Hot cereal is a staple around these parts. We always have an abundance of fresh cream and there’s just nothing quite like a bowl of hot cereal doused in thick sweet cream to stick to your ribs and see you through the morning’s chores.
Oatmeal is a clear go-to for hot cereal and though it’s simple (and fast!) to make on the stovetop, we really love it baked. We eat hot cereal at least four times a week and so this version has had a lot of testing! This Baked Apple Oatmeal is the kids’ favorite: it’s easy enough for them to put together on their own and bakes in the oven while they head out to do their morning chores.
With applesauce and all the traditional apple pie spices, along with tasty mix-ins like dehydrated apple chips and cranberries, this baked oatmeal makes everyone happy.
Baked Apple Oatmeal
- Cast Iron Pan
- Mixing Bowls
- 9x13 cake pan
- 4 cups oatmeal
- 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon ginger ground
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups applesauce
- 1 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup dried apple chips optional
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries optional
- In a large mixing bowl, stir together oatmeal, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, and salt.
- In a separate bowl, combine applesauce, milk, vanilla, and eggs.
- Stir applesauce mixture into the oat mixture. Fold in apple chips and cranberries (if using).
- Transfer to a greased cast iron pan or 9x13 cake pan. (I like to grease the pan with coconut oil or butter).
- Bake at 350* for 35 minutes or until the oatmeal is set.