You can omit it, or use the same amount of ground ginger. Just make sure to try it with allspice the next time, ok?

How to make baked oatmeal

Vegan variation

This recipe is easy to make into vegan baked oatmeal! Here are a few simple swaps you can make to make this into a vegan breakfast:

  • Use a flax egg instead of egg. A flax egg is simple to make with ground flax seed and water, a trick used in lots of vegan baked goods.
  • Use your favorite non-dairy milk. Almond milk and oat milk are the most common in our refrigerator.
  • Use coconut oil instead of butter. Pour over a little melted coconut oil and maple syrup for the final flavoring.

Make ahead instructions for baked oatmeal

Here’s one thing to note about this baked oatmeal recipe: do not make the entire pan in advance and refrigerate overnight! Some recipes like overnight oats call for this, but don’t attempt it here. The problem? The oats will absorb all the liquid and be much too dry. You can mix up the wets and dries separately and store in separate containers (with the wets refrigerated), then pour them together in the morning and bake.

The easiest way to make this for healthy breakfasts throughout the week? Make up a pan on a Sunday night, then refrigerate it for eating off of throughout the week. You can refrigerate leftovers for up to 1 week, and re-warm them in a 300 degree oven or the microwave.

Vegan baked oatmeal

More oatmeal recipes

Oatmeal is our whole grain breakfast of choice around here, if you haven’t noticed! If you love this baked oatmeal recipe, here are a few more of our basic oatmeal recipes to check out:

  • Best Oatmeal Here’s the very best oatmeal recipe that we make every day, vegan and plant based with tasty peanut butter and jelly toppings.
  • Easy Instant Pot Oatmeal Pressure cooker oatmeal is an easy breakfast! Made with rolled oats, toasted until fragrant then cooked for just 3 minutes.
  • Instant Oatmeal DIY genius for a quick healthy breakfast: it’s cheaper, healthier, and tastier than store bought packets.
  • Cherry Cardamom Baked Oatmeal One of our best loved breakfast recipes. It’s delicious, simple to make, naturally sweet, vegan, and gluten-free.
  • Carrot Cake Baked Steel Cut Oatmeal This cozy oatmeal is carrot cake flavored, with cozy spices and pecans.

This baked oatmeal recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free. For vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free, see the swaps below.

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Baked oatmeal

Easy Baked Oatmeal


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 6 to 8
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

You’ll be blown away by the flavor of this baked oatmeal! It’s so easy to make and endlessly versatile: a true go-to recipe. Vegan variation listed.


Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup pecan pieces (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 apple, cut into small cubes (or 1 cup blueberries, raspberries, raisins, or dried cranberries)
  • 1 large egg (or flax egg for vegan)
  • 2 cups milk or non-dairy milk
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup, plus 1 tablespoon for drizzling
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter (coconut oil, for vegan)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.*
  2. Butter an 8 x 8″ or 9 x 9″ pan. In a medium bowl, mix together the rolled oats, pecan pieces, baking powder, cinnamon, allspice, and kosher salt.
  3. Dump the dries into the prepared pan. Add the diced apple in a layer on top.
  4. In the same bowl, whisk the egg, then add the milk, maple syrup, and vanilla. Slowly drizzle the milk mixture over the oats. Shake the pan to make sure it gets evenly incorporated.
  5. Bake 40 to 45 minutes until the top is nicely golden and the oat mixture has set. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes.
  6. Before serving, melt the butter with the remaining 1 tablespoon maple syrup (in the microwave or on the stove). Drizzle the butter evenly over the top and serve. Store leftovers refrigerated for up to 1 week: reheat in a 300 degree oven or microwave until warm.

Notes

*Make ahead instructions: do not make the entire pan in advance and refrigerate overnight because the oats will absorb all the liquid. You can mix up the wets and dries separately and store in separate containers (with the wets refrigerated), then pour them together in the morning and bake.

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Baked oatmeal, Vegan baked oatmeal

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Apple Cinnamon Crumb Muffins

Apple cinnamon muffins with a sweet and buttery cinnamon crumb topping. These muffins are easy to make and are great for breakfast or snack time. Muffins are one of my favorite things to bake! I love that they double as a breakfast and snack and they’r…

Apple cinnamon muffins with a sweet and buttery cinnamon crumb topping. These muffins are easy to make and are great for breakfast or snack time. Muffins are one of my favorite things to bake! I love that they double as a breakfast and snack and they’re so good for days when you’re on the go.…

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Homemade Orange Bitters

Bitters are used in a number of cocktails. Even if you can’t strongly perceive them while you’re sipping your drink, like salt, lemon zest, and vanilla, bitters are used to balance the flavors in the glass, providing a gentle undernote to bolster or as a contrast to flavors, rather than domineering or taking center stage. When writing Drinking French* I kept in mind that most…

Bitters are used in a number of cocktails. Even if you can’t strongly perceive them while you’re sipping your drink, like salt, lemon zest, and vanilla, bitters are used to balance the flavors in the glass, providing a gentle undernote to bolster or as a contrast to flavors, rather than domineering or taking center stage.

When writing Drinking French* I kept in mind that most people either didn’t have access to a wide variety of bitters, or didn’t want to amass a line-up of little bottles of bitters at home just to make one cocktail. Although sometimes, a certain bitter does make a difference. So a few times, I nudged readers who might want to expand their flavor horizons towards a particular bitter, such as eucalyptus or salted chocolate. But in the overall picture, I like to give choices when writing a recipe in a book, so as many people ca make it as possible.

My fallback bitters are orange and aromatic (Angostura) because I wanted to make sure to use ones that people could easily find. Heck, I’ve even seen Angostura being sold in French supermarkets, as well as at Target stores in the U.S. So there’s really not that much of a barrier to getting your hands on a bottle.

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Mulled Cider

Mulled cider is the very best cozy drink! Infused with spices like cinnamon and cloves, you can make it in a slow cooker or on the stove. Here’s a recipe for gray days and chilly evenings by the fire: mulled cider! Not only will it lift your spirits, it makes your kitchen smell like a candle shop. Alex and I made it for friends the other day, and instantly everyone gathered around the pot, chattering and cupping their hands around the warm mugs. Yes, it cultivates community too! Mulled cider is great for entertaining (like Thanksgiving and Christmas), and it’s easy to make on the stove or a slow cooker. Ready to get started? What are mulled cider spices? Mulled cider is made with whole spices, which infuse the entire drink with that signature cozy flavor. If you taste straight apple cider, you’ll find the flavor is crisp and apple forward. But after simmering with mulling spices, the flavor blossoms into something warm and spiced. Because dried and ground spices would end up making the drink cloudy, you’ll use whole spices for the simmering. Mulled cider spices include: Cinnamon sticks Cloves Allspice berries Whole nutmeg Star anise Star anise is the […]

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Mulled cider is the very best cozy drink! Infused with spices like cinnamon and cloves, you can make it in a slow cooker or on the stove.

Mulled cider

Here’s a recipe for gray days and chilly evenings by the fire: mulled cider! Not only will it lift your spirits, it makes your kitchen smell like a candle shop. Alex and I made it for friends the other day, and instantly everyone gathered around the pot, chattering and cupping their hands around the warm mugs. Yes, it cultivates community too! Mulled cider is great for entertaining (like Thanksgiving and Christmas), and it’s easy to make on the stove or a slow cooker. Ready to get started?

Mulled cider

What are mulled cider spices?

Mulled cider is made with whole spices, which infuse the entire drink with that signature cozy flavor. If you taste straight apple cider, you’ll find the flavor is crisp and apple forward. But after simmering with mulling spices, the flavor blossoms into something warm and spiced. Because dried and ground spices would end up making the drink cloudy, you’ll use whole spices for the simmering. Mulled cider spices include:

  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Cloves
  • Allspice berries
  • Whole nutmeg
  • Star anise

Star anise is the most unique of all these mulled cider spices. It’s star-shaped and is available at most grocery stores. If you can’t find it, you can also buy star anise online.

Mulled cider spices

Tips for making the best mulled cider

While mulled cider isn’t rocket science, there are a few things to keep in mind when making this cozy drink. Here’s what makes this recipe your new go-to:

  • Toast the spices first. Toasting the spices for a few minutes in the pot or a skillet helps to release even more of their flavor during the simmering time. (This kick starts the incredible aroma!)
  • Garnish last. If you cook mulled cider with fruit like orange slices and apple slices, they’ll fall to the bottom and the color will fade. Instead, use them as a garnish after cooking: it looks beautiful for serving!
  • Strain if desired. Some brands of apple cider have some particulate in the bottom of the jug. This is completely expected! You can strain off any particulate that rises to the top, or just stir to re-incorporate it.
Mulled cider

Three methods: Stovetop, Slow Cooker, Instant Pot!

There are a few different ways to make mulled cider: each have pros and cons! Here’s a breakdown:

  • Stovetop method: The quickest! Only takes 1 hour. The only thing is you’ll have to watch to make sure that it stays on the lowest warming setting: it shouldn’t even come to a simmer.
  • Slow cooker method: Takes 3 hours. Totally hands off, it’s great for times when you can throw ingredients in the slow cooker while you prep other foods. Also, you can leave it on the warm setting and serve it right out of the Crock Pot.
  • Instant Pot method: Same advantages as above! Use this version if you have a pressure cooker and not a slow cooker.
Spiked mulled cider

Step it up: make spiked mulled cider!

This mulled cider is fabulous on it’s own, but you can step it up by stirring in rum at the end! The rum adds a bit of warmth and takes it to another level. Spiked mulled cider is the perfect party drink! If you’re serving a party where not everyone is drinking, you could also leave out the rum and let guests add a splash to their own drinks. The quantity in the recipe below adds only 1/2 tablespoon rum per glass: so all you need is a small swig!

Mulled cider

More cozy drinks

Looking for more cozy drinks like this one? Some of our favorite warming drinks for the season are:

  • Vegan Hot Chocolate or Gingerbread Hot Chocolate: No need for pre-made packets! Homemade hot chocolate is easy to make and turns out creamy and chocolatey.
  • Apple Cider Sangria: This cozy sangria pairs sparkling apple cider with red wine, orange and cinnamon. In a word: wow.
  • Mulled Wine: Why not make mulled wine, too? Simmer red wine with orange zest, cloves, cinnamon sticks, allspice and honey. This cozy drink will warm you from the inside out!

This mulled cider is…

Vegetarian, gluten-free, plant-based, vegan, and dairy-free.

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Mulled cider

Best Mulled Cider


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 8

Description

Mulled cider is the very best cozy drink! Infused with spices like cinnamon and cloves, you can make it in a slow cooker or on the stove (and enjoy that aroma!).


Ingredients

  • 1 whole nutmeg
  • 10 allspice berries
  • 10 cloves
  • 2 star anise
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 gallon apple cider*
  • 1/4 cup rum, optional
  • 1 small orange, for garnish
  • Whole cranberries, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Toast the spices: Add the nutmeg, allspice, cloves, star anise and cinnamon to the bottom of a pot (or to a skillet for Slow Cooker instructions). Toast over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until fragrant.
  2. Stovetop cooking instructions: Turn the heat to low. Pour in the apple cider and bring to below a simmer, just barely bubbling. Warm for 1 hour on low heat (don’t let it simmer). Skim off any particulate if desired, or stir to re-incorporate it.
  3. Slow Cooker & Instant Pot instructions: Place the apple cider in the slow cooker or Instant Pot (pressure cooker) with the spices. Cook on low for 3 hours OR Normal using the Instant Pot “Slow Cooker” setting.
  4. If using, stir in the rum. Garnish with orange slices and cranberries, then serve.

Notes

*Doubles easily, and fits into a standard slow cooker or Instant Pot.

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stovetop / Pressure Cooker
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Mulled Cider, Hot Mulled Cider, Mulled Cider Spices, Mulled Cider Recipe

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Spiced Orange Spritzer.

If you’re totally over apple cider, this spiced orange spritzer is your gal!! It’s a cross between a better mimosa and an aperol spritz (uh, without the aperol) and tasts absolutely incredibly – and just like this season smells.  In a good way. You know?  To be honest, I was desperate for a cocktail that […]

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If you’re totally over apple cider, this spiced orange spritzer is your gal!!

The spiced orange spritzer is a fancier mimosa and similar to an aperol spritz! A fresh spiced orange juice based mixed with prosecco and seltzer. So good!

It’s a cross between a better mimosa and an aperol spritz (uh, without the aperol) and tasts absolutely incredibly – and just like this season smells. 

In a good way.

You know? 

orange juice and allspice

To be honest, I was desperate for a cocktail that didn’t include cranberry, pomegranate or cider! I mean, sure, don’t worry, I have a cranberry one coming next week. Of course. Eyeroll. 

For now though?

We are going full blown orange spice.

This orange spice combo is one we have been obsessed with this month. I have another quick appetizer coming for you next week that is orange spiced flavored, and while I always say that I’m not the hugest fan of orange, this is the business.

I swear, it’s the allspice and nutmeg that make it different. Just different enough. 

The spiced orange spritzer is a fancier mimosa and similar to an aperol spritz! A fresh spiced orange juice based mixed with prosecco and seltzer. So good!

The spritzer starts with a fresh orange juice base. Use that smeg juicer because it’s the best! You whisk together fresh juice, fresh orange zest, a drop of honey, allspice and nutmeg. Oh my word, this mixture is so incredible!

A word on the zest: if you really dislike pulp in orange juice, you may want to skip the zest. BUT! It adds such a sweet little zing to the drink. It adds so much orange flavor. If you don’t mind a few sips of zest, leave it in. It’s super good!

This spiced orange juice gets poured over iced, then topped with prosecco. I prefer prosecco over anything else because it tends to be drier. And it just… tastes good. Obviously.

Then! That gets topped with orange seltzer. Or plain seltzer, whichever you have on hand. The orange adds some extra oomph.

The spiced orange spritzer is a fancier mimosa and similar to an aperol spritz! A fresh spiced orange juice based mixed with prosecco and seltzer. So good!

I love this drink because it doesn’t taste as breakfast-like as a mimosa. It has a touch more flavor and tastes slightly more sophisticated, which I think makes it perfect for dinner! Or pre-dinner cocktails.

It goes fantastically well with all the Thanksgiving flavors, like cranberry and pomegranate and sage and turkey and stuffing. 

Oh that same note, it wouldn’t be entirely inappropriate to serve it at breakfast. Or brunch. 

The spiced orange spritzer is a fancier mimosa and similar to an aperol spritz! A fresh spiced orange juice based mixed with prosecco and seltzer. So good!

So let’s do that! 

The spiced orange spritzer is a fancier mimosa and similar to an aperol spritz! A fresh spiced orange juice based mixed with prosecco and seltzer. So good!

Spiced Orange Spritzer

Spiced Orange Spritzer

The spiced orange spritzer is a fancier mimosa and similar to an aperol spritz! A fresh spiced orange juice based mixed with prosecco and seltzer. So good!

  • ½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest
  • 1 pinch allspice
  • 1 pinch freshly grated nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon honey
  • 2 to 3 ounces prosecco
  • 2 ounces orange seltzer
  • Orange wedges for garnish
  1. Fill 2 wine glasses with ice. In a measuring cup or bowl, whisk together the orange juice, zest, allspice, nutmeg and honey. Divide the mixture evenly over the ice in the wine glasses.
  2. Top each glass with the prosecco and then the seltzer. Garnish with an orange wedge. Serve immediately!

The spiced orange spritzer is a fancier mimosa and similar to an aperol spritz! A fresh spiced orange juice based mixed with prosecco and seltzer. So good!

Wow at how much I love this.

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Easy Pumpkin Spice Latte

You may already be enjoying pumpkin spice lattes, but we’ve only just started craving them as the weather has finally cooled down and fall produce has begun popping up at the market. Swoon.
Is anyone else a sucker for fall? Chilly mornings, sunn…

Easy Pumpkin Spice Latte

You may already be enjoying pumpkin spice lattes, but we’ve only just started craving them as the weather has finally cooled down and fall produce has begun popping up at the market. Swoon.

Is anyone else a sucker for fall? Chilly mornings, sunny afternoons, cozy food, good TV shows return. I mean, what’s not to love?

Let’s celebrate with a healthier, homemade take on pumpkin spice lattes.

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Cucamelon Pickles

Cucamelons are adorable little fruits that taste like a cucumber and look like a tiny watermelon. This quick refrigerator pickle recipe treats them more like the later: with a hint of ginger, allspice and star anise that makes for a truly unique pickle. I stumbled upon these cucamelons a few weeks ago at the farmers […]

Cucamelons are adorable little fruits that taste like a cucumber and look like a tiny watermelon. This quick refrigerator pickle recipe treats them more like the later: with a hint of ginger, allspice and star anise that makes for a truly unique pickle.

I stumbled upon these cucamelons a few weeks ago at the farmers market, and they were simply too cute to pass up.

Handmade ceramic dish overflowing with tiny cucamelons.

Cucamelons, also called mouse melons (OMG) or Mexican sour gherkins, are tiny, cucumber-like fruits native to Mexico and central America. With a thick outer skin with a watermelon-like appearance, it’s obvious where they get their name (I also think they look a bit like dinosaur eggs).

The flavor is tart, like a sour, lemony cucumber. The skins are thicker than your typical cucumbers, more snappy not unlike a watermelon.

I bought a quart of them, without the faintest idea of what I was going to do with them, but pickles seemed like an obvious choice.

Pouring the cider vinegar-based brine into a jar packed with cucamelons.

Considering they have characteristics of both cucumbers and melons, I figured I could go one of two ways:

Treat the cucamelons like cucumbers and pickle them in my trusty garlic dill pickle brine.

OR

Treat them like melons and pickle them in a more aromatic blend of spices like you’d use for pickled watermelon rind.

In this case, I chose the later (but if you prefer the cucumber direction, my spicy garlic dill pickle brine will work equally well for cucamelons).

The aromatic mix of spices, with a hint of heat and gingery spice makes for a unique flavor experience. Chances are, you’ve never tasted a pickle quite like this one. And their tiny shape means you’ll find yourself popping more than a few in your mouth, one after the other.

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